from The Harrodsburg Sayings, Mercer County, Kentucky
Saturday, June 20, 1896
Mr. Ephraim Jehoshaphat Polk died of heart disease, Wednesday, fore-noon, 10:45 o’clock. His sudden and unexpected death was a shock to his many friends and to his devoted wife, brought grief and anguish indescribable. He had ridden down town that morning with his friends and neighbor, Colonel T. C. Bell, and said he felt better than usual. Though alone in his office when the summons came and engaged in business pertaining to his profession, he was ready to enter his appearance in the Highest Court and receive the judgment, ‘Well done good and faithful servant, enter, thou into the joy of thy Lord.’
He was a son of the late Dr. Jefferson J. Polk, of Perryville, and was born in Boyle County, January 16, 1829. He studied law with his cousin, Mr. Marcus Polk, of Georgetown, and was admitted to the Mercer County Bar in 1858. July 15, 1858, he was married to Miss Mary Ellen Newton, only child of the late Mrs. Kitty Newton of this place. Seven children blessed this union and all survive to call their father blessed, for no husband and father was kinder and more considerate than he.
For more than forty years he was a member of the M. E. Church, the many Christian virtues, especially faith, hope, charity and temperance. He was zealous, active and efficient, not only as a Christian but also as a temperance advocate. During a life of sixty-seven years, he never once tasted intoxicating liquor of any kind and for years he had been one of the leading Prohibitionists of this state.
The funeral will be conducted today, 11 o’clock a.m., at the M. E. Church, by the pastor, Rev. John R. Deering, and the interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. His children, Mrs. Martha Evans, wife of Mr. H. A. Evans, of Sulphur Springs, Texas; Mr. John N. Polk, of Willis Point, Texas; Mrs. Catherine Coleman, wife of Mr. Leslie I. Coleman; Mrs. Montgomery, wife of Mr. H. C. Montgomery and Mr. William G. Polk, of Louisville; Miss Margaret Polk, of this place, and Mr. Jefferson J. Polk, of this county, are here attending the funeral, with the exception of Mr. John Polk who was kept at home by sickness.