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Margaret Wacker


Mrs. Margaret Wacker died January 1st at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Mousle, at Hartley, Iowa, of acute Bright's disease, aged 73 years, 11 months and 16 days. The remains were brought to Bellevue Thursday morning and the funeral occurred in the afternoon, conducted at the Lutheran church by Rev. Mutschmann. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery.

Mrs. Wacker was born in Germany, coming to this country in early days, locating in Jackson county near Springbrook, where she resided for many years and where her husband passed away many years ago. She was the mother of ten children, five of whom survive, Mrs. Mary Mousle of Hartley, John Henry of South Dakota, John of Washington township, and Otto of Jackson township. The pall bearers were Jacob Selzer, Wm. Cheatley, John Monier, Fred Kuhlman, Herman Ellinghouse and Lambert Yeager.

[Source: Bellevue Herald (Bellevue, IA) January 10, 1911, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Alice May Wade

The grim messenger of death again appeared in our midst on last Sunday evening, June 17, 1888, and claimed for its own Miss Alice May Wade, daughter of George H. and Sarah C. Wade.

Alice May was born in Elwood, March 4, 1868. She was an amiable and generous young lady, esteemed by all. She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church, having joined that denomination, May 8th, 1887.

The funeral services were held on last Tuesday, June 19th, and were conducted by Rev. R. I. Adams, of Davenport, under the auspices of the Presbyterian doctrine and assisted by Rev. P. W. Gould, Methodist minister of Elwood. The Methodist church, where the burial services were held was artistically draped in deep mourning with an abundance of fragrant bouquets handsomely arranged throughout the church.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published June 28, 1888] Submitted by Ken Wright

Harry Wagner


Harry Wagner, aged 60 years, was found dead in a field near his home six miles west of Bellevue last Thursday evening. He had been helping his son stack clover some distance from the home, and upon completion of the work, the young man drove his team to the barn, while the father took a short cut across the field. When the former reached home he failed to find his father and went in search of him and found him a short distance from the clover stack dead. Apoplexy is given as the cause of death.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published November 2, 1914, submitted by Ken Wright]

Daniel Wagoner

Old Settlers Obituary List

Daniel Wagoner born in Pennsylvania November 26, 1829; came to Iowa in 1842; died May 27, 1911.-A territorial pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

D. D. Waite

Obituary of D. D. Waite

D. D. Waite was born in Jackson County, Iowa, August 16, 1859 and Died June 4, 1920. His boyhood days were spent on the home farm and during his entire lifetime he was a resident of Jackson County, having spent the last 32 years in Maquoketa.

On Dec. 15, 1884 he was united in marriage to Mary Hardin to which union were born eight children, Mrs. Kay Sleeper of Delmar, Mrs. J. C. Scott of Ottumwa. and Clyde, Earl, Fred, Ray, Kenneth and Alma at home.

He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. P V. Spray and Mrs. Chas. Barnes both of Maquoketa and one brother, Will.

Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 Rev. J. J. Kidder officiating with burial at Mt. Hope cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published June 8, 1920, Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Wall

John Wall was killed in the rear end collision between freight trains on the Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City railroad at Oelwein Wednesday morning. Mr. Wall was 26 years old and the son of a prominent resident of Otter Creek Township, Jackson County, Iowa, who recently graduated from Bayless College in September last and recently went to Oelwein to take the position of teacher of penmanship and bookkeeping.

[Source: Sabula Gazette (IA) October 25, 1890, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Wallace Boy
- A son of Thomas Wallace, of Jackson County, Iowa, while at work about a threshing-machine, was caught in the gearing, and had both arms and legs broken, and was horribly mutilated, causing his death.
[Source: The Recorder-Tribune (Holton, KS) October 28, 1875, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

James Wallace

James Wallace Fatally Shot

James Wallace, a criminal sent to the Anamosa Penitentiary from Clinton County for burglary, attempted to escape last Monday evening and was fatally shot by a guard. Wallace was sent up for two years and on good behavior would have been released in twelve months more. He is released however, from any further possibility of prison confinement.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, October 7, 1884]
Submitted by Ken Wright

Robert W. Wallace


Funeral service was held Monday at 9:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic church for Robert W. Wallace, 29, who died in a local hospital Thursday, following a brief illness. The Rev. J. A. Mullen officiated and burial was in the Sacred Heart cemetery.

Born November 21, 1915, at Andrew, the deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wallace. He was married December 26, 1942, to Marie DeBondt, who with one son, Robert Wayne, survives. He is also survived by his parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Tom Clark, Maquoketa, Anna Marie, Janie, Tommy and Allen at home, Lawrence of Davenport, Mrs. Walter Casel, of Moline, Illinois, Mrs. John Casel of Zwingle, and Mrs. R. C. Eaton, of Louisville, Kentucky.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published January 21, 1944, submitted by Ken Wright]

John F. Wanichek

Died. WANICHEK. - In this city, on Thursday, July 2, 1868, John F. Wanichek, aged 28 yrs. Deceased was formerly from Maquoketa, and had been engaged in the hardware business in this city for the past three years. He was buried on the 3d inst., with Odd Fellow's ceremonies. Both the Clinton and Lyons Lodges attended his funeral, accompanied by Fisher's and the Great Western bands. - Clinton Herald.
[Maquoketa Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, July 21, 1868, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mrs. Ward

- The remains of Mrs. Ward, sister of the wife of Mr. Gregory who resides on Matteson avenue, were brought from Chicago to Maquoketa last Friday. The funeral occurred at the latter's home on Saturday at 2 p. m. and the remains were interred in Mt. Hope cemetery, Rev. Van Ness, of Marion officiated. Mr. Ward, the husband of the deceased lady, is dining car conductor on the Michigan Central.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, January 5, 1893 submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Polly Ward

WARD— On Sunday, March 1st, Mrs. Polly Ward, at the residence of her son-in-law, Morgan Tubbs, Maquoketa. She was born in Washington Co., N. Y., in 1803. She united with the Baptist church, at the age of 31 years. Six of her children are still living, three of whom are in Iowa. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, March 12, 1885, Submitted by Ken Wright.]

William H. Ward

William H. Ward, of Prairieburg, Linn County, Iowa, after an illness of over twenty years, died August 8, 1895. He was in his seventieth year. He was born in Warren County, New York, and will be remembered by many of our readers. At the age of fourteen he had a severe illness which left him a confoirmed cripple. He came to Iowa in 1856. He has written more or less for nearly every paper in Iowa, and he wrote and published a book of considerable merit, entitled All Sides of Life.

(Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, August 23, 1895)
Submitted by Ken Wright

Miss Warren

Despondency the Cause
DES MOINES, Ia., August 24.-The body of the young woman named Warren, found in the Des Moines river yesterday, was missed from her boarding place three weeks ago, and she was supposed to have gone to Maquoketa, this state, where her parents live, but instead cast herself into the river, where her body has laid since. Inability to support herself is the supposed cause of her suicide.

[Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, NE) August 25, 1885, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

H. A. Warren

H. A. WARREN, a citizen of Maquoketa since 1858, passed away peacefully at his home in this city, Tuesday at 12 o'clock a. m., the immediate cause of his death being paralysis, having suffered two strokes the Friday previous to his death. Mr. Warren was born in Warrensburg, New York, Sept. 12, 1826, from which place he went when quite young to Sycamore, Illinois, until 1858, when he removed with his family to Maquoketa. He has engaged in the grocery business and at the time of his death was the proprietor of a transfer line. Mr. Warren was twice married and three children and two step-children survive to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at his late home on Olive Street, yesterday afternoon and interment took place at Mt. Hope cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev W. C. Macurdy of the M. E. church, of which Mr. Warren was a member.

[Source: Maquoketa Excelsior (Maquoketa, IA) March 10, 1908, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Julia Warren

Pioneers and Old Settlers - Called to Their Final Summons

Mrs. Julia Warren, relict of Hon. W. A. Warren, was born in New York, Jan. 3, 1814; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. G. Dorchester in Bellevue, July 7, 1910; came to Iowa in 1837, one of the earliest pioneers of the county.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Capt. W. A. Warren

The Late Captain W. A. Warren

We quote from the Bellevue Leader the following concerning Capt. W. A. Warren, whose death was briefly announced by the Excelsior last week. We are also indebted to Major Evans for the above likeness of the captain:

Capt. Warren, according to his own story, was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, August 23, 1812, where his boyhood days were passed. In 1826 he went to Callaway county, Missouri, where he resided until 1831, when he enlisted for the Black Hawk war, and came to Galena with his command, where he was mustered out of service in the winter of 1833. He then engaged in merchandising and mining for a time; then sold out and accepted a clerkship under General Taylor at the then pioneer military post of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. From there he removed to Dubuque, and then to Bellevue in 1836, where he continued to reside until his death.

He was appointed Sheriff of Jackson county by the Governor of the territory in 1839, and held the office seven years.

On the first day of April, 1840, Sheriff Warren an Col. Cox led a sheriff's posse in an attack on Brown and his bandits, who were defeated and driven from the town after a sanguinary struggle in which several of the combatants on both sides were killed and wounded. In 1840 he hanged Jackson, the only culprit ever executed in this county according to law. It was about this time, too, that he filled the office of sergeant at arms during one session of the territorial legislature, which then assembled in Burlington.

In 1857 he was elected a member of the constitutional convention, and served with distinction in that body of able men. In 1852 he was appointed a post quartermaster in the army, and for a time acted as chief quartermaster of the army of the Tennessee. During his term of office he disbursed over seventy millions of dollars for the government, and controlled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of government property and supplies.

At one time his enemies thought to get him out of the army. They preferred charges against him and had him arrested and court marshaled, but the court acquitted him. He was honorably discharged from the army in September, 1865, receiving a receipt in full from the government.

Soon after his return home from the army he was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors in this county. In 1870 the city council of Bellevue sent him to Des Moines, with several others of our prominent citizens to obtain a land grant to aid in the building of the Chicago, Clinton & Dubuque railroad. The project succeeded, the land grant was obtained, and the road built. He held the office of justice of the peace for nearly thirty years, was mayor of the city several times, and filled at different times all the township and city offices. He was twice a presidential elector, and a member of the convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln at Chicago in 1860. He cast his first ballots in that convention for Edward Bates, of Missouri, but finally dropped Bates and voted for Lincoln. He attended nearly all the Whig and Republican state conventions ever held in Iowa, and was an acknowledged leader of the republican party in the state ever since its organization in 1855. When Grimes canvassed the state for governor in 1856 Warren accompanied him, and traveled all over the state with him in a buggy, sometimes making speeches for that able man, when he was sick or indisposed. He supported both Grimes and Harlan for the senate and both gentlemen owed much to his efforts in their behalf, and both were his warm personal friends.

Capt. Warren fell on an icy sidewalk some weeks before his death, and never recovered from the shock. He was married three times, and leaves a widow and three children. He was buried as he requested without pomp or parade by the Grand Army Post. By his request he was laid to rest on his left side, because he had bad dreams when he slept on his back.As a citizen Capt. Warren was patriotic and public spirited. An ardent Republican, he delighted in taking a hand in the game of practical politics, and was remarkably shrewd and far-seeing, though singularly devoid of ambition for himself, preferring apparently the interests of his friends above his own.

As a man he was brave, generous and kind. Prosperity did not unduly uplift him, and adversity, which was a constant guest during the later years of his life, could not cast him down. Cheerful, keen of observation, with a tenacious memory, and the faculty of graphically relating what he saw and heard, he was an interesting person to meet. He was benevolent to a fault, and had the large love for his fellows that distinguished Ben Adhem, whose name led all the rest.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Jackson Co., Iowa, Published March 8, 1884]
Submitted by Ken Wright

Laria Wathier

Mrs. Laria Wathier, aged about 82 years, died at her home in Richland Township a week ago today. Mrs. Wathier was one of the oldest settlers of this county, and was a much respected and beloved old lady. The funeral services were held Wednesday in the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Otter Creek, the Rev. Father Corbet of that charge preached an eloquent and appropriate sermon over the remains. The LaMotte German choir, led by Mr. Nick Nemmers, was present at the services and furnished the music usual on such occasions.

[Bellevue Herald, Published May 17, 1887, submitted by Ken Wright]

Martha R. Wathier


Martha R. Wathier, 85, formerly of La Motte, died Tuesday in St. Joseph's Unit-Mercy Health Center, Dubuque. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Maquoketa. Burial at Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Haylock-O'Hara & Lahey Funeral Home, where a vigil service will be at 4 p.m.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Small of Maquoketa and Velma Kilburg of Bellevue; three sons, Nicholas of Arvada, Colo., Orlyn of Cedar Falls and Roger of Knoxville; and a brother, Herbert Pitz of La Motte. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

[Cedar Rapids Gazette, Published Thursday April 11, 1991, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Cornelia A. Watkins

Died of apoplexy, January 19, 1877, after three days of lingering in an unconscious state, Mrs. Cornelia A. Watkins, in the 63rd year of her age. Mrs. Watkins was born in Chemung County, New York, October 6, 1814; graduated at Geneva Seminary, came to Bellevue with her husband, Dr. D. J. Watkins in 1846, six years after their marriage. Her long residence and faithful Christian character had gathered around her many friends. Her devotion to the welfare of her husband and children, a daughter and two sons, was more than ordinary. The sons had been absent for several years in the diamond fields of Africa, but it was her great privilege to see their return some months before her death. Her husband, temporarily absent in Wisconsin, was summoned by telegraph and arrived a few days before her death; so that in God's good providence all the members of the family were present when her memorial spirit winged its flight as we trust to the mansions of light.

During the war she was president of the Soldier's Aid Society. She was also, with her brother William T. Wynkoop, and Capt. E. G. Potter, appointed by the County Supervisors on a committee to care for the needs of the families of soldiers. In these humane offices she was most faithful and untiring.

The funeral service was held Sabbath, the 21st, at the Congregational Church, of which she had been a worthy member, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jno Gilmore, assisted by Rev. Mr. Norton of the M. E. Church, and attended by a large concourse of citizens. The bereaved relatives had many sympathizing friends who mourn with them their loss, but rejoice with them in her gain.

"Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh."

[Bellevue Leader, Bellevue, Iowa, Published January 24, 1877, submitted by Ken Wright]

Dr. D. J. Watkins

Dr. D. J. Watkins, an old settler and respected citizen of Bellevue, died Thursday at Mansfield, Missouri, where he has resided for several years past. His age was about 82 years.

[Source: Bellevue Leader (IA) August 16, 1890, Submitted by Ken Wright]

James Watkins

In the Bellevue Leader of this week we find the obituary of James Watkins, who will be remembered by the old settlers of the county:

James Watkins, an old citizen and ex-Sheriff of this town and county, died in Monroe County, in this State, on the 3d of this month of pneumonia, in the 63d year of his age.

Mr. Watkins was highly esteemed as honorable, upright man by all of our citizens. He was for many years Sheriff of this county, an office which he filled with ability and credit.

He removed west with his family about ten years ago; but afterwards spent much of his time mining in Missouri, and did not again join his family until a few months since.

About two years ago he became a spiritualist, and died a convert to that faith. The deceased was a man of fine social qualities, indulgent and kind to his family and generous to a fault with his friends and neighbors. Peace be with him.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Jackson Co., Iowa, May 18, 1878]
Submitted by Ken Wright

George Watry

Mr. George Watry, who resided with his niece, Mrs. Theodore Cole, at Gordon's Ferry, died very suddenly Tuesday afternoon. He was walking from the house towards the barn when he became prostrated. He was carried back into the house, but died before a physician arrived. He was about sixty years of age and unmarried. The funeral takes place today.

[Bellevue Leader, Bellevue, Jackson County, Iowa, November 7, 1912]
Submitted by Ken Wright

John Watson

The Silent Reaper

John Watson, brother of Mott Watson, of this city and one of the pioneers of Jackson County, died at his home near Nashville early on the morning of February 20, 1889, of pneumonia, after a brief illness. Mr. Watson was born at Woodstock, Madison County, New York, September 18, 1818. March 3, 1845, he married Miss Emma Viets, of Amboy, Ohio. After 8 years of wedded life in New York, he came to Iowa in 1853 and settled on the farm where he passed the remainder of his life. He leaves three sons and a host of warm personal friends to mourn his demise, for John Watson was one of nature's noblemen. He was always a leader in every good work in the community where he lived, always had a kind word and when necessary, something more for his every acquaintance. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon from the Nashville church, Rev. Langridge officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Buckeye Cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1889, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Mott Watson

Mott Watson was born in 1828 on a farm in Madison County, New York. He was one of a family of twelve children-four girls and eight boys. He remained on the farm until he was eighteen years old and then he left home and commenced doing for himself. Being an energetic young man of exemplary habits he had no trouble in finding remunerative employment. He had the loaning instinct from the beginning. The first $100 he saved he sent home to be loaned for him. It was loaned, but the loan was a bad one and Mr. Watson never saw that $100 again. But this did not discourage him. He kept on earning and loaning until he had accumulated quite a sum for those early days and in 1858 he came to Iowa. For four years he lived with his brother, John Watson, eight miles west of this city.

In April 1862, he came to this city which remained his home until his death, which occurred August 26, 1895, at 6:30 p.m., and resulted from a stroke of paralysis. When he died he was not worth less than $150,000, and perhaps a few thousand more. He made this immense fortune, with the exception of a portion of the first few thousands by loaning money. He was very careful in making loans and consequently met with few losses. He always tried to avoid making a loan where there seemed to be any possibility that he might have to foreclose, and he was held in much higher esteem among the borrowing class than the average money lender. He was by nature of a kind and benevolent disposition. He assisted many worthy movements liberally with his purse, and, to his credit it be said, he was unlike many liberal givers-such givers as want $10 worth of advertising for every dollar they give. He would seldom sign his name to a subscription paper, but when it was necessary to put down something in order to keep a correct account of the donations he would write or cause to be written, A Friend.

He left no will and his estate will be disposed of according to law. Only one heir, his nephew Eugene of Baldwin, resides in Jackson County. Another nephew, Leslie, lives at Wyoming. These two were the only relatives who were with him during his last illness.

Some of our people seem to be greatly disappointed because Mr. Watson didn't leave the Boardman Library Institute eight to ten thousand dollars with which to build a permanent home for that institution, but we are not surprised he did not do so. He doubtless knew well what every person must have noticed, viz.: That corporations are soulless in more ways than one and soon forget even their greatest benefactors.

He knew that the late W. C, Boardman gave to the Congregational Church a nice parsonage, several handsome donations in money, from time to time, and a memorial window, which by the way, has been hidden from view by a shade, although, perhaps, not so much because the members of that church wanted to drive from their minds all remembrance of generous Mr. Boardman and his wife, as because they desired to keep any stray ray of sunlight from penetrating to the interior of their sanctuary. Mr. Watson doubtless knew nearly all these things and he doubtless also knew that section 9 of Mr. Boardman's Last Will and Testament, a true copy of which may be seen at the county clerk's office, reads as follows:

It is my will and desire that said trustees of the Congregational Church, of Maquoketa, shall appropriate each year the sum of ten(10) dollars, or whatever amount may be necessary in excess of said sum to keep in good condition and repair the cemetery lot where the remains of my wife and step-daughter and myself are and shall be deposited, and the headstone and monument, erected at the several graves, in good condition and repair, also the fence around said cemetery lot is to be kept in repair and painted white annually.

If he knew this, he undoubtedly also knew that the trustees of that church have never appropriated a penny toward keeping that cemetery lot, those gravestones and that monument in good condition and repair to say nothing about painting the fence white annually. In fact this very morning we asked a trustee of that church, and one who has held that office for years, if he knew where the grave of Mr. Boardman is located. His answer, promptly given, was no. Such an answer, in all probability, would at least eighty per cent of the members of that church give to that question.

Mr. Watson also knew that the member of the Boardman Library Institute who wanted him to give the Library a building had never lifted a hand nor expended a penny toward keeping Mr. Boardman's grave green, although he had generously given that organization the sum of $5,000. To be sure Mr. Boardman willed that the Congregational Church should perform that duty, as shown above by article nine, but when the Congregationalists failed to respect the will of their former friend and generous benefactor, the Boardman Library Institute was morally bound to keep that cemetery lot in good condition and repair.

No; we cannot blame Mr. Watson for not doing something handsome for the Boardman Library Institute, and especially if he was familiar with all these facts and we believe that he was.

Funeral services were held at the Buckhorn Church Wednesday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining. The world would be a much better place to live in than it is if there were no worse men in it than Mott Watson. He was honest, modest, unassuming, generous and kind-hearted.

(Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, August 30, 1895)
Submitted by Ken Wright

Beulah May Hoover Watters


Mrs. Sam Watters, 51, died in her home here Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Carson and Balster Funeral Home at 2 p.m. The Rev. H. Mueller will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Hope cemetery.

Beulah Mae Hoover, daughter of Al and Fannie Hoover, was born near Andrew, December 21, 1892. She was united in marriage in 1906.

Surviving are her husband, four sons, Arthur of Deer Lodge, Montana, Alva and Roy of Maquoketa, and Virgil of Hurstville, one brother, Oliver Hoover of near Maquoketa, and two sisters, Marie Hubbe and Bessie Hubbe of DeWitt.

Maquoketa Community Press, July 29, 1943
Submitted by Ken Wright

George Watters, Sr.

Funeral services for George Watters, Sr., 74, lifelong Otter Creek resident and a farmer who died Tuesday in the Jackson County Public Hospital at Maquoketa, were held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The Rev. George Schmitz, pastor, officiated at the requiem mass and burial was made in the church cemetery. Haylock-O'Hara funeral home Maquoketa had charge of arrangements.

Mr. Watters was born Oct. 27, 1884, at Zwingle, a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Martin Watters. On Sept. 2, 1914, he married Marie Moran at LaMotte. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Leroy J. (Madonna) Marcus of LaMotte and Mrs. Eldon (Mary) Wills of Galena, Illinois; three sons, Martin of Bellevue, George, Jr., of Maquoketa and Eldred, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Matt Lynch of Savanna, Ill. and Mrs. Ganen Sissler of Dubuque, a brother, Martin J. Watters of Dubuque and 15 grandchildren.

[Source: Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) February 5, 1959, Submitted by Ken Wright]

William H. Watters

William H. Watters, who has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Chris Vohringer, for the past several years died Monday evening, following an illness of a year's duration, into the infirmities of old age.

Mr. Watters was born October 13, 1835 in Lawrence County, PA and came to Iowa in 1852 with his parents, Jake and Keziah Watters.

At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in Co B 26th Iowa at Andrew and served through the entire conflict. In the last battle fought by Sherman's division, that of Bentonsville, NC he was wounded in the left wrist, the first scratch he had received, although he had gone through the siege at Vicksburg and other bloody battles with the western Army. Returning home, he began farming.

On September 23, 1866 he married Miss Elizabeth Van Pelt, who passed away December 21, 1920. He is survived by five sons, Frank and Samuel of Hurstville, David of Fulton and Deloss and Will of Zwingle and by four daughters, Mrs. Chris Vohringer and Mrs. Melvin Isbell of Maquoketa, Mrs. Herman Lafayette of Welton and Mrs. Lewis Hess of Holcomb WI. Two brothers, Charlie and John Watters of Otter Creek also survive and there are 50 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren who are left to bless the memory of this sterling grandparent.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church, the Rev. F. C. Worcester officiating and the burial was made in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published Dec. 4, 1924, submitted by Ken Wright]

George Webb

Killed by a Bull

George Webb, a well known farmer living in Van Buren township near Preston, was found dead in his pasture field Monday morning having been gored and trampled to death by a vicious bull of which he was the unfortunate owner. His numerous friends and old comrades throughout the county were shocked by at the horrible death visited upon one of their number.

He was a married man and leaves a wife and one child in deep sorrow.

He was one of the old veterans of Company I, 31st Iowa Infantry, War of the Rebellion, and is one of the long time residents of Van Buren. His age was about 55 years.

His funeral occurred from the home Wednesday and the Grand Army of the Republic boys and Odd Fellows turned out in a body to pay their respects to a faithful brother and good citizen. There was also a large attendance of relatives and friends.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published July 6, 1893]
Submitted by Ken Wright

Mary Weber

Mrs. Mary Weber of Springbrook, was called to a higher life last Sunday, being in the seventy-seventh year of her age, her demise being attributed to heart failure. [remainder of article cut off].
[Source: Bellevue Leader (Bellevue IA) April 20, 1911, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Susan Weber

The news of the death of Mrs. Peter Weber came as a great shock to her relatives, and many friends and relatives in this city and community, and expressions of sorrow were heard on every hand. As stated in these columns last week. Mrs. Weber was stricken with strangular hernia and suffered intense pain. On Tuesday evening she was taken to the Moulton hospital at Bellevue where she underwent an operation the same evening. She has been troubled with asthma and heart trouble for some time, but passed thru the operation fairly well and didn't seem to be in any pain, but not much hope was held out for her recovery and on Sunday night her condition became alarming, heart trouble resulted in her death Monday morning, Jan. 17, 1921, at 3:00. Her remains were taken to the home the same day.

Miss Susan Capesius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Capesius was born in Centerville, Prairie Springs Township, Jackson county in February, 1867, being aged 53 years and eleven months old. o'clock. On August 9, 1887, she was united in marriage to Mr. Peter Weber at the St. Donatus Catholic church and they started life out on a farm north of LaMotte where they lived until three years ago when they moved to LaMotte.

To this union were born two sons, Louie of LaMotte and Albert at home; and three daughters, Mrs. Math Kramer of LaMotte and Katie and Clara at home with the grief stricken husband survive. She also leaves one brother, Peter Capesius of LaMotte. Four sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Weber was a faithful member of St. Theresa's Parish. The funeral took place on Wednesday morning at ?:30 a.m. from the late home to St. Theresa's church, Father Mullen officiating. The pallbearers were Frank Becker, J. B. Pitz, N. B. Even, J. B. Ludwig, Peter Nemmers and Henry Bechen.

-LaMotte News

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published January 25, 1921]
Submitted by Ken Wright

Robay (Mandigo) Webster


Miss Robay Mandigo was born in Brownsville, Jefferson County, New York, April 11, 1837 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Crandall at Cedar Rapids. When 13 years old she came to Jackson County with her parents and at that time were among the early pioneers. In 1855 she was united in marriage to Orville Webster and together they started life in a log house which they made by their own hands. Rugged, hardy people, they founded their family in hard work and homelike interests, where they all grew to be men and women on the farm, 1 1/2 miles north of Canton.

To this union were born nine children, six of whom are still living: Mrs. Lenore Ralston, Mrs. Mary Rhodes, Mrs. E. A. James, Mrs. W. S. Crandall, W. S. Webster and J. L. Webster. Mrs. Webster was 82 years old at the time of her death and had been bedfast for two years, suffering from a paralytic stroke. Her husband and three children, Mrs. Sadie Butler, Mrs. Lou Quinlin and Stephen J., preceded her in death.

She was a kind, devoted mother, sister and grandmother and leaves to mourn her loss besides the children, three sisters and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church at Scotch Grove and the remains laid to rest beside her husband in the Scotch Grove cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 24, 1920, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Edwin C. Weed

On Wednesday afternoon the funeral of Edwin C. Weed was held at the home conducted by Rev. Parsons who spoke with unusual sympathy and feeling. Music was rendered by a quartet. Interment was in Mt. Hope cemetery. The following clipping tells the sad story of Mr. Weed's death:

Edwin C. Weed, 39 years old, a bookkeeper by occupation, was found dead in his bed at the State hotel about 3:30 yesterday afternoon by one of the clerks of the hotel. Weed, who has been residing in Omaha at various times for several years and has of late made his home at the State hotel, retired to his bed very late Friday night. He did not get up Saturday and an employee of the hotel looked over the transom late in the afternoon of that day and says he saw Weed still in his bed and that he was apparently asleep as he observed that the man was breathing. Nothing further was done toward an investigation, as Weed had expressed himself as being very tired when he went to bed. Becoming alarmed by the fact of his nonappearance Sunday afternoon the clerk opened the door and Weed was found to be dead, apparently having passed away some time previous. Coroner Swanson took charge of the remains, but as the dead man had been a sufferer of heart trouble and it is believed he came to his death from that cause probaby no inquest will be held. Weed has a half brother in Omaha in the employ of the street railway. His mother lives in Maquoketa, Iowa and has been notified.

[Source: Omaha World-Herald, reprinted in the Maquoketa Excelsior, Published October 18, 1901]
Submitted by Ken Wright

Hannah Louisa Weed

Old Settlers Obituary List
Hannah Louisa Weed was born in Greenfield, Saratoga county, New York, May 8th, 1838; came to Maquoketa in 1855; died at Sprague, Wash., Feb. 9, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

N. Seymour Weed

Old Settlers Obituary List

N. Seymour Weed was born in Greenfield, N. Y. Sept. 22, 1831; died in Jackson Co., Iowa, Feb. 20th, 1912. An old soldier.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Charles Weede

Charles Peter Weede was born in what was formerly the Duchy of Holstein, Germany, on December 12, 1869. As an infant he was baptized in the name of the Triume God and later he renewed his baptismal covenant in the rite of confirmation, becoming a member of the Lutheran church which he also remained until his death. His childhood was spent in Germany, but at the age of 16 he immigrated to this country, making his home in the vicinity of Lost Nation, and supporting himself by working as a farm hand.

He was united in marriage to Miss Lena Jensen at Lost Nation on Feb. 20, 1894. For seven years they made their home on a farm near Lost Nation. In the year 1901 they removed to a farm one-half miles west of Nashville, where they have been living ever since. To this union there were born seven children, four of whom are married and living in the vicinity of Nashville and Maquoketa. The children are as follows: Mrs. William Bartels, Mrs. Louis Gruenwald, Henry, Mrs. Peter Weirup, Mrs. Elmer Wulf, Hilda and Lawrence.

Mr. Weede in life was a Christian gentleman, of quiet, unassuming nature, a friend to everyone and honored and respected by all who knew him. It was indeed a shock to his many friends to learn of his death at the age of 56 years, 1 month and 26 days of pneumonia. Besides his sorrowing wife and children, there live to mourn his death, his mother, two brothers and a sister in Germany, four sons-in-law, nine grandchildren, a half-sister, a large circle of other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb 11, at one o'clock at the home and at 1:30 at the church. Interment was made in the cemetery at Buckhorn, Rev. E. A. Biedermann officiated.

[Source: Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) Feb. 12, 1926, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Infant Weede

WEED. - At noon January 7th, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weede, at the age of seven months. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Ondams at the house Sunday afternoon.
[Source: Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, January 14, 1892, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Lora Weeks


Many friends in this city will learn with regret of the death of Miss Lora Weeks, sister of Mrs. J. P. Gruwell of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, who passed away in Grinnell, Iowa, where she and her mother, Mrs. Ludwick, were residing. Miss Weeks was a resident of that city for several years.

She was a talented artist and for the past few years has been connected with the faculty of Grinnell College. No details were given in the sad message received Saturday by Mrs. Minnie Shepherd, from the sister, Mrs. Gruwell, with the exception that her passing was very sudden.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published January 1, 1918, submitted by Ken Wright]

Mrs. Frank Weinschenk

Mrs. Frank Weinschenk, 77, died Friday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 a.m. in Mercy hospital, Dubuque. She had been ill for eight weeks prior to her death.

The Requiem Mass was said by Msgr. Eugene P. Lorenz at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in St. Joseph's Catholic church. Rev. B. W. Frommelt conducted committal rites at SS. Peter and Paul cemetery at Springbrook.

Pallbearers were Verlyn Trenkamp, Ed Mottet, Larry Helmle, Elmer Tebbe, Leroy Helmle and Lyle Ties. Gallagher funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Theresa Helmle was born at Springbrook June 16, 1889, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Feil Helmle. On Feb. 1, 1910 she married Frank Weinschenk at Springbrook where they farmed until retiring to Bellevue.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Norbert and Lavern, of Bellevue, and Orlyn, Dubuque; four daughters, Mrs. John (Julitta) Herrig, East Dubuque, Mrs. Clarence (Mildred) Kirk, Pilots Mound, Mrs. Clarence (Dorothy) Kueter and Mrs. Bertram (Imelda) Kalmes, both of Vista, Cal.; one brother, Leo Helmle, Spragueville; two sisters, Mrs. Peter (Clara) Ties, Springbrook and Mrs. Harold (Agnes) Blitgen, Bellevue; 25 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded by a son and daughter.
Source: Bellevue Herald-Leader (IA) Nov. 3, 1966; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Marie Weinschenk

Highly Respected Business Woman Succumbs to Heart Attack After Brief Illness.
It is with regret that we chronicle the death of Miss Marie Weinschenk, who passed away at Bellevue Memorial hospital Wednesday evening about 6 o'clock of a heart attack. While Marie had been in poor health for some time she was always cheerful and it was only when absolutely impossible to keep going that she consented to take a rest from her duties as a partner at the Quality Shop. She was truly a lovely woman and her many friends will miss her.

Marie Weinschenk was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Weinschenk and was born in Bellevue July 29, 1878. She received her education in the Bellevue Public school graduating with the class of 1896. For many years she was cashier and bookkeeper for Kucheman & Son's stores and later served as postal clerk in the local postoffice.

Ten years ago Marie in partnership with Mrs. Ella Puts and Miss Anna Weber established the Quality Shop here where her business experience made her a valued partner. She was also a long-time member of the Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Kamp and a brother, Harvey Weinschenk, both of this city. Three sisters, Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Eberle, Mrs. Arnold (Wally) Murphy and Mrs. James (Addie) Wright, preceded her in death. She also leaves the following nieces and nephews: Mrs. Dorothy Hafer, Mrs. Ardis Coon, Carvel Kamp, Clifford, Charles and Gerald Murphy.

The body is resting at the Kempter Funeral Home and will be taken to St. Joseph's Catholic church Saturday morning where services will be held at 9 o'clock with the Rev. L. H. Reicks officiating. Burial will be made in the Presbyterian cemetery.
Source: The Bellevue Leader (IA) July 28, 1949; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mildred Weinschenk

Mildred, the seven year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weinschenk who reside five miles southwest of Bellevue passed away Tuesday afternoon of scarlet fever, after a brief illness. The grief-stricken relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of sorrow.
Source: Bellevue Leader (IA) Jan. 27, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Abisha B. Welch


Abisha B. Welch, a pioneer resident of Jackson County, died of paralysis at the home of his son, J. M. Welch, at Clinton. Mr. Welch is mourned by his widow, who was Miss Martha Cuppy, eight children, 26 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. The children are Mrs. James McNamee of Baldwin, Mrs. Leon Lowe of Charlotte, Chris of Kansas City, J. M. and Elsworth of Clinton, Albert C. of Center Junction, Elmer of Andover and John of Maquoketa.

Mr. Welch was born in Greensburg, Indiana in 1839 and came to Iowa in 1849, making his home where Maquoketa is now located, but at that time was known as Springfield. For the past years he has made his home with his sons. Prayer services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the son's home and Thursday morning the body was taken to Baldwin and services held at the church at two o'clock, Elder Ed Lowe officiating, with interment at the Pence cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 9, 1920, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Jane Welch

Jane Welch died at Maquoketa the other day from eating poisoned fish.

[Daily Iowa State Register (2 Sept. 1868) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Gideon Wells

DIED--Gideon Wells att his residence in Farmers Creek Township, Jackson County, Iowa, on the 11th inst., Mr. Gideon Wells, after a long illness of about thirteen years, being confined to his bed most all the time for the past three years.

He was born in the State of Massachusetts in the year 1831, making him 48 years old.

He came to Iowa in 1859, and remained here until 1862 when he rallied to the call of Abraham Lincoln and served as a Union soldier until the close of the war, when he returned to Iowa, where he remained until his death.

He leaves a wife and two little children to mourn the loss of a husband and father, and not very well provided for. During his long illness he failed to collect most of this world's goods. He was a good neighbor and respected by all who knew him.

The funeral took place at his house and was conducted by Elder Holcomb, who spoke to the friends and neighbors, although few in number. Although Mr. Wells died a poor man, may he be made equal in the world to come. His belief in the future my be found in the First Corinthians, 4th ch., 4th and 5th verses.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published February 20, 1879, submitted by Ken Wright]

John Welsh

Clarence Burleson, one of the Trustees of South Fork Township, had a sad case to deal with recently. He was notified that a family names Welsh was in sore distress near the Godard Mill. He and his wife went over to investigate, and found the man, John Welsh, dead on the bed, his wife lying sick beside him and six small children burning up old rubbish to keep from freezing. There was scarcely anything to eat in the shack called a home, and very little clothing.

Dr. Ritter, county coroner, was notified and hastened to the place and pronounced the man's death due to grip, exposure and neglect. The widow and children were taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Prindle, where they will remain until further action is taken by authorities. Mrs. Prindle, her daughter, Mrs. Welsh and another daughter are very ill and there is need for kind neighbors and friends to assist the family in every way possible.

[Dubuque Daily Times-Journal (Dubuque, IA) February 1, 1907, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Julia Livermore Wendell

Old Settlers Obituary List
Julia Livermore Wendell was born in the state of Ohio, Jan. 8, 1838; came to Iowa in 1843; died in Maquoketa, Jan. 30, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Geo. Wendling

Mr. GEO. WENDLING died in this city Friday evening, Jan, 26th, after a. very short illness of only twelve hours. Mr. Wendling was a single man, and by trade a carriage trimmer. He was engaged by John Harris and S. B. Bader when they had work for him, and the remainder of his time he spent in conducting a hot house and garden. He erected a. small frame house upon some ground leased from Mrs. Shaw, opposite Harris' shops, and there lived by himself. A brother in Decorah, this state, was telegraphed to and arrived Sunday afternoon, when the remains were interred in Mt. Hope cemetery, the services being conducted by the Odd Follows, as the deceased was a member thereof.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published Thursday February 3, 1881, Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Joseph Osburn Wentworth

Joseph Osburn Wentworth died at his home in Fairfield township, Jackson County, Iowa, July 26, 1909. He was born in Tompkins County, New York, September 27, 1830 and came to Iowa in 1852. He was married to Euphema Blair, January 1st, 1855. After residing in Van Buren Township some two years he moved to the Fairfield township to the present home where he has since resided. There were born to them five children. Clara, their first born died in early childhood; Sarah, now the wife of Murray Eaton of Maquoketa township; William W. residing in Fairfield township at the home; Lewis residing in Franklin county, Nebraska; Callie, wife of George W. Wheaton, also residing in Franklin county, Nebraska.

Mr. Wentworth was not a member of any church, but was always ready to assist any organization whose teachings would benefit his fellow man. Politically he was a democrat always lending his influence to the cause of democracy. In all his dealings and transactions he aimed to be honest and if a mistake was made it was of the head and not the heart.

His children were all at home to nurse him in sickness and no father had better care, more loving children than he did or that tried harder to keep him more than they did. But his time had come, his Heavenly Father called him home. He belonged to a family of ten, all previously called to Heaven to welcome him except one sister, Mrs. Nancy Hart, residing in Texas.The 3rd day of July, 1908, his loving wife was called home.

The funeral was held at the home, services conducted by the Rev. McCorkle of Preston, whose kind words were well received by the mourning friends. After the service the remains were laid to rest in the Van Buren cemetery by the side of his wife and child.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published August 5, 1909, submitted by Ken Wright]

Rev. Whiting

Rev. Whiting, who for two years was pastor of the Congregational Church of Bellevue, about seven years ago, died at DeWitt, Iowa, a week ago last Wednesday of lung fever. His reverence had many friends in Bellevue, who will regret to learn of his untimely death. Rev. Whiting was a young man, of more than ordinary ability, which made him a vigorous speaker. His ways were a little peculiar, but his honest object was to do good, and we believe the world is better for his efforts in the cause of morality. He was taken to his old home in Illinois for burial. Rev. Whiting leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

[Bellevue Leader, Bellevue, Iowa, Published January 17, 1877] Submitted by Ann

William W. Wentworth

Wm. W. Wentworth, a life - long resident of Jackson County, passed away suddenly at his home north - east of Maquoketa, Friday morning. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Carson - Balster funeral home with Mrs. Nellie Keeney, reader of the Christian Science church, reading bible scriptures. Interment was made at the Buckeye cemetery, north of Preston, with a prayer and scriptures given by the Jehovah Witnesses of Clinton.

William Walter Wentworth was born near Buckeye, Jackson county, Iowa, on March 6, 1861, the son of Joseph Osborne and Euphemia Blair Wentworth. When about two years of age he came with his parents by ox team to a home east of Maquoketa, which was established in the early pioneer days. When about 32 years of age he purchased land near the home of his parents, cleared the land and built the present home. On October 24, 1900, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Andersen and to this union three children were born: I. O. Wentworth, at home; Iola, now Mrs. Fred Mychalek and Blair Wentworth, who reside in the former home of his grandparents.

Mr. Wentworth had always followed the vocation of farming. He was exceptionally active for his age, having completed making his early garden recently. He took great pride in his garden work the past several years as he had not been able to do heavy farm work for some time.

Besides his wife and children, he also is survived by five grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Noah Cavaness of Southwest city, Mo., who, with many friends will sadly miss him from their midst. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published May 13, 1941, submitted by Ken Wright]

George Werden

Retired Monmouth Farmer Dies

George Werden, 86, a highly respected retired farmer, passed away at his farm home Saturday afternoon after a short illness.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Irma Ross of Maquoketa and Mrs. Zetta LaMott, who has made her home with her father the past few years. His wife, Mary Werden, preceded in death in 1945. Burial was in the Monmouth Cemetery.

[Anamosa Eureka (Anamosa, IA) October 25, 1951, Submitted by Ken Wright]

John C. Werden

Baldwin, Ia-(Special)-
John C. Werden, 66, died at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday at his home after a prolonged illness. Mr. Werden, who was the son of Peter and Mary Werden, was born July 19, 1866. In 1887, Mr. Werden and a brother Jacob went to Colorado in a covered wagon to purchase land. He returned to Iowa in 1889 and was married to Lillian Chase at Baldwin on March 26, 1896.

Mr. Werden owned several farms in this community and moved here in 1917. He had served as township assessor for ten years, township clerk for 15 years and had served as president of the school board and was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Bruce of Davenport, Walter of Baldwin and Max of Holyoke, Colorado; two sisters, Mary Teeple and Rose Teeple of Baldwin; two brothers, George of Monmouth and Joseph of Davenport and two grandchildren.

[Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) August 19, 1932, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Dr. E. M. Westbrook

Dr. E. M. Westbrook, for many years a prominent resident and Democratic Party politician of Jackson County, died at his home in Lyons, at 5:30 o'clock, p.m., Saturday, April 25th.

For many years the Dr. was one of the strongest spokes in the wheel of Jackson County Democracy and was a good and highly respected citizen. His home paper, the Lyons Advertiser, has the following to say about the deceased:

The Dr. has been ill for lo, these many years and at several different times his life has been despaired of, but with wonderful tenacity he has again and again conquered death, but to be at last conquered.

Dr. E. M. Westbrook was born in Madison county, New York, February 3, 1819, consequently was a little over 66 years of age at the time of his death. At the early age of sixteen years he commenced studying his chosen profession of medicine, graduating with honors at St. Louis, in 1839, and again in Louisville in 1840.

In 1840 he married Miss Eliza M. Duckworth by whom he was blessed with six children Milton H., Charles and Edward, Mrs. Virtus Lund, Mary H. Leffingwell,-one daughter, Melissa has passed away before him. He was bereft of his first wife in 1864 and married again-Mrs. H. P. Armstrong-in 1877.

In 1847 he came to Sabula, and for twelve years was postmaster of that place, and also represented Jackson County in the legislature, one session.

In 1866 he commenced his professional duties in Lyons, which until late years has been very extensive, but owing to failing health he retired from active practice during the past five years. Always pleasant, sociable and freehearted, he has won for himself the esteem and respect of all his acquaintances. For the past five years he has suffered from diabetes, which baffled the best medical skill and occasioned his death.

The funeral occurred Monday at three o'clock, from his late residence on Sixth Street, which was largely attended, funeral services being conducted by Rev. Trimble. The body was placed in its last resting place in Oakland Cemetery and was followed thereto by a large number of sympathetic friends.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published April 30, 1885, submitted by Ken Wright]

Charley Wheeler

Charley Wheeler, the youngest of the eight children of Joseph and Olive Wheeler, was born Sept. 21, 1863; in Jones county, Iowa about three miles from Monmouth on the old home farm. He received a common' school education and then learned the shoemaker trade under J. L. Scholl, then of Monmouth, now of Maquoketa.

He was married Aug. 10, 1886 to Susan M. Fox. Six children were born of whom three have preceded him in death. They were Joseph Lawrence, Rosie Ina and an infant. Those living are Mrs. Olive Blanche Williams, Mrs. Mina Reynolds and John, all of Marshalltown, Iowa. He resided at Monmouth all of his life up to 1907, when he-removed, with his family to Delmar .Junction, and in 1910 again moved to Marion, Iowa, where he lived until 1911, when he moved to Minneapolis, Minn. and where he died Saturday, June 7. He was a great sufferer for the past three months, suffering from a tubercular or cancerous condition of the bone, which caused his death. The body-was brought here for burial accompanied by Mrs. Susan Wheeler, son John, Mrs. Mina Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Williams.

The funeral was held at the M. W. A. hall Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Parks of the M. E. church officiating. The M. W. A. lodge, of which he was a charter member, had charge of the burial services. songs were sung by Misses Ruth and Bessie Hurlburt and Ruth and Alice Kegley, with Miss Marian Menold at the piano. Burial was made in Monmouth cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published June 20, 1919, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Whitfield

The Silent Reaper

John Whitfield died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Harrison, in this city, Monday, February 18, 1889, of heart disease. He was born in Yorkshire, England, May 19, 1824. He married Miss Martha Mitchell on May 28, 1849 and they emigrated to America in 1858. He was a resident of Maquoketa for many years and was a hard working, public-spirited man. He leaves one son and one daughter. The funeral services, which occurred Thursday afternoon from the Congregational church were conducted by the Masons. Rev. Oadams preached the sermon and the remains were buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1889, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Hugo White

Clinton, Ia., Nov. 7-Dr. Hugo White, aged 40, a prominent veterinary surgeon of Maquoketa, was struck and instantly killed by a C. M. & St. Paul railway train at Elwood, Ia., Monday.

[Muskegon Chronicle (Muskegon, MI) Tuesday, November 7, 1899, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Susan B. White
At the same place, [Butternut Grove, Iowa] Feb. 3, 1872, Sister Susan B., wife of Br. N. C. White, aged 29 years, 11 months and 15 days.

She leaves two children, one a babe two days old, and her husband to mourn for her.
[These all died of spotted fever, which raged through their county like a scourge. Brn. N. C. White, Peter Larkey and Eliza Larkey were all attacked, but by the grace of God, through the prayer of faith they were spared. Br. Richard Rowley, of Davenport, Iowa, was with the saints in their trial, and preached the word upon the occasion of the death of the above named; and administered to the sick and comforted the mourners. Those who died, died strong in the faith of a glorious resurrection.] (Note-the victims listed were Stephen Larkey, Susan B. White and Mary Ann Larkey).
[Source: The True Latter Day Saints' Herald, Volume 19, 1872; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Anna Whitley


After an illness of many weeks Miss Anna Whitley passed away Sunday night at Fulton, where she had been cared for during her long illness by her cousin, Addie Whitley.

Anna Whitley was born in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1857 and spent nearly all her life in the east. After the death of her parents she made her home with her aunt and cousins until six years ago she came to Fulton, Iowa, to make her home with her cousin. She had been in failing health for the last year, but for four months she had been confined to her bed.

Her cousins, Addie Whitley of Fulton and G. E. Deiley of Maquoketa are the only surviving relatives in this locality, there being an aged aunt and cousins living in the east. Funeral services were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon from Buchner's chapel, Mrs. Sam Luckey, reader of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in charge. Burial was made in the Andrew cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published May 27, 1927, submitted by Ken Wright]

Clara Catherine Whitley

A feeling of sorrow prevailed among Andrew inhabitants Saturday owing to the arrival of the remains of the late Miss Kate Whitley, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Theo Joy, in Morgan Hill, california, Thursday, March 25th at 4 p.m.. Clara Catherine Whitley was born December 19, 1883, in Oppach province, Saxony Germany, and was baptized January 1, 1884, in the Church of Oppach. She immigrated from Germany with her parents in 1894. She was confirmed at the Lutheran church in Andrew on Palm Sunday, 1897. After her confirmation she made her home with Rev. and Mrs. Gillespie and in the year 1904, accompanied them to Fowler, California and continued to make her home with them until May, 1906, when she came to Andrew, Iowa to visit her people and friends, returning to Fowler and resuming her place in the Gillespie home until the following October. There she remained until October 1906 when she went to Morgan Hill, California., where she found employment as assistant postmistress and was near her sister Dora who had married to Theo. Joy of that place and where she continued to reside until her death. Miss Whitley was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Whitley of this city. Her genial sunny nature won her firm friends wherever she was known. She leaves in deepest bereavement her father, mother, four brothers, Karl of California, Walter, Johnie and Artie, at home, and three sisters, Dora of California, Martha of Maquoketa and Louise at home. The last sad rites were at the home at 10 a.m. at the home, Rev. Hast of the Lutheran church presiding. Interment was made at the Andrew cemetery.

[Source: Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) April 5, 1911, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Bessie Florence Whitmore

Bessie Florence, the second daughter of Edward and Carrie Whitmore, was born November 22, 1892 and after a short illness of one day, which baffled medical skill, she died at the home of her parents, 3 miles northeast of Maquoketa on Friday at 5 a.m., March 29, 1901, aged 8 years, 4 months and 7 days.

Bessie was always a great favorite in the family and among her many friends and playmates and she will be missed sadly. The sudden death summons was a great shock to the sorrowing family.

Funeral services were held at the home of the parents on Saturday at 1 p.m. and burial in the Bridgeport cemetery, Rev. D. F. Boomershine officiating. The sorrowing family has the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends in their great loss and bereavement.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Published March 29, 1901, submitted by Ken Wright]

David Whitmore Family

A dreadful railroad accident occurred at Maquoketa, Ia., Sunday. While on the way to church a farmer named David Whitmore, his wife and three children were struck by a locomotive going at a high rate of speed, and all received fatal injuries. The mother and two children were killed instantly. The father and the other child were hurled a long distance from the track, and sustained injuries from which they cannot survive. The mother and one child were caught on the cow-cather. The horses became unmanageable and backed on the track.

[The Times (Owosso, MI) November 7, 1884, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Daniel Whitson

Daniel Whitson was born April 28, 1836, in the State of Ohio. He died happy in Christ his Saviour Sunday morning, October 22, 1916, at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was joined in marriage to Emily Carter, September 20, 1868, who preceded him in death fourteen years ago.

This union was blessed with seven children, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Hattie Reikman of Grand Mound, Iowa; Mrs. Katie Eaton and Levi Whitson of Vale, South Dakota; Mrs. Lucy Riggs and David Whitson of Maquoketa, and the Misses Lydia and Mary Whitson at home, who so faithfully cared for their father during his illness. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Henry Smith of Carthage, South Dakota.

In 1848, he came with his parents to Iowa, settling on a farm near Miles. He has been a resident of this city for 34 years. He was converted while young and joined the German Evangelical church, in which he remained a respected member. Daniel Whitson was a Christian man, holding fast the evidence of the Spirit of God regarding his acceptance. He was a patient sufferer during an illness, which lasted more than one year. He frequently praised aloud his God, in whom he believed and trusted. His last words were: "I am ready to go." The grace of God was sufficient for his needs and he could say with Paul "I know in whom I believe." His favorite song was "Happy day when Jesus washed my sins away," which he so often sung during his illness, and which was sung at the funeral service. Blessed the individual who can leave such a positive testimony as a heritage to those who are bereaved and mourn. He was a good father and will be greatly missed by his children and many friends. The funeral occurred from the Free Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon, October 25, conducted by his old pastor, Rev. August Goetze of Dubuque, Iowa, assisted by Rev. Dickson of the Free Methodist church and Rev. Kidder of the M. E. Church.

The body was laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery in this city, with the sure hope of meeting again on the resurrection morning.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, October 27, 1916, submitted by Ken Wright]

Josiah Wittemore

Philip Potter

Two Men, Josiah Wittemore, of Maquoketa, and Philip Potter of La Motte, Iowa, were drowned on Saturday, about two o'clock P.M., in attempting to cross the Maquoketa River, near Tubb's Mill, on their way to La Motte [The Daily Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 14, 1859, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Another Article . . .

TWO MEN AND TWO HORSES DROWNED.-On the 4th inst., two men, named Whittimore and Petter, while endeavoring to cross the Maquoketa river (Iowa) in a wagon, were drowned, together with the two horses hitched to the wagon. At the latest dates the bodies had not been recovered.

[New Orleans Daily Crescent, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 23, 1859, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Enoch Franklin Wickersham

Enoch Franklin Wickersham was born at Lynchburg, Ohio, September 7th, 1848, and died at Preston, Iowa September 22, 1920, aged 72 years and 15 days. For the past 6 months Mr. Wickersham had been in failing health until last Wednesday when Death's Angel called him home. For more than twenty-five years the family have lived in Chicago. Last fall they went to California, and about two weeks ago, enroute home, stopped in Preston, where he grew worse and passed away as above stated.

All through his long illness the deceased bore his cross with hope and cheerfullness, resting assured of peace in the heavenly home. Those nearest to mourn his loss are the loving wife, Emma L., one son Arthur S. and wife of Chicago, three brothers, Martin P., of Des Moines, Cabel H. of West Branch and Joseph of Los Angeles, Cal., and four grandchildren, two girls and two boys. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Leonard A. Spooner of the Congregational church Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. By request of the family the minister read the twenty-third psalm and after prayer delivered a short comforting message based on the words of the Master: "I am the Ressurection and the Life, who so ever liveth and believeth in me tho he die, yet shall he live." Interment was made in the Preston cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published October 5, 1920] Submitted by Ken Wright

Private Menzo Widel

Menzo Widel Killed in Action

Friday a telegram informed Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Currie that their nephew, Private Menzo Widel was killed in action, September 17th while serving in Company I, 358th Infantry. Menzo went into the Army last April at Camp Dodge. He was soon sent to a Texas camp where in about five weeks he left for the east and crossed the ocean. He was very anxious to serve his country as soon and as best he could. So we mourn one more young life who has given all for his country.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published October 18, 1918]
Submitted by Ken Wright

Rose Wieseler

Mrs. Rose Wieseler, 88, La Motte, Ia., and formerly of St. Donatus, died at 3:45 p.m. Friday at Mercy Hospital after an extended illness.

Friends may call at the Didesch Funeral Home, Dubuque, from where services will be held Monday morning. The cortege will leave at 9 a.m. and Mass will be at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, La Motte. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by the Didesch-Nemmers Funeral Service.

Mrs. Wieseler was born Aug. 16, 1868, at St. Donatus, daughter of Matt and Elizabeth Manders [see notation below] She was married to Theodore Wieseler on Jan. 30, 1895, at St. Donatus. Her husband died Sept. 29, 1944.

She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, the Rosary Society and of the ACCW of La Motte.

Surviving are eight daughters, Mrs. Estell (Mary) Newton, Sheridan, Wyo., Mrs. Joseph (Kate) Haiar, Sabula, Ia., Mrs. Harold (Ann) Butler, Dubuque, Mrs. Susie Newlon, Spencer, S.D., Mrs. Melchoir (Lena) Butlett, Bellevue, Ia., Mrs. Frank (Clara) Bies, St. Donatus, Mrs. Carl (Cleta) Lenz, La Motte, and Mrs. Arnold (Veronica) Kremer, Bernard, 47 Grandchildren and 37 Great Grandchildren.
[Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) November 25, 1956, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]
NOTE: Rose's step-mother was Elizabeth, her mother was Suzanne Meysenburg, who died when Rose was a young child.

Benjamin H. Wilcox
Old Settlers' Obituary List
Benjamin H. Wilcox was born in Canada, Dec. 25, 1836; died Mar. 7, 1909. Came to Jackson county, 1840. Pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1909, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Caroline Henry Wilcox

Old Settlers' Obituary Report
Mrs. Caroline Henry Wilcox, born in Maquoketa, Feb. 16, 1857; died Sept. 19, 1905.

[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1905] mkk

Carrie Wilke


WILKE-At the home of her parents, South Main Street, this city, Saturday night, Feb. 3, 1894, of inflammation of the bowels, Carrie Wilke, aged 3 years. Deceased was the beloved second child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilke and a very bright and promising child she was. Her illness was of short duration and her death a shock to her sorrowing, stricken parents. The funeral occurred from the house Monday afternoon, Rev. S. W. Heald officiating.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 8, 1894, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Edward A. Williams

Widely Known as Singer in Rockford Twenty Years Ago.

Rockford relatives were last night apprised of the death of Edward A. Williams, which occurred at 7:30 at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa, after an illness dating back to last December from stomach trouble.

Twenty to twenty-five years ago, Mr. Williams resided in Rockford and was widely known as a piano tuner and as the possessor of a sweet tenor voice which won him much distinction in local entertainments and as a member of a male quartet which included also James F. Coligan, Edward Holtenbeck and Frank Andrew and was in great demand in that period.

Mr. Williams passed away on the fifty-ninth anniversary of his birthday. He is survived by the widow and four children, Errol, of Rockford, and Ross, Edna and Jack, at the home in Maquoketa. There are also left three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. E. Lichty of Toledo; Mrs. Samuel Lanyon of Mineral Point, Wis., Mrs. Parrish, of Omaha; William W. Williams, of 1220 North Main street, Rockford; T. A. Williams, of Hazel green, Wis., and R. L. Williams of Mineral Point, Wis., Mrs. Parrish, of Omaha; William W. Williams, of 1220 North Main street, Rockford; T. A. Williams, of Hazel Green, Wis., and R. L. Williams, of Mineral Point, Wis.

Funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday and interment will be in Maquoketa, where he resided for a number of the years last past.

[Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Sunday, June 27, 1915, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Elizabeth Williams

Iowa City, Ia., March 21.-Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, aged 74, was found dead on the floor at her home in the village of Maquoketa. Death was due, it was soon proved, to natural causes. Surviving are her five daughters and three sons.
[Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Saturday, March 22, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Old Settlers Obituary List
Mrs. Elizabeth Ritchie Williams was born in Mercer county, Penn., Dec. 9, 1837; came to Iowa about 1846; died in Maquoketa, March 19, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary Ann Williams

DIED-On last Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1895, occurred the death of Mary Ann, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Williams, aged 3 months and 4 days. The death of their darling babe was entirely unexpected as Mr. Williams was at Castle Grove on business at the time. They have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement. The funeral was held Thursday and the remains were laid to rest in the Garry Owen cemetery.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published March 1, 1895, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Mary M. Williams

Old Settlers Obituary List
Mary M. Wilder Williams was born in Brookfield, Drangle county, Vermont, May 8, 1841; came to Iowa in 1853; died in Maquoketa, April 3, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary Orr Williams

WILLIAMS-At the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Orr, in Maquoketa township, January 7, 1894, Mrs. Mary Williams, of lung fever, aged 27 years, 3 months, one day. Mrs. Williams was the wife of Sherman Williams, of Pittsburg, Kansas. In December he came from Kansas with his wife and two children to the home of her parents near Maquoketa, where death so soon overtook a loving mother, devoted wife and earnest Christian woman. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Congregational church of Maquoketa until her removal to Kansas, where she joined the U. P. church. The funeral occurred at the Congregational church in Maquoketa, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Young of Andrew, officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Maquoketa.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa,January 11, 1894, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Matt Williams


Garry Owen Farmer Drives Through Dry Run Swollen By Flood.

Matt. Williams, one of the best known farmers of Garry Owen, met death by drowning in a sudden and singular manner Tuesday evening about 6 o'clock near his home while returning from trading in Cascade. During the afternoon he came to town with his daughter, Miss Nellie, and niece, aged about fourteen, driving a team attached to a top buggy. They left for home late in the afternoon, and when they reached a point near Mr. Williams' home where the road crosses a dry run, discovered it swollen with the flood caused by the heavy rain that prevailed between 5 and 6 o'clock. The road crosses the run diagonally. Just as he reached the brink, Tim O'Connell, who works for John Williams, brother of the unfortunate man, hailed him and warned him not to cross just then, but to wait a little while until the flood subsided. The rain had ceased and suggested that the water would probably fall rapidly. Mr. Williams, having crossed the run many times before under similar conditions, did not anticipate any trouble concluded not to wait. The warning of O'Connell raised the fears of the daughter and niece and they jumped out of the buggy as the horses stepped into the flood, and only received a slight wetting, Mr. Williams drove on and when about half way over one of the horses floundered and fell. This swung the buggy suddenly to one side and in an instant horses and man were rolling in the swift current of the flood. Just how Mr. Williams was caught so that he was unable to extricate himself will never be known, so suddenly was the watery tragedy enacted. It is the general opinion that the buggy was turned over upon him and held him beneath the surface as the outfit drifted swiftly downstream. About two hundred rods from the crossing the team was caught and guided out by Mr. O'Connell and Ed. Leonard, another neighbor who were astounded when they failed to find Mr. Williams with the buggy and horses, and after a hurried search some fifty rods farther down they found Williams' body and as speedily as possible got it ashore. With the best means and knowledge at their command they endeavored to resuscitate him but their efforts were futile. His form was lifeless. A physician summoned as soon as possible expressed the opinion that life was doubtless extinct before he was taken from the water. His head, shoulders and arms were badly bruised. He may have been kicked by the horses in their mad struggle in the water or pounded by the overturning buggy and stunned, all of which may account for his failure to extricate himself. The dry run forms a branch of the gully that drains a large territory and during heavy rain falls is usually swollen to great depth and runs with the rapidity of a millrace. In dry weather it contains no water whatever. The shocking accident casts a deep gloom over the Garry Owen neighborhood, for Mr. Williams was a very popular man. He was 58 years old and was born in Garry Owen. He was married to Hannah Noonan, sister of P. C. Noonan, who with three children, Misses Nellie and Lizzie, and John survive him. Two children, Patrick and Mollie, are dead. He leaves two brothers, John of Garry Owen, and Robert Williams of Idaho, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles McCarthy of Garry Owen, and Mrs. M. Keneally of Dubuque. The funeral was hold Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's church, Rev. J. Kelly officiating.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published May 29, 1903, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Peter S. Williams

Bellevue Resident Dies Very Suddenly Tuesday

Peter S. Williams, aged 57, a lifelong resident of Bellevue, died at his home in that city early Tuesday morning, death following a stroke of apoplexy. Deceased attended a Masonic meeting the evening before and was enjoying usual health. He arose in the morning feeling rather peculiar, and went down stairs but feeling rather faint returned to his bed and in a few moments the end came. Mr. Williams was a highly respected citizen, a prominent member, of the Masonic fraternity and his unexpected death came as a shock to the entire community. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, one brother and two sisters.

Maquoketa Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Friday, April 2, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Philipa Rowe Williams


After several months of illness following an operation, Mrs. W. E. Williams, one of our highly respected old residents, passed away at her home on Eliza Street Tuesday morning.

Phillipha E. Rowe was born February 24, 1854 in Apple River, Illinois. In 1873 she was married to W. E. Williams and they came to Iowa, shortly after locating at Maquoketa, where Mr. Williams has since conducted a repair shop. To them six children were born, three of them are living, Miss Lottie Williams and Nolan Williams of this city, and Galen Williams of Elgin. Two sisters survive her, Mrs. Esther Basten of Morrisy, Minnesota and Mrs. Chris Rowe of Mrs. Chris Rowe of Clear Lake, Iowa.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the M. E. Church, of the M. B. A. and American Patriot. She was a patient sufferer for years, never having quite recovered from an operation, and has been bedfast since June 7th. She died at 7:20 o'clock Tuesday morning, The funeral services were held at her home at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, Rev. Bartholomew officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, December 4, 1914, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Reasen Willison

Died very suddenly of heart disease, on Friday evening, May 19, 1893, Reasen Willison, aged 70 years, at his residence in Brandon township, Jackson county, Iowa. Deceased was born in Hartford, Licking county, Ohio, in 1823, came west when a young man and settled in Brandon township, where he resided up to the time of his death.

He was married in 1860 to Miss Sarah Hogle. The fruits of his marriage were eight children, who with an aged and feeble mother, survive and mourn his loss. His sudden and unexpected death has cast a gloom of sadness over the entire community. He was a loving and affectionate husband, a kind neighbor and highly respected by all who knew him.

The funeral services were held at the home Sunday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Mr. Wright of Andrew. A large turnout of one hundred and eight teams being counted at the house. His remains were sealed in a beautiful casket and interred in the Canton cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by a large number of relatives and friends

[Jackson Sentinel, Published June 8, 1893, submitted by Ken Wright]

Elizabeth (Stoltz) Willman

ELIZABETH "BETTY" WILLMAN, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday evening, January 24, 2011, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa. A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 28, 2011, from the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be held 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2011, from the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa.

Elizabeth "Betty" Stoltz was born on January 27, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa to Arnold and Mathilda (Schiessel) Stoltz. She was raised in Dubuque and graduated from Dubuque High School. She attended the University of Dubuque, earning a degree in teaching. She married D. Gaylord Willman on February 14, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1993.

Betty first taught music in Eldon, Iowa, and then first grade in Maquoketa until marrying her husband. In later years she did substitute teaching and tutoring. Betty was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa and was well - known in the area for her outstanding harp performances. She had provided much enjoyment to many community members through her music.

Betty is survived by two sons, Bryan Willman of Kirkland, Washington and Brent Willman of Dubuque, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. The Carson & Son Funeral And Cremation Services in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

[Maquoketa Sentinel - Press, Published January 29, 2011, submitted by Ken Wright]

John B. Wilmes

John B. Wilmes Dies In Service

Again, this community is called upon to surrender one of her fine young men, John B. Wilmes, who passed away Sunday evening at six o'clock at the hospital in Ames where he had been suffering for the past ten days with that dread malady, Spanish influenza.

This young man who volunteered his services to his country and enlisted in the Engineering Corps, left here on August 15th, for Ames where he has since been stationed. He is the only son of Mrs. Catherine Wilmes of Cottonville, and had only recently graduated from the Kansas City Automobile School. The mother and sister, Miss Clara, left Friday for Ames, in response to a message saying he was critically ill, and were able to be with him several hours before the final summons came. Besides the grief stricken mother and sister, Clara, one sister, Mrs. Henry Manderscheid of Andrew survives.

The body arrived here this forenoon and the funeral services will be held tomorrow at LaMotte, Father Friedman will have charge of services and the Knights of Columbus will have charge of the services at the grave. Interment will be made at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery at LaMotte.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published October 15, 1918, submitted by Ken Wright]

Eliza Wilson

Eliza Wilson, daughter of Isaac Waugh and Tamzen Boyd, passed away at the Old Ladies' Home, Saturday, November 10 at 1 o'clock a.m., after an illness of many months at the great age of 93 years, 8 months and 26 days. Her father being an officer in the Coast Guard of Great Britain at the time of her advent, was stationed on the island of Valentia, County Kerry, Ireland, Jan. 26, 1824, being the date of her birth. Eighty-six years ago, 1831, the family emigrated to the New World, taking passage on a sailing vessel, and a voyage of upward of six weeks, the little craft made its way through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, up the river of the same name to Quebec, where they disembarked, and from whence they journeyed to western Pennsylvania where they carved themselves a home out of wilderness.

In 1850 she was united in marriage at Mercer, Pa, to Nathaniel Wilson, who preceded her to the other shore in 1892. In 1856 they left Pennsylvania for the State of Iowa, which was then the mecca of Pennsylvanians, and by rail, steamboat and stage, finally arrived at Galena, crossed the river at Smith's Ferry and headed for the village of Maquoketa. Here they were unable to find a house, and turned back to the thriving little town of Bridgeport, going in about a year to the county capital, Andrew, which remained their home until well toward the close of the Civil War, when they moved to Maquoketa.

The children who were the fruit of their union are: Mrs. Melissa Wright, Mrs. G. L. Johnson and Frank A. Wilson, all of Maquoketa; Lee H. of Los Angeles, James D. of St. Louis, Mrs. B. F. Reeve, deceased, and infant twins who died in Pennsylvania; two brothers, Charles of Zion City, Illinois, and Edaward of Maquoketa; two sisters, Mary Irwin of Sioux City and Mrs. George Kiser of Clarion County, Pa, survive her. Also four grandchildren and four great-granchildren.

The funeral took place from the G. L. Johnson home Monday, November 12, at 2:30, Rev. H. C. Roissier, officiating. Interment was at Mount Hope cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, November 13, 1917, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Jesse Wilson

DIED. WILSON - At his home near Iron Hills, Monday, Dec. 26, 1892, Jesse Wilson, aged 80 years, passed from this world of care to that above. For 11 years Mr. Wilson has been bed-ridden with that dread disease asthma. His wife, two sons and one daughter survive to mourn their loss.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, January 5, 1893 submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Marium Hansen Wilson

At her home near Maquoketa, Saturday, October 4, 1884, at 1:30 a.m., of inflammation of the stomach, Mrs. Marium Wilson, wife of A. H. Wilson, at the age of 54 years, 4 months and 8 days.

Deceased was born in Essex County, New York, and came to Iowa in an early day. She, in company with her mother Mrs. Hansen and Alva Fairbrother, traveled all the way here from the Empire State by wagon. Soon after their arrival, Mrs. Hansen died, and it left the daughter, a mere child, to keep house.

December 23rd 1849, she was married to A. H. Wilson, and they settled on their now beautiful farm, two miles southwest of Maquoketa, where they have resided until death separated them. A loving son, and daughter, now living, were the fruits of the marriage. Mrs. Wilson was a lady of large acquaintance and had many friends who feel that she was taken away too soon. She was a most estimable lady, a kind mother and dutiful wife..

Rev. Millikan preached the funeral service at their home Sunday afternoon and the remains were interred in Mount Hope Cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published October 9, 1884] Submitted by Ken Wright

Sarah Wilson

WILSON. - At her home in Anamosa, Jan. 5th, Mrs. Sarah Wilson, sister of B. Spencer, of Delmar.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Canada near Niagra Falls, and was 85 years old at the time of her death. The remains were brought here and laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery, Rev. Van Ness officiating.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, January 14, 1892, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Captain William Wilson

Bellevue, Iowa-- A sad accident resulting in the death of Captain William Wilson, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Bellevue, happened last Sunday morning. William Wilson, who was a machinist, went out some four miles in the country to make some repairs on a threshing machine, and while doing so was caught by the revolving cylinder, and his arm torn off to the shoulder. He died Monday morning.

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, August 23, 1877) Submitted by Ken Wright

William H. Winegar

William H. Winegar was born at Green Bay, Wis., March 19, 1848, and died Feb. 15, 1920, at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Soren Hedegar, where he and his wife had been spending the winter.

He was united in marriage to Rebecca L. Gibson of Baldwin on Sept. 1, 1872. To this union were born seven children, of whom only four survive, Mrs. Maude Kelton of Andrew; Mrs. Mattie Mayner of Maquoketa; Mrs. Elsie Hedegar of Lost Nation; Wallace Winegar of Baldwin. Left to mourn his loss, besides the immediate family are three grandchildren, Parker Kelton, in the navy; Claire McMillen and Darrel Hedegar of Lost Nation, and a host of friends, who have profited by his long and serviceable life in the community where he has lived.

Mr. Winegar served his country with honor during the Civil war and since that time has lived at Baldwin. There he served as janitor of the High school for 10 years, and as city marshal for 5 years. He was a good neighbor and citizen, a very earnest politician, but above all, a devoted father and husband. True to his family, to his neighbor, to his country, a worthy tribute, indeed. "Cover-me with Old Glory and let the "World War" boys carry me." Among his last words were these.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published February 24, 1920, submitted by Ken Wright]

Richard B. Wing

Richard B. Wing, son of Archibald and Grace Wing, was born in New York state April 6, 1855, and died near Andrew, Iowa, October 30, 1917, aged sixty-two years, six months and twenty-four days. When eleven years old he came with his parents to Iowa. They settled on a farm east of Maquoketa where Richard grew to manhood.

November 28, 1887, he was united in marriage to Emma Briggs. They followed farming until about six years ago when they moved to Maquoketa. Eleven children were born to them, all of whom are living and all present today except Edwin of California. The children are: Albert, Arthur, Ira, Mrs. Anna Wing of Preston, Edwin of California, Henry,, Wilmer, Grace, Gladys, Vernard and Dale. All but two live in or near Maquoketa.

Mr. Wing's health began to fail about four years ago. Through all these years his faithful wife has been his constant companion and helper. Mr. Wing spent his life in this community and has always lived an upright life. He was a kind father and loving husband and had great reasons to be proud of his family. This large family of children will surely be a great comfort to the bereaved wife and mother and be able to minister to her needs and fill her days with the well-earned comforts of life.The love and sympathy of friends and neighbors is hereby extended to the family in their sorrow.

A short service will be held at the late home in the First ward Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, funeral service at the M. E. Church at 2:30, Rev. J. J. Kidder officiating. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published November 2, 1917] Submitted by Ken Wright

Elizabeth Wise

Mrs. Elizabeth Wise, wife of Solomon Wise, departed this life, Sunday, August 17th, 1890, aged 51 years. The deceased was one of the old settlers of this vicinity and highly respected by all who knew her. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church in this city on Tuesday, Rev. N. A. Kimball of Miles officiating. Her remains were interred in Evergreen cemetery.

[Source: Sabula Gazette (IA) August 23, 1890, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Agnes Wood

Mrs. Agnes Wood, wife of Frank Wood, and daughter of William and Mary Hale of Baldwin, Iowa, died at Kentwood, Louisiana, February 5, 1889, of consumption. Mrs. Wood was born Nov. 3, 1854 in Airdrie, Scotland. She came to America with her parents when she was a child. July 12, 1874, she married Frank Wood and has resided most of the time since then in Webster County, Iowa. Last November the family moved to Kentwood, Louisiana, thinking that the change of climate might improve her health, but she failed gradually until at last death relieved her suffering. Her husband, six children, four brothers and four sisters are now left to mourn her loss.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1889, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Mrs. J. N. Wood

Mrs. J. N. Wood died last Friday at Ravenswood, Illinois, where she had gone for treatment. She had a cancerous tumor removed last winter, but the operation did not effect a cure. She was a sister of D. A. Wynkoop of Bellevue, and of Mrs. F. M. Fort of this city. Her remains were brought to Maquoketa for burial..

Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, October 24, 1885 Submitted by Ken Wright

Allen Woods

Allen Woods Dies At Great Lakes Naval Training Station

Word was received in this city by Mrs. Margaret Woods, on Wednesday, that her son, Allen Woods, who had been at the Great Lakes Naval Station for the past several weeks, was dead. In the last issue of this paper it was stated that Allen Woods was seriously ill with pneumonia and that his brother, Clyde, had gone there to see him. When the brother arrived he was not allowed to see him because of his serious condition and he went home the middle of the week.

It was a great blow to his relatives and his many friends, for we had all known him only as a fine specimen of manhood and perfect health, and this sudden taking away of one who had so recently left us to prepare for doing his duty to the world in this great conflict is a shock to all this part of the county.

Allen Woods, who was the youngest son of Mrs. Margaret Woods, was born on the home farm north of Maquoketa on September 11, 1890. Here he grew to young manhood and received his early education in the country schools. His father, Benjamin Woods, passed away fifteen years ago, and since the death of his father, Allen assumed the responsibility of the home and remained on the farm until three years ago when they moved to the city where they have since resided.

For one year he was county representative of the Watkins Medical Company, continuing in this work until enlisting into the Hospital Corps of the Navy, the latter part of May.

Besides the sorrowing mother, the following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Eva Packard of Renwick; Mrs. B. B. Fairman, who is enroute home from a trip through the east; Clyd and Henry, of this vicinity; Warren of Arlington, Washington, and Mrs. Olive McPeak of Arricaree, Colorado. The brother, Clyde, left Wednesday afternoon for Chicago and will accompany the body to this city where services will be held.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published September 20, 1918] Submitted by Ken Wright

Andrew J. Woods

Andrew J. Woods, a former citizen of Bellevue, departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Beechley, at Cedar Rapids, Monday August 20, 1900.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published September 6, 1900, submitted by Ken Wright]

Dale Woods

E. V. Woods and wife came to Alliance one week ago. They leave tonight for their former home in Maquoketa, Iowa, bearing with them the body of their two year old baby boy, who died in their room at the Atlas Wednesday afternoon at 3:20 o'clock.

The baby died from an acute attack of summer complaint. His name was Dale. He was a bright little fellow who won the sympathy of all who had seen him. The grieving parents were nearly penniless and had no means to pay for doctor bills or proper food.

Chas. Jeffers, chief of the Alliance police, circulated a petition among the kind hearted people of Alliance, who donated about $75 for the purpose of purchasing a casket and shipping the remains back to Maquoketa and to pay the railroad fare of the parents. The father and mother take the best means they have, in the card of thanks below, of expressing their heartfelt appreciation of the kindness extended to them by Alliance people.

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation of the kindness of the Alliance railroad men, business men and firemen who so kindly assisted us in our hour of bereavement, in the death of our baby boy.

[Source: The Alliance Herald, Alliance, Nebraska, August 28, 1913, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Fred Wray

Funeral services were held in the Buchner Chapel Monday afternoon for Fred Wray, 84, who died last Tuesday at St. Cloud, Florida. The Rev. A. L. Eddy officiated. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Wray was born April 17, 1860, at Bridgeport, near Maquoketa. With the exception of a short time at Valparaiso Business College and trips to Florida in recent years, he spent his entire life in the community. As a young man he entered the monument business with his father and maintained that business with his brothers until his retirement. Two weeks ago he left for St. Cloud, Florida, with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyer. The three arrived there Friday and Mrs. Meyer wrote Monday to their niece that all stood the trip well, although Mr. Wray had a bad cold.

Three brothers preceded him in death, Frank, Emerson, and Freeman, his twin brother. He is survived by his sister and three nieces and three nephews. Two nieces and one nephew came to attend the funeral, Mrs. Mildred Funk, Hammond, Indiana, Mrs. Beulah Papakostas, Chicago, and Cecil Wray, Davenport.

[Maquoketa Community Press, Published November 30, 1944, submitted by Ken Wright]

Alfred Wright

WARREN COUNTY.-Letters received at Warrensburgh from Maquoketa, Iowa, announced the death of Alfred Wright, one of the pioneers of that state. Mr. Wright was born in Bolton about 1804, where after attaining his majority he engaged in business, having a small general store at "The Huddle.” About 1838, with his father, Thomas M. Wright, and two brothers, Thomas and Samuel, he emigrated to the then generally unknown territory of Iowa, taking a squatters claim near the now city of Maquoketa. Saturday he was stricken with apoplexy, dying Sunday evening. One brother and three sisters, Samuel S., Mrs. J. E. Goodnow and Mrs. C. Billups, of Maquoketa, and Mrs. J. B. Coolidge of Warrensburgh survive.

[Times (Troy, NY) Thursday, January 14, 1892, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Anson B. Wright

Mr. A. B. Wright, an old and esteemed resident of Preston, died Thursday morning of typhoid fever. He will be buried today with Masonic honors. Rev. B. D. Smith, assisted by Rev. Burnette, will conduct the funeral services.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 16, 1889, Submitted by Ken Wright]

David Wright


David Wright of Maquoketa, passed away at his home in that city Monday afternoon, April 18, after a short illness, aged 91 years. Mr. Wright was born April 1, 1836, at Bolton, Warren County, New York, and came to Jackson County in 1841 with his parents and had resided here continuously. On April 1 he had attained the age of 91 and the event was celebrated by a family gathering, he being in his usual health at that time.

Surviving are his wife, one son, Max Wright, a granddaughter, Helen Wright Hartvigsen and a grandson, Max Wright, and two great - grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at his late home in Maquoketa, Rev. A. W. Sinden of the Congregational Church officiating and the remains laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

[The Bellevue Herald, Bellevue, Iowa, Published April 26, 1927, submitted by Ken Wright]

Ellen M. Truax Wright

Old Settlers Obituary List
Ellen M. Truax Wright was born in Dunham, Province of Quebec, Canada, July 16, 1941. She came to Maquoketa, Iowa, in 1849, and died Sept. 26, 1912, and was buried in Mt. Hope cemetery. An early pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Leonard Wright

Leonard Wright Dies At Fargo, North Dakota

On receiving intelligence last Thursday morning of the serious illness of her son Leonard at Fargo, North Dakota, Mrs. Mary Wright immediately started for that city, but before her arrival, Leonard died. Mournfully she brought his body back to his boyhood home, arriving Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon the funeral services were held at the Baptist church, a great congregation attending. Leonard was born July 3, 1870, and joined the Baptist church March 8, 1889. Rev. George Kline, the pastor, preached the sermon. The interment was in the Bridgeport cemetery. Profound sympathy is felt for the widowed mother and the surviving brothers and sisters in their sudden and sore bereavement. Leonard had been ill with typhoid pneumonia only about five days. Although far away from home, he had the precious presence of Christ his redeemer. The bereaved share in the love of that same ever present and comforting friend.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, May 31, 1895, submitted by Ken Wright]

Mary Wright

Former Resident Dead

Mrs. Mary Wright a former resident of Maquoketa, passed away Friday, Jan. 21, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jane Gregory, at Lake Worth, Florida.

Mrs. Wright was born at DeKalb, Ind., March 24, 1848, and was united in marriage to German Wright Aug. 15, 1865. To this union were born six children.

Mrs. Wright lived most of her life in Maquoketa, until two years ago, when she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Head and son Asa Wright at Dubuqe. She remained in Dubuque until a year ago, when she went to live with her sister in Florida. Deceased is survived by 4 children, Mrs. Anna Pfeiffer, and Mrs. Imogene Witt of Harrison, Neb., Asa Wright and Mrs. Mildred Head of Dubuque, also four brothers, Geo. Keeley of Des Moines, John of Lansing, Mich., and Frank and William of Maquoketa, and one sister, Mrs. Gregory of Florida.

The body is expected to arrive this evening from Florida. Funeral arrangements will then be made.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, January 25, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Max L. Wright


Funeral services for M. L. (Max) Wright, 77, of Maquoketa, will be held this Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock in the Carson Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce S. Dean, pastor of the First Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will be made in the Bellevue Cemetery.

Mr. Wright, who died here Saturday following an illness of several months, was born December 22, 1876, in Maquoketa, a son of the late David and Camelia Jenkins Wright. On June 2, 1900, he was married to Ethel L. Hubbard, who survives. In addition to his widow, he is survived by two children, Mrs. E. J. (Helen) Hartvigsen of Maquoketa and William M. Wright of Monrovia, California, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

[Maquoketa Community Press, July 13, 1954, submitted by Ken Wright]

Minnie Wright


WRIGHT-Minnie Wright died near Maquoketa, October 18. Miss Wright was aged 10 years, 2 months and 13 days. She was the daughter of G. S. & M. L. Wright.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published November 7, 1878] Submitted by Ken Wright

Olive L. Wright

Mother and Daughter Called by Death

Mrs. Olive L. Wright passed away Tuesday afternoon at the Becker Home in this city. While arrangements were being made for her funeral, word came from Waterloo that her daughter, Mrs. Florence McDonald, had passed away there at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The remains will be brought here for burial and the double funeral for the mother and daughter will be held this (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Becker Home. Rev. L. Elgin Brough of the Baptist church, will officiate at the funeral.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, August 19, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

. . . related news:

Mrs. Olive L. Wright was born in Essex County, New York, in the year 1840. In 1859, she was united in marriage to Miles Wright, to which union there were born two children, Elna Wright Ross, deceased and Florence Wright McDonald, who departed this life closely upon the death of her mother a few days ago.

The grandchildren are J. Leonard Ross of Chicago, Ill., Leta Ross Sears of Los Angles Calif., Beulah and Lyle McDonald of Waterloo, la.

Mrs. Wright held a place of high esteem among the respected old timers of Maquoketa. Her relatives were connected with some of the earliest settlers. The news of her death has brought poignant grief not only to the nearest of kin who survive her, but also to a great number of intimate friends.

She had been a member of the Congregational church for many years, thus reflecting her sound wisdom in giving a place in her heart and life to the things that are highest and best. During the last five years she has stayed at the Becker home, where she was given the most kindly care and considerate attention. Her appreciation of this care is reflected in her own wish that her funeral take place from the Becker Home. For the last two years her health has been precarious and of recent months she gradually grew weaker till death finally called her away on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1921, at the age of 81 years.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, August 23, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Permelia Jenkins Wright

Old Settlers' Obituary Report
Mrs. Permelia Jenkins Wright, born in Warren county, N. Y., Feb. 26, 1839; came to Maquoketa, December, 1860; died July 31, 1905.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1905, submitted by M.K.Krogman]

Chris Wurster


Last rites for Chris Wurster, 86, who died in Cedar Falls last Saturday, were held from the Carson funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial was made in the Andrew cemetery. Mr. Wurster had operated a service station in Cedar Falls for twenty years until his retirement in 1944. He was born in Jackson county Sept. 3, 1867, the son of Andrew and Margaret Speckman Wurster. He was married to Henrietta Weets, and to this union four children were born Henry, Albert, Martin and Viola. Mrs. Wurster died April 17, 1924.

On Dec. 29, 1925 he was married to Kathryn Smith Baumgartner of Cedar Falls, who survives. Also surviving are two sons. Albert of Waterloo and Martin of Maquoketa, a daughter, Mrs. Viola Laffey of Maquoketa, several stepsons and step-daughters; four grandchildren and a half brother and three half-sisters. He was preceded in death by one son, five sisters and three brothers. Mr. Wurster was a member of the Lutheran church.
[Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) January 8, 1854, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Charles Wyckoff


Charles Wyckoff, died at the home of his son, Henry in Delmar, Iowa, October 16, 1918, from old age and general debility, aged 80 years, 9 months and 5 days. Deceased was born in Michigan and came west with his father, Col. R. B. Wyckoff, in 1838, and settled on a claim in Van Buren township., Jackson County, Territory of Iowa, which was the home of Charles the greater part of his life, and which he always claimed as his home. He was very active in the affairs of his township and county, as his father had been before him.

Possessed of a high moral and Christian character, a warm, generous disposition and a willingness to do for others less endowed by nature for life's struggles than himself. He was frequently called upon to share the burdens of his neighbors and services were always given freely and without stint. In all undertakings for the betterment of his community he was always found in the lead. He was one of the best posted men in the history and development of Jackson county and the state of Iowa, of any one within its borders.

For the past several years he had been very active in the Maquoketa Valley Pioneers and Old Settlers' Association, and had been unanimously chosen its president. His address on the "Evolution of Jackson County" during his lifetime was pronounced by Gov. Clarke to be the best he had ever heard. Charley, as he was familiarly called, was noted for his love for children with whom he was very popular. He affiliated with the Democratic Party and took a prominent part in its conventions. While he never secured any recognition in the way of office for himself, quite a number of politicians owed their position to the influence that he controlled.

Mr. Wyckoff was happily married of the 18th of September, 1857, and his faithful wife lived to celebrate with him their Golden Wedding Anniversary, when more than 500 neighbors and friends came to their home to congratulate them on that event. Mrs. Wyckoff passed away on April 16, 1908, and since then Charles had been making his home with his son Henry.

Last Sunday the remains were taken to the old home cemetery in Van Buren township, and laid beside those of his faithful life partner, in the cherished spot he had done so much to make beautiful.

Seven children survive as follows: Theodore, Henry, Samuel, Edwin and John Wyckoff; Mrs. John Gries and Mrs. David Smith. These and a large number of grandchildren and a host of friends will sadly miss the kindly face and hearty greetings of this grand old pioneer.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, October 24, 1918, submitted by Ken Wright]

N. T. Wynkoop

April 1, 1869

We regret to hear of the death of N. T. Wynkoop, Esq., Postmaster at Bellevue. He died on Thursday last. A good citizen, a kind father, and a lover of his country and the old constitution. Truly a conservative man, and one in whom the whole community loved and respected. Peace to his ashes.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published April 8, 1869] Submitted by Ken Wright

Mrs. Charles Wyckoff

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Charles Wyckoff. Pioneer of Van Buren Township, Who Passed Away on the 16th of April.

In the Gazette of last week brief mention was made of the death or Mrs. Charles Wyckoff of Van Buren township, which occurred at the home of her son, Henry J., in Lyons, at nine o'clock Thursday evening, April 16th.

Mrs. Wyckoff went to Lyons the last week or February and transcribed to an operation for cancer of the breast. The operation was apparently successful but the aged lady did not rally from its effects sufficiently to return to her old home. About two weeks ago her condition became very critical and it was soon evident that the end was near. Skilled medical aid and the careful nursing by loved ones did much to ease the last hours, but the ravages of the disease could not be combated successfully and at nine o'clock on Thursday evening of last week the spirit of this noble woman was wafted to the higher life.

Mary A. Wyckoff was born at Valona Springs, New York on the 11th day of August, 1835. She came to Iowa in 1855, settling in Van Buren township, the neighborhood which has since been her home. On September 18, 1857, she was married to Charles Wyckoff and the golden wedding of the venerable couple was celebrated by the entire community last September. This occasion was one of the happiest spots in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Wyckoff, for it is seldom indeed that a couple are the objects of such an earnest demonstration of friendship.

There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wyckoff eight children, all living but one daughter, Alice, who passed away at the age of two years. All of the children, with the father, were at their mother's bedside during her last hours, and all came in time for her to recognize them. The children are: Theodore of Charter Oak, Iowa; Mrs. John Gries of Ute, Iowa; Henry, Sam and Mrs. David Smith of Lyons; Edwin of Clinton, and John of Green Island. Twenty-three grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren are left to mourn the loving adoration of "Grandma." There also remains a sister living in Pennsylvania.

A prayer was offered at the home of Henry Wyckoff in Lyons, Saturday morning by Rev. McCawley and the remains accompanied by a party or relatives and friends was taken by train to Green Island. Here the party was met by neighbors and proceeded to the old home. The funeral was held at the house at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. H. F. Meyers of the Miles Congregational church officiating. The singing was conducted by her old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Van Steinberg, assisted by the Congregational choir or Preston. The children acted as pall bearers and interment was made in Van Buren cemetery, the resting place which the Wyckoff's have tried so hard to help keep in proper shape. Over 100 teams formed the cortege following the remains to their last resting place.

The floral contributions were numerous and beautiful, among them were the following: Shower bouquet of carnations from Messrs. and Mesdames Thos Coleman, John Grant, Samuel McNeil, Henry McNell, Thos. Holroyd, Geo. Bartlett Sr., Geo. Bartlett Jr., John Kroeger, Jos. Schaefer, John Menneke, Bert Menneke and Mrs. Geo. Tompkins. Calla Lilies, ferns and roses from Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Bartholomew. Shear of Wheat from Messrs. and Mesdames Theo. Westphal, W. A. Altfilisch, Frank E. Tripp and G. H. Lucas. Basket and dove of flowers from the patrons of the Baker Telephone Line. Standing wreath from families of the Brammerio neighborhood. Sheaf of wheat from Rebekah Lodge No. 369 of Clinton. Bouquet of carnations from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wyckoff. Standing wreath from Red, White and Blue Lodge of Lyons. Floral bouquet from John Ryan. Bouquet of carnations from Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Hancock of Clinton. Shower bouquet of tulips, roses and carnations from Messrs. and Mesdames Levi Swaney, Cole Tompkins, Chas. Prussia, Albert Demperwolf, John Jorgenson, A. M. Swaney, Mrs. Martha Allworth, Mrs. Harry Bechtel, Mrs. Louisa Prussia, Messrs. and Mesdames Geo. Schmidt, Fred Brandfas, Otto Ringen, Henry Miller, Claus Godes, Claus Ringen. W. C. Meyer. A. F. Schmidt, Louis Ringen and Mrs. E. Osburn.

The loss of Mrs. Wyckoff is a grievous one to the community as well as to the husband and family. She has lived here so many years and her noble traits of character are so well known that words of eulogy are not needed to make sacred her memory. Her ever ready spirit found a service at hand among the sick and needy so that a host of friends rise up and call her blessed. For over half a century she has been among us and in hundreds of instances has been weighed and not found wanting-In motherly love, charity and true neighborliness.

At the close of a long and useful life on earth she entered into the higher life with the satisfying knowledge that with her all had been faithfully and well done, and her life's history is most effectually written in the hearts of those whom she had made happy by her kindness, charity and hospitality. She was, a faithful wife, a kind and indulgent mother and true, sincere friend to all who needed a friend and worthy of an unselfish friendship. Even the stranger ever found in her home a cheerful welcome and an open hospitality, and for more than thirty years the comforts of that home was never denied to any person worthy of being taken into a home.

She rests in peaceful slumber, but the remembrance of her virtues and the joy or her presence gone from the home, makes the hearts of fond ones hard to cheer in their deep sorrow, and the truth that God alone knows best is the only balm that can heal the wounded spirit and serve as an uplift from darkness and sorrow.

"In friendship warm and true, in danger brave.
Beloved in life and saintly in the grave;
With God to guide her on her way,
'Twas equal joy for her to go or stay."

-Sabula Gazette.

[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1907, transcribed by M.K.Krogman]

Mary Elizabeth Wyckoff

Died. WYKOFF. - On the 18th of July, 1868, at the residence of Col. Wyckoff in Van Buren Township, Jackson county, Iowa. Mary Elizabeth, wife of James J. Wyckoff, in the 22nd year of her age.
[Maquoketa Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, July 21, 1868, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Benjamin B. Wynkoop

Benjamin B. Wynkoop, a former citizen and businessman of Bellevue, died last Friday at his home in St. Joseph, Michigan, after an extended illness of heart trouble. Mr. Wynkoop was born in Bellevue in 1853 and was a son of the late William T. Wynkoop. For many years he was engaged in the drug business with P. C. Henry in this city and removed to Peru, Iowa from here and afterward to Des Moines and then to St. Joseph, Michigan. He was educated in LaFayette University and was one of the bright young men of this community.

[Source: Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) Reprinted from Bellevue Herald, Jan. 5. 1911, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Mrs. C. Wynkoop

It was with deep regret that old friends read of the death of Mrs. C. Wynkoop, which occurred on Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank M. Fort. Although she had reached the ripe old age of 83 years, yet the hand of love held her back, the hand of the dear daughter, whose loving care and tenderness to her mother in her declining years has been beautiful beyond expression, Mrs. Wynkoop was active and well being able to walk to church to get around to see her friends and to minister to others in kindly ways until her last visit in Chicago when she had an attack of grip, from which she never recovered. Upon her return home in early summer the marked change in her condition was apparent to all. Although seemingly better at times, her life has slowly ebbed away, until, with the dying of the year, the end came. Mrs. Wynkoop was a woman of marked individuality, of strong character, and earnest Christian and of loving and tender heart. She had been a woman of sorrows, for as her daughters reached the full perfection of womanhood she had often been called to part with them, and the widows heart was very closely knit to the children of her love. All her old friends will remember her latest grief in the death of her daughter, Mrs. Matthews; but bravely and with full trust in God she waited patiently for her own release. Our sorrow is not for her, but for the hearts that mourn for the mother gone.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the residence of her daughter, her pastor, Rev. M. W> Darling officiating. The interment will be at the old home in Maquoketa by the side of loved ones gone before, and where her son is living.

[SOURCE: Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA) Sunday, October 6, 1895, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Wynkoop, Son of D. A.

Near the railroad track at Ellwood, Ia., today a young man was found unconscious, with his skull crushed, dying two hours afterward. He is said to be the only son of D. A. Wynkoop, a prominent attorney at Maquoketa, Ia.

[Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Tuesday, June 7, 1898, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

William T. Wynkoop

William T. Wynkoop, a brother of B. B. Wynkoop, of Bellevue, died at his home in Duluth, Minnesota, June 25, 1893, aged 28 years. His remains were brought to Bellevue for interment. He was a rising young attorney of Duluth, having located there in 1889.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published July 13, 1893] Submitted by Ken Wright

James R. Wyrick

Pioneers and Old Settlers - Called to Their Final Summons

James R. Wyrick was born in Virginia, Nov. 1, 1836; came to Iowa in 1864; died in Baldwin, Dec. 16 1909; old settler.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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