The entire community mourns the passing of Andrew Jackson Gwin, for twenty one years one of the foremost enterprising citizens of Winnfield, whose death occurred at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning at his home on Main Street.
Though Mr. Gwin had been suffering with heart trouble for more than a year, he had not been critically ill for more than thirty days and his death Monday morning while not unexpected was a distinct shock to the entire town because of the high esteem in which he is held.
A. J. Gwin was a native of Tennessee, being born there July 10, 1856.
Soon after his birth his parents came to Louisiana and located at Rayville, where Mr. Gwin was reared, receiving his education in the schools of Richland Parish.
In 1881, A. J. Gwin was married to Miss Augusta McNeill and to this union four children were born, three of whom are now living.
In the year 1885, Mr. Gwin with is family left Richland Parish and located for a short time in Ruston, moving from there to Gibsland where he remained until 1887, he then went to Minden where he was engaged in the contracting business for something like fifteen years.
He came to Winnfield in 1903, continuing his business as a contractor until 1905, when he established the Winnfield Brick Factory and began the manufacture and sale of brick. From that time on being the only enterprise of its kind in town and the first after a period of many years.
In March, 1909, Mrs. Augusta Gwin died and in 1911, Mr. Gwin was married to Miss Florence Humble of Mississippi, who with his three children, J. M. Gwin and Mrs. Mack L. Branch, of Winnfield, and D. J. Gwin, of Union Springs,
Alabama, survive him.
The deceased was affiliated with the Knights of Pythian Lodge and was one of the most faithful, influential members of the local Methodist Church, being a trustee of this institution for the past fifteen years.
His work as a church member was characterized by a simple dignity, profound faith and unswerving loyalty, the same attributes being shown in his work as a citizen. In all his activities, Mr. Gwin was supported and encouraged by his wife, a fine consecrated Christian character.
At three o'clock Monday afternoon funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church, Rev. P. M. Caraway conducting same, interment in the Winnfield Cemetery at four o'clock. The pallbearers acting were J. M. Hyde, B. W. Bailey, C. E. Tannehill, R. W. Oglesby, Dr. F. C. Wren, P. K. Abel. Together with the honorary pallbearers R. S. Walsh, J. T. Wood, Dr. A. W. Radescich, E. N. Jackson, J. R. Heard, G. W. Barton, J. A. Nugent, L. R. Neill, M. D. Morgan, G. B. Dalton, A. L. McDonald, W. W. Curry, C. L. Smith, D. F. Shell, W. J. Walker, Tracy L. Harrel, L. Rickerson, J. W. Harrel, J. R. Watts, B. L. Fulton.
The out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Earl, Mrs. Thomas Burke of Rayville, Misses Lillian Anderson and Velva Wooldridge of L. P. I., Ruston, Messrs. Tom Wooldridge and Oscar Kincade of Ft. Necessity,
Published in The Winnfield News-American, February 4, 1927
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