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Submitted by Reva Wagner & Sandy Wagner
Scrapbook belongs to Mildred Sweet, now age 99, and had been created by her mother Edyth UPDYKE "Sweet"
These obituaries are presented in scrapbook order. I can't think of a better way of understanding a community than by reading an obituary scrapbook.

Miss Marion Ethel Brownell Becomes the Bride of Laurence Page Maynard

     The marriage of Miss Marion Ethel Brownell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Brownell to Laurence Page Maynard, son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Maynard, occurred in the First Presbyterian church last evening at 8 o’clock, Rev. William Charles Hogg performed the ceremony.  The church was filled with guests.
     The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Elsie Brownell, as maid-of-honor, and four bridesmaids: Miss Margaret Foley, of Philadelphia; Misses Winifred Maynard, Emily Harrar and Sarah Stewart, of this city.  The bridal gown was of heavy white messaline made in simple princess style, with slight touches of Duchesse lace.  The veil was held in place by pearls.  An exquisite arrangement of white roses and lilies of the valley comprised the bride’s bouquet.
The Bride’s Attendants.
     The maid-of-honor’s gown was of pale pink brocade with pearl and crystal ornamentation, a court train and draping of pink chiffon.  She carried pink roses.  The bridesmaids were attired in pink messaline with pearl and crystal trimming and chiffon draping.  They carried bouquets of pink asters.
     The groom’s attendant was his brother, Malcolm De Pul Maynard, Burtt E. Sweet, of Elmira, J. Rolfe Maynard, William H. Hough, A. M. Davis, J. Morris Rhen, and Henry M. Herdic were ushers.  The bride was given away by her father.
The Reception.
     After the ceremony an elaborate reception was held at the bride’s home, 837 Market street.  The house was beautifully decorated with hydrangeas and palms, and the bridal table with pink asters.   In addition to the many Williamsport guests who attended the reception, the following from other cities were present:
      Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Morse and J.W. P. Parsons, of Washington, D.C.; M.M. Parsons and C.F. Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Marks, of Elmira; Frank Hubbard, Andrew S. Hubbard, Jack H. Simpson, of Carbondale; Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Van Duren, of Archbald, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Reeder of Hobok,en, N.J.; Dr. and Mrs. M. B. Dwight, of Philadelphia.
     Mr. and Mrs. Maynard left last night for a wedding journe, after which they will return to this city, to reside at No. 1105 Elmira street.

Arthur Sweet Expires Friday at Saranac Lake

     Arthur L. Sweet, a well known and highly regarded young husband and father of this boro, died last Friday evening at Rumenapp cottage, Saranac Lake N.Y., from pulmonary consumption, aged 27 years and 9 months.  He had been in steadily failing health for a long time.  Death came just before his brother, who was hurrying to his bedside, arrived.  Deceased was formerly employed in E. L. Teeter’s Cold Storage and later in the Troy Engine and Machine Works.  He was associated with his father-in-law, Arthur Andrus, for a time in the Troy Bakery but retired to take up out of door work as a carpenter.  Deep seated in his character were love of family and appreciation of the right.  The remains were brought to Troy Saturday on the late train and funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Universalist church, the Re. Clinton A. Moulton officiating.
     The departed was the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Sweet of Elmira street.  Besides his parents, wife and infant son, he leaves a sister, Miss Lucy Sweet, and one brother, Glenn, of Elmira.  Internment in Oak Hill Cemetery.


     On Wednesday evening, June 20, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Robert, on R. F. D. I, took place the marriage of their eldest daughter, Lora, to Walter A. Updyke.  The bride was tastefully gowned in white batiste over pale pink, and she carried a bouquet of white peonies.  She was attended by her sister, Miss Ethel, and the bridegroom’s sister, Miss Helen Updyke.  The groomsmen were Frank Ashley and Ray Clark.  The flower girls were Ruby Ballard, Charlotte Updyke, Ethel Shaw, Nellie Squire and Gladys Smith and sister.  The wedding party stood under a pretty arch of evergreens, white peonies and pink roses.  The color scheme was pink and white.  The hose and tables were prettily decorated and a tempting supper was served, young girl friends of the bride serving the guests.  A cousin of the bride, Miss Mabel Shaw, played the wedding march.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. F. J. Allington in the presence of about eighty guests.  Mr. and Mrs. Updyke possess many friends who unite in wishing them a long and happy married life.  They received many useful gifts.

The Life in the Tarpon

     The late Senator Vest, of Missouri, was very feeble for several years before his death, but attended to his senatorial duties not withstanding.  He and the present Senator Stone, who tells the story, had been political opponents, and Vest knew Stone was waiting for his seat.
     Vest and the late Senator Quay, of Pennsylvania, were close friends.  Once, when Vest was quite ill, Quay took him and Amos Cummings, then in the House, down to Quay’s fishing place in Florida.
     Quay and Cummings went out fishing for the tarpon one morning and took Vest along in the stern of the boat, propped up with pillows, for the ride and air.  Quay caught a big tarpon and, pulling in, threw the fish on the shore.  Then they pulled out again and Quay and Cummings devoted themselves to fishing.  Presently they heard a little cackling laugh from Vest.  They looked back and Vest pointed to a big fish-hawk that had been circling round and had mad a descent on the tarpon.  The tarpon, instead of being dead, was very much alive; and as the hawk descended the big fish gave the bird a wallop with its tail that surprised that marauder very much.
     “Ha!  Ha!” cackled Vest.  “That’s the way with me and Bill Stone.  He’s been circling round for tow years thinking he could get his claws into me; but when he tries it he’ll find I’ve got a punch left in me, like that tarpon over there.”

Charles E. Gladding.


          Troy, Pa., Feb. 17—Charles E. Gladding was born August 2, 1833, in Columbia township, Bradford county, Pa., on the farm where he spent the greater part of his life and where he died Sunday.  His parents were Joseph Gladding, one of the pioneers of the township, and Marcy Bullock Gladding.  In the almost eighty years of his life he saw the township transformed from a wilderness to the beautiful rural region that it now is with stately homes and modern barns and cosy villages nestling here and there in the valleys among the hills.  His early education he got from the schools of the district, but he was always learning.  He was an exceedingly well read man and was a thinker as well as reader and could discuss with a wealth of knowledge all the great questions of the day.  From early manhood he was interested in political matters and took a deep interest the affairs of the community and the country at large and in the strength of his years he was one of the leaders of his party Always a Republican, in these later years he followed the progressive wing of the party.  For a term beginning in 1869, he held the office of register and recorder for Bradford county., an office which he filled with ability and honor.  In 1863 he enlisted in Company D. 132nd regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers and was elected first lieutenant.  He served through the period for which he enlisted and was in a number of battles and skirmishes.  In 1858he became a member of Trojan lodge, F. and A.M. and had been a member longer than any one now living belonging to this lodge.  In 1874 he was active in the organization of Columbia grange, No. 83, and continued to be a member of it all these years.  For twenty-six years he was secretary of the Grange Mutual Insurance company, of Troy, Pa., only giving up this office last December, when failing health compelled him.  For over fifty years he trained and led a church choir that was celebrated over the whole county and beyond for its excellence.  He continued this work until compelled by throat troubles to quit singing.  In his beautiful home inspired by books, flowers and music and with a devoted wife and lovely daughter, he led an ideal life.  Just in his dealings, kindly in spirit, a true friend, a valiant opponent , a helpful neighbor, a loving husband and father, he filled out life’s span and then like a weary child, went to sleep.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. A. G.  Cameron, of Sylvania, gave an appreciation of his life and work.  The floral tributes from the Grange, the Grange Mutual Insurance company, his old choir and many friends were very beautiful.  Gustir post, G.A.R., Troy, Pa., formed a guard of honor and the stately and solemn ritual of the Masonic order was used at the cemetery.  The internment took place in the beautiful spot on his own ancestral acres know as “The Gladding Cemetery.”

Mrs. William H. REEDER    Minnie C. NICHOLS, wife of Erie engineer, William H REEDER, died at her home on East Main Street, at 6:35 o'clock Sunday evening of typhoid fever, after an illness of six weeks, the last four weeks of which she had been confined to her bed.  She was aged 37years, ten months and eight days.
    The deceased was born in Williamsport, PA, October 6, 1861.  She was the daughter of G. Clark and the late Catherine C. Nichols.  She received her education and grew to womanhood in that city, and on September 24, 1890, was united in marriage to Mr. W. H. REEDER, of this village, where they have since resided.
    Mrs. REEDER was a devoted wife and a true and warm-heated friend.  She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and endured her suffering with Christian fortitude.  Her death will be mourned by a wide circle of friends.
    She is survived by her husband, father, and stepmother, three brothers, William, Edgar, and John, and one sister, Mrs. Charles E. BROWNELL, all of Williamsport, PA.
    A brief funeral service will be conducted at the residence, No 16 East Main Street, by Rev. S. W. MILLS, D. D., at 7:30 o'clock tomorrow evening, after which the remains will be taken to Williamsport for funeral services and interment.

Prominent Towandian and Well Known Attorney Is No More.
Long And Useful Career.
End came peacefully at 8:30 O'clock Monday Morning-- Was born in Towanda 70 Years ago-- Well Known as an Attorney and Prominent in Public Life.

    William J. YOUNG, Esq., a well known member of the Bradford county bar, and one of Towanda's oldest and most prominent citizens, passed into  the life eternal at his home, corner of Bridge and Third streets, at 8:30 O'clock, after an illness dating back to April of last year.  On the 23th of that month he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and after a few weeks' of illness recovered sufficiently to resume his accustomed place in his law office and look after his other business interests.  This he continued up until the first of March, when he again became ill and two weeks ago was compelled to take to his bed.  He suffered another slight paralytic stroke, which together with his already seriously impaired health, made his recovery doubtful from the first.  Everything that human hands can do was done with no other result other than prolong the life which was slowly flickering out.  Monday morning, with his devoted wife and daughters at his bedside, he died.  He was conscious until the last, the end coming gently, without the tired and pain racked body sank into peaceful repose, was at rest in the majestic sleep of death.
                                                             Sketch of His Life
    William J. YOUNG, who passed from mortal ken, was what can be truly termed a remarkable man.  His 70 years of life were filled with activity, and at various times he followed the pursuits of farmer, merchant, justice of the peace, prothonotary, lawyer and business man.  His passing marks the end of his immediate family, of which he was the oldest.  Mr. YOUNG was born in Towanda on March 24, 1837, in a log house which stood on what is now Washington street, at a point about where B. F. MEYERS'S office is located.  His father, Edward YOUNG, was a native of Lincolnshire, England, who came to what is now Towanda, where he worked along the river and run a ferry boat across at the foot of Washington street.  He married Celinda WOODRUFF, a daughter of Jesse WOODRUFF, a pioneers in this section, and they took up their residence in the log house where the subject of this sketch was born in 1837.  In 1839 when W. J. YOUNG was but two years of age his family moved to Columbia Township, where they cleared a farm and spent their life.
   Mr. YOUNG attended the township schools and devoted his spare time to assisting his father about the farm.  Always ambitious and anxious to improve his opportunities, he studied and took advantage of everything that came his way,  During Monroe SMITH'S term of office as sheriff of Bradford County, Mr YOUNG served in the capacity of deputy and later entered the grocery business in Towanda in partnership with Mr. TITUS, and continued in that line for some time.  He was elected justice of the peace of Towanda, and for several years gave strict attention to the duties of that office, studying while not otherwise engaged.  With the desire to increase his knowledge he entered the office of DAVIES & PEET as a student at law.  In 1877 he was admitted to the bar, and soon after formed a partnership with I. McPHERSON Esq..  In 1881 he was elected Prothonotary and was reelected for a second term in 1884.
   At the expiration of his term of office a prothonotary, he opened office for the practice of law, and by hard work and close attention to business built up a good practice.  In October, 1899, he purchased the then idle plant and property of the Towanda Knitting Mill company on Plank Road street and commenced the manufacture of hosiery.  On Jan. 1, 1904, the plant and business was incorporated, and the output of the industry was increased.  Mr. YOUNG gave much of his time to the knitting mill and continued to look after his law practice.
    For several years he was a member of town council, being president of that body during his incumbency.  He has also been a member of the school board, filling these offices with eminent satisfaction.

                                                          Ideal Home Life
    He was twice married, his first wife being Amelia LILLEY, daughter of the late Dummer LILLEY, a pioneer of Western Bradford County, to which union two children were born, both now being deceased.  In 1875 he was united in marriage to Harriet E. FELTON if Towanda, who with two daughters, Miss Jennie F. YOUNG , and Charlotte L. YOUNG, survive.  Edward J. YOUNG of Willard, NY, is a nephew of the deceased.
    Too much in praise of the deceased could not be said.  He was a man esteemed by all and his opinion on matters of law were much sought by fellow members of the bar.  Honest and sincere, never faltering in what he believed to be his duty, he pursued the even tenor of his way.  Always pleasant and agreeable with those with whom he came in contact, he made friends  by the score, and he possessed the facility of retaining them.  Home  was his clubroom, his fireside and family his shrine and there he spent his leisure hours, with those of whom he loved best.  His home life like his public life was ideal.  In his passing out Towanda loses a good citizen, but memory of his exemplary life will long survive.
    The funeral services will be held at the home corner Third and Bridge streets, Thursday afternoon at three o'clock.  Rev. E. A. GERNANT , officiating.  The Bradford County Bar association and Knights of Pythias of which the deceased was a member, will attend in a body.  Interment will be made in Oak Hill cemetery.

              Services Were Very Largely Attended--------Rev. GERNANT Officiated
   Funeral services for the late W. J. YOUNG Esq., were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the family home on the corner of Bridge and Third streets, conducted by Rev. Edwin A GERNANT, rector of Christ Church.  Members of the Bradford county bar, of which the deceased was one of the most respected members, attended in a body, as did the Knights of Pythias of which he was a member.  The pall-bears were life long friends and business associates-- Hon. W. T. DAVIES, E. F. KIZER, Hon. Robert EDMINSTON, B. F. MEYER, Rodney A MERCUR, and John W. MIX.
    The attendance of friends of Mr. YOUNG was a striking testimonial of the high regard in which he was held by the people of Towanda among whom he spent so many useful and active years.  The spacious home was completely filled, every available bit of standing room being occupied and many being unable to gain admittance.  Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery.

                                               Mrs Julia A.ROCKWELL.
 ROCKWELL   Mrs Julia A. ROCKWELL, wife of J. L. ROCKWELL of West Burlington, a notice of whose sudden death was published in the Register of last week, was the daughter of Marcus and Hannah Burt STRANGE.  Mr and Mrs STRANGE immigrated from Massachusetts and settled in Gray's Valley, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, PA, April 3rd, 1838.  In this place Julia was born October 1st, 1842, making her at the time of her death, November 7th, 1899, 57 years and ? days old.  Her mother was a sister of Deacon C. S. BURT.  The grandmother Mrs. Hannah BURT, was a amiable and pious woman, who died in old age at the home of her son Caleb BURT in Springfield some thirty or more years ago.  To Mr. and Mrs. STRANGE were born nine children.  One daughter, Esther, died many years ago while on a visit to Massachusetts at the age of 18 years.  The other members of the family were Marcus, Ezekiel. Charles, Joseph, Joanna, Hannah, Ellen and Julia.  Marcus, Joseph and Ellen survive.  Joanna was married to Joel ADAMS in October 1852, Ellen to R. H. BURLEY January 21st, 1867, and Hannah to Ananias RICHMOND, June 1st 1869.
    Julia, the subject of this notice, was married to J. L. ROCKWELL May 27th, 1885.  From that time she resided at West Burlington, until her death.  Previous to this she and her brother Joseph lived with and cared for their mother at the old home in Sullivan.  Since her marriage the mother, who for many years lived a devout and irreproachable Christian life, has gone to her reward Joseph has written to us of his attachment to his sister and says, "She was always good, kind and true."  He tells us that her Christian life commenced when she was ten years old, but she did not by a public profession rank herself with the people of God until about twenty years ago.  He says "she loved her kindred, her church and her Lord."  In her new home at West Burlington she was always ready for every good word and work.
    Her funeral held at West Burlington was largely attended.  Rev. T. MITCHELL led the services, assisted by Rev. H.E. HYDE.  The singing was led by C GLADDING.  The text was taken from Matt. 11-26-- "Even so, Father, so it seemed good in thy sight."  Her remains were carried to Sullivan for interment.

In Memorial,---At the regular meeting of Columbia Grange, (PA) No 83, March 31, 1880, the following report of a committee upon the death of Brother GLADDING, was read and ordered to be sent to the HUSBANDMAM for publication:
    Brother Joseph GLADDING, who died on the 21st of March 1880, was probably, the oldest member of our ordered-- having completed nearly half the ninetieth near of his age.  He was obligated a member of this Grange soon after its organization, and was always found in his place in the Grange when he was able to get there.  Few members were more punctual and constantly in attendance.  He thoroughly appreciated and understood the principles of our Order, and during a long life had practically illustrated them upon the farm and as a citizen.  As a man, he was honest and upright.  As a citizen, unselfish and public spirited, always ready to aid in every effort to elevate the moral, social, education or religious character of the community.  In his intercourse with his friends and neighbors, he was sincere and outspoken, frank and friendly, often joyous and jolly.  He was social by nature, and fond of society-- especially of the young--more than most men of his age.  Hence his love for the social features of the Grange.  Men of his character and temperment, necessarily, have "troops of friends" and brother GLADDING had them in full numbers.  He was one of those "who old gracefully"  and as his age increased, the attachment of his friends increased to the very last.
    While, therefore, the members of this Grange feel most deeply the loss of the oldest and most venerated member of it, whose long life was "full of good worked," and whose presence in the Grange was a constant incentive to "Faith, Charity and Fidelity," we are grateful to the Overseer of all, that of no disease he died--that no pain embittered his last hour, but the machinery of life, worn out by the friction of nearly ninety years, gradually, gently, ceased to move, and the spirit of our brother passed on to the "better land."
     RESOLVED,  That while the members of this Grange sympathize most sincerely with the immediate family and relatives of Brother GLADDING, we hope they may be consoled and comforted by the remembrance of the many years they were permitted to enjoy his society, and that his end was not untimely, but as the shock of corn, fully ripe, ready and fit for the garner of the Great HUSBANDMAN and  "Lord of the Harvest."
 D. LILLEY,  J.R. WATKINS,     A.M. CORNELL       Committee.

1895---Jerusha GLADDING EDSALL.
     Jerusha GLADDING EDSALL, daughter if Joseph and Mary B. GLADDING was born in Rehobeth, Mass. Feb., 20th, 1815, came to Pennsylvania in 1819, was married to James EDSALL in 1840.  After the death of her husband she went to the home of her brother C. E. GLADDING, at Atlus where she resided 21 years. When the Postiffice was established at Altus in 1880 she was appointed postmistress and ably filled the office for nine years.
    Mrs EDSALL was a bright and attractive woman, with always a pleasant word for everybody, and maintained that kindness of heart, that broad and liberal feeling for humanity which was a characteristic of her belied, having been a staunch Universalist for years, she died as she had lived, strong in the belief, and with and unwavering faith she entered the blest portals of rest, and we believe received her well earned plaudit, " well done good and faithful servant."
    The funeral service was held from her late residence Saturday afternoon Sept. 7, and was conducted by the Rev.  Emma E. BAILEY in a most solemn and effective manner.  The Sylvania choir which has been ably conducted by her brother C. E., GLADDING for many years was present and rendered some of their choices selections.  At the conclusion of the services, the body was tenderly borne to the quiet and beautiful little cemetery across the road and laid to rest beside her husband and daughter, who preceded her to the better land many years ago.  A good woman has gone, and she will be missed only by a large circle of friends, but it is in the home which her presence brightened, and where her character shone resplendent, that she will be sorely missed.

                                                  Mrs. Mary Merritt
    The subject of this brief biography was born in Westford, Chittenden County, VT, Feb. 7th, 1811, and died in Sylvania Dec. 7th, 1895.  Her maiden name was Mary RUGGLES.  She came to Columbia in the spring of 1831 when it was a new country.  The journey occupied 11 days.  In June of the same year she was married to Merritt SHATTUCK.  He died Sept. 12th, 1867.  In May, 1869, she was married to Curtis MERRITT, who died in 1879.  The last five years of her life were spent with her daughter,  Mrs. F. H. BURRITT.  Although old in years,---at the time of her death being almost 85,--she never grew old in heart.  She never grew old in feeling of affection, in sympathy or hope.  She was buoyant in spirit, cheerful and lovable to the last.  Her faculties were remarkable well preserved.  Until the last week of her life she took an intelligent interest in all that concerned the household.  From girlhood she was a Christian.  For the past 25 years she was a member of the Presbyterian church in Sylvania.  She loved the house of  God and its services and till the last year was able to attend quite frequently.
    A son and daughter, and a wide circle of friends mourn the loss of one greatly beloved in the community where the greatest part of her life was spent.. The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church and was largely attended.  One of her last messages was: "I want you to thank my friends and neighbors for all their kindness to me"  She was indeed ripe for the kingdom of God, and in the fullness of years was called home.

SMITH, George.  George SMITH of Sullivan, PA, the father of Mrs. Frank CASE of Troy, died on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, age 75 years.  His wife died about a month ago, and this bereavement so soon following cane as a sudden shock to his daughter.  The funeral was held from his late home Tuesday afternoon, the burial being at Mainesburg.    NO DATE

1896-----In Trinity church, Boston, December 18th, by the rector, Rev. Leighton PARKER, Grace SPENCER of New York was married to Mr. William BROWN SMITH of Hartford, Conn., now playing in Boston in one of Charles Frohman's latest successes.
    The bride wore a Hollander giving-away gown of dark blue cloth, strapped over hyacinth blue slid bound with white satin; a dark blue velvet hat, with crushed roses and a Marabout feather; white gloves and carried a white prayer book.  They were attended by Mr. Thomas Hammond SMITH of Hartford, brother of the groom, and Messrs. Arnold DAILY and Ray FAIRCHILD, members of the Frohmann Co..  At the close of the ceremony the rector presented the bride with the white kid-bound prayer book, from which he had read the service, inscribed to Mrs Grace SMITH from Leighton PARKER.
    The bridal party breakfast at the THORNDYKE, and the bride and groom left immediately for Concord, MASS., stopping at the historic "WRIGHT's Tavern.'  Mrs SMITH and Dr. Oliver SMITH, mother and brother of the groom, had arranged to be at the wedding, but were detained at home in Hartford by a sudden serious illness of the mother.  The groom is a lineal descendent of  "Old John BROWN," of HARPER's Ferry fame.

The Rev. Joel JEWELL.  This aged servant of God died Saturday morning, September 14th, in the 93rd year of his age and it can be truly said of him, "A great man has fallen in Israel," for Father JEWELL trod the path of duty, the path of integrity and temperance, and all these paths which he trod so persistently, so successfully, have ushered him to his  "heavenly mansion, not made with hands eternal in heavens, where at His right hand are pleasures evermore."
    The subject of this sketch, the Rev. Joel JEWELL, was born in Durham, NY, Feb. 11th,1803, and was the son of Deacon Joseph and Bithiah TYLER JEWELL.  The years of his early manhood were years of trail and comparative privation, the common lot of those who lived in pioneer days, but he nevertheless with energy and application improved his opportunities, laying with pains taking earnestness, perseverance and zeal, the foundations of that sturdy and indomitable character which lasted through life, for he was never known to swerve from duty, or what he considered to be right, and the wish is that we had many more  "Father JEWELLS" in this respect.  From the sketch taken from the book which he wrote himself, when he was 92 years old, he says, "Learned church music before ten, by the aid of Drs. INGALLS and AUSTIN.  Removed with the family at eleven Hector, engaged in Sunday school work at sixteen, teaching music at seventeen, and a carpenter at eighteen.  United with the church and Temperance Society in 1826.  Married Miss Mary ADRIANCE Feb. 6th, 1827, and became the author of 'Teetotalism.'  In  1837 became an elder in the churchy at Elkland, in 1843 licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Chemung, NY.
    Father JEWELL married Mary ADRIANCE Feb.., 6th 1827, and for many years like Isaac and Rebecca they lived faithfully together in perfect love and peace, and kept the vow and covenant twix them made in the firm bonds of a mutual affection until her death in April 1886, when he resigned his pastoral charge and went to live with his son Joseph, with whom he had a pleasant and congenial home until his death.
    He was a man of decided strong convictions, and preached in his day with great power and success, and was noted for his thorough knowledge of Bible history.  His last pastoral charge was at Sylvania, and the last sermon he ever preached was some time last month in the old Union church there whose doors had not been opened before for five years.  He seemed anxious as he said "to preach in the old church once more," and walked to Austinville, a distance of six miles, to obtain the consent of one of the trustees for its use, was greeted with a good house, and it is said went around among the audience afterward shaking hands, and asking "Well did you enjoy hearing the old man preach once more?"  Many  will remember his faithful attendance and earnest exhortations at the revival meetings last winter, he also assisted in the distribution of the Lord's Supper in the Presbyterian church at its last celebration, faithful and about his Father's business to the last.
    Much more could be said of this remarkable  man did time and space permit, but he has gone and his works do follow him, his active, straightforward and exemplary life speaks for itself, and is worthy of emulation.
    He was sick but for a few days, so was spared the tedious suffering generally incident to old age.  In conformity to the wishes of the family the funeral service were conducted from his late residence, and was largely attended.  The Rev. A. G. CAMERON of Sylvania preached the sermon and was assisted by the following ministers: Rev. G. P. SEWALL, G. E. HUTCHINGS, F. A. MARTIN, J. H. GORDINIER, T. K. MITCHELL, SWAN of East Troy.  Six of the above named acting as pallbearers.  The choir from Columbia X Roads was present and rendered some fine music.  He was laid rest in Oak Hill cemetery beside his wife whom he so tenderly loved, who passed on before him nine years ago.  He leaves six children mourn his departure, viz: Joseph H. of Ionia, Michigan, Spencer, Riverside, California, C. J. JEWELL, Howell, Michigan, Mrs Morris SHEPARD, Towanda, and W. H. JEWELL of Wells.
    We will close this feeble effort and vain attempt, as it were, of the portrayal of the life and character of so remarkable a personage with a quotation from his writings telling in his own words where his trust was, and showing he was ready to obey the summons, when the call came;
    "When feebleness approaches and earthly support fails prayer is especially needed?  Come let us lean on our Heavenly Father and plead the petitions of David, 'Cast me not off in the time of old age, forsake me not when my strength faith.  O God Thou hast  my strength faileth.  O God Thou has taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared Thy wondrous works.  Now also when I am old and gray headed , O God forsake me not until I have showed Thy strength unto this generation and Thy power unto everyone  that is to come."  May the good Lord help us to utter and to lice this prayer, that we may "give unto the Lord the glory due His holy name , and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."  Surely no aged person can think of living without such supplication, and confession.  When I come thus to God in prayer His favors seem wonderful indeed.
Wonderful truly Jehovah hath led.
Wonderful  furnishing clothing and bread,
Wonderful guiding through childhood and youth,
Wonderful teaching and wonderful truth;
Wonderful sparing my forfeited breatn
Wonderful saving from danger and death,
Wonderful patience to lead and control,
Wonderful grace to lead and control,
Wonderful woolings and wonderful call;
Wonderful mansions in glory for all,
Wonderful promise my Savior dost make,
Never, no never, I'll never forsake.    

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