Bureau County Illinois Death Notices and Obituaries
William Lowry Isaac
The Rice belt journal, (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, LA), April 02, 1921
William Lowry Isaac Died in California
The older residents of Welsh will learn with deep regret of the passing of Mr. William Lowry Isaacs, who was at
one time a familiar figure here. Of his life and death the Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Ill., had the following
William Lowry Isaac, possibly the oldest native of Bureau County, passed away at Chula Vista, California, February
He was the son of Elias and Mary (Black) Isaac, and was born July 7, 1834, on a farm where the town of Seatonville
now stands. The family soon moved from there to a farm on Bureau Creek in Berlin Township, where his parents lived
for more than fifty years. He was the fifth of ten sisters and brothers, all of whom grew to adult age and preceded
him to the great beyond.
The foundation of his education was laid in the little log school house, although he also attended school in Princeton
and later entered Mount Morris seminary. In early life he united with the Methodist church, but in 1860 transferred
his membership to the Christian church of which he remained a member for the remainder of his life.
On December 25, 1856, he was married to Lucretia Jane Winans. They lived on a farm adjoining the old home-stead
until 1881 when they moved to Malden, where Mr. Isaac was engaged in the grain business for a number of years.
He always took an active part in the religious, social and political life of the community in which he lived.
He assisted in the organization of the Bureau County Telephone Company and for a number of years was a director
of the company.
After the death of his wife in 1904, he made his home with his children, spending the summers in Illinois and the
winters in Louisiana until nine years ago, when all moved to California. Since then, he has lived in San Diego
For about four months his health had gradually failed until, quietly and peacefully, the end came.
He is survived by his three daughters, Mrs. Rowena Field of Chula vista, Calif., Miss Bertha and Mrs. Lenoe Lockhart
of San Diego also two grandchildren, Everett and Sylvena Lockhart of San Diego.
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