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Mason, Philip H. (1841-1915)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/9/2011 at 21:02:28

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

P. H. Mason, a well known resident of Plymouth county, died last Saturday at his home in Elkhorn township. He was a frequent visitor in LeMars and had many friends here who held him in warm regard on account of his admirable qualities. His death is a distinct loss to the community in which he resided for so many years. The Kingsley News-Times gives the following account of his life:

Philip H. Mason was born in Marion Linn county, Iowa, February 15, 1841, and died at his home near Kingsley, Iowa, September 18, 1915, aged 74 years, 7 months and 3 days. In the year 1854, while only a boy, he moved with his parents to Toledo, Iowa. He also lived in Ireton, Sioux County, and Doon, Lyon county, covering a period os two years each. In 1892 he purchased the present farm home where he lived until the end.

He was united in marriage to Rebecca N. Williamson, of Toledo, Iowa, March 13, 1866. To this union eight children were born, Dwlght W., of Los Angeles. California; Mrs. C. L. Murray,
of this place; Mrs. W. L. McEldowney, Mrs. H. S. Shearer and Philip H., of Sebeka, Minn., and Mrs. W. L. Shearer, of Vendale, Minn. Two of the children have preceded their father to the Great Beyond, Mrs. T. W. Stickney, of Hardwick, Minn., who died four years ago, and Willie J., who died in infancy.

The entire family, with the exception of Mrs. McEldowney, were at the bedside of father and husband when he passed away.

The deceased served as a soldier during the civil war. He enlisted in Company F, 28th Iowa Volunteers. He fought in the battles of Champion Hills, Fort Gibson, and the bloody siege of Vicksburg. He was a brave soldier; he defended the flag by laying his life upon his country’s altar. Let honor be to whom honor is due. God bless these passing preservers of our union. He was one of the soldiers who guarded the accomplices of Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

He was a much respected and beloved member of the I. O. O. F. He was held in high esteem among his fellows and at different times had filled every office of honor in the order. He was also a member of the order of Rebekahs. He also belonged to the G. A. R. General Bell Post No. 332 of Kingsley. He took much pleasure in the company of his comrades and loved every one of them. As their ranks are growing thinner as they rapidly pass, the love ties seem to grow stronger. He has been quite active in local politics and has held many offices in his township.

When a young man of about sixteen, he entered the Christian life, uniting with the Congregational church. After settling in the present home Mr. and Mrs. Mason united with the Congregational church of this place and he remained a very faithful member. He has held the office of deacon in this church steadily for the past eighteen years and has been active in Sunday school work, teaching and superintending schools. He has always loved the work and so has said he rejoiced to know he started in the Lord's work so young. Only they who are
faithful until the end shall receive the crown of life.

Brother Mason's health has been failing for several months. It has just been four weeks since he returned from his farm in Minnesota. He was confined to his bed only fifteen days. When the end came he passed away without a struggle to the land of health and beauty where sickness norsorrow shall never enter.

The funeral service took place in the Congregational church at Kingsley on Tuesday afternoon at two o'olock. The pastor, Rev. Jos. Steele Jr., had charge of the service, assisted by Rev. J. W. LaGrone, of the M. E. church, and Rev. H. H. Halverson, of the Christian church.

The body was laid to rest In the Kingsley cemetery. The orders of G. A. R. and I. 0 . 0 . F. had the services at the grave. The attendance of, the, relatives and friends was very large. The floral offerings, were most beautiful.

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