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Title: Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, December 9, 1897 Edition
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Died at his home at Williamsport, Indiana, Nov. 26th, 1897, Samuel Conger, aged 79 years, 4 months and 13 days. The deceased was born near Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, August 13th, 1818, where he grew to manhood and on July 8th, 1843 he was married to Melissa Gillett, and to them was born five children, two girls and three boys, two of which died in infancy. In 1845 he emigrated to Indiana, settling near Williamsport, then a small river town, surrounded by dense forests, and in one of these he erected him a rude log cabin near the spot where now stands his late residence, and it was with jealous pride he has watched these forests fade way before the sturdy pioneer's ax, until he was surrounded by fields of growing grain and stately homes. Mr. conger being a cooper by trade, he erected him a shop and began the manufactory of barrels, for which there was quite a demand and the sound of his adz could be heard from early morn till late at night as he transformed the abundant supply of timber into articles of commerce. Uncle Sam, as he was familiarly called by old and young alike, was a warm, generous, kindhearted man and neighbor. The early traveler and pioneer always received a hearty welcome around his fireside and under his hospitable roof, ever ready to lend a helping hand to the poor and needy. His character for honest and uprightness was above reproach, the Golden Rule being the rule of his life, and so well did he practice this principle that in his 52 years residence among us he knew no enemy, because he had none. None knew him but to love and respect him, and his death well recall many acts of kindness bestowed in time of need, and cause feelings of regret that his career among us is ended. During his last illness, he manifested an uncomplaining spirit and a complete resignation to the will of his Heavenly Father, signifying his willingness and readiness to go whenever the summons might come when his soul would quit this tenement of clay and wing its way to the land of rest beyond, and realizing this he could exclaim as one of old, "I know that my redeemer liveth." He leaves to mourn their loss a beloved wife, the companion of 54 years, and three children. Pamela, now the wife of W. H. Brown of Homer, Ill., Sarah the wife of Frank Butt of Ashland, Nebraska, and Henry, a resident of this place, who were with him during his last illness. The funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Wm Wilmer, an old and intimate acquaintance of the deceased from boyhood, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Baumgarner Cemetery. Rebecca Ann (Guin) Swadley, daughter of Nicholas and Rebecca Guin, was born near Independence, Warren County, Indiana, January 29th, 1846. She departed this life on the 26th day of November 1897, at the age of 51 years, 9 months and 27 days. She was married to Nicholas A. Swadley April 4th, 1867. This union was blessed with four children; three of whom are living, Steen, Luther, and Tuella Boyer, besides the husband, are left to mourn their loss, two brothers and one sister, George and Steen Guin of Oxford and Mary Blind of Pine Village. She united with the M. E. Church at Indianapolis in the winter of 1875. From that time until the day of her death, her highest aim was to live a devoted Christian. She was devoted to her family and never lost an opportunity of ministering to the comforts of her household. Not only the near and dear mourn the loss of this excellent woman, but it has been a loss to the community, so gentle were her words, so soothing her touch, that all came to Aunt Ann with their troubles and were gently led by her to see the bright side of life. During her long continued illness, she suffered very much, but through it all patience was hers, and she never complained. On Thanksgiving morning, the day before her death, though very weak, she called her family around her, and for the last time led them in family prayer. None can doubt but that this good person is now among the blest, but her light has not gone out. It is still shining brighter and brighter with every passing day. Who has praised such a life as this? Who has said enough with tongue or pen? Who can do honors to a character so pure? Only He that doeth all things well. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Sunday. Rev. J. J. Thompson preached a very able and comforting sermon on the subject "What is Life?" A very touching incident of the service was the dropping of flowers on the casket by her Sunday school class, composed of about twenty little boys and girls. The remains are at rest in the Pine Village Cemetery. Mrs. Margaret Malada (nee) Roley died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Brown, one half mile west of Winthrop, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1897, aged 72 years. She was born of Irish parentage in the county Sligo, Ireland and came to this country at the age of 25 years. She purchased a ticket for America, August 1, 1850 and landed at New York, Oct. 3, of the same year. She remained in New York until April 15, 1851, when she was united in marriage to Bryant Malada and starting on the eve of their marriage for Attica, coming most of the way by canal. They lived in Attica four years, when they bought a farm near Kickapoo, residing there until the death of Mr. Malada Jan. 23, 1893. There were born to them seven children, four of whom survive. Since the death of her husband she has lived with her children. She died of that dread disease, consumption which she had been a sufferer for many years. But during her long illness she bore it patiently, although her sufferings were bitter, she would always say, "The Lord is good." We can say that she was spared to her children through childhood, guided their footsteps and taught them right from wrong, and may they ever remember her teachings. Once her arm was their support, now it is cold in death. She has passed beyond our sight, gone to her heavenly home, where no night or dreary winters ever come. Her deathbed scene was long to be remembered by those who witnessed it, to see how peacefully one may resign herself to God when prepared to go. She was a kind and loving mother, and leaves to mourn her loss two sons and two daughters and seven grandchildren and also an aged sister. The funeral services were conducted the following Friday at 10 at the Catholic Church in Attica by the Rev. Father Lemper. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Date: 12/9/1897
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003624
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 7/8/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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