In The Pride of Manhood
A little over a year ago the writer penned the obituary notice of E L Swiney, who died full of years and a few days Ned Swiney came in the office and thanked the author of the articles for the kind things written of his father, saying, "It was very good of you to write what you did and I appreciate it." It was little thought by the two that in twelve short months one would be lying in the cemetery. But so it is, and it remains the melancholy duty of the others to do what he can to perpetuate the memory of the manly qualities of Ned Swiney.
The subject of this sketch was born near Greenview Aug 20, 1857. The most of his life had been spent here. Everybody knew him, from the schoolboy to the gray-headed man. He had mingled with us so many years it is hard to realize that his coming and going has ceased forever; that his familiar form will be seen no more. He was married to CLARINDA DENTON Oct 29, 1878, and to them were born two children. Guy and Mabel who, with brokenhearted wife, are left to mourn his untimely demise. Two sisters and two brothers also survive him. He united with the Christian church in Greenview last winter, but his life before as well as after becoming a Christian had been above reproach. No one would ever think of associating Ned Swiney with the a mean sneaking act. He was the soul of honor.
"He had been suffering for nearly two years from the dread disease, typhoid fever until his naturally strong rugged constitution had become so enfeebled from the conflict that it was obliged to succumb. The news was carried to Greenview quickly and the grave words sad thoughtful continuances of those that heard of the death told of the sorrow felt.
That he was a good citizen is evident by the many years he was retained on the board of avocation where he was one of the most conservative and levelheaded of any of the members. As a small tribute to his memory the public schools were dismissed on the day of the funeral.
In the writer's life in Greenview it has fallen to his lot to become aquatinted with the many men, both from a business and social standpoint, but there are none who have treated him with more uniform courtesy more friendliness than Ned Swiney. He has gone to his reward. It will be well for us who are left if, when the great book is opened, our records will be found, as clear as that of Ned Swiney.
Submitted by:Bette Jo Lawson