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Prall, Columbus (1854-1945)


Posted By: Carl Malone (email)
Date: 6/27/2017 at 20:53:16

The Atlantic News Telegraph
Atlantic, Iowa
September 14, 1945


Columbus (Lum) Prall, 91 a resident of Cass county for more than three-quarters of a century, died at 4:30 this morning at the home of his son-in-law and daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Acker, south of Atlantic, as the result of complications developing after he fell down cellar steps two weeks ago. He had been bedfast since that time, but prior to that was unusually active, despite his advanced age.

Mr. Prall was born March 6, 1854, in Adams county, Ill., the son of Thaddeus and Rebecca J. Prall, and came to Cass county with his parents in a covered wagon in 1868, locating south of Atlantic. He helped his father break the prairie on 160 acres of land south of here and later on an additional 160 which his father purchased and improved.

He operated this farm for four years and following his marriage to Mary Jane Magee, the couple farmed in Franklin township for eight years. They then moved to the farm three miles south of Atlantic, residing there for 56 years. Since his retirement from active work, his son, Arch Prall, has continued the extensive cattle feeding and farming operation, on the home place. Following death of Mrs. Prall March 14, 1924, he had continued to make his home with his son.

Surviving are two daughters, Grace, wife of Roy Peed of Earlham, and Rosella A., wife of Clifton G. Acker of Griswold; two sons, Arch D. Prall of Atlantic and George T. Prall of Des Moines; a brother, Frank Prall, of Omaha, a sister, Mrs G. C. Dalton, of Atlantic; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Two daughters preceded him in death, Bertha, wife of George Simonton, who died in 1905, and Miss Rebecca Prall, who passed away March 14, 1939. Mr. Prall was a member of the Atlantic Methodist church.

Funeral services will be held at the Roland, Peacock & Baxter funeral home Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, the Rev. Lauren D. Thomas officiating. Interment will be in the Atlantic cemetery. The remains will be removed Saturday morning to the late home to lie in state until Sunday morning, when they will be brought to the funeral home.

NOTE FROM CONTRIBUTOR: Columbus Prall was born March 6, 1854 and died September 14, 1945

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