Pneumonia fatal to William A. Tucker: Widely known resident of Wilmette and leader in Masonic fraternity succumbs
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 1 Apr 1927, p. 7

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William Albert Tucker, for sixteen years a resident of Wilmette and actively associated with local community activities, succumbed to an attack of pnuemonia [sic] following a brief illness at his home, 1214 Lake avenue, Friday, March 25. Masonic services were held from the First Congregational church Tuesday afternoon, March 29, with burial at Memorial park.

Mr. Tucker, who was one of a family of about six children, was born on a farm about five miles from Logansport, Ind. At the age of seventeen he obtained his first position and began the study of telegraphy with the Pennsylvania railroad, holding a place in this branch of service until he reached the age of twenty. At that time he resigned and came to Chicago where he entered the employ of the J. W. Butler Paper company as a billing clerk.

On October 1, 1896, he was married to Stella May Belman at Hammond, Ind., and to this union were born two children, Verna and Albert, the former now Mrs. Blodgett of Madison, Wis., and the latter residing in Wilmette.

Goes to Des Moines
On February 1, 1897, Mr. Tucker was sent to Des Moines, Ia., to take charge of the western territory for the Butler Paper company, where he resided for eleven years. During his residence in Des Moines, he joined the Masonic fraternity, becoming successively a member in the Blue lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Knight Templars, Shrine, and Scottish Rite. He was also cited for a 33rd degree in Masonry, but, due to his removal from De Moines in 1808, did not attain the highest honor in the gift of the Masonic fraternity. He was also a member of the Hyperian Field and Motor club of Des Moines.

In 1908, Mr. Tucker went to Los Angeles, Cal., where he became manager of the Sierra Paper company, a branch house of the Butler Paper company. The following year he returned to Chicago and aided in the establishment of the Parker, Thomas, Tucker Paper company of that city, in which organization he maintained a full partnership until his death.

Mr. Tucker came to Wilmette in 1911 and during his residence here won for himself a position of lofty esteem. He demitted to the Blue Lodge and Royal Arch chapter of Wilmette and maintained an active membership in the local units of the Masonic fraternity until his death.

He was also a member of the Westmoreland Country club of Wilmette, of the Hamilton club of Chicago and of the First Congregational church of Wilmette. In all of these organizations and in each of the cities where he had resided. Mr. Tucker leaves a host of friends, many of whom were present at the services Tuesday. He was noted as a true sportsman and in business a worthy competitor and associate.

Surviving Mr. Tucker are the widow, Mrs. Stella May Tucker, his daughter, Mrs. Verna Blodgett of Madison, Wis., and his son Albert, residing in Wilmette and also associated with the company in which Mr. Tucker was a partner.

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1 Apr 1927
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Belman, Stella ; Blodgett, Verna ; Tucker, Albert ; Tucker, Verna ; Tucker, William
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Pneumonia fatal to William A. Tucker: Widely known resident of Wilmette and leader in Masonic fraternity succumbs