publication and date clipped off - handwritten notation "Sept. 21, 1909"
Death of John German.
John GERMAN passed away at his home in this city Monday evening, after a long and lingering illness. He has been confined
to the home all summer and all the while seemed to be "waiting for his change to come." John was a beautiful character and
his uniform Christian life won upon all who had the good fortune to know him. He was modest, reserved and unassuming in
all his ways. All persons gave him instant credit for the best of motives and honesty and sincerity in all his actions and
intentions. In self government he was a model. His spirit was gentle and his manners mild. His language was ever kind
and winning. He was for several years the landlord of the German house and that house eventually became the resort of those
who loved and respected John GERMAN. He was well known in the county and no man has been more generally respected as a
citizen and loved as a Christian. It was always a pleasure to meet him. He was indeed "a living epistle known and read
of all men."
John GERMAN was born March 19, 1840, in Clinton county, Ohio. He had passed the 69th landmark of his age.
He moved to Illinois in 1852. In August 1862, he enlisted in Company H. 102 Illinois infantry and served until the close
of the war. He served his country from a high sense of duty and served it well. He suffered to the end from the hard
service. Doubtless that service shortened his life and added to it much suffering. He never boasted or complained.
Mr. GERMAN came to Ringgold county in the fall of 1867 and settled on a farm five miles south of Mount Ayr, where he lived until
1879, when he moved to Mount Ayr. He was united in marriage to Miss Abigail ASBURY, June 9, 1861, in Peoria county,
Illinois. Eight children came to the home, three of whom are living. The living children are Adaline, wife of Joe
McMURRAY, of Kansas City; Cora E., wife of John MILLER, of Athens township; and Elva GERMAN, who resides in Poe township.
Mr. GERMAN became a member of the Advent Christian church at Hickory Grove in 1876 and about one year ago the membership
of his wife and himself was transferred to the Mount Ayr Christian church. The funeral will be held from that church
on Thursday, September 23, and will be conducted by his old friend and pastor, Rev. J. J. RUPPERT, of Leon.
NOTE: John was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Submission by Theola Hightshoe Weeda, October of 2012
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