From the Galesville Republican Galesville, WI 11/16/1911
Death Strikes Quickly; Nephi Nichols Falls Dead
Nephi Nichols, an old resident of the town of Trempealeau, dropped dead Saturday at Black River Falls while crossing the railroad bridge on foot. Mr. Nichols had gone to Black River Falls to visit relatives. He was in his usual health when he left home and when he reached the Falls he was very much interested in viewing the scenes of the flood. He was sightseeing with his nephew, William Linnel, when he was stricken down.
The body was returned to the old home in little Tamarack Monday and the funeral was held Tuesday from the residence. Rev. Benjamin Thomas, pastor of the Galesville Presbyterian church officiated. There were many floral offerings and hundreds of people were present at the last ceremonies to the man they had held in high esteem.
Mr. Nichols was a native of the state of New York, where he was born June 29, 1839. He came west with his parents when a child and for a time lived in Ohio. In the early 50's he settled in La Crosse and Trempealeau counties, finally making his home in the little Tamarack near Galesville. Mr. Nichols was married in 1861 to Alme Tubbs. Mrs. Nichols died three years ago. There are seven children living: Ren Nichols, Frank Nichols, Herbert Nichols, Mrs. Clarence Sacia, and Mrs. Clark Gallup of this vicinity; Mrs. C.J. Carli, St. Paul, and Gay Nichols, Black River Falls. All the children were present at the funeral. Mr. Nichols was one of those men who go through the world quietly and without display. He was a thrifty, enterprising man and a substantial citizen. All who knew him esteemed him and his death is generally regretted.