SAYRE, Salmon B. 1830-1914
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Date: 9/28/2016 at 14:05:42
Funeral of S. B. Sayre
The funeral services of the late Salmon B. Sayre, were held from the Melrose church near the old Sayre homestead, Thursday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. Mawn, pastor of the Methodist church of Whitten, and attended by a large number of friends, the church being filled by those who came to pay their respects to the memory of a true and noble citizen. The singing was by the Whitten church choir. The pall bearers were: Aaron Berry, Howard George, Chas. Gohner, Ed Swab, Wesley Crossen and James Vigars. The casket was covered with floral offerings from a host of friends. Interment was made in the family lot in Melrose cemetery, beside his wife.
Salmon B. Sayre was born in Logan county, Ohio, December 28, 1830, and was the youngest child of John and Jane Sayre. When nine years of age he with his mother, moved to Rock Island county, Illinois, his father having died two years previous.
On January 1, 1859, he was married to Pauline J. Norman, and started home-making on a farm in Henry county, Illinois. To this union was born nine children, four of whom with the mother preceded him to the home beyond. The living children are: R. W. Sayre, Newton, Ia.; J. W. Sayre, Hartley, Iowa; C. W. Sayre, Spokane Wash.; Mrs. John Essig and Mrs. Woodside, who reside in Melrose township.
Mr. Sayre was converted in early life and united with the Methodist church in Washington, Ill. He was a charter member of the Melrose church, which was built upon his farm. His life as a genuine Christian gentleman, one who exemplified in his every day life the teachings of the master, was well-known and sincerely appreciated by all. Kindness and neighborly consideration was characteristic of his walk and work among men, and the community is poorer because he is gone.
Mr. Sayre came to Iowa and settled on his farm in Melrose township in 1866. Here he labored with the sturdy courage of the pioneer to build up the best interests of the community and to promote all that was good and true. His family developed into some of the strong men and women of the county, loved and respected by all.
He enlisted in the service of his country in 1865, in company E, 18th Illinois infantry. Just the day before he died he reached the 84th milestone in life. Peace to his ashes.--Conrad Record
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 January 1915, pg 4
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