Note: FRED PAGE DIED IN MANILA News Received by Relatives, but No Particulars. Sketch of His Life.
Mrs. James R. Howe received by letter this morning the sad intelligence of the death of her brother, Fred R. Page, in Manila. The letter is from Major Blunt at Rock Island in which he says that a telegram from Washinton, D. C. states that his death was on the 18th of September, but gives no particulars.
Two years ago Mr. Page left Rock Island where he had been employed in the arsenal, to go to Manila where he was commissioned to take charge of the arsenal. All seems, according to his letters, to have gone well with him there. He had been making drawings and plans preparatory to making some changes in the Manila arsenal and in his last letter which was dated August 2, he was perfectly well. The next news which came of him was of his death. Not long ago an intimate friend of Mr. Page died of what was then supposed to be the bubonic palgue but as to his own death it is mere conjecture. It was two years ago last June when he left for Manila and since that time he has written frequent bright, cheerful letters and his friends here were looking forward to seeing him home next summer. The news of his death came as a severe blow to Mrs. Howe for he was dearly loved in his family. His mother, who lives with Mrs. Howe, is visiting with friends in Aledo and she was telegraphed for.
Fred Page was born in Galesburg on July 14, 1874, his parents being Rowley and Viola Page. He lived in Galesburg all his life until going to Rock Island in 1897. He received his education here and learned the trade of machinist and worked in the C. B. & Q. shops. While working at his trade he studied nights in a correspondence school and mastered the art of mechanical drawing so well that by it he gained a good position in the arsenal at Rock Island. He remained there only a few months when he was appointed to take charge of the Manila arsenal where he had 200 men under him.
He was a member of company C at one time where he was a second lieutenant and later he joined Battery B as sergeant.
He was a man whose many friends were true to him and he always stood by them. there was nothing superior about him.
He leaves his mother, Mrs. Viola Alton and two sisters, Mrs. James R. Howe and Mrs. Frank Rouse of Springfield.
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