Henry Binning was born in Somersetshire, England, October 16, 1838, and died at his home in Grand River, Iowa, July 31, 1914, aged 79 years, 9 months and 15 days.
He came over to this country when he was about 16 years of age. Landed in New York and spending the winter there, he came to Iowa the following spring, and has remained a citizen of this commonwealth since that time. He and Mrs. Binning were married February 20, 1860. To this union were born seven children, one, Arthur, having passed away on July 13, 1881. Those remaining with the grief stricken wife and mother are Wood and Frank, of Grand River; Henry and Beryl, of Cora, Wyoming; Mrs. Mae Brenner, of Germania, Iowa; and Mrs. Laura Palmer, of Glen Lynn, Illinois. He also leaves seventeen grandchildren.
Mr. Binning was one of the pioneers of this community, and a man very widely known in this part of the county. He was a man of thrift and industry seeking to push ahead in the race of life, and in a very appreciable degree succeeded. This push so charateristic of the pioneer is a spirit to be commended. There is too much of the opposite spirit to find a soft snap, an easy place or some easy money. Industry is the race's greatest blessing and it piles up the nation's assets. Industry and far-sightedness, the looking ahead spirit is sending this race forward with great rapidity.
Young men could do well to adopt the push and go ahead policy, unless you do, the procession of life will pass or run over you. No one can stand still in this age.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church by Rev. Hawk, Sunday, August 2, and interment was made in Funktown Cemetery.