William Ferman

Amputation Fails to Save His Life
Wm. Ferman Dies at Hampton Following Operation for Senile Gangrene

57 Years In The County

Served in Civil War and Was for Ninety Days Confined in Libby Prison - Seven Children William Ferman, longtime resident of Hampton and for a number of years a druggist there, died at 3 p.m. yesterday following an operation for senile gangrene, caused by old age and an ingrown toenail. One leg was amputated in effort to prolong life. but Mr. Ferman never completely rallied and the end was anticipated. He was born in Lancaster, Pa., September 3, 1843, and he came to Illinois in the fall of '51. He enlisted in the civil war August 8, 1862, in Company G, 89th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The last day of the same year he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Stone river and was sent to Libby Prison at Richmond, where he remained ninety days. He was mustered out of service June 10, 1865, and returned at once to Hampton.

Seven Children Survive Mr. Ferman was married to Harriet Maxwell Feb. 21, 1869, and nine children were born to them, seven of whom survive: Mrs. Minnie Matson and Mrs. Louise Mummert of Moline, Mrs. Clara Hanewacker of Hampton, Andrew of Davenport and Harry, Grover and Amelia at home. Six grandchildren also survive. The funeral services will be held at 2:30 Sunday from the Congregational church in Hampton, the Rev. Mr. Wilson officiating. Pallbearers will be: Joseph Hermes, George Crawford, Milton Underwood, Charles Lee, Henry Fitch and Manuel Smith.

- "The Moline Dispatch" - July 17, 1908

- Contributed by Jim Sanderlin