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Description: Obituary of John Wesley Grist

Date: June 15 1934

Newspaper published in: Ukiah

Covelo Mourns Loss Of Oldest Resident

COVELO. (Special.)- With the passing of John Wesley Grist, Round valley lost her oldest inhabitant, the man who had lived here longer than any other white resident. He was 83 years old and had been in the valley for 67 years.

Grist was the second son of Isaac and Irene Grist, who brought their family to Round valley from Pennsylvania in 1868.

In Round valley Mr. Grist engaged with his father in farming and stock raising, later buying a 32o acre ranch west of Covelo. In early manhood, he married Georgie Duncan, daughter of "Grandma" Duncan, who died years ago. In 1904 he was married to Ida M. Long, and in 1907 sold the ranch and moved into Covelo.

Grist was a member of the Covelo Masonic lodge and Augusta Chapter, O. E. S. During his active years he identified himself with all enterprises for the betterment of the community. He devoted all the best of his life toward the development of a new country, making it inhabitable and comfortable for coming generations, always strictly observing the Golden rule and winning the respect and confidence of his fellow men to the highest degree.

Besides his wife, Mr. Grist is survived by two brothers, Frank of Healdsburg, Edward of Covelo; one sister, Mrs. Allie Welch of Alameda, one stepson, E. H. Long, seven step-grandchildren, eight nephews and five nieces, of whom the best known in are Mrs. Hettie Gibson of San Francisco, Mrs. Emma Welch of Sacramento, Mrs. Ada Thomson, Charles Grist and Asa Grist of Covelo and Martin Hoxie of Sonoma.

Funeral services were at the Presbyterian church by Rev. C. A. Olsen of the Methodist Mission church, who paid sincere tribute to the upright Christian life, read favorite passages of scripture and spoke of the beautiful and splendid character of the one who had "Finished his course." The choir, Will and Sam Gray and Mrs. J. S. Rohrbough and Mrs. Beatrice Goforth, with Mrs. Robert Redwine at the piano, sang "Asleep in Jesus," "Rock of Ages," "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide," and "Shall We Gather at the River."

Burial was in the family lot in the Masonic cemetery.

Submitted: 04/09/09

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