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Obituaries - William MCKENZIE

Saturday September 1, 1907

William McKenzie died this morning at 8:30, at his home, 917 East Carroll Street, of chronic diarrhea, aged 76 years, 8 months and 9 days. Deceased had been in failing health for about three years and had been seriously ill since August 18. The funeral will be held at the Methodist church at 3:30 Monday afternoon, under the auspices of the G.A.R and Odd Fellows. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

William McKenzie, son of John and Sarah McKenzie, was born at Lexington, Kentucky on January 7, 1832. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1858 and settled in Chili, Illinois, where he resided but a short time, moving to Tennessee, Illinois where he made his home until October 12, 1906, when he moved to Macomb. He enlisted in the army in 1861 and was a member of Company D, 83d Illinois. During the latter part of the war he received a bullet wound in the side from the effects of which he suffered during the remainder of his life. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Poling on April 14, 1870, by which union three children were born. Mr. McKenzie was a prominent business man during his residence in Tennessee, being in the furniture and undertaking business for a number of years. He was also postmaster there for some time and has held many public offices. He has been a consistent member of the Methodist Church for 39 years. He was a Mason, an Odd Fellow and a member of the G.A.R.

Besides his wife, he leaves two children: Mrs. Cora Ullrich of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Mrs. Willia Carstens of Colchester; one brother, Charles, of Bremerton, Washington and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Hall of Tennessee, to mourn his death.

Contributed by Fred E. McKenzie

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