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Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
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 gone before.

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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