From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
SAMUEL S. PUFFER
JANUARY 15, 1897
On Saturday morning, January 9, at 5:30 o'clock, at the residence of his youngest son, Samuel R. Puffer, in the southwest part of town, occurred the death of Samuel S. Puffer at the extreme age of past eighty-five years.
Samuel s. Puffer was born in North Sunderland, Mass., on December 20, 1811. He was united in marriage with Miss Sallie B. Beiden, of Westfield, Mass., on May 29, 1836, she having preceded him to the better world about three years ago. Mr. Puffer was the father of six children, five sons and one daughter, three sons -- Daniel B. and Samuel R., of this city, and James C., of Kankakee -- still surviving.
Deacon Puffer was a faithful and eminent member of the Baptist church of this place, and labored earnestly for its advancement. He was often a delegate to the annual association meetings, where his wise counsel was always acceptable. His early life he spent at his father's home in Massachusetts, remaing with his parents until he was thirty-five years of age. He was at one time engaged in the manufacture of friction matches, being one of the first in the business when matches were first used. In 1846 he came west and settled in Putnam county, Illinois, and in 1865 removed to this county, where he had since resided. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Puffer resided on a farm southeast of town, and several years ago they removed to this city and resided on the south side up to the time of Mrs. Puffer's death, since then Mr. Puffer had made his home with his youngest son and his family, at whose home his death occurred.
Deacon Puffer, as he was familiarly known, although a most faithful member of the Baptist church, was a man who had a great many friends outside that organization, and who never allowed church influences to restrict his friendships or acquaintances. He was universally respected. His life was a successful and peaceful one, and he fell calmly and sweetly asleep in Jesus, in whom he had trusted for so many years. He leaves, besides his three sons and their families, one half-brother, who is nearly ninety years old.
The funral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Baptist church, Rev. I.W. Kimberling delivering the funeral sermon, and the remains were laid to rest in the Chatsworh cemetery beside those of his wife. The church filled with friends and the long funeral cortege are but poor emblems of Deacon Puffer's standing in this community.