The Ogle Democrat (Oregon, Illinois) 24 June 1886


News of the death of Frank C. Nye was duly received by the friends of the deceased residing at Mt. Morris. The burrial (sic ) occurred upon the home farm, no burial ground yet being located at Woolsy. Of the immediate family his step-brother Mr. J. N. Stonebraker and wife and daughter of Alpena, Dak., were present, also Mr. and Mrs. Luther Potter, residing in the adjoining county. From Hampton, Iowa came his Uncle Mr. Joseph Nye. We copy other particulars from the Woolsy Journal.

“Mr. Frank C. Nye, whose death occurred on Thursday of last week, was born November 21, 1861, at Mt. Morris, Ogle County Ill., where he grew to manhood. About three years ago he came to Dakota, accompanying his parents, and has since resided near Woolsy, assisting his father, Mr. John H. Nye, to improve and carry on a farm in Hartland Township. Frank was of that bright, cheerful, active disposition which naturally attracts friendship and makes its possessor a valuable member of society. Added to this was a musical talent of fine order that enhanced his usefulness and made him a leader in musical and social organizations. He was one of the prime movers in the organization of the Woolsy Cornet Band, and for a year or more prior to the time that sickness compelled his withdraw, was its honored leader. About two years ago he united with the M. E. Church, thereby giving emphasis to a deep religious conviction which he had never attempted to conceal.

In all things he was unostentatious, frank, generous, with a heart as gentle as it was pure. If he had an enemy in the world it was through no doings of his.

The universal esteem in which he was held was shown in the very large number of people that assembled at the funeral last Saturday to pay their last sad respects to the dead. The gathering was the largest of the kind ever seen in Beadle County, outside of Huron. The Cornet Band attended in a body, going out in a draped carriage and wearing badges of mourning. The services was conducted by Rev. L. W. Miller of the M. E. Church, assisted by Rev. S. A. French of St. Lawrence and the Presbyterian Church choir of Woolsy, were most impressive.

Among the floral contributions, which were profuse and beautiful, was a perfect shaped cornet, the work and gift of Mrs. G. W. Crouer’s accomplished daughter now visiting at Mr. J. c. Smith’s. And a star of white flowers brought by his uncle J. S. Nye Sr. of Ackley, Iowa.

Contributed by Jane Edson

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