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Jewell, David 1825-1899


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 12/16/2014 at 01:06:28

As announced last week the sudden death of Mr. David Jewell, one of our old and most highly respected citizens, was the cause of great surprise. Mr. Jewell was liked by all. He was a man who always had a pleasant smile and a good word for all, and these kind of words always make men liked and respected and people and communities mourn at their death. It is not with these kind of men like it is with the man, who, without a heart, has been close and nigardly and mean with his fellows. His going creates little disturbance and no one feels the loss. But with Mr. Jewell's going the entire city mourns and on every lip is: "He was a good man!" How much that means. It is greater to be desired than anything else in all the world, and we would prefer it to being a Napoleon and whipping the world. The editor of the NEWS personally always had great respect for Mr. Jewell. He was a frequent caller at our office where he would sit and converse for a time in an interesting and instructive way. But the end of this earthly existence has come to him as it will to us all. And it will be well if we are as ready to go as was he.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. Hollett, who made a brief but timely talk. The church was well filled with friends of the deceased. The Masonic fraternity and the G.A.R. attended in a body and the interment was at Taylorsville cemetery with the ceremonies of the Masonic fraternity.

The choir was composed of J.H. Little, Jesse Wherry, Bertha Walrath, Jessie Thompson, Mable Thompson, Mrs. Ira Shambaugh, Dora Newton, Dwight Moyer and Charley Roe. Miss Nellie Doane presided at the organ.

David Jewell was born Sept. 26th, 1825, in Binghampton, Bloom county, New York, where he lived until he moved to Iowa. He was married to Julia McNarry, June 2nd, 1844. He was converted and joined the Reformed Methodists soon after.

In 1856 he moved to Volga City where he made his home until he removed to Arlington about two years ago.

After coming to Iowa he joined the Freewill Baptists and preached the gospel acceptably among them, supporting himself by the labor of his hands. He lived consistently with his faith and died, a member of the Freewill Baptist church at Edgewood, April 20th, 1899, aged 73 years, 6 months, and 24 days.

During the civil war he served his country honorably, as an enlisted soldier. He was also an honored member of the masonic fraternity.

He has always been an active, energetic, hard working man whose desire was to be taken while in active service. This desire was granted, for death came quickly and he passed away quietly and without a struggle after being in bed twelve hours.

His going is lamented by his faithful and loved companion who has been his helpmeet 54 years and who waits with anticipation of joy for the call to "come up higher," by his two sons and their families and by a host of friends who hold him in respect and admiration for his industry, integrity and strong friendship. He has gone to his reward. May his ashes rest in peace and may we all meet him where to meet is joy forever more.

[The obituary continued for another column in the paper, the entire funeral sermon & other glowing comments about the deceased being printed. It has not been transcribed here....sf]

Card of Thanks
We wish to return our thanks to all our friends and neighbors and others at home and abroad for the kindness shown us and our husband and father during his late illness and death.
Mrs. D. Jewell
B.D. Jewell
Chas. Jewell

~Arlington News, Thursday, April 27, 1899
~He served in Co. D, 21st Iowa Inf. during the civil war


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