January 17, 1918
OBITUARY ~ JACOB CHALMERS WIRTH
On Monday morning, about eight o'clock, while on his way to work at his shop,
Chal Wirth was seen to suddenly lose his strength and fall face downward on
the sidewalk just in front of Martin's store. When aid reached him he was
carried into the store, but he died in a very few minutes, he told some of the
men a few days before his death that he had not been feeling well, but he
seemed to be feeling better that day, except that he told some when on his way
to work that he felt colder than he ever had yet this winter. He stopped at
Dr. Rood's office, but finding him not in was going on down to the shop when
the stroke came which took his life. It is thought that death was due to heart
failure. Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon.
Interment in Clearfield cemetery. Chal will be greatly missed from among his
business associates along main street.
Jacob Chalmers Wirth was born March 19. 1865 near Wooster, Ohio; departed this
life Jan. 14, aged 52 years, 9 months and 25 days. He moved with his parents
from Ohio at the age of 9 years living for a while in Warren and Adams
counties, Iowa, and the rest of his life has been spent in Clearfield and
vicinity. In 1893 he began his work as a blacksmith, working for H. S.
Buckner, then buying the shop for himself, and has continued in the work ever
since. About 25 years ago, under the pastorate of Rev. Shepard, he united with
the Baptist church of which he has been a member over since.
He leaves his mother, his father having departed this life. Besides
his mother he leaves three brothers, Parvon Wirth, Modesto, Cal.; John Wirth,
Prescott, Iowa; Joseph Wirth, Glenwood, Iowa; and two sisters, Zora Harris,
Villisca, Iowa; Maggie Mesler, Creston. Iowa; and a great host of friends who
mourn for him not as one dead but just
Funeral services were conducted at the residence Wednesday at 2 p. m. by his
pastor, E. L, Field; interment in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, June of 2011
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