Princeton newspaper, Thursday, January 6, 1898




Well Known Justice of the Peace at Patoka Died Monday Morning – Funeral To-day


Esquire William F. Hudelson died at his home in Patoka, Monday morning, January 3, 1898, about 10:30 o’clock, aged about 58 years. Death was due to a complication of disorders of his system caused by the hardships of army service during the great rebellion. Deceased was a member of Company A, 80th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He served his period of enlistment and made a good record for bravery. As was the case with many of the boys who wore the blue, the rigor of army life was too great and diseases and disorders of many kinds had taken hold on his system to such an extent that his after years were full of suffering. While he was in poor health he continued to engage in various activities at Patoka. Several years ago he served as trustee for White River township and was the first republican trustee ever elected in that township.  In 1893 the deceased was appointed a justice of the peace for that township and continued in this position until his death.

By his death, a wife, two sons and a daughter are left bereaved. The deceased leaves five sisters, Mrs. M.B Craig, of this city; Mrs. W.D. Daniels, Evansville; Mrs. Hattie Church, Cairo, Ill.,  Mrs. R.M. Parrett and Mrs. Thos. Stewart, Patoka. The oldest son, Charles, is a telegraph operator in some western state and was not present at his father’s death bed. The daughter, Mrs. Bicknell of Texas, and the other son, Oliver, of Patoka, together with a number of other relatives were present when death relieved him of his sufferings.  ‘Squire Hudelson was a good soldier, a good citizen, a good officer and well merited the respect and esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.  His death cause sincere regret, and the bereaved relatives have much sympathy.

The funeral will be held at Patoka this (Thursday) morning at 10 oclock.