Joseph Epler obituary

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Wednesday, February 16, 1881
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--Mr. Joseph Epler, one of the first settlers in the town of Lyle, near Cedar City, departed this life Feb. 7, 1881, through effects of a cancer under the right jaw. Notwithstanding the tremendous state of the roads, a large concourse of people gathered at the residence and followed to the Cedar City school-house, to listen to the impressive funeral discourse, which was delivered by Rev A. Cressey of the city of Austin.

Mr. Epler was born August 24, 1811, at Cape May, N. J. He moved to Illinois in 1850, thence to Minnesota, November, 1857, and lived near where he died from that time up to the time of his departure. Mr. Epler was a good man, and "full of faith and of the Holy Ghost," and respected by all his neighbors. In fact it is said "he did not have an enemy." So a good man has fallen, a good husband, father, neighbor and citizen. "Write, Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."