GALBRAITH, Joseph "Joe" (1835-1897)
Posted By: Kathy Weaver (email)
Date: 7/12/2017 at 14:59:20
Malvern, Mills County, Iowa
Thursday, Nov. 25, 1897
Death of Joe Galbraith
Much to the surprise of the community was the word which went out last Thursday morning that Joe Galbraith, whose sickness many had not heard of, had passed away during the previous night. Just after dinner on the Saturday before, he was taken with a severe spell of gallstone colic from which he suffered intensely up to the the hour of his death, except when under the influence of opiates. The immediate cause of his death was the bursting of the gall bladder which occurred at about 3 o’clock Thursday morning. The old soldiers of the town and others of Joe’s friends did all they could for his relief, but his hour had come and all human aid was unavailing. The deceased was not a member of the Post here, but he was a faithful solider of the last war and the members of Milton Summers Post took charge of remains and conveyed them to the Post room Thursday morning. In the afternoon funeral services were conducted in the room by Rev. Watson, assisted by the Post, after which the remains were laid to final rest in the Malvern cemetery.
Joseph H. Galbraith had resided in Mills county for about thirty years and there were few neighborhoods in this county where he had not friends and acquaintances. He made his home alternately at Emerson, Hastings, Glenwood, Mineola and Malvern and had established a reputation as a well-digger that was unrivaled. Everybody liked Joe. He was a big-hearted, bright-minded man, with keen wit and sunshiny nature that made him appear always happy whether prosperous or penniless. Everybody felt that Joe had missed his calling and was richly capable of occupying a higher place in life. Little is known of his career prior to coming to his county, as he rarely referred to it. His mother died in Ohio last year and he has two brothers, one in Kansas and one in Indiana, but neither were present at the funeral. He was a soldier but never had been able to secure a pension, which he was beginning to feel the need of, as he was about 63 years old and becoming broken in health. The memory of his career in this county will be tempered by kindness and charity, and saddened by the feeling that he lived far beneath his possibilities.
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