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Wilson Malone

MALONE. -- At his residence in Washington township, Friday, Dec. 22d, 1876, Mr. Wilson Malone, aged 71 years, of heart disease.

Wilson Malone was born of Leslie and Elizabeth Malone in Ross Co., O., June 18, 1805. His mother died when he was but a few years old and, his father being a poor man, he was required to bear the burden of his own support and could acquire only such education as his own earnings might afford. He remained in the vicinity of his birth-place until about 21 years of age, when he moved to Attica, Fountain county, Ind., and there, each spring for several years, engaged in boating to New Orleans, following such other business the balance of the year as seemed most practicable. In this way he succeeded in accumulating a few hundred dollars, and in his 27th year, 22d February, 1832, was married to Sarah Swank, of Montgomery county, Indiana, whose father was likewise unable to offer them pecuniary assistance. In March they came to Laporte county, where they were among the earliest settlers, being the first white family who lived on the site of the original survey of the town of Laporte. On arrival they possessed, besides the conveyance with which they came and a very few household articles, only fifty cents in money. He contracted directly for the construction of a mile of the Michigan road in the vicinity of Springville, between Laporte and Michigan City, but money came slowly, and their first winter was spent in rudest economy in a log cabin void of floor or door, excepting that of a bed comfort hung at the entrance. His road work proved somewhat profitable and the second year he bought and tilled 80 acres of what is now known as the Butterworth farm, a few miles south of Laporte, which he sold in the spring to the old gentleman whose name the farm still bears. They then came to Washington township, Porter county, and purchased the place now occupied by R. P. Davidson. Later, they bought the Morgan farm, on which they subsequently moved and have continued to reside till death has overtaken him, a period of 40 years. Of his disposition, we would say, it could not be judged on short acquaintance, for while he seemed at times to be possessed of an outward appearance of indifference, none could be said to entertain more delicate and kindly feelings toward his family and friends. His inner soul harmonized with everything that was beautiful. A musical voice or a touching verse would bring forth tears from his eyes and tenderness from his loving heart "like the bubbling waters from a living spring." He loved the presence of his wife and always delighted in the society of his children and their families, sympathizing with both their pleasures and their griefs. Honorable in his dealings, upright in principles, diligent in toil, attentive to business, and at the same time desirous of the welfare and prosperity of others, he succeeded in gaining not only a fair portion of worldly goods, but what is more desirable -- the esteem of the best and most highly respected citizens of the entire community, in evidence of which, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, a very large number of that class were in attendance at the funeral services, which were conducted at his late residence at 1 P. M., Sunday Dec. 24, by the Rev. R. Beer, and afterward followed his remains to their last resting place, showing thus their sympathy with the bereaved family of the deceased. What could be better?

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: December 28, 1876
Volume Number: 20
Issue Number: 52
Page: 3
Column(s): 7

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