OBITUARY OF ISAAC MICHAEL VAN BIBBER

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Major Isaac VanBibber

    " Major Isaac VanBibber, early intrepid and enterprising pioneer, the high souled, and faithful friend, the obliging and kind neighbor, the fond and loving parent, is no more, The powerful arm that once grasped and held with an immovable steadiness and 'unerring aim' the ponderous rifle, is paralyzed forever. The noble and piercing eye, in which gleamed, indomitable spirit and proud defiance is sealed by icy impress of relentless death. Sustaining a prolonged and deprivation of health with characteristic philosophy and firmness, on the 30th ultimo, in Montgomery Co., MO, this worthy and respected man resigned his vitality to the fiat, that controls human nature. The Major was born in 1771 in Greenbrier Co., VA, removed when young to KY, and settled in 1799 on the Missouri River, 20 miles above St. Charles. He married a grand-daughter of Daniel Boone, the first white child born in the 'dark and bloody ground'. In 1816 he settled at Loutre Lick, and though dangers of the most threatening kind, surrounded him and his family, he maintained with admirable nerve his situation, and many a subtle and larking foe has passed from time to eternity by his vigilant agency. For years, he kept public entertainment, and travelers will long remember his hospitality, his interesting colloquial powers, his thrilling accounts of things chilling to the blood. As a member of the high and Holy institution of Masonry, he discharged without ostentation and with much liberality, his duties, and the widow and orphan, and indeed every object of charity, received his open hand, the required assistance-innumerable benedictions attend his memory." This obituary appeared in a St. Louis Newspaper,