Hosmer Holmes Wilcox
Sept 10, 1849
- Aug 27, 1911
Son of Lansing Hyde Wilcox and Miranda
Hosmer H. Wilcox, who died a week ago Sunday morning and
was buried a week ago Thursday afternoon, was born in Napoli in the
year 1847, September 10. He was the youngest of seven children
and his love was so strong for the old home that he lived there
practically all his life, only moving to Little Valley a couple of
He is survived by one brother, Charles, of Pasadena, CA and three
sisters, Mary Wilcox, Mrs. Lucy Peacock, and Miss Helen Wilcox of
Little Valley. He also leaves to mourn his loss his good wife,
Mrs. Ella S. Wilcox, three daughters, Miss Itha Wilcox, Miss Helen
Wilcox, and Mrs. Carrie Waite of Little Valley and also three sons,
Burt and Charles of Napoli and Walter J of Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Wilcox was a man of sterling character, not given much to talking
of what he did but one who went ahead and did what he thought was the
right thing, letting his actions do the talking. At an early age,
in fact, about sixteen, he manifested an interest in religious matters,
and was converted and joined the Methodist church at Napoli. He has
always shown how strong his conversion was by taking an active part in
the work of the church. For something like thirty years, he was
superintendant of the Sunday School. In fact, the school did not
seem like it ought to when he moved away and was no longer its head.
Mr. Wilcox was united in marriage to Miss Ella S. Burt in 1875.
During the short time the family have lived in Little Valley they have
taken an active interest in the work of the Methodist Church with which
they at once identified themselves. Mr. Wilcox was a member of
the official board and filled other positions in the church, and his
advice was much sought and appreciated.
In the last week of his life while he was having the attacks which had
been with him occasionally, and they were more frequent and severe he
would not complain and said nothing about them. He kept up almost
to the very end, although one cannot help but feel he knew the end was
Such men make the world better, give people more faith in the church
and show the younger generation an example worthy of emulation.
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