Will J. Ellis
Will J. Ellis, after a long illness, died at his lodgings in
the old Progressive Farmer building on West Main street at 2:45
this morning, of catarrh of the stomach.
Deceased was the oldest son of Rev. John Ellis of Howell, Ind.,
and was born at Batavia, Ohio, April 5, 1845. He came to Illinois
with his parents when 15 years old, and settled in Mt. Vernon in
1860, where he lived until his death except three or four years
in St. Louis and the time he was in the army. He was a member of
Co. C, Sixth Illinois Cavalry and served till the close of the
rebellion. After he was mustered out he returned home ans was
for many years successively a salesman in the employ of Strattan,
Fergerson & Co, Pavey & Allen and J.D. Johnson & Co.
who were engaged in general merchandising in this city. Afterwards
Mr. Ellis went to St. Louis and was a salesman with the firm of B.
Nugent & Bro. for several years. Returning to this city he
engaged for a few years in the grocery business on his own account,
but it did not prove remunerative and he sold out. Since that time
he has had no regular employment.
He was married to Miss Hattie Wylie of St. Louis, and she and two
sons and a daughter survive him. The two sons, William and Walter,
both residents of St. Louis, and are employed by the Wabash Railroad
Co, one in a clerical capacity and the other in the yards. The daughter
Mrs. J. W. Hoy, lives near Walnut Hill.
Deceased had been an almost continuous resident of this city for
nearly forty years. Charles F.Ellis, of this city, is a half brother
of the deceased as is also Ed. E. Ellis of Howell, Ind. Henry Ellis,
for many years foreman of the REGISTER, office and who died about two
years ago, was a full brother of the deaceased.
The funeral will take place at the First M.E. church at 2 o'clock
tomorrow afternoon. Rev. John Ellis and son, E.E. Ellis, of Howell
are expected here to attend the obsequies.
March 9,1898 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera