Benjamin Rush Eaton
Submitted by Donnie Pickard
Van Buren County Democrat
April 17, 1914
A Good Man Gone to His Reward
B. R. Eaton, one of the county’s oldest and best-known citizens and father of County Assessor Joe Eaton, died Saturday night, April 11th, at his home at Settlement. Interment took place at Shirley Sunday afternoon services being conducted under the auspices of Masonic lodge.
Deceased was a native of North Carolina, his birth occurring at or near Knoxville Feb. 27, 1836. Just when he came to this state we were unable to ascertain. His residence in this county dates from 1880 when he settled where he since resided and what was then known as Middle Settlement.
To “Grandpa” Eaton belongs the credit of holding the first commission at postmaster at Settlement, the total receipts of the office for the first quarter being 65 cents. Mr. Eaton was twice married, his first wife dying some eight or ten years since. His second wife and six children by first marriage survive.
May 15, 1914
Resolution of Respect
Benjamin Rush Eaton, member of the Arkansas Lodge No. 644 F. & A. M., died April 12th, 1914.
The relentless scythe of the grim mower has during this year swept away one of our beloved brothers.
Brother Eaton was born in Catawba county, N. C., in the year 1836, where he was made a mason at the age of 22 moved to Columbia county, Ark., in 1865, came to Settlement, Van Buren county by 1880, became a member of Arkansas Lodge No. 644 F. & A. M. in 1909, during which time he held a ___ dated 1876. He loved the order was devoted to its principles as lovely and tender as a woman but fearless and bold in the discharge of what he considered his duty.
He was very sociable in disposition especially with those he held dear. A man of unimpeachable integrity, he was in all things temperate, truthful and trustworthy, wise in counsel ___ in judgment. In every relations of life a true friend. As a citizen, honorable and upright as a Mason devoted and beloved by his brethren. A devoted husband, a kind, gentle and affectionate father, his children being hung upon him as the tendrils of the vine entwine themselves about the body of the sturdy oak.
His death will be mourned by all who knew him. No words of eulogy by us can add to his noble manly life. We cannot but regret that death should have come among us and removed from our order one of its most faithful adherents, and while there will be a vacant chair when the members of our lodge gather, we are certain that our departed brother memory will be securely fixed in their hearts.
Whereas Almighty God find, in His infinite wisdom, has deemed it best to call to his Heavenly reward our beloved brother.
Whereas, we bow to humble submission to Him who doeth all things well; and therefore be it.
Resolved, That we the members of Arkansas Lodge 644, F. & A. M., extend to the sorrowing family our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in this sad bereavement and be it further.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our lodge. And a copy mailed to the bereaved family connections, and a copy given to the Shirley Advocate and the Van Buren County Democrat for publication.
B. F. Privitt