Aged and Respected Citizen Passes Away – Mr. Polk Billings died at his home at Detroit, in the 3rd district, Saturday morning at 11:30 o’clock, lung trouble being the cause of his death, which occurred after a long illness. He was born in this county near Pilljerk on April 30, 1844, living all of his long life in Tipton county. He settled in early life in the neighborhood where he passed away.  He married Miss Ellen Williams 53 years ago last January. His aged wife and four children survive him. They are William H., Alonzo M., Noel R. Billings and Mrs. Brant Phillips, and they were all at his bedside when he passed away. Mr. Billings connected himself with the Christian church many years ago, and was a faithful Christian ever afterward. “Uncle Polk” as he was familiarly called by all, was highly respected by everyone who knew him. He was considered one of the most upright men in his dealings. He would very frequently give the scripture which says, “Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” He has been known to go 10 miles to pay a few cents. No man ever had a business transaction with “Uncle Polk” and then think he was cheated. He died where he lived 51 years. (The Covington Leader, February 7, 1918)

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