JOSEPH H. BUCKMAN                   

The Peoples Herald, Thursday, Sept. 2, 1915, Pg. 1

Vol. 27, No. 9




Home, Church and Community

Will Miss This Active Man



  The community was shocked beyond measure on last Sunday morning when, just at the beginning of Sunday School, Joseph H. Buckman died very suddenly.  He had not complained of ill health any more than usual, in fact seemed cheerful and in his usual good spirits up to the moment of his going.  He died with his bible and quarterlies in his hands with which he conducted the Sunday School over which he had for more then 27 years been the superintendent; died in the harness just as he had many times expressed the wish to do.

  Joseph H. Buckman was born October 1, 1844 on a farm in Sangamon county, Illinois.  When but a boy he moved with his parents to Tazewell county, in the same state, where he lived until he moved to Burlingame, Kansas in 1871.

  Mr. Buckman was married on October 9, 1872 to Miss Lida Richardson.  Soon after their marriage the young couple moved back to Illinois where they lived until January, 1885, when they came to Lyndon, where they have lived since.  To this union one son, Roy, was born.  He died in 1907.

  The subject of our sketch answered the call of his country in the civil strife, enrolling in Co. B, 73 Illinois volunteers, serving throughout the war.

  All of his life in Lyndon, our friend has been active in the affairs of the community.  He served for two terms as deputy county clerk, and filled the same office for one term.  For ten years he was postmaster, bringing to the position all of the satisfaction that a man who means and tries to do the right thing can bring to any position.  Among other activities, he was for many years actively interested in and director of Lyndon’s band.

  In the Presbyterian church he was ever and always faithful, uniting with that body, with his wife, soon after arriving in Lyndon.  He was an elder in the congregation in April, 1893, and had served in such position ever since.

  The deceased was the elder of a family of seven children and is the first to go.  Those who survive are:  Judge G. H. Buckman, Winfield; C. F Buckman, Berrien Springs, Michigan; Mrs. T. C. Hatch, Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. T. C. Martin, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. H. U. Potter, Arcola, Illinois and Mrs. Lida Buckman, the wife.

  The funeral conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. E. Hatfield, was held from the home, Wednesday morning, and his worth to the community was further attested by the large company of friends and neighbors who were in attendance.  The body was laid to rest beside that of his son in the Lyndon cemetery.

  A good man is gone from the activities of this life; a man whom the home, church and community generally will miss, and one whose place never can or will be filled as he filled it.  And yet the work which he had so much at heart will go on, largely because of the inspiration he put into the lives of others while he lived.

  Further multiplication of words can add nothing to the life so well known to Lyndon and vicinity, so we can only add:  good friend, “good night.”