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WASS, Rufus 1820-1900


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/21/2010 at 08:42:56

Gone to His Reward

On May 7, 1900, occurred the death of a former Grundy Center citizen, Rufus William Wass, at the ripe old age of 71 years, at Bearsford, S. D.

Deceased was born at Addison Point, Washington county, Maine, August 17, 1820. He was a descendant of the Wass family, whose name was given to the Great Wass island off the coast of Maine which was owned by them. They also at one time owned Nautucket island. The family were English and from generation to generation followed a sea faring life, and deceased was on the sea a great deal in his youth.

At an early age he was employed by the government in the U. S. Revenue service. After that he went to Boston and learned the carpenter's trade and became a contractor on his own account, many of the houses of his building yet being in good condition.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Gulliver of Boston, August 15, 1847, Rev. Merrill of the Baptist church officiating. Five sons and two daughters were born to them. One daughter and two sons, together with the faithful wife long since preceded the deceased to the better land.

From Boston to Maine, and from Maine to Grundy Center in 1856, were the only moves the family ever made. They were pioneer settlers of Grundy county, and were active in making the county seat a permanent location as such and Geo. F., one son, still remains in this city. John N. and Mrs. L. W. Carlton reside in Beresford, and Victor C. at Centerville, S. D.

The funeral services were conducted from the Free Methodist church in Beresford, the local pastors of the church officiating and the remains were conveyed to Grundy Center by his son Victor, and his daughter, Mrs. Carlton, and laid beside those of his wife who died here in 1890. Deceased was a faithful and influential member of the Baptist church and lived a life of conscientious service to the cause of Christ according to the doctrine of that denomination. His life was full of usefulness and the bereaved friends may find consolation in the assurance that he has gone to meet the reward of the faithful and enjoy the glad fruition of endless repose in the presence of God and the Lamb.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 May 1900


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