RICHMOND, John F. 1848-1910
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/28/2016 at 19:03:16
John F. Richmond
Grundy Center and vicinity was shocked and saddened on last Friday morning when the news was received that John Richmond was dead. It was especially hard to realize that death had claimed one of our most respected citizens as it was only a few days before that he was going about his accustomed duties in the full vigor and strength of his manhood.
He had, only a few days before his death, assisted in the last rites which those of the living owe to the departed at the funeral of Mr. Cold. There, it is thought, he contracted the disease which terminated in his death as the day was raw and chilly and he suffered intensely from the cold.
In less that forty-eight hours after the disease took an acute turn his spirit had passed to the great beyond. He suffered intensely during the last hours of his life but he bore it all with the true heroism of a Christian.
For many years J. F. Richmond has been known in this community as one of its successful and prosperous business men, a man who was trusted and believed in as a just and honest man. While he looked out for himself he was yet unselfish. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to a fellow man in time of need. In the time of sickness or any trouble his heart was tender and large and his helping hand was ready and by all who knew him he will be greatly missed.
His funeral was held on last Tuesday from the Presbyterian church and was conducted by Rev. H. B. Dye of Grundy Center. A large number of his friends from Reinbeck, Morrison and other places were present to pay their last respects to the memory of a man whom they had known and loved.
The Masonic fraternity and the members of the G.A.R. attended in a body. Interment was in the Grundy Center cemetery, where the Masonic order rendered the impressive and beautiful service of their ritual at the grave of their departed brother.
John Francis Richmond was born in Belturbet, county Cavan, Ireland, on February 29, 1848. He came to this country in 1861 with his father's family and settled in Green county, Wisconsin. In 1864 he enlisted in the Union army, joining the 16th Wisconsin volunteer infantry at Atlanta, Georgia.
He served throughout the war and was mustered out of service on July 12, 1865. In 1870 he moved to Iowa and settled in Butler county, and in 1872 he came to Grundy county and settled at Morrison where he resided until 1908 when he moved to Grundy Center where he resided at the time of his death which occurred November 11, 1910. On July 3, 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Munn, who, with four children survive him.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 November 1910, pg 1
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