OLD CITIZEN DIES
Drury Township Pioneer Answers the Call Saturday Evening
FATHER OF 26 CHILDREN
Hope Mills, Aged 95 Years and One of the Oldest Settlers in Western Illinois - Fifteen Children Preceded Him in Death - Funeral Today
Saturday evening occurred the death of Hope Mills, and old pioneer, at his home in Drury Township, Illinois opposite this city, cancer and old age being the assigned cause.
Mr. Mills was the father of 26 children and no doubt conceived the idea of large families long before Roosevelt was ever thought of, as the deceased was over ninety-one years of age. He had been in failing health for a long time, and for several months his condition had been very precarious. He fought bravely for existence, and two or three times when it was thought death was only a question of a few short hours, he rallied and continued to live. During the last few days he was in a semi-conscious state a great part of the time.
Mr. Mills was one of the oldest settlers in the western part of Illinois, and it is said came to this section before Muscatine was more than a country village. It is not known exactly when he first came to this section of the country, but it is known to have been considerably more than fifty years ago. He was a farmer by occupation, always attentive to his affairs, and very considerate for all with whom he had business or friendly relations. Until a few years ago he came frequently to this city to do his trading, but since his health began to fail, he discontinued his visits, leaving the work of trading to his sons. He was ever kind to his family and to his neighbors, and he is remembered by nearly all the people in that section of Illinois where he lived.
He is survived by his wife, who is 85 years of age, and the following children, a large number having preceded him in death; Hope Mills, Reno, Cass County; Amos and Peter of this city; Chas. of Rock Island County, Illinois; Mrs Elvira Kinsley and Sadie Wray of Nebraska; Melba Maurath and Martha Tuttle.
The funeral was held this morning, interment taking place at the Wrayville, Ill. cemetery.
Jane Willa Bartles Mills
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