I. M. HARMON GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Jan. 6, 1916
I. M. HARMON PASSES AWAY.
One of Pleasanton's well known and universally esteemed citizens has gone to his reward. Mr. I. M. Harmon, who has been a great sufferer for many weeks from a serious disease of the stomach, passed away in the evening of the first day of the new year.
Mr. Harmon had been a citizen of Pleasanton and its immediate vicinity for many years, and it is proper to say that in all these years he had never made an enemy or been charged with an unkind or unjust act to any one with whom he ha come in contact. On the contrary the universal testimony of those who have known him most intimately has been to his uprightness and strict integrity. And his dealings with his fellowmen were not only in exact accordance with the recognized rules of honest business, but they were of that kindly character which can spring only from right feelings and right motives.
Mr. Harmon was born in Campbell county, Tennessee, March 10th, 1845, where he grew to young manhood, engaged in such occupations as the farm life of that country offered. When the Civil war rent the country, and that section of it was especially distracted, with neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother, he loyally took the side of the Union and enlisted in Company B, First Tennessee Infantry, August 1, 1861, and served in all the companies of that regiment until mustered out with the rank of corporal Sep. 17, 1864, having served three years, one month and seventeen days.
After his return to his home he continued in the various occupations which had previously employed him and on Jan. 12, 1866, was married to Paralee Josephine Slower. To this union four sons were born, one dying in infancy, and three now living as follows: John F., Wm. R. and Martin L.
In September, 1870, he removed with his family to Missouri, and located near Polo, Caldwell county. There he was made a Mason and has ever been a true and faithful member of that great order.
In February, 1881, he removed to Linn county, Kansas, and for one year lived on the old Povenmire place near what was then Barnard, now Boicourt. From there he moved to the farm of Ed. Bulger were he lived two years. Tiring of being a renter at the end of this time he purchased the farm west of Green Valley school house where he continued to reside until 1894, when he sold his farm and came to Pleasanton where he has remained until death called him.
His wife having died Feb. 13, 1910, on Sep. 5, 1911, he married Rosa E. McCoy, of Worland, Mo., who, with the three sons above mentioned, survives him.
Mr. Harmon had been long been an active and efficient member of the Grand Army of the Republic and he will be greatly missed by the members of the Post, by all of whom he was held in the most affectionate regard.
He had become a member of the Christian church in his early years, and, in keeping with the whole nature of the man, had lived a life consistent with his profession. To assume an obligation was to him to live up to it.
His kindly, genial face will be missed on the streets of Pleasanton, and every one will say as they do, when his name is spoken, "A good man is gone."
The family desire to thank all of those who have shown their kindly sympathy and
desire to help during the long weeks of Mr. Harmon's illness.