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Submitted by: Debby Cook
|The Mulhall Enterprise|
|Saturday, April 2, 1898|
We have just heard of the death of Mr. Jasper Phelps, who was taken sick in Mulhall on Saturday last just after the closing of G.A.R. post, which he had attended. We understand his sickness was caused by a stroke of Paralysis combined with heart-trouble, causing his death.
Jasper Phelps was born Oct. 20, 1842 in Knox Co., Missouri, and died at Mulhall Oklahoma April 4th, 1898.
On Saturday April 2 deceased came with his wife to Mulhall as was usual with them to trade, and in the afternoon he was present at the regular meeting of Pap Thomas Post G.A.R. and took part in the meeting, in his place as J.V.C. After adjournment he left the Post room with others, and evidently had gone to his team and untied preparatory to starting home, a few minutes afterwards he was found upon the street beside his team in an unconscious state. His devoted wife was soon at his side and by the aid of others who were near raised him up and applied restoratives and did all that love and solicitude knew to do. Physicians were called and every thing done that skill could do, but it was soon evident to all that the light of life had departed and no answers of recognition or usual friendly smile came back to wife, comrades or friends. An easy chair was obtained he was placed in it and carried by comrades and friends to the residence of L.J. Mizee where he lingered until 2:10 o'clock Monday morning. Left an orphan at 10 his early life was one of toil and privation. He enlisted in the Co. II. 39th Mo. Infty and served until the close of the war. Dec. 3 1865 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Crow who with their eight children, three of them married and all present but one who lives in Kansas are left to mourn the departure of a kind and devoted husband and father.
From Mo. he removed to Jefferson Co. Kansas from which place he came to Oklahoma in 1890 and settled upon the farm which has since been his home four miles west of Mulhall. His citizenship in Oklahoma from the first has been characterized by a devotion to the best interests of the community and territory. Deeply feeling the loss he sustained in being deprived of an education, no man was more active in providing schools than he. He was among, if not the first man to organize and draw funds from the $50,000 appropriated by Congress for school purposes. An ardent republican, he was present at the organization of the party in the Territory and has represented Rose Hill Tp. on the Central committee nearly ever since. His reliability early became recognized and there were few whose council or aid was considered more valuable.
He was a Charter Member of Pap Thomas Post, and has ever been in his relations to his comrades, a true friend. No one who would do more or whose Counsel was wiser, as many of the comrades widows and orphans can testify. Indicative of the spirit and care in such matters, were the last words he uttered just before he left the Post room and not more than five minutes before he ceased forever to speak, he asked in regard to what had been done about obtaining a head stone from the government for a comrade.
So has been mustered out one more to answer the roll call on the other side. A good neighbor and friend. A true American.
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