|Lucinda Low Tallman
January 5, 1822–September 6, 1909
One of the Oldest Pioneers of the County Enters into Rest
|Lucinda Low was born in the village of Maryland Line, Baltimore county, MD, on the 5th day of January, 1822. and peacefully passed away at her home near Morley, Iowa on the morning of September 6th, 1909, aged 87 years, 8 months and one day.
At the age of 13 years she with an uncle removed from the village of her birth to Fairfield Co, Ohio, where she grew to womanhood. In 1843, on the 30th of August, she was married to John Tallman at Canal Winchester, Fairfield county, Ohio. As the fruits of this marriage there were born ten children, viz: James H, now deceased; Nathaniel C., Reuben S., who now resides in Paton, Greene county, Iowa; Elizabeth, Chicago; Winfield H., Paton; Mary Jane Boots, deceased; Rose Neff of Mt Vernon, Iowa; Samantha E Kane, of Vinton, Iowa; Angie Boots and W E Tallman, both living near Morley, Iowa. Besides these there were born to these children 46 grandchildren, 39 of who survive the deceased.
In the year 1845, the deceased with her husband and eldest son, James H., came from Ohio to the then territory of Iowa, where they pre-empted a home and where they continued to live until the death of the husband and the father, which occurred on the 30th day of July, 1893. After the death of her husband, she moved from the old homestead where her children were reared, to an adjoining farm, owned by her youngest son, W E Tallman, where she lived up to the time of her departure.
She was converted at an early date in her life and united with the Methodist Episcopal church of which she remained a true and consistent member until the date of her death.
The above is but a brief narration of the life and death of one who has so long dwelt among us, one who came to this then very new country early in life, one who endeared herself to all who had the pleasure of knowing her during her long life and residence in the neighborhood. She, like all of the early settlers, soon became much attached to her new home, and was filled with that kindliness so generally found among our pioneer settlers. Her home, like most frontier homes, was alwayhs open to accommodate and to welcome neighbors, friends of new arrivals in this then new country. In fact the hospitality of her home was always enjoyed by those who visited with her, and a kindly and cheerful welcome always awaited those who called upon her either as friends and neighbors, of those who were in want and distress. She was a woman who was more noted for her good works than professions. And while her life was a consistent one, she was never given to speak about the good deeds she did for others. Perhaps the strongest evidence of her true Christian character is best displayed in the lives of her children, who, under her early instructions, have all grown up to highly respected men and women. Her influence over them in their early life and childhood doubtless accounts for the good reputations they all have enjoyed since arriving at their maturity.
She was always noted for her great love for children, and for her kindly ministrations in time of sickness and sorrows of others. Always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to those who were in need or distress, and ever ready to visit and comfrot the sick or console the bereft. She was a great lover of beautiful things, and always took great pleasure in the raising of flowers. Her whole life was devoted to doing good, and by reason of her consistent and exemplary life all who knew her lived and respected her for her real, sterling worth. Such lives as hers have made the world and the people who knew her the better by reason of her true and Christian devotion to her God, her family and her friends.
For her the earthly journey is ended. Her earthly labors are over; and like a sheaf well ripened she has been gathered to the fathers and long after her mortal body shall again commingle with mother dust her memory will abide with those who knew her, and especially her children, relatives and neighbors.
And let us hope and believe, as we have the right to do, that as things terrestrial faded from the sight of her physical vision, celestrial beauties were fully beheld by her enraptured spiritual view, and that she has safely arrived in that home of eternal rest, there to be re-united with the loved ones gone before, and to enjoy all of the pleasures so nobly won by a well spent life upon earth.
The funeral services were held at Center Chapel Wednesday, the 8th, at 2 p m conducted by Rev. H. White of the M E church.
The choir was composed of John Wurzbacher, J Holcomb, Mrs. Cyrus Lamb, Mrs. H D Miller, with Mrs Wm Hunter as organist.
The pall-bearers were J G and Geo Smith, Peter Duncan, W A Boots, D W Gilmore and A M Taylor.
The above well written tribute to a most worthy life is by an old friend of the family, but we desire to add just a word. As already stated, Mr. and Mrs. John Tallman located in Rome township in 1845, sixty-four years ago, when the woods were full of wild game and the prairies in the summer time an uninterrupted expanse of waving grass and flowers varied and beautiful beyond description. Log cabins were universal, frame residences unknown, and the scattered farmers hauled their dressed pork to Dubuque or Muscatine and sold it at a dollar and a quarter per hundred, taking a part of their pay in high-priced groceries of a quality that every farmer's wife would scorn to use now. Do you recall that almost black, water-soaked sugar and that rank New Orleans molasses, for instance? Even then to use "sweeting" was almost an unpardonable extravagance, and white sugar was unknown save in the form of cones, a half dozen of which we remember to have seen on an upper shelf in a store in this town for months, a mere curiosity, a luxury not to be dreamed on in the home.
John Tallman died on the same homestead where they located in 1845, and his wife on an adjoining farm in the home of her youngest son, Mr. Tallman passed away in 1893, sixteen years ago. Thought the writer was a mere lad on forming the acquantance of Mr. Tallman, yet the grave, kindly dignity, the _______ and immovable integrity of the man made an ineffaceable impression on our mind, and as the years went on we came to regard him more and more highly not only as a sturdy pioneer but as one of God's noblemen of earth. We speak of this for two reasons—one because Mr. Tallman was worthy of an enduring record for his high character, as was his wife also, whom we did not know personally; and the other reason is that older people often fail to realize the fact that they are constantly exerting a direct, enduring influence on the young for good or for evil. The upright, industrious, worthy lives of Mr and Mrs Tallman did not terminate when death called them from among us, but their characters and their examples will live on in the characters and examples of their children and a multitude with whom they may have had scarcely a conscious acquaintance.
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