Mount Morris Index, Mount Morris, IL

March 30, 1922 p. 1



Mr. Tice Taken Ill Monday Night with Acute Indigestion and Is Ill Only a Day and Night -- Mr. Finney Died at Oregon

The many friends of Clegg F. Tice were shocked to hear of his death which occurred at 11 o'clock Tuesday night, as the result of an acute attack of indigestion, which seized him Monday night.

Mr. Tice had been up and about and apparently was in his usual good health up to the time of the attack, starting some work on the roads last week, and planning to open the spring work as Road Commissioner in the near future.

He had just passed his 70th birthday on the 15th of the month, and gave every evidence of many more years in the service of the community on road work, which he had followed for many years. A more extended account of Mr. Tice's life will appear in our next issue.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Methodist Church.


Mount Morris Index, Mount Morris, IL

April 6, 1922



Was Known and Respected in This Community for Many Years, and Performed Public Duties Without Fear or Favor.

Services in the memory of Cleggett F. Tice, whose death was announced in last week's Index, were held at the Methodist church last Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. A large concourse of relatives and friends were present to pay their last respects to one who was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

The pastor, Rev. B. A. Dickens, delivered the sermon and read the following tribute to his memory. A quartette composed of Mrs. Wishard, Mrs. Fenton, Robert Hough, and F. G. Dean, sang three appropriate selections.

The pall bearers were Robert Hough, J. W. Wine, Charles Swingley, Austin Middlekauff, G. V. Farwell, F. G. Watts. Interment was made at Oakwood.

Death, the great reaper, whose sickle never dulls and whose arm never falters, came unexpectedly into our midst on last Tuesday night, and removed one of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens. We can hardly reconcile ourselves to the knowledge that his pleasant and impressive physique had been garnered by the reaper. He has gone, but he will live in the affection of a grieved domestic circle, in the respect of the community he has loved and honored so long, and in the loving testimony of those whose good fortune it was to meet him here, to associate with him, and to work with him.

There beat in his breast a heart, large, warm, and true. He possessed a personality which attracted friends, and held them firmly. For a number of years he was a public servant, and lived in the limelight of official service, yet beyond reproach and without scandal. He was honest because it was right to be honest, and served to the best of his ability those who trusted him, because such service was their due.

There is an old Roman legend that states, "Let what each man thinks of the Republic be written on his brow." There were written on the brow and displayed in the words and acts of Cleggett Felker Tice a high conception of our Republic, and biding faith in the fundemental principles on which our institutions rest, a prophetic vision of its grander possibilities yet to come, and unswerving honesty in handling of public funds, and savings in construction work.

He came of sturdy Scotch-German parentage, well and favorably known by the earlier residents of this community. His father, Frank Tice, was one of the influential men of his times. He served in the state legislature from this district for several terms, and was knicknamed "Old Economy," and as County Treasurer, was called "The Watch-dog of the Treasury." He was serving as Postmaster here at the time of his death.

The subject of this sketch came to Illinois and settled in this community with his parents, when he was but a lad of four years of age, in 1856. For 66 years he has been a resident of the community and has been actively identified with the settling and development of this part of the state. He was Justice of the Peace and Assessor for Rockvale Township and for the last six years he has been Road Commisioner for Mount Morris Township and succeeded in constructing (_) miles of gravel roads. He was to have appeared on the primary ballot for renomination without opposition in the coming primary next week.

On the 25th day of December, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline E. Zaller (sic). To grace this union five children were born, two daughters and three sons. The daughter, Miss Gertrude, died when (_) years of age, and Miss Edith at 31 years. The sons, with their mother, survive: Henry F. Tice of Oregon, James B. Tice, of Mount Morris, and Maurice L. Tice of Rockford.

Mr. Tice was a native of Maryland,and was born at Hagerstown on the 15th day of March, 1852, and died at his home in Mount Morris, Illinois on Tuesday night, March 28, 1922, at the age of 70 years and 13 days, dearly beloved by his family and highly esteemed by a large company of neighbors, friends and acquaintances who feel they have lost a true friend, a tried and faithful servant, whose watchword was duty, and in carrying out that duty he allowed no personal inclination or sacrifice to land between him and what he believed to be right.

He came within Thackeray's delineation of a strong man when he said, "Follow your honest convictions and be strong." This was one of Mr. Tice's outstanding and pronounced characteristics -- loyalty to his conviction. How true it is that---

Dangers stand thick through all the ground

To push us to the tomb;

And fierce diseases wait around

to hurry mortals home."

And again

The body says 'I am thirsty,'

The body says 'I am cold.'

The body says 'I am weary,'

And last of all 'I am old.'

And for its thirst there is water,

And shelter warm in the blast,

And for its ache there is slumber

But it dies, it dies at last.

But I am a soul, please heaven,

And though I freeze in my cage

Or burn in a sleepless fever,

I shall live untouched by age."

B. A. D.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Tice, of Rockford; Henry Tice and family, of Oregon; Mrs. Frank Tice, of Rockford; E. D. Peifer and son, Louis, of Austin; Mr and Mrs. Tshopp, of Tama, Iowa; Mrs (_). M. Kenyon, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; (_) Zoller, of Chicago; L. F. Rowland and family, of Haldane, and John Link and family, of Forreston.

(Note: The micor-film was cut off in a few places so some detail were lost, as indicated by parenthesis


Card of Thanks

We wish to thank the many neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. C. F. Tice and Family.

Contributed by Peg Allen Arnold

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