Walter William Schaffer died at the home of his brother-in-law, Louis A. Gardner on the Wayland road on Sunday morning, December 5, 1920. The circumstances attending his sickness and death aroused the sympathetic interest of the entire community. He died just three weeks after coming to this state with his family from Grand Junction, Colorado, where he had sold all his possessions with the intention of buying a farm here and making this their future home. The cause of death was typhoid fever, and it made such rapid progress that it baffled the best skill of four well-known physicians.
The deceased was born at Aurora, S.D., July 27, 1885, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Schaffer, now of Grand Junction, Colo., and he was the eldest of a family of eight daughters and four sons, all the others surviving him. He lived twenty years in South Dakota, moving from there to Eastern Colorado, and seven years ago moving to Grand Junction, where he met Miss Pearl F. Partridge, who was teaching in the Grand Junction schools. They were married June 7, 1916, and she, with one infant son, survives him. Mrs. Schaffer was born and brought up in North Cohocton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Roy Partridge. They were visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. Louis A. Gardner, when Mr. Schaffer was taken ill. Mr. Schaffer was a member of the fraternal order of Woodmen of the World.
The funeral, which was private, was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner on Wednesday, December 8, Rev. M.M. Shaut officiating. The interment was in Clearview cemetery, North Cohocton.
Source: "Walter William Schaffer." Naples Record [Naples, NY] 15 Dec. 1920, Our Neighbors sec.: 8. Fulton History. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.
Walter W. Schaffer, until a month or two since a resident of the Orchard Mesa section, living on the old J.H. Smith place, died at his home in Atlanta, New York, last Friday, according to word that has been received here. Mr. Schaffer was well known here, and his death will be regretted. He is survived by his wife and one child, and by a number of relatives who live here. His father, William Schaffer, lives in Fruitvale; a sister, Mrs. William Hemmer, lives in Appleton; a brother, William Schaffer, is a ranchman here; and another brother, Marvin, is employed by the Grand Valley bank. Mr. Schaffer was a member of Book Cliff Camp, Woodmen of the World, and this morning Clerk Rich received a letter containing the amount of his last assessment, so that his death must have been very sudden.
Source: Daily Sentinel [Grand Junction, CO] 06 Dec. 1920: 8. Print.
Contributor Notes: Walter was the son of William & Catherine (Neeb) Schaffer. I'd love to exchange information with anyone researching this family. I'm related through the Schaffer family.
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