Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, May 23, l9l8
ELIJAH, son of GEORGE N. and RHODA TILLOTSON, was born in Vermillion County, Indiana, October 22, l848, and passed to his Heavenly home in the presence of the immediate family, Saturday morning, May l8, l9l8 at his home in Osceola, Iowa.
He came with his parents to Clarke County in early boyhood.Almost his entire life has been lived in and around Osceola.His extensive work as a Minister of the Gospel and in a business way, has brought him in touch with almost the entire county.There are few men in the county better known and none more loved and respected than he.
REV. TILLOTSON was united in marriage to MISS ZULINA HINER, of near Leon, Decatur County, Iowa, April 30, l874.To this union seven children were born, all of whom survive the departed father.They are as follows: MRS. G.H. BISHOP, of Mitchell, South Dakota; L.C. TILLOTSON, of Wichita, Kans.; MRS. J.W. BOOTH, Osceola, Iowa; LEVI N. TILLOTSON, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; MRS. BECTEL ALCOCK, of New York City, New York and MISSES CATHERINE and ENID TILLOTSON, of Osceola.
The deceased was converted to Christ, l876, at Long Creek School House in a meeting conducted by Wash Smith, a Methodist Protestant Minister.He at once united with the Methodist Protestant Church and became enthusiastically active in the work of the Lord and was soon elected class leader for the society.Here with the members and friends, many hopeful meetings were held.He was soon licensed to exhort and gradually fell into the work of the active minister, joining the Iowa Conference and was ordained as an Elder, September 20, l89l.
His first charge was the Murray circuit, this he served for two years living on his farm in the south part of the county.He then moved his family to the parsonage which was then located in Murray and continued to serve the Murray charge for another two years.He then took charge of the Millersburg work one year and while there, succeeded in building a splendid parsonage.
He was then appointed Pastor of the Osceola circuit.This he served for three years.He later served the Murray work a second time for one year and also the Osceola circuit a second time for two years.
During his active ministry, he did some evangelistic work.The real joy of his life was to see folks saved.The unsaved folks of this community have lost an interceding friend in the death of REV. TILLOTSON.He has held some very successful meetings, large numbers of folks being won to Christ.He had not the advantage of a finished education but was blest with lots of natural ability in preaching and in dealing with men and just how he could sing those old soul-stirring songs will live in the memory of his friends to their dying day.
When only a boy of fifteen years, he heard the call of his country and enlisted in Co. B., l8th Iowa Volunteers, January 30, l864, and was honorably discharged at Little Rock, Ark., July 20, l865.His service was under General Steel.He was in a number of battles, the most important of which, were Poison Springs and Saline River.
REV. TILLOTSON fought for his country and he was also a good soldier for the Lord Jesus Christ, but last Saturday morning at three minutes past nine he was mustered out of his earthly service and called to join the hosts of Heaven, there to sing the praises of his dear Redeemer forevermore.
He leaves to mourn his departure, the companion of his youth, the seven children above mentioned, eight grandchildren and two brothers, besides other more distant relatives and a host of friends.May the comforting grace of our dear Heavenly Father bring relief to those who mourn.
The funeral was held at the Methodist Protestant Church, at Osceola, Tuesday, May 2l, l9l8, at 2 p.m.
Interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.