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Ringgold Record, 1893

THE END of BUSY LIFE.

The Death of Andrew INGRAM Occurs Saturday Morning.

The death of Andrew INGRAM occurred at the home of his son, W. B. INGRAM in south Mt. Ayr on last Saturday morning, September 23, 1893 at 7 o'clock a.m.

It was not an unexpected event. For more than a week, Mr. INGRAM had been sick, and for days the public had been in a state of suspense, hanging betweenhope and fear. At one time the word went abroad that he was rallying, and at once high hopes were raised but soon however to be cast down by the sad reality of his death.

Death is a fact which never becomes common. Hours and days of apprehension, do not make us ready for it and it brings with it a tremor of surprise. Sudden of expected it startles. The announcement of Mr. INGRAM's death produced in mt. Ayr and vicinity around, a general huse, because for years he has been one of her most active, pushing businessment, and the thought of his loss fell like a sudden thud on the community.

Mr. INGRAM was a native of Scotland, having been born at Aberdeen, May 29, 1833, and died September 23, 1893, being aged 60 years, 3 months and 24 days. When he was eight years old, his parents came to the United States by way of Quebeck, Canada. He has told us that they came on a sailing vessel and were forty days on the ocean. They landed at Quebec and went by way of the lakes to Huron and thens to Savannah, Ashland county, O. Here Mr. INGRAM grew to manhood. According to the parental respect taught in those days by the Scotch fathers, he remained with his parents until he had reached his majority. He then He then started in life for himself. Like many young men of that period, who have succeeded so well in life, he farmed in the summer and taught school in the winter. He thus acquired the elements of a business education and afterwards made of them a broad practical application. Following the natural bent of his own mind and guided by his surroundings he turned his attention to dealing in stock, but at the first on a small scale and suited to his limited means. At no time in life did he ever become a rash adventurer and speculator, but was at all times a conservative level-headed business mand of good judgment and sound discretion. He cared for the interest of others, as carefully as he did for those of his own. At this time he lived at Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois.

He remained here until 1869 when he moved to Mt. Ayr, Ringgold county, Iowa, the scene of his chief labors and successes. In his early years in this county, he bought hogs and cattle, and drove them to Afton and Leon for shipment. He held on his way perseveringly until eventually he became the largest buyer and shipper of stock in Southwestern Iowa and no business man far and wide was more trusted and respected. His bare word was regarded as good as a sacred bond. In all of the busines relations of life, he was esteemed every way reliable and his name became the synonym for honor and truth. More, perhaps, than any other man, has he kept the currents of business steadily and constantly flowing through the territory of his labors. Other were limited and spasmodic in their efforts and [illegible] while he was unceasing and [illegible] in his sphere of work. He has contributed largely to the development and improvement of Ringgold county, and often far beyond. He is one of the largest land owners in the county, probably the largest, and besides has much valuable town property. For many years he was associated with the dry goods trade, as the senior member of the firm of A. INGRAM & Sons.

In public life his influence was always on the side of truth, justice in all good order. He was remarkable most of all for his manly truthful, honest, upright character. This was the real key which unlocked to him a successful business career. He deceived no man. He knowingly wronged no man. He dealt fairly and openly with all men, and thus commanded the business and universal respect of all. His personality was unique and self-sustaining. He could plan and act for himself and stand alone. He had become a fixture, and necessity in the general mind of the community. There was probably no one in the whole region whose life seemed so much as a matter of course. On the announcement of his death is a great business loss, and even a calamity to his county. In view of his manly, comprehensive business qualities, he had just received the Republican nomination for member of the board for the county. He was noted for his large, correct, political knowledge. But few men not in politics as a trade had a more correct idea of a political outlook than A. INGRAM.

In 1854, Mr. INGRAM was married to Miss Hester A. HADDIX, a native of Virginia. She had been for years an invalid, and Mr. INGRAM cared for her with a devotion truly admirable. She died only a few months since [June 3, 1893], and the loss brought to him poignant grief. But few intimate friends knew the sharpness of his agony. It is not at all unlikely that his sorrow enfeebled his body and made him the easy victim of disease. Mr. INGRAM leaves two sons, A. O. and W. B., both living in the vicinity.

The funeral took place from the Christian church on Monday, September 25, at 2:30 p.m., and the presence of a large congreagtion of people. Many could not gain an entrance into the house. Friends were present from all parts of the county. The chief singers of all the churches united to lead the music. The pulpit, burial case, and surrounds were nicely decorated with choice flowers. Rev. H. T. JACKSON led in prayer, Rev. C. L. NYE read the scriptures. The pastor, Rev. N. G. BROWN, read a brief statement of the life of the deceased, and stated that early in his married life with his beloved wife, that he united with the Christian church in Illinois, and has always been a pillar in the house of God, and noted for his liberalty in the church and his unfailing devotion to his invalid wife. He then preached an appropriate sermon from Amos 4:12, "Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." Prepare to meet Him in life, death, judgment, eternity and above all, in heaven where there is fulness of joy. Hundreds viewed the remains, and chosen friends in the persons of Day DUNNING, Z. T. KINSELL, Thos. HUGHES, John HOLDEN, Jos. ROBINSON and W. F. BLACKMAN bore him to his last resting palce. His funeral was in keeping with his life, sincere, simple, free from all parade and truly characteristic of the man and his useful business life.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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