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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, February 21, 1901 Edition
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Noted Author Dead Crawfordville, Ind., Feb. 16 - Maurice Thompson, the author, died at 3:25 Friday morning, after an illness of many weeks. He had been kept alive for many days by use of stimulants. Mr. Thompson became unconscious about 9:30 o'clock Thursday night, and there was no sign of pain when the end came. His family was at his bedside. Mr. Thompson was one of the best-known literary Characters of the country. He was born in Fairfield, Ind., September 9, 1844, but spent his early life in the Georgia Mountains, halfway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, where his father was an extensive planter. He entered the confederate army in 1862 and did hard scout duty. After the war he became a Chief engineer of the L. C. & W. W. Railroad, and while engaged in this work, met Alice Lee of Crawfordsville, whom he married. He lived with the Lees at there home, beginning the practice of law. In 1867 he explored lake Okeecheechee, Florida, listing its birds, animals, and plants. From his Crawfordsville home, Mr. Thompson sent forth his literary work which was to win him distinction - First a book of poems, "Hoosier Mosaics," The "Sylvan Secrets," followed hard by "Bird Notes." From his home came "The Witchery of Archery," Which caused a revival of this fine old sport. Mr. Thompson began writing for publication first in 1873. He had written before this, but he considered the publication of his poem "At The Window" in the Atlantic Month as his beginning. "The Witchery of Archery" was written in 1877 and his first novel, "A Tallahassee Girl," in 1881. His other works have been: "Stories of Cherokee Hills," "Ethics of Literary Art," "Texephilus in Arcadia," "His second Champion," "At Love's Extremes," "A Fortnight of Folly," "The Ocala Boy," "King of Honey Island," "Hoosier Mosaics," "Songs of Fair Weather," "Byways and Bards' Notes," "Sylvan Secrets," "The Story of Louisiana," "Lincolns Grave," (poem) "My Winter Garden," and "Alice of Old Vincennes." R.J. Young, Residing on farm of Dr. C.R. Boyer, 2 1/2 Miles southwest of Williamsport, was found dead in bed last Monday caused from dropsy of the heart. Mr. Young had been sick for many days and seemed to be improving, the family having great hopes of his recovery, which was a shock to the family. For several years Mr. Young resided at this place and was respected by all who knew him. The funeral occurred at the residence last Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock, Rev William Wilmer Officiating, Interment at Hillside Cemetery. Death of Judge W. C. L. Taylor Hon. William C. L. Taylor, Judge of the Tippecanoe County Circuit Court, died at his home at 518 South Seventh Street in Lafayette, Monday morning at 8 o'clock. About a month ago he was attacked by the Grip, which finally resulted in Bronchial pneumonia. He last appeared in public at a meeting two and a half months ago at the Lafayette bar to take cognizance of the death of Judge W. DeWitt Wallace of the Tippecanoe Circuit Court. This tended to give him a relapse. During most of Saturday he was unconscious. Judge Taylor was born and raised in the city of Lafayette, his date of birth being May 22, 1837, and at his death he was in the 64th year of his life. He graduated at Indiana University in 1856, at the age of 20, and afterwards red law in the office of Orth & Stine and was admitted to the Bar in 1857. July21, 1861, he enlisted in Company G., 20th Indiana Regiment, going out as a private. He soon was made a Lieutenant and in March 1862 was promoted to Captain. His promotion was rapid, and he soon became a Major, the Lt. Colonel of his Regiment, and July 3, 1864, was commissioned Colonel. In the greater number of battles engaged by his regiment, he was present and commanded his Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg. His Regiment belonged to the division known as the Army of the Potomac. Originally Mr. Taylor in politics was an American and was an elector on the Bell and Everett ticket in 1860. After that and to the close of his life, he affiliated with the Republican party. He has served as city attorney of Bloomington, Ind., and also of Lafayette, and was regarded one of the most competent municipal attorneys in the state. November 1894, he was elected Judge of the Tippecanoe Circuit Court without opposition, and in November 1900, he was re-elected for another term of six years. He was not a member of any fraternity or church. He leaves a wife and two children - a son and daughter. the son is J. Mack Taylor, and the daughter Mrs. Edgar T. Jones. Both live in the city.

Date: 2/21/1901
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003729
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 12/19/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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