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William Sylvester Sumner (1906)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 10/20/2014 at 08:20:26

Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, November 8, 1906
Page 8

William Sylvester Sumner was born in Essex county, New York, September 9th, 1828. Died at Winterset, Iowa, Nov. 1st, 1906. Age 78 years, 1 month, and 22 days. Childhood and early manhood were spent in New York, where his marriage occurred May 26th, 1852, to Mary L. Fountain, who with three sons and one daughter survive him. He came west in 1861 to Galesburg, Illinois, and one year later made a home near Oneida, Ill. He lived in Illinois nineteen years, coming to Winterset in 1881, which has been his home until his death.

He united with the church in youth, and always since then has remained a constant follower of the Master, dying in the faith which was ever his in life.

Mr. Sumner was a man of strong convictions, and always had the courage to defend his position. It was the writer’s privilege to follow him where he resided in Illinois, though some years later, and we found the sweet influence of his noble Christian character, and the effect of his untiring Sunday School work still present in the community.

Madison county has lost one of its very best citizens, and the Sunday School work in the county, township and city will have a vacant chair in their meetings.

The funeral services were held from the home, conducted by Rev. E. E. Bennett. Text: “We spend our years as a tale that is told.” Ps. 90:9. The remains were laid to rest in the Winterset cemetery.

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