Transcription: Submitted by Arne H Trelvik 16 June 2003
Source: Lebanon, OH: The Western Star, Saturday, November 13, 1919
Surnames: Cropper, Drake, Evans, Simonton
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ALICE D. SIMONTON

On the twentieth day of February, 1854, Alice Sidney Drake Simonton, second child and daughter of Isaac Lincoln and Sarah Evans, Drake, was born in the house, which until recently stood on the north-west corner of Broadway and Silver Streets. From her late home on south Broadway, at ten minutes after one, on Wednesday morning, the fifth of November, she passed to eternal rest, - a life on earth of sixty-five years, eight months and fifteen days, all of which were spent in Lebanon.

At the age of nineteen she graduated from the Lebanon High School and shortly after graduation became Assistant Instructor in this Department. Later she accepted the position of teacher, in what was then known as Room No. 3, retaining this until the close of the school year of 1877 and '78 when she declined reelection.

On Wednesday afternoon, June the twenty-sixth, 1878, she was married to L. Simonton. Two children were given to this union, Mr. Lucy S. Cropper and Robert John Simonton, the latter at the age of ten, on October the second, 1895, preceded her into the Heavenly Country.
At the age of fourteen, on the seventh day of March, 1868, she made a public profession of her faith in Jesus Christ as a personal Saviour, uniting with the East Baptist Church, under the Pastorate of Rev. L. G. Leonard, D. D. who also officiated at her marriage.
To the Master to whom thus early in life, she gave her heart, she was always a faithful and consistent follower, and until incapacitated, was interested and active in all the activities of the church.

It is the source of profound satisfaction to the husband who survives her, and who has known her so long and so intimately, to be able to look back upon the life that is past, and to realize, as only those con, to whom the earthy separation has come, how gentle and flawless that life has been. Never in all the more than forty one years of married life can he recall a single unkind word spoken by her, she was unselfish almost, to a fault if that is possible. Her thought was of others and their happiness. She lived the life of one who came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and having so lived, leaves as a legacy, a blessed, hallowed memory. Of her, in all truthfulness, can it be said, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, yea, sayeth the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

Funeral services were from her late home on Friday afternoon, 7th inst. At 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. F. Detweiler, of the East Baptist Church. Of this church she had been a faithful and consistent member for over 51 years.


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