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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
January 13, 1927

RESPECTED CITIZEN IS CALLED BY DEATH
________________

A. R. Shrimplin, Pioneer Business Man of Mount Ayr,
Dies at Age of 79.

After an illness of several months duration A. R. SHRIMPLIN, pioneer business man of Mount Ayr, died at his home Saturday morning, July 9, at 2:30 o'clock, aged 79 years and nine days. The end came peacefully and marked the close of a long, active and useful life. Mr. SHRIMPLIN was one of the best known men of Ringgold county, having resided in the county since 1871. He was a successful business man,a large land owner and during all the years of his life was identified with the progress of the county. His last illness dated from early spring when he contracted a severe cold which developed into flu and for several weeks he was confined to his home. He later rallied and indications were that he would be restored to health, but two weeks before his death he suffered a heart attack from which, on account of his advanced age and weakened physical condition, he was unable to rally, and despite the best of medical care and nursing he gradually grew weaker until the end.

Alexander Roger SHRIMPLIN was born June 30, 1848, at Monroe Mills, Knox county, Ohio, being one of a family of twelve children, all of whom except three sisters preceded him in death. When he was twenty-three years of age he came to Iowa and settled in Ringgold county in the year 1871. Two years later, in 1873, he was united in marriage with Miss Lou HEATON and to this union one son, Guy E. SHRIMPLIN, was born. The wife and mother died in 1878 and in 1919 the son, after a long illness of tuberculosis, was called by death. In December, 1882, Mr. SHRIMPLIN was united in marriage with Miss Ada R. BUCK, who shared with him his ambition and solicitude for his son, and friends will ever hold in reverent remembrance the tender and loving devotion of Mr. and Mrs. SHRIMPLIN to the son in his affliction. To the second marriage four children, three daughters and one son, were born. The son, Otto, died in infancy February 13, 1892, and the daughters were reared to womanhood, receiving every advantage of the good home influence and its opportunities for education and refinement. The youngest dauaghter, Mrs. Ethel QUILLIN, was called by death in February, 1919. The oldest daughter, Mrs. Jessie DALTON, of Warsaw, Ind., is at present on a tour of South Africa and the daughter, Mrs. Bertha BOONE, of Long Beach, Calif., reached Mount Ayr Tuesday to be present at the funeral.

At the death of Mr. SHRIMPLIN the community bows in respectful tribute and sympathy unrestrained goes out to the surviving wife and daughters.

Mr. SHRIMPLIN'S active business career extended over the entire period of his residence of fifty-six years in Ringgold county. In the early years of his life he was engagedin the implement business, being associated with E. W. CRITCHFIELD and later for a number of years he was associated in business with J. O. FRY. He later engaged in the life insurance business and in all his business activities he was successful. In his business transactions he was rigidly honest and exacting in the matter of complying with the details of every agreement. His business judgment was respected and his counsel was often sought by his acquaintances.

Early in life Mr. SHRIMPLIN became identified with the Church of Christ and his sincere interest in the work of the church was recognized by all who knew him. For many years he served as a member of the official board of the church and as church treasurer rendered invaluable service. When the new church was built on the southwest corner of the square he served as a member of the building committee and his heart interest in work was attested by his constant attention to the work of building and the fact he made the largest individual contribution that was made to the building fun. He was constant in his attendance upon the services of the church, diligent in srvice int he capacities in which he could render the greater service in the advancement of the work and generous in the matter of giving financial support to the institution in which he felt a heart interest.

While Mr. SHRIMPLIN was careful and conservative, his judgment was sound and movements looking to progress in the community received his endorsement and support. It was largely due to his influence that the first electric lighting system was installed in Mount Ayr and in many ways, during the entire of his life, his influence and support were given to progress. The passing of Mr. SHRIMPLIN will be felt keenly by the church and in business circles of the community.

Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Church of Christ, being conducted by the former pastor, Rev. Ross WILLIAMS of Atlantic, and the interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Submission by Theola Hightshoe Weeda, October of 2012

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