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Broadbent, Robert A. (1844-1921)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/6/2011 at 13:11:05


Sorrow and general regret came to this community last Friday by the sudden and unexpected death of one of Akron's few remaining veterans of the Civil war and a respected citizen, Robert
A. Broadbent. He had been feeling unusually well and had been busy with his lightning rod work. He arose at about half past six Friday morning and had gone to the basement of the Yeaton home for some purpose. When called for breakfast he failed to respond and upon Mr. Yeaton going to the basement he found his father-in-law prostrate on the floor and life extinct. Death was due to heart failure.

Robert A. Broadbent was born in Lake county, Illinois, November 16, 1844. In 1870 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Murray at Waucoma, Iowa, and to this union three children were
Mrs. Mabel Guernsey, of Chicago, and Mrs. A. L. Yeaton, of this city, and a little daughter, Ethel, who died in infancy. During the Civil war Mr. Broadbent enlisted in the Ninth
Iowa Veteran Infantry and fought for the preservation of the Union, receiving an honorable discharge from the service July 18, 1865. In 1869 Mr. and Mrs. Broadbent joined the tide of immigration westward and located In what was then the small river town of Sioux City. He went into business there and was for many years prominently identified with the affairs of that thriving city. The family resided there until they moved to Akron In 1902 and took the management of the Kendall Hotel for two or three years. About eighteen months ago Mrs. Broadbent passed away, and since the loss of this devoted helpmate he had made a home with his daughter, Mrs. A. L. Yeaton, where he passed away on Friday morning, April 29, 1921, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 14 days. A man of most genial and hospitable nature,
generous and sympathetic, he made innumerable friends, who join in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. E. Prewitt in the Baptist church Sunday at 2 p. m., and members of the G.A. R., W. R. C, and American Legion attended in a body. The church
was filled by those who came to pay alast tribute to an esteemed friend and a loyal citizen. There was a profusion of beautiful floral offerings. About 25 American Legion boys, in uniform, acted as pallbearers and guard of honor. At Riverside cemetery, as the flag draped casket was lowered to its last resting place, the Legion firing squad gave the final salute and "Taps" was
sounded for the veteran by Bugler A.L. Bennett.

Relatives who came from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Mabel Guernsey, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Sleeker and children, of Sioux City, and T. P. Guernsey, of Sioux City.

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