Benjamin F. Cole Obituary

Clark County Clipper, May 20, 1898

Benjamin F. Cole.

Benjamin F. Cole, was born in Palmyra, New York, April 22, 1832, and departed this life in Englewood, Kansas, May 10th, 1898; aged 66 years and 8 days.

At the age of 29 he enrolled in the Union army and went forth to his country's defense, serving as a private on Company D, 3d. Regiment of Michigan Infantry 'till honorably discharged on February 11, 1863 by reason of a Surgeon's certificate of disability.  Mr. Cole came to Kansas in 1886 and lived at Florence until the opening of Western Kansas to settlement, to which he came and has since resided in different places; the last four years being spent in Clark County.  In November 1896, he was converted and joined the Baptist church and from that time forth endeavored to live an upright Christian life until called to join the Church Triumphant.  He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss who have in this sad hour of bereavement the sympathy of all their neighbors and friends.  The funeral services were conducted by the Pastor in the M. E. Church.  After which he was laid to rest in the Englewood cemetery under the auspices of the G. A. R. of which he was a member.

"We're here today and gone-to-morrow!"
How oft those words suggesting sorrow,
Fall on our ears as one by one
Our friends depart - a Father, Son,
Sister or Mother - loved ones here.
For whom we pause and drop a tear.

We're here to-day and gone to-morrow.
With all I know I would not borrow -
E'en tho I could - one day or hour
To linger far from that bright bower
Where angels dwell in peace and love -
Our friends in that bright home above.

We're here to-day and gone to-morrow!
Let us abide in joy or sorrow.
Till God shall call and then depart
>From friends bowed down with heavy heart.
And bid them turn aside from grief.
Till one above shall bring relief."

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 3, 2005.


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