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Mount Ayr Journal
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Oregon
July 11, 1910

Harry Stranahan Dead.

Word was received in Mt. Ayr yesterday morning by Mrs. C. G. STRANAHAN, telling of the death of her second son, Harry, who died from an operation being performed for appendicitis. C. G. [Charles Grant] STRANAHAN and his two sons, William and Harry have been residing since spring on their claim near Wagoner, Montana, proving up on their land. The news is a hard blow to the family here and Harry's many young friends. The remains will be brought to Mt. Ayr as near as can now be learned about Wednesday, and the funeral service will be announced later.

Ringgold Record
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
July 14, 1910

OBITUARY ~ HARRY O. STRANAHAN.

Harry O[tto]. STRANAHAN was born Feb. 8, 1893, in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and died in Great Falls, Monatna, July 9th, 1910, aged 17 years, five months and one day. His short life was spent here up to March last, when he went to Montana. He was taken sick July 4th, Monday, at Dobson [MT]. On Thursday he was removed to the hospital at Great Falls and on Saturday morning the end came.

Harry was a dutiful and obedient boy, in the home and school, helping his mother [Mary Jane (KNAPP) STRANAHAN]in her work. His early death is sorely mourned by the family, by the schoolmates, and by all the community.

In January, 1908, in the union meetings conducted by Mr. NELSON, Harry made a public profession of his faith, and in July following was baptized and received into full membership in the church. During his stay in Montana he was thrown with wild associates, but was not led astray. Here is a letter from the Methodist minister in Great Falls who was with him at the last.

Great Falls, Mont., July 9, 1910.
Rev. W. E. HARDAWAY.

Dear Brother - This morning I was called to the hospital to see Harry STRANAHAN, who was fast passing away from this life. The first thing, he told me of his faith in God. I read that beautiful passage in John's gospel, 14th chapter, and som of the Revelation where it is said there will be no more death nor crying, etc. While I was reading he choked up a little. I stopped, and soon he said so strong and clear, "All right, go ahead." I continued reading, and then stopped for prayer and said, "We will pray." He started the Lord's prayer in such a strong voice, and when he came to "Thy will be don," he emphasized it so strongly that it impressed me so much. I asked him if it was all right, and he was so certain it was. After a little struggle with the disease he passed away so sweetly, not a struggle, but just went to sleep.

It was one of the most blessed pleasures I have ever been, - to see one so young go and so triumphant in his faith. Tell the young people that it was a glorious going home to our Father's house. It enriched my experience.

Fraternally yours, Rev. W. E. HARDAWAY

NOTE: Harry was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcriptions and note by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2012

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