Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, January 28, l897
JACKSON PRICHARD, who died at the residence of his daughter in this city Thursday, January l4, l897, was one of the oldest and best known citizens in Mercer County. He was born in Knox County, Ky., May 5th, l8l9, and was a son of JOSEPH and MARY PRICHARD. At the age of twenty, he came to Mercer County, in l835, and entered land in the neighborhood of Goshen, where he has resided continuously up to the time of his death.
JACKSON PRICHARD saw Mercer County develop from a wild frontier county, inhabited principally by Indians with here and there a white settler, to its present condition. He came to Mercer County a very poor man and braved the dangers and hardships of the pioneer in order to better his condition financially, and in this respect he achieved success beyond his wildest hopes, as he was the wealthiest man in this county before he distributed a large portion of his wealth among his children.
At one time he possessed 3,300 acres of Mercer County realty and had vast sums of money loaned to his neighbors and some invested in government bonds and in bank stocks of the Bank of Princeton of which he was Vice-President. The first deed to be recorded in the Recorder's Office of Mercer County was executed by JACKSON PRICHARD.
MR. PRICHARD was united in marriage February 2l, l850, to LOUISA S. ROCKHOLD, only child of ROBERT W. ROCKHOLD, a wealthy farmer who resided near him.
Eight children blessed this union as follows: MARY C., who was married to WM. GARNLEE and died in l875; MARIE E., wife of W.E. COCKRELL, now a prominent merchant of Princeton; JOSEPH G., who resides on a fine farm near the old homestead on Goshen prairie; LOUANN, wife of CHAS W. SCOTT, of Hennepin County, Minn.; ROBERT R., who resides on the old homestead west of Goshen; MATTIE J., wife of W.W. WHITE, Mayor of Princeton and a leading furniture dealer; SARAH E., now residing in Princeton and FRANK J., deceased.
In early life MR. PRICHARD was politically a Whig and cast his vote for Gen. Harrison in l840. Later he became a democrat and was identified with that party up to the time of his death. The only political office ever held by him was that of County Judge to which he was elected at an early day. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity for many years and his funeral services were conducted by that organization. He was also a member of the Christian Church and gave liberally of his wealth to the support of the ministry and to the building of churches throughout the county. During the Civil War he served for a time as Captain of a company of enrolled militia.
He was a man of excellent judgment and business sense and progressive to a marked degree. As an evidence of his progressiveness, while the editor of this paper was fighting for public works in Princeton last spring, he would often speak words of encouragement to us. He was generous and kind-hearted and his memory will be cherished by hundreds of our citizens who knew him best.
The funeral services took place at Goshen Church, Saturday at ll a.m., conducted by Pastor Elder J. Schooler, assisted by Elder Wm. Richardson, of Ridgeway. His remains were interred by the side of his wife in Goshen Cemetery, she having preceded him to the grave a few years.
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November l9, 2002
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