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John Bender
Died January 9, 1917
Word comes of the death of John Bender, an aged and respected resident of Wyoming. His death occurred at his home on North Washington Street, at 9 o'clock, last Tuesday morning. Mr. Bender was one of the few remaining pioneers of Madison Township, and he had the honor of turning the first furrow in Madison Township June 2, 1852, on property owned by J. M. French on the southeast quarter of section 20. A monument now marks the spot where the first furrow was turned. The deceased had attained the ripe old age of 83 years and left a host of warm friends to mourn his death, he had made his home in Wyoming for a number of years and he and his wife had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary June 21, 1909.

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Source: Monticello Express, 11 January 1917

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