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Minnie Ethel Bales, daughter of Lewis and Nancy Bales, was born Aug. 7, 1881 and died Oct. 27, 1899, aged 18 years, 2 months and 20 days.  At the age of 3 years she suffered from an attack of Typhoid and spinal fever. After recovering from this, her health seemed fair until about two years ago, when she contracted a sever cold while attending school.

She at once gave up school and began medical treatment without receiving any apparent benefit. As medicine seemed to be of little value, she was advised to seek a change of climate and on Sept. 21, 1898, she with her father and mother, started West in a wagon built for that purpose. During the trip her health improved so much that her friends were very hopeful of her full recovery, but before spring it again changed for the worse. From this time on her health gradually grew worse in spite of all efforts in her behalf.

At the age of 13 she united with the First Christian church at Mooreland. She always lived a pious and devoted life. She prized the Sunday school as a place of great pleasure, and within the past few weeks she many times, sxpressed the desire to soon be able to attned, and even in the last days she made preparations to that effect.

Her whole life was one of innocent purity. Toward the latter part of her illness she became more deeply interested in religious work. She delighted in praising the Lord and Saviour not only because it was a duty but because a pleasure.

She requested family worship and always took part in prayer and song although too weak to arise from her bed. Her prayer was always to be forgiven and when done on earth for the Lord to take her home to dwell with the angels. Her affection toward her family was very great and a few days before death she told her father that his prayer did her more good than anything. She has always manifested a deep love for all her young friends and the church at Mooreland.

She leaves a father, mother, three sisters, an aged grandfather and grandmother, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.