The Bedford Free Press
Thursday, December 21, 1899, Page 12.
Once again has death claimed a mother and wife in Athelstan on the morning of December
14, 1899. Mrs. Wm. Swett was called to her home beyond after nine weeks suffering of
typhoid fever. Mary Ellen RAPER was born in Bowling Green, Clay County, Indiana, August
30, 1859. [She] came to Taylor County with her parents in 1869 where she has ever since
resided. She was married to Wm. SWETT December 26, 1876. To this union ten children
were born, one dying in infancy.
All were with her in her last hours. Her mother and
all of her brothers and sisters were with her during the last few days, with the
exception of one, Mrs. Clint FORD, of Ponca City Oklahoma. Mrs. Albert SEVERNS of
Geneve, Neb., arrived Monday night. But tender words and loving hands could not ease
her pain or save her life. She was a Christian mother, a faithful wife, a generous
neighbor and kind friend and respected by all who knew her. The funeral services were
conducted by Rev. Wm. SPICER at the house, and the remains were laid to rest in the
Platteville Cemetery [Taylor County, Iowa] on Friday, December 15.
NOTE: Mary Ellen (RAPER) was the first wife of William Thomas SWETT. William was born at Des Moines, Polk
County, Iowa on December 5, 1852, and died on July 13, 1931 with interment at Platteville
Cemetery, Platteville, Taylor County, Iowa. William married second
Nancy TACKETT .
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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