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News From ‘The Hustler’ – Hopkins County, Kentucky

The Hustler, Madisonville, Kentucky

January 20, 1893

In Memory of Harvey Graham

Harvey Graham was born in 1808 and died October 27, 1892.  He was the oldest of Richard Graham’s family, who was among the first settlers of Hopkins County.  He professed faith in Christ when twelve years of age at Piney Fork, Crittenden County, Kentucky.  He joined the church there, but his membership was transferred to Rose Creek, the date of which we are unable to give, as the first records of Rose Creek are lost.  We find Brother Graham’s name recorded as a ruling elder in 1840.  Uncle Harvey was a good man.  Having lost most of his family by death he spent the last years of his life in the service of God and the church.  The session adopted the following:  Resolved, that the church has lost a faithful, exemplary and true member.  That we deeply sympathize with his two sons, brother and two sisters.  That we bow in humble submission to the will of the master.  That a copy of this be spread on the minutes of the session, and also sent to the county paper for publication.  W. W. Wynn, Moderator, J. B. Lansden, Clerk.

January 27, 1893

Mrs. Emma Stewart, wife of George A. Stewart, of Madisonville, died at home on last Friday night after having been confined to her bed for several weeks.  She was about forty years of age and before her marriage was a Miss Cardwell.  She had for years been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and was regarded by all who knew her as being a most excellent Christian woman.  She was a good neighbor, a kind mother and wife and had the love and respect of all who knew her.  She was the mother of eight children, all of whom are still living, several of which are yet small.  Her husband and her children are indeed sadly bereaved.  The funeral services were held at the family’s residence Sunday morning, after which the body was taken to Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, where it was laid to rest.

January 27, 1893

On December 15, 1892, at the family residence near Providence, Kentucky, Leslie, son of W. B. and M. O. Humphrey, aged nineteen years and twenty-four days, died after an illness of three weeks.  Just as he was blooming into manhood, the idol of fond parents and loving brothers and sisters, typhoid fever marked him for an early grave.  He was a patient sufferer and declared his readiness to die and go to his Savior.  When the dread summons came he said, ‘Meet me in heaven.’  “Sweet mother, do not weep, Though chastening be His rod; Thy boy has gone to sleep, To wake with heaven and God.  Exchanging toil and tears for yonder blissful shore, He soars amid the spherea – Not lost, but gone before”

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