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|The Mulhall Enterprise - Supplement|
|Friday, February 24, 1899|
DIED, Freedom Jones, aged 77 years. He was born in Chautauqua county, New York, April 7, 1822, and entered triumphantly into rest on February 20th, 1899.
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, an only son, Frank A. Jones, and two daughters, May and Clara. Now Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Binkley, all of Arkansas City, Kansas, and all of whom were present at the funeral. He had been staying with his stepson, L.C. Ross, who lives northwest of Mulhall, during this winter, where he took sick about two weeks ago. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for several years, and this winter, proving too severe for him possibly, la grippe added its help, and brought the fatal end.
His was the death of a joyous and contented Christian, and those who mourn are not without hope. To him, death was but the messenger who bade him come before his King, and that King his elder brother, his beloved Saviour. At his request his remains were borne to Guthrie to the little chapel near his home, where he has worshipped for many years. Rev. Buckner, assisted by Rev. Keller, delivered the funeral sermon. The choir sang the last song he ever sang in the church: "Jesus Lover of My Soul."
The writer's acquaintance with deceased dates back to the year 1889, or about ten years ago, before the first opening of Oklahoma, when we attended the glorious revival of the "100 nights," conducted by Rev. Monroe at Arkansas City. (he being former pastor of the Christian church at Wichita) Never shall I forget his joyous testimony, and his exhortation: "Come, taste, and see that the Lord is good." Tender and loving, faithful to all his friends; his virtues more than his faults (if he had faults, I knew of none). Long, long shall we mourn for the "touch of the vanished hand." As the beautiful wreath was place on the coffin and its fragrance filled the room, I thought: "How like the sweet words and good deeds he did; they shall linger in our memory as the glad fragrance of the flowers." And as the old flag was unfurled above him by a comrade, for he had been a soldier in the civil war, I thought of old St. Paul's words: "I have fought the good fight; I have finished my course. Henceforth there is a crown laid up for me, which Jesus Christ, the Righteous, shall give unto me." Therefore, rest, oh aged saint, and farewell till we shall meet on that Resurrection morn.
|The Mulhall Enterprise - Supplement|
|Friday, March 17, 1899|
Freedom Jones, aged 77 years. He was born in Chatauqua county, N.Y., April 7, 1842, and died February 20, 1899. The funeral services were held in Guthrie by Rev. Buckner of that city, and was attended by a large assembly of friends and relatives.
He leaves behind to mourn his loss an aged wife, four daughters: Mrs. Frank Bartell of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Lane Corbin of Webster City, Iowa; Mrs. Lon Binkley and Mrs. Burt Gibbs of Arkansas City, Kansas, and one son, Frank A. Jones, of Arkansas City, Kansas. He also leaves a stepdaughter, Mrs. William Saucer, of Ackly, Iowa, and one stepson, Mr. L.C. Ross, who lives four miles northwest of Mulhall, and at whose home he died, where he had been living since last fall. His daughters and son living in Arkansas City were present at his death, but all that loving hands and medical science could do were of no avail. He died of heart trouble, after a sickness of two weeks. Brother Jones was converted when young, and lived a consistent Christian life for over 60 years. His influence was to promote the cause of Christ wherever he went, and was a message bearer for Him under all circumstances. His life has been an example of a loving, indulgent husband and father, and full of Christian sympathy for all mankind. The death angel had no terror for him, but brought to him a glorious reward for a life's work in the service of his Master. His death bed was peaceful and happy, rejoicing in God for his loving mercy and kindness.
CARD OF THANKS
We extend the most sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors for their loving kindness shown to us in this sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.
MRS. NANCY JONES.
L.C. ROSS AND WIFE
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