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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, October 11, 1900 Edition
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Henry Stephens. Deceased was born December 10, 1824 in Darke County, O., and died at his home in Steuben Township, near West Lebanon on Saturday, September 29, 1900 at 12:05 p.m., aged 75 years, 9 months and 19 days. Mr. Stephens had been sick only about six weeks prior to his death. He came to Hamilton County, Ind., when a young man where he resided until he moved to this, Warren County, August 20, 1860, crossing the Wabash at the old horse ferry at this place. He settled in Steuben Township where he made his home and raised his family. He was married twice, his first wife being Miss Mary R. Wells of Hamilton County, Ind., to whom he was wedded in 1847. By this marriage four children were born-one son and three daughters, two only now living, John C. Stephens of this place, of the law firm of Billings & Stephens, and Mrs. Hannah E. Allen of Eel Town, Hampton County. His second wife was Miss Salvina J. Goodrick, to whom he was married in 1860. Ten children were born to them-three sons and seven daughters, all of whom survive the father, but two daughters. The surviving children are: Wm A., living in this county: Mrs. Laura Cadwallader, also of this county; Miss Lizzie and Miss Gertrude; Mrs. Lulu Iseler of Danville, Ill.; Mrs. Louie Ford of Prairie Township; James, at home, and Walter, of Danville. All the children were present at the funeral and also 14 grandchildren. Of the first set of children, Mrs. Hattie Thomas of Rossville, Ill., died at the home of her father last April from consumption. Mr. Stephens' first wife died in Hamilton County, Ind., in the spring of 1858. Mr. Stephens was a lifelong Republican and voted for Fremont and Dayton in the election of 1856. The remains were interred in the West Lebanon Cemetery at 2 o'clock p.m., Monday, October 1, 1900. The pallbearers were-Benton Reynolds, Hosea Cronkhite, D. L. Starry, _Ewen, C. V. Cronkhite and George O. Crawford. God's ways are not man's ways. Failing to understand Him we grope in darkness, the heavy shadows of our sorrow shutting from our soul the light of Hope sent us to cheer. Our loved ones fly away and we lose sight of them beyond the clouds and because we no longer hear the voice, feel the soft touch of the loving hand, walk in the presence of the human form we believe them dead. But there is no death, for all we loved and cherished is divine, immortal. The tired eyes have closed, the weary feet ceased to come and go, and the dear hands have forgotten to respond to our touch, but this is only the mortal-that which wearies of life and returns to dust. At a time when a Clara Rabb-Winks appreciated that the world was full of beauty and her young life was rounding out into the full bloom of hope realized, she was called to sing for the angels that they might know what the songs of earth were to sooth the soul and cheer the heart of man. Born in Williamsport, March 18, 1873, she grew up to girl's happy realm knowing no sorrow till one day a dark cloud enveloped the bright home, May 7, 1882, in her 9th year, her mama left her as she has done, to abide in the Eternal City beyond the reach of storms and wreck of life. Clara attended the public schools until June 1890, afterwards spending one year at the Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati. This training developed a peculiarly sweet voice and her song was always an inspiration to those who heard her. She was married to Mr. Guy Winks November 25, 1891, Thanksgiving Eve, and their natures and lives blended beautifully into one. She was possessed of a most amiable and cheerful disposition and her home was her haven of rest, her husband and children the objects of constant love and attention. Fortunate indeed is the man who secures such a jewel. Immediately after marriage the young husband and wife began the labor of life in their own home, and in 1895 erected their cottage south of town where they resided at the date of her death. She leaves a husband, one son, three daughters, a father, two brothers and many near relatives and a host of loving friends to mourn her early death. Clara, when a child, united with the Presbyterian Church under Rev. Wm Wilmer, who knew her from her earliest childhood. She was a good Christian woman, and it is no surprise that she was a good wife, mother and friend, and her home a model. A year ago her uncle, Mr. George Hitchens, died and at his funeral Clara sang one of her sweet songs-"Bear Me On Wings of Snow." In life he love to hear her sing and though it was a sore trial, she sang this song over his bier. Her father, Judge J. M. Rabb, pays her this beautiful tribute: "Every moment of her life has been a pleasure to me and she never gave me a particle of trouble." She departed to a better clime September 25, 1900, aged 27 years, 6 months and 7 days. Her last thought was of the little ones soon to become motherless. In a whisper she said to her husband-"Be good to the children." The funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian Church Wednesday, September 26, 1900, at 3:30 o'clock p.m., Rev. Wm Wilmer officiating. Mr. Guy Sutton sang the solos-"Bear Me on Wings of Snow," and "An Angel's Lullaby." Mrs. Taylor of Lafayette sang two beautiful solos, entitled, "We Shall All Meet Again in the Morning," and "Good Night." At the cemetery as the casket was lowered slowly into the grave, Mrs. Taylor sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." The floral offerings of friends were profuse and the church was most beautiful decorated with flowers. Her funeral was one that left its deep impression upon all as they stood that day in the presence of Death's black wing. She was laid to rest in Hillside. She shall live again. The Miller baby, Maggie, a little waif in the County Orphans' Home at this place, died Wednesday October 3d, after an illness of three days from bronchitis. Dr. Swank was the attending physician. Maggie was the daughter of Alex and Amanda E. Miller and was born in this, Washington, Township, January 25, 1899, being 1 year, 8 months and 8 days of age. A funeral was held at 8 o'clock at the Home, Rev. G. H. Clarke officiating. The interment was made in the West Lebanon Cemetery. Scott S., the infant child of Charles and Mary J. Haggerty of this place, died Ocotber 5, 1900, and the funeral service was held at the residence of the family in Old Town on Saturday, October 6th, at 2 p.m., REv. J. N. Greene officiating. The interment was made in Hillside Cemetery. Dr. Osborn was the attending physician. It was 3 weeks and 5 days of age. Born in squalor, wretchedness and viciousness, the scene there depicted around its little bier was enough to make a human heart bleed because of man's low estate when he grovels below the level of the brute. Christian people of Williamsport, what are you doing for the degraded ones?

Date: 10/11/1900
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003709
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 10/17/2014
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Entered By: Chris Brown

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