On Saturday morning occured the death of Charles Wilkinson at his residence near the fair grounds, death being due to pneumonia.In his demise Nobles County loses one of its pioneers, a noble man and a worthy citizen.
Charles Wilkinson was born in Muskingum County, OH near Zanesville, on the tenth day of July 1836.His boyhood was spent in the same community.Early in life he married and was for several years engaged in railroad contracting and bridge building in Ohio.In 1872 he removed to Minnesota, coming direct to Nobles County, where he settled on a claim in Seward Township, where he resided until a few years ago, when he came to Worthington.
Mr. Wilkinson served in the war of the rebellion as a private in the 195th O.V.I., and at the time of his death he was a member of the G.A.R. Post of this city.
Mr. Wilkinson had not been in the best of health for some time and on June 24th he was stricken suddenly while at the dinner table and was compelled to take to his bed.All that loving hands and medical skill would accomplish was done but to no avail and on Saturday morning, surrounded by sorrowing relatives he breathed his last.
The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of the G.A.R., Rev. Cahoon delivering the address.
Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss five children, one child, Charles, having preceded him to the grave.The surviving children are: James Ernest Wilkinson, Mrs. Richard Darlington, and Mrs. Fred Dahleim, of Worthington, Mrs. Albert Little, who resides on the original Wilkinson homestead, nine miles north of Worthington, and Mrs. William Geswender, Spokane, Wash.All the surviving members of the family were present at the last sad rites, except Mrs. Gswender, who was unable to attend.The sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing family so bereft of a tender husband and loving father.