This article deals with the funeral of Lee Lincoln Bausman. Also included is a card of thanks from his parents and siblings. I found it interesting that one of his brother’s was suffering from smallpox and couldn’t attend the funeral.
Transcription of article:
The funeral of Lee Bausman was held from the Evangelical church in Pleasant Valley, Monday at 2 o’clock. Rev. Kramer, the pastor, assisted Rev. Curry, of Grundy Center, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Willoughby, Mrs. W.D. Wilson and Mr. G.C. Pettit of this city, sang two beautiful selections at the church and a choir from Aplington sang at the house and one song at the church. Interment was in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
The funeral was one of the largest ever held in the county, people coming from far and near to pay their last respects to the departed. Soldier boys in khaki attended in a body and acted as pallbearers, and as the casket was lowered even with the ground the bugle was blown and the sprig of myrtle was laid on the casket as the soldier boys bid [unreadable] their comrade.”
The W.R.C. of Grundy Center laid a flag across the dead boy’s breast to which was pinned the following verse:
“Life’s labor done;
Life’s blessing all enjoyed.
Serenely to their final rest they passed.
While the soft memory of their virtues yet linger,
Like twilight hues when the bright sun is set;
It is not death to close
The eyes long dimmed with tears
And wake in glorious repose
To spend eternal years
To live in hearts we’ve left behind
Is not to die.”
AA [all] of the immediate family were present at the funeral except a brother, Bryan, of New Hartford, who is sick with smallpox. An uncle, Louie Bausman, of Rochester, Minn., and an aunt, Mrs. Nic Bausman and two daughters, from Scales Mound, Ill., were those present from a distance.
Lee Bausman was one of the finest young men we ever knew. Of splendid character and clean reputation his seemingly untimely death has brought sorrow to the entire community. His was the first death in this most estimable and widely known Pleasant Valley family.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their words of sympathy during our recent bereavement in the loss of our son. Also for the beautiful floral offerings. We also greatly appreciate the kindness of the quartets from Grundy Center and Aplington who so kindly furnished the music at the funeral service.
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Bausman and family