Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, October l, l903
MR. S.L. COX, of Burrell Township, is one of the best known and conscientious workers in the Baptist Church in Decatur County, and recently some of his friends got after him to furnish a short sketch of his life for publication.He prepared the following which will be read with considerable interest by his many friends.
STEPHEN L. COX, of Burrell Township, Decatur County, Iowa, was born in Jackson County, Indiana, July l7, l83l.He joined the Methodist Church in October, l852.He came to Iowa in l85l.On the 7th day of April, l853, he was married to MARY BAILEY, and to their union were born eight children.MRS. COX died Oct. 23rd, l875 and he was married the second time on March 7, l876, to MAHALA BUTTS, and to them were born nine children.
Five of his first children and three of last have died happy in Christ, as all but one died in infancy, and the other one gave herself to Christ and was buried with him in Baptism.He was ordained as a deacon in the Bethel Baptist Church in l854, and was licensed to preach in June, l883.He also served the church as clerk for 38 years most of the time.He was not an office seeking man though he served as road supervisor for 2l years and as sub-director of the school for 2l years.During the existance of the Grange he served as master for six years, and as representative in the State Grange two years.He was an Odd Fellow for 34 years.MR. COX is rather a perculiar man, as he never drank even a cup of tea or coffee, used tobacco or gambled in his life.
He never swore an oath or had a fight or quarrel, and now he feels like the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in the Second Epistle, 4th chapter, and 6th and 7th verses, and you have his mind as he wrote this biography himself.And last but not least he has taken The Reporter continuously since it was first established as the old Leon Pioneer in l854.