Vinton Eagle; November 2, 1893
Benjamin M. Culver
Mr. Benjamin M. Culver, an old settler and pioneer passed away Thursday Oct. 26, 1893, after a severe and protracted illness, aged seventy-five years. Mr. Culver leaves an aged widow and ten children, six sons and four daughters. All of the sons and two of the daughters are living in the far western states. One son (Stephen) who resides in Colorado arrived on the day of his death. Two daughters who live in this state were with him during his sickness, and at his death bed. Mr. Culver was for many years a true and devoted member of the Masonic Fraternity and was buried by that order from his late home, on Friday, the 24th inst. Uncle Ben, as he was familiarly called, was an honest, truthful man, and was respected by all who knew him. His widow and children have the sympathy of this community in this hour of bereavement and trial.
Urbana cor. to Eagle.
Vinton Eagle; 1921
OBITUARY OF J. S. CULVER
James S. Culver
James S. Culver, son of Payton B. and Sarah Culver, was born in Urbana, Sept. 16, 1857, and died at his home in Vinton Feb. 3, 1921, at the age of 63 years, 4 months and 17 days. Mr. Culver had been in poor health several months. He took to his bed three weeks before his death. He was afflicted with cancer.
Mr. Culver spent all his life in and near Urbana until seven years ago, when he and his wife moved from the farm to their present home. On April 9, 1884, Mr. Culver was united in marriage to Harriet Jane Brody. To this union three daughters were born.
Since coming to Vinton Mr. Culver was elected a member of the city council, and he served the city faithfully during his term of office. He was unfaltering in his devotion to truth and justice. Mr. Culver served on the election board many times.
Deceased was a member of the Vinton Masonic lodge and of El Kahir Shrine of Cedar Rapids. He was always found faithful to the duties demanded of him in the orders to which he belong. While of a quiet, retiring disposition, Mr. Culver made friends easily. One felt to know him was to find in him a friend.
Kind of heart, loyal and true to all his friends and neighbors, Mr. Culver found his greatest happiness in his home. During his last illness he was planning to make life easier for his wife and daughters. In his early life Mr. Culver united with the Primmer Methodist church, and remained true to this religious belief to the end. He died as he had lived, a christian, and was fully prepared to meet his Savior.
Mr. Culver is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Will Burrell, Mrs. Guy Brown and Mrs. Lynn Dingman all of Urbana, his mother, who is now in her 86th year, three brothers, Howard of Racine, Wis., William of San Francisco, and E. E. of Shellsburg, and one sister, Mrs. F. W. Burrell of Urbana.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church. The Rev. J. Arthur Young was in charge. The Knights Templar attended in a body in uniform, and went through their ritualistic service at the church. Burial was in the Wilmington cemetery near Urbana.