Walter Fitz Randolph
Walter Fitz Randolph lived in Riley, McHenry County, IL with
his parents, Alfred and Mary Magdalene [Pfeiffer] Fitz Randolph from about 1843 until
his left to attend Rush Medical in Chicago in about 1868. He later relocated his family
to Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.
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Source: Unknown author, Obituary of Walter Fiz Randolph, "An
Old Citizen Gone To His Rest" (Unknown Publisher located in Bedford, Iowa,
Wednesday, January 7, 1903).
AN OLD CITIZEN GONE TO HIS REST
Dr. Walter F. Randolph Has Gone to His Reward After a Long and
Useful Life--Funeral Services Held at the Presbyterian Church Under the Auspices of
the Masonic Fraternity, of Which He Was An Honored Member.
TAYLOR COUNTY OFFICIALS Adjorn and Attend the Funeral of a
Brother Officer and Friend--Many Pay Their Last Respects
There are, indeed, evidences of the uncertainty of life and the
certainty of death all about us, and frequently the fact is brought most vividly and
painfully to the mind and conscience of all. In the death of our old townsman, Dr.
W.F.Randolph, we recognize a special evidence, and a community stands in awe as it mourns.
Two days before Christmas he went to Chicago to visit his two daughters and was
in his usual health and vigor and went in the anticipation of a pleasant visit and a
safe return among old friends, but on the fourth of the new year, after a very brief illness,
he passed away.
The remains were brought to this city yesterday morning and the
funeral services were held this morning in the Presbyterian church at 10:30 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. D.W. Griffith. The funeral was in charge of the Masonic fraternity,
of which deceased was an honored member. The church was filled with old friends who had
assembled to take a last farewell of what remained of a highly respected citizen.
The center section of seats was reserved for the brother Masons, many of whom came from
lodges outside of this city. The floral offerings were beautiful and appropriate. The
songs rendered were: "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," and "There is a Land of Pure Delight,"
by Mesdames Joseph Arthaud, R. Fuller and Messrs. Wm. Wilkins and John
Rev. Griffith spoke from the text found in Isaiah 38-1: "Set
thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live," from which he preached a short though
effective sermon to the living, at the close of which he spoke scriptural words of
consolation to the mourners. Interment took place in the Bedford cemetery, where his wife
was buried long ago.
Dr. Randolph, after a residence among us for more than 30
years, passed away conscious of the fact that his conduct among men, both in a
business and social way, entitled him to their respect and esteem. Publicly he has
received numerous positions of trust and his duties were always performed in a conscientious
manner, and in a manner which indicted that he had proper regard for what was due both
public and private interests. At the time of his death he was county surveyor, a
position which he had held for many years. He was also at the head of the local board of
health, and superintendent of the construction of our waterworks system, all of which
indicates that he was a vigorous and useful man in the community, and devoted to public
interests, and a man whose services and presence will be sadly
The obituary as read at the church this morning
Walter F. Randolph was born in Meadville, Penn, Dec. 9,
When about twelve years of age he moved with his parents to
Wisconsin and a few years later to McAenry [JMR: McHenry] county, Ill. He was
married in the year 1864 to Rachel Goodsil and one son and two daughters were born to them
all of whom survive him.
He graduated from Rush Medical College with the class of '69.
The following year he came with his family to Bedford, where he has resided
continuously until his death, at which time he was with his daughters in
His illness was very brief as he had always hoped that it would
Resolutions adopted by Taylor Lodge No. 156 A. F. and A.M.
expressive of the sense of the lodge upon the loss of its esteemed Brother Walter F.
Whereas, It has pleased the Supreme Grand Master of the
universe to remove from our midst our beloved Brother Walter F. Randolph and translate him
from this imperfect to that all perfect celestial and glorious lodge above.
Resolved, That in the death of Brother Walter F. Randolph this
lodge fully realizes that one of its brightest ornaments and most devoted members has
passed away and that our loss is his gain.
Resolved, That the members of this lodge tender to the bereaved
relatives and friends of the deceased their warmest sympathy and
Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of
this lodge, a copy furnished to each member of the bereaved family and to the
papers for publication.
J.B. Dodge, Com.
In memory of Dr. W.F. Randolph, late surveyor of Taylor county,
Iowa. Adopted at a meeting held in the court house in Bedford, Iowa, January 6th,
Whereas, the hand of death has removed from our midst Dr. W.F.
Randolph, surveyor of Taylor County, Iowa,
Be it Resolved, by the Board of Supervisors and the officials
of said county who have served in office with him, that we realize in the death of Dr.
Randolph the removal of an able and conscientious officer, and
Be it further Resolved, that we feel ourselves bereft of a
worthy citizen, a kind neighbor, a profitable companion, a cultured gentleman and an honored
Be it further Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon
the records of the Board of Supervisors of Taylor county, and that a copy hereof duly
certified, be furnished the family of the deceased.
Com. on Resolutions.