WILLOUGHBY, Bliss 1867-1894
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/18/2011 at 21:57:06
Mr. Bliss Willoughby died Tuesday at five o'clock p.m. The funeral will be held at the family residence this (Thursday) afternoon at the family residence at 2:00 o'clock.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 August 1894
Bliss F. Willoughby, son of A. F. and S. M. Willoughby, was born in Grundy Center, Iowa, April 2nd, 1867, and died August 14th, 1894, at his home in this the place of his nativity.
His childhood and early boyhood were passed in attendance at the then village school of this place. His parents having removed temporarily to New York in 1883, he attended college at Randolph until 1888. The year following he taught telegraphy in the same college. Desiring to pursue a higher course he studied for a year at Olean college, N. Y. Failing health warned him that closer application to study must be abandoned, and being advised by his physician to seek a change of climate, he spent six months in California hoping the balmy air of that climate would prove beneficial, and later crossing the ocean and spending a time in Europe for the same reason, all of which proved to be of no avail. The family having returned in 1886 to Iowa, Bliss came home annually for brief a visit, until in February, 1894, he came home to remain while he lived, his disease, Tymphadroma, having reached the crisis. Bliss was a patient sufferer. Never a murmur escaped his lips. Always kind, pleasant and thoughtful, it was a pleasure to minister unto him. Realizing that he could not recover, he did not fear death but talked of his departure as though of a happy journey. He gave evidence many times both to his parents and friends that he was trusting in Jesus and all would be well.
I look to thee in every need,
And never look in vain.
I feel thy touch. Eternal love,
And all is well again.
The thought of thee is mightier far
Than sin and pain and sorrow are.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 August 1894
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