The Mount Ayr Record, 1922
GEORGE A. WYANT CALLED BY DEATH
Aged and Respected Citizen Passes to His Reward
After an Illness of Three Months.
After an illness of three months duration, during most of which time he was confined to
his bed, George A. WYANT passed away at his home in this city Friday evening, December 1,
at six o'clock. The end came peacefully. During his last illness Mr. WYANT maintained his
happy and cheerful disposition and was conscious to the end. While his last illness
covered a period of three months, Mr. WYANT never fully regained his health after a severe
illness about a year ago, his advanced age precluded the possibility of complete recovery.
The death of Mr. Wyant marks the passing of one of the oldest and most highly respected
citizens of Ringgold county. During the forty-seven years of his residence in the county
he was known as an earnest christian gentleman; a man of rigid honesty; faithful in the
discharge of every duty. In early manhood he embraced christianity and during his entire
life sought earnestly and faithfully to exemplify the golden rule. Those who knew him in
youth, in young manhood, in the full bloom of manhood and in the declining years of his
life admired him for his sterling qualities and at his death the community bows in
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the M. E. church, being conducted
by the pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL, assisted by Rev. Edgar PRICE, pastor of the Church of
Christ. The funeral was largely attended by friends from all the communities of the county
where he had lived who came to pay their last tribute of respect. The floral offerings
were profuse and beautiful. The body was laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery. The pall
bearers were his grandsons - Hugh and G. A. WYANT, George and James TINDLE, Frank ROUTH
and Charles CULVER. The flower girls were his granddaughters, Ruth and Helen WYANT, Esther
and Opal CULVER.
George A. WYANT was born in Pennsylvania December 26, 1834, being one
of the family of twelve children, six sons and six daughters, of Jacob E. and Margaret
WYANT. He was reared in his native state, where he obtained the rudiments of his education
in the public schools and followed the avocations of farming and stock raising. At the age
of twenty-one he began life on his own account. In 1855 he went to Kansas, where he
remained a short time and then located in Illinois, where he taught school in the winter
and the following spring began farming. In 1856 he returned to Kansas, where he followed
farming and school teaching until 1875, when he moved to Ringgold county and settled on a
farm in Lincoln township and engaged in milling and farming. Mr. WYANT was united in
marriage in Kansas, May 8, 1859, with Sarah A. MORROW, a native of Pennsylvania, and to
them were born four children, two of whom, Mrs. T. J. TINDLE of Lincoln township, and
James U., of Bedford, survive. The wife and mother died in July, 1891, and in October,
1892, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Elsie GRIFFITH and for a time Mr. and Mrs. WYANT
made their home in Clearfield, until 1899, when they moved to Mount Ayr. The home life of
Mr. and Mrs. WYANT has been extremely happy.
After locating in Mount Ayr Mr. WYANT
accepted the position of secretary of the Ringgold County Mutual Fire Insurance Company,
in which position he served faithfully and efficiently until three years ago when, on
account of advanced age, he retired from the office.
During the civil war Mr. WYANT
responded to the country's call and served as orderly sargeant (sic) of Company A, Twentieth
Kansas Volunteer Infantry and was in Price's raid through Missouri. His church membership
was with the Church of Christ at Clearfield. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.
CARD OF THANKS.
Please accept this as an expression of
appreciation of the sympathy shown and assistance rendered by the many dear friends
during the illness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of Mr. WYANT. We are
grateful for all the kindnesses and for the beautiful floral tributes.
MRS. G. A. WYANT.
NOTE: George A. WYANT's first wife, Sarah A. (MORROW) WYANT died at the age of 62 years,
6 months and 9 days on July 26, 1891 with interment at Rising Sun Cemetery, Ringgold
County, Iowa. George's second wife, Elsie Sarah (DAVENPORT) GRIFFITH WYANT was born in
1850, and died Febuary 24, 1925 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold
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