Friday, March 6, 2009

Obituary: James Purdy

Semi-Weekly Iowegian - May 1909
  James Purdy was born at Beckworth, Northumberland County, England, March 10, 1877, and died at camp 1, near Boulder Col. May 25, 1909.  Aged 32 yrs. 2 mo. and 6 days.
  James had been a resident of this county since eleven years of age, until about seven weeks prior to his death, when he went to Colorado and was employed by the Eastern Col. Power Co.  While driving team up the mountain he scratched his limb on a rock which resulted in blood poisoning. Two operations were performed and finally the limb was amputated.  His death being partly due to the shock of losing his limb.  The body arrived at Jerome Sunday, May 30.  Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon, from the Believers hall, where he has been a faithful member for the past three years, and was conducted by Rev Moffett of Centerville, assisted by W W White of this place.  The remains were laid to rest in the Jerome cemetery.
  He leaves a father, mother, one brother and six sisters to mourn his departure, all of whom were present at the funeral, except two sisters and mother.  He also had a great many friends who will miss him.  Quite a large number of people from Rathbun and other points were present at the funeral.  The bereaved family have our sincerest sympathy.
  God in his wisdom has recalled,
    The boon His love has given;
  And tho the body, slumbers here,
    The soul is safe in heaven.

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