Text of Joseph's obituary (original at left). This is a clipping from what I believe to be the Centerville Iowegian Newspaper, Centerville, Iowa. There were no dates on the clipping. (Update 15 May 2010: From Bill Hawkins "The May 1925 obituary clipping appears to me to be from the Mystic newspaper, Telegram, which published until 1926; the heading at the top says "Mystic" and does not look like Iowegian type style.")
"Joseph S. Milburn was born in Newbrunswick, Canada, August 20, 1851 and died at Mystic, Iowa, May 21, 1925 at the age of 73 years, 9 months and 1 day. He was the fourth child of a family of eight sons and four daughters, five of whom preceded him in death. With his parents he came to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in early childhood and has lived in Iowa continuously since. In 1874 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Sarah A. Cattern at Cedar Mines, Iowa. To this union was born five children, Joseph Enzley, Lovel Sylvester, Rollie, who passed away in infancy, Rose Milburn-Bainbridge who preceded her father to the better land eighteen years ago, and Frank Milburn all of Mystic and all were present when their father's spirit took its flight. Thirty seven years ago Mr. Milburn moved his family to Mystic where he has resided continuously since that time and worked in the mines up to the present shutdown. About thrity years ago he was converted and worked with the Salvation Army in Mystic and about twenty years ago he united with the United Brethren Church of Mystic where he has held an official relation much of the time since, being the class leader at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his departure a faithful wife, three sons, twelve grandchildren, four great grandchildren, three brothers, Lewis of Lutts, Wyoming; George F. of Abbeyville, Kansas; William H. of Kingsdown, Kansas; three sisters, Ameliea Olive of Arthur Missouri, Caroline Thompson of Madison, Nebraska and Betsy Smith of Fonda, Iowa besides othere relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church Staurday May 23rd at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. L. Shaeffer, assisted by Rev. J.E. Haught, pastor of the United Brethren Church. Interment was made in the Elgin Cemetery where the mortal remains will await the resurrection."