Edward W. Cameron

Lewiston Teller
Lewiston, Idaho, April 29, 1886


Cameron - In this city April 25, 1886, of typhoid malarial fever, Edward W. Cameron, aged 47 years, 9 mos, and 15 days.

Edward W. Cameron.

The subject of this article, whose death we announce elsewhere, was born in Frewsburg, Chatauqua county, New York, July 10, 1838. At the age of four years his mother died, and his father being engaged in the lumbering business on the Alleghany and Ohio rivers, kept him in the public school until he was 14 years of age, at which time he and his father entered into what was known as sappers and miners and went to Kansas and assisted in building Fort Riley, his father having charge of the company; they remained there nine months. In 1855, he in company with his father, went to St. Croix, Wisconsin, where he engaged in mining until may, 1857, at which time he having a desire to go to California, his father gave him his time. He engaged in mining for a period of two years, and while there was engaged as head clerk in the store of S. Small at Downeyville, Cal. In 1875 he went to Colusa, Cal., where he engaged in various pursuits until his marriage, which occured in 1867 to the person of Miss Mary Warner, of Canada; during which time he was elected a councilman, which office he filled with credit. He was president of the Colusa Rifle club, and also post master at Colusa. His father came to California in 1874, and in 1879 he visited the Walla Walla country. He and his father in 1880, in company with W. T. Wright, visited the Potlatch country, and all being favorably impressed with the country located and commenced to make themselves homes. His wife soon arrived and since that time he has been one of our county's most worthy and faithful citizens. He was post master at Cameron, Idaho, which post office was named for him. Wherever he has lived he has occupied positions of honor and trust, and discharged the duties of the same with the greatest efficiency and faithfulness. In this county in 1882 he was elected as a county commissioner and served on that board for a term of two years, and as a county official he won the admiration of the people of the county, and in 1884 was elected to the responsible office of sheriff, which position he occupied at the time of his death. In the death of Mr. Cameron, Nez Perce county has lost a dear and good citizen, and a faithful and worthy officer, and an affectionate and devoted son, father and husband. He leaves a wife and two children, an aged father, and a large number of friends to mourn his loss. He was buried under the auspices of the Masonic order of this city on Tuesday last, and a large number followed his remains to the cemetery. The following remarks were made by Rev. Mr. Boyd at the house of the deceased on the day of the funeral:

We are met to-day to extend our sympathy to the bereaved family and to pay our last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. In his death was the loss of a noble son, a kind husband and a loving father. And we commend the aged father, devoted wife and fatherless children to the God of all grace and truth and love.

And we are all conscious of the fact that in the death of Mr. Cameron, the whole community has lost a faithful officer, an upright citizen and a true man. Man is the noblest work of God; and the deceased, in his life and character, manifested some of the noblest traits of true manhood. We remember him with pleasant recollections of friendship; but he is gone' that friendly voice will be heard no more. We commit his body to the earth. His soul has gone to God who gave it, and we leave it in the presence of his Creator. But I have the consciousness that my duty as a gospel minister is not, on this occasion, fully performed, without calling attention to the fact, in this death, and the death of so many among us, the voice of God may be heard: "It is appointed unto men once to die and after death the judgement." Life is a mystery. We come upon this scene of action, remain a few years and then pass away. But does death end all? Observation, and history and scripture unite in replying in the negative. Death does not end all. The soul at the separation of the body continues to exist. The body is composed of the same material that the earth is composed. Of dust it is made and to dust it will return. Not so, however, with the soul. It's nature is spirited, immaterial and incorporeal, and where there is no composition of parts, there can be no dissolution of them. God's word is the authority of God's power the warrant for this belief. In the state in which it is found at the separation from the body, it will continue throughout the eternity. A crucified and risen Christ is the hope of the Christian. In Him, death is swallowed up in victory. The gospel of Christ has vanquished death and the grave. Through Him may exclaim, "O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory. The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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