Horace True

B 12/29/1825 in Turner Maine to Col. Phillip True and Sophia Beal
M Elizabeth T. Ellis in 1854
D Died 10/10/1914 in Turner, Maine
C Father of Persis E. True


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He was one of Turner's best Known and Oldest Citizens.

Turner, ME., Oct. 10 (Special).--Horace True, one of the leading citizens of Turner, passed away Saturday at 1 a.m., at the age of 88 years. He had been ill for five weeks and at times was a great sufferer.
Mr. True was a direct descendant in the eighth generation of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth. His two grandfathers fought in the revolutionary war.

He had been troubled for some five years with diabetes. A carbuncle developed on his neck five weeks ago and this together with his old trouble and ;his age, was the cause of his death.
His wife, daughters, a trained nurse and his physician watched over him tenderly. The end was peaceful.
Mr. and Mrs. True were married 60 years last June and came directly to the home in Turner where he died Saturday morning at 1 o'clock.

Mr. True has possessed a strong constitution and until well along in the eighties has performed his round of daily duties with customary vigor. Twice a week for many years he has driven into Auburn with produce, where he has had customers for long periods who highly esteemed his integrity and honorable dealing and who came to look upon him as a personal friend.

Mr. True was born in Turner, his father, Col. Philip True, having left Auburn a year previous. Col. True lived to be 96. Mr. True's mother also proved of long-lived stock, for she was 94 when she died.
Mr. True is the last of his family.

His mother's maiden name was Sophia Beal. He had two sisters and one brother. Mr. True served the town of Turner as selectman and tax collector at different times.

In 1854 Mr. True married Elizabeth T. Ellis, whose mother was a sister to Zadoc Long, father of Hon. John D. Long. Thirty years ago Mr. True built the house in which he lived these many years. He became the heaviest tax payer in town and among his holdings were 700 acres, which was largely covered with pine timber. Three-fourths of his holdings was in timber land. The farm on which he lived was the old Barrell farm, which had been cleared by Martin Bradford, an uncle of Mr. True.

As a singing-master, Mr. True was prominent in Turner and vicinity years ago. He was 45 when he began to teach music. He had been a school teacher previously in Auburn, Turner and neighborhood. His singing schools were conducted in those places and also in Minot, Buckfield and Greene. He used to run three schools a week during the winter season. Among his pupils were A. R. Prince, Willard A. Noyes, Mrs. George C. Clifford, Charles Greenleaf and others well known in Lewiston and Auburn and vicinity. His collection of singing books is unique and probably of considerable value, because there are many rare volumes therein.

Mr. and Mrs. True had six children, Mrs. C. H. Moody of Auburn, Mrs. Persis Butler, who since her husband's death, three years ago, has lived with her father and mother; Mrs. Charles Emerson who lives at the place in Turner where her father was born; Miss Annie, who has always lived at home; Mrs. John B. Hinkley of Turner. The only son died at the age of 20 months. Mrs. True survives her husband--she is 82 years of age, well preserved in health. Mr. True leaves ten grandchildren.