Iowa Old Press
June 6, 1929
Mrs. Elizabeth March entertained on Decoration day the following guests, Mr.
and Mrs. J.F. March and son Philip of Vermillion, S.D., Mrs. Dan McArthur,
Mr. and Mrs. Miles McArthur and daughters, Ethel and Joyce, of Sheldon.
Mrs. Dan McArthur stayed for a few days’ visit.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Reeves and daughters, Misses Pearl, Carolyn and Vera, and
sons, Clarence and George, were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Reeves on
Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson and children left Wednesday morning for Windom,
Minn., to attend the funeral of Mr. Olson’s sister.
A truck load of cattle upset south of town and fortunately not much damage
was done. Driver was not hurt but one animal was injured some.
Miss Pearl Reeves arrived home on Thursday of last week after the closing of
school at Bradgate, where she has taught the past years.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ewin entertained at dinner on Wednesday evening the
following guests in honor of her father, W. D. Kennedy: Mr. and Mrs. Elam
Chapman and sons, Orville and Marion, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Chapman, Mr. and
Mrs. Orville Cooper, John and Miss Sadie Alderson.
The Ladies Aid society met on Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. John Pech and
after the business meeting a delicious lunch was served by the hostess.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ewin of LeMars were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ewin on
Albert Lundgren has a new Chevrolet sedan and C. W. Reeves a new truck.
June 6, 1929
“GRANDMA” WATERBURY CALLED
Mrs. Jane Waterbury, one of the earliest settlers in Sioux Valley township,
Union county, S.D., and believed to be the oldest person in Akron’s
territory, passed away at the home of her son, Fred E. Waterbury, in Akron,
Monday, June 3, 1929, at 7 p.m. at the great age of 96 years, 4 months and 8
days. She has been in quite vigorous physical health, but her mental powers
have been affected for some time by cancer of the brain, which was primarily
the cause of her death.
“Grandma” Waterbury and her husband, Henry Waterbury, who preceded her in
death about twenty-four years ago, came to Union county from Connecticut in
1867, and the family home has since remained in this vicinity. She is
survived by three sons, George, of Portland, Ore.; Ed., of Hudson, S.D.,;
and Fred, of Akron, besides many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A
suitable obituary will appear in this paper next week.
Funeral services are being held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock in
the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. U. G. Miller. Interment in Riverside
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
June 7, 1929
SENEY: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. and Mrs. Irving McArthur drove to Sioux City Monday.
Albert Lundgren has a new Chevrolet sedan and C. W. Reeves a new Ford truck.
Mr. and Mrs. Irving McAthur drove to Gayville, S.D., Saturday, returning on
Pearl Reeves finished her school at Bradgate last week and returned home on
Charley Connor, of Marcus, spent Sunday in the home of his mother, Mrs.
A truck of cattle upset just south of here on Tuesday. One of the cattle
was hurt a little.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Reeves, Pearl, Clarence, Carrie and Vera and son, George,
were guests at the Bert Reeves home Sunday.
John Lancaster, Sr., was an over night visitor at the Holiness Mission in
Sioux City Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ewin, of LeMars, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ewin,
The Ladies Aid of Seney church is giving an ice cream social on the church
lawn Friday, June 14.
Misses Lucile March and Deana Crowell, of Sioux City, spent the week end in
the home of Mrs. E. March.
Mrs. Henry Darville, of LeMars, visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lora
Green on Friday and Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. March and son, Philip, of Vermillion, S.D., were guests
in the home of Mrs. E. March Thursday.
Geo. Siegersma took a truck load of hogs to Sioux City on Monday for Ed.
Riter. Mr. Riter went down to see them sold.
W. D. Kennedy, of Colorado, arrived here on last Wednesday to visit with his
daughter, Mrs. Charley Ewin, for a few weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. D. F. McArthur, Mrs. J. R. Hinde and Ralph Hinde went to
Ruthven Saturday on a fishing trip and had fine luck.
Miss Ann Buss, of Darlington, Wis., arrived here Friday to visit in the
homes of her brothers, Ed and Harry Buss, and families.
Miss Erlynne Kennedy, of Cedar Falls, arrived here Tuesday to spend a few
weeks in the home of her mother, Mrs. Jessie Kennedy.
The Ladies Aid society met on Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. John Pech. At
the close of the meeting a delicious lunch was served.
Mr. and Mrs. Ole Oleson and children went to Windom, Minn., by car on
Wednesday morning. They went to a funeral of a sister of Mr. Oleson’s.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Becker and Mr. and Mrs. Irving McArthur took a trip to
Silver Lake Wednesday, returning Thursday evening. They had good luck
Mrs. Jessie Kennedy and son, Emerson, drove to Cedar Falls on Saturday and
to Iowa City on Monday to the graduating exercises of her daughter, Erlynne
Kennedy, returning home Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Atter and children, of Ramona, Okla., visited in the Geo.
Siegersma home from Wednesday evening to Friday when they went to Pipestone
and other Minnesota towns.
Mr. and Mrs. Miles McArthur, daughter Ethel and Mrs. Dan McArthur, of
Sheldon were guests on Thursday in the home of Mrs. E. March. Mrs. Dan
McArthur stayed for a few days with her mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Britton and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Smidt and daughter,
Shirley, of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Green and little son, of Sioux
City, were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lora Green on Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charley Ewin were hosts to the following guests on Wednesday :
Mr. and Mrs. Elam Chapman, sons, Orville and Marion, Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cooper, John Alderson and Sadie Alderson.
Mr. and Mrs. John Lancaster, daughter, Ina, Edwin Lancaster, son, Vincent,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Buss, son Vincent, and daughter, Elaine, Mr. and Mrs. R. A.
Hawkins and daughter, Harriet, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Lancaster and children,
and Mrs. Alice Cooper had a picnic dinner on the Floyd River and spent the
June 13, 1929
EARLY PIONEER OF BIG SIOUX VALLEY CALLED TO REWARD
At the home of her son, Fred E. Waterbury, in Akron, Iowa, on Monday
evening, June 3, 1929, Jane E. Waterbury, at the age of 96 years, 4 months
and 8 days passed to the great beyond, after an illness of seven days,
during which time the tenderest care was bestowed by her devoted sons and
The soul of this revered pioneer citizen took its flight to the realms of
Such a life as Grandma Waterbury’s is deserving of the highest tribute,
always upright and industrious and imbued with a keen spirit of motherhood,
a woman with whom the home ties and family welfare were ever first and
foremost in her thoughts, but from whose presence there never turned away
unheeded the deserving needy. She was a direct descendant of Ethan Allen, of
Revolutionary war fame.
Being an early pioneer here, and there being no doctor, she always stood
with a ready hand to help those who were sick and suffering. In her breast
the balm of human kindness was ever sweet and ready to pour out in copious
sympathy to the sisterhood of mankind. Of such a life was written:
“None knew her but to love her,
None named her but to praise.”
Jane Elizabeth Brower was born at Bridgeport, Connecticut, on January 26,
1833, and later moved to Westport, Connecticut, where she became acquainted
with and married Henry Waterbury, October 29, 1848, who preceded her in
death 29 years ago. They then moved to Ansonia, Connecticut and during the
next year resided at Bridgeport and Westport. In September, 1850, they moved
to Norwalk, where they became converted to the Christian religion, uniting
with the Baptist church. From Norwalk they went to the home of his boyhood,
Pound Ridge, N.Y. in 1851, residing there four years, when they returned to
Connecticut, locating at New Canaan. Here they made their home until the
opening of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company H., Seventeenth
Regiment of Connecticut, Volunteers, serving until the close of the war,
leaving his wife at Westport, caring for 5 small children. A sixth was born
soon after he enlisted.
After his return home they again made their home at New Canaan. On April
22, 1867, Mr. and Mrs. Waterbury and children started for the great west.
Upon arriving at Dennison, Iowa, then the terminus of the railroad, they
purchased an ox team and prairie schooner and continued their westward
course across the broad sparsely settled prairies of Iowa. They reached the
Big Sioux valley on the 16th day of May, 1867, and took a homestead in Sioux
Valley township, Union county, S.D., about two miles north of Akron. The
grasshopper invasion was one of the most trying times for the Waterburys, as
they took a large portion of the crops each year up to and including 1878.
Farming in those days was most discouraging and in order that his family
might not face starvation, Grandfather Waterbury, who was a shoemaker by
trade worked in a shoe store in Sioux City, walking back and forth once
every 3 or 4 weeks, a distance of 33 or 34 miles each way.
Grandma Waterbury could tell some interesting tales of trials and hardships
experienced during the winter of 1880-81, the winter of the heavy snow, as
it is referred to, and of the following spring when the high waters of the
Big Sioux and Missouri rivers covered the entire territory between Sioux
City, Elk Point, and Akron.
After leaving the farm in 1880, they came to Akron and for 3 years
Grandfather Waterbury operated a boot and shoe store here. They again
returned to the farm and resided there until 1889 when they made their home
again in Akron. In 1900 Grandfather Waterbury was called to the great
beyond, and Akron still remained Grandmother Waterbury’s home until of late
years when she has resided with her sons.
To Mr. and Mrs. Waterbury were born nine children. One daughter, Mary, and
five sons, S. A., Henry L., Alfred B., Frank and Robert preceded their
mother in death. The three sons surviving are George W. of Woodburn, Ore.;
Ed., of Hudson, S.D and Fred, of Akron, Iowa. Besides these three sons who
are left to mourn their mother’s departure, there are 36 grandchildren, 52
great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church, of which
denomination she had been a member for many years, last Thursday afternoon
at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. U. G. Miller, the pastor. There was a large
attendance of relatives, old-time neighbors and friends, as a final tribute
of respect. Interment was in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS.
To the neighbors and friends who so kindly gave their assistance and
sympathy during the sickness and death of our beloved mother and
grandmother, also for the beautiful floral tributes, we wish to express our
sincere thanks and appreciation. ~Fred E. Waterbury and Family, C. E.
Waterbury and Family.
June 13, 1929
SENEY: (By Special Correspondent)
W. D. Kennedy of Denver, Colo., who spent the past two weeks with his
son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ewin, left on Monday evening for
Misses Ella Manchester and Pauline Whitman of Storm Lake were callers Sunday
in the Mrs. Elizabeth March home. Miss Erlynne Kennedy accompanied them
home for a few days visit, returning home on Wednesday.
Miss Myrtle Holster, who has taught the past year at Geddes, S.D., is
spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Holster.
F. A. Becker lost a valuable heifer last Sunday.
The Children’s Day program was largely attended on Sunday morning and much
John Lancaster Sr. was a Sioux City visitor on Monday.
Miss Constance Chapman, who taught in the Dazey, N.D., high school, arrived
on Thursday of last week and is spending her vacation in the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Chapman.
On Thursday evening of last week, Mr. and Mrs. Miles McArthur and daughters,
Ethel and Joyce, of Sheldon, motored here and called at the Mrs. Elizabeth
March home. Mrs. Dan McArthur accompanied them home after spending a week
here with her mother, Mrs. March.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ewin and children and W. D. Kennedy drove to Ireton on
Sunday and visited with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bushby.
Mrs. Gavin Moir, a former resident of Fargo, N.D., is visiting in the Geo.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerben Keizer and children of Fairview, S.D., visited relatives
here on Sunday.
Rev. S. J. Wallace of Salix was calling on friends here on Monday.
The section men were called out Tuesday night following the storm.
Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Metcalf and family, accompanied by his mother and
father, left Tuesday for the lakes for a vacation. Rev. Metcalf will be back
for services on Sunday.
Irving McArthur has taken a position with the Standard Oil Co., and his
brother Melvin has taken his job on the track.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Atter and family of Ramona, Okla., were calling on friends
here this week on the way back to Oklahoma, after spending the past two
weeks in Minnesota. They left here for Leeds to visit her mother and from
there to Charter Oak, then through Nebraska and home.
Miss Alice Deegan visited on Sunday in the Grant Chapman home and left that
evening for Sheldon where she will attend summer school of the extension
division of I. S. T. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Watson Reeves and children of near LeMars were dinner guests on
Sunday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Osborne.
Mrs. Jake Berkenpas has a severe attack of bronchitis.
Messrs. Hahn and Dean of Sioux City helped do painting on the church
property on Monday.
The W. H. M. S. will meet next Wednesday, June 19th, with Mrs. Wm. Buss. All
ladies are invited.
The men of the community, under the supervision of Rev. M. L. Metcalf,
finished the painting on the church and parsonage on Monday.
Z. Rayburn and Jno. Lancaster Jr. were business callers at Sioux Center on
The Ladies Aid Society will hold an ice cream social on the church lawn
Friday evening, June 14th. Everyone is invited.
Mrs. Edwin Groth and small son of Minneapolis is visiting in the home of her
brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hawkins.
C. E. Moore has been building a chicken house for W. E. Hennrich this week.
C. W. Reeves was a Sioux City visitor on Saturday.
Fred and Miss Pauline Riter visited in the home of their uncle and aunt, Mr.
and Mrs. Hugh Dealy, of Sioux City, on Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Daugherty and son John visited Sunday in the Henry and
Nathan Conner homes, near Moville.
Mrs. Frank Becker and Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Becker motored to Sioux City on
Friday and spent the day.