MILLS, Isaac C. 1825-1902
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Date: 12/12/2016 at 21:24:57
Another Pioneer Gone
Mr. I. C. Mills, who has been in poor health for some time past, was taken to the hospital last Thursday and died at that place at 12:20 p.m. Monday, June 23rd, at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 8 days.
Isaac C. Mills was born at Elizabeth, N.J., April 15, 1825. When but a small boy he moved to Livingston county, N.Y., where he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Jane Acker December 9, 1852. To them were born five children, three sons, Frank, Jim and Will, and two daughters, Etta and Eva, all of whom are living except Eva. The wife and mother departed this life a few years since.
In 1857 the family moved to Indiana where they resided until 1863 when they moved to Marshall county, Iowa, remaining there until 1868 when they made their home at Steamboat Rock for a period of four years. In the year of 1874 the family settled in Grundy Center where they conducted a hotel and restaurant in the pioneer days of this village.
During the days of his early manhood the deceased was engaged in farming and later followed the vocation of railroading, being at one time a conductor on a train running from New York to Corning. During the past twenty-five years he has been sexton of Fairview cemetery and has labored faithfully in keeping the city of the dead in a good condition.
When about twenty-one years of age he joined the Masonic lodge and during the infancy of Emerald Lodge No. 334 he did much toward its advancement and upbuilding. At the time of his death he considered himself the oldest Mason living in the state, and only a few weeks ago attended the Masonic gathering at Dubuque.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. E. E. Hastings officiating. The services at the grave were in charge of Emerald Lodge No. 334.
Miss Etta Mills of Chicago, and Mr. F. D. Mills of Parkersburg, arrived in Grundy Center Sunday and were with their father in his last hours.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 June 1902, pg 5
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