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Re: George Washington Enke


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 8/27/2017 at 04:08:05

In Response To: George Washington Enke (Connie Bowers McDonald)

This week we are called upon to chronicle the death of a well-known citizen, Mr. G. W. Enke. When last we saw him, last Friday, he seemed to be enjoying the lull vigor of healthy manhood. In his peculiar and earnest, though gruff way, he conversed with us that afternoon, in a manner which showed, beyond a doubt, that his life been been given up, in a measure, to the pursuit of knowledge, and that the great amount of brain food which he had stored away during his long life, had placed him in a position superior to that which, the minds of the average man has carried him. He was an intellectual being, and many a man of perhaps more stylish appearance could improve himself by taking the life of Mr. Enke as a pattern. His qualifications fitted him for positions in life which he ably filled. At the time of his demise he occupied the position of Justice of the Peace in our city, the duties of which he filled with credit. For a long term of years he served as sheriff of Knox county, Ill., and prided himself in the fact that no criminal ever escaped from his custody. But greater and grander than all else, Geo. W. Enke was a loving husband and a kind father. Last Friday in tender tones, when specking of the partner of his joys and sorrows, he said to us: "We have been married now for many a long year; for near half a century my life has been linked with hers, and today I am as much a lover as I was the day upon which we were united in the happy bonds of wedlock." Such words are typical of a great mind and a true heart. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, a wife, one son and two grand-daughters, who were dependent upon him for support, and now our sympathetic people will not fail to take a needed interest in them. Geo. W. Enke is dead. On Friday he was in the best of health; on Saturday he was attacked by the unannounced hand of disease; on Sunday his soul left its frail covering of flesh and soared away to the other world; on Monday, his body, once animate with vigorous life, now nothing but a form of clay, was laid to rest in the silent city of the dead.

Morning Sun Herald -- Morning Sun, Iowa
Thursday, October 15, 1885

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