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Robert Henderson
For 50 Years a Resident of Monticello
Robert Henderson, for 50 years a resident of Monticello, died at his home on the afternoon of Friday June 11. He had reached the age of 83 years. Mr. Henderson had been in feeble health for the period of two years before death came to him as a welcomed caller.
The funeral services were conducted at the family homestead, last Monday afternoon by Rev. Charles B. Cushman, the pastor of the Congregational church. Interment was had in Oakwood cemetery.
Robert Henderson was a native of North Harpersfield, Delaware county, New York, where he was born June 30, 1832. At the age of seventeen, he removed to Ohio where he learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner. In the spring of 1855, he came to Iowa, and settled in Jackson county, but after a short stay there, he removed to Castle Grove township in Jones county where he worked at his trade. It was while he was living there that he returned to Ohio and married Polly L. Palmer, at Bassetta, Trumbull county, March 3, 1861. Mr. Henderson had lived longer in the same residence than any other person in Monticello. He built the house in which he always lived, and where he died, in 1866.
Mr. And Mrs. Henderson celebrated their golden wedding, March 3, 1911. Mrs. Henderson's father was the son of B. Palmer, a revolutionary soldier, and her mother was the granddaughter of Timothy Johnson, also a revolutionary soldier, whose ancestors were Colonial soldiers and civil officers. John Johnson, the original emigrant from whom these others descended, came to America with the Winthrop fleet in 1669. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and was "the surveyor of all ye armies."
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson were the parents of five children, namely: Charles P. Henderson, who died, November 20, 1889; Jennie R., the wife of J. F. Porter, of Davenport, who is president of the Tri-City Electric Railway Co.; Jessie M., who died, August 27, 1867; Ella L., the wife of Charles L. Bartholomew, of Minneapolis, the well known cartoonist whose frequently copied pictures bear the signature of "Bart;" Robert Henderson, of Monticello, who has assumed and follows his father's business as a builder and contractor.
Mr. Henderson was an honest and faithful contractor. On any piece of work, no matter how extensive, his oral agreements were as good as his written bond. He therefore never lacked for work. In industry he was a pattern that young men could well follow. Also he was a good citizen who heartily supported every movement for the betterment of the community.

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Source: The Monticello Express, 17 June 1915

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