Friday, July 24, 1885
Joseph Curtis, while going to the harvest field on Saturday last, on a mule, was thrown to the ground and when found was in a helpless condition. He was taken to his house close by, and Dr. Steward of Brownsville was immediately summoned. He was completely paralyzed from head to foot and laid in that condition until July 22, at 1 o'clock, when his suffering ended. Mr. Curtis, realizing that death was near, summoned us on Monday evening to write his will. When we arrived at the house, a sad scene was witnessed. Dear wife and children weaping over his dying form. The will was made between pains and tears, giving to all his heirs a beautiful home. He died with the great satisfaction that they were each satisfied. Mr. Curtis came to Nebraska from Miami county, Ohio, about seventeen years ago. He was one of Nemaha Counties oldest citizens, and was about 55 years of age. A short time ago he commenced building one of the finest dwellings in this community, but before it was completed and his beautiful furniture arranged as he had want to do, he was called from perfect health to eternity. A loving mother and five children are left to mourn a father's loss. May all be well in the other world where accidents, pain and grief comes no more. His family has the heartfelt sympathy of a large community. His funeral, which took place July 23 at Prairie Union Cem, was conducted by the Masonic order. A large procession accompanied his remains to their last resting place. Add on Notes: Joseph was born in Miami co, OH, the son of Hiram and Jane (Sheets) Curtis. He married (1)Mary J. Westlake, the daughter of Josias Westlake. After her death, he married (2)Catherine Kinney in 1866, Miami co, OH.
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