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  Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, May 2, 1935

OBITUARY ~ HENRY THORNTON SWOPE

Henry Thornton Swope, eldest son of Woodson and Mary Swope, was born February 3rd 1854, in Sulphur Springs, Henry county, Indiana, and passed away at his home in Clearfield, Iowa, April 22nd, 1935 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 19 days. The family moved to near Bethany, Mo., when he was about nine years old, later moving to Kinsley county, Kansas. In 1871 he came to Adams county, Iowa, and after a short stay, returned to Kansas, where he resided until 1874, when he came to Ringgold county, Iowa. On December 17th, 1885 he was married to Mary Swope of Clearfield, and here they have resided ever since. To this union were born five children, three sons, Granville, Orville and David dying in infancy. His wife, one son, Woodson L., and one daughter Lena Steward; also the son-n-law, F. P. Steward, two grand children; one brother, W. A. Swope of Zenda, Kansas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends survive. For several years Mr. Swope was in the harness business in Clearfield, then for a time in the produce business, and in January,1898 he became postmaster continuing in that capacity for thirteen and a half years. In July of 1911 he again went into the Produce business, continuing until ill health caused him to retire four years ago.

He was a charter member of the Clearfield Church of Christ, was for years Bible school superintendent and Bible class teacher. He was a zealous Christian, a loving husband and father, a loyal friend and neighbor, always doing good wherever his hand found it to do. He has filled various positions of trust and honor in the town, especially in its earlier days. For fifty years he was a member of the Masonic Order.

Funeral services were held in the Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon, April 24th, pastor Philip Nystrand officiating, assisted by the Rev. H. B. Hutchman of the United Presbyterian church. Singing was by a mixed sextette. Interment was in Clearfield cemetery. The funeral was conducted with the ritualistic services of the Masonic Order at church and later at the cemetery, Mr. Clyde Stanley of Beaconsfield giving the address and having charge of the impressive services, both at church and cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, January of 2012

Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
April 25, 1935

OBITUARY ~ HENRY THOMAS SWOPE

Mr. H. T. Swope, resident of Clearfield for fifty years and engaged in business on our Broadway nearly all of the time, died at his home at 11:20 on Monday, after a prolonged illness in which strength gradually failed. He was the last survivor of the men who made the Clearfield of the eighties, and stayed here until the end. He had attained the age of eighty one years.

Henry Thomas Swope, oldest son of Woodson and Mary Swope was born in Sulphur Springs, Henry County, Indiana February 3, 1857 and passed away at his home in Clearfield, Iowa, April 21, 1935 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 19 days. When he was about nine years old the family moved to near Bethany, Missouri and later to Kansas City, Kansas.

In 1871 he came to Adams County, Iowa and after a short stay returned to Kansas where he resided until 1874, when he came to Ringgold County, Iowa. On December 17th, 1895 he was united in marriage to Mary Perkins of Clearfield and here they have resided ever since. To this union were born five children, three sons, Granville, Orville, and David all dying in infancy. His wife, one son, Woodson L. and one daughter, Lena L. Stewart survive, also the son-in-law, F. P. Stewart, two grandchildren, one brother, W. A. Swope of Zenda, Kansas, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

For several years Mrs. Swope was in the harness business in Clearfield, then in the Produce Business, and in January of 1893 became postmaster and continued in that capacity for thirteen and a half years. In July 1911 he again went into the Produce Business and continued in it until four years ago when poor health forced him to retire.

He was a charter member of the Clearfield Church of Christ and for a number of years Bible School Superintendent and teacher of a Bible class. He was an earnest Christian, a loving husband and father, and a friend to all and always ready to do a kindly deed wherever opportunity offered. He had filed various positions of trust and responsibility in the town, especially in its earlier days, and will be greatly missed in the community which has known him so long.

He had been a member of the Masonic Order for fifty years.

Funeral services were held in the Church of Christ at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. P. O. Nystrand conducting, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hutchman. The Masonic ceremony was also used at both church and cemetery. [Interment in Clearfield Cemetery]

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011

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