Lou R. Golden

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Death of County Officer.
Lou R. Golden Succumbs to Pneumonia.

Lou Robertson Golden, assessor and treasurer of Menard county, whose illness was reported last week, died of bronchial pneumonia at his home in this city on Sunday the 29th ult. [1899], aged 32 years, 2 months and 19 days.

He was the eldest son of Abram and Sophia Golden and was born in Rock Creek precinct, August 10, 1867, and moved with his parents to Petersburg in 1882. Graduated from Jacksonville Business College in 1885, and was afterwards engaged for a time in the grocery business with his father in this city.

During the five years preceding his election as assessor and treasurer on the republican ticket in November, 1898, he was employed as a clerk in the store of Thompson, Rosendahl & Co. October 25, 1893, he was united in marriage with Mary L. Reep, daughter of Eli Reep of Little Grove. Two children were born to them, Louis, now four years old, and Sophia Marie, aged two years. Besides his wife and children he is survived by his mother, two brothers, and one sister.

The funeral occurred from the Cumberland Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. R. D. Miller and Elder R. E. Thomas officiating in the services. Rev. Miller preaching the sermon. The spacious church was filled to overflowing with friends of the deceased from town and country. The local lodges of the Knights of Pythias and Knights of the Maccabees, of which orders he was an honored member, had large representations in the attendance. The county officers were present in a body and officiated as honorary pallbearers. The interment was made at Rose Hill cemetery, under the auspices of Roland lodge Knights of Pythias. The flag on the court house was at half mast and the county offices were closed during the day.

Lou Golden was a genial and popular gentleman and an efficient and accommodating public official. His untimely death is deplored and the sympathy of the community goes out to his family in their bereavement.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks

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