WILLIAM H. TIMBERLAKE             GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Daily Advocate, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1899

Died:  Oct. 2, 1899


William H. Timberlake Dead!



  Such was the news that passed from lip to lip last evening (the 2d) over this city between the hours of 3 and 7 o’clock.  An investigation shows the following facts which were the cause of the startling and very sad news:

  Mr. Timberlake had been feeling indisposed all day, and had not left home, and as was his custom, late in the afternoon went to his room with newspaper in hand, put on his glasses and lay down on the bed to rest and read.  At the usual time supper was spread and the family sat down to eat, thinking he was sleeping and they would not disturb him.  About 6:30 o’clock.  Mrs. Timberlake desiring to wake him up went to his room and finding him quiet took hold of his body to shake it, and in doing so discovered she was too late.  The messenger of death had preceded her and he was sleeping the sleep that knows no waking.  He had died from heart failure, and that too, doubtless, while he was slumbering, as his glasses were still over his eyes and paper lay just where it dropped from his hand, and every expression on his face that of peaceful slumber.

  Deceased was about 64 years of age, and was born of New England parents in the state of Maine.  He possessed a good education, and in his younger days, and in fact, up to ten years ago, devoted the majority of his time to the school room.  For years he was principal of our public schools, and in his work was master of science of education.

  When the civil war broke out he was living in Indiana, but happened to be at his old home in Maine when the first call was made for volunteers and there offered his services to his country.  The offer was accepted and beneath the folds of old glory, he as a soldier, and part of the time as a commissioned officer, defended the Union until the close of the war.  He participated in many hard fought battles, and fell wounded at the battle of Stone River, from the effects of which he never fully recovered.

  At the close of the war he again returned to civil life and took up his profession as an educator.

  In 1858 he was married to Miss Amelia Y. Young of Indiana.  From this union two sons were born, Stanly Y. and St. Clair, both of whom with the faithful wife survive him.

  W. H. Timberlake was an old landmark of Cherokee county, having settled in Shawnee township in 1870.  In ’74 or ’75 he located in Columbus, where he continued to reside up to the time of his death.  As a neighbor he was kind and obliging.  As a citizen he was enterprising and honorable in his dealings.  As a politician he was a natural leader, and an uncompromising republican.

  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the whole community, the ADVOCATE sharing fully with others.

  Funeral services will be held at the residence Thursday, the 5th at 2 p.m.