February 8, 1923
OBITUARY ~ EBENEZER E. GELVIN
Mr. E. E. Gelvin was born in Mercer county, Penn. Oct. 8, 1830, died at his home in Clearfield, Iowa Feb. 1st, 1923, aged 92 years, 3 months and 22 days.
He was married in 1854.
He moved with his wife and four children to Stark Co., Ill. in the spring of 1865 where he lived one year, after which he moved to Washington Co., Iowa, and lived eight years, then moved to Taylor Co. in the fall of 1874. He located on a new farm on which a part of Clearfield is now located, living here for six years, then moving to Ringgold Co. two miles east of Clearfield then to his present home in Clearfield where he has since resided. His wife preceded him to the better World nineteen years last November.
He lived under the administration of all the Presidents of this United States except the first six, always having an interest in his country’s welfare, and voted his last time for Pres. Harding.
He is survived by five children. Mrs. T. M, Davis of Beaver City, Nebr.; Mrs. J. W. Moffett, Hugh, and James of Clearfield, Iowa; Mrs Jennie Young of Coin, Iowa. There are four grand children, Ross and Faye Moffett, of Clearfield; Clarence Davis of Lincoln, Nebr ; and Jean Young of Coin, Iowa. Also one great-grandson, Thomas Milburn Davis, age 4½ years, of Lincoln, Neb. Two brothers survive him, Aaron Gelvin of Ponca City, Okla.; and Daniel Gelvin of Ferris, Cal.
He was a charter member of the Clearfield U. P. Church which was organized in 1881, and remained a constant member ever since, serving as ruling elder for a number of years. He has been deprived of the pleasure of his church privilege for a few years on account of his failing hearing.
Mr. Gelvin was of a retiring disposition. His life was an example of simplicity, dignity, and good will toward all. He was a lover of his country, his church, and his home. He was quiet and unassuming in his bearing, gentle in his manner toward all around him, never complaining of affliction, bearing all his infirmities with fortitude and trust in God who he believed doeth all things well. A kind father gone to his reward. We shall miss him.
The funeral services were held at the church on Friday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. S. Boyd Johnson officiating. All of the children were present, and a good number of the life-long friends and neighbors. In the going of Mr. Gelvin the community loses its oldest living man, a pioneer in the community, and a citizen of sterling worth. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, January of 2012
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