This obit was sent to me by Pauline Constant, who has been gracious to share so much
"The news of the sudden and unexpected death of Jacob Garrett, an old pioneer
of Washington township, who located on the farm five miles northwest of
Gravity, where he had resided for 39 years,and where he reared a large and
respected family, cast a gloom over the entire community. He and his wife
had gone to Wetmore, Kansas, about three weeks ago to visit with their sons
who resided near that place, and while there on the 26th of April at one of
his son's home, he had just eaten dinner and seemed cheerful and healthy as
usual, started over to visit one of his other sons. Sometime afterwards he
was found dead sitting by the road where he no doubt died from heart
failure, as we were informed that he had trouble with his heart before.
Uncle Jake, as he was familiarly called here, was conservative, industrious, kind hearted
and honest, a good neighbor, a civil citizen, a loving father and husband.
He loved his famiy to the last and did all for them that he could to make
them happy and useful in life. He stated to his family some time before his
death that he was ready to go whenever he was called. Jacob Garrett was
born in Muskingum County, Ohio, December 8, 1835 being at the time of his
death 74 years, 4 months and 16 days old. When but a child he moved with
his parents to Jackson County, Ohio, coming from there to Iowa in the
pioneer days of the state. He was married to Mary A. Coyan, November 15,
1865, to this union were given 17 children, 10 of which survive his death as
follows; John, George, Charles and Mrs Rachel McCune of Gravity; Clyde of
Paradise, Kansas, Mrs Carrie Green of Fairport, Kansas; William, Samuel, and
Frank of Wetmore, Kansas and Mrs Janie Winslow of Fairplay, Missouri. He
also leaves his aged companion with many friends to mourn his departure.
His remains arrived here from the place of his death on the one o'clock
train Thursday and were taken to the Christian Church, and at two o'clock
the funeral services were conducted byW. L. Dunlavy, assisted by James
Burns, the pastor of the church after which the remains were tenderly laid
to rest in the Holt Cemetery by the side of his children gone before.
Samuel of Wetmore, Kansas; Mrs Carrie Green of Fairport, Kansas and Mrs
Janie Winslow of Fairplay, Mo. were unable to be present at the funeral.
Six of his sons were pallbearers."