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Lawerence Daily Journal, April 26, 1910


Mr. George F. Bennett, who died yesterday morning at the home of his son, Rev. F.M. Bennett, was born in Woodstock, Vt. January 11, 1836. He was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. He came to Woodstock, Ohio as a young man and attended Antioch college, at Yellow Springs, Ohio, then under the presidency of Horace Mann the famous educator. He was afterwards prominent in business in central Ohio. About 1870 he settled in Woodson county, Kansas, but was driven away by grasshoppers and drought. In 1873 he went to Woodford county, Illinois, and engaged in farming, and afterwards at Atlanta, Illinois in the milling and grain business. Subsequently he lived in central Ohio, doing the same business and served as postmaster at Milford Center during the Cleveland administration. During the last 13 years he lived with his son at Keokuk, Iowa, and in this city.

In 1868 has was married to Orpha A. Marsh. There were eight children of whom six are still living: Miss Nellie A. Bennett, Worcester, Mass.; Rev. F.M. Bennett, Lawrence, Kan.; Mrs. M.L. Hablit, Mesilla Park, New Mexico; Austin M. Bennett, Terre Haute, Ind.; Miss Georgia E. Bennett, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. J.O. Miler, at Mesilla Park, New Mexico.

Mr. Bennett was a man of varied and wide interest in the realms of commerce, history, and literature, was prominent in the affairs of the communities in which he lived and always of a generous and friendly disposition.

The funeral service conducted by Rev. J.H. Jones of Topeka, Kansas, will be held in Unitarian church Thursday afternoon at three o' clock.

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