Iowa Old Press

Oskaloosa Herald
Oskaloosa, Mahaska co. Iowa
February, 1915

TAYLOR -- The funeral of the late Mrs. I. N. Taylor took place on Tuesday afternoon, at The Cheesman Funeral Home, and interment was made in Forest Abbey. The services were conducted by president David M. Edwards of Penn College, assisted by Rev. Alexander McFerran of the First Presbyterian Church. Music was furnished by a quartette comprising Claire D. Gordon, Roy Kemble, Dr. J. I. Tomy, and Mark Moorman. The pall bearers were Sig Broerman, Mark Barnes, Pliney Jewel, W.J. Howell, H.S. Rosecrans and Phil Hoffmann. The services were attended by a large concourse of friends, more in fact than could be accommodated in the spacious rooms. The floral offerings were many and beautiful attesting the high esteem in which the deceased was held by all. The words of both ministers were inspiring, paying deserved and beautiful tribute to the life and work of a sweet and noble character. Callie Thompson Taylor was born Sepbember 8, 1862, and departed this life February 6, 1915, at 9:45 a.m. being consequently, 52 years, 4 months, and 28 days old. She was married to I. N. Taylor, March 18, 1886. No children were born to this union. Mrs. Taylor was one of a large family, consisting of seven sisters and six brothers. Her father, two sisters and one brother have preceded her into the unseen world. The mother, Mrs. Sarah J. Thompson, seventy-six years of age, resides with her son, Walter, at Fremont, Iowa. The five sisters living are: Mrs. Maggie Wheeler, Mrs. Frank Norris, Miss Louie Thompson, all of Oskaloosa; Mrs. Sim Cundiff of Fremont and Mrs. Nora Gaston of Cedar. The five brothers living are J. G. Thompson, Alma, Nebraska; B. F. Thompson, Holbrook, Nebraska; Charles Thompson, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Walter Thompson of Fremont, Iowa; and A. O. Thompson, Orchard, Colorado. When only a small girl, perhaps ten years old, Mrs. Taylor united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. After her marriage, she with her husband, united with the Friends Church of which she has been an active and consistent member ever since. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. For a number of years, she served as Secretary of the Mahaska County Sunday School Association in which capcity she rendered most efficient service, receiving frequently the commendation of those to whom she made reports concerning the work of the Mahaska Sunday School Association. She had been at the head of the Womens' Department of the Mahaska County Farmers Institute, the Pomona Grange of Mahaska, and was a member of Buckeye Grange. She had also been a member of one of the committees of the Oskaloosa Chautauqua for a number of years. In many lines of public service she was active and most capable, possessing much initiative, and contributing to the large success of all enterprises with which she was identified. She was a thoroughly good woman, rendering all her services from the Christian point of view that is unselfishly and wholly for the good of others. She was most intensely interested in all movements for the betterment of her community and indeed her interest was not measured by geographical bounds but comprehended every good work with which she became acquainted. Of her, as of Dorcas of old, it might be said with great appropriateness, "She hath done what she could."

[transcribed by J.D.P., February 2005]

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