William Newton Brashar

W. N. BRASHAR, 80 YEARS, IS CALLED William Newton Brashar, 80 years a resident of Rock Island county, died this morning at 2:30 at his home on Brashar street, South Rock Island. Death was caused by infirmities of age and was hastened by the loss of deceased's son, Charles U. Brashar, who died 10 days ago. Mr. Brashar failed rapidly from that date. Mr. Brashar was born Nov. 22, 1830, in South Rock Island, in a little log house, a short distance from the home where he spent most of his life and where he died. Relatives of Mr. Brashar state that he was the first white male child born in Rock Island county. When 2 years of age he was taken by his parents to Rock Island arsenal, then known as the government island, for protection from the Indians. An old squaw, who was a friend of the family, came to them and warned them against an attack to be led by the old chief Black Hawk, and so the white residents hurried to the island. Before they landed the Indians were in pursuit, but when they reached the river bank the red men gave up the chase. It was but a few years later when the Indian raids were quieted, and the settlers were left in peace.

Marriage in 1859. Mr. Brashar and Miss Almira Sanderson of South Rock Island were united in marriage Jan. 7, 1859, at the Sanderson home, With the exception of a few years spent in Black Hawk township, the family lived on Brashar street in South Rock Island. Mrs. Brashar died July 6, 1903. Mr. Brashar is survived by two sons, William M. Brashar, Colorado, and Al F. Brashar, Milan; a daughter, Mrs. Walter Sanderson, South Rock Island; two brothers, John Brashar, Milan, and Edwin Brashar, Rock Island, and seven grandchildren. Edwin Spencer of Los Angeles, Cal., who is here on a visit, is a cousin of deceased. For many years Mr. Brashar was affiliated with the Milan Masonic lodge, of which he was a charter member. He was also a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Rock Island county. Until five years ago he conducted a fruit farm in South Rock Island. At that time he retired from active life, and his son, the late Charles U. Brashar, succeeded him in the management of the farm. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence in South Rock Island. The services will be conducted by Rev. Marion Humphreys, pastor of the Central Presbyterian church, and burial will be in Chippiannock cemetery.

- Source: The Rock Island Argus, page 5, columns 1 & 2, Rock Island, Illinois, Friday, May 27, 1910

- Contributed by Patricia A. Essary