SAMUEL SHEFFIELD FALES.
Death has called Samuel Sheffield Fales but memory keeps him near to the hearts of those with whom he was closely
associated, his family and the many friends whom he left behind. He was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, in March,
1833, a son of Samuel and Hannah (Vaughn) Fables, who were natives of Rhode Island, in which state the father devoted
his entire life to general agricultural pursuits. Both he and his wife have since passed away.
Samuel Sheffield Fales was reared and educated in his native state, continuing with his parents until he attained
his majority, while his education was acquired in the public schools. He learned the shipbuilder's trade at Warren,
Rhode Island, and followed that pursuit for several years. He afterward engaged in the patternmaking business,
making patterns of models for patents, that occupation claiming his attention until he left New England for the
middle west. Iowa was still in the period of its early development when he took up his abode in that state, settling
in Clinton, where he carried on the paint business for a time. He then returned to Rhode Island, where he remained
until 1875, when he came to Nebraska, establishing his home in Ashland, where he opened a general store in partnership
with his brother. That connection was continued until 1889, during which period they enjoyed a good trade. In the
year mentioned, however, Mr. Fales retired from active business but continued to make his home in Ashland until
he was called to his final rest on the 5th of February, 1912, when he had reached the age of seventy eight years
and eleven months.
Mr. Fales left a widow and daughter to mourn his loss. In April, 1874, be had wedded Miss Phoebe Bennett, a daughter
of Edward and Pamelia (Coleman) Bennett, who were natives of Massachusetts and representatives of old New England
families. The father was a contractor and builder and continued at that business throughout his entire life in
Massachusetts. There he passed away in May, 1883, having survived his wife about three, months, as she died in
February of the same year. Mrs. Fales' maternal grandmother, Deborah Coleman, spent her entire life on the island
of Nantucket and died at the age of eighty four years. Mr. and Mrs Fales had one daughter, Carrie B., now the wife
of F. E. Ledwith, who is farming on one of the Fales farms. Mrs. Ledwith was born in July, 1881, and has become
the mother of two children: Frances E., born in November, 1906; and Marion F., born in June, 1910.
Mr. Fales was a Royal Arch Mason, having joined the order in Warren, Rhode Island, and both he and his wife held
membership in the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the third grand matron of the order in the state of Nebraska,
serving in that capacity during the years 1878 and 1879. Mr. Fales' political views were in accord with the principles
of democracy and his religious faith was that of the Episcopal church, of which he was a loyal adherent. His was
a well spent life, fraught with many good deeds and characterized by honorable purpose, and those who knew him
recognized in him a man of sterling worth. He was kind and strong, generous in spirit and in act, true in word
and in deed, and thus it is that his memory is tenderly cherished by all who knew him, while his life history serves
as an example that may well be followed.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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