Dwight L. McConick


From Adams County Press (Friendship, WI), September 9, 1899, page 5:

Dwight Lidell McConick, brief mention of whose death was made in the PRESS of last week, died at his home in the town of New Haven on Friday, August 25, 1899, of Bright's disease.

Mr. McConick was born in Exeter, Ostego [sp] Co., N.Y.,, December 19, 1827 [family bible says 1828], and was therefore 71 years, 8 months and 7 days old at the time of his death. In February, 1850 [family bible says March], he was married to Miss Caroline Clark of Burlington Green, in the same county, a most estimable [sp] and amiable lady who proved her worth by a life of affectionate devotion to her husband and family.

In 1857 Mr. McConick came west with his family. They arrived at Davis Corners, then a somewhat noted stopping place for people passing between Portage and the lower WIsconsin to Grand Rapids, Plover and the Wisconsin river pineries. Mr McConick purchased land in the town of Jackson, near to Davis Corners, and diligently set about the building of a home. Settlers were few and widely scattered. Big Spring had been settled as early as in the late 30's. Oxford was already a little hamlet, and Cascade (now White Creek) had risen to the dignity of having a sawmill and a, for the time, very respectable store. But the intervening country between all these points was little more than an unbroken wilderness.

Mr. McConick remained for twenty years on his place at Davis Corners. He early took a deep interest in public affairs. He was several times chairman of his town, and was regarded as a shrewd, safe counselor and officer. At the time the manner of supporting the poor was changed from the town to the county system. Mr. McConick, the late L.W. Holmes of Big Flats, and G.W. Waterman of Friendship were chosen as the first three commissioners under the county system. Considering the bitter opposition the change aroused, it must now be said that the administration of these gentlement proved to be wise, conservative and successful.

In 1877 he moved his family to the homestead where he was residing at the time of his death.

Mr. McConick was a member of the Episcopal church, and for more than fifty years had been a faithful and devoted member of the order of Odd Fellows, and a member of the Briggsville lodge at the time of his death. He was genial and pleasant in his intercourse with his fellowmen, and drew to himself a large circel of attached and devoted friends.

His health had been failing for the past two-and-a-half years. He realized more fully than wife or children knew the full character of the disease that had him in its toil; but bravely, patiently, seemingly cheerfully, he fought the battle and fell in a contest where it was victory to so fall.

He leaves a widow, two children - Frank McConick of Friendship, and Mrs. Orilla Snyder, wife of Chas. L. Snyder of New Haven, with a large circle of friends to mourn the loss of a devoted and affectionate husband, father and friend.

The funeral was at the family residence, the Rev. Arthur Gorter of the Episcopal Church in Kilbourn administering according to the rites of that Church. The remains were laid to rest in Crooked Lake Cemetery, in Jackson, wtih the beautiful and impressive ceremonies of the order of Odd Fellows.


Donated by Joan Benner 2003