Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 429 & 428
submitted by Phyllis Hazen, Novmeber 26, 2007

Jany 21 1896 (hand written)

To her son in this city, yesterday, came a message conveying the mournful tidings of the death of the venerable MRS. E. P. PORTER, which occurred at McPherson, Kansas, where the deceased had restfully spent her declining days with her son, Charles. For the past several years she had been in feeble health and the infirmities incident to advanced years caused her sands of life to run out, she having attained the patriarchal age of 80 years. The maiden name of Mrs. Porter was Elizabeth Steenbergen, she being a native of Piketon, Ohio. With the tide of emigration to the Mississippi valley she came westward in the early ‘40s, settling in Bloomington, now Muscatine, continuing her residence here uninterruptedly for two-score years, until 1883, when she moved in company with her elder son to McPherson, where her long, useful and noble life has just closed.

Sister Porter possessed the virtues characteristic of pioneer settlers here as the few remaining who remind us of the past can attest. She was almost a life-long member of the Methodist church and with her husband, who departed this life Jan. 20th, 1867, was esteemed a pillar of the church. Ever active for religious advancement, her home was always the abode of hospitality and many newly appointed pastor found there a ready welcome. During the war she was a prominent member of the Soldiers’ Aid Society and devoted unstintingly of her energy and time to the patriotic purposes of this noble organization. Her social and moral worth were thoroughly appreciated and none that knew her.

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The last sad rites over the remains of the late MRS. E P. PORTER were held this afternoon at the residence of her son, G W., No. 605 East Sixth street, and were conducted by Rev. J. F. Robertson, of the First M. E. church, assisted by Rev. Arthur Fowler, of the First Baptist chnrch. The services were simple but impressive and many a tear be-dimmed eye attested the esteem in which deceased was held by her many friends. The remains were interred in the city cemetery. -- Jany 18 1896 (hand written)

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