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Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
February 05, 1925

OBITUARY ~ RICHARD METTERS

On Monday at about 2 p. m occurred the death of Richard Metters long ago a resident of this town. He had at several times suffered from light strokes of paralysis, but had his final stroke on last week Wednesday. He went out that forenoon to a shop in the yard to do some little woodwork, and was gone from the house perhaps 45 minutes, when his little grandson went out to get help on something he was trying to make, and found Mr. Metters lying unconscious. He never rallied much, and died on Monday as stated. He was 72 years of age on the day of his death. Until last October he worked at his trade of carpenter.

Richard Metters was born Feb. 2, 1853, at Plymouth, England, and died Feb. 2, 1926, aged 72 years.

He crossed to America with his parents, when he was three years old. The journey was a perilous one, and the ship they were on was blown back to the English coast from mid Atlantic .The family landed at New York City, and soon moved to Columbus, Ohio.

On February 21, 1882, he was united in marriage to Martha Ellen Carter, in Ringgold county, Iowa. Mr. Metters has resided near Clearfield since that time. To the above union seven children were born, four dying in infancy. The living children are Mrs. Bessie Shimer, and Mrs Gladys Bailey of Clearfield, and Mrs Hazel Strange of El Centro, Calif.

Besides his children, one brother, Harry Metters, of Freeport, Illinois, eleven grand children; and a number of neighbors and friends will miss his presence among them.

Mr. Metters was a member of the Christian church, and earned by his life the appreciation of his community. He was a kind companion and father.

His death was from paralysis, having been stricken for the third time a few days before.

Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at 10:30 . Wednesday pastor Warner Muir officiating, assisted by Rev. A. J . Matthews. The pallbearers were his friends and neighbors. S. A. Jarvis, F. A. Green, W. A. McKinstry, Wilson Randolph, Gene Baxter, and L. E. Hartman. Interment was in the Rising Sun cemetery in Lincoln Township. [poem]

Transcription by Lorelie Rusco, December of 2011

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