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      6. Harry Gibson, born May 12, 1848 in Chestershire, ENGLAND53; died November 23, 1933 in Oswalt, Jasper Co., IA53. He was the son of 12. Joseph Gibson and 13. Mary Unknown. He married 7. Hanna Smith 1873 in England54.

      7. Hanna Smith, born May 04, 1854 in Sheraton, ENGLAND; died August 21, 1933 in Oswalt, Jasper Co., IA-in her home. She was the daughter of 14. George Smith and 15. Mary Unknown.

Notes for Harry Gibson:
According to Beulah Gerhart (nee DeReus), Harry's granddaughter-in-law, "Henry and Hannah lived in a miner's shack in the Oswalt area where Henry worked as a miner. During his coal mining days he lost a leg and an eye in a serious accident. The accident happened while he was mining near Boone, Iowa about 1894. To replace the missing leg, Grandpa Gibson whittled a wooden leg to attach to the remaining leg stump. Grandpa Gibson was quite a drinker and on one occasion while drinking, he fell asleep. When he awoke, Dewey Henderson had whittled on the wooden leg, cutting it nearly in two. When Grandpa saw it, he said, "Shaw, Dewey, you nearly ruined me." However, Grandpa kept a spare ready for emergencies. "

Henry passed away just three months after his wife. His obituary appeared in the Colfax Tribune exactly as follows:
"Henry Gibson passed away Thursday morning at his home. He was 84 years old. Since coming from England, Mr. Gibson spent most of his life in the Oswalt neighborhood. While working in a mine years ago, he was seriously injured. During his last illness, he was bedfast for some time and was a patient sufferer. His many friends extend their sympathy to the family."

The newspaper also ran this article:
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR HENRY GIBSON SUN.
Passed Away at His Home In Oswalt Thursday, November 23

Funeral services for Henry Gibson were held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church with Rev. L. C. McDonald officiating.
Mr. Gibson was a native of England, but came to this country some 62 years ago and has been a resident of this community most of that time.
Henry Gibson, son of Joseph and Mary Gibson, was born in England, May 12, 1848, and passed away at home in Oswalt, November 23, 1933, aged 84 years.
Mr. Gibson came to America 62 years ago, first settling in Ohio. Then he returned to England and was married to Hannah Smith. In a short time he again returned to the United States and settled near Newton, Ia., later moving to Colfax, where he has resided most of the time.
He was injured very seriously while working in the mines near Boone, Ia., about 39 years ago.
Mrs. Gibson preceded her husband in death about three months ago.
Four children survive their father, George Gibson, Ted Gibson and Mrs. Nate McKeever of Colfax, Mrs. Ray Johnson of Des Moines. Also two sisters, one in England and one in Kansas. Nine children also preceded Mr. Gibson in death. There are also a number of grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Mr. Gibson was well known by a great number of people in this community, being a miner all his life. He was a member of United Mine Workers during his active service.
He was a fine man and will be missed by his friends.
Services were held at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon. Burial at McKeever's cemetery.
Live to Make Life
(Wilford A. Peterson in Nuggets)
Do not live to make a living,
Rather live to make a life.
For the measure of succeeding
Is your service in the strife.
All that you leave behind you,
When your soul has crossed the bay
Is the good you've done to others
As you tarried by the way.
Build a life as pure as crystal!
Build a spirit full of love!
Build your mind with noble thinking!
Build a faith in God above!
Build your life with care and patience,
As the sculptor hews the stone,
With the Master as your model,
And your eyes upon the throne.
Noble lives have been the beacon
Lighting mankind's upward way;
They who serve are the immortals,
Fathers of a Better Day.
Let your life shine out in service,
Noble living...noble deeds,
And until time's course is ended,
Good will blossom from the seeds.

Music was furnished by Mrs. B. F. Van Dyke, Mrs. M. V. Fowler, John A. Davis, and B. F. Van Dyke.
Burial was made the the McKeever cemetery.


            Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors for their kindness, help, and sympathy during the illness and death of our father, also for the beautiful floral offerings.
Ted Gibson,
George Gibson and Family,
Mrs. Nate McKeever and Family,
Mrs. Anna Johnson and Family

NOTE: His tombstone at McKeever Cemetery gives 1850 as his birth date. More checking is needed. This stone matches that of his wife Hanna. Both died in 1933.

More About Harry Gibson:
Fact 4: 1873, Returned to England & married Hannah Smith55
Fact 6: Abt. 1886, Hannah and their 3 children joined Harry in America-Jasper Co., IA55
Medical Information: Hard drinker 56
Medical (Facts Pg): Abt. 1894, Lost a leg and an eye in mining accident near Boone, IA57
Moved: Abt. 1871, came to OH from England57
Occupation: Coal miner58
Residence: Newton, Colfax, & Oswalt, Jasper Co., IA58

  Notes for Hanna Smith:
Two obituaries appeared in the Colfax Tribune regarding Hannah's passing. The first article was in the edition of Thursday, August 24, 1933, and reads exactly as follows:
MRS. HARRY GIBSON OF OSWALT DIED MON.
Had Been Resident of County For 47 Years; Was Native of England

Mrs. Harry Gibson passed away at her home at Oswalt following an illness of some time, having been a resident of this county for nearly half a century.
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) from the home, with Rev. L. C. McDonald officiating.
Mrs. Hannah Gibson was born in Sheraton, England, May 4, 1854, and departed this life from her home in Oswalt, August 21, 1933. Age 79 years, 3 months, and 17 days.
She is survived by her husband, Harry Gibson, who is in failing health, and two sons, Ted and George of Oswalt, two daughters, Mrs. Minnie McKeever of Oswalt, Mrs. Ray Johnson of Des Moines, together with a host of other relatives and friends.
It was near 47 years ago when Mrs. Gibson, with three of her children, joined her husband after a long trip from England. They made their home then in Jasper County, near Newton. Later moving to the Oswalt community. All of these years they have resided in this county.

The second article appeared in the Colfax Tribune on August, 31, 1933. It reads exactly as follows:
Obituary--Mrs. Harry Gibson
Hannah Gibson, daughter of George and Mary Smith, was born in Sheraton, England, May 4, 1854, and died on August 21st, 1933, at the age of 79 years, 3 months and 17 days.
She leaves four sisters and two brothers in England.
She was united in marriage to Henry Gibson in the year of 1873. To this union thirteen children were born, four of whom survive, Mrs. Nate McKeever of Oswalt, Mrs. Ray Johnson of Des Moines, George and Ted of Oswalt, and seventeen grand children, whom she dearly loved.
She was a kind and loving mother and leaves a host of friends to mourn her passing.
She was a member of the Christian Church, having placed her membership there when a young girl.
            Live to Make Life
Do not live to make a living,
Rather live to make a life.
For the measure of succeeding
Is your service in the strife.
All that you leave behind you
When your soul has crossed the bay
Is the good you've done to others,
As you tarried by the way.
Build a life as pure as crystal,
Build your mind by noble thinking,
Build a faith in God above,
(line is missing)
Build your life with care and patience
As the sculptor hews the stone
With the Master as you model
And your eyes upon the throne.
Noble lives have seen the beacon
Lightening mankinds upward way
They who serve are the immortals
Fathers of a better day.
Let your lives shine out in service
Noble living; noble deeds
And until times course is ended
Good will blossom from the seeds.

Funeral services were conducted from the home Thursday with Rev. L. C. McDonald officiating.

                  Card of Thanks
We wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during the illness and death of our wife and mother and also for the beautiful floral offerings.
                        Harry Gibson and Family


According to Beulah Gerhart (nee DeReus), her granddaughter, nine of Hannah's children died on their trip to the United States and were buried at sea. The obituary does not mention this. If it is true, Hannah must have had a child almost every year between her marriage and their immigration. Her obituary does state that she had thirteen children, but only four were alive at her death. Also, those four children were all born nine years or more after her marriage. It would be unusual for her not to have had children in those first nine years unless she and her husband were apart for most of it. The obit. only states that three of her children came when she joined her husband in America (about 1886). More checking needs to be done on this matter. If the ship they came over on can be determined, a passenger list might exist which could be consulted.


More About Hanna Smith:
Fact 3: Abt. 1886, Came from England with 3 of her children to join her husband in America59
Fact 4: Member of the Christian Church-membership placed there when a young girl60
Fact 7: August 21, 1933, Had 13 children, 4 of whom were living at her death60
     
Children of Harry Gibson and Hanna Smith are:
  i.   George H. Gibson, born October 22, 1882 in Chestershire, ENGLAND61; died December 03, 1937 in Oswalt, Jasper Co., IA-in his farm home61; married Margaret J. Kennedy; born November 09, 188061; died March 31, 1954 in Colfax, IA61.
  ii.   Frederick Gibson, born November 17, 1884 in Chestershire, ENGLAND61; died January 16, 1948 in IA.
  Notes for Frederick Gibson:
In an Iowa (probably Jasper Co.) newspaper on April 29, 1905, this article appeared. It was found in Mrs. Turner's scrapbooks which are available for viewing at the Colfax Public Library in Colfax, Jasper Co., Iowa.
"...Ted Gibson, 21 years old, employed as a farm hand on the Richey farm west of town, took a day off last Wednesday and went to Des Moines, where he evidently met boon companions of the Tam O'Shanter stripe. Anyway he got bilin'. He had bought a round trip ticket when he left Colfax and wanted to get off the car when he reached Dotson about 9:45 in the evening, but went to sleep and was carried on to this place. The conductor undertook to carry him back to his place of destination, but in his maudlin condition and anxiety to get home to bed the boy missed it the second time, rang the bell at the Highley crossing and got off there. He did not discover his mistake till the car was beyond recall. Then he got tired, sat down at the roadside and was soon fast asleep, with his right arm lying on the rail. When the 10:45 car came along the motorman did not see the arm on the rail till he got within a few feet of it and then it was too late. The hand was ground off by the wheel just at the wrist joint. The injured man was brought to Colfax and the Interurban railroad local physician amputated the injured member. Gibson is being cared for at one of the hotels and will recover all right. But wasn't it a big price for him to pay for a spree that would have been worse than useless to him even if he had not been injured?"

  More About Frederick Gibson:
Buried at: McKeever Cemetery, Jasper Co., IA61
Cause of Death: Heart attack61
Fact 2: Jasper Co., IA61
Fact 3: Bachelor-cared for his parents all of their lives after his father's accident61
Fact 4: Lost an arm in accident on Inter Urban Railway Tracks61
Medical Information: Died suddenly as walking up a hill to visit his nephew.61
Occupation: Farm hand for local farmers-hard worker61

  iii.   Minnie Gibson61, born June 04, 1889 in Prob. Jasper Co., IA61; died August 01, 196661; married Joseph Nathan McKeever December 24, 190761; born September 12, 1883 in Elwood, KS62; died May 22, 195462.
  More About Minnie Gibson:
Date born 2: June 04, 1889
Buried at: McKeever Cemetery, Jasper Co., IA63

  More About Joseph Nathan McKeever:
Buried at: McKeever Cemetery, Jasper Co., IA63

  3 iv.   Anna Helen Gibson, born February 14, 1893 in near Colfax, Jasper Co., IA; died August 19, 1956 in Des Moines, Polk Co., IA; married (1) Charles F. Gerhart August 09, 1910 in prob. Jasper Co., IA; married (2) Raymond Johnson December 24, 1916 in Des Moines, IA.
  v.   Unknown Gibson64, born Bef. 1886 in ENGLAND64; died Bef. 193364
  vi.   Unknown Gibson
  vii.   Unknown Gibson
  viii.   Unknown Gibson
  ix.   Unknown Gibson
  x.   Unknown Gibson
  xi.   Unknown Gibson
  xii.   Unknown Gibson
  xiii.   Unknown Gibson


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