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Parkinson, George 1861-1927


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 8/18/2019 at 08:13:37

Clayton County Register, Thur., 20 Jan. 1927. Elkport column.

George Parkinson, a resident of Elk township, died at the hospital at Monticello, Iowa, Friday night. Mr. Parkinson was a sufferer with rheumatism for a number of years and finally was the cause of his death. Mr. Parkinson was about 65 years of age and was born in England. He came to America when he was a young man and lived in Manchester for a number of years and then moved onto a farm in Elk township where he resided until his death. He leaves two sons, William and Arthur, and two daughters, Mrs. Ray Porter of Elk township and Ivanelle of Denver, Colorado, to mourn his death. George Parkinson was an honest, upright man; a good citizen and he leaves many friends to mourn his death. The funeral took place Tuesday, Rev. Meyer officiating. May he rest in peace.

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Clayton County Register, Thur., 27 Jan. 1927.

George Parkinson was born at South Leverton, England, June 2nd, 1861. His boyhood years were spent in working for his father and he received most of his education by attending night school.

At the age of twenty-five he left his home land and came to America where he found employment on a farm near Greeley, Iowa, and a little later he went to Manchester, Iowa, where he engaged in the livery business.

Mr. Parkinson was a man of business ability and made a success of most anything his hands undertook to do; his labors were many and toil was no stranger to him. He was a man who would not permit himself to brood over the reverses of life but saw the silver lining in every dark cloud. He was no pessimist but an optimist, cheerful, jovial and considerate, a good neighbor and friend, a law abiding citizen, a man who provided well for his family. The lips and heart that sang many a song along these country highways will be heard no more the life cold in death today.

In June of the year 1899 he was united in marriage to Emma Kolowinski of Monona, Iowa. To this union four children were born, two sons and two daughters. After his marriage they made their home in Manchester for nearly one year, then bought a farm near there, where they lived for two years, then they moved to their present location near Wood, which has been his home ever since.

During his life he returned twice to his homeland. During the last year he has suffered from rheumatism and other complications. He bore his sufferings so patiently that no one realized the seriousness of his condition.

In November he went to Prairie du Chien, Wis., for treatment; receiving no help he returned home and a little later going to Monticello, Iowa, where he passed away on Jan. 15th, 1927, at the age of 65 years, seven months and thirteen days.

He leaves to mourn his death two sons, William and Arthur, of Edgewood, Iowa; two daughters, Mildred Porter of Edgewood, and Ivanelle of Plattville, Colorado. Two sisters, Sarah and Liza; five brothers, John, Edward, and Arthur of England, and Thomas and Henry of Greeley, Iowa. Two grandchildren, Deletta and George Porter, besides a host of friends.

The light is from our household gone; the voice we loved is still,
The vacant place upon our hearth -
It never can be filled.
This kind father has gone to his rest;
His sorrows and troubles are 'oer;
His kind and affectionate breast is at ease;
From the pains that with patience he bore.

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