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November 29, 1901 - Vernon Journal

Died Very Suddenly Monday Afternoon at Three O'clock of Apoplexy

    Joseph Gordon, aged 76 years, a highly respected and pioneer citizen of Jennings county, dropped dead from apoplexy Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. The funeral took place Wednesday at 2 o'clock from the Presbyterian church conducted by Rev. Goodloe. Burial in Vernon Cemetery. Findagrave Link
    Mr. Gordon wa in good health up to the time of his death and it was a terrible shock to all of his friends. He and Lafe Johnson were sawing wood on Reed's Hill, near his home, when he stopped and sat down complaining of a pain in his back. Mr. Johnson saw something was wrong and hastened to a neighboring house to get some water and when he returned Mr. Gordon was dead.
    Friends gathered immediately and he was taken home. Coroner McClure, of Butlerville, was notified and came immediately and took charge of the remains. An inquest was held Tuesday morning and the verdict was that he died from apoplexy.
    He leaves three daughters and a sister. Mrs. Sprong was the only daughter living with Mr. Gordon, but she was away on a visit to a sister, Mrs. Fred Poling, of Springfield, Ohio. They were telegraphed the sad news and arrived here Tuesday morning. The other sister, Mrs. B. F. Tweedy, lives at Lewiston, Idaho.
    Mr. Gordon was married to Miss Almina Carnes, who died on Christmas 14 years ago. A brother of Mr. Gordon also died about two years ago, in Minnesota, of apoplexy.

    Joseph Gordon was born near Lexington, Jefferson county, Indiana [actually Lexington is in Scott County] December 4, 1825. He was married to Elmina Carnes, February 3, 1854. They resided in that county on the old homestead until the close of the war when they removed to Jennings county where he lived with his family until the death of his wife who departed this life Dec. 25, 1887. Mr. Gordon died Nov. 25, 1901, leaving three daughters surviving him. His wife joined the Presbyterian church at Graham, then under charge of Rev. Clark Burt, of which church she was a faithful and consistant member. Joseph Gordon joined the Presbyterian church twenty-eight years ago, and remained a member till his death. He was well respected by all who knew him. He was a kind husband, an indulgent and affectionate father, an excellent neighbor, a good citizen and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He never shrank from duty, but was always ready to lend a helping hand to those who were in need. In his death the community has lost a good citizen and his children a dear father.
    Elmina Carnes was born December 3d, 1832, in this county, near the Carnes school house, where she lived until February 3d, 1854, when she was married to Mr. Joseph Gordon, and then settled with her husband in Jefferson county. They lived there until just after the war, at which time they came back again to Jennings county, and settled within a short distance of her birth place. They were given three daughters, all of whom are now living. About fifteen years ago she connected herself with the Seceder church at the Moffit school house, then under the charge of the Rev. James Hutchison. When this church was discontinued she immediately connected herself with the Presbyterian church at Graham, then under the charge of Rev. Clark Burt, of which church she has been a faithful and consistant member. She has lived a pure Christian life, kind and affectionate, gentle and mild. In the hours of sickness and distress among her friends. She was a ministering angel, doing all the good she could. There never was a more faithful wife and never a better mother. No mother ever had more love for her family, and she looked forward to the happy hours she should spend in the homes of her daughters with the greatest of satisfaction. Soon she expected to be done with the heavy charge of the county asylum, and with her husband and single daughter, enjoy again the sweet pleasures of her own home, but, alas! in one moment, a second, a small niche of time, her soul was taken to its eternal home. The 25th of December, the last Christmas of her life, she spent happily until supper, and while eating supper she arose from her chair, speaking, "I can't stand that," and fell back dead, of apoplexy. Findagrave Link

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