|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1812|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1906|
Lafayette Daily Courier, Monday, February 19, 1906
PIONEER CITIZEN DEAD.
Nathan G. Stackhouse Passes Away at Age of Ninety-Three.
Nathan Gumley Stackhouse, who in point of residence was probably the oldest citizen of LaFayette, died peacefully at the old family home, 509 Alabama street, at 10:30 o'clock last night aged 93 years and 8 months. Ever since 1834 he had lived here continuously thereby establishing a record for uninterrupted residence. Death was caused by paralysis, a second stroke proving fatal. A year ago last December he sustained the first strocke and the one which proved fatal visited him Friday of last week. He was rendered entirely helpless and speechless and death came as calmly as sleep. His death removes from the city one of its very oldest residents, one who came here in infancy and saw it grow from a struggling hamlet to a thriving and populous city. With one or two exceptions Mr. Stackhouse was the oldest man in LaFayette. Mr. Stackhouse was born in Rossville, Butler county, Ohio, on June 17, 1812, being a son of Clinton and Cynthia Stackhouse. Of the ten children born to his parents, only one now survives, Mrs. Jane Wethers, who resides on Seventh street in this city. Mr. Stackhouse spent seven years in learning the trade of coppersmith and tinner, being employed during the time by Jacob and Isaac Mathias, who were the leading tinners of Rossville for years. Later he went to Louisville, Ky., where he spent a few months, coming to LaFayette in 1834. Some time later he went to New Orleans, traversing the distance from this city to St. Louis on horseback. The country hereabouts was nothing but endless prairie and his ride to St. Louis was full of hardship and exposure. He spent nine months in the Crescent City and returned to this city. For a time he assisted his mother on the farm west of the city, but again came to LaFayette to engage in the tin and copper business. His marriage to Miss Margaret Cuppy, of LaFayette, occurred on August 28, 1846. They were united in marriage by Rev. Urias M. Hoyt, then pastor of the Lutheran church, and who has been dead about fifty years. Mrs. Stackhouse, who is still hale and hearty at the age of 77 years, was born and raised in this city. The union was a happy one and for nineteen months they resided in a house which then stood where the Q. A. Smith grocery is now conducted at the food of State street hill on the West Side. The Stackhouses removed to the city where they leased ground at the corner of Second and Columbia streets and erected buildings. On the first of March, 1854, they purchased the lot near the creamery and built their present home. Mr. Stackhouse was a public spirited citizen and was twice a member of the city council, representing the First ward each time. LaFayette was then a hamlet and the wards were few and far between. Mr. Stackhouse was of slender build and fragile and is said to have never weighed more than 115 pounds in his life. His temperate life was an example to those around him and he did not touch a drop of medicine in forty years. In later life, when he began to decline rapidly, he was induced to take quinine and some liquid medicine. He was a hard worker and while eccentric to a degree, was charitable and good hearted. While a member of no church he found much solace in reading the Bible and when he could not read, his wife supplied him with the desired knowledge. He never complained and during the last hours of his life he remarked that he was ready to die and only wished that his wife could go with him. The widow and three sons survive; Nathan Jr., who lives five miles southeast of Logansport; Edward and Fletcher, who reside on farms on the Riverside road, southwest of the city. The death of Mr. Stackhouse recalls his habit of walking to the home of his sons on the West Side. He never rode and refused all offers to ride in order that he could enjoy the walk. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the homestead on Alabama street. Rev. O. R. McKay will officiate. Burial in Greenbush cemetery.
Created by: Lena Carlson-Harper
Record added: Nov 22, 2006
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