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Archibald Reed Harper

Died in Chesterton on the second day of January, 1895, Archibald Reed Harper in the eightieth year of his age. He had been in feeble health for some time, and grief for the loss of his wife who, a few weeks before had proceded him to the better land, hastened his departure. He was born in Pendleton County, South Carolina, January 7th, 1815. At the age of one year, his parents, who were salve owners, freed them and moved to Fayette County, Indiana, at the time a dense wilderness. At the age of eighteen years he came north locating in Michigan City. In 1838 her was married to Miss Malinda Foster, who died within two years of their marriage, leaving an infant son, Orin E. Harper, now of Danville, Ills. July 1845 he was united in marriage to Miss Emily Atwater, from which union eight children were born, four of whom survive him. Albert a resident of Anderson, and proprietor of the Anderson Bulletin, Homer of Pierre, South Dakota, Almber of the Chesterton Paint Company, and Samuel, one of the leading druggists of Chesterton. Three of the sons were present at the funeral. He was converted at the age of seventeen years, uniting with the M. E. church of which he was a faithful member at the time of his death. He has been a resident of Laporte and Porter counties for sixty-two years, experiencing all the hardships of frontier life. Through all the trials of sickness and misfortune (of which it seemed he sometimes had an unusual share) and hardships incident to frontier life, his faith never wavered, nor did his desire to serve God lessen. His last words to the writer were. "I am ready to go. I have finished my work. I have kept the faith, and am only waiting to be called." Although the last few days unable to speak he was conscious, and evidenced his faith to the last, of a kind and gentle disposition he made many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. Weston, who preached an able discourse from the text, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Newspaper: The Chesterton Tribune
Date of Publication: January 11, 1895
Volume Number: 11
Issue Number: 40
Page: 1
Column(s): 4

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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