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Information for Benjamin Paine
21 July, 1858
4 July, 1924
From the Parma Review
July, 1924
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JULY 4, 1924

     Benjamin Paine was born on the Eustis Plantation in Franklin County, Maine 21 July, 1858 and died in Roswell, Idaho July 4, 1924.
     Mr. Paine had been in poor health for the past two-years, but his last illness was of four weeks duration.  Stricken at that time with the flu and the development of later complications, his strength was not sufficient to resist the suffering.  During the last five days of his life the members of the immediate family, close relatives and may friends, anxiously watched and constantly endeavored to restore the waning vitality.  The end came Friday afternoon at three o'clock.
     Mr. Paine was a pioneer in every sense of the word.  At the age of four, he came with his parents, from Maine to Minnesota, settling near Stockton.  This was in 1862, and during the "Indian Days".  Many times the mother and children were sheltered in the nearby fort while the father, with other neighbor men, went in chase of the redmen.  Seven years later the family moved to the Antrim township near the present town of Lewisville.
    Benjamin Paine and Alice L. Root were married in 1878, moved to Blue Earth County and located near Amboy.  Here again, the country was new and many hardships were encountered.
     In the spring of 1898 Mr. Paine and his family, then of five children, migrated again into the West.  This pilgrimage ended at Roswell, where they homesteaded.  Mr. Paine had previously made frequent trips to Idaho and was the means of bringing great numbers of settlers to this section.
     Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon on the lawn of the Paine home, conducted by Rev. H. H. Hayman of Caldwell and assisted by Rev. W. G. Trower, pastor of Sterry Memorial Church.
     Mr. Hayman, who was a Roswell resident at the time Mr. Paine and his family came, spoke with personal reminiscence of the pioneer life, the splendid community spirit and the ever helpful neighborliness of the departed friend.  When Mr. Paine found a friend in need of assistance he often left his own work in order to help the other person.  This spirit and influence has woven itself into the community life.
     Friends from Boise, Caldwell, Wilder, Fargo, Big Bend, Parma and Apple Valley came Sunday to pay respects to the friend departed;  aside from many of the home community.
     A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Don Stevens, Mrs. Rae McCormick and Elton McCormick, with Miss Gertrude Stevens at the organ, sang "Abide With Me" and "Nearer My God to Thee", while Mrs. McCormick sang "Face to Face."
     The bearers chosen among the life long friends and former neighbors of Mr. Paine included;  Henry Day, of Wilder; Herman Wohlschlegal of Boise; Henry Stark, Charles Allen, Edgar Dilley, and Richard Jones of Roswell.
     Mr. Paine is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alice L. Paine, three daughters, Mrs. Clara Cassel, Greenleaf; Mrs. Nellie Patterson, Wilder; Mrs. Ida Helton, Homedale; a son, Clifford L. Paine, Reno, Nevada; a sister, Mrs. Otis Soper, Caldwell; three brothers, Ernest of Wilder; Wiley of Roswell; and Charles E., of Apple Valley; and twelve grandchildren.  Members of the Cassel and Patterson families; who with a host of friends are left to mourn his departure.
     Floral tributes in great numbers, surrounded the bier, expressing silently the sympathy and condolence of relatives and friends.
     The long procession slowly wended its way from the home to the Roswell cemetery where Mr. Hayman in simple service and Mr. Trower with appropriate prayer concluded the ceremonies and Mr. Paine was laid to rest in the family plot.


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