Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, August 6, l902
'Rev. L. Flemming, of Blockton Writes a Roasting Obituary on Deserving Subject'
The following is a very peculiar yet a very appropriate obituary for the case in hand, and as the sentiment of a character that ought to be given publicity, we reprint the article in full as it appeared in the Blockton News, and it comes home with force in every community, Leon being no exception:
MISS STELLA JENKINS died July l, l902, at three o'clock. MISS JENKINS was l5 years, 6 months and l2 days old. She leaves to mourn her loss, a father, mother, three brothers, one sister and a little child, who will need the kindness and love of Christians everywhere.
Fathers, what are you doing to right this terrible sin? Are you trying to establish character in the lives of your boys?
Are you trying to down the saloon, and put tobacco in every form out of their hearts? Do you teach them that character is better than gold or silver? Fathers, beware, for what you sow is what you will reap. If you sow vile stories, you will reap slang phrases. Sow cards and you will reap gamblers. Sow whiskey and you will reap drunkards. Sow lust and you will reap adultery. Sow a character and you will reap a destiny.
The author of this child's sorrow ought to be tied up by the feet and whipped to death with a cat-o-nine tails. I do not see what mothers are thinking about to let their girls go with boys at twelve years of age, without a father, mother or older sister with them. And yet, you do and seem to think it smart that your girl, twelve years old has a beau. Where are your girls at night? Are they on the bridge, or in the park? Are they standing at the gate in the shade of a tree, or are they in the parlor until the break of day? Stop and think. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. As a jewel in a swine's snout, so is a fair man or woman who is without discretion.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
February 12, 2003