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Reuben Henry Colburn
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1812
Guilford
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 8, 1903
Antioch
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Obituary from The Antioch News, Antioch, Illinois
Thursday, February 12, 1903

LIVES TO RIPE OLD AGE
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Dr. Colburn Dies at the Age of 92
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Was born at Guilford, New York and had Practiced Medicine for Upwards of 70 Years.

0h Sunday morning. February 8, 1903 occurred the death of Dr. Colburn at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Simmons, with whom he has resided for the past four years. The funeral services were held at the house Tuesday morning the remains were escorted to the train by the Masonic fraternity of which he was a member, and were taken to his old home at Casnovia, Mich, for interment, accompanied by his grand-daughter, Mrs. Carrie Hook. Rev. E.J. Aiken, was the officiating clergyman and said in part. I count it an honor and privilege to speak at this service for these friends and relatives, and, if possible, voice their love and appreciation for this grand old man and physician. In this fast, on rushing age in which we are moving, if a man lives beyond the days of his active service, he is almost as much forgotten as if he were dead, except by a very few that stand near him. And when at last he passes away his noble deeds and self sacrificing life are forgotten by many. For a man to have lived more than ninety years in the nineteenth century as this man did, was to have lived through the golden century,of the world. In the rush of business, interested in the work day world, like men absorbed in the noises of the street, forgetful of the music of the cathedral chimes in the upper air, we fail to regard vital truth. But now and then, the curtain is drawn aside, and in vivid revelation, we become conscious of God and the hereafter. Life is at once sad and splendid, running the gauntlet of fierce temptations, smitten by sorrow and transfigured by joy; it is the seed plat of eternity, and out of common tasks and daily cares, we weave the thread of doom. On its edge it may seem free from pain or burden, but at its heart, it is serious and solemn. The shadows of great destinies fall across the path of daily duties. The life we now live in the flesh is the symbol of another and higher life, in which the compass of being will be fulfilled. An eastern sage has said: "Count no man happy until he dies". And philosophy indorses the wisdom of the saying; for only at the goal can you justly note the motive and measure of the race. One of Job's friends, Elephas, said to him by way of comfort, and it is recorded in the book of Job the fifth chapter and the twenty-sixth verse; "Thou shall come to the grave in full age like as a shock of corn cometh in his season." This could have truthfully been said to Mr. Colburn as to Job. So, full was the age of this man that the booming of the cannons in the War of 1812 might have awakened him in his cradle, for he was born in Guilford, N.Y., June 2, 1812, not far from some of the scenes of the nations struggle. He was the youngest of eight children all now dead. They were a religious family and were all members of the Methodist church except himself. He never united with any church. He was a Free- Mason in good standing and honored by his brethren in the fraternity.
Early in life he chose the profession of a physician for which he was eminently fitted. After studying in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from the school of alapathy and took up his life work. He came to Chicago when there were only six families in the place where now dwell over one million and a half of people. On account of the sickness of his wife, he was compelled to return east. Again he came west and settled at Waukegan when it was called Little Fort. That was 54 years ago, long before the whistle of the train was heard over the plains of Illinois. Now, so threaded is our state with railroads that it is difficult to get out of the sound of its steam call. Five children called him father, three sons, now dead and two daughters, both living, Mrs. Simons (Simmons) of Antioch, and Mrs. C.C. Smalley of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He had five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren in which he took a deep interest.
For 32 years he lived in Casnovia, Mich., and followed his profession. He practiced medicine for nearly 70 years, the allotted life of man. He was strictly. temperate; using neither liquor nor tobacco, not even tea or coffee. His habits were as steady as a baby's and no palsy ever shook his head or hand. He lived an ideal life. Took his regular exercise and slept well. The old adage; "Twice a child and once a man" has much truth in it. Dr. Colburn held that a healthy old person would sleep like a healthy babe and he proved it by his life. He lived beyond his age and for 20 years lived on borrowed time. He never was sick, scarcely a headache, and never a pain. He was always ready for his meals three times a day. A man of great energy, he.......(last few lines torn)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Amasa Colburn (1776 - 1860)
  Experience Colburn (____ - 1857)
 
 Spouse:
  Caroline Colburn (1815 - 1899)
 
 Children:
  Adda Amelia Colburn Simmons (1841 - 1917)*
  Josephine Lucy Colburn Smalley (1851 - 1936)*
  Orin T Colburn (1859 - 1864)*
 
 Sibling:
  Martha Colburn Gunn (1802 - 1880)*
  Reuben Henry Colburn (1812 - 1903)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Idlewild Cemetery
Kent City
Kent County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Ainsley
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
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Reuben Henry Colburn
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Reuben Henry Colburn
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Reuben Henry Colburn
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