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Mrs Wiebke Christine Sachau (1856 - 1951)

Denison Bulletin - Friday July 20, 1951

Mrs. W. C. Sachau 95, a resident of Anthon for the last seven years died Friday at the home of a son, Fred Sachau in Anthon after an illness of Several weeks.

Funeral services were held at 2 pm Monday at the Hudgel Funeral home at Anthon. Burial was made in Morgon cemetery at Schleswig.

Mrs. Sachau was born March 20, 1856 in Holstein, Germany. She came to the United States July 4, 1872 and lived at Clinton until 1875 when she moved to Denison. She was married Oct. 28, 1875 to Hans Jacob Sachau who preceded her in death.

Survivors in addition to the son Fred, are four sons, John of Denison: Henry of Correctionville; August of Sioux City; and Has of Denver. Four daughters, Mrs Emma Koenck of Ulmer; Mrs. Anne Thoms of Anthon; one sister, Mrs. Hannah Baster, Lost Nation; 33 grandchildren: 47 great-children and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Albert Koenck, Vail; Leonard Koenck, Wall; Emil Sachau, Robert Sachau, Ralph Petersen and Eugene Sachau of Sioux City - all Grandsons.

Submitted by Bobbi Olson

Sander, Elnora (1907 - 1909)

Denison Review 5 or 6/1909 - Kiron

Since our last items were sent in Death has been in our midst and the result of his visit is keenly felt in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Sander. Their only child, Elnora, obeyed the message given her on May 23 and bidding her home and playmates and surrounds and her most devoted parents farewell, she enters into the heavenly home to there abide with the angelic hosts and the great Friend of children and to await and welcome the dear ones left behind. For over three weeks she suffered with scarlet fever and, at times, her pain was most severe. She bore up and through all battled remarkably well and together with doctors' skill and constant care of the nurse and parents hopes were had that she would pull through, but the Divine Ruler who doeth all things well had otherwise planned. Owing to the nature of her sickness the law would not allow a public funeral and in the evening of the same day her little remains were taken to Kiron cemetery for burial.

Little Elnore Elane was born February 26, 1907 and her stay was but for a short while of three years, two months and twenty-seven days. While her sojourn here was short, it was long enough to so entwine herself into the hearts and devotion of her parents and grandparents that scores of years will never fill the empty place that her going away made. Full of life and sunshine, she attracted all to her.

Memorial service was held at the Mission church on Sunday morning. The pulpit and platform and the seat she used to occupy in the Sunday School was nicely draped in black and white. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. Youngberg, assisted by F. L. Johnson, who spoke in the English language and Rev. Youngberg in the Swedish language. Both made earnest and thoughtful addresses which, together with the deep feelings prevailing over the entire congregation made an impression that time can never wear out. There were those present who stated that had the departed one been from their own home their feeling of sadness could not have been greater than what it was upon this occasion.

The church was crowded with sympathizing friends and both in the Sunday School service as well as the preaching service many tears forced their way from those present. Edith Carlson sand a beautiful solo in the Sunday School service and the two little girls of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Larson, Alice and Edith, also rendered in their sweet and most effective way the song, " We'll Never Say Goodbye in Heaven, " and at the close of the service little Mable Cedergren sang a few stanzas of the son, " Shall We Gather At the River. " The deepest sympathy of friends and the entire community is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Sanders in their severe trial. Absent but still near, gone but not forgotten, Elnore safe in the heavenly fold where we will soon meet you.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Saul, Alice Amanda (1861 - 1941)

Douglas, WY - January 16, 1941

Ill but few hours - Funeral services Friday morning at 11 o'clock

Mrs. Alice Saul, wife of J. C. Saul, died at her home at ten minutes after noon Wednesday. Her death was unexpected and came as a shock to the family and her many friends. She suffered a heart attack about 3 o'clock Wednesday morning. Previous to that hour she appeared in good health and the best of spirits. She was 79 years of age.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church at 11 o'clock Friday morning, the Rev. W. W. Maxwell being in charge. Following services here the remains will be placed on the 1:51 Burlington passenger for shipment to her old home at Denison, Iowa for burial

Alice Amanda Weston, eldest daughter of J. H. and Ellen Weston was born at Norway, Iowa on December 16, 1861. She was reared and grew to womanhood on her father's farm. She attended Mt. Vernon College. On September 2, 1884, she was married to J. C. Saul. To this union six children were born, all of them surviving except a daughter, Ethel May, who died in childhood.

For a time, following her marriage, she lived in Crawford County, Iowa, and then moved to Denison, which was her home until she came to Douglas to live in 1916. Mr. Saul had come to Douglas shortly after the turn of the century and established himself in the ranching business on the LaBonte. Mrs. Saul remained in Denison until the children had completed their schooling, coming to the ranch each summer to spend the vacation period and returning to Iowa in the fall at the opening of school.

She became a member of the Methodist church at the age of 17 and throughout her life was an ardent worker and generous supporter of the church. She held a life membership in the Women's Home Missionary Society of the church and was affiliated with the Woman's Relief Corps No. 56. She has been a long-time member of Woodbine Chapter No. 18, Order of Eastern Star. A devoted wife, a kind and sympathetic mother, a friendly and helpful neighbor, she held the love and esteem of all who knew her.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Cole of LaJolla, Calif, Mrs. Alice Moeller of Chadron, Neb, and Mrs. Lulu Carty of Mexico City, Mex.; two sons, Oliver W. of Glendale, Calif., and Charles J. of Douglas; two brothers, M. O. Weston of Stanley, IA., and P. H. Weston of Rapid City, S. D. 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Moeller arrived from Chadron Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Cole and Oliver Saul are expected from California today. It is planned by members of the family to meet them at Rawlins. Mrs. Carty in a telephone conversation Wednesday afternoon says she will take a plane from Mexico City and will arrive in Denison for the burial services.

Submitted by Renee Bingham

Saul, Ethel May (1899 - 1910)

Unknown Newspaper - About 1910


Ethel May, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. C. Saul of this city, died at her parents' home last Saturday, after ten days illness from scarlet fever.

The sadness of this blow to the Saul household was felt in every heart and every home in Denison. Ethel was a bright and winsome child, born in this county eleven years ago the 21st of November last. She went to school in Denison and was bright and attractive and loveable, a favorite with every other child and with all who knew her. She was not very strong and rugged and the fever laid hold of her with more effect than in most cases. The parents remained with her night and day and gave every care that could be provided to make her well again, but it was the will of the Creator that little Ethel should go to Him and He called the beautiful young spirit home.

The funeral took place the same day she died, the regulations concerning contagious diseases making it impossible to have a public funeral, but loving hands nevertheless laid the little body away in a beautifully lined and flower strewn grave where she sweetly sleeps.

The heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to the parents and family in this great bereavement.

Second Obituary

Miss Ethel May Saul, youngest daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. C. Saul of this city died on last Saturday and was laid away in Oakland Cemetery Saturday afternoon. The little casket containing the body was placed in the large front window of the home residence and the funeral conducted from the home of Mrs. C. M. Staley, the parents and brothers and sisters being present, aside from a number of friends. Ethel was eleven years of age, and was a member of the city schools. She was an obedient and lovely child, and her death was a severe shock, not only to relatives, but numerous school mates.

Family Message

It is impossible for us to express to each one personally the deep and sincere gratitude we feel for the aid and sympathy extended to us in the loss of our beloved little daughter, and we take this means to convey to all our heartfelt thanks for the kindnesses shown to us in our hour of trial and sorrow. This friendly aid has done much to lighten the burden of our grief. J. C. Saul and Family.

Data provided by Submittor: Born Nov 21, 1899 and died in 1910.

Submitted by Renee Bingham

Saul, James (1828 - 1916)

Unknown Newspaper - 1916



Community saddened by these and other deaths during the past week.

Mr. James Saul passed away last Saturday afternoon at his home in Denison. Mr. Saul had been seriously ill for a few days and his advanced age made recovery hopeless. He had lived to the grand old age of 87 years, and his life on this earth was so lived as to command the greatest respect and admiration of all who knew him. Mr. Saul was a man of strong mind and a citizen of influence. He was one of the real pioneers of Crawford count, developing a fine farm out of the almost primeval country he found when he came here in 1879.

James Saul was born in County Carlow, Ireland, December 20, 1828, and died in Denison February 26, 1916 at 4:30pm. He was a son of Thomas Saul, an English Excise officer. In the later years of his youth he apprenticed as a shoemaker, leaving the old country at the age of twenty and following his trade in Philadelphia and vicinity.

He was married to Maria Charles, December 6, 1851, at Camden, N. J. In 1859 he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and to Norway, Iowa in 1863. After five years in the town he moved to a farm nearby, and the rest of his active life was spent in farming. The family moved to Crawford County in 1879 and Mr. Saul opened up a new farm in Paradise Township, where he lived until about 17 years ago, the time when he moved to Denison and built his comfortable home in the east part of the city.

Mr. Saul was the father of a splendid family of eminently successful members, being as follows: Thomas, of Terrebonne, Ore. Margaret McLean, who has been with her parents for the past few months, J. Charles Saul of Denison, William C. Saul of Carroll, Williard A. Saul and Henry C. Saul of Douglas, Wyoming. The first-born, a boy, died in infancy. Twenty-six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive him. His wife is also left to mourn his deal and rejoice in the memory of his splendid life.

The funeral services were held Monday forenoon at ten thirty at the Methodist church, of which he was a member practically all his live. Rev. Boyd officiated, and a large crowd of friends and relatives. Gathered to pay their last respects.

Submitted by Renee Bingham

Saul, James Charles (1861 - abt 1947)

Unknown Newspaper - abt. 1947

Death claimed another prominent former resident of Converse County when J. C. Saul, aged 86, passed away Saturday night at Alliance, Nebr., after an illness of approximately a month.

James Charles Saul was born January 31, 1861 at Cedar Rapids, IA. He received his education at Clinton, IA. On September 2, 1884 he was united in marriage to Alice Amanda Weston in Crawford county, where he was engaged in the livestock business. They moved from Crawford County to Denison, IA, where their children received their high school education.

In 1901 he secured land in Converse County and with his brothers started in the livestock business. In 1916 he moved his family to this territory, purchased his brothers' share in the business and set up his sons Charles and Oliver as partners in the enterprise.

He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away January 15, 1941.

He is survived by two sons, O. W. Saul of Glendale, Calif., and Charles J. Saul of Douglas, three daughters, Mrs. S. R. Cole of Camas Valle, Ore, Mrs. J. A Moeller of Alliance, and Mrs. John T. Carty of Mexico City, Mexico. Fourteen grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Saul was well known in Converse County and was well liked by all who knew him. He leaves many friends to mourn his passing. Final rites were held Tuesday at Denison, Ia., and interment took place in that city.

Submitted by Renee Bingham

Saul, Maria (1834 - 1918)

Unknown Newspaper - 1918


Maria Charler was born at Desert Martin, Ireland, April 23, 1834. She died at Carroll, Iowa, March 19, 1918 at the home of her son, W. C. Saul, at the advanced age of 83 years, 10 months and 16 days.

The subject of this brief sketch immigrated to America in her early life and was united in marriage to James Saul at Comden, New Jersey, December 6, 1851. Seven children were born to them, one dying in infancy. The six who survive her are Thomas of Vancouver, Wash.; Margaret McLean of Idaleen, Saskatchewan: J. C., Douglas, Wyoming. W. C., Carroll, Iowa: H. C. and W. A., also of Douglas, Wyoming.

In the early sixties she with her husband moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From there to Norway, Iowa, then to a farm near the latter place. From there they moved to Crawford county in the spring of 1879, living in paradise township until they moved to Denison about fifteen years ago. They continued to reside in Denison until the death of her husband on Feb. 26, 1916.

For the greater part of the time since, she has made her home with her son. W. C. Saul, of Carroll where she passed to her eternal reward on Mar. 19, 1918 following a stroke of paralysis which occurred Mar. 3 prior to her death.

In this sketch, but a brief outline is given of the life of one who was in many ways a remarkable character. She was a woman of great energy, always active and ambitious to do for her family. She was a devoted wife, a good mother and a kind and obliging neighbor.

She had been a member of the Methodist church for many years. He membership was far more than nominal. Always intensely loyal to her church and her minister, she counted it a joy to serve both. She was devout and earnest in her Christian life and always deeply interested in the things that made for righteousness.

Tho not having enjoyed early educational advantages she was of active mind, original in her thought and of stricking personality. She seemed especially fitted for the pioneer conditions under which much of her life was passed, proving herself a worthy helpmeet of her companion, as they labored together in establishing and maintaining their home, and in the rearing of their children.

She retained her vigor in a remarkable way until she had passed the four score years of life. The death of her husband was to her a great sorrow. Since then she has lived in the hope and with the desire to go hence, expressing herself as ready and willing for the great change. He desire that she might not be long an invalid or helpless was graciously fulfilled. Active and able to care for herself until she suffered the paralytic stroke then for a few hours she lingered and peacefully she passed to her reward.

Besides the children as named above, there survive her 25 grand children and several great grand children. The many old friends and neighbors unite in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Denison on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. J. L. Boyd officiating, the remains having been brought here from Carroll the day before. A very good attendance showed the esteem in which she had been held here. Her son, W. C., and wife and her grand son, Irving, and wife were her from Carroll and H. C. was here from Douglas, but the other relatives were unable to get here, J. C. and family being in California at the time, W. A. being ill and the others living too far away.

Submitted by Renee Bingham

Saxhau (Sachau), Hans Jacob(1847 - 1917)

The Denison Bulletin, Wednesday, June 6, 1917

Man of Large Family and Considerable Success, Historic in Crawford County.

Hans Jacob Saxhau (more generally spelled Sachau) passed away suddenly last Thursday morning, May 31st, after a few days' illness resulting from blood poison and diabetes. He had been taken to the Denison hospital from his home in Deloit the day before, and no great immediate danger was thought of when, on Thursday morning early he showed distress early and within a few hours death came to him. He had suffered some years from diabetes and recently stepped on a nail.

The funeral was held from the home in Deloit on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. Witter of the German Methodist Church in Denison officiating, and interment was made in the Morgan Township cemetery near Schleswig. A very large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral, as deceased was a man of large family and many friends and acquaintances.

Hans Jacob Saxhau was born in Lunden, Germany, May 1st, 1847, so that he was 70 years and 30 days old at the time of his death. In 1872 he came to America,stopping first in Atkinson, Ill. and later came on to Rock Island, and in 1875 came to Crawford county, where he has resided ever since that time as a farmer northwest of Denison, and in the town of Deloit. Mr. Saxhau made a great success with his farming operations and accumulated considerable wealth in lands.

In 1865 Mr. Saxhau was married to Wiedeke Christine Dettman, and to them eleven children were born, two of whom preceded the father to the great beyond. Those living children are: John, of Deloit; Henry, of Moville, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Dethlefsen, of Montana; Mrs.Emma Koenk of Jackson township, Fred, of Moville; Mrs. Catherina Buhrmann of Schleswig, Mrs. Anna Thams of Denison, Hans, of Nebraska and August of Denison. Besides these there is one brother, John Saxhau, of Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Maak, of Crawford county.

Everybody knew Jacob Saxhau. He was a sturdy, lively, easy-going man and made everyone's acquaintance. He was friendly with all and saw the humorous side of life as well as the serious side. He worked hard and made headway against odds till he became one of the largest landowners and wealthy men of the county. Few there were who knew that he was ill or suffering at his new home in Deloit, and thus his death comes as a surprise to many people. All will join in condolence to the bereaved family.

Submitted by Joyce Street and Bobbi Olson

Schroeder, Henry C. (1854 - 1911)

Schleswig Leader - July 21, 1911

Henry C. Schroeder was born in Niederdurth, Trsacken, Germany, on October 15, 1854, and died July 13, 1911, hence was aged 56 years, 8 months, and 28 days.

When he was but a boy of 15 years he came to this country with his parents and lived at Blue Island, Ill., near Chicago until 1877. He than decided that there were better opportunities for a young man further west, and in 1877 came to Crawford County.

He worked here as a farm hand for several years. Always industrious and saving, he soon had money enough to buy a small farm of eighty acres. By hard work and perseverence he added to this until at the time of his death he owned about a section and a half of fine land.

He was married on June 27, 1882, to Mrs. Minnie Sable. To this union were born four children, three of which still live. The eldest child, Anna, died at the age of four years. He is survived by his loving wife, three children, Mrs. Wm. Reincke of Ida county, Mrs. Carl Jessen, and Henry Jr.. Also by five step-children, Mrs. Schroeder's children by her first marriage, as follows: Aug. Sable, Mrs. Henry Ernse, Mrs. Otto Schuk and Albert Sable, all of Ida county, and Mrs. Chas. Christiansen of Schleswig.

Mr. Schroeder always took an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the community. He was a member of the county board for six years, being chairman for four years. In 1906 he was elected State Representative from this county, and again in 1908, retiring last fall voluntarily. He was always careful and conderate in all matters, and he numbered his friends by the score.

The funeral was held Sunday. A short service was held at the house, after which the remains were taken to the Grant county church( Note by transcriber: this was probably the Grant township Lutheran church in Ida county) where Rev. Amstein preached the funeral sermon. Friends from many miles around were present to pay their last respects to the memory of one who was loved and trusted by all. The funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen here, being over two miles long.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Schultz, Elisabeth (1882 - 1909)

Schleswig Leader, November 19, 1909

Mrs. Elizabeth Schultz (nee Keysel) was born in Germany June 27, 1882 and died in Schleswig, Iowa, November 12, 1909. When but a child of 2 1/2 years her folks moved to this country, settling in Chicago. Later they moved to Crawford county, Iowa, where she resided until the time of her death.

On October 15, 1902, over seven years ago, she was married to Albert G. Schultz. Three children came from this union, two boys and a girl.

Deceased had been sick for the past two years or more with diabetes. A few weeks ago she was taken to a hospital at Omaha for treatment. At time of her removal from the hospital a week or more before the time of her death, she was thot (sic) to have improved very much and to be past immediate danger. Death came however at midnight, Nov. 12.

She leaves to mourn her demise a sorrowing husband, two sons, one daughter, an aged mother, three step brothers, two step sisters, besides a host of friends and neighbors.

Deceased was ever a kind and indulgent mother, and a true friend. The announcement of her death caused a deep gloom to settle over the hearts of all who knew her. Her death has left a wound in the hearts of those near to her, that only time and the sympathies of the many friends can heal.

Funeral services were held from the Hanover church Tuesday, the Rev. Carl Runger officiating. The remains were laid to their last rest in the Hanover cemetery.

Relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Keysel of Denison, Mrs. Hannameyer of Johnstown, Nebr., Mrs. Wm. Schelm and Will Schelm of Ainsworth, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weis and Bertha Schultz of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Scott, Mary Amelia (1880 - 1917)

Denison Review - Wednesday, Feb. 28. 1917

This community was shocked last Saturday by the sad news of the death of Mrs. James Scott. Mary Amelia Hallowell was born July 4, 1880, at Stawberry Point, Ia. and died Feb. 24, 1917 at her home near Dow City at the age of 56 years, 7 months and 26 days.

At the age of 7 years, she with her parents moved to Crawford county and settled near Dow City. On the 27th of December, 1882, she was united in marriage with Mr. James Scott. Two boys and four girls were born to this union: Mary Ellen, Anna Laura, Thomas Garland, the fourth child dying in infancy, Rosalia Beatrice and James Hallowell. They are all home with the exception of Anna Laura who is married and lives near Dow City. Besides her children she leaves behind a loving husband and two brothers, John and Peter Hallowell.

The funeral was held at the First M. E. church at Dow City , Monday, February 26, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. B. Adams and was largely attended by relatives and friends of the family. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Dow City cemetery to await the resurrection morn. The bereaved ones have the most heartfelt sympathy of all in this their great sorrow.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Schmalz, Theodore (1846 - 1912)

Schleswig Leader - July 12, 1912

The funeral services of Theodore Schmalz were held at the church here Friday, Rev. Wetzler officiation. Mr. Schmalz was an old resident of this vicinity, having come here in 1873 and remained until 1887 wen he moved to O'Brien county, Iowa, where he lived for four years and then moved to Boyd county, Nebraska, where he resided until death.

Deceased was born in Grimmern, Pommern, Germany, February 17, 1846. He came to America in 1859 and located at Benton county, Iowa, where he resided until the year of 1873 when he moved to this county.

While in Benton county he was united in marriage to Miss Marguerite Rohde. To this union was born eight children - three sons and five daughters. Two sons and one daughter preceded the father in death. He has two brothers-in-law near here - John Seehausen and Frank Peters.

His death was due to cancer, which called him at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 15days.

The funeral was largely attended by many old friends of the deceased who followed the remains to the Nissen cemetery where interment was made.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Schouten, Cora May (1868 - abt 1950)

The Beef Empire News Services
Dow City---Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. Cora May Schouten, 82, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Reverend L. W. Nutzmann officiated. Mrs. Schouten died last Saturday evening at her daughter's home, Mrs. Forest Winn, near Buck Grove, Iowa.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Jones, she was born September 19, 1868 in Jackson County. She spent her early childhood years with her parents in Michigan and Kansas. Later, they moved to Crawford County where she received her elementary and high school education. After that, she spent 15 years teaching in country schools.

November 22, 1902 she and William Nessle Schouten were married. To this union one daughter was born. They lived on a farm near Dow City until his death, June 3, 1933. Since that time, Mrs. Schouten lived with her daughter. On March 14, 1940, Mrs. Schouten joined the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and had been active in the Ladies Aid Society. Since January of this year, she has been an honorary member.

Survivors are a daughter, Mearle Winn; a stepdaughter, Mrs. John Dawson, Jefferson, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. B. L. Wright, Rapid City, S.D.; and a brother, Arthur of Salem, Oregon. Three brothers, Harry, Fromantes, and Frank preceded her in death.

Mrs. C. Thompson, Mrs. Pat Brasel, Ferdonna Hast sang "Rock of Ages," and 'Jesus Savior Pilot Me" with Mrs. Herman Hast, pianist. Pallbearers were Louis Ahart, Myron Rice, Jay Wright, William Walters, Paul Wingrove, and Edward Zimmerman. Interment was in the Dow City Cemetery.

Submitted by Lynn Breese

Schouten, Mary A. (1820 - 1889)

Denison Review 11-13-1889 - Dow City

At her home near Dow City, Nov. 3, 1889, Mrs. Mary A. Schouten of acute bronchitis, aged 69 years, 5 months and 19 days.

Deceased was born in Saratoga county, N. Y., May 15, 1820. Was united in marriage to Jas. Schouten May 6, 1840. In 1856 they moved to Illinois, and in 1875 to Crawford county, Iowa.

She leaves an aged companion and three children to mourn her loss - Mrs. David McCord and Mrs. J. P. Duncan of Paradise township and W. N. Schouten of Dow City.

She was a devoted wife and mother, gentle, loving and self-sacrificing to the wants of her loved ones. She will be missed not only in the family circle but in the neighborhood where she lived. She was ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need and distress. She embraced Christianity in her youth and lived a conscientious life, her example being worthy of emulation. She was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church at the dime of her death. The deceased had been a sufferer for years with the disease that caused her death; still it was a shock to her family when the messenger came....

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Schouten, William Nessle (1864 - 1933)

Denison Bulletin, June 6, 1933


Was Driving From Odebolt to Near Buck Grove When Death Overtook Him

Dow City, Iowa, June 7, 1933
Driving from Odebolt to the home of his daughter near Buck Grove Saturday evening, June 3d, Mr. W. N. Schouten, well known Dow City man, was suddenly stricken and died instantly. He was found in his car south of the Adams ranch. His sudden death was a great shock to his relatives and many friends throughout the county.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Dow City Monday, June 5th, Rev. Gunsolley of Logan officiating. Interment was made in the Dow City cemetery.

William Nessle Schouten was born at Arcola, Illinois, March 30, 1864, and at the time of his death was 69 years, 2 months and 3 days of age. In 1875, when yet a small boy, he came with his parents to Crawford county, they being among the early pioneers of the county. His parents bought land, and settled on a farm two miles west of Dow City on what is now known as the J. R. Griffin farm, and grew to manhood, and he has lived in that vicinity practically all his life.

In March, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Coon, a sister of Dr. L. M. Coon, of Denison. One daughter, Helen, now Mrs. J. C. Dawson of Vail, was born to the union. Mrs. Schouten preceded her husband in death several years ago.

In January, 1904, he was again married, Miss Cora Jones of Charter Oak, Iowa, becoming his wife, and to this union one daughter, Merle Nessle, now Mrs. Forest Winn, of Buck Grove, was born. The deceased leaves to mourn his death the widow, two daughters, one sister, Mrs. Hannah Duncan, of Denison, five grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

He was a member of the First Baptist church of Dow City, having joined that denomination when a young man, and had been a consist ant member until the church organization was dissolved. he always followed the Golden Rule as his motto.

He was of a very genial, sunny disposition, with a cheer word for everyone; always honest and industrious; a loving and affectionate husband, father and brother. His passing leaves a void which can never be filled.

Those attending the W. N. Schouten funeral from a distance were, Mrs. Bert Wright of Armour, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lohman of Ida Grove, Frank Jones and John Rusher of Yorktown, Bert McCord of Sioux City, Dr. and Mrs. John Dawson and Mrs. Mae Dawson of Vail, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Duncan and daughter, Ruth, Mrs. Hannah Duncan, Henry Duncan and Mrs. Fred Lutts of Denison, Mrs. Jim Smith and Mrs. Charles Rector of Odebolt.

Submitted by Lynn Breeze

Servis, Martha Conyers (1878 - 1941)

Denison Review - April 30, 1941 - Deloit

Martha Conyers Servis was born at Deloit on Oct. 15, 1878, and passed away April 24 at her daughter's home in Milwaukee, Wis. She was the eldest daughter of Milton and Charlotte Childress, also deceased.

in 1899, she was united in marriage to Wm. H. Cose of Deloit where she spent the greater part of her life. To this union two children were born, a daughter, Ardath, Mrs. Lyman McIntosh, of Milwaukee, Wis. and a son, Alton, of Mayville, Wis. Her step-daughter, Mrs. Leah Servis Cose, preceded her in death in Feb. 27, this year.

In December 1913 Mr. Cose passed away and in 1922 she was married to Elza Servis of Dunlap. Shortly after this they moved to Milwaukee, where she has since made her home. Mr. Servis passed away in 1933. The deceased is survived by her daughter and son and four grandchildren, namely, Virginia, Roger and Richard Cose and Robert McIntosh: one brother, Harry Childress of Deloit; three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Winans, Cameron, Mo., Mrs. Elsie Huckstep, Ute, and Mrs. Edna Thompson, New York City; a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.

Mrs. Servis was a faithful member of the Methodist church since early childhood. Funeral services were held in Deloit Sunday at two o'clock at the Methodist church with Rev. Boyd Zoller and M. O. Myers in charge of the services. Those attending the casket were R. I. Imes, R. C. Newcom, John Anderson, Harry Anderson, Albert Winey and John Rounds. Interment was made beside her husband in the Deloit cemetery.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Lyman McIntosh of Milwaukee, Wis., Albert Cose of Mayville, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Winans of Cameron, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Arden Newcom and Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Newcom of St. Joseph, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Byron Yarrington an son, Roger, Mr. and Mrs. B. Baker of Lamoni, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Winans of Sioux City, Mrs. Elsie Huckstep of Ute, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Winans Jr., Mr. and Mrs. L. Dobson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tucker and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swanson of Denison, Earl Winans of Glidden, Mrs. Kipp and Mrs. Richardson of Odebolt and Mrs. Clifford Storm of Des Moines.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Shupitar, Mrs. Victoria (1857 - 1945)

Victoria Shupitar, age 89 years, Vail IA
Died: March 28, 1945, in Nemaha, at the home of her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wescot
Born: Victoria Shebetka, in Cavines Bohemia, March 22, 1857
Marriage: January 20, 1879, to Michael Shupitar
Preceded in death: husband died in 1921, 3 daughters, Mrs. Fred Weimer (Mary), Mrs. Geo. Barlett, (Sadie), Mrs Jas. McMahon (Elsie)
Surviving: Daughters Lydia (Mrs. Theodore Bundt) of Walled Lake, Kate (Mrs. Chas Wescott , Blanch (Mrs. Jerry Kotas) of Glidden, Clara (Mrs. Arthur Osterlund), and Elizabeth (Mrs John Clausen of Vail
Funeral: From her home and Presbyrterian Church
Burial: Vail Cemetery
Pallbearers: 6 Grandsons, Robert Barlett, Birgil Wescott, Charles Bundt, Harold Kotas, Floyd Clausen and Mearl Osterlund

Submitted by Helen Carey Papalekas

Sievers, Matilda (1875 - 1913)

Denison Review - 2-19-1913 - West Side

Mrs. Matilda Sievers nee Holst, was born in Blue Island, Ill. on the 29th of December, 1875. She came with her parents to Carroll county, and they finally settled on a farm near West Side.

She was united in marriage to Henry Sievers, Feb. 21, 1899. Four children were born to this happy union: Arthur, aged 13; Edwin, aged 12; Viola, aged 9, and Erwin who is 7 years.

About eight years ago she had the first attack of appendicitis. She was never troubled again during all these years until Tuesday of last week. All that day she had worked hard, doing washing and ironing for her family. In the evening the second attack made its appearance. It came so sudden and with such severe ness that an operation was deemed absolutely necessary. Dr. Rix, of Omaha, assisted by the Drs. Patterson, performed the operation Thursday afternoon but the hope of recovery gradually vanished and early on Monday morning at 4:30 o'clock the Creator called her home.

She lived to be 37 years, 1 month and 11 days old. The deceased leaves to mourn her sudden departure a husband and four children and five sisters: Mrs. Tina Hinz, Mrs. Bertha Brockman, Mrs. Emma Welgand, Mrs. Celia Feenstra and Mrs. Mary Dohse and a large circle of true friends.

The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home and at the German church, Rev. Fauth officiating, paying a worthy tribute to the memory of this noble woman. Many beautiful flowers, tokens of love and affection were tenderly laid on the casket. The German ladies choir contributed several selections very fitting to this sad affair. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near here.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Simons, Margaretha (Julich)(1840 - 1907)

Nov. 1907 obituary of Margaretha (Julich) Simons.

The date and name of the paper was not saved on my copy. Death occurred Sunday, Nov. 10, 1907, and the funeral was Wednesday, Nov. 13, so this presumably ran Thursday Nov. 14 (as it refers to the funeral "yesterday"), in whatever paper served Charter Oak. - Wendy Safford

Simons family photo.

Mrs. John Simons Dead.
The death of Mrs. John Simons, so long expected and so long held away, occurred at her home northeast of Charter Oak Sunday morning, about 1 o'clock, while most of the family were in church.

She knew that even the hours of her stay on earth were numbered, but she wanted all to go to the morning service and ask the prayers of the congregation for the safe passage of her soul over the dark river, and as they prayed she pushed off from the shores of life. Mrs. Simons had for a long time been an intense sufferer from a malady from which there is no release, yet she was patient to the end. Hers was a long life of activity.

She was born in the town of Altenburg, Rhine province, Germany, Feb. 2, 1840. There she lived and grew to a sturdy young womanhood, until when she was fifteen her family emigrated to America and she came with them. The home in the new world was made in a small town near Chicago, but it was not long to remain there, for a great West lured them on to a brighter land of promise, and in April 1856, the family settled at Lyons, Iowa.

There she met the man who was to be her life companion, and on Oct. 23, 1857, they were married and set out in life for themselves. They made their home in Lyons for nearly twenty years, and then, in 1876, they moved west again and settled on the farm where she made her home until she entered the more beautiful home beyond this life. When Mr. and Mrs. Simons spread their first supper in their home after their marriage, they were not surrounded by the comforts that make life pleasant now for their children. They had but two chairs, and the table on which the first meal was spread was only a cloth thrown over a chest; but love was there, and where love is all else is forgotten in its happiness. That love which made them so happy as they began their home amid such meagre furnishings, always endured, and after fifty years of companionship they were as near and dear to each other as when they first pledged their troth.

To share this affection, sixteen children were born to them. Four stayed but for a short greeting and the mother's kiss and passed away as infants. Twelve remain, and all have been with her in the last month of her sickness.

They are-Miss Margaret Simons, Mrs. Kate Gaestel; Ludwig Simons, of Herrick, S.D.; P.H. Simons, of Butte, Neb.; Mrs. Joseph Caspary [s/b Josephine], of Los Angeles; Miss Anna Simons, Mrs. Mary Fleskes, Portland; Mrs. Regina Hafner, Butte, Neb; Mrs. Gertrude Salmen; Bert Simons, Wessington, S.D.; Miss Rosa Simons; and John Simons, Jr., of Gregory, S.D.

You notice that the family has scattered widely. Besides her husband and children she leaves one sister, Mrs. Kate Rust, at Arcadia, who is the mother of H.H. Rust and Mrs. Sauber, at Kenwood. This sister is the last of her family. Another sister died at Fulton, Ill, only last week. Her husband was here visiting. Sunday she wrote him a letter, which he received the next day, and Tuesday morning he received a message that she had died the night before.

Mrs. Simons was a member of the Catholic church, and always faithful to her belief. She was brought to the church in Charter Oak yesterday where the last prayers were said, and her body was laid to rest in the cemetery north of town. In the death of Mrs. Simons we see another of the rugged pioneers pass away forever. Coming here almost thirty years ago, ten years before the town was laid out, she saw the prairies when they bloomed only with the native grass and flowers; and from that she saw the fields develop and bring forth abundant harvests. She saw the little pioneer cabin grow into the comfortable home, and then came the end, that she might take up her abode in a brighter, better home on high.

Addtional Information

Margaretha Johanna Julich died Nov. 7, 1907. She is the daughter of Engelbert Julich (died Clinton Co., IA) and Anna Catherine Simons (died Carroll, IA). Margaretha's siblings are Cecelia, Anna "Mary" (Cossman), Maria "Catherine" (Rust)and Mathias Hubert.

The daughter listed as Mrs. Joseph Caspary is Josephine, wife of Fred Caspary. The son listed as P.H. is Peter Hubert. The son listed as Bert is Engelbert Hubert.

Margaretha and husband Johann Anton/John Anthony Simons were devoted to the Church and worked to establish a parish at Charter Oak. They were charter members of St. Boniface Catholic church, and he kept the church records from it's beginning till nearly his death (1914). Sometime after Margaretha died, St. Boniface needed a new bell, which Johann purchased. When it arrived from Germany and was hung, it cracked. Johann (and likely others) personally took it back to Germany for repair. While at the foundry, Johann had his and Margaretha's wedding rings melted into the bell, which still hangs in St. Boniface (last confirmed as of 2006). A stipulation of this gift is that the bell be returned to the family if it is ever taken down.

Submitted by Wendy Safford

Slater, Helen(1904 - 1911)

Denison Review 9-13-1911

Just as we went to press last week we learned of the death of Helen Slater, the little seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slater, of East Boyer township.

Helen Cleghorn Slater was born August 18, 1904, and died Sept. 4, 1911. Funeral services were held from the home in East Boyer township on Tuesday, September 5th, Rev. J. Jas. DePreee officiating, Interment taking place in Oakland cemetery in Denison.

The death of this little girl came as a great shock to the many friends and neighbors. Helen had been, apparently, quite well, but a few months previous to her death was taken seriously ill with stomach trouble and it was only by the best medical aid that her life was prolonged. She was a sweet and lovable child and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones who will so keenly feel the loss of their little one.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Slater, Solomon W.(1838 - 1906)

Denison Review 3-8-1906
Honor of His Memory
Remains of Respected Citizen Laid Tenderly to Rest
Mourned by Many Friends
Solomon W. Slater, Whose Life was One of Duty Well Performed Passes to His Reward

Last week the Review made brief announcement of the death of Mr. Solomon W. Slater, one of the best known and most highly respected of Crawford county's pioneer citizens. The news of his death brought genuine sorrow to many hearts for while he was a quiet unostentatious man he possessed a character that rant true gold and those who knew him best had learned to love him dearly and to respect him for his many virtues. The funeral services were held at the old family home in East Boyer township on Saturday, and in spite of the inclement weather, a large number were present to honor his memory. The services were conducted by Rev. Pugh, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Vail and the body was laid to rest in the Denison cemetery.

Solomon W. Slater was of Holland descent, his forebears being among the early settlers of the Colony of New York. He was born in Ulster county, New York, September 15th, 1838. His mother died when he was but twelve years of age and in 1854 he came with his father James Slater, to Crawford county, wee he lived the remainder of his life.

The trip to the great west was a large undertaking in those days. The family went by boat to Albany, thence to Buffalo by rail, then by boat to Chicago, by rail to Rock Island and thence by wagon across the prairies to this county.

Mr. James Slater settled on Sec. 10 of East Boyer township and the home soon became famous for its hospitality, a reputation which the family has fully sustained for more than half a century in the little log cabin built where the Slater home now stands. Solomon W. Slater passed the days of his young manhood. He withstood all the hardships of pioneer life and laid the foundations of that sturdiness of character that remained with him to the end. In those days Council Bluffs and Sioux City were the nearest market points and young Slater found it his task to make the overland trips for the family provisions.

At the age of seventy-two, his father died, but he left his son already well equipped for the duties and the trials of life. Mr. Slater remained on the old place, improving it, building up a home, providing for his children and earning a place in the community which shall stand as the best possible monument to his memory.

At the age of twenty-seven he was married to Miss Sarah Winans, a daughter of Clark Winans, another whose name is indissolubly linked with Crawford's early history. To this union one son, Henry, was born.

The wife and mother died in 1865 and three years later Mr. Slater married Mary Winans, a sister of his former wife. Never was a home circle more happy and complete, the little ones grew up about the, grew to manhood and to womanhood, grew in the presence of their parents love into a maturity which was the pride of their father and their mother's hearts.

Mr. Slater was not ambitious for preferment, he was content with the peace and comfort of the home circle. He accepted those minor offices which the people of his township thrust upon him and in all of these he did his duty.

He was a republican of that patriotic school which had its birth in the civil war and he never faltered in the faith. His has been one of the honored names of Crawford county, he was the trusted friend and adviser of all the old time men who worked together to make Crawford county great and to place it's name high in the history of Iowa. His life was a lesson to all of the great rewards of peace and happiness that comes to them who lead upright, kindly, manly lives. He has gone to join that great company of pioneers, the sturdy, stalwart, pioneers who made possible the greatness of today.

Mr. Slater took great joy in his family and his home and no patriarch of old had more loving children to surround him. He was blessed in them and his good wife, and they are blessed in him and in his memory. We sympathize deeply with his sorrowing loved ones. This is the first time for more than forty years that death has visited them and their hearts are heavy with grief.

The immediate family consists of his loving and faithful wife; Henry, whose home adjoins the old place in East Boyer, George, who has lived at the old home, Mrs. A. J. Barrow of Vail, Mrs. E. E. Griffin of Coleman, S. D., and Frank, who also remained in East Boyer near his father's side. To all of these we extend our sympathy but we cannot refrain from congratulating them that they had such a father and that he was spared to them so many years.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Martha Smythe (1832 - 1888)

SMYTHE - On Monday, May 28, 1888 Mrs. Martha Smythe, aged 56 years, wife of Mr. Samuel Smythe, of East Boyer township.

The deceased was born in county of Antrim, Ireland, in 1832. She was married to Mr. Smythe, in Illinois, in 1862. They had lived in this county, one mile east of Denison, for twenty two years.

Mrs. Smythe was a sister to Mr. James Rollins, of East Boyer, and Mr. John Rollins, of Arcadia. She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and died with a perfect hope of immortality.

Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church on Wednesday, May 30, at 4 o'clock by Rev. E. Hamilton. The music for the occasion was very fine, being sang by the best voices in Denison. It is sad indeed to think of the household which death has invaded. The deceased, her husband, Mr. Samuel Smythe, and his brother, Mr. James Smythe, these three have dwelt together in a quiet home surrounded by high trees for so many years contented and happy.

By frugality and industry they had accumulated considerable property, so that a struggle for a livelihood ceased with them many years ago, and comfortably, with few cares, they were all living together. Her death is a sad blow to her husband and his brother.

It is a comforting thought, however, that they can all be united in a great eternity, which will soon begin for all. The funeral services were very largely attended, and the bereaved ones have the sympathy of our entire community.

Submitted by Susan Thomas

Samuel B. Smyth (1829 - 1913)

Death: 27 Sep 1913, Denison, Iowa
Source: Unknown newspaper

Several Pass Away
Grim Reaper Take Samuel Smyth and John Luityens, Old Pioneer Citizens
Funeral of Mrs. Kinyon Thursday
Little Son of Peter Wulf Dies At Boyer

Samuel B. Smyth of this city, dropped quietly away in the last long sleep on Saturday evening, Sept. 27th, at the home of Wm. Luney, from ills incident to old age. Mr. Smyth had always been vigorous and as hearty as men of his years could expect until the last week, when the human machinery of his body began giving way and finally broke down and stopped. He had suffered but little pain, had not been enfeebled, and had reached the summit of life's pathway in a natural, happy and God-like manner. When he had finished the journey he stopped in the natural way and resignedly went to his Maker.

The funeral was held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock at the Presbyterian church, Rev. J. J. DePree, his pastor, officiating at the services, and numerous relatives and friends joined in paying their last respects to the departed.

Samuel B. Smyth was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in a town called White Abbey, on July 29, 1829. He was thus past 84 years of age at the time of his death.

In 1851, in company with his mother and his brother James he came to America and for two years they resided at St. Charles, Kane County, Ill., then moving to a farm near Pontiac.

In 1865 he and his brother came to Denison and settled on a farm a mile and a half east of Denison, where they had 200 acres. The succeeded well and later increased their acreage to 400 acres. James, the elder brother, died in 1903 at the age of 81 years, and Samuel retained ownership of the farm until his death.

In 1864 he was married to Miss Martha Rollins, a sister of Mr. James Rollins of East Boyer Township, who proceeded him in death in 1890. During his later years Mr. Smyth has made his home in Denison with the family of Wm. Luney, where he has had good Christian care and comforts and a congenial home in his old age.

Mr. Smyth was a consistent old Irish Presbyterian, coming from old Scotch stock. He was a man of integrity and honor, and lived a life that reflects credit upon his ancestry, and gives pleasure to those near and dear to him who still survive.

Submitted by Susan Thomas

Snell, Henry N. (1843 - 1918)

Schaller Herald-21 Mar 1918
OBITUARY, Henry N. Snell.

Henry Nobles Snell was born in Jefferson county, New York, Jan. 26, 1843. Shortly afterward, he, with his parents, moved to Barnes Corners, N.Y., where he grew to manhood. He attended commercial college at Oswego, N.Y.

On June 28, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Celia M. Nichols at Barnes Corners, and continued to live there until 1880, when Mr. and Mrs. Snell with their two young daughters moved to Iowa and settled on a farm which he purchased near Denison, Crawford county.

Before his marriage Mr. Snell had been a teacher in the public schools of New York state and continued teaching for several years in the schools of Crawford county after becoming a resident there. He was also a very successful and prosperous farmer which occupation he followed until 1900, when he moved with his family to Schaller, Iowa, where he has since lived. He was always much interested in public and municipal affairs and was city clerk of Schaller at the time of his death, which office he had held for many years.

Before his marriage he joined the Methodist church at Barnes Corners and was a member of that church in Schaller. For years he was chorister and a Sunday school teacher in his home town. He was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The last five winters he has spent with his daughter who lives in Ganesville, Florida. His sunny genial disposition and uprightness of character won for him hosts of friends. He was a devoted husband and a kind and affectionate father.

His death occurred in Gainesville, Florida, on February 13, from heart failure.

His wife, two daughters, two granddaughters and one nephew remain to mourn his loss, also an aunt and several cousins residing in New York state. The daughters are Mrs. J.B. Dakin of Schaller, Iowa, and Mrs. A. J. Strong of Gainesville, Florida.

The funeral services were held in Gainesville on Sunday February 17. The remains were placed in the receiving vault and later will be taken to Denison, Iowa, and interment made in the family lot.

Submitted by Veneta Mill

Snell, Julia Ann Mill (1847 - 1907)

Denison Review Wednesday April 5, 1907

Mrs. Julia A. Snell was born at Edwardsburg, Canada August 27, 1847 and died near Deloit March 25th, 1907. Her maiden name was Mill and she was the next youngest of a family of eight children. She leaves six brothers and one sister to mourn her loss.

September 19, 1887 she was married to Edwin R. Snell at Ogdensburg, New York, by Rev. Dr. Merrill L. Miller of the Presbyterian church and came to her home in Iowa on their wedding trip. Mr. and Mrs. Snell have spent nearly twenty years in happy wedlock.

She was of quiet disposition and went out very little but enjoyed the friendship of a large circle of friends who were always welcome to her home. She was a loving wife and a good mother to Mr. Snell's children and their little adopted daughter. All who knew her, loved her for her beautiful character which won its way to every heart. Patient in the sufferings which she has endured for the past two years, she departed this life prepared and ready to go.

She chose her songs to be used at her funeral services which were rendered by the Deloit choir and Mr. McGlaughlin, and friend of the family.

Those in attendance were her brother John Mill of Clayton county, Iowa, her neice Mrs. Bertha Spence of Kiron, Iowa, her nephew Alving Mill of Dunlap, a cousin Charles Jackson of Woodbine, also Henry Snell and wife and Miss Cora of Schaller. The family have the sympathy of their friends.

The floral tributes were beautiful. Their many friends sympathize with them in their loss and may they look beyond the vale of tears and be comforted in the thought that she is at home with Jesus.

Submitted by Veneta Mill

Spahn, George (1833 - 1912)

Schleswig Leader - May 31, 1912

Another prominent and highly respected old German citizen of this county passed away last Sunday, when George Spahn died at the home of his son Jurgen in Goodrich township, old age being the cause of his death. The funeral was held Tuesday, Rev. Frese of the German Lutheran church officiating, and interment was made in the Nissen cemetery in Morgan township.

George Spahn was born Feb. 12, 1833, in Buenge, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He was married in 1863 to Anna Thede and they came to America in 1877 to Fulton, Ill., and in 1897 came to Crawford county and took the farm in Goodrich township where Mr. Spahn lived until five years ago when he moved to Schleswig. A few weeks ago he returned to the home of his son in Goodrich township, where he died.

Mr. Spahn was married a second time in 1892 to Webke Christiansen. He leaves this widow and two children by his first wife, Jurgen Spahn and Mrs. Margaret Panzhorn of Tea, S. Dak., besides other more distant relatives, all of whom mourn the final passing away of a good husband and father, and a highly respected citizen of the community. - Bulletin

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Staley, Amelia (1858 - 1913)

Chater Oak, 1913
Amelia Staley, wife of O.J. Staley

The last breath of the life of Mrs. Otto Staley was drawn at a hospital in Sioux City about half past 9 o'clock Monday morning, after a year or more of suffering. A very severe hernia had caused her much trouble, and after local physicians had exhausted their knowledge, a foreign treatment was tried. This for a time seemed effective but, instead, it caused a growth to form, and this growth brought the end. A short time ago she went to Dow City, where her brother-in-law is practicing medicine, but neither he nor her home physician could help her. As a last hope she was taken to Sioux City for surgical treatment. This action was taken so late, however, that there was no use, and she passed away the next day, without the operation upon which the little ray of hope had been based.

The report of her death was a surprise to the people of Charter Oak. They knew she was not in good health, but no one dreamed of her days being so closely numbered. The body was brought home Tuesday morning and was laid to rest Wednesday.

The funeral was one of the largest ever seen in Charter Oak. The usual service of the Catholic church was said before an audience almost twice as large as the big church could hold.

Among the out of town guests who came to bid her the last, long, farewell were the following: Andrew Hofer, Solon, Iowa, her brother. C. H. Staley, Solon, Mr. Staley's brother.Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett, Scranton. Miss Freda Staley, sister of Mr. Staley, Chicago. Mark Staley and Mrs. Anton Gaestel, Burke, S. D. Miss Edith Staley called home from school at Cedar Falls. Dr. and Mrs. Potter and family, from Dow City, she a sister of Mrs. Staley.

In a German home in Johnson county, where dwelt Jacob and Elizabeth Hofer, a baby girl was born on the 4th day of May, 1858, and named Amelia. In a neighbor home was a boy named Otto, and the Fates decreed that these two should travel the path of life together hand in hand. They were married in 1882, and the home was made in Crawford county, where Mr. Staley had become a resident.

To this young couple the years gave a family of fifteen children, all of whom are alive except the oldest one. These are Mrs. Agnes Pithan; Mark, whose home is at Burke, S.D.; Charles; William and Frank, twins; Clara; Luke, Leo and Leonard, triplets; and Asa, Edith, Paul, Verna and Florence. Mrs. Staley mothered a peculiar family. Of the whole fourteen there is not who is not fully trusted and entirely respected by all his acquaintances. There is not one who is profligate or debased. She can go before her Maker clean handed and without fear.

Both before and after her death many tokens of friendship and appreciation were shown, and for these her family ask us to return thanks.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Staley, Luke (1892 - 1941)

Charter Oak Times- December 10, 1941
The life of Luke Staley, which had hung by a slender thread for the past several days, passed quietly on, Wednesday December 10 at two o'clock at the home in Westside. Luke realized the seriousness of his illness, and talked with his pastor concerning his outcome.

Luke was born here, the son of Otto and Amelia Staley, May 17, 1892. He was forty-nine years of age.

On February 3, 1915, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Eich by Rev. Father Schaefer at St. Boniface church. To this union were born two sons, Philip and Norbert, and one daughter Pauline.

Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn seven brothers, namely: Charles, Asa, Paul, this triplet brothers Leonard and Leo, Frank and William; four sisters, Mrs. Agnes Pithan, Mrs. Florence Meyer, Mrs. Edith Ahart and Mrs. Verna Remmes. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death, namely Mark, Philip, and Clara.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at St. Boniface church. Solemn Requiem Mass was read by the Rev. Father Arndorfer of Danbury, Father Clark of Vail, Rev. Montag of Ute and Rev. C. A. Ahmann. Interment was made in St. Boniface cemetery. Pallbearers were William Byrnes, Arnold Gunder, Leonard Dieter, Harry Osborn, Raymond Miller, and Andrew Kraemer.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Staley, Otto Joseph (1852 - 1934)

Charter Oak, Ia., Jan. 31, 1934
Old Pioneer Passes Away
O. J. Staley Had Been a Resident Here Sixty Years

0. J. Staley, a resident of Crawford county for the past sixty years, passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Barney Remmes at Charter Oak on Saturday, January 27. at 12:50 p.m. Mr. Staley suffered a slight stroke a number of days prior to his death, after which he was taken down with pnuemonia, which proved fatal to him. He was bed-fast but five days. At the time of his demise he was 81 years, 4 months and 27 days old. 0. J. Staley, son of Arthur (Note from Bob:this is incorrect, father's name was Anton) and Clara (Ray) Staley, was born on August 30, 1852 at Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. He came to Crawford county in a covered wagon in 1873 and making his pursuits, after settling here, in the agricutural interests. Mrs. Staley preceded him in death about twenty years ago.

In 1882, Mr. Staley was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Hofer of Iowa City, Ia. Fifteen children were born to this union, thirteen of whom are living. Phillip, the oldest son died at the age of two years and Mark died in 1915. The surviving children are: Agnes, Mrs. Albert Pithan of Ute; Charles Staley of Ute; William of Charter Oak; Frank of Ute; Clara, Mrs. Roy Miller; Luke, Leo and Leonard of Charter Oak; Asa of Neola, Ia.; Edith, Mrs. Lenfert Ahart, Paul and Verna, Mrs. Barney Remmes, all of Charter Oak and Florence, Mrs. Gerorge Meyer of Lake View, Ia.. William and Frank are twins and Luke, Leo and Leonard are triplets.

Deceased was a Charter member of the St. Boniface parish of which he has been a loyal and energentic member. An excerpt from the Crawford county history places Mr. Staley "At the head of one of the most remarkable families Iowa. and the excellent training he has given his children is evidence of the good sense and clear judgement of the father."

Funeral services took place Monday morning at 9:30 at St. Boniface church with a solemn requiem mass sung by the present pastor, Father A. J. Andorfer, with Father Louis Anthofer, a former pastor, assiting as deacon of the mass while Father J. P. MaGuire of Ute assisted as subdeacon. Four grandsons served as acolytes at the mass and a number of granddaughters assisted in the choir under the direction of Sister Euphemia who also presided at the organ.

Interment was made at the St. Boniface cemetery as Father A. J. Arndorfer said the obseques at the grave. Eight sons acted as pallbearers : namely: William, Frank, Charles, Luke, Leo, Leonard, Asa, and Paul. Sievert Funeral Service was in charge.

He leaves to mourn his passing his thirteen surviving children besides fifty-three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two sisters, Miss Frieda Staley of Solon, Ia., and Miss Mary Staley of Kansas City, Mo. and a numberless score of friends.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Fritz Steffen (1844 - 1910)

Schleswig Leader November 4, 1910

Fritz Steffen died at his home near Ute, Iowa, Thursday, October 27. He was aged 66 when he died, having been born in Germany March 15, 1844. He came to this country, settling on a farm near here. Eleven years ago he moved to Schleswig, where he resided until two years ago when he moved onto a farm near Ute.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the home, and at the Lutheran church at Charter Oak, the remains being laid to rest in the Charter Oak cemetery. He leaves to mourn his death an aged wife and one sone, Fritz.

From the family: To all who so kindly extended their help to us in this hour of bereavement we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks. Mrs. Steffen and son Fritz.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Theodore A. Stender (1897 - 1967)

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 29 for Theodore A. Stender at the United Church of Christ at Schleswig with Rev. R. J. Ratzlaff officiating.

Theodore A. son of August Stender and Emma nee Dohrmann was born on November 17, 1897 in Crawford County.

He was married to Hilda Kuehl on May 4, 1921 at Denison. They farmed on a farm northwest of Schleswig for 37 years, in March, 1967 they moved to town.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda, one daughter Valera, one son-in-law, James Stern and two grandchildren, Jan and Kim Stern.

Also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Martin (Agnes) Miller; and Mrs. William (Leonore) Miller. He was preceded into death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

He was a member of the brotherhood, former member of the c.c. and Spiritual Council and a long time member of the choir at the United Church of Christ.

He attained the age of 69 years, 10 months and 10 days. He died on August 27 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital, due to a lingering illness. Interment was made at the Morgan Cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Struck, Edward J. (1884 - 1962)

Schleswig (1962)
Funeral Service for Edward Struck Held At E&R Church

Funeral services for Edward J. Struck were held Thursday at the United Church of Christ (E&R). Rev. Walter Baumgartner read the following obituary:

Edward Struck, son of Hans Struck and his wife, Anna, nee Aldag, was born September 16, 1884 in Morgan Township, Crawford County, Iowa.

Mr Struck was baptized in infancy and later confirmed in Trinity Lutheran church in Grant Township in 1899. On December 9, 1909 he was united in marriage to Minnie Bendixen. This union was blessed with one son. For many years Mr. and Mrs Struck farmed west of Schleswig. In 1922 Mrs. Struck's health was failing. She passed away in November 1922.

On July 3, 1927 Ed was married to Ella Ernst. At that time they moved to the town of Schleswig, where they resided ever since. He died early Tuesday morning, August 21st. Mr Struck was a member of the United Church of Christ. He served on the church council for many years. He also was a member of the brotherhood.

He is survived by his wife Ella, one son, Roland and daughter-in- law, Emma Lou; one grandson, Jerry; one sister, Mrs Adela Kuehl; one brother, Julius and three step brothers: Louie, Willie and Hugo Reimer. He was preceeded in death by his first wife Minnie, his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Burial was made in the Morgan cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Emma L. Struck (1908 - 2000)

Helps with history of town of Schleswig.

Emma L. Struck was born August 10, 1908, the daughter of John and Dora Hansen Braase. She died on Thursday, January 13, 2000, at the Denison Care center at the age of ninety-one.

Emma was born in Schleswig, Iowa, and received her education in a rural school near her home. After completing her education, Emma did clerical work and operated her own beauty shop for a few years.

On December 20, 1931, Emma was united in marriage to Roland Struck at the Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church in Schleswig, Iowa. The couple settled on a farm.

Emma was a member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, where she taught Sunday School and was superintendent of the Cradle Role. She created the composite for all the confirmation classes at church. She was also a 4-H leader for many years. For the 75th anniversary of Schleswig, she collected, organized and wrote the history of the town with the assistance of other community workers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roland in 1987, three brothers, Herbert, Henry and John Braase.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2000, at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, Iowa. Grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Evelyn Keating Struck (1914 - 2001)

Evelyn Keating Struck was born on September 20, 1914 in Paradise Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Keating. She died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on May 31, 2001, at the age of eighty-six.

Evelyn grew up on the family farm near Denison, attending a rural school and the Denison Community High School. She graduated from Normal training in 1932. Evelyn taught school for several years.

On June 7, 1937 she was united in marriage to Victor Struck at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. They farmed near Schleswig for thirty-two years. After retiring in 1973, they made their home in Denison and were members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Evelyn enjoyed gardining, canning, sewing and cards. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who devoted her life to her family. In 1973 Evelyn became a member of the Legion of Mary Organization, enjoying meetings and visits to the nursing homes, hospital, and to shut-ins.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Victor, one daughter Mary in infancy, two brothers, Jack and Leonard Keating and two sisters Cecelia Keating and Clarian Struck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2001 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison, Iowa, with interment at the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Charter Oak, Iowa.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Julius Struck (1886 - 1978)

Julius Struck was born on December 28, 1886, near Schleswig, Iowa, the son of Hans and Anna Aldag Struck. He died on Wednesday evening, February 8, 1978, at Eventide Lutheran Home, Denison, Iowa at the age of 91.

Julius was raised on a family farm near Schleswig and received his formal education in the rural schools of the area.

On February 16, 1910, he was married to Mary Bendixon at Schleswig. They resided on the farm where he was raised. In 1940, they retired and moved to Schleswig. Mary died in November of 1968 and Julius continued to make Schleswig his home until he became a resident in a nursing home.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ at Schleswig and served as a Morgan Township assessor for 14 years.

Julius was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include three sons, Victor of Denison, Ralph of Schleswig and Milton of Fresno, California, twelve grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren, and one step-brother Hugo Reimer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 11, 1978, at the United Church of Christ, Schleswig. Burial was in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig. The Rev. Fred Moore officiated at the services.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Marlene M. Struck (1944 - 1983)

Marlene Marie Struck was born on Feb. 12, 1944, in Paradise Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Helen Klaus Boettger. She died April 30, 1983 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa at the age of 39.

Marlene was baptized and later confirmed in the Christian faith. She spent her formative years on the family farm in Paradise Township. She received her early education in the rural schools in Paradise Township. She later graduated from Denison High School in 1962. After the completion of her education she was employed in Denison at the JoMart.

On Dec. 12, 1964 Marlene was united in marriage to Ronald Struck at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Together they made their home on a farm north of Denison in Hanover Township.

Marlene was preceded in death by her grandparents and her father in 1977. Funeral services were held May 3, at 2 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Burial was in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Struck, Mrs. Minnie (1888 - 1922)

Schleswig (1922)
Mrs. Ed Struck Called by Death

Sad indeed is our mission this week to record the death of one of our fond young mothers and devoted wife that of Mrs. Ed. Struck, which sad event occurred at the home of her mother, Mrs. Agnes Bendixen on Tuesday, November 28th, at high noon, at the age of 34 years.

Her sudden, though not wholly unexpected death has cast a profound sorrow over the entire community where she had lived so long and where she was honored, loved and esteemed by all. Her death is therefore not only a severe blow to her stricken husband and son, mother, sisters and brothers, but to her lost of acquaintances as well.

Site was of an affectionate disposition, bright and winning in her ways, so that friendship's circle to her was a large one. Indeed it may be said of her that "none knew her but to love her."

Mrs. Struck's illness was of long duration, .dating back to the time of her marriage in 1909. They resided on the farm at that time, and about two years ago the family moved to town in the hopes that the change would be beneficial to her health. As the weeks and months rolled by her affliction grew worse, and her once strong constitution began to show the ravages her ailment was making upon it. For the past year or more she had been confined to the bed the greater part of the time.

Everything that it was possible to do in an effort to give her relief was done, but all to no avail. The best medical skill, the noted specialists were visited, but none seemed able to effect a cure, and it seemed that the Creator had willed it otherwise, and that she, must suffer until the Angel of Death came to relieve her of her earthly sufferings.

During all these years of illness she never once lost faith or hope, but bore her pain and suffering with true Christian fortitude and strength, never once complaining, and always ready to do her home work and to spread sunshine and happiness to those about, her, until weakness forced her to give up.

To her the struggles and burdens of life are over, and we can confidently trust that like one who awakes from a troubled dream she has awakened on that other shore to see life's endless morning break and knows herself at home with all the vast loved ones missed from earth, safe about her.

Among us all she ranked as a woman of culture, refinement, sympathy, a kindly neighbor, a loving wife and devoted mother. Her affection for friends and kindred was always of the most tender and abiding nature. Her passing to that other shore, where sorrow and suffering are not known, is a most sad blow to us all.

While the silence of death wraps and chills us at this moment, memories sweet and precious come crowding in. Death is a hard master, he takes from us our brightest and best, but he cannot take from us the memory of the deeds of loving kindness performed on earth by Mrs. Struck. May time bring its resignation, and may the shores of eternity that receive her soul surround it with everlasting sunshine and flowers.

Minnie Bendixen was the daughter of Mrs. Agnes Bendixen of Schleswig. She was born Oct. 8, 1888, in Otter Creek township. Here she spent all her younger days and developed into beautiful womanhood, here she married and helped to establish a home of her own; here she spent her busy life, fought her battle, and here in the dearest place of all to her she laid down at length to sleep and rest.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Ed. Struck on Dec. 9, 1909, and to them was born one son, Roland, who together with the grief stricken husband are left to mourn her passing.

She also left behind, her mother, Mrs. Agnes Bendixen, three sisters, Mrs. Julius Else, Mrs. Ed. Lehmann of Denison, and Selma, at home, also two brothers, John and Herbert, and a host of warm personal friends.

Funeral services will be held from the home of her mother at 1:00 and at Friedens church at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, her pastor, Rev, W. R. Wetzeler having the services in charge. The remains will be laid to rest in Morgan Twp. cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Ralph Struck (1914-2002)

Ralph Struck was born February 13, 1914, the son of Julius and Mary Bendixen Struck. He died at his home in rural Schleswig, Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the age of eighty-eight.

Ralph was born on the home farm west of Schleswig, and received his education in a rural school near his home. He was baptized in Christ March 22, 1914 at Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church in Schleswig and also confirmed there on March 24, 1929.

He enjoyed farm life, and worked diligently at his farming operation that included traveling to Chicago to sell livestock. In his youth, he and some friends took a vacation to Yellow Stone Park. In later years, he enjoyed going to Kansas City with family for baseball games. He was always available to help his neighbors. He was a hard working man, keeping his fields clean of weeds. He was a good corn picker, and did custom corn shelling for area farmers.

May 29, 1940, he was united in marriage to Teresa Clare "Clarian" Keating at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. The couple settled on the Struck home farm and were blessed the the birth of four sons.

He was a devoted, husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed his grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them and attending their school and sporting events. In his leisure time, he and Clarian enjoyed Saturday dances. Additionally, he enjoyed bowling, and traveled to many tournaments throughout the midwest, winning many trophies including a singles tournament. In later years, he took up golfing, and pulled weeds around the course as he played. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clarian in 1985, one brother, Victor and one daughter-in-law, Marlene.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2002 at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak, Iowa, with interment at the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Victor H. Struck (1912 - 1986)

Victor Hans Struck was born on May 30, 1912, in Morgan Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the son of Julius and Mary Bendixen Struck. He died Sunday afternoon January 5, 1986, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 73.

Victor spent his formative years on a family farm near Schleswig. He received his early education in the rural schools near his home and later attended Schleswig High School.

Victor was united in marriage to Evelyn Keating on June 7, 1937, at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Together they farmed in Morgan Township for 35 years. They were members of the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak during their years on the farm. They retired from farming in 1973 and made their home in Denison. At this time, they transferred their membership to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison.

In addition to his parents, Victor was preceded in death by one daughter Mary Ann in infancy.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, January 8, 1986, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Interment was in the St. Boniface Cemetery in Charter Oak.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Rev. Thos. S. Stone (1868 - 1921)

The Denison Review Oct 5, 1921

Biographical Sketch of the Life of Rev. Thos. S. Stone, Who Died in Vail, on Tuesday, September 27th

Vail-Oct. 5 Special to the Review;
Thos. S. Stone died at his home here Tuesday, Sep 27, 1921 after a brief illness. About September ?? Rev. Stone suffered with a severe attack of asthma which ?? ?? developed ?? pneumonia which resulted in his death. During his brief illness he received the best of care, a specialist from Omaha being called in to consultation, but his condition was so weakened that he was unable to withstand the ravages of pneumonia, and passed peacefully away.

Rev. Thos. S. Stone was born March 4, 1868, near Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois, being 52 years, 6 months and 23 days old at the time of his death.

He moved to Iowa in the fall of 1883 and lived near Corning and was married to Miss Hattie Procter of that place in 1891, she departing this life in 1897. To this union two children were born, Edgar and Hazel.

He entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1901 and served in active work in this capacity until 1908 when his voice failed him. On Sept. 5, 1906 he was married to Miss Bertha Elizabeth Newcom and to this union four children were born. Mr. Stone and wife spent four years at Smithland, moving from there to ?? after which they located on a farm near Vail where they have since resided.

During his ministry he was ordained and became a member of the Northwest Iowa conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and served as pastor at Grant City three years, Deloit two years, Arthur 1 year, Oto two years, ?? year and ?? two years and at Vail about two years.

It can be said that Mr. Stone was a splendid bible student, well informed in the ?? and loved to teach the scripture . About a month ago he occupied the pulpit in the Presbyterian church at Vail, which stands as a closing [?message] to the people which he had ministered to in the past. Failing health ?? him to retire from active work. He was a kind, loving father, always looking out for the welfare of his loved ones.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife, five children, Joseph N., Bertha, Thos G., John W. and Edgar, his mother, Mrs. S.C. Richards of Ida Grove, and also three brothers, William E. of Monmouth, IL, Woodford M., of ?? Iowa and George M., in Texas, and four sisters, Mrs. Fryer of Villisca; Mrs. Lottie ?? of Glendale, Calif; Mrs. John ?? of Council Bluffs and Mrs. Susan Black of Waterloo.

Mr. Stone held a high place in this community, having a host of friends who appreciated his true worth. It can be said that a good man has gone from our midst, thus making our community poorer in moral worth, as we reluctantly must say good bye.

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 29th at 10:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church at Vail, Rev. Geo. O?? pastor of that church, officiating. Interment was made in the Vail cemetery.

August Schoening (1847 - 1921)

Manning Monitor - September 1921

A very large gathering of friends and relatives assembled last Sunday afternoon when the funeral of the late Frederic August Schoening took place. Rev. H. Coates conducted the service which was held in the Methodist church. Afterwards the remains were laid to rest in the Manning cemetery.

The deceased was born in Erfde, Schleswig Holstein, Germany, on February 5th, 1847. He came to this country with his mother when but a youth of sixteen, and settled at Charlotte, Iowa.

On August 14, 1873, he was married to Auguste Huenenmueller at Dewitt, Iowa. They settled on a farm six miles from Charlotte, where they resided one year. Then they moved to Carroll County on a farm, three miles north of Manning.

On March 1st, 1888 they came to Manning where Mrs. Schoening died October 15, 1918. In November of the following year the late Mr. Schoening moved to San Diego, Calif. where he passed away August 27, 1921 at the age of 74 years.

He leaves to mourn four sons, Ferdinand and Robert of Lakefield, Minnesota, Albert of Manning, August of Los Angeles and six daughters Mrs. H.C. Harden of Gilbertville, Iowa, Mrs. J.E. Williams of Omaha, Mrs. O.E. Stiffen, St. Louis, Mrs. Erna Schoening, Des Moines, Mrs. A.G. Jordan, Omaha, and Mrs. H.F. Downey, Scarsboro, Iowa. Besides these there is one sister Mrs. Christina Boysen, Charlotte, Iowa and sixteen grandchildren.

Submitted by Mary Klauer

William Schwieso (1871 - 1961)

Manilla Times - Manilla, Iowa, February 9, 1961

Services Held Saturday for William Schwieso

Funeral Services were held Saturday, February 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev Royal W. Natzke officiating. Mrs. Charles Manford, organist accompanied the ladies' quartet as they sang, "Nearer My God to Thee" and "I'm But a Stranger Here."

Burial was in Nishnabotna cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Christensen, Douglas Schwieso, Gary Schwieso, Gordon Severtsen, Lester Steckelberg and Robert Steckelberg.

William Frederick, the son of Frederick and Marie Schwieso, was born in Germany on March 4, 1871 and died at the Friendship Home in Audubon on February 2, 1961 at the age of 89 years, 10 months, and 29 days. While he was an infant his parents came to America and settled in Audubon county. He was baptized as a child and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran church in Lincoln township.

On September 12, 1896, he was married to Malanie Schoning. Seven sons and five daughters were born to this union. From 1896 until 1936 they farmed in Nishnabotna township. In 1936 they moved to Manilla where they lived until 1948 when they moved to Denison. In the Spring of 1960 they moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, four sisters, and two sons, Herman and Benjamin.

He is survived by his wife, Malanie, five sons, Sylvester of Danbury, Wilbur, Earl and Harold of Manilla and Edward of Botna; five daughters, Alvina (Mrs. Robert Sievertsen) of Manilla, Hertha (Mrs. Henry Steckelberg) of Menlo, Amanda (Mrs. Ed Vennink) of Westside, Myrtle (Mrs. Glenn Leightfield) of Waterloo, and Bernadine (Mrs. Chris Christensen) of Manilla; 29 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild; also many other relatives and friends.

Relatives from out-of-town who attended the funeral included: Mr. Fritz Petersen of Pipestone, Minnesota; Mrs. Mamie Hagedorn of St. Paul, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. George Petersen of Harwick, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Leightfield and sons of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Rex Waller of Des Monies; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schoning, Donald Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kerr and daughters, all of Omaha.

Submitted by Mary Klauer

Mrs. William (Malanie) Schwieso (? - 1962)

Manilla Times - Manilla, Iowa, February 15, 1962

Services Held Tuesday for Mrs. Schwieso

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 13, for Mrs. William Schwieso at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. R. W. Natzke officiating. Mrs. William Joens served as organist and the congregation sang the hymns "Nearer my God to Thee" and "I Am But a Stranger Here."

Ronald Christensen, Donald Jenkins, Robert Steckelberg, Gordon Sievertsen, Lester Steckelberg and Gary Schwieso served as casket bearers. Interment was at Nishnabotna Cemetery. Huebner Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Mary Klauer

Jane Felts Scott (1856 - 1901)

Denison Review - October 18, 1901

Jane Felts was born in Columbia County, New York, January 1, 1856, and died at Denison, Iowa, Oct. 16, 1901.

She was married to David Scott, Oct. 3, 1874. They moved to Harrison County, Iowa, in 1878 and thence in a few years to Crawford County. The last two years have been spent in Denison. Mrs. Scott in recent months has been a great sufferer. With a natural and worthy desire to live for the sake of her family, she has struggled bravely against the encroachments of disease. The development of the malady and the increase of pain did not baffle her courage, though she was well aware of its serious nature. When it was finally made evident to her that recovery was impossible she calmly accepted it as the will of her Heavenly Father. There was no confusion of mind nor disconcerting of spirit on the announcement. She met death as a Christian and was prepared for the great change. In her last hours her longing to go and be at rest in the Lord became strong and, at times, urgent. She became a Christian early in life and united with the Evangelical Church and retained her membership in the denomination to the end of life.

Her husband and three children, Willie, Fred and Susie, survive her. Her other immediate relatives are two brothers and two sisters, Mr. A. B. Felts and Mrs. Talmage Decker, of Dunlap, Iowa and Henry Felts and Mrs. Vosburg of Columbia County, New York. Mr. Scott and the sons and daughter have the sincere sympathy of all in their bereavement for the loss of a good mother is the greatest loss on earth.

The funeral services were held at the First Methodist church on Thursday morning, Rev. E. M. Holmes officiating and were attended by a number of the friends of the deceased.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Nettie Chapin Smith (1880 - 1902)

Denison Review - February 11, 1902

Death is always cruel. It always carries with it heartaches and grief and unfulfilled hopes and ambitions. But sad as death is at best it seldom comes in so unrelenting a garb as in the death of Mrs. Nettie Chapin Smith, a beautiful and attractive young woman whose friends were myriad, whose hopes were bright and who was surrounded on every hand by love and kindness.

Mrs. Smith died on Saturday afternoon but a few hours after giving birth to her first-born child. She was apparently well and strong and prepared for the terrible ordeal of maternity but soon after the little daughter saw the light of day the mother was attacked with convulsions and before the evening her spirit had gone out into the great Unknown.

The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church, Rev. F. W. Bateson, assisted by Rev. A. G. Martyn and Rev. E. M. Holmes officiating. Many friends attended and the floral tributes were many and beautiful.

We cannot express our grief too deeply for the young life that has gone from us. She was a bright, helpful, sweet souled young woman beloved by all who knew her, we know that she is now with the Heavenly Father whom she served so diligently on earth, and that He has soothed her pain and comforted her sorrowing and has given His promise to watch over and protect those whom she loved on earth.

Mrs. Smith was born at the Fargo House in Denison, Dec. 21, 1880. She lived nearly all her life in Denison and was one of the brightest of Denison's bright young girls. In 1898 she graduated from the high school and she was known as one of the best pupils that our schools have sent forth.

On March 27th, she was married to William Smith, a young man worthy in every way of her love and who has done everything within his power to bring happiness into her life.

On Friday evening she appeared well and with her husband visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Campbell. Her daughter was born early on Saturday morning and for a time the mother seemed to rally and no danger was feared. The convulsions came and she died on Saturday evening. She leaves a husband and infant daughter, her mother and two sisters, Carrie and Una, all of whom have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the community.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Charles M. Staley (1847 - 1901)

Denison Review - July 30, 1901 - Denison

Mr. Charles M. Staley, one of the pioneer printers of Denison, passed away at his home in East Denison on Friday, July 27th. He was ill but a brief time, his sickness being caused by a paralytic stroke. Everyone remembers him in a most kindly spirit and we can do no better than to quote the deserved eulogy pronounced over him by Rev. A.G. Martyn at the funeral services which were held last Sunday at the Presbyterian church under the auspices of the Masonic lodge and which were attended also by the Odd Fellows, the Yeomen and a large number of sympathizing friends.

Rev. Martyn said: Chas. M. Staley was born in Eastern Pennsylvania, Sept. 16, 1847, and entered into rest at Denison, Iowa, July 27, 1901, aged 53 years 10 months and 11 days.

In childhood he removed with his parents to Franklin County, Ohio, near the City of Columbus, the state capital. There in the home circle he spent his early young acquiring habits of industry and usefulness that came from faithful parental training. He was the youngest of a family of two brothers and four sisters. He early lost by death, his mother - the best earthly friend, and yet whose example, prayers and training stayed with him through all the vicissitudes of his after life. At the early age of 16 years, on the 24th of September 1863, he entered as a student of the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio. His purpose and ambition were for the acquisition of a liberal collegiate education, the better to fit himself for life's duties.

At that time the great civil war in American was raging and the fate of the nation was imperiled. It was the darkest hour of the great conflict. Prompted by the highest patriotism, boy that he was - he determined to enlist in defense of his country. In the early summer of 1864 he, one day, left his books in this desk, bade his college mates adieu, tuned his face from the academic shades and the hopes of future education and went forth to enlist under his country's banner and endure the perils of field and flood, the privations of bivouac and march and the deadly onset of battle. He was willing to give life, if need be, for his country. He returned a bronzed veteran, a tried soldier, one of the great army of our nations heroes. Resuming civil pursuits, he engaged for some time in business in Columbus and one or two other points in Ohio and Indiana. In 1871 - thirty years ago - he decided to come to Iowa, a state then rapidly opening for settlements and business enterprise to young men. He located at or near Fontanelle in Adair County.

There he was married to Miss Anna Sanders - the devoted wife that survives him - on December 25, 1873. To this union has been given the three sons and three daughters that mourn this day a father's loss.

In 1875, twenty-six years ago, he removed to Denison, becoming one of our earliest and best known citizens. He continued to engage in job printing and kindred lines of pursuit. His life in this community all these years has been an open book, known and read by all. He was an honest and honorable man in every relationship, which may well be said to be the noblest handiwork of God. Quiet and unassuming in a marked degree, one had to know him intimately to realize his excellent worth. He was faithful to every trust imposed in him. He put conscience into all his work. His personal disposition was characterized by great kindliness and a disposition to be ever helpful to his fellowmen. He was ever greatly esteemed by his neighbors and fellow citizens in Denison and was placed by them in many positions of trust and responsibility.

For a number of years he was town clerk. For some ten years he was a member and secretary of the public school board and the many teachers employed in our city schools all these years can testify to his kindly interest in them and in their work. His office was the headquarters for the school interests and educational literature of the city, and also the depository of the American Bible Society. To all these varied interests he gave his most conscientious attention and painstaking labor. He was for sometime past secretary of the Masonic (Sylvan) lodge, the brethren of which unite in paying memorial rites today to his memory.

At the early age of 21 years, he became connected with the I. O. O. F. and was honored by his fellow craftsmen with the highest office in their gift. He was a member of the "Iowa Legion of Honor" and was a charter member of the "Order of Yeomen." All of these orders pay tribute to his individual worth of character and his fidelity to the principles of fraternity and the moral duties indicated. For a number of years he had been a faithful and consistent communicant in the Presbyterian Church. He was a constant attendant upon the ministrations of the sanctuary and one who by his daily living testimony gave evidence of the reality of Christian experience. For a number of years he had been secretary of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Church. His last fatal illness was borne with Christian patience and sustained by the hope of the Gospel. His end was peace and he leaves a hallowed memory to his family, to the church and to the community.

Submitted by Melba McDowell