Another pioneer settler and substantial citizen of Comanche county has passed away! At 5:30 o'clock yesterday morning Wm. H. Sickler breathed his last at his home in this city. For some time he had been in poor health, but only during the past four or five weeks had he been confined to his bed. The immediate cause of death was some form of stomach trouble.
Wm. H. Sickler was a native of New York, but at an early age he moved to Iowa, settling in Des Moines. In that city he was married to Martha Elliott who through all the remaining years proved to be a faithful and devoted wife. When the Civil War broke out Mr. Sickler, who was then but 16 years of age, enlisted in Co. E. of the Eighth Iowa Cavalry. He saw some active service, mostly in the state of Kansas. His record as a soldier is one of bravery and of constant devotion to the Union. At the time of his death, deceased was 61 years, 3 months and 2 days old.
In the fall of 1884 Mr. Sickler moved with his family to Comanche county, settling in Kiowa creek a few miles above Protection. A few years ago he sold the farm and moved to this city where he continued to lived. Not many better known nor highly respected citizens ever lived in Comanche county, than Wm. H. Sickler. He was a good citizen in every sense of the word, honorable in all his dealings with his fellowmen, kind to his family and ever faithful in the discharge of his duty. He leaves a wife, one son, Charles, and two daughters, Miss Nellie Deppink and Mrs. Ada Smith, to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father.
Funeral services will be conducted at the family residence at 2 p.m. today (Friday), after which interment will be made in the Coldwater cemetery.
William H. Sickler
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