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Apollos Cone 1817-1900


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 6/28/2021 at 06:42:18

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, October 4, 1900
Page 5

Apollos Cone was born in the town of Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio, on the 12 day of December, 1817. Coming west when yet a young man, he located at Peoria, Ill., where he was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Johanna Stevens, September 20, 1840. After 24 years of peaceful, quiet life spent happily together, this beloved help meet passed on to the life beyond December 18, 1860. In 1861 he with his family of children removed from Peoria, Ill. to Iowa, locating in Muscatine county, near the present town of Conesville. The greater part of his life since then has been spent in this county.

At Muscatine, September 13, 1864, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Hannah Paltridge, who preceded him in death, passing away February 11, 1877. Her loss was long and deeply mourned by him, for she was a loving faithful wife to him, and a kind, loving mother to his children, all of whom rise up and call her blessed. He was the father of 11 - 10 by his first wife and one by his second. Five of them survive to mourn his death. They are Jared Rufus Cone of Nichols, Mrs. Patience Ophelia Emerson of Cone, Joseph M. Cone of Kane, Green county, Ill. Wm. E. Cone of Muscatine, Iowa, and Mrs. Minerva Lucinda Miller of Conesville. For several years past he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. G. W. Emerson, and while the approach of old age was ever becoming more apparent, yet he never complained, but often expressed the wish that he might pass on and join the loved ones gone on before.

He was the last one of a large family of brothers. Socially, in former years he affiliated with the Mason and Odd Fellows, but some years ago he lapsed and although he often expressed his intention of being reinstated, yet he never was. Religiously, he was for long years a faithful and consistent member of the Reformed church. Some years ago he withdrew and entered by card the Congregational church at Muscatine, Iowa, of which he still held membership at the time of his death. He was a man of strong devotion to the principle that "Right is right because it is right." He was a kind and loving husband and an affectionate, care taking father. With an undying faith and an unyielding trust in the goodness and loving care of a merciful Father, and an all-redeeming Savior, he cast his all upon that faith and upon that trust, and gently fall asleep.


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