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Olive Melissa Hunter Prouty
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1825
Chittenden County
Vermont, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1917
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

March 1917
Princeville Telephone

The following is reproduced from the Republican published at Bradford, Ill., where grandma Prouty lived for many years and where the remains were interred last week:

Grandma Prouty is dead. This was the news that reached Bradford early Monday morning over the wires from Princeville where she had been living at the home of her son, Fred and where she passed away Sunday evening.

The venerable old lady had been in feeble health for the past year, and her death has been expected almost hourly for some time. When it did come she simply fell into that deep slumber which knows no awakening and passed quietly, peacefully into the other world.

Mrs. Prouty's life is indeed a remarkable one, living as she did 91 years, four months and seven days. Born in the years 1825, on November 4 in the New England city of Richmond, Vt., a daughter of Samuel and Hanna Hunter, she comes from ancestral stock whose names have been familiar in the history of America back from the time of the Revolution to the days of the Civil war, always found fighting on the side of right, giving their life's blood for their country.

On November 24th, 1847, Olive Melissa Hunter was united in marriage to Joshua Prouty at Lowell Mass and a few years later came to Illinois and settled in Stark County, in Pleasant Green neighborhood, near Bradford. For a number of years they resided in the country, when they moved into the village of Bradford, and since then this place has been their home. Mr. Prouty preceded him in death some fifteen years ago. To this union six children came to bless their lives, three of whom have since passed away. They are William H., George E, and Charles, the latter passing away just a year or two ago. Three other children are left to mourn their mother's death. These are Fred at Princeville, Harvey at New Boston, and James at Roseville. Besides there are left eight grandchildren and five great grand children.

Mrs. Prouty was a woman of wonderful ability, and could discuss current events, not only of her own country but was keenly interested in the history of other nations. Her mind was a storehouse and many wondered at the intelligence of this woman of ninety. Christian duty and spared not herself when she saw the way pointed out. She lived to a good old age and had the satisfaction of seeing her children following her footsteps and all take an active part in the life she helped them plan.

There is no heritage like that of a good mother. As the book of Life unfolds, her words come back to us until they become a part of our very lives, and so it is with Mrs. Prouty. She has left a monument in the hearts of her children that years will only strengthen.

Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church this morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Harry Bell in charge. Burial was in Bradford cemetery.
Family links: 
  Joshua Prouty (1824 - 1902)*
  Charles E. Prouty (1857 - 1914)*
  Frederick Eugene Prouty (1857 - 1938)*
  James W Prouty (1860 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Bradford Cemetery
Stark County
Illinois, USA
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Originally Created by: Mike McMullen
Record added: Feb 26, 2013
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Olive Melissa <i>Hunter</i> Prouty
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