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February 1840-November 23, 1920


In the passing of W.T. Day, Tuesday morning at the family residence, Casa Grande loses another of her old pioneers.

His son, Darby A. Day had just returned on Monday, and Mrs. Day and the two sons, Darby A and W.T. Day, Jr., were at his side when the end came at 10 a.m. November 23. Distance kept away the only daughter Mabel Ludwig, who resides in Leechnurg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Day had been ill for some weeks and the end approached gradually. The funeral was held from the family residence, conducted by Rev. N.R. Curtis of the Presbyterian church assisted by Rev. A.S. Baillie of the Christian church.

The Masonic Lodge had charge of the burial services at the grave. Mr. Day was born at Front Royal, Virginia February 1840, he was a civil war veteran and captain in the Illinois Infantry. He taught school in early life and after the war pioneered in the west. He married in 1874 and came to Arizona in 1883, where in 1891 and 1892 he served in the State Legislature.

Mr. Day was a man of many letters of liberal education and judicial mind, of kindly heart and generous nature.

In the early days he took the place of both physician and preacher, ministering to both the sick and the dying.

Mr. Day was a leader among men and a champion of the poor, adhering to the principle of the Golden Rule.

For sixty years he was a Mason of good standing and loyalty, continuing in good standing in the lodge into which he was first inducted. Mr. Day loved Arizona as his own and was beloved by all men. The sympathy of many friends goes out to the bereft family.

Casa Grande Valley Dispatch
Friday, Nov. 26, 1920
Vol. 9 - No. 44