Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa
OBITUARY - DENNIS ROSE SLAUTER
In an Indiana community nearly, eighty-seven years ago local newspapers
carried an item stating that to Mr. and Mrs. William SLAUTER a boy was born
on June 6, 1841, and was given the name Dennis R. Fourteen years later, if
these same papers gave all the happenings of interest they would have
mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SLAUTER with their family were starting in
covered wagon to the far away Iowa; that they pitched their tent near a
beautiful stream five and one-half miles northeast of where Lamoni now
stands; that they filed a claim on government land and there made a home for
a large family of children.
Seven years more, when at the age of 21, the news story broke that Dennis R.
SLAUTER was married to Miss Martha SHAFFNER. They established their home
near the old homestead and reared a family of thirteen children eight of
whom are living now.
Three dozen years this happy family met the conditions of life and enjoyed a
share of success and prosperity. Then came the time, in November, 1898 when
the wife and mother must go to her reward. At this time grief seemed to have
entered, and a number of the children also passed away. Five years of
loneliness and sorrow passed, and Dennis married Amanda WYCKOFF in 1903. To
them three children came, all of whom are left to mourn, for this week's
newspapers are carrying the news that Dennis R. SLAUTER passed to his final
reward on March 18, 1927. This happened at his home near Davis City. And
though he had been in poor health for some time, death came suddenly and in
the night when no one knew, for on the evening before he had been visiting
with his family around the family circle.
For seventy-two years Mr. SLAUTER had been a resident of Burrell township [Decatur County].
When he disposed of his farm interests a number of years, ago he retained
the forty acres on which his father and mother homesteaded, and still owned
this at the time of his death.
The wife and eleven children are left to mourn. The living children are Mrs.
Dora BUTCHER, Mrs. Mary ROBBINS, Clara SLAUTER, Mrs. Ida EVANS, Edward,
Frank, Samuel and Lloyd SLAUTER, Mrs. Evangeline TEALE, and Forest and
Funeral services were conducted from the home by Rev. J. E. CLARK of
Kellerton, and burial made in the Terre Haute cemetery beside the bride of
his youth and the children who had gone before.
Funeral services were conducted from
the house Tuesday forenoon.
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