FOUNTAIN, deceased, was numbered among the
After remaining in
Mr. FOUNTAIN made the purchase of his land on time, using what little money he had in the erection of his dwelling and in other improvements. Grain was a profitable commodity at that time and he put almost the entire farm in grain of various kinds, including corn, wheat and oats. Success crowned his efforts, and in due time his farm was paid for and eighty acres added to it. He also bought a farm near Henry, on which he built a nice residence and there resided for a time. The change, however, was not satisfactory and he returned to the old homestead, where he continued to reside until called to the upper and better world.
While Mr. FOUNTAIN was a hard working man and never suffered his pleasures to interfere with his business, he yet spent many a pleasant day in sport. There were few, if any, better shots in the country with a rifle, and game fared hard if within his rifle reach. In politics he was a strong and enthusiastic republican, and during the war was a firm supporter of the government. Two of his sons he gave to the service, one of whom died from quick consumption three months after his enlistment, brought on by exposure. The other, Orlando, raised a company for the Eighty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was commissioned captain, and later was promoted major of the regiment. He served three years and until the close of the war.
To Mr. and Mrs. FOUNTAIN seven children
were born: Orlando, now resides at Santa Rosa, California, where
he is engaged in the boot and shoe trade; Elizabeth married
William PROCTOR, and now resides in Lamoure county, North
Dakota; Martha is the wife of Oliver PEARSON, of Wabash,
Indiana; Henry died in the army at the age of twenty-one years;
Milton resides on the home farm; Edward W. is also deceased; and
James is also on the home farm, which he operates in partnership
with Milton. James married Miss Sarah E. JOHNSON, October 27,
1886, by whom he has one child, Luella. Her father, Francis M.
JOHNSON, was a native of
Mr. JOHNSON was a member of the Methodist
church, and Mrs. JOHNSON of the Presbyterian church. She was
converted at the age of twelve years, and lived a consistent
Christian life to the end. Both died in the full assurance of
faith. Mr. JOHNSON was never physically a strong man, but had a
very strong mind. For years he engaged in buying and selling
stock, shipping principally to
Mr. and Mrs. FOUNTAIN were zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he was a class-leader for many years. To the work of the church they gave much of their time and such talents as God had given them. When the end came they could each say, as did the grand apostle of the Gentiles, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, and henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me in that day.” Mr. FOUNTAIN was the first to be called home, his death occurring November 3, 1891. Six weeks later his wife followed him, dying December 17, 1891. Side by side their bodies were interred in the family lot in the old cemetery in Whitefield township, there to await the resurrection day. Kind and loving to family and friends, and loyal to their God, their memory is cherished by all with whom they were acquainted.
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.