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Ramsey, Dr. W. K. 1872-1915

Emmetsburg, Iowa Democrat, Wednesday, May 26, 1915

Dr. W.K. Ramsey, born 13 Oct 1872; died May 1915

South Broadway Merchant Expires After Illness of a Few Days.

Thursday evening our many citizens were pained to learn of the death of Dr. W. K. Ramsey, who, during the past two years, conducted a store in the Marks building on South Broadway. Very few had learned of his illness. The cause of death was brain fever. He was able to be about until the first of the week. The remains were taken to Luverne, Minnesota, Monday morning where they were interred. Services were held at the Episcopal church at that place at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, he having been an Episcopalian. The burial was in Maplewood cemetery.

W. K. Ramsey was born at Waterloo, Province of Quebec, Canada, October 13, 1872.  In 1876 his parents moved to Luverne, Minnesota. He grew to manhood on his father’s farm near that place. At the age of twenty, he entered Wilder College.  In 1897, he became a student in the Chicago Dental college, graduating with the Class of 1901. He practiced in Chicago until 1909 when, owing to failing health, he gave up his profession.

June 18, 1913, he was united in marriage to Miss Jessie H. Watson of Luverne, Minnesota.  The following September Dr. and Mrs. Ramsey moved to Emmetsburg, engaging in the mercantile business, which he subsequently followed.  Dr. Ramsey was a member of the Masonic order, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen and the Eastern Star.  He is survived by his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston Ramsey of Mason City, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. A. A. Cook of Luverne, Minnesota, and Mrs. H. B. Farres, of Mason City; and one brother, B. D. Ramsey, of Mason City.

Dr. Ramsey was a quiet, unassuming man but he was genial and obliging and attended strictly to his own affairs.  He impressed all who met him as a gentleman in every sense of the word and he won the confidence and the respect of those with whom he had business dealings. He did not have a large stock, but he bought conservatively and sold judiciously and he was gradually building up a substantial and profitable patronage. It is a source of much regret to all who knew him that he was taken away at such an early age in his career and at a time when life’s prospects were becoming so encouraging. Mrs. Ramsey and the other relatives have the sincere sympathy of our many citizens.


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