August 22, 1889 — As had been expected almost daily for several weeks past, Hon.William Milnes died at his home in this county last Wednesday evening about 5 o’clock, and was buried with Masonic honors in the town that bears his name on last Saturday.
Mr. Milnes came to Page soon after the war, and was manager and part owner of the iron works, and as the active friend and promoter of every enterprise looking to the material advancement of our county, was soon a recognized leader in the business affairs not only of Page County but everywhere wherever he was known.
To his influence in interesting capital in the enterprise and to his indomitable energy in prosecuting the work is due in large measure the beginning and successful completion of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad.
He was a liberal, generous man, with large sympathy for the laboring man, and hundreds of that class who have been in his employ in this county feel now that he is dead that they have lost a friend whose place in their affection will be hard to fill.
He was a devoted believer in Christianity, a member of the Methodist church at Milnes, and exercised a wide and healthful influence in all the work of the church.
~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier