MATTISON, B. F.
Posted By: Nettie Mae (email)
Date: 11/27/2023 at 13:22:25
SOURCE: The Clinton Advertiser, Clinton Iowa
Jan 19, 1926 Page 3
Resolutions Are Passed By Soldiers
Clinton County Memorial Hall association in Session recently elected W. H. Easterly as chairman to succeed the late B. F. Mattison, and added Mr. Easterly and G. W. Barker to the committee. The members also passed resolutions on the death of two members, A. R. Hart and B. F. Mattison. These are:
Benjamin F. Mattison
"Life's fitful fever o'er, he sleeps well." In the passing of Benjamin Franklin Mattison, which occurred at the family home 726 Camanche avenue, at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, December 6th, 1925, his family lost a devoted husband and father, his friends a congenial companion -- "a man among men," the state and nation a worthy representative of those who made and keep this, the best in democratic form of government ever established, and the world, an inhabitant who by precept and example, made it better because of having lived in it. Of him it may well be said, "He rings true," and this may be applied to his activities all along the pathway of life. He was a good citizen in all that term signifies. In peace as well as in war, he was interested and took part in every activity that made for upholding the highest ideals in business, politics, and daily living.
When the storms of the Civil War broke over this country, in the sixties, he laid health, life and opportunity upon his country's altar, and as a volunteer soldier, at seventeen years of age, he served well and faithfully in the Eighty-first New York Infantry, earning and receiving an honorable discharge late in 1864.
In politics he was always a Republican -- a true blue party man, and in public life he served in various official positions with honor and credit to himself, as well as to the great party, from whose principles he never deviated.
Friend, Citizen, Soldier, sleep on, you will certainly be waiting for us on the other side, as we each, from time to time, answer the last call.
Benjamin Franklin Mattison was born in Oswego, New York, March 25th, 1844, he came to Clinton in 1865 and four years later returned to his old home to be united in marriage with Helen Eaton; he brought his bride back here, where they have ever since resided. During most of the intervening years he was a valued and trusted employe of C. Lamb and Sons in the lumber industry. One child, a son, County Attorney George E. Mattison (blessed the union consumated in 1869) who with his mother, survive him. They will undoubtedly maintain the old home here, but no matter what is done, the memory of Benjamin Franklin Mattison will be a monument, commemorating a life well spent, in which his friends as well as his family, all take pride. Therefore, be it
Resolved by the Clinton County Soldiers' Memorial Hall Association that the foregoing "In Memoriam" be and is hereby adopted as the Association's sentiments in regard to the deceased member and worthy chairman, and that a pause be called in the daily rush of affairs to enable a flower of memory to be placed on the grave of the departed and a tear dropped with those who mourn for one beloved and respected by all and also that this expression of the Association's sentiments be spread upon the minutes and a copy presented to the family, signed by the chairman and secretary, and also furnished the daily press for publication.
W. H.Easterly, Chairman
Attest: B. W. Baldwin, Secretary
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