The following undated, unidentified newspaper articles were found in a copy of Helen Craft's Scrapbook at the Lowell Public Library:
Samuel Phelps Hull was born at Fairfield, Franklin county, Vermont, June 22, 18_*, and died at his home in Lowell, Friday, February 3, 1899*, at 11 o'clock p.m., at the advanced age of 8_ years, 7 months and 11 days. His sickness was of long duration ____ being afflicted with asthma and other complications. ________ his sufferings were great at times he bore them patiently, often expressing a desire to be taken to his eternal home. He was an honest, upright man and so far as we know was without an enemy. He was ever ready to do a kindness and to extend a hearty greeting to his friends. In the death of Mr. Hull, this community has lost a good citizen and although he did not leave great riches to his children, he left something of far greater value -- he left them a good name. In August 1839 he was united in marriage with Emiline Castle. To this union eight children were born of which seven, two sons and five daughters, are still living: Jasper of Chicago, Mrs. John L. Edmonds, of Saugus, Mass., Mrs. J.A. Clark, Lowell, Ind., Mrs. Geo. L. Castle, South Chicago, Ill., Albert S., Lowell, Ind., Mrs. Wm E. Sigler, and Mrs. Stanley Babcock, of South Chicago.
In 1864 Mr. and Mrs. Hull left Vermont and came to the town of Sumner, Ill., where they resided until 1866 when they removed to Lake county, Ind., since which time they have resided in and around Lowell.
The funeral took place at his late home at 2 o'clock p.m. Sunday, February 5th, Rev. Bruce assisted by Rev. A.A. Randall officiating. He was borne to his last resting place by his two sons Jasper and Albert, two sons-in-law J.A. Clark and Geo. L. Castle and two grandsons Sammie Babcock and Claude Sigler. He was laid to rest in the Lowell cemetery, there to sleep in quiet slumber until the morning of the first resurrection, then to come forth in the newness of life to meet and greet those dear earth friends he was compelled to leave behind, and with them dwell throughout an endless eternity. He leaves a wife, seven children, several grandchildren and numerous friends to mourn his departure to that better land. The Tribune extends to the bereaved family and friends its sincere sympathy in this their dark hour of sorrow.
* NOTE -- Because the dates in the copy of this article were so difficult to read, the cemetery records kept at the Lowell Public Library were consulted. These records show Samuel P. Hull (1817-1898) buried next to his wife Emaline (Castle) Hull (1820-1898) in row R20 of the Cedar Creek Cemetery, which is a small section located in the southeast corner of the Lowell Memorial Cemetery. The year of death, 1899, was very clear in the scrapbook article, but since the article was not identified, it could not be checked to see if this was a tyopgraphical error. On the other hand, the error could also be in the cemetery records book, which was done by volunteers.
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In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Hull
Our father left us a few short weeks ago, and now dear mother has gone to meet him on that bright and shining shore. They are sleeping, sweetly sleeping, and will suffer pain no more. But in memory fondly dwells their image pure and bright, and fancy paints their loving smiles
as glows the stars of night. Each tender word and look of theirs by us are cherished well. The tie that binds our love to them no human hand can sever; our love for them will never die; it's truly thine forever. Now drop the curtain tenderly; shut out a sight like this. But when the boatman calls for us, when all this strife is o'er we will float down the stream and claim the ones who are gone before and sweetly rest. E.H.