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Fred Eli Towle

  • Birth 21 Mar 1873 Wakefield, Clay County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 1947 Wakefield, Clay County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Wakefield, Clay County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 97137843

DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Fred E. Towle, Sr. passed away in his sleep at his home here some time Saturday night after being bedfast for almost two years, and ailing for some time previously. Mrs. Towle, who went in to awaken him Sunday morning, found his lifeless body. He had slept most of Saturday, she said, but seemed unchanged otherwise. He would have been 74 years old next Friday.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at the Mercer Chapel here, with Rev. M. D. Landis of the Mizpah church officiating. Mrs. Bruce Brougher and Mrs. Chet Cool sang several hymns, accompanied by Mrs. Fred Settles. Burial was in Highland cemetery here with Ed Billingham, Fred Oswald, Raymond Clark, Ed Younkin, Chas. Seltz and Ben Fyfe as casket bearers.
Five state highway patrol officers attended the funeral here today, as young Fred Towle was a patrolman.
Mr. Towle was a life long resident of the community, being born on March 21, 1873 at the home of his parents, Jeremiah and Harriett Towle 5 miles northwest of town. They came here from Maine in the early days. Here Fred grew to manhood and attended the schools. He was married Dec. 4, 1901 to Nina Parker of Manhattan. After some years on a farm they moved to this city, where they reared a fine family and he spent the rest of his life.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters: Mrs. Oreno B. Davidson of Junction City, Mrs. Robert Gnospelius of Boston, Mass., Mrs. Lee Carroll of Pratt; 3 sons: George of Wakefield, Capt. C. Horace Towle of Fort Knox, Ky., and Fred Towle Jr., of McPherson; six grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. All of the children were present for the funeral here today.
(The Wakefield News March 19, 1947)
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He had a stroke initially and recovered enough to get about with a cane. Each day, he walked to the city cafe that existed where the business district had originally been. It was but a short distance from his home but it was his daily outing and offered an opportunity to learn the news and be a part of the town's happenings. Another stroke caused him to be bedfast and he remained so until his final departure.
During his lifetime, he was an avid reader. I can remember taking library books back for him to the city library. He was always engaged in working cross-word puzzles. I'm sure he always had one he was working on. He kept a huge unabridged dictionary that he constantly consulted. He was in a state of learning almost all of his life.
He attended school at Sunny Slope and continued his education until he was 21 years of age.
He started married life farming outside of Wakefield but soon moved his family into the village of Wakefield. His home encompassed a whole city block which was not that uncommon at that time. He maintained a mini-farm. He sold pumps and windmills which were essential in the farming community. He had one of the first telephones there so he could be contacted if a pump or windmill needed repair. He was a very intelligent, highly literate person. He also was a very honest, dependable family man.
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The original immigrant of this Towle family was Philip Towle #98901600
Philip Towle married Isabella Asten
Benjamin Towle married Sarah Borden
Elisha Towle married Ann Vittum
Elisha Towle married Ann Sanborn
Jeremiah Towle married Martha Harding
Theophilus Towle married Joanna Varney
Jeremiah Hobbs Towle married Harriet Moulton
Fred Eli Towle married Nina Evelyn Parker
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All agree that the original name of this family was O'Toole. It is not known at what time the name was changed but obviously the original immigrant was named Towle.
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  • Created by: charlene towsley
  • Added: 15 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97137843
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fred Eli Towle (21 Mar 1873–16 Mar 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97137843, citing Highland Cemetery, Wakefield, Clay County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by charlene towsley (contributor 47934924) .