Abraham Decker was born in Butler
county, Obio, July 23d, 1818. He after¬ wards went to Danbury, Conn., where, on February 3d, 1849, he married Mary��Elszabeth' Gates, with whom he has lived 60 years of happy married life, Five children were the fruits of thh union, only two of whom are now liv¬ ing, who, with their mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent father and a loving and affectionate��husband. Mr. Decker moved to Cataw¬ ba Island in 1856 and has been a resi¬ dent 43 years, and when he died, aged nearly 81 years. He was a man well- known throughout the community as a loyal and upright citizen, just and con¬ scientious iri all his dealings, hospita¬ ble, social and much beloved by all his neighbors and friends. About tour waeks ago, Mr. Decker was attacked with the grip, from which he never re¬ covered, but grew gradually weaker and weaker, and thus, day by day, his ever faithful wife saw him slowly lade away, and realized he could not long be with her, although the final summons were sudden and found the family to¬ tally unprepared for his death, which occurred at 6 o'clock, Thursday even¬ ing, March 2nd, 1899. 3w7-/tf?f
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