Marlette Leader, Vol XXI, No 29
Fri 07 April 1899, p 1
A Sudden Summons
Wellington Parker, one of the pioneers of Lamotte township, died at his home suddenly Tuesday morning. He was feeling as usual on Monday, going to the polls and casting his vote. After retiring at night he complained of a pain in his chest and seemed to be suffering considerably. His son Frank, who lives but a short distance away, was summoned and found his father sitting on a couch near the stove, dressed and appearing to be but slightly indisposed. He asked about the elections and other matters and while talking, suddenly gasped, fell over immediately and expired. Mr Parker came to Lamotte some eighteen years ago and has always been one of the most highly [respected?] citizens. He leaves a wife and eight children, two of whom, Frank and Merritt, live in Lamotte, one in Kansas and the rest in Canada. The funeral will take place to-day, interment in Marlette cemetery.