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Gideon McKibban (1904)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 4/6/2014 at 08:28:28

Winterset Madisonian
Thursday, August 25, 1904
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Death of Gideon McKibban

Gideon McKibban, one of the pioneers of Winterset died at his home on east Jefferson street Saturday, August 20, at the ripe age of 81 years, 6 months. The funeral occurred at the M.E. church Sunday, August 21, conducted by Rev. R. W. Matheny and interment made at Rock City cemetery.

Winterset Madisonian
September 1, 1904
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Gideon McKibban was born in Highland county, Ohio, February 6, 1823 and died at Winterset, Ia., August 20, 1904, being 81 years, 6 months and 14 days old at the time of his death. In the community where he was born he grew to manhood and was married to Miss Ruth Jackson June 19, 1847. To this union was born two sons and four daughters. Both of the sons and one daughter with their mother and also Mr. McKibban’s second companion, Rebecca Bell McKibban, preceded him to the eternal world. His three daughters, Mrs. McKibban, Mrs. Bisher and Mrs. Cook, with their husbands, were at his bedside during his sickness and did all that loving hands could do to bring relief from pain and comfort to the dying father.

Mr. McKibban moved to Madison county, Iowa in the year 1865, and settled in Winterset, Iowa, where he has since remained and engaged in business until about sixteen years ago when on account of failing health he retired from business. Those who have been engaged in business with Mr. McKibban bear testimony that he was perfectly honorable in all his business transactions.

About twenty-five years ago he was converted under the ministry of Rev. Conger and united with the Baptist church and has lived a consistent Christian life. He had but little to say about the future but never failed during his long sickness to declare his faith in God, when the future was spoken of. To his wife who ask him if he was not glad he made his peace with God while in health he said, “I am glad.”

About six years ago he was married to the widow of Rev. A. J. Jones, of the M.E. church. With this devout Christian lady, Brother McKibban spent six happy years in the evening of his life. We will not see these faithful old people again seated together at our church services. He will be missed at the church, home and in the city he has so long lived and in the order of which he was a member. May we put faith as he in Jesus.

Transcriber’s note: Typed as printed in the Winterset Madisonian. Death dates and age do not match gravestone.

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