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Port Umpqua Courier
Reedsport, Douglas County, Oregon
March 20, 1947

A. W. SKINNER SERVICES HELD

Austin W. SKINNER was born February 17, 1859 at Erie, Pennsylvania and passed away on April 30, 1924 at Kansas City, Missouri. He moved at an early age to Ashtabula, Ohio and age of nineteen to Kellerton, [Ringgold County] Iowa. He was united in marriage to Mary S. SHELDEN on May 23, 1880. To this union was born five children, one son, Austin and four daughters, Lillian, Ellen, Mae, and Bernice. Of this loving family the mother and two elder daughters, Lilla and Ellen have gone on before.

The past two years he has been a faithful student of Christian Science and found faith which gave him the comfort and hope he had long desired. Until this time of his last illness, he was a faithful attendant to the Sunday and mid-week services of the First Church of Christ Scientist, first in Denver and later in Kansas City. His last message to his children was, "I know all is well with me".

The body was brought to Kellerton, Friday evening and the funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at two o' clock at the Christian Church, conducted by the pastor, Reverend J. C. HARRIS and interment made in Maple Row Cemetery.

NOTE: Mary S. (SHELDEN), Austin's wife, was born February 19, 1861 in Indiana, the daughter of Truman Chapin SHELDEN (1832-1886) and Lydia A. (GOFF) SHELDEN (1841-1925). She died in Monroe Township of Ringgold County, Iowa at the age of 47 on January 25, 1909.

Austin and Mary S. SHELDEN'S children were:

1) Lillian SKINNER, Born Apr 1881, Ringgold Co. IA

2) Daisy Ellen SKINNER
    Born 30 Nov 1883, Ringgold Co. IA; Died 18 Feb 1966, Santa Cruz CA
    Married Jesse Oliver NICHOLSON (1877-1953)

3) Mae Jane SKINNER
    Born Feb 1885, Ringgold Co. IA; Died 25 Jul 1934, Kansas City MO
    Married Melvin V. BRENIZER (1878-?)

4) Bernice I. SKINNER
    Born 03 May 1890, Ringgold Co. IA; Died 08 Mar 1963, Orange CA
    Married Charles R. MOORE (1885-?)

5) Harry Austin SKINNER
    Born 22 Mar 1892, Kellerton IA; Died 16 Mar 1947, North Bend OR
    Married 02 Jun 1915, Kellerton IA to Ethel Alice GATEWOOD (1896-1988)

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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