Le Mars Sentinel, March 3, 1933
LAST RITES FOR MRS. J. L. BALDWIN
Was Well Known Resident Of The County In The Early Eighties
Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon in the Beely mortuary chapel for Mrs.
Lucy Baldwin, aged 81, of Worthington, Minn., who died at her home there
February 22, from illness due to old age and complications.
Rev. F. E. Burgess, pastor of the First Methodist church, conducted the
services which were attended by a number of old friends and interment was
made in the city cemetery.
Lucy Abigail Benjamin was born February 4, 1852, in New York state where she
grew to young womanhood and was married to James L. Baldwin. Following
their marriage they lived for a few years in New York state and then came to
Iowa and located in Le Mars in the early eighties, moving several years
later to Minnesota where they farmed for eighteen years. They moved to
Worthington about twenty years ago to make their home.
Mr. Baldwin preceded his wife in death seventeen year ago. Three children
to them all died in infancy.
The family is well remembered by older residents in Le Mars and Fredonia
TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hodgson Will Celebrate Golden Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hodgson residing at 126 Seventh Street SE., pioneer
settlers in Plymouth County, will celebrate their fiftieth wedding
anniversary Tuesday, March 7. They will hold open house from 2 to 5 in
honor of the occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dennis and son visited the first part of the week at the
R. E. Jones home. Mr. Dennis formerly worked in the jewelry store for Mr.
Jones. He is at present helping his father in the grain and coal business
in Randolph, Neb.
March 23, 1933
Mrs. John Riter died at her home in Rock Rapids, Ia., Sunday afternoon, at
the advanced age of 86 years and 4 months. Mrs. Riter spent some time in the
home of her son, Ed. Riter, near Seney, this county, and was known by many
people in that community. Other children surviving are J. Philip Riter, of
Ireton, Ia.; George, of Brookings, S.D.; Charles, of Vermillion, S.D.; John
and Lester, and Mrs. Jack Kern. The past six years Mrs. Riter has been
living with her son, at Rock Rapids, where the funeral was held Wednesday
afternoon. Mrs. T. M. Shawhan, of this city, attended her grandmother’s
The Auxiliary Committee will be at the city hall Saturday, from 2:00 till
4:00 for the distribution of clothing for the needy.
Robert Brown, who is taking a veterinary course at State college, Ames,
spent the spring vacation of one week at his home here.
S.D. Jacobson, a well known LeMars insurance man, representing the Equitable
Life Assurance Company of New York City, who had many friends in Akron
through frequent visits here during the past few years, died quite suddenly
from a heart attack Friday morning, March 17, while visiting relatives at
his old home town, Paullina, Iowa. He was in usual good spirits during the
evening and planned to return to LeMars. Suddenly not feeling well, he
telephoned his wife that he was remaining over night. About 2 o’clock Friday
morning a member of the household went to his room to ascertain his
condition and found that death had come. His age was 33, and his untimely
departure is mourned by his widow, seven sisters and two brothers. Mr.
Jacobson was a fine, clean young man, esteemed by all who knew him. He was
particularly well known among local golfers, being an ardent devotee of that
outdoor pastime. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and of the
Masonic fraternity. Rev. F. F. Robinson, of this city, formerly pastor of
the M. E. church at Paullina, conducted the funeral service in the
Presbyterian Church there Monday afternoon, assisted by Rev. DePree of the
LeMars Presbyterian Church. Interment was at Paullina.
LIVED ALL LIFE IN SAME HOUSE
Mrs. Agnes Tindall, of LeMars, a pioneer resident of the Adaville vicinity,
received the following clipping from a newspaper in England making mention
of the death and funeral of a relative:
“The funeral took place at Langton Churchyard, Duns, on Saturday, of Mr.
P.C. Weir, Langton Mill, one of the oldest farmers in the district.
“Mr. Weir, who succeeded his father in the tenancy of Langton Mill about
thirty years ago, was 77. He took no part in public affairs, but was much
esteemed in the community. He died in the house in which he was born on the
first night it was occupied by his parents. During his long life he had
never slept under any other roof.”
March 27, 1933
GIRL WANTS TO KNOW HER FAMILY
Former Postmaster Hears From Mrs. D.W. Belt Jr. In Dallas
J. E. Kelley, formerly postmaster of LeMars, has received the following
letter. If anyone knows the persons asked for is requested to write:
March 22, 1933
Mr. James Kelley,
Dear Sir: I wrote you last week asking for the name of the postmaster at
LeMars in 1917. I take it, that you were the postmaster then by the reply I
My letter will be either of no importance to you or a great deal. I am
trying to locate the parents of my niece’s mother, the mother died in 1918.
I have raised this child, (my brother’s child.) She has reached an age,
where I think she should contact her grandparents not for any reason except
that she should know her mother’s family. My brother’s name is Harry
Simmons. All I ever knew was the first name of the wife (Ann.) I sincerely
hope this will end my search for (Betty) the child is most anxious to know
her family. The only thing I had to work on was an off-hand way. Years ago
Ann, I believe wrote me her father was postmaster at LeMars. If you are not
the father of this girl, this letter will seem utterly ridiculous to you.
The other information I have is that there was a large family of boys, 4 or
5, and two girls in this family. So perhaps, LeMars being a small place, you
would know of the family.
I sincerely hope I have not infringed on your time by such a disconnected
letter, but I have known of no other way. Hoping to have a reply at your
earliest convenience, I am respectfully, Mrs. W.D. Belt Jr., 6956 Lakewood
Blvd., Dallas, Texas.
SLEET BLAMED FOR ACCIDENT
Mrs. Glen Keough Injured When Auto Hits Parked Automobile Near Here
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Keough, while driving along the highway about four miles
north of LeMars, Friday afternoon, had the misfortune of colliding into the
back of a parked automobile belonging to a salesman. Mrs. Keough received a
cut on the forehead and one on the knee besides other bruises and minor
injuries. She was taken to the LeMars clinic where stitches were taken in
her forehead and knee.
The accident occurred when a salesman whose name was not learned, stopped to
wipe sleet off his car. With visibility being very poor at the time, Mr.
Keough was driving with his head out the window trying to see the road. Not
seeing the parked auto on his right, he ran into it. A passing motorist
brought Mrs. Keough to the clinic.
Both autos were badly damaged in the accident but the salesman and Mr.
Keough were not injured.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, March 28, 1933
Scholars in Rural Schools Given Perfect Record in Attendance
Plymouth County rural pupils who have had perfect attendance for the sixth
month of school:
Elaine Buss, Lavonne Criswell, Lorraine Kilker, John Schnepf, Robert Kilker,
Dwight Sampson, Paula Schnepf, Iola Sampson, Stanley Rohlfsen, Shirley
Rohlfsen, Joyce Petersen, Betty Obermier, Bobbie Obermier.
Mary Alice Groetken, Patricia Deegan, Henry Groetken Jr., Phyllis Wilde,
Elvit Falk, Wayne Detloff, Edwin Detloff, Alfred Detloff, Nellie Smit,
Thomas Smit, Cornie Smit, Earl Buss, Anna Grosenheider, William
Grosenheider, Lorraine Grosenheider, Lloyd Grosenheider, Marian Brunken.
Doris Mae Bride, Michael McDermott, Francis McDermott, Bernice Burke, Thelma
Jeanne Foran, Leo McDermott, Gerald Burke, Edna Bowman, Bernard Plendl,
Maxine Carel, Jack Bowman, Bonnie Carel, Thelma Pratt, Dorothy Pratt, Ralph
Sitzmann, Mildred Sitzmann, Madonna Sitzmann, Florice Atkinson, Ferne
Sitzmann, Eta Sitzmann, Roman Sitzmann, Alta Sitzmann, James Nugent, Rudolph
Puttmann, Betty Puttmann, Ramey Dean Stanton, Jimmie Stanton, Mary French,
Veryl Hamil, Darlene French, Marjorie Daniel, Alvin Pittmann, Luella Gries,
Rudolph Gries, LeRoy Gries, Alan Harvey, Eldon Roepke.
Susie DeJong, Roy Bouma, Melvin Bouma, Lester Foreman, Ethel Mortensen,
Viola Larsen, Melvin Mortensen, Helen Nielsen, Harold Nielsen, Lillian
Nielsen, Gwendolyn Bogh, Marvin Walinga, Alvin Petersen, Irene Petersen,
Vernon Miller, Gratia Walinga, Floyd Miller, Helen Porte, Doris Miller,
Marvin Porte, John Porte, Homer Porte, Wilbur Miller, Russell Porte, Ervin
Lassen, Etheline Gengler, Phyllis Koster.
Shirley Kramer, Gwendolyn Griffith, Grace Woods, Shirley Conry, Gaylon
Kuchel, Edwin Murray, Bernell Kuchel, Dale Murray, Marcelene Kuchel, Jeanne
Van Buskirk, Howard Van Buskirk, Wesley Van Buskirk, Junior Hardie, Joe
Little, Betty Lou Little, Laverne Olson, Elmer Rock, Dorothy Olson, Cleo
Pattorff, Joe Stahl, Vernon Gross, Dorothy Sheeler, Audrey Laude.
Marvis McFarland, Merle McFarland, Zelma Ludwigs, James McDougall, Gerd
Ludwigs, Mabel McDougall, Dolores Oltmann, Lucella Lubben, Marvin Renken,
Lester Renken, Walter Renken, Walter Von Hagel, Herbert Doering, Lester
Langendorfer, Fern Halweg, Henry Marienau, Marie Marienau.
Harvey Baxter, Vernon Rich, Norman Weber, Pearl Holder, Dorraine McCampbell,
Charles Weber, Charles Solomon, Dorothy Bunch, Mary Jane Luchsinger, Grace
Loker, Lawrence Bunch, Verna Bunch.
Dorothy Klingbeil, Edna Klingbeil, Faye Letsche, Evelyn Klingbeil, Shirley
Klingbeil, Elsie Mehlop, William Sanow, Vernon Steffen, Donald Ott, Arnold
Ott, Melvin Englebrecht, Vivianne Gehrens, Raymond Guttner, Earl Klaschen,
Wilma Klaschen, Lillian Groepper, Alvin Groepper, Evelyn Olson, Gloria
Heesch, Harriet Pratt, Royce Herrill, Wayne Herrill, Clair Herrill, Verna
Grubb, Melvin Meister, Dale Grubb, Sylvia Meister.
Raymond Peters, Merlin Peters, Chester Henak, Kathryn Dungan, Donald
Ferguson, Madelyn Macklem, Adrian Macklem, Robert Tiesler, Earl Riediger,
Jeanette Speckmann, Dorothy Tiesler, Gordon Winter, Albert Tiesler, Margaret
Schwasinger, Dale Riediger, LaVaun Junck, Betty Junck, Donald Junck,
Clarence Friedman, Shirley Diediker, Lee Woolworth, Howard Woolworth.
William Haage, Arnold Haage, James Thomas, Harvey Haage, Charlotte Johnson,
Sylvester Vanderham, Wilmer Klemme, Irene Johnson, Naomi Johnson, Daryl
Jeffers, Charles Johnson, Gordon Klemme, Darlene Miller, Donald Lucken, Alan
Tindall, Eldon Bryant, Phyllis Tindall, Boby Lucken, Ardeth Baldwin, Louis
Hoffmann, Peter Hoffmann, Dolores Markinson, Robert Markinson, Kenneth
Brown, Marvin Dreeszen, Gladys Giffrow, Dwight Brown, Donald Milbrodt,
Robert Dreeszen, Wallace Brown, Arlene Milbrodt, Merlin Brown, Glen
Iva Mae Epling, Eugene Puetz, Donald Taylor, Walter Brown, Maxine Puetz,
Marvin Schoen, Shirley Krier, Lucretia Taylor, Donald Brown, Doris Brown,
Harriet Puetz, Leona Fagan, Forest Campbell, Lucille Seibens, Vivian
Campbell, Esther Seibels, Donald Campbell, Donald Beaulieu, Wilma Campbell,
Vernon Beaulieu, Blanche Kovarna, Gladys Kovarna, Josephine Kovarna.
Paul Beck, William Muecke, Leona Schoenrock, Anna Mae Muecke, Kenneth
Torgler, Mildred Torgler, Esther Stabe, Hans Muecke, Margaret Muecke, Martin
Muecke, Hilda Muecke, Mariana Torgler, Robert Torgler, Lucille Binneboese,
Hilda Jennings, Robert Heimgartner, Mildred Plendl, Madonna Plendl, Lloyd
Howe, Donald Binneboese, Alving Jennings, Kenneth Muecke, Raymond Plendl,
Duane Heimgartner, Lowell Howe, Shirley Plendl, Eugene Binneboese, Merlin
Franzen, Marvin Wiener, Lorna Wiener, Louis Wiener, Naomi Wiener, Dickie
Krause, Dale Sitzmann, Emilie Krause, Howard Sitzman, Marjorie Sitzman.
Beulah Harvey, Norman Kloster, Irene Harvey, Irene Wisser, Donnabelle
Laddusaw, Thelma Harvey, Shirley Gengler, Billie Kramer, Dorothy Nilles,
Vernon Loutsch, Lorraine Wolf, Rita Nilles, LeRoy Wolf, Rita Tentinger,
Arthur Loutsch, Walter Nilles, Doris Tentinger, Roman Wolf, Dolores Loutsch,
Robert Hazen, Donald Beelner, Dorothy Beelner, Phillip Hazen, Joseph
Beelner, Marcel Beelner, Clifford Tonsfeldt, Irma Holtgrewe, Burdette
Holtgrewe, Robert Neuenschwander, Ruby Engelbrecht, Joseph Krogman, Orville
Hames, Shirley Collins, Glenn Juhl, Roman Ruba, Harold Ruba, Clara Collins,
Ilene Juhl, Glenn Witt, Dorothy Wulf, Elmer Wulf, Gilbert Raveling.
Howard Kovarna, Warren Bonnes, Leon Christensen, Doris Kovarna, Donna
Kovarna, Melvin Williams, Charlie Kovarna, Jean Williams, Nettie Ferguson,
Robert Ohlsen, Delores Glau, Carol Jean Sloan, Eugene Davidson, Burdette
Prestage, Robert Rodwig, Frances Woods, Emily Winders, Robert Woods, Gordon
Woods, Betty Loomis, Jacqueline Rodwig.
Robert Dennler, Wayne Spies, James Bogenrief, Frances Campbell, Marvin
Herbst, Betty Jane Schindel, Helen Herbst, Billy Schneider, Virgil Campbell,
Marvin Schindel, Doris Campbell, Catherine Mulder, Alvida Nelson, Evelyn
Zimmerman, Carol Zimmerman, Billy Zimmerman, Wilma Fischer, Kenneth
Gaumnitz, Darlene Kehrberg, Mary Zimmerman, Darrell Berner, Evah Herman,
Junior Kehrberg, Gerald Herman, Bethel Fischer, Irene Philips, Helen
Ohlrichs, Clifford Bauerly, Eugene Braun, Dorothy Ohlrichs, Walter Susemihl,
Ronald Penne, Donald Penne, Bernice Ohlrichs, Edward Nielson, Dale Nielson,
Evelyn Blackmore, Juanita Blackmore, Lawrence Blackmore, Dorothy Blackmore.
Rosie Vanderham, Helen Harris, William Vanderham, Stanley Harris, Gaynor
Harris, Lois Jean Harris, Jay Robertson, Delmar Gerrietts, Marvin Hartmann,
Norman Hartmann, Velma Ross, Arnold Hitzemann, Robert Hitzemann, Herbert
Strobehn, Melvin Ross, Virginia Sampson, Bernadine Hartman, Elmer Meske,
Robert Tucker, June Finzen, LaVerne Anderson, Marvin Kaelke, Ida Maye
Howard, Alvin Friske, Ivan Finzen, Ray Kaelke, Naomi Finzen, Milton
Anderson, Arlo Finzen, Anna Moller, Emil Willer, Gerhard Moller, Donald
Willer, Evelyn Meins, Anna Meins, Daniel Searls, Francis Willer, Tommy
Kenny, Margaret Phillips, Mildred Kenny, Richard Phillips.
Arlo Fullerton, Evelyn Rohlfs, Edward Dommer, Wesley Holtdorf, Bernice
Rohlfs, Leona Rohlfs, Lloyd Vander Molen, Gertrude Vander Molen, Helen Van
Buskirk, Willie Van Buskirk, Charlotte Van Buskirk, Gladys Lee, Marvin
Frerichs, Franklin Lee, Wilma Lee, Stanley Bay, Lowell Gerrietts, Velma
Gronemeyer, Arlene Heimrichs, Irma Gronemeyer, Robert Hillrichs, Shirley
Gronemeyer, Lois Hillrichs, Lowell Hillrichs, Lillian Plueger, George
Plueger, Ruth Frerichs, Norma Barker, Irene Pluss, Lavonne Jacobs, Leonard
Klemme, William Milbrodt, Raymond Tapper, Irene Cassen, Arnold Klemme,
George Milbrodt, Lester Tapper, Marion Flaherty, Dorothy Milbrodt, Dorothy
Tapper, Wilma Cassen, Norman Klemme, Vera Milbrodt, Lowell Klemme, Robert
Milbrodt, Orville Tapper.
Alfred Schmitt, Evelyn Ericksen, Irvin Wittkop, Eilene Maass, Martha
Loutsch, Lorna Jaminet, Charles Nielsen, Florence Jaminet, Junior Jurgensen,
Earl Loutsch, Kenneth Miller, Lorna Heidesch, Allen Lang, Kenneth Harnack,
Phyllis Borm, Lloyd Harnack.
Remsen Rural Independent:
Lois Anderson, Donald Anderson, Paul Mary Frances Lang, Betty Marie Frank,
Betty Ann Lang.
Duane Hawkins, Royal Hawkins, Maurice Harrington, John Tracy, Marcella
Tracy, Edward Tracy, Hazel Heath, Harold Laurence, Darlene Laurence, Marvin
Morehead, Edward Heath, Harvey Heath, Lulu Heath.
Milton Kunkel, Mary Schroeder, Milo Kunkel, Donald Fischer, Gladys Fischer,
John Murphy, Francis Murphy, Marian Fischer, Duane Berner, Violet Fischer,
Kasper Feuerhelm, Dorothy Popken, Robert Walker, Marjorie Brandstetter,
Richard Walker, Roger Brandstetter, John Feuerhelm, Marvin Fischer, Juanita
Schultz, Beulah Schultz, Elvin Lippke, Gladys Lippke, Darrell Bixby, Lowell
Bixby, Harold Lippke, Bruce Connor, Virgil Ruhland, Burl Connor, Donald
Lang, Vernon Britt, Ward Jansen, Marvel Schulz, Blanche VanPeursem, Russell
Amanda Jelken, Henry Jelken, Helen Eilkes, Cleo Joustra, Clifford Joustra,
Delbert Joustra, Shirley Rowe, Lillian Jelken, Irene Jelken, Wayne Mattas,
Lorraine Hoefling, Robert Petersen, Leonard Harrison, Merlin Harrison,
Norman Braune, Molly Howes, Jean Howes, Gladys Braband, Sylvia Braband,
Robert Soukup, Wallace Braband.
Arlene Plueger, Fern Plueger, Lloyd Andresen, Wayne Andresen, Amelia
Lambert, Robert Lambert, Bobbie Smith, Gene Dewey, Mahlon Dewey, Virgil
Emmick, Alva Rozell, Mona Rozell, Archie Rozell, Muriel Rozell, Arlo Rozell,
Raymond Bockelman, Maxine Shearer, Lorraine Shearer.
Rosie Wilkins, Viola Marienau, Phyllis Harms, Earl Popken, Henry McHale,
Clarence Marienau, John McHale, Darlene Frerichs, Donald Plueger, Doris
Dickman, Bernard McHale, John Wilken, Wallace Plueger, Wesley Albright,
Marjorie McHale, Myrtle Diediker, Marie Harms, Verjean Harms, Melvin
Stephenson, Don Dickman, Nina Gerdes, Mildred Popken, Herman Wilken, Elmer
Plueger, Harold Harms, Marvin Siebens, Gene Dickman.
Ervin Johnson, Marvin Marienau, Arlene Hutton, Derith Frericks, Annaleen
Ladwig, Emral Oloff, Wayne Heusinkveld, Helen Ludwigs, Leonard Marienau,
Edwin Eilers, Vernon Ludwigs, Verna Johnson, Leonard Schmidt, Phyllis
Heusinkveld, Annas Schuette, Elmer Eilers, Ellwood Ladwig, Esther Ludwigs,
Mildred Ludwigs, Edna Peduzzi, Lido Peduzzi, Dwaine Schmidt, Hilbert
Lillian Frerichs, Stanley Tindall, Irma Lammers, Elmer Martfeld, Orville
Durr, Mary Tindall, Shirley Frerichs, George Martfeld, Leo Flaherty.
Ruth McArthur, John Daugherty, Willard Anstine, Albert Olson, Virginia
Green, Willie Olson, Raymond McArthur, Lawrence Olson.
Robert Wilhelmi, Dorothy Wilhelmi, Marie Painter, Hazel Berg, Irene
Wilhelmi, Fern Keane, Marvin Harms, Russell Husby, Helen Determan, Phyllis
Mueller, Opal Husby, Lawrence Petz, Dorothy Petz, Eldon Berg, Elizabeth
Wellong, Edward Wilhelmi, Nicholas Wellong, Florence Trafton, Jeanette
Osborne, Rosanna Berg, Regina Harms, Marie Determann, Dolores Mueller,
Franklin Wilhelmi, Angeline Harms, Jewell Galland.
March 31, 1933
DEATH CLAIMS OLD SETTLERS
Ben Helmrichs Passes Away At His Home In This City Tuesday
Ben Helmrichs, well known resident of Plymouth county and LeMars for many
years, died at his home, 215 Third Avenue NW, Tuesday, March 28, at the age
of seventy-five years. His death was due to complications and old age.
Berend Helmrichs, son of Hinrich Helmrichs and his wife, Christine, nee
Wilken, was born on April 11, 1858, at Uthover, Kreiss Wittmund
Ostfriesland, Germany. He came to this county when twenty-seven years of
age, settling first at Coleridge, Neb. He remained there a short time and
then came to Iowa, working here and there in the neighborhood of LeMars.
In 1889 he was united in marriage with Mary Rickert. Mrs. Helmrichs died
November last. Mr. Helmrichs farmed in Preston township until 1910 when he
came to LeMars. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
The funeral will be held this afternoon in St. John’s Lutheran Church at 2
The service will be in the English language with the pastor, Rev. J. J.
Vollmar, in charge. Rev. Theo. Meyer, of the Preston township Lutheran
Church, will speak in the German language. Interment will be made in the
LeMars City Cemetery.
Mr. Helmrichs leaves one daughter, Mrs. John Bohlken, of Ireton, five
grandchildren and one great grandchild, one brother John Helmrichs of
Ireton, a sister in Germany, many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Helmrichs was a fine citizen and neighbor and enjoyed the respect of all
who knew him.
CRAIG RESIDENT DIES
Mrs. Jack Ames Succumbs To Infirmities of Age
Mrs. Elizabeth Ames, wife of John Ames, resident of Plymouth county, died at
her home near Craig Tuesday, March 28, after an illness due to infirmities
of age. She had been seriously ill the past few months. She was about 78
Mrs. Ames was left an orphan at an early age and was brought up by a family
named Babson. She was married to John Ames and they farmed near Craig for
the past thirty years. She leaves her husband to mourn her death.
Mrs. Ames was highly regarded in the community and was liked and respected
in a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
The funeral was held in St. Joseph Catholic church in Struble Wednesday,
Rev. J. B. Greteman, the pastor, officiating and the interment made in the
NEW MAYOR AT CRAIG
Alfred Winterfeld Is Chosen To Head Affairs For Ensuing Two Years
At the city election held in Craig, a clean sweep of old officials was made
and a new mayor and city council elected. The officers elected are Alfred
Winterfeld, mayor; Emil Schultz, assessor; Michael Ludwigs, treasurer; F. H.
Oloff, H. F. Baack, Walter Baack, Henry Eilers and Nelson Hutton,
Mr. Winterfeld succeeds R. F. Green, the present mayor. The contest for
offices brought out a large vote.
YOUNG MOTHER ANSWERS CALL
MRS ROBERT L. DEMPSTER DIES FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS
OF FOURTEEN MONTHS
Mrs. Dempster, wife of Robert L. Dempster, well known business man of
LeMars, died at her home, 215 Second Avenue SE, Wednesday morning at the age
of 36 years, following a long and painful illness of fourteen months
The news of her death cast a gloom among a large circle of friends and
acquaintances with whom she was a favorite, due to her personality and
lovable qualities. Her death in early life comes as a shock to the bereaved
husband and children bereft of the care of a mother.
Since becoming a resident of LeMars, Mrs. Dempster gained many friendships.
Prior to coming to LeMars to reside she was an efficient and popular teacher
in the Plymouth county schools.
Her maiden name was Wilma Coons and she was born November 22, 1896, at
Roseville, Ill. The family moved from Roseville to Edina, Missouri, when she
was a girl of ten years. They came to Plymouth county in 1921 and later
returned to Missouri.
Wilma Coons received a good education, attending the public schools in Edina
and the State Teachers college at Kirksville, Mo. She taught in country
schools in Knox and Scotland counties, Missouri, for five years and coming
to Plymouth county was a teacher in the Union township schools for two
She was united in marriage September 28, 1925, at Boone, Iowa, with Robert
L. Dempster, of LeMars.
She leaves to mourn her untimely death her husband, Robert L. Dempster, two
daughters, Bonnie Marie and Margaret Ann, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George
Coons, of Edina, Mo., three sisters, Esther Coons, of LeMars, Mildred Coons,
of Rockford, Ill., Mrs. Millard Cory, of Kirksville, Mo.
Final Rites This Afternoon
The funeral will be held this afternoon with services at the First Baptist
church, Plymouth Street S.W Rev. T. P. Potter officiating and interment will
be made in the city cemetery.