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Albion New Era (Newspaper) - June 12, 1884, Albion, Indiana TWO DOLMRS YEAR. "He-wr to tlxo 1-daa.o; X-et tla.e Clxips yaOl •wli.ere tKey IÀ' siDVAKGE, VOL. XII NO. 38. ALBION, NOBLE COUNTY, INDIANA, JUNE 12, 1884. NEW SERIES. VOL. IX NO. 25. THE DEAD PIONEERS. BIOaRAPHiCAL SKETCHES OF THE OLD SEHLERS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY DURING THE PAST YEAR AS READ BE. FORE THE OLD SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION . OF NOBLE COUNTY, AT ALBION, IND., JUNE 5, 1884. BY NELSON PRENTISS, BIOGRAPHEK, "After one year of a>)sence, At last we meet again; Dt»e8 the meeting Rive us pleasure Or does It give us pain? The tree of life has been shaken, And bnt few of us linger now. Like the prophets "two or three berries' In the top of the up|)em»ost boutjh. We cordially greet each other In the old familiar tone; And we think, tlwugh we do not say it. How old and gray he has grown! We speak of a merry Christmas. And many a happy New Year; But each in his heart is thinking. Of those that are not here. We speak of the ones that are fallen. And of what thev did and said, 'Til the dead alone seem Hvlag, And the living alone seem dead. And at last we hardly distinguish Between the aho$U and the gtusU; And a mist and a shadow of sadness Steals over our merriest jests." So wrote our sweetest, purest poet, the lamented ♦ Longfellow. Do not the words come to us to-day with more force and pathos than ever before. This meeting to-day gives us pleasure, but not unmixed with pain. We are thai^ful that so many of us are spared to meet here to-day. But we sadly miss others who in years gone by were wont to greet us on the day of our annual meeting. To-day while we have guests around our board, there are more ghosts. And if the spirits of the lost and loved are permitted to re-visit the scenes of earth may their presence not be about us here. Death has reaped a rich harvest during the past year, and many of the earliest land marks have been removed. In the duty assigned me as yoar biographer I have studied breArity when I should have been glad to have said more, but space and the number called away forbid more extended notice. Nor is a lengthy notice necessary ; their best epitoph is written in the hearts of those who survive, and their noblest monument is their useful lives. At our last meeting no written biographies were presented, in consequence of a failure of those appointed to report to me, and other duties having prevented me from gathering the necessary information. This year I have included such of our number as died last year, and whose names were not mentioned, and I here present suck information as I have been able to collect And I take this opportunity to return my l^anks to the members of the committee appointed at our last meeting, for the prompt and satisfactory manner in which they have performed the duties assigned to them. Among the names on the committee last year was Mra Isabella Whan, of Swan, who was the first to report, and her reports are so full and complete, and so much better prepared than could have been done by myself, that I present them to-day as written by her. Let the men beware lest the women take from them the right of suffrage. MBS. CATHABINE RICHARDS closed her life Feb. 16, 1883, at the age of 73 years. She was a native of Rockingham county, Virginia, where she was bom in 1809. In yonih she was brought by her parents to Licking county, Ohio, where, on the 18th of December, 1884, she was married to Joseph Richards who gorvived her. In 1836 she came with her husband to Indiana, and lived in Allen county, on Eel River, about six months, and in March, 1837, came to Noble county, where she and her httsband cleared up and improved a farm where they lived 36 years, in Swan township. She was well known to all the early settlers, and was poasessed of those virtues that were so common among the pioneers of that day. She was the mother of seven children, four of whom are living. At the time of her death she was living in Ghurubusco. Bnt hetr remains were brought to Noble oonnty, «nd buried in the cemetery near the pl^ where she first settled, and while her death occurred ^ in "Whitley county, yet her dust re ^Ixyses in Noble county, and we claim ft place fcac her nune in the archives ot our society. She was a dai^hter of Adam Folk who lived to be over 100 j«tacB of age aad whose death was raported to you about ten years •go. KUZA UNDER ^«d in Ajnril, 1883, and her Dfune was not reported at our last meeting. As she was the last of her father's family left in Noble county, it is impossible to give as full a history of her life as would be desirable. But I was well acquainted with her from childhood and present the following from recollection: She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stone, who came to the county in 1829, or 1830, and at the time she must have been a babe. I think I have heard that she was bom while her parents were moving, but of this I am not ceriain. Her parents are too well known to require me to say anything of them. They are both dead having moved to Illinois several years ago. She was married twice; her first husband was John Davis, who died, and several years after she was again married to George Bender who is still living. She leaves one child, a son. The above is as full as I can make ii MRS. MARTHA PRESTON one of the oldest of our friends who have gone from us during the year, first saw the light in the state of Connecticut, on the first day of June, 1800, and closed her eyes in peace at Swan on the 28th day of June, 1883. In youth she emigrated to the state of New York, where she lived until 1833, when she came to Fort Wayne, and in 1834 she settled in Swan township, where she remained until her death. On the 27th day of June, 1824, she was married to Charles Shelner, with whom she lived 35 years, when he died on the anniversary of their marriage. She was again married in Dec. 1861, to Lucius Preston who has been dead several years. In youth she united with the M. E. church and she was the mother of that church, in Swan. Before any place was prepared for preaching, her house was used for that purpose and was known as "Barn's Chapel." Afterwards a long building was erected, for a church and school house, where meetings were held. Her seat in the house of worship was never empty when it was possible for her to be present She was devotedly attached to the church of her choice, but she loved all who loved her Savior. Such a life as she led, robbed death of his sting, and enabled her to triumph over the grave. Her life was blameless, her end was peace and "though dead she yet speaketh." ARCHIBALD KINNISON died suddenly on the 8th day of November, 1883, at the ag« of 67 years. He was bora in Virginia, in 1816, came to Elkhart county, in 1833, and came to Noble county a few years ago. At the time he lived in Elkhart county he was well known in Noble county, living near the line. His early life was spent upon the farm, and this calling he followed to the close of his useful life. In 1841 he was married to Miss Charlotte Wofwi, a sister of Hon. Harrison Wood, of Ligonier. His widow is still living. In all the relations of life as a citizen, husband, father or friend, he was an example worthy of imitation, and his death has left a void that cannot be filled. Commencing life on an unimproved farm in the Elkhart bottoms, by industry, perseverance and economy he accumulated a competence, and left his widow and family in comfortable circumstances. He lived respected, and died regretted by all who knew him, and by his thrift and enter prise contributed largely to the development of the resources of the country In his home he was warmhearted and kind. His hospitality was unaffected, and sincere, and no one made their friends more welcome He never forgot the early days, and for the old settlera he h^ a special regard. Let us imitate his virtues and cherish his memory. HARMON A. DIOOINS came to LaGrange county in 1833 at the age of six years, where he re mained about two years, and in 1835 with his parents he settled in Noble county where he remained until the time of his death on the 19th day of July, 1883. Nearly all his Hfe was passed in our midst, and to those who knew him best nothing need be said. In all the relations of life as a citizen, husband, or father he was a pattern worthy of imitation. He was bom in St Lawrence county. New York, May 5, 1827. In 1859 he was married to Miss Eliza Duel, who with four children are left to mourn the loss of a husband and father. He was unassuming and modest in his habits, and never smighi place or position, but found his home the most attractive place. In 1857 he united with the E. church and romained a consistent member to the day of his death. He knew in whom he believed, and when the call came he ioyfully obeyed and left behind the consoling assurance that all was well, triumphing in death, and he passed over singing "We shall meet beyond the River, by and by." "How blest the good man when he dies." CATHARINE LOW KINO, Another mother in Israel has fallen in Swan since our last meeting. One who for many years had passed in and before us, and by her life and conversation made the world better. One who had been associated with Mother Preston in her labors of love and charity, and though one was a disciple of Wesley and the other of Calvin, yet both were disciples of Christ Mrs. Catharine Low King was born May 4, 1803, in Orange county. New York, and died Dec. 14, 1883, at her home in Swan. She was married in Chenango county, New York, to Hiram King in March, 1824. He died in April, 1864, since which time she Jias remained a widow. She was the mother of six children, four of whom are living, and by their correct walk in life afford the best evidence of the mother's influence. She settled in Swan township in June, 1837 and lived and died on the place where they first located. Both Mr. and Mrs. King in early life embraced religion and united with the Presbyterian church and continued worthy members until removed to the blessed Church Triumphant Mrs. King through her entire life manifested the gentle and loving character of a true christian woman, and no one who knew her could fail to be impressed with the sunshine of her disposition. Always cheerful and happy, her greatest pleasure seemed to be in communicating happiness to others. We shall sadly miss her here, but our loss is her eternal gain. MRS. SARAH GAWTHROP died at Milford, Kosciusko county, Dec. 18, 1883, at the advanced age of 91 years. Although she died in another county, yet she was so connected with the early settlers of this county, that we feel her name should appear upon our records. "She was bora near Wheeling, Va., Dec. 16, 1792, and while still a child moved with her parents to Ross county, O. In 1811 she was married to Thomas Shoup, who died in 1828, leaving her a widow with seven children. In 1833 she came with her children to Indiana, and settled one mile north of Ligonier, on a farm now owned by William D. Hays, Esq., and com menced to improve a farm and prepare a home for herself and family, and it was in her hospitable home that I spent my first night in Noble county, and the acquaintance thus commenced continued until her death. In 1835 she was married to Daniel Miller, but in less than one year she was again left a widow. By her second marriage she had one son who now resides in Grant county, Ind. Of her eight children, six are living. In 1839, she was married a third time, to Richard Gawthrop, of Kosciusko county, who died in 1855, since which time she remained a widow until death. For the past 21 years she lived in Milford, tenderly cared for by her daughter Sarah, whose filial devotion to her was at once touching and sincere. Casting aside self and all her earthly hopes, she spent many years, the best of her life, in ministering to tne wants of an invalid mother. The weight of many years had undermined a once vigorous constitution, and had clouded her once bright intellect and the mother now seemed the child, the daughter becoming the sole stay and support of the paaent, nor ceas^ her la^r of love until death kindly inter posed. Bnt no words of mine can add to her well earned praise In early life Mother Gawthrop united with the Presbyterian church, and though for most of her life she was not situated so that she could wor ship with the church of her choice, yet she was a constant attendant at public worship as long as she was able. But her work on earth is done she had lived almost a century and she was as it were living among strangera A new race had arisen and one that knew her not And now like a shock of com fully ripe she has ended her days and from the cu-es and sorrows of earth she has entered upon her eternal reward. BYLAND HEED was a native of Windsor county, Vermont, where he was bom Jan. 28, 1811;, At an early period of his life he came with his parents to the Western Besenre, Ohio, where on the 8tli day of April, 1835, he waa mar ried to Miss Eliza Iddings, who is still living. She was a daughter of Henry Iddings, who died several years ago, and wliose death was by me reported to you at the time. Mr. and Mrs. Reed, were among the early settlers of Noble county, having located here Sept 10, 1836, and remained here until his death. Mrs. Reed's brothers, Jackson, Hiram and Lewis Iddings, are still with us. He was the father of two children, a son and a daughter. The daughter is living, but he fell a victim to disease contracted in the army during the war for the preservation of our government, giving his life for us. Mr. Reed was a man of more than usual mental power, which he had improved by judicious reading, and hence he was an instractive companion and an interesting talker in conversation. His likes and dislikes were well defined, and he never professed friendship when it was not real. He improved a farm in Allen township, about one mile south of Ken-dallville, btit whether he sold it before his death I am not informed. He lived an honest upright life, and his death has left us another vacant seat, around our board to-day. He died March 20, 1884. THOMAS WEEKS, of Green township, died at the residence of his son. Chas. Weeks, April, 1884, in the 83d year of his life. He was born in Hocking county, Ohio, August 20, 1801, and was married at Shelby county, Janua^^ 18, 1826. His wife crossed over the River five years ago last November, and was buried in the Sanford cemetery, where he was laid to rest by her side. He emigrated to Allen county in 1826 when Fort Wayne was a small hamlet of not more than a dozen houses, and the whole of Northera Indiana was in the possession of the forest lords and when the settlers' cabins were like "Angel visits." For several years he kept a house of entertainment where the Fort Wayne and Mogoquinong trail crossed Cedar Creek. And I doubt not that some of you who are here to-day have passed one or more nights in his "Del-monico." He moved into Noble county in 1844, and setted in Green township and lived there until the time of his death. He was the father of twelve children, seven of whom are still living. He was the "Noblest work of God, an honest man. could say nothing that would be higher praise should I write a book. ADDISON STAUNTON died at his home in Wayne township, April 13, 1884, at the age of 56 years. He came to Noble county with his father in 1836, and settled in Wayne township, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was bora in Wayne county, New York, Feb. 18, 1828. Dec. 25, 1850, he was married to Miss Lucinda Potter, who, with two children are left behind. Mr. Staunton was for 26 years a member of the M. E. church, and his life was the best exemplifi cation of his profession. Without ostentation he lived an honest upright life, honored, trusted and respected by all who knew him, and in his death the family have lost one whose place cannot be filled, the church, a consistent member and the community an accommodating neighbor and a good citizen. His daughter is the wife of Mr. Jesse Devoe, of Wayne township, and his son is pastor of the M E. church, at Indianapolis, both of whom are worthy of the father, which is the highest compliment that I can bestow upon them. Personally I am not acquainted with Mr. Staunton but derive my information from those who knew him best, and we feel sure that his life made the world better. MR. AND MRS. ISAAC CAVIN were among the first to penetrate the wilds of Noble county and to take an important part in preparing the wilderness to be a fit abode for civilization. Mr. Cavin came to Elkhart county in 1830 and worked by the month for James Fryer, who was one of the first settlers on Elkhart Prai ria In 1832 he purchased the farm upon which he died, having owned it fifty-two years. He was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., October 27, 1807; on the 27th day of March 1834, he was married to Elizabeth Marker of Pennsylvania and then settled on his farm on the Hawpatch where for almost fifty years they traveled life's joomey together, sharing its joys and its sorrows, its dutie» and responsibilities, its disappointments and its ho|^ Mrs. Cavin, who was also a native of Pennsylvp-ia was born January 6,1814, and died January 11,1884, hav^ xust passed tfaree ■eofa and toi " he linger long, for on the 3d day of May after her death he followed where she had led the way. And on the "Shining Shore" they met, never to be again separated. It may be said that the life of one pioneer written is the life of all, and to a certain extent this is true, but occasionally there is one of whom more special mention should be made. Such an one is Mr. Cavin. Coming here at that early date he seemed to realize that the then wildemess was not to remain so, but that it was to be converted into homes for the generations that were to follow, and that the prime factors of civilization were the school house and church. Hence, soon after his settiement here, he, with the assistauce of his brother-in-law, Mr. Seymore Moses, erected near the ¡Dresent site of Salem church, a building made of logs which was the first church and school-house (for it was used for both) in Noble county. This church was never closed against any one who desired to preach there, because, according to the views of the owner, he was not orthodox. At the time of his settlement here he purchased several tracts of land and among them one where the town of Ligonier is situated, which was laid out by him in 1835, before Noble county was organizedand the original plat of the town was recorded in LaGrange county. At that time the future of the new town did not seem very flattering, but the magic spirit of modem improvement has been abroad and now Ligonier has become a center of trade whose temples of learning and religion, and whose magnificent private residences and business blocks all attest the sagacity of its founder. Mr. and Mrs. Cavin both united with the Presbyterian church in youth and in their old age realized the fulfillment of the promise: "I will never leave nor forsake thee." They had six children, all but two of whom went on before. The two living ones, John and William are known to most of you. HON. HENRY HOSTETTEK, was one of the earliest settlers of Noble county, having located here in 1832, and several years before the county was organiz^ It was my fortune to form his acquaintance upon my first settlement in the county, and being about the same age, a friendship sprang up between us that lasted until radely severed by death on the 3rd day of May, 1884. Were I to follow the promptings of my heart I would present an extended notice of the life of our departed friend, but these sketehes already too long admonish me that there is a limit I may not pass, and no words of eulogy from me would add anything to his well-earaed reputation. He was bom in Chilicothe, Ohio, July 14, 1814, and hence was but 18 years of age when he came to Indiana, where he lived 52 years before his death. In the notice of his death which has been furnished to me the date of his marriage is given July 5, but the year is not stated. From my own recollection I will say that it was 1841. His wife (who survives him) was Miss Margaret Harsh, a daughter of Daniel Harsh, Esq., well known to all who lived in Perry township at an early day. She was traly a helpmeet for him, and now in the decline of life is left to wateh and wait until she too will be called up higher. It would be superfluous for me to go into details in regard to our friend. His life is known to you all, both private and public. He has been called upon by his fellow citizens to fill various public offices, and in all official positions he has honorably acquitted himself and in every instance the office has sought him and not he the office. He was Justice of the Peace 14 years, assessor 12 years, and has held other important offices. In 1880 at a district convention I had the pleasure of presenting his name as a candidate for senator from Noble and LaGrange. He was nominated by acclamation and was elected to the position, which he filled with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents. In 1853 he united with the Free Masons, and advanced to the degree of Royal Arch Mason and held the position of Master of the Lodge and High Priest of the Chapter, and was buried by his brethren according to the Ritual of the Order, and having faithfully discharge his duties as a Brother, husband, father, citizen and friend, he calmly "wraps the drapery of his couch around him and lies down to dreams." This moming there was placed in my hands a paper stating that Mrs. Lydia Inks died June 1, 1884. I have no information in regard to the time or place of her birth, or of the date of her settiement here, but I know that she was among the early settlers. Her husband was Thomas Inks, with whom I was well acquint-ed, but whether he is living or dead, I do not know. I regret that I am not able to give you a more extended notice of this mother, but after all, what is the difference? If I say she was one of the pioneers of Noble county, that she endared the privations of frontier life, that she lived to see the frait of her toil ripen in an abundant harvest of blessings for the present inhabitants of Noble county, that she has done what she could and has gone to her reward; is it not enough ? More I cannot say. And now having again discharged the duty of presenting you with a sketeh of our departed ones, let me again thank those who have so generously assisted me. I feel that I ought to apologize to you for the manner in which I have performed this duty, for I am aware tiiat there is a sameness and monotony about them that makes them uninteresting, but I promised you a few years ago that I would continue to act for you until removed by you or by deatii. So if you can endure the affliction longer, it is the best evidence that you are easily satisfied. And now, my old associates, in taking leave of you to-day, perhaps for the last time, (God only knows) I can only say, God bless you and keep you, until his purposes shall be accomplished, and you are called to follow where our departed ones have led tJie way. Even now we all realize that the day has come "when the keepers of thé house tremble and the strong men bow themselves and those that look out of the windows are darkened." Our locks bleached by the frosts of many winters remind us of the "Almond Blossom," and soon "The silver cord shall be loosed and the golden bowl be broken, and the piteher broken at the fountain or the wheel be broken at the cistern." Soon shall dust return to the earth as it was, and our spirits to God who gave them. May we all be prepared for our last great change and be enabled to welcome death as a kind messenger sent to translate us from the cares of earth to the perfect joys of Heaven. Nothing in Particular. We are shut up in these bodies of ours, and subject upon digestion. You can't work to much purpose unless you are well. It is all the same whetheryou work with head or hands or lx)th. Maybe you have no especial disease which can be named, but lack spirit, strength and tone. You should take Parker's Tonic at ouce. It purifies the blood, regulates and stren^h-ens the digestion, and sets in order the liver and kidneya It is a safe and delicious stimulant —Since it has been whispered around that Albion will have a circus early in the season, all the conn-try lasses are visiting Russell's "Fair" (at the old stand of Ferris & Copper^) to purchase Hats Plumes, Tips .powers, where they are treated with same oonrtesy as city ^ Please don't forget the 5 and 10 liters.
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