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Thomas Sampson

Norway, Sept. 15-Thomas Sampson was born May 2, 1880, in LaSalle county, Ill. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1883 and located on a farm in Benton county, where he resided until his death on Friday, September 7th. He was educated in the public school at Walford and Stavanger Academy at LaGrande, Iowa

Mr. Sampson was united in marriage with Alice Moynihan November 29, 1905, and to this union were born six children, one son and five daughters, the eldest boy and girl dying in infancy. The other children are Voila, age 15 years: Evelena, age 10 years; Bernice age 5 years, and Edith, age 3 years. These children, with the widow, four brothers, two sisters and the aged father are left to morn their loss

Mr. Sampson had been engaged in stock buting and farming during the past 18 years. He was a man who perhaps held the largest acquaintance of any man in the county. Death came after a short illness of five days with double pneumonia

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. P.E. Donnelly in St. Patrick's Church at Fairfax, Monday, September 10th, and interment was in St. Patrick's cemetery. The pall bearers were John Pickart, A.J. Donahue, John Hasley, Edward Kimm, John Convey and James Mulhern. Relatives from many places came to pay their last respects to the deceased

The following poem on the death of the father was written by the fifteen year old daughter, Voila: My Papa

My dear, dear papa, dead to me, And dead to all the world I see. But alive in heaven, I do hope, Sitting inside the angel's rope. Oh! how sad, so sad and lonely, It is without him here. As I'm sitting thinking of him, Wishing he were here. But I know he is in heaven, Sitting on the golden stairs, Looking down upon his children, Begging them to say their prayers. Oh! I'm so lonesome, Oh! so lomesome, How can I stand it here? Oh! I wish I were with him Close beside him on the stairs. But we are poor dishearted children Hopes, abmition swepted away.

{Submitter comment: The obituary was found in a photo album afer Thomas's daughter, Evelena's death March 10th, 2002. His last daughter Bernice died March 12th, 2002. Both were from Fairfax. }
Submitted on Mar 23, 2002 by
Lisa M. Boswell,

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