Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March 3, l92l
EDWIN BEVINS was born in Hague, Warren County, N.Y., Aug. 30, l83l, departed this life, Feb. l6, l92l, aged 89 years, 5 months and l7 days.
He is survived by his only child, MRS. H.E. HORNEY, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, also one foster son, G.H. FOSSETT, of Ferndale, Wash.
His early life was full of privations of those times, being deprived of a mother's care at four years of age.
Being desirous of obtaining a good education, so hard to get in those early times, he set to work to educate himself. He surrounded himself with the best of history, poetry and other literature, also taking work in advanced mathematics until he became a well, self-educated man. He spent four years with a lumber mill in Pennsylvania, measuring lumber, during which time he studied surveying in vocation with an instructor from West Point, but was physically unable to follow it as a profession. He taught school in New York and also in Clayton County, Iowa, in early life.
In l866, he came to Carroll County, Illinois, where he lived until l890, holding offices of trust, always public spirited and helpful in the community in which he lived. Then he moved to Eden Township, Decatur County, Iowa, where he lived until the fall of l9l9, when he came to New Mexico, where he was more comfortable and he enjoyed his home, but at times was lonely for his Iowa home and his grandchildren and their families.
In l866, he married JULIA M. PRENTISS of Windham, Vermont, who died in l88l, and later he married her sister, LUCIA L. PRENTISS, who died in Decatur County. From that time his home was with his daughter. He was a very unselfish man, his plans were all for the welfare of his loved one up to the closing hours of life, how he could make their future more pleasant and cozier.
His trust in God and His Word was strong and firm to the end. Only a few hours before his death, he told the minister visiting him, "I'm only waiting to see what is on the other side." He finished his earthly business as nearly as possible himself, choosing his minister to hold the service, chose his own pall bearers and arranged other small deatils. He is missed in the home he has left and by all who became acquainted with him. He was laid to rest at his request by the brother who died just eight months before.
He was a member of the Eden Prairie Church of Christ, having been baptized by Frank Elmore about 8 years ago, having been a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years prior to uniting with the Church of Christ.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
May 29, 2002
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