Obit., Galena Gazette, 11/1932
Samuel W. Sproule died at 11:15 o'clock, the evening of November 5, 1932, at his residence in Rawlins township after a lingering illness of about one year. Mr. Sproule was born in Rawlins township, July 8, 1857 and has resided in that township all of his life. He was a tax collector and supervisor of his town for several years. His pleasant disposition has made him many friends in this vicinity. He was the last surviving member of his family and passed away in the old homestead. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews as follows; Miss Harriet E. Sproule, who made her home with him, coming from Chicago to do so; Andrew R. Sproule, Cyrus R. Sproule, of Galena; Mrs. J. A. Shewbridge of Chicago; Mrs. O. G. Leach, Floosmore, Ill.; Mrs. H. C. Blumentritt of Chester, Minn.; S. W. Sproule, Spokane, Wash.; Miss Eldora Wilson, Mrs. T. S. Travis and Ross Wilson, Sidney, Ia.; Mrs. E. S. Randall of Lincoln, Nebr. He was a brother of the late John J. Sproule, Andrew R. Sproule and
(Obit., found already photocopied in a binder in the Galena Public Library, was cut off at this point).
Tuesday afternoon largely attended funeral services for Samuel W. Sproule were conducted at the family home in Rawlins township with Rev. A. E. Ulrich of the Methodist church in Warren as the officiation clergyman. Many flowers bespoke sympathy of a host of relatives and friends. Several vocal selections were sung by Miss Katherine Norris, Miss Helen Boevers, J. C. Boevers and C. J. Westwick.
Burial was made in the family lot in Greenwood burial park, the following great-nephews acting as escorts; Andrew M. Sproule, Mevin A. Sproule, Edwing C. Sproule, Cyrus R. Sproule, Jr., Herbert L. Honohan and J. Harold Honohan.
Those from out of town attending the services were Mrs. John J. Sproule, W. D. Honohan and son Herbert, Mrs. J. H. Shewbridge, Mevin and Andrew Sproule of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Honohan of Oelwein, Ia., Mrs. John J. Sproule and daughter, Maryel of Dubuque.
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