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LAST RITES FOR REV. F.B. NIXON
Many Persons Attend the Funeral of Former S.C. Pastor
Several hundred person, among them many ministers with who he had been
associated in the Northwestern Iowa conference of the Methodist
Episcopal church, were present at the last rites of Rev. F.B. Nixon, of
Seney, Ia, which were held at the Grace Methodist church Monday
Rev. H. E. Hutchinson, a close friend of Rev. Mr. Nixon, assisted by
Rev. T.S. Bassett, another intimate friend, officiated at the services.
Interment was in Graceland Park cemetery. W. Harry Christy, undertaker,
was in charge.
The pallbearers were: Rev. B.M Watson, Rev. John P. Hantla, Rev. W.M.
Hubbard, Rev. J.L. DeWitt, Rev. J. A. Kettle and Rev. C.V. Hulfe. All
of them were close friends of Rev. Mr. Nixon.
The death of Rev. Mr. Nixon followed an illness of two years. He was
well known in Sioux City having served as pastor of the Whitfield
Methodist Episcopal church here for five years. He also was
superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal church in the Ida Grove
district until poor health forced him to resign.
REV. L. E. WARDLE WAS FORMER PASTOR—AT SENEY CHURCH
Rev. Lawrence E. Wardle, 82, minister in the north Iowa Methodist
conference for 32 years died Sunday, Jan. 8, in Hershey hospital,
He had held pastorates in Seney, Anthon, Ayrshire, Buffalo Center, West
Bend, Hubbard and Williams.
He was born in Buxton, England.
MRS. MARGARET H. BAKER
Mrs. Margaret Held Baker, 70, Moville, died at her home Saturday after
an illness of several months.
Mrs. Baker was born February 9, 1885, at Hinton, Iowa. She was married
to Rev. W.N. Baker September 29, 1925.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Branch Methodist
church and burial well be in the Rock Branch cemetery.
Mrs. Baker is survived by the widower; four stepsons, Weldon N. of
Emporia, Kan., Francis A. of Houston, Tex., Carl E. of Moville and
Phillip H. of Early, Iowa; a stepdaughter, Mrs. J.L. DeGarmo of Lake
View, Iowa; seven brothers, P.E. Held, G.E. Held, Fred Held, Albert
Held, Ben Held, Walter Held, and Elmer Held, all of Hinton; a sister,
Mrs. Carrie Bancroft, also of Hinton and 13 grandchildren.
FRED SIEGE WAS TAKEN SUDDENLY
Sioux County Resident Victim of Heart Attack
Fred Siege, well known resident of Sioux county, passed away suddenly
Saturday morning following a heart attack.
Mr. Siege, was born in Cedar county, Iowa, Dec. 13, 1884. When six
years old he moved to a farm near Maurice with his parents where he has
resided ever since. At the time of his death he had attained the age of
56 years, 11months and 16 days.
On May 26, 1915, he was united in marriage to Olga Mueller. To this
union three children were born, Lorene of LeMars, Lorna at home and
Wesley, who died in infancy.
Mr. Siege was a member of St. John's Lutheran church near Ireton.
Besides his wife and daughter he leaves to mourn the following brothers
and sisters: Henry Siege of Maurice, Mrs. Henry Franke of Ireton, Mrs.
Lena Mueller of Maurice, Mrs. Henry Werley of LeMars, Anne Siege of
Seattle, Wash., and one half sister, Mrs. Claus Svmwier of Sioux City.
Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
Mr. Siege had been in poor health for a number of years. On the morning
of his death he had gone out to do his morning chores. After he was
gone for some time, Mrs. Siege went to look for him and found him
slumped by a water tank in the hog barn. Help was called, but it was
soon learned that he had already passed on.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock at the
house and 1:45 at St. John's Lutheran church near Ireton.
Interment will be made in the Reading township cemetery. Mauer's
funeral home having charge of services.
Six nephews acting as pallbearers will be Silas Siege, Elmer Franke,
Orin Franke, Lloyd Mueller, Wm. Schwier, and Frank Utech.
[Year of death was 1941]
ALLIE HAWKINS YOUNG FARMER PASSES AWAY
Well Known and Prominent Resident of Elgin Township Dies After Brief
Death claimed R. A. Hawkins, 49, prominent farmer and stockman, of Elgin
township at the Sacred Heart hospital in this city Sunday afternoon
after a brief illness of cerebral meningitis.
Mr. Hawkins was life long resident of this vicinity and was widely
known. Among this associates and friends he was called “Allie” Hawkins.
He was born in Elgin township October 8, 1885.
He is survived by his wife, Lizzie Lancaster, to whom he was married
June 5, 1907, and one daughter, Harriet. He also leaves his mother Mrs.
R.H. Hawkins, of Seney, two brothers, W.G. Hawkins and Albert Hawkins,
of this county, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Hayes, of Minneapolis, and
Mrs. Jessie Potter of Mitchell, S.D.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock in the Seney Methodist church.
DEATH CLAIMS THOMAS HILLERY
Father of Journal Employee Succumbs to Heart Attack
Following a heart attack Friday afternoon, Thomas Hillery, 73 years old,
508 Jones Street, died in a Sioux City hospital. Mr. Hillery was
stricken shortly after he began his duties as a watchman at the Chicago,
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha railway shops. He reported for work at
Mr. Hillery was born June 2, 1857, in New Diggings, Wis. He had been a
resident of Sioux City 18 years. He was the father of Ralph Hillery, an
employee of The Journal.
After residing in Wisconsin until he was 20 years old, Mr. Hillery came
to LeMars, where he lived and worked in the old English settlement. He
was a resident of LeMars 35 years and was well known there. He operated
a meat market there for many years.
Survivors include the widow; two sons, Ralph and Thomas W., both of
Sioux City; three daughters, Mrs. H.P. Hildebrand of Sioux City; Miss
Mildred Hillery, of Denver; and Mrs. William Marr, of Wallace, Ida.; two
brothers, Ralph and Moses Hillery, of New Diggings, Wis., and two
sisters, Mrs. Mary Winters, of New Diggings, and Mrs. Elizabeth Jahncke,
of Swanville, Minn.
The body is at Samuel's funeral home pending the completion of funeral
LOIS OSBORNE PASSES AWAY
The funeral service of Lois Osborne of Seney, Iowa, took place last
Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the M.E. Church, Seney. The pastor, Bertie Watson
conducted the services. Appropriate music was rendered by the ladies
quartet which consisted of Mesdames J. Walkup, F. Rees, A. Hawkins, and
Guy Enstine. Miss Jessie Reeves presided at the organ. Subject of
sermon Daughter of Jairus Restored to Life, the text was taken from the
Gospel according to Luke chapter 8 verse 50, “Fear not only believe.”
The pastor said among other things, “No one has ever been able to put a
parent's love on the scales and weigh it, nor measure it with a yard
Christ has done more for our little sister than he did for the daughter
of Jairus. Jesus raised this girl to the old life only to die again but
he has raised Lois to a glorified life. She was expected to recite a
piece on Children's Day but she will repeat it now before the great
After the ceremony the remains were laid in the LeMars cemetery.
The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Osborne and was born
in Seney and live to be 9 years, 7 months and 15 days old. She has been
in poor health for some time.
An operation was considered necessary but it failed to save her life and
on Sunday, April 29, 1917, at 4 p.m. she quietly and peacefully passed
away at the Mosher Hospital, LeMars.
Lois showed exceptional patience, cheer, and endurance while in the
hospital. A few days before she died she received eighty post cards
from her friends in Seney and community which showed how much every one
valued and loved her. She leaves to mourn her loss a host of friends.
The chief mourners are Father, Mother, John and Edith Osborne, Osborne
sisters, Mrs. May Britton and Josie Osborne and Grandma Haviland.
Pall bearers were uncle of the deceased, Stephen Osborne, Thos. Osborne,
George Osborne. Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were
Wm. Sardison and his four sons of Sioux City, uncle and cousins of the
deceased and Mrs. Geo. Reeves of Mission Hill, S.D.
Almost three hundred persons attended the funeral.
Lois was a member of the Seney Sunday School and also attended the Buss
The Ladies Aid furnished flowers and decorated the church.
SENEY RESIDENT FOR LONG YEARS
Mrs. John Osborne Was Well Known and Esteemed in the Community
Following an illness which overtook her at Christmas time, Mrs. John
Osborne, well known Plymouth county resident, died at her home at Seney,
Monday morning at the age of 56 years. [January 27, 1930]
Mrs. Osborne was the daughter of early settlers in Plymouth county and
was born January 5, 1874. She was married to John Osborne, September
13, 1893, and they farmed many years in Elgin township. Four children
were born to them. Two daughters, Leila and Lois, preceded their mother
in death. Mrs. Osborne leaves to mourn he death her husband, John
Osborne, two daughters, Mrs. C. L. Britton, and Mrs. J. M. Kunath,
living north of LeMars, and her mother Mrs. Susan Haviland, of Seney.
There are four grandchildren. Mrs. Osborne was widely known and
esteemed in the community.
The funeral services will be held in the Methodist church at 2 o'clock
in Seney, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. M. L. Metcalfe, officiating.
SARAH BOWSFIELD CALYER
Died at her home in the city of Darlington, Wisc., June 11, 1910, Mrs.
Sarah B. Calyer. Deceased was born at Platteville, Wis., August 5,
1857. About the year 1860, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Knewstubb,
moved to the town of Argyle, Wisc., where she grew to womanhood. She
was married to James Calyer at Seney, Iowa, Nov. 5, 1875. After a few
years they settled in Argyle, Wisc., and made that village their home
until six years ago when they came to Darlington, Wisc., where she
remained until her death.
Twelve years ago she became a member of the M.E. Church and continued a
member of that church until the Master's summons came calling her to,
“That Home not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.”
For the last four years she has been an invalid, but not withstanding
her intense suffering she was ever cheerful and hopeful, ever losing
sight of self and seeking only to make others happy, furnishing a
splendid example of that Christian fortitude which enables His children
to bear affliction without murmur. She is survived by her husband, two
daughters, four sisters and four brothers, all of whom were at her
bedside during the ladys of her illness.
The funeral was held June 14, the services being held at the church in
the village of Argyle and conducted by Rev. W. E. Boeticher of this
city, assisted by Rev. W. E. Callahan of Argyle. Interment was at the
cemetery in Argyle village.
HAND IS MANGLED IN CORN SHELLER
Sleeve Caught in Sprocket Chain When Operator Was Adjusting Oil Cup
Orville L. Cooper had his hand badly mangled Wednesday morning when the
member was caught in a corn shelling machine. Cooper was assisting in
corn shelling operations at the farm of John Lancaster, near Seney, when
the accident occurred. He was engaged in adjusting the cap of an oil
cup, when the sleeve of his coat on the right arm was caught by the
sprocket chain. His hand was caught in the cogs and a large hole gouged
in the palm of his hand. He was brought to the LeMars clinic where his
injuries were dressed. It is stated that he will not lose the use of his
hand. [Dec. 1923]
DEATH TAKES CHARLES COOK
Was Well Known Farmer in Seney Community For Forty Years
WAS NATIVE OF IOWA
Six Nephews Are Pallbearers at Services Held Monday
Charles Cook, a well known farmer of Plymouth county, and a resident
of the community for the past forty years, died at his home west of
Seney Saturday, October 19,1929, following a lingering illness. Death
was ascribed to anemia. Mr. Cook had attained the age of 65 years, 11
months, and 4 days. Charles Wm. Cook was a resident of Iowa all his life. He was born
at Strawberry Point, Clayton county, November 15, 1863, and received his
early education there and helped work on a farm.
Mr. Cook came to Plymouth county in 1889 and made his home in the
Seney community ever since that. He was united in marriage December 28,
1892, with Martha J. Reeves. He is survived by his wife, three
daughters and a son, who are Mrs. J. Donlin, of Hinton, Mrs. Bert
Criswell, of Seney, Verla (sic-Virla) and John Arthur, residing at home.
There are three grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers and a
sister, Bert Cook and Mrs. Cole, of Strawberry point, Iowa and Harley
Cook, of Los Angeles, Calif.
Mr. Cook was a member of the Methodist church at Seney. He was an
upright citizen, esteemed and respected in the community, a loving
husband and father and a good neighbor.
Funeral Held Yesterday
The funeral was held from the home Monday afternoon and was largely
attended by old neighbors and friends and the services were conducted by
the pastor, Rev. M. L. Metcalf. Six nephews, Will Buss, Harvey Buss,
Clarence Reeves, Donald Reeves, Ernest Reeves and Floyd Becker carried
the casket to the grave.
Trailer Kills LeMars Woman
Vehicle Tears Loose From Truck, Falls on Automobile
Sibley, Ia. – Special: Mrs. Michael Lang, 56, of LeMars was killed
instantly near here Friday afternoon when a trailer fastened to a
passing truck became detached when it struck the corner of a bridge,
flew into the air and dropped on to of the car in which she was a
passenger, Sheriff Lloyd Wilson, who investigated the accident said.
The accident occurred on Highway 33 south of Sibley. Mr. Lang, who was
driving the passenger car, escaped with minor injuries. According to
the sheriff's report, the Langs were driving south and had nearly driven
off the bridge when the truck belong to Imhoff Bros. here and driven by
Melvin Christians drove onto the bridge. The two wheel trailer, which
the sheriff said was nine feet wide, failed to clear the bridge and the
trailer wheel struck a guard rail, detaching the vehicle from the truck.
Investigation by Dr. L.H. Heetland, coroner, disclosed that Mrs. Lang
suffered a broken neck, jaw and arms. The car was virtually demolished.
The trailer fell mainly on the hood of the car.
The coroner's inquest which began Friday afternoon was continued to 9
o'clock Saturday morning.
TRAILER WHEEL CRUSHES MRS. MIKE LANG'S SKULL
Funeral Services Held at Lutheran Church on Tuesday
Mrs. Martha Lang, 59, of LeMars, was killed in an accident on the southedge of Sibley last Friday morning, when a trailer drawn by a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction hit the abutment of a bridge and was hurled into the air to come down on the windshield of the car.
Mr. and Mrs. Lang were returning from Minnesota where Michael Lang was comparing a machine to one of his own invention. As the Lang car was crossing the bridge that served as the city limits of Sibley on Highway 33, a truck owned by the Imhoff Bros., of Ashton, and driven by Mel vin Christians, started to cross from the other end. The trailer was 9' 3” wide. It was the type that is commonly used to move small buildings.
When the trailer hit the end of the bridge, it reared into the air and tore loose from the tractor unit. The trailer, still in its upright position, swerved to the left and dropped on the windshield of the Lang car. The solid rubber tire, backed with steel, drove right through the section just above the windshield.
According to Patrolman George Dunn, the wheel of the trailer pushed in the front part of Mrs. Lang's skull. The impact also broke her neck, jaw ribs and arms.
Mr. Lang suffered only minor injuries. His face was scratched by flying glass.
Mel vin Christians was bound to the grand jury pending further action. The trailer involved in the accident was not licensed for travel on the highways.
Mrs. Lang was born at Ireton , Iowa , in 1886, 59 years, 9 months and six days before her death. Her maiden name was Martha Dannenbring. During her life she lived at Ireton, Struble and LeMars. Mr. and Mrs. Lang were married in 1914 at Struble.
Rev. L. L. Belk will officiate at the last rites. They will be held at the St. John's Lutheran church on Tuesday at 2 o'clock p.m. The burial is to be at the City cemetery.
Mrs. Lang is survived by her husband, Michael Lang, and three sisters, Mrs. Carl Brock, Ireton; Mrs. Harry Stief, Sr., LeMars and Mrs. Art Dobbert, LeMars. She also has two brothers, August of Chester, S.D., and John of Long Beach, Cal.
The funeral arrangements are by the Mauer funeral home.
[ transcriber's note: calculated year of death is 1945]
FALL FROM TOP ELEVATOR FATAL TO WM. LEHRMAN
A deep shadow was cast upon this entire community last Thursday evening
when the shocking news of the tragic death with which Mr. William
Lehrman, Sr., met was spread over the wires in every direction.
The deceased, William John Henry Conrad Lehrman, son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Lehrman, was born in Jackson county, Iowa, August 29, 1864.
He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 21, 1881, at Fort Wayne,
Ind., by the now sainted Rev. H.G. Sauer. On August 17, 1887, he was
united in marriage with Miss Wilhelmine Jacobs at Mechanicsville, Iowa,
by the Rev. J. H. Brammer. In the same year he with his young wife came
west to Sioux county and established his own hearth on a farm six miles
southeast of Maurice and resided there until death. To this happy union
eleven children were born, five sons and six daughters. Frank, the
oldest of the sons, preceded his father in death.
LOST BALANCE AND FELL
Mr. Lehrman, together with his faithful helpmate, by hard and honest
labor, was successful in accumulating enough earthly goods to enable
them to live at ease in the older days. The Lord in whom they had put
their trust had indeed visibly blessed the labors of their hands.
Advancing in age he no longer engaged in the harder work on the farm,
but would help his son whenever he could and felt able to. And so, when
last Thursday evening his son was unloading the last load of corn for
the day with an elevator, he went up into the high corn crib to spread
the corn. And there it happened that, while he apparently shifted the
spout of the elevator, he must have lost his balanced and fell from a
height of 16 feet to the cement floor of the alleyway breaking his neck.
This occurred at about 6:30 o'clock. No one was there to witness the
accident. However, about 20 minutes after the corn had been unloaded
and the family was about ready to take their supper the father had not
yet made his appearance, and when, upon calling him, no answer was
received his son and his help went in search of him, and, coming to the
corn crib found him prostrated on the floor with life totally extinct.
LEAVES TEN CHILDREN
He attained the age of 67 years, 1 month, and 9 days and leaves to mourn
his loss his widow, 4 sons; Oscar, William, Lorenz, and Harold, all of
this community; 6 daughters, Mrs. Henry Bremer, of Ocheyedan, Mrs. Earle
Cooper of LeMars, Mrs. Frank Stubbert of Sioux City, Mrs. John Van
Gelder of Rock Rapids, Evelyn and Carmen; eleven grandchildren; his only
surviving brother, Henry, of Stanwood, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 12 at 1 o'clock from
the home and at 2 o'clock from St. John's Lutheran church, 4 miles east
of Ireton, with Rev. C.D. Nuoffer in charge, who preached on the text
found in Isaiah 57:2, in the presence of a very large concourse of
relatives, friends, and acquaintances. A choir consisting of Mrs.
Herbert Vander Hamm, the Misses Leona and Luella Vander Hamm and Messrs.
Walter and Leonard Vander Hamm , with Miss Delah Vander Hamm at the
instrument say at the house, “Asleep in Jesus” and at the church
“Beloved, It is Well.”
Interment was made in St. John's Lutheran cemetery. Very large funeral
crowd, an overflow crowd in attendance.
[Death date is calculated as October 8, 1931]
ANNOUNCE SERVICES FOR RALPH H. HINDE
MONDAY AT LE MARS, IOWA
LeMars, Ia. – Special: Funeral services for Ralph H. Hinde, 72, who
died Thursday at his home in Stuble, Ia., after seven months illness,
will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mauer funeral home here. Rev. Gerald Martin
will officiate and burial will be in the LeMars City cemetery.
Born August 31, 1878, at Dubuque, Ia., Mr. Hinde came to Sioux county in
1882. He farmed in Sioux and Plymouth county until 1937 when he retired
and moved to Struble. He was unmarried.
Surviving are two brothers, Thomas of Forestburg, S. D., and Edwin of
Haxtun, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ethredge, Rock Valley, Ia.,
and Mrs. Jane McArthur, of Seney, Ia.
[transcriber's note: the date hand written on this obit is Dec. 9,
1950—which was a Saturday in 1950, so this date does not appear to be
the correct date of death, if he died on Thursday like the obit states]
VALUED CITZEN LOST IN DEATH OF J. E. ALDERSON
The following obituary was taken from a Weiser ( Idaho ) newspaper:
John E. Alderson, well known Sunnyside farmer, orchardist, and prominent
citizen of the Weiser section, died Sunday afternoon, July 17,  at
Payette Lakes where he had gone with his wife for rest and recreation.
Heart disease was the cause of death.
It is reported that he was not feeling well Friday and on Saturday
consulted a physician who advised him to return to lower altitude. While
his condition was not deemed immediately serious a telephone message was
sent here to his son and daughter to come for them. This was Sunday and
they were on their way at the time of death.
It is seldom that a greater loss is felt by a community in the death of
one of its citizens. As a member of the board of county commissioners
several years ago and in other civic activities he had a general
acquaintance throughout the county. Because they were inherent qualities
of his heart and mind he was genial, kindly and upright in all his
contacts in life, and won the sincerest friendships because his
friendship was sincere. With young men, as well as those of his own age,
he had the happy faculty of holding their confidence and esteem without
John Edward Alderson was born August 13, 1865 , at Warren , Illinois .
At the age of sixteen he moved with his family to Seney, Iowa . In 1885
he moved to Elgin , Nebraska , where he engaged in farming. There he was
married in 1896 to Kate Coupland, who survives him. They moved to Weiser
in 1910. To them were born three children. They are: Arthur of San
Francisco and Richard and Dorothy who are at home.
He also leaves two brothers, James and George, and a sister, Mrs.
Cooper, whose homes are at Elgin , Nebr. , and a brother Jonathan and a
sister, Mrs. Lancaster, at Seney, Iowa.
Obituary-LeMars Sentinel-16 Sep 1941 Pg 1.
Albert E Muxlow taken By Death-Resident Here For Over Fifty Years.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist church in
Albert Muxlow for many a well known resident of LeMars. The services
largely attended by relatives from Des Moines, Wessington Springs,
Dawson and other places in Minnesota. Rev W M Hubbard, pastor of the
officiated. Pall bearers were old friends and neighbors, J C Gillespie,
Johns, Ralph Marcue, P H Peterson, Henry Remer, and Charles Steele.
Albert Edward Muxlow was born near Shullsburg, Wis, May 28, 1860. His
were George and Sarah Muxlow. He is the last of a family of ten
died at Des Moines Friday, September 12, at the age of 81. After his
to Belle Raw on November 21, 1881, he lived on a farm near Darlington,
for two years, moving then to Le Mars, Iowa, where he continued farming
he retired to an acreage at the south edge of Le Mars about 1900. He has
in Des Moines since 1932. His wife preceded him in death nearly twenty
They had no children. He leaves a large circle of relatives, both his
his wife's, with whom he has always maintained the closest relationship,
of them mourning his passing as a deep personal sorrow. Throughout his
life he has been known as a friend to everyone, never failing to lend
in a time of need. Especially in his later life, he has written
hundreds of letters and cards every year to relatives, far and near,
their messages of cheer and friendliness have carried untold pleasure
comfort. Among out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral
and Mrs. Chas. Hodgson, Mrs. George Hodgson, Mrs. Cora Fry and son
Wessington, S D. Robert Hodgson, Madson SD; Mr and Mrs. Gerald Cummings,
Minn. Mrs. Will Muxlow and Mr and Mrs. Henry Muxlow, Hartland, Minn. Mr
John Gay, Mrs. Wm Gay and two daughters, Mr and Mrs. Mickelson and son,
Mrs. Leslie Mitchell and daughter, Luverne, Minn. Mr and Mrs. Robert
Sioux City; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thompson and daughter, Ruth, Dawson, Minn;
and Mr and Mrs.
Chester Potter and son, Milton, Mr and Mrs. Bernie Huston, Hess
Fred Heathershaw, Mrs. May Heathershaw, Mrs. May Armstrong and Mrs. Mary
[He died 12 Sep 1941]
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