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Ostrander, George W. 1823 – 1913


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 8/24/2020 at 10:37:28

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Dec. 5, 1913, P-3, C-3, 4

Geo. W. Ostrander died at his home in Busti last Friday. Nov. 21, after an illness of several months duration. The funeral was held Monday from the Immaculate Conception church in Elma. Interment in the local cemetery.
Geo. W. Ostrander was born in the town of North East, Erie county, Pennsylvania, on the 16th day of April 1823 At the age of ten years he began to work as an apprentice in his father's blacksmith shop at that place, and continued to work there for a number of years. In 1840 he went to Mayville, Chautauqua county, New York, and hired out as a journeyman blacksmith for three years and then returned to North East, and commenced to work again at his father’s old shop. In 1844 he was married to Catherine Shult and to them three children were born, Nancy Jane, Betsey Ann and G. S. In 1859 he came to Iowa and settled on the farm which remained his home until his death. In 1860 his wife died and in 1862 he was married to Lizzie Boggess, and to them was born one child, Ermina, and the mother died in 1867. He later married Mary Huber who still survives him. To them were born six children, Mary Emily, William, Antone, Maggie and Cora. His grand-children numbered 33 and his great grand-children about 50.
For more than 54 years George Ostrander was a familiar character in this community. For many years he conducted a blacksmith shop on one corner of his farm at Busti. In the early days he was often engaged as an auctioneer. He took a prominent part in the social and business life of the community and to hear him tell of the early celebrations and “big” events was always entertaining.
In 1850 Mr. Ostrander joined the Odd Fellows lodge at North East, Pa., and later joined the Cresco lodge and when Good Samaritan lodge was organized in Elma he was one of the charter members.
Mr. Ostrander was a man who made many friends. He was an honest, industrious citizen and a kind husband and father. Rev. J. J. Gunn preached his funeral sermon and paid a deserved tribute to the deceased.—Elma New Era.

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