Dies Suddenly At Home Of His Daughter

Lincoln Garton Passes Away Sunday Afternoon Funeral Held Today

Lincoln L. Garton died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harold Humphrey, Woodland township Monday afternoon. He was aged 75 years, 9 months.

Mr. Garton was born at Clinton, Ill., Jan. 22, 1860. He grew to manhood, living with his parents on a farm near Clinton.

Mr. Garton was united in marriage to Miss Maria Prather March 2, 1886. To this union were born two children, Clem Garton of Lincoln and Mrs. Harold Humphrey of Astoria. A foster son, Andrew Easley was reared in the home.

Soon after his marriage the Garton family moved to Fulton county and took up their residence in Woodland township on a farm near Motes Chapel church, where he resided for many years. For a time he resided in Astoria, going from here to the home of his daughter.

In the early part of 1890 he was converted and united with the United Brethren church at Motes Chapel and later transferred his membership to the United Brethren church in Astoria. He proved himself to be a very capable leader in the church. For a number of years he served as president of the Woodland township Sunday school organization.

Even though the last few years he was unable to attend church services regularly, he maintained a keen interest in all the work of the church. As to public life he took a great interest in all civic affairs. He served as justice of the peace for a number of years. As a Christian gentleman and as an upright citizen, he commanded the respect of all who knew him.

His first companion preceded him in death in November, 1925.* He was again united in marriage to Mrs. Alice Harbert in the year 1927. She preceded him in death four years later.

Mr. Garton was again united in marriage the third time to Mrs. Margaret Benton in the year 1932. About one year later she passed away. Since her death he has made his home with his daughter, where he was living at the time he was summoned.

Mr. Garton was the eldest of a family of nine children and his is the first death. Besides his two children he is survived by eight grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Lester Garton of Alamagordo, New Mexico; Joseph and John Garton and Mrs. Frank Craigg of Blackwell, Okla.; Mrs. Lilly Salisbury of Osmand, Nebr.; Mrs. George Fink of Ottawa, Kan.; Mrs. Rose Ashburn of Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs. Mary Reed, Clinton, Ill.

By his last marriage he leaves the following step-children, Charles, George and Edward Benton and Mrs. Anna Camp, all of Astoria.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon at the U. B. church, conducted by Rev. I. E. Vanwey, assisted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Interment in Astoria Memorial Mausoleum.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 10/23/1935

*[His first wife, Maria, actually died Nov. 24, 1926.]

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