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CLIFT, John 1854-1936


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/9/2016 at 11:16:19

John Clift Died Monday; Lived In Grundy 69 Years

Was Widely Known Among Farmers Of The County. Treated Ailments Of Livestock For 69 Years.

John Clift, who came to Grundy Center 69 years ago and who made his home here continually since that time, died at 8 o'clock Monday evening. He was in good health up to seven weeks ago when he suffered a paralytic stroke. He had partially recovered from the effects of this stroke when he was stricken a second time two weeks later. He was unable to leave his bed after that time and continued to grow weaker until the end came. He was 82 years old.

Funeral services were held at the Coffman funeral home Wednesday afternoon. The services were in charge of Rev. J. B. Bird, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.

John Clift, better known as "Doc" Clift, had a wide acquaintance among farmers of Grundy county. He was here before veterinary surgeons had become established. Livestock became sick before there were veterinary surgeons here to treat it. John Clift supplied remedies of his own for sick livestock and they helped. Farmers called upon him as freely in an early day to treat their livestock as they now call upon the veterinary surgeons, and he gave them the best he had. If the farmers paid him was O.K. If they didn't, he never sent a sheriff out to collect an unpaid bill. The farmers who knew John Clift were his friends. So were others who knew him best.

John Clift was born in Cold Water, Michigan, Sept. 7, 1854. The family consisting of the father and mother, three brothers and two sisters, came to Grundy Center in 1867. The parents, two brothers and two sisters left for the west in 1883, settling in Oregon and California. John and his brother Ed remained in Iowa.

Mr. Clift and Elizabeth Stuck were married in Grundy Center July 10, 1887.

Surviving are the wife, one daughter, Mrs. J. J. Gourley of Sherbon, Minn., and one son, Harry, of Grundy Center. There are three grandchildren, Eileen, Catherine and --unreadable-- brothers, Ed of Royal, Iowa, and Andrew of Portland, Oregon. Two surviving sisters are Dolly Richardson of Portland, Ore., and Ida DeLancy of Long Beach, Calif.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 April 1936, pg 1


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