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Albert D. Guye (1924)

GUYE, LUCAS, RATLIFF, THOMPSON, WATSON

Posted By: Kent Transier
Date: 8/29/2009 at 02:18:18

Winterset Madisonian
Thursday, 21 February 1924
Page 2, Column 2 & 3

Deaths

Albert D. Guye

Albert D. Guye was born Dec. 23, 1856 and died Feb. 13, 1924. The Guye family has been identified with the history of Madison county for a longer time than any other, and this identical portion of Madison county soil, which has continuously been the home for nearly 80 years, has been in cultivation longer than any other in the county. To this place came the founder of the family and home in April, 1846. This pioneer was Samuel Guye.

Mr. Guye was married three times. There were 18 children composing this family as follows: James, George, Houston, Mariah, Mary, Elizabeth, Angeline, and Frank Guye; George, Martha, John Thompson, Robert and Frank Ratliff, Thomas, Riley and Albert Guye. Albert was born here and his mother having died when he was but two years old, he was lovingly cared for by his half-sister, Angeline, who was buried from this same home some few years ago. In speaking of her, he always said he had two mothers.

Mr. Guye was a man of most marked characteristics. He was frank, outspoken and fearless. It has been said an honest man is the noblest work of God. Albert came as near filling the measurement or requirement as any man I ever knew. Had he sought the shortest and easiest road to popularity and competence, he would not have been as outspoken and honest as he was. He was exceptionally loyal to his family. On this beautiful ridge his father lived and died, here the fields were fenced and cultivated by his father, here his sister had spun and woven their garments. Nothing but death could separate him from these associations and now that he is gone, he will be missed as many are not missed when they have completed the brief span of existence.

He was not connected with any religious congregation did not regularly attend church except when services were held in the school house which bears the family name; there he was a regular attendant during the past years when services were held there. He was of a devout turn of mind and firmly believed in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He leaves his wife, who was Mariah Lucas; three children: Mrs. Vivian Guye of Stanbury, Mo.; Mrs. Beatrice Thompson and Eldridge Guye of Winterset. But one brother survives him, Riley Guye of Valley Junction. Funeral services were held at the home Feb. 15, conducted by Rev. D. J. Shelton.
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The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, February 21, 1924
Page 5, Column 6

Albert D. Guye

Albert D. Guye was born December 23, 1856, and died February 13, 1924, having passed to the entire life, a period of nearly sixty-eight years, at one place.

Eighty years ago the beautiful Prairie, overlooking Winterset was an unsurpassed wilderness. Shortly thereafter Samuel Guye came with a large family being the first settlers, of Madison until that date. He came in April 1846 and entered the land which has been in continuous possession of the family ever since.

His first wife having died, he remarried and there were at one time 18 brothers and sisters half brothers and sisters as follows: James and George Guye, who for many years occupied adjoining farms; Houston, Mariah, Mary, Elizabeth, Angeline and Frank. D. C. Ratliff, for a half-century one of the best-known citizens of Winterset, was Mrs. Guye’s eldest son by a former marriage. There were also Martha, John, Thompson, Robert and Frank Ratliff. Then by the last marriage there were Thomas, Riley and Albert. The only one now living is Riley of Valley Junction. Albert the youngest, lost his mother went two years old but he fortunately found one in his sister Angeline, who carefully reared him and up will be always spoke as his second mother. She was a noble woman who died a few years ago and was buried from this home.

Albert Guye was a man of economical and industrious habits and very marked traits of character. He was Frank, courageous and honest. It has been said that an honest man is the noblest work of God and he filled this measure of requirement. A most hospitable home was this of which he for so many years was the head. Many who today mourn his loss, among whom is a writer will not forget the cordial welcome and the bountiful table.

He was not a member of any church but had pronounced religious convictions. Seldom attended church service except those held in the schoolhouse which bears his name, this he always attended and liberally supported.

He was loyal to his home and attached to the ancestral acres. The fields he fenced unplowed were dearer to him than any other place on earth and no offer could be made in money that would have induced him to part with it.

He was married in 1883 to Miss Mariah Lucas who was reared in another Madison county pioneer family. In addition to the faithful wife there remains three children, Vivian, now Mrs. Watson, of Stonbury, Missouri; Beatrice, now Mrs. Thompson of Winterset and Eldridge also of Madison county.

The funeral services were held at the old home Friday, February 15, conducted by Rev. D. J. Shenton. Burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.

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