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Absolom Moses Straughan (1851-1920)


Posted By: Carl Malone (email)
Date: 6/28/2017 at 11:08:28

The Adams County Free Press
Corning, Iowa
August 25, 1920

A. M. Straughan died at the home of Dr. C. H. Bryant, in this city, Sunday evening, August 22, 1920, aged 68 years, 11 months and 8 days. The funeral services will be conducted from the Christian church at 2 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. E. C. Sitts, of Neola, Iowa, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Hill cemetery.

Mr. Straughan had been in fairly good health until July 3, when he was taken ill and went to a Creston hospital for treatment. Later he returned to the home of Dr. Bryant in order to be near his family physician for the necessary medical attention each day.

The subject of this sketch was born on a farm in Mahaska county, three miles southeast of Peoria, Iowa, September 14, 1851. His mother died when he was 8 years of age, and his father three years later, after which he made his home with his eldest sister, Mrs. James Jarard, in Mahaska county. When he attained his majority he came to Fontanelle, Iowa, and worked on a farm until the spring of 1873, when he came to Adams county, which has ever since been his home. Mr. Straughan was married November 26, 1874, to Ada E. Humbert, and the couple settled on the farm a mile south of Corning, which has been the family home until the present time. Mrs. Straughan died April 30, 1910. To them were born two children both of whom are present to attend the funeral of their father. They are A. B. Straughan, of Mesa, Ariz. and Curt Straughan, of Corning. Beside these two sons there are two grand children and one great grandchild. Also deceased is survived by two brothers and two sisters. They are Mrs. James Jarard, of Oskaloosa; T. J. Straughan, Nardin, Okla.; J. W. Straughan, New Sharon, Iowa; Mrs. Sam Robison of Quincy. All but T. J. Straughan will be in attendance at the funeral. Deceased united with the Church of Christ in Corning October 17, 1915.

One of the pioneers of the county, Mr. Straughan had led a busy life, blazing the way for the modern farm home of today. Always a great leader in the social and educational life of the community, his advice and example made better citizens where he lived. He was by nature and education a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and the many hardships of the early days made him accustomed to self sacrifice. The soul of honesty, he believed that truth, right and justice would eventually prevail, and was optimistic even in the darkest hour. His love for his country was only surpassed by the ties binding him to his home. During the war he gave of his accumulations freely to his country, and not alone did he give money, but he encouraged the younger men in their sacrifices. His children and grandchildren will be left a memory of his stalwart character, which like a beacon light should lead them toward the goal the father had attained. When at the eventide the character of such a one stands out in relief so strongly against the setting sun of life, one almost feels that God’s plan for real manhood has been exemplified here.

The Adams County Free Press
Corning, Iowa
August 28, 1920

Last Sunday evening A. M. Straughan, better known as “Mose” Straughan passed away at the home of Dr. C. H. Bryant of cancer of the porostrate [prostrate] glands, aged 68 years, 11 months and 8 days. His health had been very fair until July 3 when he went to a Creston hospital, but receiving no relief returned to Corning and had since been at the home of his physician where he could receive prompt medical treatment.

He was born near Peoria, Iowa, where his mother and father died when he was 8 and 11 years of age. When a young man he came to Fontanelle and in 1873 came to this county which has since been his home and where he married Miss Ada E. Humbert November 26, 1874, who passed away April 30, 1910. To this union were born two sons, A. B. Straughan of Mesa, Arizona, and Curt Straughan of Corning and both were present at the funeral which was held from the Christian church of which the deceased was a member, Wednesday at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. E. C. Sitts of Neola, Iowa, formerly pastor of the church Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery.


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