Mordecai Sayles Passes Away Aged Nearly Ninety-One Years
Mr. Mordecai Sayles, well known and highly respected in this vicinity died at his home on the East side, about midnight, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1906. The deceased had been in failing health for many months and friends have realized for some time past that the end was near.
Mr. Sayles was born Jan. 17, 1816, in West Bloomfield, New York; moved with his parents to Steuben County in 1837, and in 1845, came to Wisconsin, locating in Darien, Walworth county, where he resided until 1850, then went to Dane County, near Madison. In 1868 he moved to Magnolia Township, Rock County, where he purchased a farm, which he successfully managed. While residing in Dane County, he served as Postmaster. Eighteen years [ago] he moved to this city, where he has since resided.
On March 29, 1837, in Ontario County, New York, he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy P. Beebe, who died May 31, 1868. On Sept. 8, 1869, he married Miss Nancy Wadsworth, who survives him.
He was the father of eight children by the first marriage and three by the second. Besides the wife, he leaves seven children, namely; Harrison Sayles of Black Earth, Mrs. Chas Netherwood of Oregon, Mrs. Mary Niles of Redfield, S. Dak., Frank Sayles of Rockton, Wis., Mrs. S. L. Sheldon of Clear Water, Minn. Miss Nettie C. Sayles, and Arthur Sayles; also thirty grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
On last Jan. 17th, he celebrated his ninetieth birthday anniversary, to which about forty-five relatives were present.
The funeral services took place at the late residence this Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. E. A. Ralph officiating. Undertaker W. F. Biglow had charge of the funeral.
November 9, 1906, The Enterprise, p. 3, col. 4, Evansville, Wisconsin
on back of photo:
Great Grandfather Mordecai Sayles holding Bernice Sayles (Lees), Charley Wesley Sayles, Frances (Frank) Marion Sayles