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Information for Houston Todd Wilson
23 September 1873 - 12 October 1937
Obituary from The Caldwell News-Tribune
13 October 1937
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Local Business Man
Succumbs at Home

     Houston T. Wilson, well-known Caldwell business man for the past ten years, died Tuesday evening at his home following a heart attack.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Presbyterian church with Dr. James A. Millar of the College of Idaho in charge.  Interment will be in the Elks plot of the Canyon Hill cemetery.
    Mr. Wilson was born 64 years ago in Chattanooga, Tenn.  At an early age he settled in St. Louis, Mo., where he lived for a number of years.  While in St. Louis he joined the Missouri National Guard and was in the service during the Spanish-American war, missing Cuban duty by only a few hours..
    While still a young man Mr. Wilson left St. Louis for Butte, Mont. where he secured employment with the Davidson Wholesale Grocery company, officials of which were relatives of his family.  Shortly after he established connections with the grocery firm he left it to attach himself with a large department store at Butte where he developed a strong friendship with the Henry Hathaway family which ultimately terminated in a 22 year partnership in a general merchandise establishment at Silver Star, Mont., a small mining camp.
    About ten years ago, at the death of Philip Wilson, his deceased brother, encouraged Mr. Wilson to come to Idaho and go into business with  him.  The two brothers engaged in the mercantile business formerly operated by Cupples and Mitchell.  This partnership terminated at the death of Philip Wilson in 1935 and a new partnership was founded between Mr. Wilson and E. H. Petry in February, 1936.
    Mr. Wilson is survived by his widow, a son Frank B. Wilson; his wife's mother, Mrs. Agnes Hammerle, who has made her home with the family for the past 18 years, and three half sisters, Mrs. A. G. Brading, Mrs. G. C. Lynch and Miss Irene Wilson, all of whom reside in Tennessee.
    Mr. Wilson was a member of the Caldwell Elk's lodge, the local Masonic lodge, the Kiwanis club and the Nampa Spanish American War Veterans.
    The body is at the Peckham establisment.




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