submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, January 7, 2008


Died at his home in Nichols, Iowa. Wednesday evening, May 3, at 7:15 o’clock, SIDNEY MANSFIELD, aged 78 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Yesterday evening our little village was suddenly saddened and quieted by the announcement that passed with a reverential solemnity from lip to lip “Grandpa Mansfield is dead”.

Even though he has lived so long in our midst, and one and all have known he was daily growing weaker and approaching near to that beautiful home, for which his daily life spent in the service of his Lord and Master has most fittingly prepared him, yet to all the suddenness was new and strange.

Sidney Mansfield was born in Litchfield county, Ohio, on May 15, 1820. In June, 1815 he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Dean, also of his native state. Nine children were born of this union, two of whom were laid to rest far away in the Connecticut home and four others have preceeded the aged father since his residence here in Iowa. Three children, Mrs. Wm. Quimby, Mrs. Eva Genes, and S.N. Mansfield, still survive to console the aged mother, who is prostrated with grief, as she is very frail and has been unable to leave her bed for some time.

In 1855, Mr. Mansfield and family…(article cut off)..

*** submitted by Phyllis Hazen January 18, 2008 ***

Source of obituary: “The Muscatine Journal”, Muscatine, Iowa, Friday, May 5, 1899

...In 1855 Mr. Mansfield and family came west and settled in Pike township, of this county, where he resided for a number of years until his health failed, when he moved to Nichols and has lived here for the past twenty-five years, with the exception of the year 1875, when his wife and himself visited their old home in Connecticut.

In 1882 he united with the Christian church, of which he has been a faithful and consistent member ever since.

About 1870 he became a member of the Independent Order of Good Templars and has used his influence at all times in behalf of temperance and morality.

When elected mayor of Nichols in 1889, which office he held for two years and gained the commendation of all, he was instrumental in abolishing the saloons from our village. He was unable to be about for some time, but as the genial spring weather came on he was frequently seen upon the streets, invariably surrounded by the children who had learned to love him. There will be a vacancy felt in many a little heart as they watch and wait for the benevolent smile and kindly word of approval and find it not. Funeral services will be held at the house tomorrow at eleven o’clock, conducted by Rev. Birch, of West Liberty, with interment in the Swickard cemetery, east of town.

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