Joseph Addison Dame, Old-Time Musician is Taken by Death

Aged and Well Known Resident Passes Away This Morning; Many Years in Employ of C., M.,  St. Paul Railroad
Came to Freeport in 1864 as Boss Carpenter for Racine and Mississippi Line
Joseph Addison Dame, an old and respected resident of Freeport, died at the home of his son, James E. Dame, at 5:50 o'clock this morning of old age. He was born at Barnstable, New Hampshire, November 11, 1834, and came west to Wisconsin with his parents at the age of 8 years, settling at Spring Prairie, where he grew to manhood and on February 23, 1862, was united in marriage to Almeda Stoel, at Burlington, Wis. Mr. Dame became connected with the Racine and Mississippi railroad, now the C., M.,  St. Paul, and came to Freeport in April, 1864, as boss carpenter of the division. The road became bankrupt and was merged with the Western Union and from that to the C., M.,  St. Paul. Mr. Dame had a continuous service of over forty years with the road. He was a man with a happy disposition and was a lover of music. After coming to Freeport became noted as a violinist and was connected with the late Joseph Gibler's band. Mr. Dame for many years was called to towns all over northern Illinois to play for dances. He leaves to mourn his passing two sons and five daughters: Addison J. of Mobridge, S. D.; James E. of Freeport; Mrs. Anna Shaunessey, Mrs. Carrie Dinderman and Mrs. Flora Krueger of Freeport; Mrs. Ella Conger, Saunderstown, R. I., and Mrs. Nellie Hissong, of Joliet. It is a noteworthy fact that he is the last of a family of seven children. He traced his lineage back to 1761, when his ancestors settled in New Hampshire. He made friends wherever he went and leaves a host of them to mourn his loss. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26th, at the residence of his son, James, 81 Gund Avenue. Rev. J. W. Funston of Embury church will officiate and interment will be in the city cemetery.
Freeport Journal Standard Wednesday, March 24, 1920 Page 2. Submitted by: Deb Dame on 24 Feb 2000

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