Alfred E. Green

Alfred Ernest Green
born January 31, 1866, in Olney, Illinois
died October 27, 1938, in Dayton, Illinois



Alfred E. Green, 73, resident of Dayton died in his home at 9 a. m. today from a paralytic stroke, after a few minutes’ illness. Christian Science funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Saturday in Gladfelter’s chapel, and burial will be in the Dayton cemetery. An inquest was set for 5 this afternoon. Mr. Green was both mentally and physically alert even as late as this morning. However, he has been lame since a Dayton paper mill accident when 14 years old.

His life was an interesting one, including such experiences as directing brick makers in the Rocky mountains, suffering malaria fever in the Louisiana bayous and superintending several hundred laborers in ceramics work at Knoxville, Tenn.

Surviving are his wife, the former Sarah Eleanor Olmstead; a son Winfield Rush Green, who is a member of the Republican-Times editorial staff and a brother, Rush Green, all of Dayton. Preceding him in death were a sister, Mrs. Josephine Gibson and a brother, Winfield.

Former Tile Manufacturer

He was born Jan. 31, 1865, at Olney, Ill., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Basil Green, who took part in covered wagon gold rushes to  both California and Colorado. The family returned to Dayton, shortly after his birth, and he attended Ottawa high school, later studying law in the office of Major John Widmer and Henry Mayo. He never completed his law work, but instead entered the tile manufacturing business at Dayton with his father and brothers. Much of northern LaSalle county land was tiled from their product.

Later he was employed as a clay and brick yard superintendent in Indiana, Knoxville, Tenn., Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah, near the Canadian line in cold Idaho and for a short while at Richmond, Va. He liked to travel, but settled for five years, beginning in 1901, at Rock Island, Ill., where as a stockholder in a Rothschild enterprise he operated a brick yard.

Leaves Wife and Son

Going to Peoria, Ill., he sold goods for wholesale concerns, and continued to make his home there after marrying Miss Olmstead on June 16, 1914. They were the parents of one son. Mr. Green became manager of the Peoria office of the Klaus Radio and Electric company, a wholesale firm, and then left Peoria in 1930 after 20 years there, excepting one year’s residence at Orlando, Fla. His last years were spent at Moline, Rock Island and back at Dayton. He was best known in Ottawa as Fred and had been a member of Elks and Knights of Pythias lodges here and in Peoria. He was a member of the Universalist church, Peoria.1

Alfred E. Green death certificate


Alfred Earnest Green, tombstone



1. Ottawa [Illinois] Daily Republican-Times, October 27, 1938

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