Elkanah Joseph Spurgin
SPURGIN, COX, NEIDT, IRWIN, DOWLER, ELLIS, HARRELL
Posted By: Linda Brittain (email)
Date: 5/23/2006 at 20:48:57
Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
December 17, 1931 – page 3
E. J. Spurgin
Elkanah Joseph Spurgin was born near Indianola in Warren county, Iowa, September 28, 1853. He moved with his parents to Madison county, Iowa, when but a small boy. He lived in Madison county all his life excepting ten years, which were spent in Montana. Part of this time he was with his brother, Dave, who later went to Alaska. At another time for about eight years, he lived in the northern part of Clarke county.
In 1891, soon after returning to Iowa, he was united in marriage to Mary Frances Cox. To this union were born five children: three sons and two daughters.
He united with the Methodist Protestant church at Union and was a member there until after moving to Truro. He then united with the Truro Christian church.
He has been a member of the Masonic lodge for over fifty years.
His first membership was in Evening Star lodge No. 43, at Winterset. Later he moved his membership to Lewistown, Montana and helped to organize the Masonic lodge there.
After returning to Madison county, Iowa, he again moved his membership back to Winterset lodge No. 43.
Later, after moving to Truro, he moved his membership to Ivy lodge No. 483. Last January, through the Ivy lodge, he received his fifty year certificate from the Grand Lodge of Iowa.
He departed this life about 1:30 Friday morning, December 4, 1931, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Neidt, following several months of failing health.
The three sons died in infancy and Mrs. Spurgin passed away September 13, 1927. The two daughters: Mrs. Edith Neidt of Truro and Mrs. Agnes Irwin of New Virginia; a foster son, Curtis Dowler of Kirksville, Missouri; two sons-in-law, Frank Neidt and Philip Irwin; four grandchildren: Cleona, LaVerne, Joe and Mary Evelyn Neidt; two sisters: Mrs. Ella Ellis of Afton and Mrs. J. S. Harrell of Peru; a brother, Sinclair Spurgin of Caldwell, Idaho, with a large circle of other relatives and friends remain to cherish his memory.
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