The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1932
DEATH CLAIMS AGED AND RESPECTED PIONEER WOMAN.
Another aged and most highly respected pioneer woman of Mount Ayr was called
by death Friday night when Mrs. Hannah SLENTZ, widow of the late G. A. SLENTZ,
pioneer merchant of Mount Ayr, passed peacefully away at her home in southeast
Mount Ayr. She was 79 years of age and, while frail of body, was enjoying her
usual health and retained her faculties of mind until the end, which came
peacefully and without warning.
The death of Mrs. SLENTZ marks the passing of one of the community's best known
women and one whose friends were numbered by her acquaintances. For many years
she was associated with her husband in the SLENTZ store and after his death
continued the business and with the assistance of her brothers, the late J.E.
and Geo. E. OGDEN, and trusted friends closed out the stock in an orderly
manner before retiring from the active business life of Mount Ayr.
Funeral services, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jesse JOHNSON, were held
Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the United Presbyterian church and interment was in
Rose Hill cemetery. The following obituary was read at the service:
Hannah M. OGDEN was born on July 8th, 1853, at East Liverpool, Ohio, where she
grew to womanhood. She received her education in the public schools of East
Liverpool and in Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.
She was the only daughter in a family of five children, having one brother
older and three brothers younger, than herself. The mother died when the
daughter was but sixteen years of age, and the care of the family fell upon her
young shoulders. The testimony of those who knew the family at that stage comes
down to us, to the effect that no mother could have been more gentle and
faithful in caring for the family and guiding the boys than was this young
sister of theirs. All four of the brothers grew into good and useful manhood.
They have all preceded her in death.
She became the wife of George A. SLENTZ, originally of Beaver, Pennsylvania,
but of Mount Ayr at the time of marriage. They were married at East Liverpool,
Ohio, on November 23d, 1881, and came to Mount Ayr, where Mr. SLENTZ was engaged
in business. The home was here until the death of Mr. SLENTZ on February 6th,
1920. Since that time Mrs. SLENTZ has spent some winters with relatives, but
Mount Ayr was her home continuously until she entered the eternal home about
midnight, July 29th, 1932, at the age of 79 years and 21 days.
In early life she united with the Presbyterian church in East Liverpool, and
when she came with her husband to Mount Ayr she became a member of the United
It was at her home that the Women's Missionary society of the congregation was
organized on March 13th, 1883. She conducted the devotional exercises at that
meeting. In her passing the last one of the charter members of the society
enters upon the heavenly service.
Together with her husband while he lived, and not less since his passing, she
was a faithful, active helper in the church's work, and was always interested
in enterprises that look to the upbuilding of God's Kingdom and the glory of
Gentle, unobtrusive, happy, loveable, helpful, she leaves to a large circle of
friends a memory fragrant of the finest flowers and fruits of christian character.
Relatives from a distance who came to Mount Ayr to attend the funeral were Mr.
and Mrs. H. L. ROYCE and daughter Nina and Mr. and Mrs. Willis ROYCE of Creston;
Mrs. A.B. OGDEN and Ben OGDEN and family of Des Moines; Mrs. Clara HUBBARD of
Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. George E. OGDEN of Auburn, Ind.; Glen FELIX of Chicago, Ill.
CARD OF THANKS.
For the kindness of neighbors and friends at the death and funeral of our loved
one we are profoundly grateful.
- THE RELATIVES.
NOTE: George A. SLENTZ, husband of Hannah M. (OGDEN), was born in January of 1852,
the son of John and Mary E. SLENTZ, and died February 6, 1920 with interment beside
Hannah at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. George's father
John SLENTZ was born in 1822, and died August 20, 1902; and his mother Mary E.
(?) SLENTZ was born in 1823, and died August 17, 1902; both interred at Rose
Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Hannah's brothers were George E. OGDEN, born March 15, 1866, and died in 1927;
and John Elmer OGDEN, born March 16, 1863, and died in 1924; both interred at
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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