Aaron Milison Dies On Tuesday

“In the sudden death of Aaron Milison at his home on Carey’s Run, Tuesday morning, the West Side loses one of its best citizens.”

“Of a quiet and retired disposition Mr. Milison was happiest in his own home and when surrounded by his own people. In appearance, he resembled descriptions and pictures of Washington Irving’s hero, ‘Rip Van Winkle,’ with his gray hair, long gray beard, wearing a rope belt on the outside of his coat, and carrying a staff as he moved along with slow tread. Although possessor of a good buggy he generally preferred walking to the city and back to his West Side home. It was characteristic of him to rather part with his life than with one inch of his hair or beard and all of the repeated entreaties of his son, Charles M Milison, foreman at Roy McElhaney’s barbershop, failed to shake his decision of that score.”

“Mr. Milison up to a few days ago had been in apparently good health, although nearly 80 years of age. On Sunday he showed signs of a breakdown and began failing rapidly. His children were summoned to his bedside, but Dan, a well-known Interstate Transfer hackman, arrived just five minutes after he expired on Tuesday morning at 8:15. Dr. Osborne1, who was called, also arrived a few minutes too late.”

“Mr. Millison was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania, but had resided on the West Side for fully a quarter of a century. He served four years and six months in the Civil War with Company E, Thirty-Third Ohio Infantry, and lost an eye in battle. He is survived by his aged wife, four sons and a daughter. John, Dan, Dick and Ben and Mrs. Ida Vincent of Chillicothe. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon with burial in Greenlawn cemetery.”2

  1. George William Osborne, Jr.
  2. Aaron Millison Dies On Tuesday. (1908, December 19). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.
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