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July 1, 1891, North Vernon Plain Dealer


    Mr. George Norris, who departed this life June 27, in this city, was born in Ireland, County Tyrone, May 31, 1816. He had completed his 75th year.
    He emigrated to America and settled at Pittsburg in 1844, and in the summer of that year was united in marriage to Miss. Sarah Norris, who survives him. In 1849 he moved to Indiana, settling in Jennings County. After a short stay here he returned to Pittsburg. From Pittsburg he settled in Wheeling W. Va., where he became interested and engaged in the iron industry which he followed for ten years. Mr. Norris then returned to Indiana, which state was his home until the time of his death, living 29 of the 32 years in this place. To the venerable couple were born the following children: Elizabeth (Mrs. Noble), William G., James T., John A. and Margaret Agnes. Three of this number have proceeded the father to the other life.
    Mr. Norris was much trusted by his fellow-citizens in the community in which he lived so long. He was a number of times township trustee, at a time when Vernon and Center were one township. For five successive terms he was chosen magistrate withour interruption. But after awhile the form of the strong, and stalwart man began to fail and give way to the inroads of disease. It is said, I think with much truth, "that an honest man is the noblest work of God." So that when one such is taken from the community, from the family, it becomes a public as well as a private loss. The writer has never heard a word spoken that would call in question the integrity of Mr. Norris. To this venerable husband and father, wife and children were fondly attached, and it is this that makes the breaking of these natural ties so painful; and yet it it was the enforcement of a decree that could not be postoponed. We shall miss the drooping form of the old gentleman, as he falteringly walked the streets of the city. We should have not only an instinction, but a real reverance for such men when in their presence. Another one of the old landmarks has been removed and taken to some other place, between us and which a curtain hangs yet awhile. That curtain is lifed to one at a time without the sight of the hand that moves it. Late in life the venerable pair were called upon by providence to part for a season. One being more weary than the other has stopped by the wayside to rest. The wife walks alone now, the loving husband of younger days, not being by her side to cheer and comfort her as she passes on above. "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." The same Devine Being will watch the dust of the dead.

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