Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, September 20, 1906
'PASSING OF A PIONEER'
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Jacob Lemley, a Well Known Lucas County Man Dies in
JACOB LEMLEY, of Washington Township, died on last Thursday, at the home of his daughter, MRS. WILL PIERCE, at Eaton, Colorado. For several years he had been in failing health and during the past two years his mental condition was such that he needed constant attention in fact he had almost entirely lost his faculty of reason, his mental condition seemingly a thoughtless stupor. Several months ago he was taken to Colorado to be cared for by his daughter, his large family of children being widely scattered and few of the family left here.
MR. LEMLEY was well advanced in years, his age not being far from 80. He is a native of Greene County, Pennsylvania and came to Iowa not far from fifty years ago, locating in Washington Township, there enduring the privations and hardships and poverty, rearing a large family of boys and girls. In after years he was one of the most active and prosperous business men of that section and as a farmer had many broad acres and was one who took the initiative in the more modern methods of agriculture. In business matters he was thoroughly honest and was ever ready to help others. These are his virtues. His faults have died with him.
In character he was extremely eccentric, caring nothing for the customs of the time, and was perfectly oblivious to the evolutions of affairs or neighborly criticisms. As one example, a few years since, realizing that his life's journey was nearing its end, he went out into his woods, and with his own hands felled a walnut tree, sawed a length, hauled it to the mill and had it cut into lumber. He then employed I.N. MCKINLEY to make him a coffin, like they used in the early days, which he stored away to await the final summons. However, he never got to sleep in the box as he died away from home. But a romancer seized upon this out of which to construct a story and wrote that after he had builded his coffin he changed his mind about death, got married again, fashioned rockers of the box and sang lull-a-byes instead of dirges. This grew out of his eccentricity and sounded quaint abroad. Many who knew him in his active and better days will learn of his death with unfeigned sorrow.
(From Another column of the Chariton Leader of the same date..)
'INTERRED AT RUSSELL'
The remains of JACOB LEMLEY arrived yesterday morning and were taken to Russell for interment. MRS. WILL PIERCE came from Colorado, but the distance was so far that the other children were unable to get here.
Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, September 27, 1906
'Was Buried In His Coffin'
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The Leader was in error somewhat, last week, in the statement that the late JACOB LEMLEY was not interred in the coffin that he had made years ago and laid away for the eventful day. When his remains were brought from Colorado it was found by measurement that the case would fit into the walnut coffin, so without disturbing the remains it was placed therein and entombed.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
August 27, 2004
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