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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, March 28, 1895 Edition
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W. A. Robb's family is sorely afflicted. Last week their two children took sick with congestion of the lungs and on Sunday the older, a boy four years of age, died. The other, a girl thirteen months old, is in a critical condition, and Mr. Robb is quite ill with grip. On Tuesday they laid the body of their bright little boy to rest and again heroically picked up their burdens. In the affliction, the deepest that comes to humanity, Mr. and Mrs. Robb have the sympathy of all the people. The wife of George Parnell of Shawnee Prairie, Fountain Co., nieve of C.W. Bower, died the 23d of heart trouble. Mr. Bower and family attended the funeral at Bethel Chapel the 25th. Mrs. John Haines, who was taken to the county farm some two months ago, died at the above place Tuesday night. The burial services took place Wednesday. Mrs. Haines lived just north of this place for many years and is well know to our people. William Lucas Hamilton was born in Roxbury, Franklin County, Penn., April 1st, 1831, his parents emigrating there from Ireland in 1828. When he was three years old, his parents moved to Springfield, Clark County, ohio. Five years later they again moved to West Lebanon, Warren County, Ind. They settled on a farm south of town, now known as the "Old Hamilton farm." Here in the pursuit of farm occupation, he spent his youthful days learning the hardiness of almost pioneed life which best fitted him to meet the stern realities of life. May 23rd, 1861 he was united in marriage to Amanda Melviona Minier by Rev. C. A. Evans. He moved to Marshfield, wherer he engaged in the grain and agricultural merchandise, there residing. He united with the Presbyterian Church under the ministration of Rev. Mitchell about thirty years ago, was elected an elder of the church in 1870, and has always since been a constant worker for the spreading of Christianity, was ever found ready at his post of duty in the cause of temperance, a tireless worker in the Sabbath school, a charter member of the Masonic Order being a post master at the time of his demise. On March 7th he attended a meeting of the Trustees of the Orphan's Home, for the success of which he has always taken a deep interest. He spoke of feeling so well that morning and spent a portion of the day with his aunt, Mrs. Gabe Hansicker, being in more than usual good spirits. On returning home in the evening, he remarked that he did not feel well, took to his bed and from that time gradualy declined, and in spite of all that loving hands, kind neighbors and medical skill could do, the grim monster death came on Saturday night, March 16th, at 12:45 o'clock. He leaves a widow and three children, Mrs. Anna Webster of Wellington, Ill., Mrs. Nora Starry and Willy E. Hamilton, besides a host of friends and relatives to mourn his untimely departure. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Wilmer of Attica in the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m., after which his remains were followed by the largest concourse that perhaps ever left our litle village to their last resting place in the beautiful cemetery of West Lebanon; here the Masonic Order of Marshfield, of which he was a time hinored member, took charge and by the beautiful Masonic ceremony he was laid to rest to await the call of the grand Master of the celestial lodge above. The numerous floral offerings of his friends were perhaps the richest and handsomest in designs ever seen in Marshfield. Those attending from a distance were: Isaac Hamilton and mother of Cissna Park, Ill., and sister Rose of Hoopeston, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. John Moore of Decatur, Ill., Mr. David Fauber of Englewood, Ill., Mr. Dan Gregg and Harve Barkley of Danville, Ill., Mrs. A. B. Cronkhite of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Bettie Hamilton and daughter Lottie of Lafayette, Ind., Mrs. Gabe Hansicker, Mrs. A.B. Donavan, Mrs. W. T. Nichol and Mr. Will Moore of Williamsport, Ind., Mr. Ed Purviance, wife and sister, Lizzie of Attica, Ind., Mr. Fremont Goodwine and wife, George and Elisha Hitchens, Mrs. Will Carmichael, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Powell and R. L. Winks of Williamsport, Ind., John W. Kent and Miss Daisy Nolan of Danville, Ill., Mr. Link Ridge of Catlin, Ill., Mr. J. A. Webster, wife and son Earl of Wellington, Ill. To the family in this their sad hour of bereavement, we would say that although husband and father is gone, he has left behind him an inheritance greater than all the wealth of the world. A good name, a shining mark, the influence of which has spread beyond the home circle, and brought into harmonious action for the betterment of mankind all with whom it has come in contact. His loss to you and the world is a gain in heaven. Let us drown our sorrow in the reflection that he has only gone on before to await our coming and that it is only a moment of time in heaven until we meet with him around the great white throne, where sickness, sorrow and death is unknown and where all is joy and happiness and peace. The ties that united us to him are not broken, no, no, they are ties of eternal friendship. Though this affliction may sometimes in life cast the shadow over the bright hours of gaiety or spread a deeper sadness over the hour of gloom. We are consoled by a voice from the tomb sweeter than any song. Death to him, as it is to any Christian, is but the beginning of a better life, a day in which he commences reaping the reward of a well-spent life. Death only unlocks for us the portals of eternal life.

Date: 3/28/1895
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003494
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 3/25/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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