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Alpha M Fosdick was born April 15, 1842, in the town of Angelia, Allegany county, New York died at his home in Yates Township, McLean County Il September 12, 1906.
When a child two years of age his parents came to Marshal County IL, where he spent his boyhood days and young manhood. He was converted and united with the Baptist Church of Stuben Il. He was married to Bethiah Stringer, September 10 1863, in Princeton IL. To this union seven children were born, 4 sons and three daughters .  His wife and six of children are left to mourn his lost; Jay, Ruben, and Samuel, the daughters Mrs. Bardett, of Yates township; Mrs Wm Williams of Rensselaer  IN, Mrs Bradley of Fairbury.
In 1864 he was drafted in the Union Army, but was exempt on account of poor health and under size. Soon after Nodaway MO, where he lived for eight years.  He returned to then to Illinois on the farm, where they have resided until his death and where the family still reside.  For many years he has been in poor health, and for more than two years he had been a great suffer and many times his life despaired of, but his unyielding grit and energy kept him from giving up and finally  he rallied again, another  fight  for master over the disease, hoping against hope, but when the last stroke was laid upon, no hope was given, disease had  gained the mastery, in the last weeks of his life, his mind was clear and unusually bright, he had entered into the perfect peace, resting as he so often repeated, in the arms of Jesus, His mind often reverted back to his early Christian life, the prayer meetings at his Father’s home, his mother’s favorite hymns. He loved to have the children gather about him and sing in the Sweet Bye and Bye.
As a man, he was honest in his dealings, Patience and cheerfulness marked his whole life. In the last  weeks of his suffering his sweet patience was pathetic, When all remedies failed to give relief, he turned to the Great  Physician  with such confidence and wonderful evidence was given time and again, the God answers prayer, taking every pain away, His appreciation of every act to relieve his sufferings made it a pleasure to minister to his necessities, his last words were, “Resting in the arms of Jesus; Come Lord and take me home to the place You have prepared for me.”
Note: Contributed by Dixie Steidinger - My Great, Great Grandpa was Alpha Morse Fosdick, he lived in Nodaway for 8 years with his wife and 7 children. He was drafted to the Union Army in 1864, but was found to be exempt due to poor health and small size. not sure that any of this info is of any use but if it can be furthered shared by all means please share. I am attaching a typed copy of the obit. and a photo of the boys, who would possibly be born in the area.

Because A Girl Laughed South St. Joseph—Charles Frisby, aged 18, called at the residence  of Silas Casteel to keep an engagement with Casteel's daughter, Dora, aged 15, and upbraided her for her Indifference to his protestations of love. She laughed and otherwise treated his earnest appeals in light-hearted words. Stung with jealousy, young Frisby rushed up the stairs of the Casteel home, entered a bed room and blew out his brains with a revolver.
Date: Saturday, February 9, 1907 Paper: St. Louis Palladium (St. Louis, MO) Page: 3


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