|Daniel Grauel Sterling
January 13, 1850–March 11, 1931
Daniel Grauel Sterling was born in Jones County near Morley, Iowa on January 13, 1850, and passed from this life on March 11, 1931 at about 11a.m. at the age of 81 years 1 month and 11 days.
He received his education in the district school.
On September 22, 1870, he was united in marriage to Sybilla Stover with whom he spent 60 years, 5 months and 16 days in happy fellowship, sharing their pleasures and burdens of life together.
To this union one child was born, Genora Odessa, having preceded him to glory.
Brother Sterling was reared in a Christian home under Christian influence, His father moved to this community in 1844, when it was still Iowa Territory. He found no services held here, so he gathered a few neighbors and held preaching services in the school house, taking upon himself the responsibility to preach Christ, and was asked to conduct services at Fairview, Rome, now called Olin, Walnut Grove, Hickory Grove, also in a school house near the old brick church. Leaving his family in the woods in the care of their heavenly father, he started out on Saturday, horseback, to his preaching points. After four years of this faithful service he wrote Bishop Glossbrenner in Dayton, Ohio, who responded to the call by sending Rev. McCabie, who preached here. It was then called the Big Woods Mission.
Brother Dan Sterling was converted in his youth, sixty-one years ago, in the old brick church where now Forrest chapel stands. He united with the United Brethren in Christ nd has been a faithful, conscientious Christian, devoted to his Master, church and home. His Christian character has been the example to all his friends and neighbors.
The home of brother and sister dan Sterling, on the corner, was well known to the pastors and evangelists serving here, for their hospitalityand kindness shown them at all times. Three years in the old log house and forty years in their present home, was where an open door awaited them at all times.
He leaves to mourn his beloved and faithful wife, Sybilla, one sister, Mrs. Lomeda Bunce of Anamosa, Iowa; nephews and nieces and a host of friends.
After a brief service at the home on March 13 at 1:30 p.m., the body was taken to the Forest Chapel United Brethren in Christ, where services were conducted by Rev. Geo. H. Suenkel, Pastor of the United Brethren church. The quartet, composed of J. J. Klinefelter, A. O. Sones, Mrs. Bertha Shoop, and Mrs. Pard Miller with Miss Alverta Shoop accompanist, rendered the following selections:” Rock of Ages”, “Alsleep in Jesus”, “Face to Face” and “Sometime We Will Understand.”
The remains were laid to rest in the Forest Cemetery by nephews Sam Stover, Hugh Stover, Wilber Stover, Wilkie Bixler, Sam Bixler and Reginald Bunce as pall bearers.
Submitted by: Steve Hanken
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