from a loose clipping, source unknown9 October 1894
Fifty Years of Wedded Bliss.
Mr. and Mrs. I. R. Webb, of this Township,
pass the Fiftieth Mile-stone Together.
A brief Sketch of this Amiable Couple
The News takes pleasure in presenting its readers with a very
good picture of Mr. and Mrs. Ira R. Webb, two of the early
pioneers of Antioch, who, upon October 9th, 1894, had lived
together as husband and wife for fifty years. The event was kept
quiet, and not until after the day had passed away did the
children realize that their parents had passed an event in
married life that only a few out of thousands live to enjoy.
Ira R. Webb was born in Herkimer County, New York, June 2nd, 1823,
and is therefore in his 72nd year. He was married to Miss Jane
Potter, October 9th, 1844, being at that time in his 22nd year.
Jane Potter, wife of Ira R. Webb, is a native of York state,
having been born in Herkimer County, New York, May 3rd, 1823, and
is therefore nearly one month the senior of her husband.
May 5, 1845 Mr. and Mrs. Webb bid good bye to the familiar scenes
of their childhood's home, and following the advice of Horace
Greely, started to the West, arriving in Kenosha, Wis., May 15th,
1845, where they remained over night and then moved to Lake
county and settled on a farm near their present home, which Mr.
Webb purchased the same season, and have resided continuously
thereon ever since.
Seven children, four boys and three girls, were born of the
union, all living and among the best citizens of the country,
Named as follows, in the order of birth: Mary P., wife of E.
Boyland; Bernard E., who resides at home; Ruby A., wife of A. H.
Stevens; R. B., now employed in the hardware business at Crystal
Falls, Michigan; George E., a member of the firm of Webb Bros. &
Perkins, of this village, Emma M. wife of Will Hodge; Ira Chase,
also a member of the firm of Webb Bros. & Perkins.
Mr. Webb has filled various township offices, being a member of
the board of School Trustees nearly forty years, and has held the
office of Collector and Road Commissioner for a number of years.
He is perhaps one of the oldest and best known auctioneers in the
county and has been closely identified with the growth and
development of Lake county, and being of a social, genial
disposition, his friends are legion and few indeed live to enjoy
the perfect confidence and respect of the people as fully as Mr.
Webb has done during the entire term of his long residence in
Coming here in the early days and being endowed with a robust
constitution and considerable natural ability he has succeeded in
acquiring a fair share of worldly wealth and that he and his
esteemable wife may live to celebrate their Diamond Wedding is
the wish of the News.
from a loose clipping, source unknown19 October 1894
Friday, October 19, '94, at 3 p.m. Gilbert Frazier passed to his
Mr. Frazier was born in Jefferson county, New York, fifty-four
years and six months ago. He had lived in Lake County many years.
Two years ago he removed to Grays Lake where he had built a
handsome home and in which he hoped to regain his already
declining health. These hopes proved vain and he gradually grew
weaker from day to day until his final release. His last words
were "I am going Home." He was a christian man who had many
friends and he was thoroughly respected by those who knew him
best. He leaves a wife, two daughters and one son to mourn his
loss. The funeral was held at the Grays Lake church Sunday Oct.
21. Rev. S. A. Harris, of Millburn, officiated. The interment was
at the Grays Lake cemetery. A very large concourse of relatives
and friends assembled to pay a last tribute to their departed
neighbor and friend.