JOHN B. STUMP                             GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Baldwin Ledger, Friday, August 25, 1916, Pg. 1

Vol. XXXIII, No. 1


John B. Stump

  John B. Stump was born at Hill Station, Clermont County, Ohio, May 30, 1834, and died on August 16, 1916; aged 82 years.

  He spent three years of his early manhood in the nation’s service on the gunboat, “Exchange”, of the Mississippi squadron, being stationed near Memphis, Tenn., a large part of this time.

  He was married to Lois Augusta Goodell of Hanover, New Hampshire, Nov. 8, 1869, at Kankakee, Ill.  The following day he left for Kansas, locating on a farm near Willow Springs.

  Here he lived until 1895 when he moved near Baldwin in order to take advantage of school privileges.

  Two daughters were born to this union, Mrs. Birdie Dole, now of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, and Mrs. Mysie Deer of Hunan, China, both of whom were here to care for him during his recent illness.

  As a citizen of Willow Springs township he was recognized as a man of careful judgment and of sterling worth.  He was for years a trustee of the Presbyterian church at High Prairie, a member of the school board for years, and for eight years was accessor of Willow Springs township.

  Upon coming to Baldwin he became a active member and trustee of the Presbyterian church.  He devoted much of his time in a social way to the gatherings of the G. A. R. and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ad has been an honored member of the latter organization for over sixty years, having joined in Dec. 1855.

  For seven years past he has been cared for in the home by Miss Phoebe Emery who deserves much praise for her untiring efforts in his behalf, for he has hot been well much of this time.

  Mr. Stump was especially favored in these later years of life by having many young friends who were very devoted to him.  His sunny disposition and quiet manner made him most welcome in every gathering and his ability to keep himself in touch with young life has endeared him to many.  He leaves besides his two daughters, seven grandchildren and a host of devoted friends.

  A most fitting tribute, showing the light esteem in which he was held was shown by the closing of all places of business in Baldwin City during the funeral hour.  The members of the G. A. R., I. O. O. F., and Rebecca lodges attended the funeral services in a body.

  The services were held from his late residence on last Friday afternoon.  Addresses were made by Revs. Swogger and Freeland.  A great concourse of people was present for miles around the city in testimony of the place he held in so many lives.