Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USAAdd to Map
Another Old Settler Gone
James G. Bennett passed peacefully to his final rest. Death came very suddenly. At St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon, Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m., James Gordon Bennett, aged 61 years, of internal cancer, a surgical operation having been performed the Monday previous.
The deceased was born at Mayuoketta, Iowa, on January 13, 1841, and was married at St. Charles Minnesota, on November 13, 1865, to Miss Christin McKay, who survives him and was present when death's grim messenger came. He emigrated to Washington arriving here in 1879 and locating and entering a homestead what is now so well known as the beautiful Woodland Heights farm, one mile north of this city and where they have resided continuously for the past twenty-three years. He was a kind indulgent father and a prominent G. A. R. man of the civil war, always taking a heartfelt interest in national and state affairs He was a devoted and consistent member of the First Congregational church of this city and was a liberal contributor to all charitable objects. He was noted for uprightness in his dealing and was a man universally respected.
His guiding star in life since we have known him until he entered the very portals of death was the truth, not only in words but in his every action and in his every thought. His faithful devotion and service to the county and as a member of the first board of county commissioners are evidenced by the legislation which bears the impress of his labor and have reared for him a monument in the hearts of his fellow citizens more lasting than the most precious shaft of marble or bronze.
Besides the heartbroken wife, two sons, Van V. and Clinton Sinclair Bennett, are left to mourn the loss of the tender, guiding hand of the father who lived for the good of his family and country. In the silent City O' the Dead in Ritzville cemetery on the hill overlooking our fair little city, the remains were laid to rest at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The impressive funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Frank E. Whitham, pastor of the First Congregational church.
Adams County New September 3, 1902 Courtesy of Sue Gardner & gapwork90.