News, February 22, 1923
CALLED BY DEATH
Benjamin G. Romaine, aged 60 years, a well known and highly
respected resident of this community, died at his home near New Prospect, in town of
Auburn, last Friday morning at 12:30 o'clock, after a short illness from heart failure.
Mr. Romaine was apparently in good health up to within five days before his death and was
in the village about a week before and seemed hale and hearty.
Ben Romaine was born on the old Romaine homestead in town of
Auburn on July 26, 1862, where he grew to manhood and had lived in that neighborhood and
engaged in farming practically all his life. On March 21st, 1889, he was united in
marriage to Miss Anna L. Van Blarcom, who together with one son, Eldon of Milwaukee,
The deceased also leaves three brothers, Walter J. of New
Prospect, Charles E. and Garret A. of Fond du Lac; three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Hennings and
Mrs. M. Calvey of Dundee and Mrs. M. Garrity of Knowles, besides many other relatives and
a large circle of lifelong friends. He is also survived by one grand daughter, Dorothy
Romaine of Milwaukee.
The funeral was held from the residence, near New Prospect, last
Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. W. Taylor, of the local Baptist church, conducted services;
interment taking place in the Union cemetery in this village.
The pallbearers were his three brothers, Walter J., Charles E.,
and Garrett Romaine, a counsin, George M. Romaine, and two brothers-in-law, P. G. Van
Blarcom of Fond du Lac and L. H. Van Blarcom of Racine.
The funeral was largely attended by old friends and neighbors
from Milwaukee, Fond du Lac and nearby villages, who faced the bitter cold weather to pay
their final respects to one whom they had learned to honor and respect.
Among the relatives from out of town at the funeral were: Eldon
Romaine, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Arlmond, daughter Hazel and son, Louis of Milwaukee; Mrs.
Jerome Techmeyer of Madison, Nelson and Louis Tica, L. W. Romaine, Mrs. Warren Hill, Mrs.
Eva Neitman, Verna and Rolland Romaine, Geo. Tica, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Belger of Fond du
Lac, and John Van Blarcom and wife of Kewaskum. Mrs. Eldon Romaine and little daughter,
who are absent in Havana, were unable to make the return trip in time for the funeral.
(Scan courtesy Alan Krueger)