[?] Oskaloosa Herald
Oskaloosa, Mahaska co. Iowa
July ?, 1928
Henry Tandy was born in Missouri, March 5th, 1848. His parents moved to Iowa while he was yet a small child, and they settled on a farm in Mahaska County where Mr. Tandy grew to manhood. He was one of a family of 12 children. On Sept. 7th, 1867, he was united in marriage with Martha Boston (sic). To them four children were born, three daughters and one son. The son, John, preceded his father in death, having died at the age of 28 years. The three daughters are as follows: Mrs. Joseph Butler, Mrs. F. A. Oswandle (sic), both of Oskaloosa, and Mrs. Pearl Hamilton, Chippewa Falls, Wis. Besides his wife and three daughters, he is survived by two brothers, Spencer Tandy and Ambrose Tandy, Oskaloosa; four sisters, Mrs. Jane Remington, Salem, Oregon; Mrs. Frances McWilliams, Oskaloosa; Mrs. Elmira Remington, Nebraska, and Mrs. Anna Dillon, Nebraska, and also five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Tandy spent all of his active life in farming near Oskaloosa, and about twenty years ago he moved into Oskaloosa, where he has resided ever since. Mr. Tandy was converted in boyhood and joined the Methodist church and later he united with the Reformed church, of which he remained a member until he moved to Oskaloosa, when he joined Central M.E. church, in which relation he remained faithful until death. He was for many years a valuable member of the Official Board of Central church, and gave of his time and means to further the interests of the church. Mr. Tandy was possessed by a stalwart piety and had a deep reverence for the things sacred and holy. He loved his Lord with all his heart. The house of worship had always a great attraction for him, and he found his greatest delight in the fellowship of Christian people. He was most at home in the house of prayer and with the people who prayed. The solid virtues of honesty and integrity were deeply fixed in the fibers of his character. His word was as valid as his bond. His whole life was a beautiful commentary of what the grace of God could do for a human soul. He was steadfast in his devotion and dependable in all his relationships. He was uncompromising in his advocacy of the right and in his rejection of that which was wrong. He was wholeheartedly given to the cause of righteousness. No one ever needed to guess as to his stand on the rule of righteousness. Out of the abundance of his heart he spoke freely and frequently concerning the matters of spiritual values, the conscious reality of the presence of the Lord with him, his readiness for the departure of this life, and of his firm hope of entering the haven of eternal rest. Mr. Tandy was a good man, in the genuine sense of that term. He lived nobly and died triumphant in faith. After a lingering illness lasting for several years, during which he suffered much discomfort, he was set free from the afflictions of the body, on July 4th, 1928, at 8 o'clock in the morning, and his redeemed soul went to dwell with his Lord in eternal bliss. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 7, at 2:30 o'clock, from Central Methodist Episcopal church. Rev. S. H. Turbeville, pastor of Central church, officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Evalyn McFadden and Clair D. Gordon, with Miss Price at the pipe organ. Interment was made in the family lot in Olivet Cemetery.
Mrs. Henry Tandy
Martha Ellen, daughter of William Henry and Sarah Slider Baston, was born January 1, 1840, in a log cabin a few miles west of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on the Knoxville Road. Here she grew to womanhood and on September 7, 1867, was united in marriage with Henry T. Tandy, with whom she lived most happily almost 61 years, till his death on July 4th, 1928. When death claimed her late Saturday night, July 21, 1928, none of her immediate famiy were left, her only brother, John Henry Baston and her only sister, Mrs. W. T. Tandy, having preceded her. She is survived by three daughters as follows: Mrs. Joseph Butler, Mrs. F. A. Oswandle (sic), Oskaloosa, and Mrs. W. R. Hamilton, Chippewa Falls, Wis. Her only son, John, passed away at the age of 28. There are also five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Reared in a home that was thoroughly Christian, she became a follower of Christ very early in life and a member of the Reformed church at Leighton. She and her husband were deeply interested in all the activities of the church and gave evidence of their deep devotion in many ways. On removing from the farm to Oskaloosa about twenty years ago, they united with Central M. E. church, taking an intelligent and active interest and part in its life and work. When her husband's health failed, she had an all-absorbing desire to be spared and kept in health that she might minister to him, and this she was able to do through his long illness. After his death on July 4th she seemed to feel that her work was done and about the time her husband's funeral was to take place, she suffered a stroke of paralysis, which terminated her life two weeks later. Shortly before the end, with her loved ones about her, she kissed them all goodbye, saying: "Someone is waiting for me there." She had lived nobly, had been a true and happy follower of Christ, had kept the faith, was not afraid to die, died happily and triumphantly. A daughter provides the following verses: "O, mourn not for Mother who has reached that bright shore, Earth's sickness and sorrow can reach her no more, We know from our presence she cannot remain, The angels are whispering; we'll meet her again. Though a short time our dear one is hid from our sight, Like beautiful flowers by the curtain of night, Our soul's still united by love's golden chain, They send this sweet message, "we'll meet her again."
[transcribed by J.D.P., January 2005]
Iowa Old Press