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Obituary ~ Thomas Benton Jamison
1862 ~ October 09, 1936

The Osceola Tribune
Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa
October 13, 1936, Page 1

Franklin Township Pioneer Died Fri. After Short Illness
Funeral Services For T. B. Jamison Held At Weldon, Sunday; Interment At Hebron

T. B. Jamison, 74-year-old pioneer of Franklin township [Clarke County], passed away at his farm home Friday, October 9, after a brief illness. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church in Weldon, Sunday, October 11, and interment was made in Hebron cemetery.

Mr. Jamison was born on the farm on which he died and had spent his entire life on this one farm. His father had entered the land from the government in 1850 and was the first permanent white settler in the county. Springing from this hardy pioneer stock, reared in the atmosphere of thrift and honesty, he exemplified that high character throughout his long life. Successful as a farmer, he took a leading part in the social and religious life of his community, always ready to lead a hand to any worthwhile enterprise that would make for better churches , better schools, better living conditions in the county.

T. B. Jamison's father was Robert Jamison and he entered 160 acres of land in section 19 of Franklin township on May 1, 1850. The farm was located on the ‘Morman Trace'. For the first years his only source of income was from farm products sold to Mormon and California bound wagon trains which passed his home.

At the time the homestead ws entered, two Mormon families were living in Green Bay township and a man living in Jackson township. The Mormon families went on west to Salt Lake the same year the Jamison land was entered. Mr. Wilson left the county about the same time. In a few months other settlers came to the county and in a space of a few years the entire county was settled.

After the death of his father, T. B. Jamison remained on the home farm, was married and reared his family. His two sons still reside on the farm which has been increased in size as thrift and good business management has made possible the enlargement of the original homestead.

Mrs. [Ella (Hall)] Jamison passed away a few years ago [1932] and Mr. Jamison has made his home with his sons on the farm.

A few weeks ago the Osceola Business Men's Association met at Hebron and Mr. Jamison was the principal after dinner speaker. He told in a delightfully interesting manner of the early trials of the pioneers in the Hebron neighborhood; how they had struggled to erect the Hebron church and schools; how through all the years they had kept it as a gathering place for the community, both in a religious and a social sense. The business men were highly entertained by his ready wit and his interest in the welfare of the community, county, state and nation.

The funeral sermon Sunday was delivered by Rev. Myrtle Wolfe before a large gathering of friends and relatives. Pallbearers were G. W. Hall, J. E. Wallace, Fred Wallace, Lloyd Wallace, Marvin Wallace, J. I. Wade. Mrs. Elma Wallace, Mrs. Mary Westfall, Mrs. Ida Page, Mrs. Ben Barton, comprised a quartette with Mrs. Eula Goodwin accompaniest at the services.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2015