Emily Kasbeer was born near New Philadelphia, Ohio, on July 30, 1835, and departed this life November 22, 1918. Her age was therefore 83 years, three months and twenty-three days. While a young girl she moved with her parents to Princeton, IL., where she was united in marriage to J.D. Clewell in the year 1860. To this union were born nine children, all of whom are living except one who died in infancy. They are as follows: Clementine, Laura and Walter at home, Artie of Benton, Prudence and Julius of Hathaway, Montana, Homer of Redding, and Allen of Des Moines. The children were all at her bedside when the end came.
Mrs. Clewell united with the United Brethen Church in early childhood, later transferring her membership to the Methodist Church at Eureaka to which she had been a faithful member until the time of her death. She was the youngest of a family of ten children, and the last called to her reward. She was a faithful wife and a kind and loving mother, always patient and considerate, and spared no strength in her effort to administer to the welfare of those around her. Mr. and Mrs. Clewell were among the first settlers of Ringgold County. Having come here in an early day their experience has ripened together into maturity of old age. The fruitful years of their past has won them a place in the esteem of others not held by any save the frontiersmen and veterans of the civil war. Mr. Clewell spent three years in active service with the Union men, to whom we look today as important factors in the molding of our christian civilization and the establishment of our democracy. His wife cheerfully cared for the interest of their home and only daughter, while he gave the best time of his life to his country. She will be missed by her her companion above all others. Her sickness which lasted more than eight weeks, was born patiently until the end. She was noted for her high ideals of moral living and her determined spirit to live in peace and in the fear of God. A few days before her death she sang feebly her much favored song entitled “Only Waiting.”
Besides her husband and children there are a host of friends who mourn this loss.
The funeral service was conducted at the home on Sunday afternoon by Rev. V.J. Andrew and interment was made n Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr. She leaves to mourn her loss nine children, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and a multitude of friends.0