David Fowler Obituary

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Here is the text of one of the family obituaries I have.  My comments are
in square brackets [].  Maybe you will appreciate it, too.
Lee Weller lee.weller@anat.utas.edu.au
DAVID FOWLER died at his home one mile south and half a mile east of
Savonburg, August 27th 1906 [Savonburg, KS is between Stark in Neosho Co.
and Elsmore in Allen Co. on the MKT railroad line.]  He was born in Stokes
County, North Carolina, June 9th 1831.  On the day of his death he was 75
years, 2 months and 27 days old.  The funeral service was held at the
residence on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. L. J. Gillham,
pastor of the M. E. church of Savonburg, and his remains were laid to rest
in the Erie Cemetary.  He moved from North Carolina to Illinois and came to
Kansas in 1867, thirty-nine years ago.  He settled on a tract of land in
Neosho County, now known as the Fluber farm.  He sold this farm and bought
R. G. Craven's farm six miles north of Walnut, later bought a farm near
Savonburg where he lived till he died.  He leaves his companion, four
children, three brothers, two sisters, nine grandchildren, and kindred and
many friends to mourn his death.  His children are Mrs. Laura Hedges,
Walnut, Kansas, James D. Fowler, Stark, Kansas, John W. Fowler, Rialto,
California, Mrs. E. Smith, Odense, Kansas, Gideon Fowler [brother], Kansas
City, and his sisters Mrs. Rebecca Kelso, Havana, Kansas and Mrs. Lousetta
Dillon, Bloomington, Ill.  Early in his life he united with the Christian
Church, but later, in 1872, he joined the M. E. Church.  He has lived in
the country surrounding Walnut for thirty-nine years.  His life was linked
with every enterprise.  He was a hardy pioneer ahd helped to turn the
virgin soil, plant trees, build homes, schoolhouses, and churches, and has
lived to see this part of the state develop into a rich and fertile
country.  He was beloved and respected by all who knew him.  The aged
pilgrim has laid down his staff.  His companion, his daughters Laura and
Etta and his son James were at his bedside.  The clock on the mantle shelf
struck eleven.  The sun shining bright and clear.  He had said farewell,
his last farewell to his loved ones, his eyes grew dim, his throbbing pulse
ceased and his soul left the body and started all alone on a long journey
which has no homecoming in this life.  Its destination was to that far off
country beyond the sun, moon and stars and the sorrows of earth, where time
will not wrinkle his face or shrivel his hands, and whiten his locks.
Blessed land of immortality!"
[from an obituary in a newspaper clipping, source unknown]
Added newspaper note:
"Uncle David Fowler whose death occured Monday, was taken to Erie for
burial.  His sister, brother and three of the children were here to attend
the funeral."

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