Another Pioneer Gone To His Reward
Richard T. Vinson, an old-time resident of Union and Clay counties, died at the home of his son, George, near Burbank (S.D.) at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning at the age of 81 years.
For some time Mr. Vinson has been in feeble health, the weight of his years being heavy upon him, but he was up and around most of the time. During the last week, however, he grew worse, and the end came quietly and peacefully on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Vinson was born in Washington county Indiana, in 1820. He had but limited advantages for obtaining an education during his boyhood, which was passed in the "Hoosier State," but he improved every opportunity and accumulated a fund of knowledge, which was the foundation of his success.
He was married in Indiana to Miss Dowlin, who died a short time after their first child was born. He subsequently married Miss Elizabeth Cowan, by whom he had a family of ten children.
In 1865 he came to the then, wild and wooly west, and settled on a quarter section of land in Brule county. The cabin built was 14x16 feet, and coverd with a primitive but never-the-less serviceable sod roof. He worked hard and industriously after settling there, and the result was a well-improved farm, largely under cultivation, which was his home until 1891. At that time he removed to Vermillion in order to give the younger children the advantage of a University education.
During his residence here he became the friend of everyone he met. He was always ready to talk upon any subject that might be broached and was always found to be genial and friendly.
His wife was passed to the better world but a short time after moving to Vermillion, but the home was kept by a daughter until a few years ago. His son Thomas graduated from the University, but shortly after his greaduation he was taken with an incurable malady and soon joined his mother on the other shore. His son Fred enlisted in the Spanish-American war and served with the First South Dakota regiment in the Philippines, where he contracted a disease that shortly after his return home caused his death. After the death of his two sons, Mr. Vinson went to live with another son, George, near Burbank, which has since been his home and where his death occurred on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Vinson was a man of marked characteristics, and officially he has represented the people in many ways. He served in the territorial legislature during the sessions of 1867 and 1868, and as commissioner of Union county in 1870 and 1872, serving in this capacity for two consecutive terms. He was also county surveyor during 1867 to 1869. He discarged every trust imposed upon him by his fellow townsmen faithfully, and his career was without spot or blemish. He was public spirited progressive, a thorough reprsentative of the best type of manhood.
In the early days of political strife he was a member of the Republican Party, the principals of which he strongly adhered to and supported. His death will be greatly regretted by all who knew him, for all who ever met him would always remember his cheeful greeting and happy smile.
The funeral was held this morning, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery beside his wife and two sons who proceeded him to the better land some time ago.
Note: This says he had a section of land in Brule county, but in fact it should have said Brule Township in Union Co. S.D.
This says he was born in 1820, on the 1900 census it shows 1822. They had no birth certificates back in those days, and I think often times the dates got confused, and even the individual sometimes didn't know the actual facts.
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