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Death Call for A Seiling Pioneer

William R. Brown, 84, one of two surviving pioneer residents of this community, passed away Monday afternoon at his home in the northwest part of Seiling.
Mr. Brown was stricken with illness about a week ago, but hopes for his recovery were entertained until a few hours before his death.

While Mr. Brown was in his usual health about two weeks ago the News carried a complimentary article of him which pleased him very much. We are very glad indeed that it was our privilege to cast a small flower in his path while he was able to appreciate it. I have no desire to say more. Uncle Bill, my friend, is gone.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time, owing to the widely scattered locations of his children.

The remains were prepared for burial at Murray Funeral Home.
The News joins in deepest regret for his passing and in expression of sympathy for his aged wife and companion of many years and to the bereaved relatives.
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While Uncle Dick Hussman, Sparks Tibbetts and the writer sat at the bedside of W. R. Brown, Tuesday a week ago, Mr. Brown cast a long, long look at Mr. Tibbetts, tears welled up in his eyes, his firm jaw quivered and his voice quaked when he said: "Dear old Sparks." It was evident then that he was thinking that they, the two remaining pioneer residents for nearly 40 years must soon forever part. It was unfortunate indeed that Mr. Tibbets should be called away to Kansas Saturday morning by the serious illness of his brother-in-law. Tibbetts said before leaving: "I don't like to go. I'm afraid something will happen to Bill."

Article copy received by mail from former Dewey County resident.

1898 homestead of Gersham "Sparks" Tibbetts pictured at