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CASE, Mary Claypool

Source: Labette County (Oswego Kansas) Democrat Thursday 4 Feb 1892 p 3

Mary E. Claypool was born and raised near Attica, Fountain County, Indiana.  Died at her home in Oswego of internal cancer Feb 1st, 1892, at 8 o’clock p.m. She graduated at McLane Institute, Indianapolis and afterward took a special course in the Western Female College at Pittsburg, Pa. She came to Oswego in the summer of 1869 to take charge of the Oswego College which was opened in September of that year.  Here she became acquainted with Nelson Case to whom she was married Feb 22nd, 1872. She organized the primary class in the ME Sunday School in 1870 and has taught it ever since. She has been one of the most efficient Stewards in the ME Church for several years. Blessed with great executive ability, she has been prominent in all church work. Although not demonstrative she was always ready to give a reason for the hope within her.  She was very helpful to the young, training them in bible classes. She conscientiously thought, and endeavored to impress upon others that intellectual culture and Bible knowledge must be thorough, and many of Oswego’s young people, irrespective of church creeds will never forget her instruction. She had been called by some of our citizens the overseer of the poor. Her feet were always ready to go to administer to the sick and needy. Even on her bed of pain last week she was wishing she could divide her comforts with the destitute. Her hands were ever open to every charitable cause at home or abroad. While neglecting nothing outside of her family circle, yet her home was her especial delight. She believed that woman’s highest mission was to adorn her abode with love, cheer and hospitality. She had, little sympathy for vice and sham. Her social duties were performed for the purpose of helping some one by showing kindness and sympathy. To visit and partake of her cheer was the great pleasure of her friends. She leaves an aged mother, brothers, sister, an adopted daughter and son and husband. The town has lost a benefactress, the Church an indefatigable worker, and her home a priceless treasure. Mrs. Case is dead!  - kbz
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