|Enos Henry Stivers
July 13, 1846–October 16, 1911
|Enos Henry Stivers was born in Meigs County, Ohio, July 13, 1846, and died at his home in Olin, Iowa, October 16, 1911, age 65 years, 3 months and 3 days.
His mother died when he was about two years old. He lived with his grandmother for about four years, at which time his father married his mother's sister, and came to Iowa in the year 1855. He lived at home until eighteen years old when he responded to the call of his country. Though under age, he could not hear his country call and not come to her aid. He served until the close of the war and received an honorable discharge.
On Christmas day in the year 1869, he was united in marriage with Miss Marie Hammond. To this union four children were given-Edward Wright, who died at the age of nine years; Thaddie Eugene, who only lived seven years; Lona Alice, who lingered but nine days and Stella May who brightened their home for two years and two months.
Mr. Stivers was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Pleasant Valley, while Rev. A. Bronson was pastor, in the years 1870-1871. He was a member at the time of his death.
Three years ago last spring he suffered a paralytic stroke from which he never recovered. It might be truthfully said that he never saw a well day after the stroke. Yet no one in Olin was more industrious than Enos Stivers. For eighteen years he held his position in the meat market. The market changed hands but he stayed with the business, the reason was his unquestioned honesty. All parties felt confident that Enos would give them a square deal.
Faithfully he carried the mail from the postoffice to the depot for five years.
The loss of his property when the bank failed was a hard blow, yet he bore it bravely and many years were the hearts that sympathized with him as they saw him continue the toil of earning a livelihood.
Hard must have been the battles endured when the death angel called time after time until the four children had been taken. Two days before his death he arose from his bed and quoted the scripture-"Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh like a flower and is cut down. He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not". When dying he called his eldest son by name and reached for him. Before he departed he said, he was ready to go. After the storms and broken ties of life comes eternal sunshine, and re-unions with children and loved ones that will never be severed.
He leaves his wife, ten brothers and sisters and many friends and neighbors who mourn his departure.
The funeral services were held at the M. E. church yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. J. Kidder, and the body was deposited in the Olin cemetery.
Submitted by: Charles R. Stivers
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