Lewis Hess Well Known Farmer Dies

Lewis Hess, a well known and highly respected farmer, died at his home three miles southwest of Astoria Sunday evening at about 8:00 o'clock, following a prolonged illness.

Mr. Hess has been failing in health for the past five years and had been confined to his bed for the past ten weeks. He was patient and kind and especially during his long sickness. He was an honest, industrious citizen, good neighbor and respected by all who knew him. Just three weeks ago he professed christianity and passed out of time into eternity in the joy of his new found Savior.

Lewis Hess, son of Lewis and Lydia Ann Hess was born near Baltimore, Maryland, August 12, 1857. At the time of his death he was aged 76 years, 3 months and 21 days. He was of a family of nine — four brothers and five sisters. Two of his sisters preceded him in death, Mrs. Lucinda Erb and Sarah Conner. Those living are: Sophia and Anna Barrett of Colchester; Nettie Heaton, Vermont; Henry, Astoria; Jacob, Highmore, South Dakota and Edward, Parker, South Dakota.

Mr. Hess, with his parents, came to Illinois when he was about eight years of age and settled on what is now know as the Hess homestead. He was living here when he was married to Mrs. Ida Furnace on Feb. 3, 1901, who survives him. Here they continued to live for a number of years. A few years ago they built the present home where they lived till the time of his passing. One child, Mrs. Julia Schisler, was born to them. There are also two step children, May Reibling, living near Bushnell and Clarence Furnace of Astoria. There are three grandchildren: Doris Marie, Margaret and Billy Schisler, also six step-grandchildren, Ida and William Reibling, and Hildred, Dorothy, Gwendolyn and Randall Furnace.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. B. Lee Towsley in the United Brethren church at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 12/6/1933


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