November 29, 1901 - Vernon Journal
JOSEPH GORDON, AN OLD AND RESPECTED CITIZEN OF VERNON
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.
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