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Blackburn, William 1832 - 1913


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/20/2021 at 15:04:21

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Jan. 10, 1913, P-FP, C-7

Wm. Blackburn passed away on Tuesday at San Jose, California, where he and Mrs. Blackburn went to spend the winter. The remains will be bought to Cresco for burial, being expected to arrive on Saturday.

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Jan. 17, 1913, P-2, C-1

On the 17th of June, 1832, at Benthem, Yorkshire, England, William Blackburn was born as one of seven children, to thrifty, industrious, intensely conscientious and fairly prosperous parents. The family moved to America in 1844, when their fourth son, William was twelve years of age, and located in Dane county, Wis., where they bravely endured the many hardships which came to them in that unsettled land, particularly after the early loss of the head and support of their household.
Later, as a young man of twenty-one, William Blackburn, with his few possessions in his hands, came to New Oregon as one of the early pioneers of Howard county. For twelve years he labored and saved, alone. Then on the 25th of September 1865, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Abbie Converse, daughter of the much respected Willard Converse. Their married life was blessed by the birth of two sons, Willard Converse Blackburn and Merrill Mason Blackburn.
In 1892, at the age of 60 William Blackburn retired from active life as a farmer and chose to move to the city of Cresco, Iowa, which he has been pleased to call his home. Of late years, owing to his declining health, he has sought warmer climates in the winter, but was ever anxious to return to the many of Cresco whom he held dear.
In the going to eternal rest, on Jan. 7, 1913, of this sincere and noble but extremely quiet soul, who has been spared to us one decade longer than even “three score years and ten” he leaves his life companion and sons and their families, besides one brother, Thomas, older than himself, and two sisters, Margaret and Mary, still younger, with their families, in addition to the children and widows of his brothers who have preceded him, and also, the brother and his family, by marriage, which years of very intimate congeniality have drawn ever closer together.

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