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Nathan Jesse "Nate" Popham
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1850
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 1932
Floyd County
Iowa, USA

Discouraged, N. J. Popham Takes His Own Life.

Shortly after 3 o'clock Monday morning, N. J. Popham took his life by shooting himself in the head with a 32 calibre revolver. When news of the affair spread through the community it was received with universal sorrow and regret, for no one who has ever lived here has been more highly regarded or universally respected than Nate Popham. A combination of ill health, which had come with the advancing years, and financial difficulties, which seemed to make it necessary for him to give up his farming operations, were chiefly responsible for the course he took. A man of remarkable independence and resourcefulness when at his best, it seemed more than he could endure to be dependent on others and unable to work. The members of the family have the deepest sympathy of the community in their bereavement and loss. The local telephone exchange, of which company Mr. Popham had been a director for many years, was closed during the funeral hour this afternoon. An obituary notice will be given next week.

Nathan J. Popham

The state of New York was the birthplace of Nathan J. Popham on Sept. 24, 1850. His parents moved from Springfield, Massachusetts when he was still a baby. [Note: G. Popham believes he was born in Skaneateles, New York. See 1850 N.Y. Census.] Their worldly possessions were meager, and consequently their migrations were not long each time. They worked their way westward, settling in Wisconsin, near Buffalo Township. Two days before his birthday anniversary in 1872, he was united in marriage to Alice Maynard in the vicinity of her parents' home. To this union two children were born, William and Mary. A few brief years had passed when his wife died. On the 20th of September1880, he was married again. Miss Jeanette Thompson was his bride. They made their home in Wisconsin until 1895, when they came to Iowa and settled on a farm 4 miles north of Rockford. Here Mr. Popham labored hard and faithfully for 15 years.

His farm was across the road from Mr. Elmer Webster's, whereby these two men came to be not only neighbors, but friends. Mr. Popham had many friends who were won to him by his habits and principles. Having lost his father when he was entering his teen years, he knew what struggle and hard work were, and these qualities remained a part of his whole life. But this did not cause him to lose his sense of appreciation of the best things in life, teachings he received at his mother's knee.

His early religious training was of the Baptist faith, his mother's choice. On coming to this community, he and his wife attended the Congregational Church. After her death in 1931, he had a heart-to-heart talk with his pastor, and a few days later received the sacraments of baptism and was received into the membership of the Methodist Church in January 1932, much to his own joy and peace.

Mr. Popham has been associated with the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of which he was one of the directors, and he served on the City Council of Rockford for a number of years.

Multiplied years, arduous toil, and events, ones which he had no control, together with the loss of his wife and other members of his family in recent years, had made inroads upon his health. For the past several months he had been unable to work or even be out as formerly. These circumstances led to his death Monday morning early, March 28, 1932, which was a shock to the whole community.

Having had but one brother, who died many years ago, and having lost his father and mother, he is the last of his family to pass. He is survived by five children: William, of Chicago; Mrs. Mary Allen, of Long Valley, South Dakota; Mrs. Julia Lesch, of Osage; Nate, of Rockford; and Mrs. Jesse Ward, of Marion, Iowa. There are fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. These children preceded him in death: Alice, Dave, and Frederick.

The funeral was held March 30, the anniversary of the death of his son Dave. Interment was made by the side of his wife whose body was committed to the ground about nine months ago.

Written by Frank E. Trigg of the Rockford Register [Note: Grandpa took his own life, using a gun. His "hired man," Albert Truesdell, had been asleep in the house. G. Popham]
Family links: 
  William Popham (1829 - 1874)
  Elizabeth Morley Popham Goodwin (1830 - 1904)
  Alice Maynard Popham (1854 - 1879)*
  Jeanette Thompson Popham (1852 - 1931)*
  Mary Eliza Popham Allen (1878 - 1968)*
  Julia Jeanette Popham Lesch (1883 - 1955)*
  Nate F Popham (1885 - 1969)*
  David Aeneas Popham (1887 - 1929)*
  Nathan Jesse Popham (1850 - 1932)
  William H. Popham (1854 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Floyd County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 8
Created by: thorsley
Record added: Nov 26, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120841472
Nathan Jesse Nate Popham
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Nathan Jesse Nate Popham
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