Another Old Settlers' Day with its gathering together of the aged fathers and mothers of the county at the amp theater in the fairgrounds south of town, has come and gone with its glad greetings, and hearty handshakes as well as its mixture of sadness. The event always brings with it a tinge of sorrow as the old people gather together and notice how many of their class have dropped out of the race of life, and have gone before to that eternal rest which they have well earned as pioneers of sturdy character. With the recurrence of Old Settlers' Day the younger generation is also brought face to face with the fact that the day of the pioneer is almost past, and in a few more years written history and the traditional will be the only link between the present and the days when our county was young. Indeed there are but a few now living whose years span the stretch between the first glimpses of civilization in Henry County and the present. All honor, then, to the pioneers who gathered at the fair grounds Saturday and may the younger generation strive to make their last days, days of peace and happiness, free from worry or care, and learn from them lessons of uprightness of character, emulate their examples and assume the responsibilities they have lain aside.
The following names were listed as passing away since the 1898 meeting of The Old Settlers: