Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 6 December 1901 p1
While gloom and sadness touches the heart of the writer under circumstances not at all strange we fulfill the last wish of our departed friend, John Milton Lofland who was born in Waynetown Ind June 23, 1846 and died at his home north of the city November 30, 1901. For many long years the writer has known Milt, as he was familiarly known and so well acquainted with his wishes, his heart’s desires, that we have been aware for some time this task would fall upon us. 26 years ago last November in the full bloom of his youth, he led her he most loved, Eva Snyder, to the marriage altar, and now faithful and now faithful and true as he had promised so long as he would live, kissed her goodbye. His children and grandchildren gathered closely around while the father softly advises them in regard to the future on earth and the religious preparation of heart for the coming life in store for the faithful. Milt did not join the church until just before death, but his business with God was fixed, his affairs on earth attended to his work done. He was a merciful man. Like Shakespeare he believed mercy descends from heaven, like the gentle rain it falls on the rich and poor alike. He was a Bible scholar and loved the mysterious things of that sacred book. He believed that prophecy was being fulfilled at all times and on several occasions did he exchange views with the writer in regard to the Holy City coming down from God out of heaven; Rev 21:2 or that Daniel tells us about “In the days of these kings shall the God of heave set up a kingdom” Daniel 24:44. No matter hoe he differed in his opinion from that of ours, with a smile and a goodbye he left us. In politics he was a Populist then oppressions of his fellow man seemed unbearable to him. He stood ready at all times to defend the principles of right and a wrong he despised. He was for years a brother correspondent and this writer has often been singed by his filling us up. He was a Mason and by that order so dear to him was laid to rest where the moon above yon eastern hill climbs up the lofty steep the night winds steal with gentle wing above the flowers asleep…
Morris--The will of Milt Lofland was recorded yesterday. All his real estate and property is left to his widow.
P 10 – Saturday afternoon at his home north of the city, Milton Lofland after a long illness from lung trouble, passed away. The funeral occurred Monday morning at 10 o’clock conducted by the Masonis, of which order he was a member interment being at Oak Hill. Milton Lofland was 55 years old and was the son of the late Heaviland Lofland being born on the farm where his life was spent. He left a wife, three sons and one daughter, his daughter being Mrs. Oscar Zook. He has four sisters: Mrs. Alvin Clark; Mrs. George Purdem of Chillicothe, Ohio; Mrs. Will Smith of New Market and Miss Julia Lofland. Mr. Lofland was a man esteemed for his many qualities and was a splendid citizen who will be missed.