loose obituary clipping, source unknown14 May 1915
PARNELL THAYER, A VETERAN DEER HUNTER, IS DEAD
HAD BEEN FAILING GRADUALLY SINCE DEER HUNTING EXPEDITION
LAST FALL - THE END CAME AT ANTIOCH
BORN AT MILLBURN and Had Lived in Lake County Practically All His Life
Parnell Thayer, one of the best known deer hunters that ever shouldered a
gun and marched into the Wisconsin wilds from Lake County, died at the home of
his sister, Mrs. George Webb, at Antioch, Friday, May 14th, 1915, aged 67 years.
His death was due to a cancerous condition of the stomach which had bothered
him for some time but which made its most disastrous appearance last fall, two
days after he had arrived in the Wisconsin woods to hunt deer, having accompanied
a number of Lake County friends. His sickness necessitated him going to the home
of his son Clarence, at Oshkosh where he remained for some time and then came
back to Lake County. His condition grew worse right along and some time ago he
went to the McAlister hospital (for treatment) and gained for a time but on May
10th he decided to go to his sister's where he died. He was a brother of John
Thayer of Antioch and a cousin of Charles Thayer and Henry Strang of Waukegan. He
leaves his sons, Clarence of Oshkosh, and Earl and Howard of Evanston.
Mr. Thayer was born near Millburn October 8, 1848 and his home had
always been in Lake County where he was familiarly known as "Barney" Thayer.
For twenty-five years he always went hunting deer in the fall in the woods
of Wisconsin. He always was looked for - he always went. He knew the woods
better than the average man and he was credited with knowing the game of
hunting deer better than the average hunter who lives among them.
Mr. Thayer at one time held the office of city marshall in Highland
Park and at time of this death was a member of the Highland Park Rod and Gun
Funeral services and burial took place in Millburn Sunday afternoon.
Over 28 years Mrs. Thayer was employed in Highland Park by a firm
engaged in painting and decorating business in homes of wealthy residents
of suburbs of the north shores.