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Luther Gifford

Died, on the 27th of June, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Sager, Luther Gifford in the 77th year of his age. The deceased was born in Genoa, Cayugo Co., N. Y., Aprail 1st, 1819, and consequently at the time of his death was 76 years, 2 months and 26 days old. He was married to Miss Jane Williams Oct. 22, 1829, by whom he had 12 children 6, sons and 6 daughters, all but 3 of whom, with their mother, are still living to mourn their loss. He united with the Baptist church in New York and with his companion was baptized by Elder Litchfield about 42 years ago. He came with his family to Porter county, Ind., settling at Valparaiso in 1845, when he united with the first Baptist church in Valparaiso under the ministry of Elder Harry Smith.

In 1862 he moved to Dixon, Ill., where he remained until 1875 when he returned to Valparaiso, where he continued a wothy citizen to the day of his death.

The deceased was a man of strong physical constitution and capable of great endurance. Until the last two years he was unusually active for one of advanced age; but under the influence of the softening of the brain the strong man soon became as a child and passed away. He was an honored member of the Baptist church and no one of its members was more deeply interested in its welfare. "He rests from his labors." His death, to his companion, of 56 years, is a very great bereavement. They lived happily and lovingly together in their humble home, comforting and encouraging such other in their conversations about their heavenly home. Their separation will not be lony. May the children remember their obligations to their mother and make her few remaining days on the earth pleasant and happy.

"There remaineth a rest to the people of God."

The funeral services took place on the 28th ult., at the Baptist church in the presence of a large congregation of friends and citizens, being conducted by the pastor E. S. Riley, after which the remains were buried in the new cemetery.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: July 9, 1885
Volume Number: 29
Issue Number: 28
Page: 4
Column(s): 5

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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