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Michael Scudder Obituary (b. 1816 Delaware county, NY; d. 1910 Savannah, MO)
Posted by: Lori C (ID *****3908) Date: April 26, 2012 at 12:36:09
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I came upon this obituary for Michael Scudder from this source:

The citizen., October 12, 1910, Image 5
About The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914

and transcribed it. Hope it helps someone out.
(text was transcribed as occurred in original document)


Michael Scudder, who was 94 years, 4 months and 17 days old, [b. 1816] died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. W. Stewart, in Savannah, Mo., Sept. 22, 1910. He was an old settler and had been postmaster and Justice of the Peace at Amazonia for many years and was prominent in many of the affairs there. He was born in Roxbury, Delaware county, N. Y., May 5, 1816.

The deceased was married to Emilinda Monington at Wast Damascus, Wayne county, Pa., Dec. 17, 1854. To this union were born seven children only three of whom are living, Mrs. O. W. Stewart of this county, Mrs. Janna Rogers of Leavenworth, Kan., and Mrs. May Culp of Kansas City.

Mr. Scudder moved to Andrew county and located in Amazonia in the spring of 1805 and taught the village school and was appointed a Justice of the Peace to which office he was repeatedly elected. Many homes in this county started from a time when he pronounced them husband and wife.

In 1866 he formed a mercantile partnership with John Bruce, Sr., buying his interest in 1867. From that date to Jan. 1, 1901, he continued an active, honorable, and successful business. He secured for Amazonia a postoffice and was its postmaster continuously until 1893.

He united with the Baptist church under the pastorate of Elder S. S. Collins. Some time after which time he with others organized the First National Missionary Baptist church of Amazonia on the 19th day of January, 1867. He was elected church clerk and is the last of the charter members as far as known.

His wife Emilinda died Nov. 1, 1873. He afterward married Mrs. Ann Potter, who also proceeded him to the better land, Jan. 21, 1895.

In November, 1901, he lost his eyesight, to which affliction he patiently submitted, never complaining except to desire to pass out of the darkness of this world into the bright beyond.

The funeral was held in the church at Amazonia and the church was most beautifully decorated and the very large attendance show the degree of respect in which this venerable man was held. Then too the floral offerings were remarkable because of their profusion and expense and the relatives and friends from Savannah were almost overwhelmed with this expression of esteem and respect. Rev. T. J. Enyeart of the First M. E. church of Savannah conducted the funeral, using Job 16:22 as a text. The discourse was conceded to be very appropriate, making it plain that all should desire the death of the righteous, for "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

The remains were laid in the Amazonia cemetery.

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