Like a shock the news was borne to this city Thursday that Isaac N. Powell had passed away at 9 o'clock that morning at his home in Powell township. So sudden was the word that few could realize it to be true.
Only Tuesday had Mr. Powell's cordial greeting been witnessed upon our streets, and then he appeared in the best of health.
Last Saturday, he returned from Lyon county, where he had been wintering cattle, and bore the same robust mien which has always characterized his good health. The only complaint he was ever heard to utter was while stretching wire upon a fence this week, when he remarked, he soon became exhausted on account of catching his breath so slow of late.
Tuesday morning he arose and ate a hearty breakfast, after which he went and milked, returned to the house and passing into a room where he could notice his son, Earl, who was lying ill with the mumps, he picked up a book and began reading. Presently he looks up to Earl, who noticed his face changing color, and without a word fell from his chair to the floor dead. Blood was oozing from his ears and mouth, and he had doubtless fallen victim to heart failure. Restoratives were at once administered but to no avail.
There is probably not a man in the county but who knows Isaac Powell, having lived here long before the county was organized. generous, free hearted and affable, he made friends wherever he went. He was the Republican nominee for sheriff last fall, but was defeated on account of the popularity of his opponent.
The deceased leaves a wife and three children, Laura, Earl and Claud, who with numerous friends mourn his untimely end.
Funeral services were conducted at the family's residence yesterday at 2 o'clock by Rev. Latham. The remains will be brought to this city and buried in the Coldwater cemetery under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. lodge, of which the deceased was an honorable member.
Jesse Powell, father of Isaac N. Powell.
Martha Ann Powell, mother of Isaac N. Powell.
E. A. Powell, brother of Isaac N. Powell.
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