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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
December 29, 1904

NOTICE of DEATH

Dr. J. W. ROWELL has been notified of the death of his uncle, Columbus B. ROWELL, which occurred at his home in McCook, Nebraska, Friday of last week. M. ROWELL was formerly a resident of Decatur County and has many warm friends here. He has been a patron of the Journal for many years and communications from his pen have appeared in this paper at intervals during that time. His brother, Judge N. W. ROWELL, resides at Afton.

McCook Tribune
McCook, Nebraska
January 5, 1905

OBITUARY - COLUMBUS B. ROWELL

The useful and active life of C. B. ROWELL closed Tuesday evening of this week about half past seven o'clock, after a short illness with chronic kidney trouble. Deceased has been a resident of this city for over twenty-one years, and his name has been synonymous with sterling integrity and indefatigable activity. Though well advanced in years and in rather feeble health during the past summer, he has continued his labors as gardener of the city park, which has been his pride for several years. Up to the time "when he drew the drapery of his couch about him and lay down to pleasant dreams" his life was one of usefulness and honor. He is survived by his aged wife, three sons and one daughter, all of whom were about him when the peaceful end came.

Funeral services were conducted at the home, Thursday afternoon, of a simple, tender sort, as benefited the life, by Rev. M. B. CARMAN of the Methodist Church, after which the remains were mingled with Mother Earth in Longview Cemetery, much of whose present beauty is a monument to his fidelity and care. Many friends paid a last tribute to the memory of one of our oldest citizens by their presence during the ceremonies.

All the bereaved ones are remembered in much tenderness by this community.

C. B. ROWELL was born in Athens County, Ohio, April 16, 1824. At the age of fourteen years, he went with his parents to Jackson County, Ohio. In 1840 they moved to Pickens County Ohio. Five years later they left Ohio and located in Burlington, Iowa, for one year, moving to Wapello County, Iowa in 1846. In 1849 he crossed the plains to California, arriving in the mining district August 25th. After he had spent four years traveling through the mining district, he returned to Decatur County, Iowa, in 1854. A year later, he was united in marriage with Sarah A. STANLEY. Five children were born to them, four sons and one daughter; Thomas F., Charles C. M., John F., Elmer and Mrs. Lillian WARREN, all of whom survive him but Charles who died June 2, 1895. In 1876 the family took up its residence in Mount Ayr, Iowa, from which place they moved to McCook, April, 1883, residing here up to his death, December 20, 1904. John is now a resident of Boulder, Col., Elmer of Max, Neb., and Mrs. WARREN of Ft. Morgan, Col.

A number of beautiful floral tributes evinced the tender sentiments of relatives and friends toward the departed. Among the tributes was a pillow of white bride's roses, and there was a profusion of pink carnations, roses, smilax, cut flowers, a sheaf of ripe wheat, etc.

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008

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