Rufus Allen – Obituary

From the June 30, 1903 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1, column 4:

Gone But Not Forgotten.
Rufus Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Turner Allen, was born in Holt county, June 16, 1879, and departed this life near Quitman June 23, 1903, at 6:15 p.m., after a week’s suffering with neuralgia of the stomach, aged 24 years and 8 days. He leaves a father and mother, two brothers, Henry and Jerdon, two sisters, Mrs. Belle Finney of near Skidmore and Mrs. Minnie Spencer of Fairfax, and one whom he would soon have married, to mourn his departure.

All was done by his relatives and physicians, Drs. Shepard of Skidmore and Wallace of St. Joseph, who were called in consultation with Dr. Ryan, to restore health but to no avail. His spirit took its flight to the God who gave it.

Mr. Allen had only recently moved to our vicinity from Craig, Mo., to which place the body was taken for burial. It is, oh! so sad to see one cut off just in the prime of life and our hearts go out to the entire family, and especially to the twin brother, Henry, who, looking on the face of his dead brother, was heard to say: ‘We came into this world together, why can’t we go out together?’

It was very sad to see this young man taken from those who love him so dearly, but God’s way is not our way and we must submit to his will. How we would like to say something to comfort those poor sorrowing hearts in this dark hour, but we can only point to the hand of the Redeemer that taketh away the sins of the world, who said: ‘It is not all of life to live or all of death to die. Whosoever cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out. Though your sins be as scarlet I will make them as wool. He gave His dear Son to save mankind.’

Another home is saddened,
Another vacant chair;
The family circle is broken —
For Rufus is not there.
— F. A. C.