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Henry Comp (1891)


Posted By: JoAnne Walker
Date: 3/10/2013 at 17:04:23

The Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, April 24, 1891
Page 2, Column 3

On Tuesday morning about four o'clock, Mr. Henry Comp, whose home was just beyond the corporate limits of Winterset in Douglas Township, died after a long sickness. For many months he had been slowly wasting away with the insidious disease, consumption. For weeks his death was constantly expected by his friends. Mr. Comp was one of the most enterprising and active citizens of Madison county, and his death leaves a vacancy which will long remain unfilled. He was a devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, and a good neighbor.

Mr. Comp was born in Cumberland County, Penn July 11, 1833, married Nancy C. Arrasmith of Lynn, Ill in 1862. They came to Winterset in 1868. Of their three children Eva C. died, Aug 31, 1884 and Georgianna M. died Nov 1, 1887. Jessie T. is the only surviving daughter.

The funeral services were conducted at house Wednesday morning by Rev. W. E. Stanley of the Baptist Church assisted by Rev. Preston. Interred at Winterset Cemetery.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, May 7, 1891
Page 4, Column 4


Henry Comp died at his residence in the Southwest part of the city Tuesday morning at 4 o’clock. The funeral occurred the following day.

Henry Comp was one of the best and most respected citizens of Madison County. He was a man who had won the confidence and respect of all who knew him by his sterling integrity and his straight-forward, honest ways.

He was a Pennsylvanian, being born in Cumberland county July 11, 1833. He left Pennsylvania for Lynn, Illinois, and when 29 years old was married to Miss Nancy Arasmith who survives him. Three children were born to them, even C., Georgina M. and Jessie F. Eva and Georgina died when young ladies, the former in 1883, about a year after she had graduated in our public schools, and the latter in 1887.

In 1868 Mr. Comp moved with his family to Winterset and resided for some time in the southeastern part of the city. He purchased a farm which is still known as Comp farm eight miles west of the city, and lived there for many years, where he built up and made by his industry and frugality one of the finest homesteads in the county.

The family came to town to educate the children but after the death of their oldest daughter went back to the farm where they remained two years when they sold it, removing to Winterset where they have resided ever since.

In his business dealings Mr. Comp was careful, prompt and strictly honest and at the time of his death was worth considerable money. Some months ago he was attacked by some heart trouble and several weeks before his death he suffered intense pain 4 days at a time, being compelled to sit in one position.

The funeral services were conducted by the Winterset lodge of A. O. U. W. of which he was a member. Rev. Stanley of the Baptist Church preached the funeral sermon.


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