Samuel Elgin

Samuel T. Elgin was born in Bond Co., Ill., January 24th, 1837. Came to Astoria in the fall of 1840. He was married to Miss Rebecca C. Brown on November 29th, 1865. To this union five children were born: Abraham F., John C., Myrtle T., Samuel T. and Jersey L. who died two years since. He was for many years a sufferer from stomach trouble, but bore his sufferings with such fortitude as to become a lamplight of joy to the family despite his ills. For more than twenty years he served as a valiant soldier in the ranks of God's noblemen, and every night he kept holy incense burning up on the family altar, and made God's word the companion of his life. He has fallen! A giant mind, a willing hand, a brave heart, a loving husband and an indulgent father. He died June 9, 1893, aged 56 years, four months and 15 days. He died rich in faith; born again to be an heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ. The groanings incident to his physical afflictions have given place to "Amen" and "Allelujah" in the congregation worshipping before the throne of God. His ear, so eager to catch the harmony of organ and voice on earth, to-day listens to the perfect cadences which comes from the lips of the heavenly choir. We will miss him, but we'll press more steadily on, encouraged by the victory he has won. God grant, that the brightly polished "sword of the Spirit" which he held on earth may be kept bright by use in the hands of sons and daughter and wife left behind, till the day dawn of eternal union dispel the gloom and night of earth's sorrows.
— D. E. H.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 6/15/1893

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