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J. W. Love Rev. Dr.


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 9/4/2022 at 12:06:14

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, December 26, 1907
page 1

The very sudden and, of course, unexpected death of Rev. Dr. J. W. Love, at this place last Saturday, gave this community such a shock as it seldom experiences. While he had been complaining somewhat of his health a few days previous, few knew of it and he had expressed himself on the day of his death as being much better and that he would be able to fill his pulpit appointment as usual on the following day. About the middle of the afternoon Saturday, while talking with some friends in the hotel office, Mr. Mize, the proprietor, noticed a pallor over spread his face and advised him to retire to his room and take a rest. Dr. Love started to comply with the request, but when reached the second floor, he probably felt exhausted and went into the parlor and sat down to rest. Twenty minutes later, Mrs. W. A. Smith had occasion to go into the room where she found him peacefully sitting in his chair, dead. He had evidently passed away with out a struggle and more peaceful death than his could not be desired.

He was born in Pennsylvania, in February, in 1834. He was a member of the class that graduated at the Lancaster Theological school of Lancaster, Penns., in 1862. He at once entered the ministry and has been connected with it ever since, though during the past few years has not been on the active list, but has been kept busy the most of the time caring for churches destitute of a pastor. He came here last September, since which time he has mad his home at the Commercial house where his opportunities for forming many acquaintances were numerous. Being of a most genial disposition, he formed many friendships in that short time. His work here promised great success in awakening great interest in the congregation at his place and it was expected that at last Sunday's meeting, a number of prominent people were to unite with his church. Funeral services. were held at the church Sunday at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bechtel, of Conesville and Black, of Lone Tree, co-workers with him, assisted by Rev. Wickwire, of the Presbyterian church, of this place. The Masonic lodge, of this place, of which order, Dr. Love was a member, took charge of the body, escorting it to the church and then to the depot for shipment to his bereaved family, near Kansas City, Mo. A son-in-law, Mr. Montgomery, came up to accompany all that was left of Dr. Love, to his bereaved wife and four daughters who survive him. Dr. Love's home was Mt Washington, a beautiful suburb, half way between Kansas City and Independence, Missouri and he was laid to rest in the cemetery of that place.


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