Thursday, Jan. 4, 1883
Death of David Humes.
David Humes, known to all in Omro as one of the early settlers of this village, died at the residence of his son-in-law W. D. Peterson, on Tuesday evening at 10:30. He had been gradually failing for some weeks and his death was not unlooked for. The funeral is to be held on Friday at 10:30, in Spiritual Hall. We copy the following from a book published by Kaime & Wright:
The first settlement on land now within the boundaries of the village was in the spring of 1847. In 1845 or Ď46, Mr. David Humes passed through the town selecting Seminary land. The country pleased him. He saw that there was a good location here for a village, and he decided to return here. Sickness prevented him, however, from carrying out his plans as soon as he expected, and it was not until the Spring of 1847, that he was enabled to come. He loaded a light skiff into a wagon and drove to Marquette. The rest of the journey he made in the skiff. He stuck his stakes in what is now called Beckwithtown, on section 19, and also bought a fraction along the river, extending nearly to where George Challonerís foundry is now situated, and to him we accord the honor of having been the founder of Village of Omro.
Mr. Humes built a log house, the first structure that could be dignified by the name of a house ever built in the village. It was just east of where Mr. Dennis Childís house now stands. After the house was completed, Mr. Humes went back to Janesville, and brought his family here. It was Mr. Humesí ambition to build up a thriving town. He settled here for that purpose, and laid every plan for the accomplishment of that end. Many scouted the idea of ever building a town on what they considered scarcely more than a mud hole, but Mr. Humes paid no attention to the scoffs and jeers which met him at almost every turn.
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