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Obit from the LeMars Sentinel newspaper, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1918, Page 1, col 6
MRS. OSCAR EASON DEAD
Daughter of Mr. George Moir Dies Suddenly
The sad news came over the telephone early Friday morning, January 4th,
the Mrs. Oscar Eason had passed away in the hospital at LeMars following
an operation for cancer. She had suffered for about four months, being
bedfast most of the time, but bore her trouble with remarkable patience
Grace Ella (Moir) Eason, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. R. Moir
was born on her father's farm southeast of town November 3, 1885, and
here her girlhood was passed, with the exception of a few years when the
family resided in Oregon.
She was united in marriage to Oscar Eason on February 22, 1912, and
together they began a very happy married life and when Heaven blessed
their home with two little ones, their cup of happiness seemed indeed
full. She was ever a dutiful daughter, a kind and affectionate sister
and a loving and devoted wife and mother.
Besides her grief stricken husband and the little ones, she leaves to
mourn her early death, her parents, six brothers and two sisters,
besides a host of other relatives and close friends.
A short service was held at the home with Rev. Bertie Watson of Seney in
charge and the remains taken to the Presbyterian church at Alton, of
which she was a member.
Rev. George Fulcomer gave a very comforting talk, after which all that
was mortal of our beloved was laid to rest in the Nassua Twp. Cemetery.
Death is sad at all times but when it takes from our midst a young wife
and mothers our hearts are sad indeed.
Let us not think of her as dead but as living, not as the flower that
has withered, but at one transplanted and touched by the Divine hand is
blooming in richer color and sweeter fragrance than those of earth.
“There is no death! The stairs go down
To rise upon some fairer show,
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forever more.”
Obituary-Le Mars Iowa Sentinel, Friday, May 14, 1926, page 1, col 5
Old Settlers Answer Call
Mrs. Anthony Alderson Passes Away at Her Home in the City
Death claimed Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe Alderson, a resident of Plymouth
for thirty seven years, at her home 414 Second Ave SW Tuesday afternoon,
following an illness of two weeks at the age of 84 years. Mrs. Alderson
always enjoyed good health until her last illness. She was taken sick
weeks ago suffering from a cold and complications and her symptoms
respond to treatment owing to failing powers of age, and she could not
Mrs. Alderson was a native of England. Her maiden name was Elizabeth
was a daughter of James and Mary Rowe and was born at Halfway House,
England, May 7, 1842. When seven years of age she came with her parents
America. Shortly after their arrival they settled in Lafayette county,
where she grew to womanhood in a pioneer settlement. She was united in
to Anthony Alderson, April 6, 1861. Nine children were born to their
Alderson died 21 years ago and two children preceded her in death. She
survived by two sons, five daughters, who are John Alderson, of Le Mars,
Alderson of Endicott, NY, Mrs. Jennie Lake and Mrs. Daisy Hamilton of
Mrs. Will Gosting of Kildare, Okla, Mrs. William Fry and Mrs. George
Wessington Springs, SD. There are thirty-two grandchildren and nine
grandchildren. She also leaves one sister Mrs. M A Hodgson of Le Mars,
brother, James Rowe, of Shullsburg, Wis. Mrs. Alderson was a member of
Methodist church, having been all her life a constant church attendant.
a good Christian woman, esteemed by a large circle of relatives and
devoted wife, mother and loyal neighbor. The funeral was held yesterday
afternoon at the Methodist church, Rev F H Nixon, the pastor officiating
and interment made beside her husband in the city cemetery. Six of her
acted as pallbearers, Elden Lake, James and Wesley Hamilton, Albert Fry,
Easton, Frank Daugherty. Among relatives and friends from a distance
the funeral were James Rowe, Shullsburg, Wis., Jas Rose and Fred
Dawson, Minn, Charles and Robert Hodgson, Mrs. Geo. Hodgson and son,
Easton and Will Fry of Wessington Springs, SD, Mrs. Esther Breeland and
of Mt Vernon, SD Mr and Mrs. James Alderson, Elgin Neb.
[She passed away 11 May 1926]
John Alderson, age 85, who passed away August 2, at his home in LeMars,
was a brother of Mrs. Clarence Norton of Merrill and was well known in
our community. Mr. Alderson had been in poor health for the past 2 ½
years. Among those attending the services on Wednesday afternoon at the
Mauer Funeral Home were: Mrs. Cora Fry, Mrs. Elmer Easton, Dale Easton,
Albert Fry and Chas. Hodgson all of Wessington Springs, S. D.; C. T.
Knapp and Lee Strobed of Westfield; Joe Easton and Jim Easton. Mr. and
Mrs. Eldon Lake, Don Lake and Miss Joyce Peters, the Hamilton family,
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Norton and Mrs. Fred Hammond, all of Merrill.
Mr. Alderson is survived by his wife, Emma, and four sisters: Mrs. Cora
Fry of Wessington Springs, S.D., Mrs. Daisy Norton of Merrill, Mrs.
Frances Gosting of Kildore, Okla., and Mrs. Ruth Easton of Wessington
Obit from the LeMars Sentinel, June 8, 1928, page 5, col 2
JOHN R. HINDE CROSSES DIVIDE
Was Prominent and Well Known Resident of Elgin Township Many Years
Word was received in LeMars by relatives Wednesday evening [June 6, 1928] of the death
of J.R. Hinde, a prominent citizen and well known farmer, of Elgin
township, which took place at a hospital in Rochester, Minn., where he
had been the past two or three weeks. Death was due to an internal
malady from which he had suffered for some time.
John R. Hinde was born at Durango, Iowa, on September 15, 1865, and was
educated in the public schools in Dubuque. His father, Richard Hinde,
was an early settle in Seney vicinity. J. R. Hinde, after leaving
school, engaged in farming in eastern Iowa and later came to Plymouth
county where he engaged in farming and made a success of his calling.
He was united in marriage with Miss Stella Moore, of LeMars, in 1896.
He is survived by his wife and children who are Harold and Robert Hinde,
of Haxtun, Colo., Allen, Raymond, Glenn, John, Lee, Dollie and Myrtle.
He also leaves three brothers and two sisters, who are: Mrs. Ira
Eldridge, of Rock Valley; Thos. Hinde, of Forestburg, S.D.; Edwin of
Haxtun, Colo., Ralph Hinde and Mrs. D.F. McArthur, of Seney.
Mr. Hinde was a member of the LeMars Odd Fellows. He took an active
interest in community affairs and held the office of school director for
many years. He was a good citizen and enjoyed the esteem of everyone
who knew him.
The body was brought back from Rochester last evening accompanied by
relatives. The funeral arrangements had not been completed last night.
Mrs. Arthur Reeves Was Resident Here for Sixty-Three Years
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Seney Methodist church for
Mrs. Arthur Reeves, well known pioneer of Plymouth county and were
largely attended. Six grandsons carried the body to the grave.
Mrs. Arthur Reeves was born in the parish of Hawkhirst, Kent, England,
August 29 [actual birth date was July 19 per England birth record], 1844,
and died at her home in Seney June 5, 1933.
Mrs. Reeves passed her girlhood days in England. Her maiden name was
Elizabeth Mercer. She was united in marriage with John Eason, December
16, 1865, and in 1870 with their two little children came to America and
settled here. On their arrival in LeMars the family lived for a short
time in a sod shanty northeast of Seney. In the spring of 1871 they
moved to Sioux county where a shack on the prairie was their home.
The little son, George, died of black diphtheria August 27 in that year
and on September 30, of the same year, the husband and father died of
the same disease, leaving the young wife and mother with an infant girl
to face hardships and trials in a new land among strangers.
BRIGHTER DAYS CAME
On September 3, 1872, she was united in marriage to Arthur Reeves and
they lived on a homestead one and one-half miles northeast of Seney in
which they spent the rest of their days on earth.
In 1922 Mr. and Mrs. Reeves celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
and renewed vows taken fifty years before. One year ago last January
her husband, Arthur Reeves, passed away. Besides a host of friends and
neighbors, she leaves to mourn her loss, seven children who are: Mrs.
Geo. Hughes, of Haxtun, Colorado; Mrs. C. W. Cook, Mrs. Frank Becker,
Will, Bert, and Clarence of this vicinity, and Mrs. R. E. Chambers, of
Hazel, S.D. There are also twenty grandchildren and nine great
grandchildren who will miss the kind and sympathetic love of one who
always seemed to understand.
Mrs. Reeves lived a long and useful life. She experienced pioneer life
in this county and knew what hardships and necessity meant. These but
strengthened her faith and endeared her to family and friends.
At the age of fifteen years, Elizabeth Mercer united with the Primitive
church of England. When she came to American she brought her church
letter and united with the Methodist society of Seney, there being no
organized church here at the time. When the first church was built, she
became a charter member of the church, of the Missionary society and of
the Ladies Aid society. She remained a faithful members of these
societies until she heard the Master say, “Well done” and she was taken
Obit from LeMars Sentinel, Friday, May 18, 1928, page 5, col 2
DEATH CLAIMS OLD RESIDENT
Mrs. Sol Perry Had Resided in County Since Early Eighties, Native of
Had Suffered Ill Health For Nearly Two Years
Death claimed Mrs. Perry, wife of Sol Perry, a resident of Plymouth
county for forty-four years, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. L.D.
Baldwin, 126 Third Avenue SE., Wednesday evening, May 16, 1928, at the age of nearly
69 years. Mrs. Perry had been in poor health for a long time and never
fully recovered following an operation, she underwent at a hospital in
Rochester, Minn., some time ago.
Mrs. Perry was born August 4, 1859, at Kendalltown, Wis. Her maiden
name was Mary Ann Buss and she was a daughter of Daniel and Ann Buss,
pioneers of that section. She grew to young womanhood in her native
place and was united in marriage with Sol Perry January 26, 1881. They
lived in that community after their marriage for three years and in the
spring of 1884 they moved to Iowa, arriving in LeMars March 24, 1884.
LOCATED IN FREDONIA
They settled on a place in Fredonia township where they farmed
successfully for many years, moving to LeMars in 1916 to make their
Mrs. Perry began ailing in health about two years ago and last December
was taken to Rochester, Minn. After an operation she seemed to really
for a time but later her condition became less and less favorable.
Her father died in 1912, aged 84 years and her mother in 1923, aged 93
Mrs. Perry united with the Methodist church about twenty-five years ago
and was a faithful and consistent member.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, three children, Mrs. Cora
Baldwin, of LeMars, Mrs. Laura Bouma and Frank Perry of Fredonia
township and six grand children. She also leaves two sisters and five
brothers; Prfince A. Buss, Silas Buss, and Mrs. Leonard Bates of
Darlington, Wis., Tom Buss, Will Buss, Chas. Buss and Mrs. William Dean
of Harlan, Iowa, together with many other relatives and friends.
The funeral services will be held at the First Methodist church at 2
p.m. Saturday afternoon, Rev. F. Earl Burgess, the pastor, officiating.
Six nephews will act as pall bearers.
Mrs. Perry was widely known in a large circle of friends and
acquaintances and was esteemed by all who knew her.
FINAL RITES FOR PIONEER
CHARLES BOWEN WAS RESIDENT OF MAURICE VICINITY SINCE EARLY BOYHOOD
Charles Lewis Bowen residing near Maurice, Iowa, passed away at his home
Wednesday morning, January 4, 1928, aged 69 years, 3 months and 24 days,
after an illness of many weeks.
He was born near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, August 10, 1858, where he lived
until he came to Iowa in 1870, settling with his parents on the farm on
which he resided until the time of his death.
Mr. Bowen married to Miss Minnie Cook in 1887. Three children were born
to this union, Elmer, who died in infancy, Vera, the only daughter, a
teacher in the public schools of Arizona, who has been at home the past
few months with her parents on account of her father's ill health, and a
son, Leslie, who is married and lives at Struble, Iowa.
Mr. Bowen's illness dates back more than a year but to his friends and
acquaintances it was not thought to be anything of a serious nature.
Last May Mr. Bowen thought a summer of rest, travel and camping would be
of benefit to him so he with his wife and daughter started on a western
trip. The trip did not improve his health as it was hoped. July 4, at
Eugene, Oregon, Mr. Bowen was taken seriously ill and brought to his
home near Maurice. For a time he regained a little of his former
strength but in spite of all that the best medical aid could give, he
Mr. Bowen leaves to mourn his departure his wife, the two children, one
brother, Asa Bowen, of Billings, Montana, who visited him last summer,
several nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors that
learned to know and love this man of sterling character, nobleness of
heart and kindliness of thought and action, whose generosity of word and
deed went out to all with whom he came in contact, a kind and thoughtful
friend and neighbor and a most excellent husband and father.
At one o'clock, January 7, 1928, after short services at the home, the
last rites were administered from St. John's Church by Rev. Tyler, of
Ticonic, a former pastor of Mr. Bowen, and interment was made in the
cemetery at St. John's church where his father, mother, and other close
relatives found their last resting place.
Those present at the funeral services besides the immediate family were:
Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Bowen, of Sioux City; L. C. Bowen and son Clayton, of
Yankton, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Britton, of Seney; Mr. and Mrs. C. C.
Brink, of West Union, Iowa; Mrs. Jay Peebles and Mrs. Chas. Ladenberger,
of LeMars; Mr. and Mrs. Ward Griffin, of Merrill; and a host of
sorrowing friends and neighbors who extend sympathy to the bereaved.
LONG RESIDENT SIOUX COUNTY
Mrs. Moir Was Wife of Well Known Stockman,
Formerly of Carnes
The funeral of Mrs. P. W. Moir was held at the First Presbyterian church
Saturday at 2 p.m. It was largely attended by relatives and friends.
Dr. J. James DePree officiated.
Elizabeth F. Moir passed away at her home in Mitchell, S. D., February
27, 1930, after a lingering illness. She was born December 17, 1885, in
Hadley, Minn., and moved with her parents to Sioux county where she grew
to womanhood. She was confirmed in St. Paul's Episcopal church, of
Sioux City. December 11, 1906, she was united in marriage to P. W.
About three years ago they moved to Mitchell where they have since made
A loving and devoted wife and mother, she leaves to mourn her loss a
bereaved husband and five grown children, William, Lawrence, Harold M.,
Louis P., Francis L., and Mabel L. Moir. Also her father and
stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sardeson, a sister Mrs. Olive Monroe and
four brothers, Merrill, Steward, and Richard all of Sioux City and
Stephen, of Chamberlain, S. D., and a sister, Mrs. Florence Ganthier, of
Pensacola, Florida, besides a host of friends and acquaintances. Her
mother preceded her in death in January 1914.
Mrs. Peter Moir, whose untimely death occurred at her home near Seney,
last Saturday [April 1, 1905], after a brief illness, was born and
reared in this and Sioux county. Her maiden name was Alice Osborne. Her
father and mother came from England originally and came to this county
thirty five years ago and bore all the hardships and struggles incident
to the pioneer life. Alice was educated at the little school house near
the Osborne home in Elgin township, and was a pious and exemplary young
woman, beloved by many friends. She was married on March 14, 1901, at
the age of twenty one years [actually 22, since she was born on November
15, 1878], to Peter Moir. Her father and mother had eight children
[actually 9] and Alice was the youngest of them all and the first called
to the long home beyond the grave. She leaves a husband and two
children, the younger a babe of only a few days old and the other scarce
three years old.
No mother's kiss to soothe, no mother's arm to embrace, no mother's care
to guide--they crave the sympathies of all in their great bereavement.
Long before the bright noon of earthly happiness and prosperity had, in
the natural course of human expectation, reached its meridian, she hears
the call--oh! so early--come up higher and sit with thy Savior in the
mansion in the skies.
The funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon at 1:30,
Rev. W. G. Moore, pastor of the First Presbyterian church conducting the
funeral. The remains were brought to LeMars for interment, and a large
procession of sorrowing friends and neighbors followed them to the
Death of Mrs. Jonathan Alderson
Well Known Pioneer Passes to the Beyond
Mrs. (Agnes) Alderson, the wife of Jonathan Alderson, of Seney, died at
home on Thursday, August 19, 1909, from an internal malady which had
her health for some time. A few weeks ago she underwent an operation at
LeMars hospital for relief and sufficiently recovered to be taken to her
home, although it was known at that time that her malady was incurable.
Mrs. Alderson was a long time resident of Plymouth county, having lived
since the early eighties and was held in the greatest esteem by a very
number of friends. She was a woman of splendid character, an ideal wife
mother, a warm friend and neighbor, zealous in good works, a Christian
the noblest kind, ever ready to succor the distressed or lend a helping
to those on whom the burden of sorrow was laid heavily. As a slight
indication of the respect in which she was held in the community where
lived so long, it may be mentioned that the church in Seney in which the
last services were held was wholly inadequate to pay the last tribute to
this honored woman.
Mrs. Alderson was born at New Diggins, Wisconsin, on June 25th, 1853.
parents moved to Argyle, Wisc., when she was a young girl. Her maiden
was Agnes Knewstubb. She was united in marriage with Jonathan Alderson,
March 18, 1873, and they came to Plymouth County, Iowa, in 1881,
Elgin township where they have since resided.
Four children survive with the bereaved husband. The children are: Mrs.
Chapman of Seney, Mrs. W. D. Kennedy who is at Las Vegas, NM at present,
Sadie and John who live at home. Mrs. Alderson was one of a family of
sons and six daughters and her death breaks the first link in the family
The funeral was held at the Methodist Church in Seney, Iowa, on Sunday,
Hartzell officiating, and was very largely attended. The remains were
to rest in the LeMars City cemetery. Jonathan Alderson is a brother to
James, George, and Thomas of this place, William of Omaha, Nebr, and
Date of death…..October 24, 1897
The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Alderson was saddened Sunday evening by the
death of their little daughter, Leone, a little after 5 o'clock. The
funeral was held from the home Monday afternoon. The child was two
years and two month's old. The family have the sympathy of the entire
community in their sad affliction.
Obit: LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1915, page 1, col 2.
T. K. Chapman, one of the old and well known residents of LeMars, passed
away at his home, 1000 Court street on Friday night [Jan. 15, 1915.] His death was due
to hardening of the arteries. He had been in poor health the past few
months, failing rapidly.
Thurit Kelsey Chapman was born at Brimfield, Ohio, on May 21, 1838, and
was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Chapman. He was born on a farm and
farming was his chief occupation in life. He grew to manhood in his
native place and was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Burt on July
11, 1861. They made their home at Brimfield until the month of March,
1865, when they came west and settled in Winnebago county, Illinois,
where they lived until 1869 when they moved to Buchanan county and lived
on a farm near Independence, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Chapman came to Sioux
county in 1883 and bought a farm on the Plymouth and Sioux county line
north of Seney where they resided until seventeen years ago when they
retired from active farm work and began to take a well earned rest. Mr.
Chapman joined the church early in life and while still a young man at
Brimfield he joined the Methodist church and was a life long member.
He joined the Order of Odd Fellows in Maurice in 1893 and on coming to
LeMars was transferred to LeMars Lodge No. 255.
He was the father of four sons, one of who died at the tender age of six
____. Three sons are left, with the widow to mourn the father's death.
They are: Fred Chapman of Aurora, Iowa; Grant Chapman, of Maurice, Iowa;
and Elam Chapman of Maurice. The later two conduct farms on the county
line. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. G. W. Bow, of Cleveland,
Mr. Chapman was an honest, upright citizen, a good husband and father
and was highly respected in the community where he lived. The funeral
was held yesterday at the house at half past one and funeral services at
two o'clock in the First Methodist church of which the deceased was a
member, were conducted by the pastor of the church, Rev. E. E. ___ert.
FINAL CALL COMES NEW YEAR'S DAY
Mrs. Mary Chapman Was A Resident of Iowa For Fifty-Four Years
Mrs. Mary Chapman, one of the pioneer women of Northwestern Iowa and a
resident of LeMars for many years, died t the home of her son, Elam
Chapman, in Sherman township, Sioux county, Tuesday, New Year's Day
Mrs. Chapman suffered a stroke of paralysis about two weeks prior to her
death. Previous to the illness, which proved her last, Mrs. Chapman
enjoyed robust health and had attained the age of nearly eighty-four
Mary Elizabeth Burt was born at Brimfield, Portage county, Ohio, on
April 28, 1940. She grew to young womanhood in her native place and was
united in marriage with T. K. Chapman at Brimfield, July 11, 1861.
Following their marriage they moved to Illinois and engaged in farming
near Rockford. In 1870, they came to Iowa and settled near
Mr. and Mrs. Chapman came to LeMars in 1883, and bought a farm three
miles north of Seney on the Sioux county line, owning land in both
Plymouth and Sioux counties. They conducted farming operations there
successfully until 1897, when they moved to LeMars and made their home
here until the death of Mr. Chapman, which took place in January, 1915.
Since the death of her husband Mrs. Chapman made her home with her son,
Elam Chapman. Another son, Grant Chapman, resides in Seney. Fred
Chapman, a son, died at Aurora, Iowa, November 2, 1921. She also leaves
seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Methodist
church in Seney, Rev. S. J. Wallace, pastor of the church officiating,
and the body was brought to LeMars for interment beside the remains of
her husband in the LeMars cemetery.
Mrs. Chapman was a life long member of the Methodist church and a devout
Christian woman. Her life was an influence for good and she did her
part in helpful work in the community where her active life was spent.
She was a devoted wife and mother and her grandchildren were the joy and
solace of her latter days.
YOUNG WIFE CALLED
Bride of a Few Months Succumbs to Brief Illness
Mrs. Clarence Albert, of Elgin township, died at the Community hospital
on Saturday afternoon. Death was due to toxemia and contributory
causes. Mrs. Albert had been in poor health for some weeks and was
recently brought to LeMars for treatment.
Mrs. Albert was born in LeMars and lived all her life in this community.
Her maiden name was Mabel Adelaide Robbins and she was born December 29,
1896. She grew up there and attended the public schools and was
graduated from the high school with the class of 1915. After finishing
her school work she taught in the rural school of Sioux county and was
successful in her profession.
On February 4, 1920, she was united in marriage with Clarence Albert, of
Elgin township, the wedding taking place at Whiting, Ia.
They were comfortably settled on a farm engaged in useful pursuits with
every prospect for a long and happy life when the ruthless hand of death
took away the bride of a few months and left a desolate home and
bereaved husband. Besides he husband, Mrs. Albert leaves to mourn her
death her mother, Mrs. J. Robbins, and a brother, Harold Robbins, and a
large circle of friends who are shocked at her sudden death with
glorious promise of young womanhood.
Mrs. Albert was bright and cheerful young woman with a sunshiny
disposition and had endeared herself to many who in her early death feel
an almost personal bereavement.
She was a member of the First Baptist church of this city since early
girlhood and was active in the work and societies of the church. She
was president of the Philathea class at the time of her death. She was
a loving daughter, sister and wife and her death is a terrible blow to
The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the First Baptist
church, Rev. E. L. James, the pastor officiating, and were very largely
attended by friends and neighbors who gathered to evidence their sorrow
and sympathy for the bereaved relatives.
(In memory of Mrs. Kohler)
Just as the sun was setting,
One the eve of April the twelfth
God sent an angel down to earth,
To bring His child back to Himself.
He took this ray of sunshine,
Only forty-eight summers old,
For her work on earth was finished
She might gather her sheaves of gold.
Through patient hours of suffering
Aunt Lucy had waited long,
For the call of the Savior whom she loved
Now she's gone to join the throng.
We should not weep for her going,
Though our hearts may throb with pain,
For each of us has the blessed hope,
We'll meet and ne'er part again.
Now those beckoning hands once so tender,
To haste for our smallest need,
Are urging us to be loyal,
‘Till each soul from its clay is freed.
Oh, thus may our answer re-echo,
Yes, wife, mother, sister and aunt,
We'll determine to follow our Savior,
Our service shall not be scant.
Then when this life is over,
Thought many the dark clouds and drear,
May we, too, receive a warm welcome,
Into His arms so dear.
Then together we'll sing thought the ages,
The song which the angels know,
Praising our blessed Redeemer,
Who love us while here below.
“Let not your heart be troubled,”
We welcome these words today,
As we think of the cheering words of her,
Who has gone from our midst away.
---A Niece, Pearl V. Reeves
Ira Lancaster Takes His Life With Revolver
Relatives Receive Word of Tragic Fate at Santa Monica
Word was received by relatives in Seney Wednesday of the death of Ira
Lancaster, 49, well known former resident of Elgin township. He had
been living at Santa Monica, California, the past few years.
According to a brief message Mr. Lancaster took his own life by shooting
himself through the head with a bullet from a revolver.
The family is awaiting further details as to the causes leading to the
Ira Lancaster was a member of a pioneer family which settled near Seney
in the seventies.
He was born and grew up here and farmed and worked at various
occupations. He was married to Lillian Pech who survives with three
children, Geraldine, Lois and Ellis. The girls are married. He is also
survived by his brothers, Vincent, and Middleton, and two sisters, Mrs.
Ed Buss and Mrs. Allie Hawkins. [died in August 1939]
NORTHWESTERN TRAIN KILLS A LITTLE GIRL
(Special Dispatch to The Journal)
LeMars, Ia. June 15 – Carol, the 2 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Leslie Darville, of Seney, was instantly killed this afternoon, when she
was hit by northbound passenger train, No. 4, of the Chicago, St. Paul,
Minneapolis and Omaha railroad.
Mr. and Mrs. Darville were in Sioux City at the time of the tragedy, and
left Carl in care of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Darville.
The Danville's live close to the tracks and Carol was outdoors playing
with some of her little friends. She wandered away from her playmates
and walked up the road. Close to where the accident happened there is a
pile of railroad ties and it is believed she was playing around these
ties and ran out in front of the train. She was hit by the right side
of the engine and her skull crushed, legs broken and arm bruised.
Apparently neither the engineer nor any of the train crew saw the
accident, as they failed to stop. A crew of men working near the scene
reported the accident.
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