This obituary of Leonard Tillotson was copied from newspaper articles in a scrapbook owned by Richard C. Schmal, Lowell Town Historian. Unknown source. News article was undated. A copy of the article also can be found in the Local History Files at the Lowell Public Library (LH--Vital Statistics, vol. 1, page 87):
Leoanrd Tillotson was born in Lockport, Niagara county, New York, August 11, 1847 and died at Wesley Hospital, Chicago, May 2, 1907, aged 59 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Ida Foote, May 16, 1875, who after being his companion almost thrty-two years, still survives him. To this union were born six children, two dying in infancy, leaving three dauhgters -- Mrs. J. Horan, of Long Beach, California, Mrs. D.A. Lawrence, of Saint Louis, Mich., and Mrs. Melvin Greisel, of Lowell and one son -- Ed. Tillotson, of Manitou, Colo. and numerous friends to mourn his departure. He served in the late War of the Rebellion in Co. A, 65th New York Volunteers.
He was a member of the M.E. church, Lowell, from which the funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 1907. The Church was well filled by his friends and neighbors, thus attesting to the esteen in which he was held by them. His pastor, Rev. D. Idle, preached the funeral discourse. The M.E. church choir consisting of, Mrs. Kate Handley, Miss Ida Hoshaw, Lon Rogers and Paul Hathaway, accompanied by Miss Vera Hill on the organ, furnished the music. Claude Binyon, of Chicago, assisted by John Castle, had charge of the burial service. The following acted as pall-bearers: Samuel Nichols, W.C. Nichols, G.S. Clark, T.D. Dickinson, A.P. Thompson and H.H. Ragon. After services in the church the body was escorted by his comrades of Burnham Post G.A.R. to the Lowell cemetery, where the beautiful burial service of the G.A.R. was impressively rendered, after which all that was mortal of our beloved comrade was lowered to its last resting place, there to remain till the morning of the first ressurrection, then to come forth in the newness of life to meet and greet the loved ones he had to leave. The bereaved friends have the sympathy of this community in their loss.