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  Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
August 17, 1922

OBITUARY ~ JONATHAN PARKHURST

Johnathan Parkhurst was born in Windsor Co. Vermont July 11, 1835. At the age of 19 he removed to Knox Co., Ill. where he engaged in farming for 7 years. In 1861 he removed to Cleveland, Ohio and it was there, while firing on the old Erie and Pennsylvania railroad, he met his future wife, Miss Mary Sindley. They were married in 1864 and returned to Knox Co. where they remained till ’67 when they came to Ringgold Co. and settled on Section 20 on the State road. Three years were spent on this farm then they settled on Section 7 Benton township, which was then in wild condition. All thru the long hard years that followed this worthy couple were neighbors in the truest sense, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. The night was never too dark or stormy for this tender wife and mother to leave home and go miles away to relieve the sick or suffering, and so honest and sane was the judgment of the husband and father that men came to him from far and near for advise and help which was always cheerfully given.

Nine children were born in this union, six living to mourn his loss: Mrs. Etta Philmalea, of Brush, Colo., Mrs. Tom Hartsock of Fremont, Neb. , Mrs. Clara Sconce of Maloy, Mrs. T. E. Jameson of Redding, and S. F. Dowell of Hemmingford, Nebraska and John Parkhurst of Clearfield.

Three children were buried in infancy. Besides their own large family they made a home for a grandson, Everett Parkhurst who was as a son to them from infancy.

In 1897 they retired from the farm and have since lived in Maloy with the exception of the last five, years when they were unable to keep house they spent the time among their children.

Last year on Sept. 3 the wife was called home and the faithful companion never rallied from the shock of her death but gradually grew weaker till on Friday Aug. 11th he folded his hands across his breast, closed his eyes and quietly fell asleep. The wonderful patience and sound judgment with which he accepted his suffering and death was a marvel to all. “He died as he had lived.”

Funeral services were conducted at the Maloy Church of Christ Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13 by W. A. Purdy, pastor of Clearfield Church of Christ. [Interment at Platte River Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.]

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011

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