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Tampico Tornado, Friday, Sept 29, 1905

The Tampico Tornado, Tampico, Whiteside County, Illinois, Friday, September 29, 1905

SHE ANSWERS HER SUMMONS

Mrs. J. W. Glassburn, Mother of Tampico, Passes To Her Eternal Rest

Mrs. J.W. Glassburn, "the mother" of Tampico and pioneer of the great Illinois prairies, entered into rest eternal and closed a busy, eventful, faithful and sweet life last week Thursday evening at 6:45 o'clock. She had been an invalid for twenty years but her final sickness was of only a short, sad week's duration. Seized with a bad vomiting spell. Friday morning in the previous week, her condition gradually developed for the worst and finally the weakened cord of life gave way under the strains of the diseases it had so long withstood.

The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock after short prayer and scripture reading at the family residence by Rev. J. G. Armstrong and Rev. C. G. Wright. The sermon was preached by Rev. Armstrong pastor of ---?---. The text was very appropriately Rev 14:13. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord***and their works do follow after them."The church was crowded with many friends and relatives who thus testified to their love and esteem for her. The altar rail was decorated beautifully by the Ladies Aid Society and there were many expresssions of sympathy and love in beautiful designs of flowers. The music consisted of selections by a quartette composed of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hellier, J.M. Jacobs and Maggie Sturm. Mrs. Hellier also sang an appropriate, pretty solo entitled "Beyond the Shadow." Interment was in the Tampico cemetery.

No aged lady was so endeared, loved and respected in this community as was Mrs. Glassburn. She lived a quiet, peaceful, lovely life and made cheer and comfort for her life's companion and children. Her death is thus the harder to bear but what a glorious record and heritage remains to be cherished by her relatives and friends. The blow comes with most severity on "Uncle John" whose vigils in his declining days will be sad, cheerless, and lonely without the one who was a most helpful and trustful companion for over fifty years.

Mr. and Mrs. Glassburn were the founders of Tampico and the family is the most prominent and well thought of in this vicinity. The Glassburns have been identified with Tampico and everything pertaining to the development of the village, in business, religious and moral matters. In her death not only relatives have lost a dear one, but the community has had one taken woses life has been one of sweet, helpful, upbuilding.

Olive Johnston was born in Gala Co., Ohio Jan. 10, 1838. Was married June 14, 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Glassburn were  pioneers of this country, also the Father and Mother of Tampico. They moved here from Ohio in 1856 and located near Yorktown, moving to the land where Tampico is now situated in 1863 and  have resided here since. Their golden wedding was celebrated last June and was a very enjoyable event. Mrs. Glassburn's death at her home has caused wide spread feelings of sadness and sympathy for the relatives and friends. Mrs. Glassburn was a woman in every sense of the word with a strong character-posessing a firmness for the right as she saw it and she seldom failed in her wise judgement.

No one knew her but to love her. Although a great lover of her home and family she was always interested in all subjects of charity and was generous to a fault. For the past twenty years she has been a great sufferer and closely confined to her home. With all her suffering she has ever been patient and sweetly resigned to whatever came. Many years ago she united with the M.E. Church of Tampico and though not a regular attendant on account of poor health has been an earnest christian. She was the mother of six children, Idea having died in infancy, John E. in 1879, Fred E. in 1900. The other three are living, A.T., who resides here, Mrs. W. G. Reeve in Denver, Colo., Mrs. S. B. Hovey in Independence, Iowa, who are left to mourn her loss.

The following was submitted by Les Niemi:

September 28, 1905 Tampico Progress Ed WAHL, Publisher.
AGED LADY DIES
Mrs. J.W. GLASSBURN Passes Away After Two Weeks Illness.
The entire community extend sympathies to J.W. GLASSBURN and family in the death of his life's partner, companion and wife, Mrs. Olive GLASSBURN. One week ago last Friday in the early morning she had a severe attack of vomiting. A physician was immediately called and upon his arrival found her in great pain and unable to speak. The members of her family were called and thos out of town were summoned by telegraph. She continued in this semi-conscious condition until Sunday afternoon when she regained here speech and consciousness in which state she remained until her death, Thursday evening about 6:15 o'clock. Those who were in attendance say that she was quiet and uncomplaining and the fortitude she exhibitied was truely wonderful. The physician who was in attendance sasys that during the vomiting spell she probably burst a blood vessel in her head causing a clot of blood to form at some point. A trained nurse from Chicago was at her bedside. The funeral was held at the Methodist chruch, Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. J.G. ARMSTRONG preaching the sermon, assisted by Rev. C.G. WRIGHT. The flowers, of which there were many were costly and beautiful. An Anchor from the Sunday School; a large wreath from the M.E. Aid; a Floral piece from the Epworth League, a pillow from the family; sixty-seven white carnations, one for each year of her life from J.W. GLASSBURN and many other cut flower boquets from friends and relatives were received. Olive JOHNSTON was born in Gallia county, Ohio, January 10th, 1838, was married June 14th, 1855 and died Sunday September 21st, 1905. Mr. and Mrs. GLASSBURN were pioneers of this country, and were also the "Father and Mother" of Tampico. They moved here from Ohio in 1856, settling near Yorktown. In 1861 Mr. GLASSBURN bought the land on which Tampico is now situated, and removed here in 1863, and has since resided in this place. Their Golden Wedding was xxx xxxx xxx xx enjoyable event. Mrs. GLASSBURN's death at her home has caused wide-spread feelings of sadness and sympathy for the relatives and friends. Mrs. GLASSBURN was a woman in every sense of the word, with a strong character, possessing a firmness for the right as she saw it, and she seldom failed in her wise judgement. No one knew her but to love her. Although a great lover of home and family she was always interested in all subjects of cherity, and was generous to a fault. For the past twenty years she has been a great sufferer, and closely confined to her home. With all her suffering she has ever been patient, and sweetly resigned to whatever came. Many years ago she untied with the Methodist Episcopal church of Tampico, and, though not a regular attendant on account of her poor health, has been an earnest Christian. She was a mother of six children: Ina having died in infancy; John E. in 1878; Fred E. in 1900. The other three are living, A.T., who lives here; Mrs. W.G. REEVE in Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. S.B. HOVEY in Independance, Iowa, who, with the husband and father, are left to mourn her loss.

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