Name: Richard E. Garrison
From: Unknown, Osceola, Missouri
Date: April 1900
Richard Garrison died at his home on Bear Creek, Polk Township, on Thursday evening, April 12, 1900, Richard Garrison, aged eighty-seven years.
Deceased had been fairly vigorous for a man of his years until about two weeks prior to his death when he become afflicted with a complication of diseases attendant upon old age, and last Thursday night surrounded by family and friends, he passed to the great beyond. The remains were interred Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the Garrison burying grounds, having been followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Prominent citizens from all parts of the county attended the funeral, bearing witness of their esteem for the departed. Rev. W. W. Green of Osceola preached the funeral discourse.
Mr. Garrison was a native of Tennessee. He was born in 1813, and came to St. Clair County in 1839. After remaining about one year he returned to his native state where he resided until 1849, when he again removed to this county and settled on the farm on which he died, having lived there continuously for fifty-one years.
He was married three times and was the father of nine children – seven boys and two girls. Five of the sons are dead. The surviving children are Geo. J. and Richard E. Garrison, Mrs. Sarah Wisner and Mrs. Minerva Vaughn, all residents of the east portion of the county.
Fifty-nine years ago deceased made a profession of religion and joined the Predestinarian Baptist church, holding his membership at the time of death with the church of his choice on Harper’s Prairie.
In his death his family loses a kind husband and father, the community a good citizen and the county one of its familiar land marks.