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Belle Plaine Independent; July 1, 1885

Frederick E. Oliver

Freddie, son of Sanford Oliver, aged 8 years and 2 months, died last Thursday, from the effects of an abscess. He was buried on Joe Young's farm on Friday, Rev. C. W. Pitsor, the Adventist minister, conducting the funeral.

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Submitted on 07-May-2020 by
John Shuck,

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Belle Plaine Every Other Daily Union; Jan. 11, 1900
Passed To Their Reward
Thomas Oliver

Short Sketches of the Lives of Those Who Have Recently Passed Away.

We print herewith the obituaries read at the funeral services of three respected residents of Belle, Plaine and vicinity who have passed to the unknown world within the last week.

Thomas Oliver.

Thomas Oliver died of neuralgia of the heart at his residence on South Oak street of this city on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and on the 5th he was buried in the family lot in Elmwood cemetery at De Witt, Iowa. The deceased was born at Hereford, England, in 1823, where he passed his early years; and where in 1843 he was united In marriage to Miss Emma Evans, who some years ago preceded him to the unseen shore.

They came to America some fifty years ago and located near De Witt upon a farm and shared the joys and perils of the pioneer. To this union were born eight children, six of whom were at the funeral. Thomas H., the oldest son, was killed in a railroad accident at Clarence, Iowa, twenty-four years ago, he being a fireman for the Chicago & North-Western at the time. Fannie died in early Infancy. The surviving children are John S. Oliver, Mrs. Elizabeth H. Kent of Rock Valley, Iowa; Mrs. Mary A. Murch, Edwin E. and Charlotte E. Oliver of Belle Plaine and Mrs. Bessie I. Mathers of Clinton, Iowa.

The funeral occurred at the home in charge of Rev. Levi Ruhl whose remarks were based upon the very appropriate text: "Prepare you victuals for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan.” John 1:11.

Mr. Oliver was a very quiet citizen, possessing a large amount of that grace which enabled him to attend strictly to his own business, ever applying the Golden Rule to regulate his duties to his fellows. It is thought that in early life in England he became a member of some evangelical church. But unknown as he may have been to many of us it is very evident from the much worn and faithfully read bible before the writer of this memorial that it was doubtless his oft consulted companion and counselor for nearly four score years.

A loving father, a cherished friend, a wise and good counselor and neighbor, and an exemplary citizen has gone from our midst, “the way of all the earth.”

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Submitted on 31-Jan-2022 by
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