In Memory of our old brother and comrade, Silas Morphew, a Mexican soldier, the hero of two wars, who died at his home in Pike County, Arkansas, November 30, 1906, aged 79 years. Brother Silas Morphew was a hightoned Christian gentleman and Free Mason. He was ever ready to do unto others as he would have them do unto him and stretch forth a helping hand to rescue a fallen brother or sister. I have spent many lovely hours in holy converse with Bro. Morphew. He leaves a wife and children and grandchildren to mourn his loss.
Weep not, bro. silas is not dead,
Plant an evergreen at his head,,
As an emblem his soul 'l not die,
But lives sweetly at home on high.
We cannot tell who next may fall
Beneath Thy chastening rod;
One must be first, but let us all
Prepare to meet our God.
J.W. Ferguson, Saragossa, Ala.
Note: The death year above might be a misprint. The obit ran in the Jan 1909 paper but referred to a 1906 death. The death year might really be 1908 instead of 1906.