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Old Resident Dead

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Parent Issue
Day
25
Month
November
Year
1897
Copyright
Public Domain
Obituary
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John T. Swathel died at his home on S. Main st., at 9 o'clock last Sunday morning. For 25 years hp had been serionsly ill, hie death baving been expeoted at any time. A nnmber of times tbe physioians had given him np bnt bis amazing vitalitykept him alive. On Wednesday of last week he beoame nnconscioas, in which state he remained, excepting for a few brief lucid intervals, nntildeatb cameto bis relief. He was 78 years of age, having been born iu Middletown, Conn., Jnne 15, 1819. When 15 years of age he carne to Detroit, Mioh., and three years later removed to Manchester. He came to Ann Arbor in 1841, being flrst employed as a clerk. In 1848 he went to Wisoonsin and later to Grand Rapids, returning to Ann Arbor, .inne 1, 1850, when he beeame interested in Sinclair's Mills with his brother-in-}aw, WilHam Sinclair. He sold out his interest in this mili in 1867 and the following year bonght the Ann Arbor City Mills. Later he associated with himself in business Nelsou J. Kyer and A. R. Peterson, disposing of a two-thirds interest to them in 1874, the firm of Swahtel, Kyer & Peterson conducting the business for many years. In 1861, he was elected an alderman of the city. While Anii Arbor was a village, he served two years as its president, beiug eleoted by the whig party. Mr. Swathel was twice manied, his firsc wife wlíom be married Deo. 21, 1857, being Miss Mary E. Noble who died in February 1865, at the early age uf 30 years, leaving one daughter, now Mrs. Harriet M. Carbaugh, of Lookout Mountain, Tenu. In December, 1865, he was married to Mrs Elizabeth Roy, who suivives him. Two sisters, Mrs. Sarah C. Beakes and Mrs. Fannie L. Hnbbard, alsn snrvive him. He was promineat in ohurch aud society life in the eatlier days of Ann Arbor, and for ruany years was a vestrynian and seoretary and treasnrer of St Audrew's chorch. He was an active chnrch worker, holding many mission services. During his long illness he was an example of Christian foititude, ahvays so patiënt and so geiitle and so kind. He was a trne gentleman. The funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from St. Andrew's chuich.