Lewiston, Idaho, December 3, 1897
An Honored Citizen at Rest.
Col. Benjamin Booth died at his home in this city early Saturday morning. The serious attack of last week developed some fatal symptoms and the spirit and indomitable will that had battled vigorously with life's adverses for more than three score years passed away, leaving the earthly tenement of clay to be mourned over by sorrowing friends.
The deceased had been ill but one week. He was taken with a severe attack of hepatic colic, and his strength rapidly succumbed to the terrible pain he endured. He rallied a little after the first attacks, but was taken with disorder of the kidneys and died of uraemic poisoning. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Knights' Templars of Lewiston Commandery No. 1 whose eminent commander he was. The Episcopal church where the services were held was filled to overflowing with friends who came to pay tribute to the dead.
Benj. Booth was a man of striking personality. Though a civilian all his life he had the carriage and bearing of a soldier, and possessed the spirit and courage that would have made him rank among the first. His aim and ideas of life were high. He marked his course resolutely and kept his purpose steadfast. He was an honored and respected citizen of the highest type. A devoted wife and daughter mourn in the home where his careful thought for them brought every comfort and happiness. Loved, respected, honored, he lies at rest where loving hands paid tribute to his memory.
The deceased was born in Derry, Ireland, June 20, 1834, of English parentage. When 17 he came to America and took up his residence with an older brother. Shortly after he moved to Woonsocket, R. I. and became the head and trusted employee of Edward S. Hall a large manufacturer of woolen goods. By skill, industry and thrift he was soon embarked in the woolen mill business for himself at Millville, Mass. Business depression closed him out in 1885, and with something saved from the wreck of his fortune he came to Lewiston and made investments here that have brought him so prominently before the public. In business and in social life he has been through out the years an exemplary citizen. Favored by his fellowmen with positions of honor and trust, he was found always faithful, trust-worthy and efficient.