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May 16, 1830–July 16, 1921
|Manville Tarbox, second son of William and Mary Ann Ellis Tarbox, was born in Tingo County, New York, May 16, 1830, and died at his home in Olin, Iowa, Saturday, July 16, 1921, at the age of 91 years, and 2 months.
Together with nine sisters and brothers, he grew to manhood in his native state, and was married in 1852, at Harford Mills, to Olive Colby.
In 1854, with his wife and infant son, he emigrated to Iowa by the way of the Great Lakes and stage, staying the first winter with Mrs. Tarbox's parents, and a half miles west of Walnut Fork, now Olin.
In the spring of 1855, he purchased the old home place north of the river and lived there until 1896, when he moved to his last home in Olin.
On September 24, 1861, he enlisted in Co. B, 9th Iowa Infantry, and left his home to take up the duties of a soldier. He was discharged for disability January 18, 1862, at Pacific, Missouri.
Again he took up the home duties on the farm until the death of his wife April 22, 1893, when he left the farm.
He was converted at a meeting held by Rev. A. Bronson at the Valley School House, in the early years of his coming to Iowa, and united with the M.E. Church, to which he remained ever loyal and faithful until called to his reward.
He became a member of the Keystone Lodge N. 206, A.F.&A.M. at Wyoming, in December 1873, and remained a loyal Mason until his death. In later years he became a member of the Hiawatha Chapter, No. 394, O.E.S., at this place.
He was married to Ellen M. Harrison, November 25, 1898, at Olin, Iowa.
Mr. Tarbox, coming here so early, saw all the changes that go to make up the growth of a great country. From the wild animals and Indians that roamed at will, to the present civilization, he has ever been an independent and conscientious observer. A strong rugged nature was the outcome of such a rigid training. During the last few months of his life he delighted in telling of his early experiences, trials and education. He enjoyed conversing upon those things that had helped to bring about the great and wonderful progress of his country and church.
Although aged and feeble, he was eager and interested in the late war, it's horrors, evils, and all that made up the awful struggle.
Thus another long and useful life has passed from earth to Eternity. He leaves to mourn his going; one brother Worden, of Harford Mills, New York; his faithful wife and his only son, Edgar, of Anamosa; and grandchildren, Mrs. Lula Curttright, of Cedar Rapids; Samuel Tarbox, of Olin; Earl Tarbox, of Moline, Illinois; Asa Tarbox, of Texas and Arthur Tarbox, of Sacramento, California; 13 grandchildren and six great grand children.
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