FOUNTAIN, Edward Walter
Edward Walter FOUNTAIN, deceased, was a
well-known citizen of Whitefield township, who stood high in the
estimation of his fellow-men, and was a devoted son, loving
husband and indulgent father. He was born near
William FOUNTAIN was a hard-working,
industrious man, and during his residence in
The subject of this sketch continued under the home roof, doing his duty faithfully as a son until his marriage, January 21, 1869, with Miss Elizabeth SHURTS, a native of Huntington county, New Jersey, who, at the age of eighteen months, removed with her parents, Peter and Effie (TIGER) SHURTS, to Bureau county, Illinois. They made a settlement about one mile northwest of Whitefield post office, where they continued to reside until their death, the mother passing away February 6, 1881, at the age of seventy-six, and the father, November 28, 1888, at the age of seventy-six years. Their family of five sons and one daughter are yet living.
On the 9th of March, 1869, Mr. and Mrs. FOUNTAIN settled on the present farm, which was a part of the old homestead. The farm consists of one hundred and twenty acres, which he cultivated in connection with a part of that retained by the father. He was ambitious to succeed and toiled early and late for that end. As already stated, his father was for some years an invalid, and in consequence required a great deal of care, and Edward devoted much of his time in trying to alleviate his sufferings. This he continued to do until his own health was shattered, and after a short illness, his spirit departed this life, May 8, 1890, and strange to relate, his father survived him about eighteen months.
Edward W. FOUNTAIN was a man greatly esteemed by those who knew him, and he had many warm friends. Like his father he was a strong republican, and while having neither time nor inclination for office, he served his township for some years as road commissioner and also as school director, the duties of which office he discharged with conscientious fidelity. He was not a member of the church, though having the utmost respect for the Christian religion and its true professors. Fraternally he was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and of Telegraph Grange, and was active in each organization. His death was a sad loss to his family, and the community where he had so long resided.
To Mr. and Mrs. FOUNTAIN seven children
were born as follows: William, Georgie,
Since the death of her husband, Mrs.
FOUNTAIN has carried on the farm with the aid of her children
and hired help. She has shown herself a good business woman, and
has made a number of improvements in the place, having erected a
neat and commodious barn, set out a new orchard, and has done
other work of a beneficial character. She has given her children
good educational advantages, which have been improved by them,
Extracted April 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.