10 April 2016

David Watt of Marquette, Michigan Obituary

Source:  The Mining Journal, (Marquette, Marquette, Michigan, USA), 22 March 1945, p2; column 3, microfilm; J.M. Longyear Research Library, Marquette, Marquette, Michigan, USA.

This is the obituary for my great grandfather, David Watt, who died 21 March 1945 in Marquette, Michigan.  He lived in Marquette Michigan 63 of his 86 years of life.

The detail in his obituary is wonderful.  It tells me:
  • where and when in Scotland he was born.  
  • where he was employed and for how long
  • what church he went to 
  • what family members are still living and their relationship to him
  • and where he was buried.
I love when I find resources that allows me to research further and this one was one of the best I found.


David Watt, 86, veteran locomotive engineer for the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic railway, died at 4:45 Wednesday afternoon in the home of his son, Burt L. Watt, 137 West Michigan street, after a month's illness.

He was born in Methil, Scotland Sept 25, 1858 and had lived in Marquette 63 years. He was employed by the South Shore railway company 50 years, retiring in 1932 at the age of 74.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church congregation and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Mr. Watt leaves three daughters Mrs. Harry Glover, Detroit; Mrs. Henry Bittner, Marquette, and Mrs. Ray Keefe, San Diego, Calif. and two sons, Burt L. Watt, Marquette and John R. Watt, Tacoma, Wash.  There are 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  He also leaves a brother, William Watt Marquette and two sisters Mrs. William Gibson and Mrs. Charlie Scarborough, Methil, Scotland.

Services will be held Friday afternoon in the Swanson funeral home and burial will be made in the family lot in Park Cemetery.

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