State Herald, Holyoke, Colorado, February 8, 1907
Fred C. Churning was born on the 25th of February 1846 in Pennsylvania and died at his home near Holyoke, Colorado on February 6, 1907.
When he was a small child his parents removed to New York state where they resided during his childhood and youth. When he started out to do for himself he went first to Wisconsin where he remained a few years. From this state he
enlisted as a soldier to help defend his country in the Civil War, serving 3 years till the close of the war.
While a resident of that state he was married to Mary A. Robbin, who, with 8 of the 12 children born to them, survives him. The children are Reuben, William and Edward of McCook, Nebraska, and Mrs. Sadie Brown, James, Oliver, Christie and Myrtle of Holyoke, Colorado.
The family moved from Wisconsin to Nebraska and from that state to Phillips County, Colorado, about 20 years ago where they have continued to make their home.
He was one of the earliest settlers of the county, had a large acquaintance in the county, always took an active part in any move that he believed was for the best interests of the people and was highly respected by those who knew him. For several terms in succession he held the office of Justice of the peace and was holding this office at the time of his death. He was a member and active worker in the Grand Army Post of Holyoke.
About 18 years ago he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Holyoke. He regarded these years as the best period of his life and during all this time he labored earnestly and faithfully for the moral and spiritual
uplift of this community. He was fearless in his advocacy of what he believed was the truth and the right and had no compromise with what he believed to be wrong.
In his death, the church, the cause of morality and Christianity in the community has lost a faithful champion.
The world may sound no trumpet, ring no bell; The book of life, the shining record tells."
The funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon, Rev. Spence preaching the sermon and the audience room was crowded by the friend and neighbors of the deceased. The body was laid to rest
in the Holyoke cemetery.
FRED C. CHURNING
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