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Samuel L. Sprinkle (1896)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 5/19/2008 at 15:10:39

Winterset Madisonian – July 10, 1896
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Samuel I. Sprinkle, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Sprinkle, of this place, died at Des Moines shortly before noon last Wednesday. He was a victim of quick consumption, and although it had been known for some time that he could not recover, his apparent improvement during the past few weeks had encouraged his friends to hope that his life might be greatly prolonged. Sam was born and grew up in Winterset, and was respected by all as an industrious, upright and moral young man. Several years ago he took employment with the Des Moines Harness and Saddlery Co., of Des Moines, by which he was advanced to a position of trust, and has since made his home in that city. The remains were brought to Winterset Thursday evening and met at the depot by a committee from Evening Star Masonic Lodge, of which the deceased had been a steadfast and devoted member ever since arriving at his majority. The funeral was held this afternoon from the Methodist church, after which the Masons took charge of the body and interred it with the burial service of the order. Besides his parents and a large family of brothers and sisters, he leaves a wife, the former Miss Olive Bellows, and one child.

Winterset Reporter – July 16, 1896
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Samuel I. Sprinkle

The remains of Samuel I. Sprinkle, who died at his home in Des Moines, Wednesday, July 8, were buried in the Winterset cemetery Friday afternoon, the Evening Star Masonic Lodge, of which he was an honored member, having charge of the ceremony. The remains arrived in this city Thursday evening and were taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Sprinkle, and the funeral was held at the M. E. church, Rev. Harris preaching a touching and appropriate sermon in the presence of a large congregation. The deceased was born in Fayette county, Ohio, July 29, 1866, and was the twin brother of J. E. Sprinkle, who now lives in East Peru. In April, 1875 he moved to Winterset with his parents. In 1889 he was married to Miss Florence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bellows, of this place, who with a son two years old survive him. About eight years ago he moved to Des Moines and became an employee of the Des Moines Saddlery Co., as a traveling salesman. Last winter he took a severe attack of the grip, and before entirely well, faced a severe storm in northern Iowa, contracting quick consumption which resulted in his heath. His is the first death to occur in the Sprinkle family which consisted of nine sons and two daughters. Sam was a faithful Christina young man, having been a member of the M. E. church for eleven years, and at time of death was the teacher of a class in one of the M. E. Sunday schools of Des Moines. His scholars gathered at his home before the remains were brought to Winterset and held appropriate services, paying a last tribute of respect to the one whom they loved. By his care and industry he had provided a pleasant home in Des Moines, which will now be sold, and Mrs. Sprinkle and child will come to this city and live with her parents. His life was insured for $3,000, an evidence of that watchful care for his loved ones after he should be called hence which characterized his love for them while he lived. It is the sad and untimely ending of this life of a model young man—the “break in the wave” which the poet speaks when he exclaims, “O, why should the spirit of mortal be proud!”

Note: Burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.


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