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Bacon, Charles Henry

BACON, HARRINGTON, SMOCK

Posted By: KEN BAKER (email)
Date: 9/25/2018 at 17:22:16

Adams County Free Press, March 23, 1904

Another one of the pioneers of Adams County has passed away. This time it was Charles Henry Bacon who passed away at his home in Creston, Friday morning, March 11, 1904, at 4:30 o’clock. He had been sick for about two weeks with heart trouble and had been in the unconscious condition for about ten days so his death was not unexpected. All of the family was at the bedside at the time of his death.
The deceased was born in Hancock County, Ill., November 2, 1843. On his last birthday when he was 60 years old his son, Harvey, and wife, who live on the home farm, invited in a few of his old friends to celebrate his birthday.
He was married to Mary Eliza Harrington, in Providence, Ill., April 6, 1873. A few months later Mr. and Mrs. Bacon came to Iowa and settled on a large farm in Adams County, near Cromwell, where they lived until about four years ago, when they retired from farm life and moved to Creston, where Mr. Bacon has been engaged in the real estate business.
He leaves besides his wife, four sons; Harvey, who lives on the home farm; Allen, who has a position in Providence, R. I., and Ira and Ralph, who live at home; two daughters, Mrs. Fannie Smock, who lives near Cromwell, and Miss Georgiana Bacon who lives at home. Also two brothers and one sister.
The deceased was a member of the Congregational Church in Cromwell but united with the Congregational Church in Creston when he moved here.
He was a prominent man in the Republican Party while living in Adams County and held a number of township offices. He was highly respected by all who knew him.
A short service was held at the residence on Saturday at 11 o’clock, conducted by Rev. E. Flint, Pastor of the Congregational Church, and Rev. Mr. Groendyke, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Creston. The regular funeral services were held in the Congregational church in Cromwell at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and Rev. Mr. Groendyke offered the prayer and Rev. Flint preached the sermon from the text, “For what is your life? It is a vapor.” – James 4:14.
Three songs were rendered by a double quartette consisting of Mrs. Fannie Widger, Misses EvYlen and Frances Harrison and Edith Hitchcock, and Messrs. W. S. Mills, Chas. E. Ours, Will Widger and W. H. Howell with Miss Edith Ours from Creston was organist. Another son was sung by a quartette of young men from Creston, composed of Roy Gault, Phil Grant, Floyd Andrews and Will Weber, high school students. The pallbearers were J. B. Harsh, T. S. H. Dougherty and C. C. Powers from Creston, and R. Colbert, L. Hitchcock and E. A. Smythe from Cromwell. The casket was covered with floral offerings.
The church was filled with friends, a number coming from Creston, who wished to show their respect to the departed one. The interment was in the Cromwell Cemetery.
Charles Harrington, a brother of Mrs. Bacon, from Providence, Ill., and Mr. Bacon a nephew of the deceased from Tiskilwa, Ill., attended the funeral. Also J. B. Harsh, C. C. Powers, S. W. Helfenstine, T. S. H. Dougherty, wife and daughter, Miss Eva, and George Hoffman and wife from Creston and Miss Ethel Gillet from Corning. The family have the sympathy of the community in their sad affliction.


 

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