Sep. 2, 1834 Dobson Surry County North Carolina, USA
May 18, 1915 Ogden Boone County Iowa, USA
f/o Mrs F (Amanda) Davis, Mrs Emma Curl (Currell), Charles, MP, Mrs Absolm B (Carrie) Morgan
aka John B., son of Edward and Mary (Saffley) Bass. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ogden Reporter 20 May 1915 Boone County Democrat 1915
Uncle John Bass, one of the best known and most highly esteemed pioneer residents of Boone County, passed away at his home in Ogden Tuesday morning after a lingering illness. Mr. Bass was one of the best known and most popular residents of the county for more than half a century and his death is mourned by a countless host of friends. The funeral is being held this afternoon at Ogden and the remains will be laid to rest there. The following history of his life, which appears to be practically complete. Is taken from the old history of Boone County: The history of the pioneer settlement of Boone County would not be complete without an account of the life of Mr. Bass, who from the early development of this portion of the state has been a prominent factor in its establishment, growth and improvement. When the county was cut off from the advantages and conveniences of the older east by lack of railroad communications, he made his way thither and through a long period was identified with agricultural interests, reclaiming a tract of wild land for purposes of cultivation. He arrived in the year 1854, coming to Iowa from Indiana. He is a native however, of Surrey county, North Carolina, and a son of Edward and Pollie (Sackley) Bass. His father was a native of Kentucky but removed thence to North Carolina, where he remained until 1835, when he became a resident of Owen county, Indiana. There he engaged in farming until 1854, when he came with his family to Boone county, Iowa, and purchased a farm two miles north of Boonsboro. The tract was then partially covered with native timber but he cleared away the trees and carried on agriculture pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1884, when he was eighty four years of age. His wife, surviving him about two years, passed away in 1886, when eighty six years of age. Three sons and a daughter of the family are still living: James, now a retired farmer of Dayton , Iowa; Tillie, the widow of M.R. Cole, a resident of Boone county; David M., a farmer residing near Boone, now deceased. But limited educational advantages were enjoyed by John Bass, but his training at farm labor was not meager. He was taken by his parents to Indiana and was reared in that state and in Iowa, remaining under the parental roof until his marriage, during which time he largely assisted his father in the farm work. In the year 1858 he was joined in wedlock to Magdeline Goetzman, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Barnhardt Goetzman, who was one of the early settlers of Boone and is now deceased. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bass has been blessed with six children: Amanda, the wife of Frank Davis, a resident of Polk county, Iowa; Emma, the wife of Wilbur Curl, of Brown county, Kansas; Charlie, who is residing in Sherman county, Nebraska; Mack, who married Ida Martin and is a farmer of Beaver township, Boone county; Katie, the wife of Oscar Rinehart, of Chicago; and Carrie, who resides at home. After his marriage Mr. Bass began farming on his own account and continuously engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1893, when he retired from active business life and purchased a residence in the northern part of Ogden, in which he has since lived, enjoying the fruits of his former toil. He was successful agriculturist, having placed his land under a very high state of cultivation.
Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. *Eskimo Proverb* -
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