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Samuel Roberstson

After an illness of several years duration, during which there was a gradual failure in strength, Samuel Robertson, one of Mount Ayr’s most highly respected citizens, passed peacefully away at 8 o’clock a.m. Sunday, August 24.  Mr. Robertson was born February 9, 1848, at Airdrie, Scotland and when nine years of age came with his parents to America, settling at Alton, IL.  Here he grew to manhood and when the call came to service in defense of the country he enlisted and served three years as a soldier during the civil war.  On December 25, 1872, he was united in marriage with Catherine Cumming at Springfield, IL., and two years later moved to Harrison County, MO.  Here the home was established and the four children reared, two of whom with the wife and mother survive.  The living children are David Robertson of Colorado Springs, CO., and Mrs. Mamie Hughes of Mount Ayr, IA.  One son, Frank died at the age of 26 and Robert S. died last year at Sedalia, MO.  While residing in Harrison county, Missouri, Mr. Robertson held membership with the Evangelical Church at Ringgold City and upon moving to Mount Ayr eleven years ago placed his membership with the United Presbyterian Church.  He was a man of the most stalwart and upright character.  He loved the house of God and was faithful in attendance upon the services of the church as long as he was able.  Until a few years ago, when his health failed, he was a robust man, vigorous in mind and body.  His cheerful and kindly disposition was maintained to the end and at his death, which marks the close of a life filled with good works, the community bows in solemn reverence.  Funeral services were held at the home yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and were conducted by Rev. W.L. Torrence of St. Charles, IA.

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