Captain George W. Waller

Undated article; original source unknown. Extracted from the newspaper article collection started in 1879 by Mrs. Nannie Brown of Madison, Missouri. 


“(Unable to read beginning of article…) has been sounded (unknown…) and Madison called up – (to give) up another of its oldest and (most) highly honored citizens, this time (in the) person of Captain George W. Waller, who was suddenly stricken with paralysis Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4th, while sitting in the shade, on a bench in front of the Madison Poultry Co.’s building. He fell forward on his face, friends sprang to his assistance and he was soon taken home. The stroke rendered him unconscious and he never spoke a word or moved after bring carried home, but gradually grew worse, and breathed his last at 9 o’clock, p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5th

Captain Waller was born near Georgetown Scott county, Kentucky, in 1824, and moved to Missouri with his parents (in) 1839 and lived on a farm in this (county) until 1850. When the California gold (fever) was at its height, he went to that state, where he remained for several years. He was married to Miss Jane Weatherford, who survives him, in January 1852, and to this union eight children were born, six of whom are now (living). From 1858 until the breaking (out) of the civil war, he followed the pursuits of farming and mercantile life alternately, but believing in justness and uprightness of the (region), he espoused the Confederate (cause), and throughout that sanguinary (struggle), he was a brave and generous (soldier). While in the army he was severely wounded twice, the first time at (Lexington), Mo., and the second time at (the) Kennesaw mountains in Georgia, but a rugged manhood and almost stoical (demeanor) brought him through and (though) partially crippled for life, bore (his) misfortunes with grim fortitude. 

At the close of the war he returned (to) Monroe county and resumed the (avocation) of a farmer. He served his county (unknown) years as Collector and two years as (unknown) and proved a most capable and (efficient) official. After retiring from (unknown) he engaged in mercantile pursuits (unknown) since which time he has been (recently) identified with the business (interests) of Madison. On account of his advanced (unable to read next two lines) … last April the people of the town elected him City Marshall, a position he held up to the time of his death. He was a charter member of Madison Lodge, No. 91, A.F. & A.M., which was instituted in 1850, and has ever been an honored member and bulwark of strength for the order. 

Captain Waller was a man of more than average intellectual ability, strong convictions, uncompromising honesty and of irreproachable and unsullied honor. Brave, generous and kind, as he was, ‘tis no wonder that when the last roll call was sounded for him, he had little of this world’s goods, but in its stead, he left a monument of love and esteem in the hearts of the people with whom he has so long lived, rarely, if ever equaled. 

Tuesday morning brief services were conducted at the home by Elder Edgar M. Richard, after which the remains were escorted by Mason from all over the county, members of Bledsoe Camp, U.C.V., and a host of friends, and borne away to the Madison cemetery, where they were laid to rest with all the honors the two organizations could bestow, and in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, all of whom extend heartfelt sympathy to those so sadly bereft.”  

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