Rev. F.M. Stickney Passed Away Friday
Had been a resident of Eldon 26 Years
Leaves Four Sons Who Are Now in The Ministry
Taken from Eldon, Missouri Newspaper Thursday, February 6, 1919
Every attempt has been made to keep the original spelling
The subject of this sketch was born on a farm near Woodville, Adams County, Ill., Oct. 5, 1844. His early life was spent on the farm and was full of struggles due to the fact that he lost his father by death as the age of six. He received such education as the public schools of Southern Illinois could afford as a time when the public schools of that border country were in their infancy. This was supplemented by two terms in a higher institute of learning. At nineteen years of age he was converted at an old time Methodist mourners bench. His experience was so clear that through a long life, while he had many troubles, one of them was not religious doubt. He knew Him whom he believed. At nineteen he joined the church and to the church he dedicated his life. This was at Barry, Polk County, Illinois. At the same time and place he met and weded Maria Helvey viz Feb. 18, 1864. Had he lived to see the 18th day of February they would have walked lifeís devous way together 55 years. This is a remarkable record and few achieve it To them were born 5 children, four sons and one daughter, Mrs. Lennie Hamilton, of Jasper, Mo. Of the sons all of them have preached the gospel and three of them viz: Rev. Edward Stickney, Dwight Kansas; Rev. A.M. Stickney, Grand Tower, Ill.; and Rev. Frank Stickney, Neelyís Landing, Mo. Are regularly engaged in the ministry and George Stickney of Eldon. Thus he being dead yet speaketh thru his sons. All his children, his wife, twenty-seven grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren survive him.
He was licensed to preach in 1868 and for two years served as a supply preacher at Clinton, Mo. He was received on probation into the St. Louis conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church as it session held in Springfield, March 1870, Bishop Clark presiding. He was later ordained deacon and elder and he was sent to his first regular appointment at Dixon, Mo. where he remained four years. Then his appointments were Houston, Sullivan, Barnesville, Marble Hill, Calvary, again two years at Sullivan, Iberia, Linn Creek, and Eldon in which place he has since resided. He came to Eldon in 1893 and thus has been a citizen of the town 26 years. From 1891 to 1901 he was a supermumerary preacher doing supply work in and around Eldon. Since 1901 he has been a superannuated preacher but was by no means idle in his retirement. His ministry has been to the whole community and has rendered incalculable service as he has gone about doing good, burying the dead, marrying the lovers and spreading good cheer and sunshine.
He was every manís friend and he has made for himself a unique place in the life of the community. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and masonic lodges and was highly esteemed by the members of these fraternities. He was never a rugged man and many times his life despaired of but he lived on going about among us until about three weeks ago. He was then stricken with what was probably influenza. This passed off when he repeatedly contracted a cold and after two weeks of struggle with disease and pain he passed away on Jan. 31 at 1:15 a.m. aged 75 years, 2 months and 26 days. His mind and faith were clear to the end and he passed away most peacefully.
The funeral services held Saturday, Feb. 1 were in charge of the pastor who dedicated a sermon to his memory using a text Acts 11:24 "For he was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith and much people were added to the Lord."
A large congregation gathered witnessing the esteem in which Bro. Stickney was held. Both the Eastern Star and the Masonic lodges were present in a body. He was buried in the Eldon Cemetery with Masonic honors.
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