Washington Obituaries - 1913 - Jonas M. Haskell

J. M. Haskell was born in Dickenson Center, New York, March 18, 1836.

He was married to Aurelia L. Gladden February 16, 1858, and to them were born six children: Horton H. Haskell of Winona, Wash.; Mrs. Martin MacDonough of Medford, Ore.; Minard A. Haskell of McCleary, Wash.; Mrs. T. K. Metz, Mrs. E. H. Thompson (deceased), and Robt. B. Haskell, Chehalis, Wash.

At the age of 18 he became a Christian and when 21 years of age answered the call to become a minister of the gospel, giving his whole life up to the cause of the Master, laboring in the vineyard for the Lord wherever call was heard.

For a number of years he preached in the vicinity of his birthplace, and in 1870 removed to Minneapolis, Minn., and in 1885 to Portland, Ore. In 1890 he moved to Winlock, Wash., and in 1895 became pastor of the First Baptist church in Chehalis.

His wife died on Easter morning, April 12, 1903, and after her death Mr. Haskell returned to the town of his birthplace and did evangelistic work until August 1904, when he married Mrs. Edith E. Curtis, returning to Centralia, Wash., October 1, 1904.

In the fall of 1908 he moved to Medford, Ore., but on account of ill health returned to Chehalis. Since that time he has been pastor of the Baptist church of Dryad, Wash., and at the time of his death had just accepted a call as pastor of the Baptist churches of Gate and Rochester, Wash.

He preached two sermons Sunday, June 29, and the following morning started with his horse and wagon for Chehalis, but while crossing the railroad at Grand Mound was struck by the north-bound passenger train and seriously injured internally. He lingered until 9 a.m. July 3, when he died. During this time his suffering was intense, but he bore it all, never murmuring or complaining until death brought relief. Through it all he remained conscious, rallying at the last to deliver his last message for his Master to his family, urging them to meet him in Glory where he would shortly be. His last words were: "The Lord hath prepared the way, Christ has suffered it."

Source: "The Chehalis Bee-Nugget" of July 11, 1913 Chehalis, Lewis County, Washington