Death Claims John Gould

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Mithell is probably Mitchell county, Iowa
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Friday, May 16, 1902
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Our readers, if they have not already heard, will be both pained and surprised to know that John Gould was called from this world of sickness and trouble, to that bourn, from which no trave'er e'er returns. It was severe shock to his immediate relatives as well as his friends, for it seems that when he failed to get up in the morning as usual, his mother went to call him and found he had died sometime between night and morning. Imagine the shock to those left behind, as they entered his room to find that he was no more.

His many Lyle friends could scarcely credit the report of his death, following so closely as it did, the word that he was improving all the time, he himself believing he was on the road of recovery. Taken thus in the prime of manhood, words fail to picture the sadness of such a death. It goes to show that the "Grim Reaper" is no respecter of persons or age. He caught a severe cold some two years ago and believing it to be nothing but a cold, he neglected it until when he saw fit to seek medical counsel, their skill could avail nothing, as that most terrible of diseases-consumption- had fastened its death grip upon him.

John Gould was born near St. Ansgar, Iowa, Nov. 25, 1870, and died at his mother's home in Otranto township May 12, 1902, age 31 years, 5 months and 17 days.

When but nine months old his parents moved from St. Ansgar and settled on the farm where he was raised and finally died.

After finishing the Mona schools he attended the Cedar Valley Seminary until he received a teacher's certificate and taught several terms of school in Mithell"(sic)" county. Still having a desire for a better education, he took a course at the Highland Park College at Des Moines, Iowa. When he returned he taught school until he entered the TRIBUNE office to work for E.F. Wilson who was editor of the paper at that time. Nov. 1st, 1896, in partnership with R. Reierson he purchased the TRIBUNE from E. F. Wilson. Mr. Gould did the editorial work during the time of their partnership which lasted until April 1898 when he bought Mr. Reierson's interest and continued publishing the paper until Jan. 1, 1902, when his health failed and he retired to his old home where he died.

He was an able and efficient journalist, always expressing his views fearlessly regardless of public opinion or consequences. His remains were brought to the M. E. church here on Wednesday p.m. where Rev. M. W. Kenney conducted the funeral services and then all that was mortal of John Gould was laid to rest by the side of his father in the Mona cemetery.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the choir which rendered such lovely music, to the members of the M.B.A. for their beautiful floral offering and to each and all of the friends who so kindly assisted us during the last sad rites of our loved son and brother.
and Children.