EDWARD STUCK

EDWARD STUCK, SON OF JONATHAN AND ELIZABETH STUCK, WAS BORN OCTOBER 10, 1825, IN UNION COUNTY, PA.  AND DIED AT HIS HOME IN MOUNT AYR, IA., OCTOBER 23, AGED 76 YEARS AND 13 DAYS.   HE WAS REARED ON A FARM AND RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION IN THE COMMON SCHOOLS OF THAT DAY.  WHEN HE WAS ABOUT TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE HIS PARENTS MOVED TO HENRY COUNTY, OHIO AND THENCE TO SENECA COUNTY AND THENCE TO LUCAS COUNTY.  ON DECEMBER 14, 1851, HE WAS MARRIED TO MISS CATHERINE WALTERS, OF STARKE COUNTY.  IN 1854 HE CAME TO KEOKUK, IOWA AND THE NEXT YEAR HE WENT TO DAVIS COUNTY, MO.  IN SEPTEMBER, 1855, HE MOVED TO RINGGOLD COUNTY AND IN 1856 LOCATED ON A FARM IN LOTTS CREEK TOWNSHIP.  HERE HE LIVED UNTIL A SHORT TIME BEFORE HIS DEATH, WHEN HE WAS MOVED TO MT. AYR FOR SPECIAL CARE.  AT HIS FIRST SETTLEMENT THE COUNTRY WAS IN A WILD STATE AND HIS FIRST RESIDENCE WAS A LOG CABIN.  HE KEPT IT LONG AS A SPECIMEN OF PIONEER DAYS.  IN 1878 HE ERECTED A NICE HOUSE AND HAD ABOUT IT A GOOD ORCHARD AND A GROVE OF BEAUTIFUL MAPLE TREES.  HE ENGAGED IN FARMING AND STOCK RAISING AND ALWAYS HAD THE BEST AND DID HIS WORK WELL.  MR. STUCK STARTED IN LIFE WITH BUT LITTLE MEANS, BUT BY PERSISTENT INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY HE BECAME A MAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS.  HE HAS ONE SON, JOHN E. STUCK WHO WITH TRUE FATHERLY AFFECTION CARED FOR HIM.  ONE CHILD DIED IN INFANCY.  MR. STUCK WAS A FINE SPECIMEN OF THE PEOPLE OF “PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH EXTRACTION.”  HE WAS PROUD OF HIS FAMILY NAME AND HONORED IT.  HE WAS SOCIAL IN HIS WAYS AND HABITATS.   A TRUE FRIEND HE NEVER ABANDONED.  HE WAS RESPECTED BY ALL AS A TRUE GENTLEMAN AND A GOOD CITIZEN.  THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, AND WERE CONDUCTED BY REV. A.W. WRIGHT, PASTOR OF THAT CHURCH, AND THE INTERMENT WAS IN ROSE HILL CEMETERY.  HIS DEATH MARKS THE PASSING OF ONE OF  RINGGOLD’S BEST PIONEERS. HE WAS USEFUL IN LIFE AND MOURNED IN DEATH.

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