Mr. R. S. Burkhart departed this life on last Sunday, the 28th of October. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this county. He crossed the plains in 1846 and in the fall of that year took up his donation land claim four miles of this place. He was born in East Tennessee in 1817. He raised a large family, all of whom are honored and respected citizens of this county.
Mr. Burkhart was noted for his industrious and temperate habits, for his integrity and fair dealing and by economy and good management he succeeded in accumulating a fine estate and providing well for his family. He was a true friend, a kind and hospitable neighbor, willing always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy.
With an unfaltering trust in his redeemer, he was a member of the M. E. Church South and died in peace. The funeral services were held in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Monday afternoon, and were conducted by Elder Craig.
One by one the Grand Old men are crossing over. One by one the summons comes to us all.
Lebanon Express, November 2, 1888
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman