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Barnes, Sylvester L. 1840 - 1912

BARNES, FERRIE

Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 2/12/2020 at 11:01:13

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Apr. 12, 1912, P-FP, C-6

S. L. Barnes, one of the well known old residents of Howard county, passed away Tuesday morning as the result of a general breakdown caused by the infirmities of age. The funeral was held yesterday morning from the Church of the Assumption. We hope to be able to publish a suitable obituary in our next issue.

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Apr. 12, 1912, P-LP, C-5

Our community was greatly shocked by the death of our old neighbor, Syl Barnes.

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Apr. 19, 1912, P-FP, C-5

BARNES.
Died, at his home in Cresco, Tuesday, April 9, 1912, Sylvester Barnes, of infirmities due to old age.
He was born in Rochester, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1840. At an early age he moved with his parents to Iowa, settling in Vernon Springs twp., Howard Co., where he spent the greater part of his life. He was united in marriage to Catherine Ferrie on Dec. 25, 1862. To them were born twelve children, ten boys and two girls, all of whom are still living, viz: John W., James H., Margaret A.. Andrew, Joseph, Michael, Amanda, Frank, Leo, Syl¬vester R., Philip and Mark. He also leaves 38 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was the oldest of a family of seven children, four of whom are still living, two brothers and two sisters, two brothers having preceded him in death a number of years ago. During the last three months of his life he was a patient sufferer but he cheerfully resigned himself to the will of his Maker and not a complaint ever passed his lips in opposition to the ways of Him “who doeth all things well.”
One by one our pioneers are passing away; those men who built up our country. How unselfishly they worked and toiled until the final summons came and they answered it with Christian compliance. “Not my will but thine be done.”
His life was a grand preparation for death. He was a firm believer in the Christian faith, and his last hours were fortified by the rites of the Catholic church of which he was ever a faithful member.
On Thursday morning, April 11, 1912, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends assembled at his home where they viewed for the last time God’s noblest work, an honest man. The funeral cortege wended its way to the Immaculate Conception church, where Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Thos. Murtagh, who delivered an eloquent sermon in behalf of the deceased, after which his remains were laid to rest in St. Joseph’s cemetery. His memory will live long in the hearts of all who knew him. A beautiful life ends not in death.

Transcriber’s Note: His gravestone shows the date of death as April 3, 1912.

Calvary Cresco Cemetery
 

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