Clark County Clipper, December 8, 1927


John Allen Coverdale was born in Boone County, Indiana, October 1, 1855.  It was at that place where he grew to manhood and was married to Emeline Coverdale.  To this union were born two children, Charles and James.  With his wife and two sons he came to Kansas in 1885, and settled on a homestead in Clark county, about four miles north of Sitka.  Shortly after coming to Kansas, his wife died, leaving him on the lonely frontier with the two small sons.

He again united in marriage to Alice Robertson and to this union three children were born, Joseph, Cleveland and Lee Roy.  In less than five years the angel of death claims this companion also.  Three of the above named children also preceded him in death.

On July 1, 1895 he was again united in marriage with Carrie Osborn.

He remained on the farm in Clark county until September 1926, when they moved to Protection.  Shortly after they came to town, Mrs. Coverdale was taken sick and has been bedfast most of the time, and is now confined to her bed.

About thirty three years ago he was converted in a revival being held at Ashland, and united with the Methodist church.  Later when the class at Sitka was organized, he moved his membership there to become a charter member of that church.  And from that time until his moving to Protection he was considered one of the faithful members of that church.  He served for twelve years as Superintendent of the Sunday school, and all of the remainder of the time he was a faithful teacher.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, two sons, James Coverdale and wife, and Lee Roy Coverdale and wife, and friends to the number of all who knew him; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Also one sister, Mrs. Nellie Stewart, who resided at Montevallo, Missouri.  Among the most loyal friends were all the boys who came to know him; for he certainly did love little boys and they loved him.

With the passing of this good man goes another of the builders of this great state; a true and faithful christian servant, a lover of truth and righteousness.  He went to his reward Tuesday morning, November 29th., at the age of 72 years, 1 month and 29 days.

"Life's labor done, as sinks the calve.
Light from it's load and spirit flies,
While Heaven and earth combine to say,
How blest and righteous when he dies."

The funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church at Protection and the body was brought to Ashland and interred in Highland Cemetery.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 26, 2005.


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