Wilbur Sherman Rushton's Obituary
Unionville Republican, Unionville, Putnam Co., Missouri. October 1, 1947.
Wilbur S. Rushton
Wilbur Sherman Rushton, eldest child of Briam and Pheobe Ann Rushton, was born Sept. 1, 1866 at Moravia, Iowa. He moved with his parents when only a babe to Ravanna, Mercer Co., Mo., but later moved to Sullivan and Putnam Counties where he taught school for many years-having taught his first school at the age of 18 yrs. and finishing his education in the Stansbury Normal at Stansbury, Mo.
He was married to Martha Hill, but in the month of August, 1893 Martha died leaving him with there little girl, Mearl, 17 mo. old. On Nov. 3, 1894 he was married to Kate Waldeck of near Pollock, Mo. To this union nine children were born. Two boys died in infancy. He leaves also 16 grandc. and 11 great gc. He leaves two bro. Alfred Rushton of Centerville, Iowa and Edgar Rushton of Purdin, Mo., and one sister Bertha Bartmess of Dodge City, Kans, and nieces, nephews and cousins to mourn with the others their loss.
The subject of this sketch moved with his family to Carnegie, Okla, many yrs. ago where he engaged in farming and stock raising and it was there that he passed away on 9-21-47, being at the time 81yrs, 21d.
He acknowledged belief in his Saviour at the age of 14 and united with a Methodist church in Mercer co., Mo. and was ever faithful to that belief, thereafter. His funeral was held at the Green Valley schoolhouse near his home and a large crowd attended to show their last respects to their friend and neighbor, who had lived in their midst so long. A Methodist preacher, who was also a friend of the deceased, preached the funeral from the text "If a man believeth in me, though he be dead he shall liveth"
He was laid to rest in the Green Valley cemetery where the remaining mbrs. of the Masonic lodge at Carnegie, Okla, gave a graveside service which was very beautiful and impressive. Mr. Rushton was a 33 degree Mason and was the last mbr. to pass on of the 134 charter mbrs. of that order when the Masonic lodge was organized at Carnegie some yrs. ago.
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