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Lyon County, Iowa Obituaries

John Adema

John Adema died at Passaic, N. J., Wednesday, February 7, 1923. News of his passing comes in a letter from Mrs. Adema, which, however, gives no details. The Ademas left Lyon county a few months ago to live at Clifton, N. J. For some time they farmed between Lester and Steen.Mr. Adema was an industrious young man of cheery nature and kindy disposition, and he will always be pleasantly remembered by his neighbors and other friends, who join in sympathy for the bereaved wife. Mrs. Adema is now living at 47 Hope avenue,.Passaic, N. J

Rock Rapids Review, April 5, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden


The communlty was somewhat shocked Monday morning by the very sudden death of J. T. Alexander. While he has not been enjoying the best of health for more than a year past, of late he has apparently been some better. However, while at George visiting his son a couple weeks since he was attacked by a stroke of paralysis, but was able to come home in a day or two and no signs of the stroke had appeared slnce. On Monday morning he was feeling as well as usual and while breakfast was being prepared he went out and mowed part of the lawn, when he came to the house and said he was not feeling well. He ate breakfast,however, when he said he had a severe pain in his side, and went to the lounge to lie down. Mrs. Alexander went to her husband when she notlced that his limbs were cold. She prepared a mustard plaster and placed it on his side, and rubbed his limbs. In a short tlme he sald he felt much better and wanted to sleep, and did apparently go to sleep. Mrs. Alexander left him and took a chair at the door of the room. His daughter, Miss Dell, had occasion to pass through and thought he was asleep, but in a moment he gasped and on hurrying to his side it was found that he was dead. Death came wlthout a struggle.

Mr. Alexander was born in Indiana on September 21st, 1828. His parents moved when he was an infant to Poplar Grove, Ill., where fifty-four years ago last month he was married to Miss Elizabeth Lewis, a sister of Judge C. H.

Lewis of Sioux City, and Robt. Lewis of Cherokee. Three children were born to the union, Miss Dell and C. B. now surviving. He enlisted in the 54th Ill. Vol. Inf. and served four years lacking 20 days ln the war of the rebellion, when he was honorably discharged. After the war he moved to Independence, Ia., where he remained till 1882, when he moved to Rock Rapids where he has lived ever since, except a couple years while he was proving up on a homestead in South Dakota, Mr. Alexander was a good cltlzen, and a friend of everybody and will be greatly missed.

The funeral was held from the house at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He was a member of the Masonfc and I. O. 0. F. lodges. who had charge of the funeral.

Mrs. Alexander has been prostrated ever since her husband's death and for a time her condition was considered serious, but she is getting better now. She was unable to accompany the remains to the cemetery. R. A. Lewis, a brother, and his wife of Cherokee and Mrs. Hattie Corbett of Vinton. a sister of Mrs. Alexander attended the funeral. Judge C. H. Lewls was expected but could not come.


We wish to thank the many kind friends who come to us with their help and beautlful offerings in our deep sorrow.
Mrs. J. T. Alexander
Adelia Alexander
Charley Alexander and Family.

Rock Rapids Review, June 22, 1904
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

George Argubright

The G. A. R. lost another of its few surviving members in Lyon county when George Argubright passed away at Little Rock Sunday, January 11, 1924. The funeral was held the following Tuesday, and the business houses of Little Rock closed in tribute to his memory. Mr. Argubright was born May 10, 1843, at Long Point, Livingston county, Illinois, and soon would have been 82 years of age. He enlisted as a private in Company C, 129th regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers, August 14, 1862, and was honorably disharged June 8, 1865 He was married to Sarah Ann Bailey, of Long Point, February 20, 1868. To this union were born four girls and three boys. Mr. Argubright moved from Illinois to Iowa March 1, 1888, and had been a resident of Little Rock since reitiring from the farm in the spring of 1912. Those left to mourn his death are his wife; two sons- Charles Argubright of Kansas City, Mo., and Lewis Argubright of Little Rock, and one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Gilruth of Watertown, S. D. He had been a member of the Methodist church since childhood. He was loved by all who knew him.

Rock Rapids Review, January 22, 1925
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Reynold Beek

Reynold Beek, brother of Mrs. Arie Boscaljon, of Doon, died at his home in Rock Valley Wednesday, March 14, 1923, of uremic poisoning, He was born in Holland November 3, 1873, and came to America with his parents at the age of 8. The family first settled at Orange City and later moved to the Rock Valley-Doon neighborhood where Mr. Beek resided for thirty years. His wife and a newly-born babe survive him.

Rock Rapids Review, March 29, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Edward C. Bergfield

Edward C. Bergfield, manager for the Farmers Elevator Co. at George, died Thursday, February 15, 1923. He sustained a paralytic stroke February 5 and remained unconscious most of time until his death. The funeral was held at the Second Baptist church, Rev. Meyer and Rev. Boell conducting services. Internment was in the George cemetery. The deceased man was born in Morgan county, Illinois, June 21, 1865. He married Clara Newkirk at Broadlands, Ill., March 13, 1890. They had one son, Charles William, who, with the widow, survives him. The Bergfields settled in George in 1906. The deceased man was a valuable employee for the elevator company.

Rock Rapids Review, March 1, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Tade Boyenga

Tade Boyenga, Sr., living on a farm east of Little Rock, died Wednesday.

March 21, 1923. Rev. Aeilts conducted funeral services at the Reformed church in Little Rock Saturday afternoon. Interment was at Little Rock.

Rock Rapids Review, March 29, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Howard Bulley

Mrs. Howard Bulley, of Inwood, passed away at Sioux Falls. S, D., Friday, June 29, 1923. She was 29 years old. She had been in Sioux Falls hospital about a week. She seemed to be making a good recovery but on the day of her death she was taken with severe pain in her chest just after dinner and sank steadily. The funeral was held at the Methodist church at Inwood the following Sunday, Rev. T. S. Bassett conducting services. Interment was in Richland cemetery. Elizabeth Louise Mueller was born in Germany February 15, 1894. She came to America with her parents while she was an infant. She had lived in the Inwood vicinity for ten years. She was married to Howard Bulley June 19, 1914. To them were born five children, Arthur Leroy, Loraine Virgil, Bessie Ellen, Howard Vyrle and William Emerson, but only the last two survive her.

Rock Rapids Review, July 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs Wilhelm Frederick Busse

Mrs Wilhelm Busse died at Ellsworth, Minn., Thursday, May 31. 1923, from ailments incident to old age. She had been confined to her bed for a week and she was unconscious for some days before the end. Funeral services were held the following Saturday at the home. Rev. Jordan, of George was in charge. Burial was in the Baptist cemetery near George.

Born in Pilsum, Germany, October 30, 1846, Annie Brouwen came to America with her parents when she was 10 years old. The family settled on a farm near White Rock, Ill. She was married to Wilhelm Busse at Forreston, Ogle county, Ill., August 22, 1863. They went from there to Nebraska, from there to the vicinity of Grundy Center and Parkersburg, Ia., and later to Midland township in Lyon county. Four years ago they retired from farm life and moved to Ellsworth. On March 1, 1922, the husband died, and the widow went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Martin Kruger, near George. Later she returned to her own home in Ellsworth but lived only six weeks in her own home. Of thirteen children three died in infancy and those surviving are: Mrs Martin Kruger, George, Ia., Charles Busse, Ellsworth Minn., Mrs William Schultz, Luverne, Ia., Mrs Oney Herding, Adrian, Minn., Fred Busse, Rock Rapids, Ia., George Busse, Melvin, Ia., William Busse, Bigelow, Minn., Mrs Ike Hinrichs, Ellsworth, Minn., Wesley Busse, Ellsworth, Minn. and Mrs George Haley, Selby, SD. There are 45 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Mrs Busse was a woman of admirable qualities and has a host of friends. She was an active member of the Baptist church at George.

Rock Rapids Review, June 14, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Elva Christians

Elva; 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Christians died Friday, March 23,1923, at Little Rock.

Scarlet fever was the cause of death She was a bright little girl of pleasing manners and sunshiny disposition, and her passing casts gloom over the community. Mr: and Mrs. Christians are assured of the sympathy of all.

The funeral was held Sunday and the large attendance indicated the esteem in which the little one was held by her friends.

Rock Rapids Review, March 29, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Peter Clercx

Mrs. Peter Clercx died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Bruggemann, southwest of Larchwood, on Sunday, January 7. Death resulted from old age and complications. Mrs. Clercx was a devout Catholic and took much comfort in her last days in her religion. Her maiden name was Agnes Vrahan. She was born in the province of. Limburg, Ree?den, Holland, on January 9, 1842, and so at the time of her death was two days less than 75 years of age. She was married to Peter Clercx July 25, 1866. In 1879 they left Holland for America, and settled at Galena, Ill., Where they remained for four years and then removed to Potosia, Wis., living there eight years. In the spring of 1892 they came to Inwood and living there one year, settled near Larchwood. For the past ten years Mr. and Mrs. Clercx made their home with Mrs. Bruggemann. Solemn requiem high mass was celebrated at St. Mary's church by Rev. Father S.P. Roth

Rock Rapids Review, January 18, 1917
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Rev. Henry Dallman.

Rev. Henry Dallman, formerly a resident of George, died at his home at Parkersburg, Ia., on Sunday, March 11, 1917, after an illness covering many years. The deceased was born in Ostfriesland, Gemmny, in November, 1857, and was a few months less than 60 years old, In 1865 he came with his parents to

LeSeur, Minn., where they lived one year, from which, place they moved to Pekin, I11., and from there to Grundy county, Ia., in 1871. He became a minister of the gospel in the Baptist church in the early eighties, and held his first pastorate at Steamboat Rock, Ia. He became pastor of the First Baptist church north of George in 1895, and later organized the Second Baptist church in George, of which he was pastor for several years. After leaving George, he 'held the pastorate of several churches in South Dakota, and at the time of his demise , had been pastor for years at Parkersburg. He had been a lifelong sufferer with headaches and various aliments, including gallstones and during the year prior to his demise had several strokes of paralysis. The remains arrived in George last Thursday morning, and funeral services were held in the afternoon from the Baptist church, Rev. Jordan of George, Hack of Aberdeen and Dobrowalni of Emery SD., officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest beside those of his parents in Evergreen Lawn cemetery.

A large number of friends and reltives were here from a distance to attend the funeral. Deceased leaves to mourn his loss his beloved wife, son, Henry, of Sioux Falls, SD and two daughters, Anna and Sena of Parkersburg, besides several other relatives, among whom is W R. Dallman, of George.

Rock Rapids Review, March 20, 1917,Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Ben Dieken

ROCK RAPIDS - Funeral for Ben Dieken. 101, of Rock Rapids, was Jan. 12 at the Salem Reformed church in Little Rock with the Rev. Brian Hellenga officiating. Interment was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock. Mr. Dieken died Jan. 10 at the Rock Rapids hospital.

Ben Dieken was born March 12, 1882, at Pilsum. Germany, the son of Johanne and Margarte Hinrichs Dieken. He came to the United States in 1890, moving to Hartford, S.D. where he married Ida Vogt March 20, 1911. They lived there two years, then moved to the Ellsworth and Little Rock areas, where they farmed. They moved in to Little Rock in 1944 following their retirement. He resided in a Rock Rapids nursing home for the 18 years preceding his death.

He Is survived by his wife. Ida: two sons; John Dieken, Little Rock; Eldon Dieken, George; one daughter, Mrs. Cornelius (Martha) Christians, Ellsworth; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild.

[Newspaper Unknown, Published 1984, submitted by Gary Boomgaarden]

Ebe Joesten Ebben

Ebe Joesten Ebben died Tuesday, March 27, 1923, at George. His death came the day before his birthday. He was born in Germany March 28, 1865. On October 10, 1890, he was united in marriage to Freedkea Van Briesen. They came to America in 1891. For many years they lived near the First Presbyterian church southeast of George and later on the Martin Freerks farm northwest of George About four years ago they moved onto their own farm four-and-a-half miles southeast of George. Death came after he had contracted a severe cold which developed into heart trouble. He leaves his wife and two daughters, Anna and Hattie, all of whom were too ill to attend the funeral services, and three sons, Fred, Joe and Ben. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian church Friday, Rev. F. J. Beving being assisted by Rev. George Uden and Rev. J. Rops. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Walter G. Eder


Walter G. Eder, aged 34, prominent farmer of three miles southwest of Rock Rapids, took his own life while at home alone last Thursday afternoon. Despondency over ill health was the reason he gave for his act in a note which he left.

Mr. Eder had been to Sioux Falls the first of last week to consult doctors regarding his health and did not seem satisfied with their report. On Thursday he went to the fields in the morning and ate his dinner as usual. After dinner he made a trip to Rock Rapids to make some purchases and while he was in town Mrs. Eder and two daughters went to the home of hér husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Eder, who live on the next farm. When Mrs. Eder returned home she found the house locked and upon gaining entrance, by means of an extra key, she found her husband in an upstair bedroom.

Coroner A. H. Lockwood is of the belief that Mr. Eder took his life at about 2:30 o'clock and he was found at about 4:30 o'clock. In committing the act Mr. Eder used a small calibre shotgun. The charge was fired through the forehead.

Obituary of Mr. Eder, as written by Rev. E. H. Mueller, of the Immanuel Lutheran church and submitted to The Review, is printed below:

"It is doubtful whether this community was ever shocked before as it was by the news of the tragic death of Walter Eder by his own hand Thursday, July 19; but the sad news proved to be a sad fact. His death will ever remain a mystery as he was alone at the time of the tragedy. In a short note he left he gave as the cause his ill health and inability to work. In the same note he made some requests in regard to his funeral, even indicating the text on which he would like to have his funeral sermon preached. This, by no means solves the mystery, but only deepens it.

"Walter G. Eder, son of Mr. and Mrs.Geo. Eder, was born on a farm southwest of Rock Rapids December 13, 1893. He was baptized, instructed and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a faithful member of Immanel Lutheran church. On Feb. 18, 1920, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Blum, of near George. Two daughters were born to this union. They lived on a farm near the home place.

When home alone he took his life on Thursday, July 19. He reached the age of 34 years. seven months and six days. He leaves to mourn his untimely departure his bereaved wife, his two daughters, Mildred and Leona, his parents, his three brothers, Clarence of Owatonna, Minn., Elmer of Royalton, Wis., and Richard who is still at home, and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. In a special note he requested Rev. E. H. Mueller to preach his funeral sermon. With Mrs. Mueller at the organ a mixed choir, composed of the following sang two appropriate hymns: Edna Schmidt, Hazel Kostman, Ella Griesse, Josephine Winter, Carl Borman, Loren Griesse, Walter Griesse and Wm. Petersen. The following were pall bearers: Carl Olson, Elmer Wohlers, Otto Wohlers, Art Griesse, Richard Schoeneman and Louis Borman. Interment was in Riverview cemetery."Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Ole Erickson

Ole Erickson, of Inwood, died in Rock Rapids Tuesday, February 13. He was born in Norway October 27, 1846. When he was a babe of 2 years, he settled at Argyle, Wis., with his parents. In 1900 he moved to Inwood.

The Inwood Herald pays this tribute to him; "He was a cabinetmaker by trade and conducted a repair shop during the latter part of his residence here. He spent much spare time, in later years, reading, and studying the stars. He was a loyal, honest American citizen and a great friend of the birds and squirrels. He was quite often spoken of as "Uncle Ole". He was a very kindly disposed old gentleman who bore his troubles as well as his pain without complaining and he was appreciative of any act of kindness shown him. He was a victim of rheumatism for many years. Three children survive him, all living near Argyle, Wis.

Rock Rapids Review, March 1, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Henry Feldmann

Henry Feldmann. au old settler of Dale, died last Sunday of cancer of the stomach. He was born the 28th of August, 1840, in Hanover, Germany. He came to this country In 1867 and was married February 18, 1876, and leaves beside his bereaved wife seven children, three sons and four daughters, besides numerous relatives and friends to mourn his death. The. funeral was held from the Lutheran church and the interment took place at the Zion church cemetery on the 25th.

Rock Rapids Review, November 3, 1904
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Elmer Garnett

Elmer, the eleven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Garnett living east of town, died last Friday of ruptural appendicitis. The funeral was held from the M. E. church In this city Sunday afternoon. Elmer was an exceptionally bright and manly little fellow and was a favorite with his playmates, and his death is a severe blow to his parents.

The sorrowlng parents have the sympathy of all.

Rock Rapids Review, April 21, 1904
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Christ Geick Sr.

Christian F.W. Geick, Sr., died at his home in the city at 4:45 Saturday morning, February 25, after an illness of ten days. He had enjoyed exceptionally good health all his life, but on Tuesday Feb. 14, he had a sudden attack of asthma, from which he seemed to recover with the aid of a physcian's treatments. But on the following day he had another attack which effected his heart and kidneys. Mr. Geick, known especially by the children as "Grandpa Geick", was born May 17, 1848, at Marnitz, in Mecklenburg, Germany, and where he spent his younger days. On Jan. 17, 1872, he was united in marriage to Henrietta Rogmann, also of Marnitz, who preceded him in death 12 years ago. Soon after their marriage they emigrated to America, sailing from the old country April 16, 1873, and arriving in Lyon county June 9. He bought a farm in Wheeler township, Sioux county, where he farmed until the spring of 1902, when he moved to his farm near Rock Rapids, now occupied by his son, C.W. Geick. While living in Wheeler township he was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church near Hull, of which church he is one of the charter members. He went through all the hardships of the pioneer days. Due to a numver of crop failures in the seventies he was obliged to move to Sheldon with his family, where he found employment as a day laborer. He had the misfortune of losing his faithful wife in 1916. In 1920 he was married for the second time to Mrs. Mary Link, who died in 1924. He leaves to mourn his loss his sons Henry, Christ, Herman and William, all of Rock Rapids, one brother, William, in Clayton county, Iowa, 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild and other relatives and friends. One son, Fredrieck, died in infancy and another, Otto, died in 1916. His only daughter, Mrs H.D. Ossenfort, died in October, 1927. He would have been 80 years old, had he lived until May 17.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Immanuel Lutheran church, and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. E.H. Mueller. Internment was in St. Paul's Lutheran cemetery near Hull. Short services were also held in St. Paul's church where Rev. Mueller was assisted by the pastor, Rev. E. Goeringer.

Henry Jansen, L.H. Wittrock, Fred Kemna, Fred Lauck, Wm. Aldenburg and Hoken Olsen acted as pallbearers. Music was furnished at the funeral services by a quartet, Richard Eders, Ray Brinkman, J.P. Kroger and Carl Borman.

Rock Rapids Review, March 1, 1928
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Diederich Groen

Diederich Groen, well-known Midand township farmer succumbs to severe intestinal ailment infection at his home four and one half miles southwest of Ellsworth on Wednesday.

Diedrich (Dick) Groen was 63 years old and had been a resident of this vicinity for 25 years or more. He is survived by his widow and eleven children. Two children preceded him in death.

Funeral services will take place at 1:00 o’clock from the home Saturday and at 1:30 at Bethel Reformed church in Midland township, the Rev. DeBuhr officiating.

[Ellsworth News, Published 1935, submitted by Gary Boomgaarden]

____ Habbinga

The 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Habbinga, south of town, died Thursday of last week from an attack of pneumonia, caused by having been overheated in driving some cattle. Funeral services were held last Friday, Rev. Baatke, assisted by Rev. Urlaub, _officiating. The bereaved parents and sisters have our sympathy in this sad hour of their bereavement.

Rock Rapids Review, January 18, 1917
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

John Habbinga

John Hahbinga, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Habbinga, who live southwest of George, died Tuesday, January 8. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in George Friday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Baetke, assisted by Rev. L. C. Urlaub. The deceased young man had been troubled for several days from hemorrhages of the mouth.

Rock Rapids Review, January 18. 1917
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Hans Heerde

Mrs. Hans Heerde (Catherine Peters) was born April 29, 1849, in the village of Warfen, Holstein, Germany. She was baptized in infancy and when 14 years of age confirmed in the doctrines of the Lutheran church. When 21 years of age she, with her mother and a brother, came to Davenport, Iowa. On April 11, 1872, she was united in marriage to Hans Heerde, who preceded her in death six years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Heerde resided in Davenport until 1884, when they moved onto a farm near Stockton, Iowa. In the spring of the year 1900 they came to Lyon county and lived on their farm southwest of Alvord until the year of 1912, when they retired and moved to Alvord, where the deceased has lived ever since. For a number of years Mrs. Heerde has not enjoyed the best of health, but was able to be up and about. On April 29, her birthday, she became seriously ill. Everything possible was done to relieve her of her suffering. On Saturday, May 19, at one o'clock in the afternoon she passed away.

Mrs. Heerde was the mother of 12 children of whom 6 have preceded her to entermty. Surviving children are: Margaret (Mrs. Fred Heyden), of Alvord; Katie (Mrs. Henry Holtz), of Inwood; Julius, of Inwood; Bertha (Mrs. Johannes Schemmel), of New Liberty; Charlie, of Terril; Ella (Mrs. Rudolph Bauer), of Doon; 30 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one brother, John Peters, of Davenport, also survive her. Besides these she had many more distant relatives and a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Mrs. Heerde was a faithful wife and a devoted mother. She attained the age of 79 years and 20 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the house and at 2 o'clock in the Lutheran church, Rev. Erwin H. Jahr, officiating. The Lutheran choir sang several selections and Miss Esther Meyer sang a solo. Interment was in the Alvord Lutheran cemetery.

Rock Rapids Review, May 24, 1928
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Pieter (Peter) Heeren

Peter Heeren Rites Held Here
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1935
Funeral held Tuesday afternoon from Methodist Church

Peter Heeren who passed away Saturday evening at his home here was buried from the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Rotshafer officiating. Peter was born November 25, 1859 at Niewe Beerta, Groningen, Netherlands. He was 75 years old at the time of his death. He lived the first 22 years of his life in the Netherlands.

At this time he came to America and lived for more than a year in Michigan. He then went back to the Netherlands where he was united in marriage, March 8, 1884 to Miss Annie Julius. To this union seven children were born.

Shortly after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Heeren came back to America locating at first near Freeport, IL., where he was engaged as a laborer for 4 years. In 1888 they came to Lyon County and later to Osceola. They lived on a farm five miles west of Sibley for twenty-two years. In 1914 they moved to town.

Mr. Heeren took great interest in his work. He was a hard working man, a good neighbor and a kind father and husband. He leaves to mourn him, his wife, four sons, Simon of Elkton, S.Dak., Peter of Adrian, Minn., Harry and Clarence of Sibley; three daughters, Mrs. Jennie Hulzebos of Pipestone, Minn., Mrs. Isebrands of Ocheyedan and Minnie of Sibley. Eighteen grandchildren, one brother, Carl of Little Rock and a sister, Mrs. Harm Kruize of Little Rock.

Submitted by Pam (Heeren) Schweigert

Peter Hendricks

Peter Hendricks, who had been ailing for some time, died at his home in townon Wednesday, January 10th, death being due to old age. The deceased was born in Bunderhee, Ostfriesland, Germany, in April, 1836, and was 80 years, nine months and several days old at the time of his demise. He came to America in 1865, and later moved to this community, living for several years at Ashton, Ia., and later moved to George, where he and his ever faithful daughter lived together for the past several years, his wife having preceded him to the Great Beyond about five years ago. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a devoted follower of Christ. Funeral services were held last Saturday aftemoon, Rev. Boell, assisted by Rev. Meyeroff, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest at Ashton Ia. The deceased leaves to mourn his loss seven sons and daughters, besides many other relatives and friends, who have our sympathy.

Rock Rapids Review, Jan 18, 1917
Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Alma J. Home

Mrs. Alma J. Home recently died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. J. Miller, at Los Angeles, Cal. She was a sister of Mrs. W. P. Page and Mrs. Bessie Schemmer, of Alvord, and Lou Boggess, of Hull. At one time she lived in Alvord. She had been an invalid for years and recently suffered injuries in a fall which hastened her death. She. was 51 years old.

Rock Rapids Review, July 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Arthur Hopmans

Death darkened the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hopmans, five miles south of Rock Rapids, Tuesday, March 27, when at 4 o'clock in the afternoon it claimed their 2 year old son, Arthur, the baby of the family. Double pneumonia was the cause, the little one having been sick for twelve days. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon, services being conducted the home and at the Lutheran church at Alvord by Rev; E. H. Jahr. There was a large attendance, bespeaking the sympathy felt for the bereaved family.

Rock Rapids Review, April 5, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

John B. Johnson

John B. Johnson, a veteran of the civil war and an old settler in Lyon county, died at his residence in Garfield township on January 24, 1917.

Comrade Johnson settled in Garfield among the first settlers in the county, coming here from Elkader, Ia. The grasshopper pest then prevailing here induced him to remove to Nebraska, but after a few years there he returned to the vicinity of Elkader and then again returned to Lyon county about 20 years ago.

Born in Hanover, Germany, October 23, 1839, Mr. Johnson was reared in the Lutheran faith, emigrated to the United States in 1860, served two years in the union army, was married in 1867 to Friedericke Kohlscheck lived for a while in Clayton county, came to Lyon county in 1905 and remained here until his death. The cause of his death was dropsy of the lungs.

Thirteen children were born to the Johnson’s. One died in infancy. The deceased man is survived by his faithful wife, six sons, six daughters, thirty-three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The funeral was held Saturday. The procession left the home in Garfield township about noon. Services were conducted at the German Lutheran church, South, in Rock Rapids by Rev. F. O. Claussen. Interment was in Riverview cemetery. The services at the grave were in charge of members of Dunlap post No 147. G. A. R.

The Iowa Soldiers Roster gives the following record of his service:
Johnson, J. B.; age, 23; residence, Clayton county, Ia.; nativity. Hanover. Germany; enlisted, December 27, 1862; mustered out, May 27, 1864, expiration of service." To complete this official record the following; might added: "Final muster out January 24. 1917."

[Rock Rapids Review; Feb 1 1917; submitted by Gary Boomgaarden]

Margaret Juber

Norwalk, CA - Margaret Mary Agatha Healy Juber was born on Feb. 27, 1912 in Alvord, Lyon Co, IA to Daniel John Healy and Minnie Lucy Weisensee, both from Iowa. She was always very proud that she skipped a grade when a child in school. She graduated from St.Joseph's Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls, SD in 1929 and went on to secretarial school. Her best friend, Maxine Hisel, introduced her to Joseph Forest Juber at a street fair in 1929. Margaret married him on April 28, 1930 in Sioux Falls and Maxine married Ed Entringer. Margaret, Joe, Ed, and Maxine remained fast friends for the rest of their lives. When Joe's sister, Hazel, retired, they bought the Del Ray Cafe from her. Margaret did the cooking there for about a year and a half until they sold it. She then began working at Lincoln High School as a cook until they decided to move to California in Nov. 1968. This fulfilled a dream Joe and Margaret had since they were first married. When they reached California, she became the cook at the newly opened Los Alamitos Hospital where she worked for 13 years until she retired at the age of 70. This did not mean that she slowed down because they spent their retired lives traveling and spending time with their children throughout the country. Her family also included 31 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Margaret died on Mar. 27 of this year in Norwalk, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, on Jan. 27, 1992; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Kurvink Murra and Magdalen Lois Bell; and by her oldest son, Duane Joseph Juber. Surviving her are her sisters Kathryn Mary Stoebner, Dorothy Jean Romain, Anna Patricia Ogden Olson, all of Sioux Falls, SD, and Lois Mae Van Ash of Pierre, SD. She is also survived by her remaining 8 children; Dolores Hodkinson of Sioux Falls; Ron Juber of Roosevelt, UT; Gene Juber of Norwalk, CA; Mary Jeys of Potranco (San Antonio), TX; Frank Juber of Brunswick, GA; Richard Juber of Duchesne, UT; Margie Bradbury of Glendale, CA; and Bob Juber of Norwalk, CA.

Margaret was interred at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, CA on Apr. 3, of this year. Bearing her to her final rest next to her husband were her grandsons; James Juber, David Juber, Tony Hodkinson, Jaime Becerra, and John Zullo, and great-grandson, Eddie Holmes.

[Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - April 11, 2006, contributed by A. Newell]

Henry Julius

Henry Julius, formerly of Lyon county, died at Ellsworth. Minn., Tuesday, April 3, 1923, after years of patient suffering from rheumatism. He had been confined to his bed for two years. The following sons and daughters mourn his passing: Simon Julius, living northwest of George; Klaas Julius, of Midland township; Heybo, Hilko, Jennie and Abbie, of Ellsworth; Mrs. Martin K. DeBerg, of Little Rock; Mrs. Harm Mulder, of George. He was a man of fine qualities, industrious and self-sacrificing and much devoted to his family. The funeral was held last Thursday at the home at Ellsworth, and at the German Reformed church in Midland township, services being conducted by Rev. H. J. Noeding and Rev. Russman. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Patrick Kelly


Mrs. Patrick Kelly Was a Resident of Lyon County For Forty three Years


Funeral services for Mrs. Patrick Kelly were held Friday morning at Holy Name Catholic church, solemn requiem high mass being celebrated by Rev. Garf, of Alvord, assisted by Rev. Dullard, of Rock Rapids; Rev. Cooper, of LeMars and Rev. Roth, of Larchwood.

Jane Barron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barron, was born in Illinois in 1861 and moved with her parents to Benton county, Iowa, when seven years of age. On Jan. 2, 1884, she was united in marriage with Patrick Kelly and a year later they came to Lyon county. They settled on a farm near Alvord, where they lived until 1919, when they retired from the farm and moved to their home on West Main street, Rock Rapids.

Mrs. Kelly is survived by her husband, four sons and daughters, Charles, of Des Moines, John, Joseph, and Mrs. Spain, of Alvord, Clarence, Agnes, Florence and Lucille, of Rock Rapids. She is also survived by Mrs. Julia Allen and Mrs. James Scallen, of Des Moines, sisters; William and Chris Barron, of Cedar Rapids, brothers; and four grandchildren.Mrs. Kelly had not been well for a number of years but her condition was not considered serious until a few weeks before her death. Then a complication of diseases set in, which she was unable to withstand and she passed away Wednesday, August 8.

The deceased woman was a faithful member of the Catholic faith and an active worker in the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a devoted wife and mother and a kind and sympathetic neighbor. She will be missed, not only by her relatives, but by a large circle of friends.

Many friends of Mrs. Kelly from Alvord and other neighboring towns were present to pay their last respect to their long-loved neighbor.

Six nephews of Mrs. Kelly acted as pall bearers. They were Clarence Barron, Valentine Clinch, Everett Kelly, Edward Allen, Earl Barron and John Allen.

Interment was in Holy Name cemetery, the grave services being conducted by Father Dullard, of Rock Rapids, and Father Cooper, of LeMars.

Among the out-of-town relatives and friends who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. James Scallon, Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. William Barron and son, Earl, of Cedar Rapids; Frank Barron. Omaha, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Clinch and family, of Stanton, Nebr.; Joe Clinch and Valentine Clinch. of Norfolk, Nebr.; Rev. L. J. Cooper. of LeMars; Teresa Ennis, LeMars; Patrick Allen and Frank Allen, Alton; Mrs. Theo. Wagner and daughter, of Alton; Mrs. George Nugent, of Everly; Mrs. Melvin Erickson, Sheldon, and Mrs. Julia Allen, Des Moines.

Rock Rapids Review, August 16, 1928
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Joseph King

Joseph King, brother of Ross King, of Rock Rapids, and father of Rosille King, of Edna, died Thursday, April 5, at his home north of Boyden after a three weeks illness with the flu. He had been troubled with cancer of the liver for some time. Interment was at Boyden beside the body of his, wife, who passed away about two years ago. Mr. King was 69 years of age and had lived in this part of the county for about forty yéars. He was well liked by all who knew him. He is mourned by the following sons amd daughters: Joseph F. King Savannah, Mo.; Rosille King, Edna; Mrs. A. L. Schirm and Nelson King Canton, S. D.; Misses Dorothy and Cordelia King, who are attending school at Cherokee. Brothers and sisters are Ross King, Rock Rapids; Israel King and Mrs.Cordelia McCapes, Vermillion, S. D., and `Mrs..Jennie Hillers, Des Moines.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Henry Klahn

Henry Klahn died Saturday, April 14, in Rock Rapids, of senility after an illness of three or four days. Brief services were held at the Lockwood & Pirwitz chapel Tuesday, and the remains, accompanied by John Klahn and Albert Klahn, were taken to New Liberty, Ia., the old family home, for burial. The deceased man was born November 11, 1852, in Germany and came to America when he was 5 years old. He spent most of his life at New Liberty. He came to Lyon county twelve or fifteen years ago. He is survived by two brothers, John, of Rock Rapids, and Charles, of Alvord, and one sister, Mrs. Anne Tietgen, of Moline, Ill.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Folkert Kuper

Folkert Kuper, Sr., died Thursday March 31, 1923, at the home of a son, C. F. Kuper, in Kanaranzi township, Minnesota. He was just past 84 years of age. The funeral was held at Ebenezer church on the state line north of Rock Raplds, Rev. H. J. Noeding conducting the services. Interment was at Ackley, Ia., the old family home. The following sons mourn the passing of their fatlier: Cornelius F., of Kanaranzi township; Folkert Jr., of Midland township; George, of Lennox, S. D. and Harm, of Ackley.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Juliet Ruff Ladd

After a prolonged illness following a stroke of paralysis which she suffered two and a half years ago and after having been in the Luverne hospital abouf three weeks, Mrs. Juliet Ruff Ladd, wife of Milton D. Ladd, of Rock Rapids, passed away at Luverne, Minn., at 5 o'clock in the afternoon Friday, April 20, aged 74 years.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Congregational church in Rock Rapids, Rev. Leonard Spooner conducting the services. Appropriate music was rendered by Mrs. Raymond Fuller and Mrs. Leonard Spooner, with Mrs. P. G. Smith at the piano. Interment was in Riverview cemetery. The deceased. woman was born at Florida, N. Y., January 22, 1849. On December 11, 1869, she was married to Mr. Ladd, who survives her. They resided in and near Florida for twelve years and moved to

Iowa in 1881. They came to Lyon county in 1884 and settled on a farm seven miles southwest of Rock Rapids, where they lived up to a year ago, when they moved to Rock Rapids. Despite the paralytic stroke, Mrs. Ladd was able to be up and around until some weeks ago, when her condition became such it was thought advisable to take her to a hospital, where she gradually declined until death came to relieve her.

She was a woman of fine qualities, a faithful wife and a loving mother,devoted to her family and her home, and the memory of her kindly ministrations will always he a sweet benediction to those she has left behind.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ladd, but only one daughter, Mrs. John Sinclair, who lives near

Rock Rapids, and one son, Lauren Ladd, of Hardwick, Minn., survive the mother.

Rock Rapids Review, April 26, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Amalie Lemke

Amalie Grotejohn, daughter of Mr and Mrs Christopher Grotejohn, was born March 16, 1866, at Platteville, Wis. She spent her early girlhood in this vicinity, where on April 4, 1886, she was united in marriage with Henry Karl Lemke, of Paris, Iowa. After their marriage they lived on various farms near Hull, Ellsworth, Minn., and Steen, Minn., before settling in Lyon county in 1890. They have lived around and in Rock Rapids since that time. Following the death of Mr Lemke, May 4, 1925, Mrs Lemke and daughter Mattie, have continued to make their home on Tama street. Mrs Lemke is survived by all her children, George Lemke, Mrs Henry Claussen, and Miss Mattie Lemke, of Rock Rapids, and Mrs Ernest Wibbens of Big Stone City, S.D. She is survived also by a sister, Mrs Harry Hollenbeck, of Lester, and six brothers, Henry Grotejohn, of Morris, Minn., John Grotejohn, of Platteville, Wis., William Grotejohn, of Reading, Minn., Gust Grotejohn, of Gary, SD., Frank Grotejohn, of Sioux Falls, SD., and Harry Grotejohn, of Flandreau, SD. and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, at 2 o'clock, at the Immanuel Lutheran church, and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. E.H. Mueller, who spoke both in the German and English language. A quartet, composed of Miss Ella Borman, Miss Josephine Winter, Richard Eder and Carl Borman, sang two appropriate anthems. Internment was in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers were: Fred Wohlers, Fred Kenna, Geo. Smith, Henry Jansen, John Nagle and Dan McGraw.

Mrs Lemke was a kind hearted woman, always ready to lend a hand, where she could be of service. She was of a sunny disposition and will be sadly missed by her many relatives and friends.

Rock Rapids Review, January 19, 1928
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Henry K Lemke

After six days of helplessness and practical unconsciousness as a result of a stroke of paralysis, Henry Karl Lemke passed away at 12:15 o'clock Monday afternoon at his home in Rock Rapids. He was just past 71 years of age.

Mr. Lemke had been in ill health for some time, but was able to be up and around most of the time until the last few weeks. He had heart trouble and high blood pressure. Two weeks ago he was take to McKennan hospital for an examination, but the doctors were unable to do anything for him. The stroke came at noontime Tuesday of last week while he was in bed. It affected his right side and left him unable to speak and helpless. His condition continued critical, and on Monday morning he suffered much pain, so that death came to him as a relief.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, the procession moving from the home to the North Lutheran church, of which the deceased man had become a member about a year ago. Pallbearers were Dan McGraw, Mert McLaughlin, Fritz Langfeldt, Henry Jansen, George Smith and Fred Kemna. Rev. A.H. Landgrebe conducted the services. The large congregation showed that the deceased man had many friends. Internment was in Riverview cemetery.

Henry Karl Lemke was born in Clayton county, Iowa, near Garnavillo, January 3, 1854. In 1870 he moved to Sioux county and worked on a farm. Here he met Minnie Grotjohn, who had come out from Platteville, Wis., to keep house for a brother. On April 4, 1886, they were married at Platteville. They lived near Hull, Ia., for a year, near Ellsworth, Minn, for a year and near Steen, Mn., about two years before moving to Lyon county in 1890. For a time they farmed the Kachelhoffer place west of Rock Rapids, now occupied by Emil VanAnne. Mr Lemke worked several years for Roach, Keck & Wold on their farms. He also worked five years for the Illinois Central under Ed Robinson as section boss. From 1909 to 1917 he was in the employ of Ed Barron, who ran a livery stable in Rock Rapids. He was a lover of good horses and drove all over Lyon county and the neighboring country, night and day. This was before automobiles were in common use, and Mr Lemke played an important part in the transportation of doctors and others on business trips. Few men knew the roads better than he. For two years after the Barron stable closed its doors, the automobile having put the livery horse out of business, Mr Lemke was in the employ of Dr. Moon, veterinarian. During more recent years he was in the employ fo the city of Rock Rapids on the streets. He was a hard worker, proud of doing his job well and faithful to every trust, no matter how humble.

Thirteen years ago he underwent a serious operation on one of his knees, and the had an effect on his health. Five years ago he was overcome by the heat. His heart had been giving him much trouble, and he often was confined to his home. He hated to be idle, however, and whenever it was at all possible, he kept at work. He was always anxious to do his part, even when failing health made it hard for him to get around.

The deceased man is survived by his widow, one son and three daughters. George Lemke farms near Rock Rapids, and the daughters are Mrs Henry Claussen, living near Rock Rapids; Mrs E.J. Wibbens, living near Adrian, Minn., and Miss Mattie Lemke, living at home. Mrs Charles Wenzel, of Alvord, is a sister, and he had four brothers, August, Worthington, Mn., John, Mankato, Mn., Louis, Minneapolis, Fred, Cedar Rapids.

Rock Rapids Review, May 7, 1925
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs P. F. Levins

Mrs P. F. Levins, of Flandreau, SD., formerly of Ellsworth, Minn., and Rock Rapids, passed away at Flandreau Friday, March 20. She had been ill since last August and had been to Rochester, Minn., and Sioux Falls for medical treatment. Deceased was born at Green Island, Ia., July 1, 1863. She was educated at Mrs. Darling's Select School for Girls at Miles, Ia. After completing her collegiate work, she taught school near Hawarden, Ia., and in the high school at Fulda, Minn. She was married to Mr. Levins at Hawarden March 27, 1895. They lived in Rock Rapids some years ago when Mr. Levins was in partnership with P.H. McCarty in publication of The Review. They moved to Flandreau about 18 years ago. There, Mr. Levins is publisher of the Moody County Enterprise. Mrs Levins was active in church and civic affairs at Flandreau. She organized the Catholic Daughters of America there and was the first grand regent.

Rock Rapids Review, March 26, 1925
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs J. T. Long

Word was recieved in this city this morning that Mrs. J. T. Long had died at the home of her daughter at Hudson, SD., where she has been for the past couple months. Mr. Long and son were present when she died. Mrs. Long had been sick the past year. and a couple months ago was taken to Sioux Falls for treatment, from whence she was taken to the home of her daughter at Hudson. She had been a resident of Rock Raplds for a. number of years and was highly respected by all our people. She has suffered greatly during her sickness, and there was no hopes of her ever getting any better, which takes away part of the sting of death. She wlll at least be relieved of her suffering.

The remains will be interred at Hudson. We are unable to learn the particulars.

Rock Rapids Review, April 21, 1904
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Fred Lursen

Fred Lursen, aged 82, died at George Monday, July 9, 1923. The funeral was held on the following

Thursday, services being conducted by Rev. Boell. and Rev. Uhden. Interment was in the George cemetery. The deceased man was born at Dietzemer, Hammrich, Eastfriesland, February 9, 1841. In November, 1868, he was married to Miss Toebiena Asch. To this union ten children were born, five of whom preceded their father in death. Thirty-nine years ago the family came to America, making its home at Freeport, Ill., for twenty-four years. From there it moved to South Dakota and lived there for four years. Then it came to Lyon county, Ia., and for six years lived three mile north of George. Five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Luersen moved to George. Those remaining to mourn his departure are his wife and five children: Class, living east of George; Mrs. J. Henken, of Minnesota; Weert. and Mrs. Johnson, of Freeport, Ill., and Mrs. H. J. Klinkenborg, of George.

Rock Rapids Review, July 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Matthew McGuire

Matthew McGuire, Sr., aged 83, was found dead in bed at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. J. Whalen, Wednesday morning. He had gone to bed at the usual time the night before. He awoke about 3 a. m. and had a drink of milk. When other members of the household arose at the usual time, they discovered he had passed away during the night. Mr. McGuire was one of the pioneers of Sioux county, having home to Iowa from Highland, Wis., in 1871 and homesteaded near the present site of Perkins. He lived there until poor health compelled him to make his home with his daughter, with whom he had lived several years. He was married to Jane Wood, of Hull, Ia., who died in 1894, leaving twelve children, the youngest being a babe of 6 months.

The funeral was held at Larchwood Saturday. All members of the family were present with the exception of Mrs. Kate Kimball, Fingal, N. D. Those present from out-of~town included Mr. and Mrs. James McGuire and Mr. and Mrs. Matt McGuire, Canova, S. D.; Ed McGuire, Sioux City; Isaac McGuire, Lake Benton, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. H. Sullivan, Rockford, N. D.; Hans Fredrickson, Holland, Minn.; Mrs. Rose McKinster, Ledgerwood, N. D.; Mrs. H. Christensen, Holland, Minn.; Martin Buckley, Rock Valley, and Mr. and Mrs. Ferry Aurit, Rock Valley. Mr. McGuire was a gentleman of fine qualities and had a host of friends who join with the family in mourning his passing.

Rock Rapids Review, March 29, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Bertha Moberly-Wick

Bertha Moberly-Wick, daughter of Chas. and Nancy Moberly, was born in Black Hawk connty, Iowa, Nov. 11th,1870, and died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1904, aged 33 years, 2 months and 10 days.

ln October 1875 she moved with her parents to Mshaska county, Iowa. During her seventeenth year she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. was baptized and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Peorla, Ia. In the spring of l891 she removed wlth her parents to Lester, Iowa, and transferred her membership to the Methodist Episcopal church here.

On December 21, 1893, she was married Henry A. Wick, since which time her home has been in or near Lester.

Four children have been born to Brother and Sister Wick, three of whom are living. two boys and the little girl only 7 days old. These with the father and the members of her own father's family, six brothers and the father and mother are left to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother, sister and daughter.

In all of these capacities she has proved herself faithful and true, a devoted Christian ever manifesting ln her life the real Christ spirit. With those of her own family is joined a large circle of friends who knew and valued her great worth and who blend their sorrows with those. Her faithfulness in the home was like that of Martha but with this she blended the peculiar devotion of Mary to her Savior. Truly she had chosen that good part.

Her last hours were especially brlght. On Friday night those about the bedside thought the end had come. She seemed to be having a vision of the Spirit land. Her words were, "Mother I see the Savior now, he is holding out his arms to me." The next day she told those in attendance of the beautiful vlslon of the night before that none could describe the beauty of the Heavenly land and said how she wished to go, but could not leave the husband and the chlldren.

During Saturdav and Saturday night she was fully in possession of her faculties and conversed freely with those about her. About 1:30 Sunday morning she began to sink again and at 10 minutes of two she passed to be wlth her Christ and with the two sisters and the baby boy who had gone before. `

This was a Christian's death. It gives us new hope of the life beyond. It gives us sorrow, but wlth lt a new peace in this life.

During her last hours she asked that her former pastor. Rev. E. C. Richards, now of Pocahontas, be sent for to conduct the funeral services, this with all her other requests was faithfully carried out.

Rock Rapids Review, March 3, 1904
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

James Albert Myers

James Albert Myers, the beloved son of David and Irene Myers, commenced his earthly journey January 6, 1867. The ship of life thus launched sailed bravely over life's billows until the eve of October 22, 1917, when the Great Master spoke, saying, "Well done, Jim. Step into the haven of rest." His early years were spent on the fame near New Port in Jackson township, Jones county. His parents being pioneers, James was reared in the purity and simplicity of those days, a healthy and robust boy. On March 16, 1887, he chose as his life companion Eva Storry. Thirty years of happy life were theirs to enjoy together. To this union was born one son, Albert, who with the brave mother and wife ministered to his wants to the very end. Loving care and sympathy were from his brothers, sisters and friends. In spite of all, death comes silently, ruthlessly. The Great Master bids one to lay down the burden and rest, and it is so. All must heed his call. But the dear memories left with us are much appreciated. As the dear husband waited so near the shore for the boatsman so near to bear him away on death's mysterious journey, he manifested a great interest in his soul's destination. He called for a minister of the gospel and requested those about him to sing and pray and assured them that all was well with his soul and that he was ready to go. On the heartbroken wife and son, whose plans in life are so rudely shattered and on the lonely brothers and sisters, the tender sympathy of friends and neighbors are richly bestowed. But best of all is the divine assurance that by faith we may meet him in that better land. He leaves to mourn his loss brothers and sisters as follows; Josiah Myers, Anamosa, Ia.; Samuel Myers, Glidden, Ia.; Mrs John Easterly, Olin, Ia.; William Myers, Anamosa, Ia.; Mrs Asher Smith, Clinton, Ia.; Mrs H.P. Martin, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Mrs. Sadie Norton, Olin, Ia.; John A. Myers, Los Angles, Calif.; Frank S. Myers, Martelle, Ia.; Mrs Conrad Hotz, Morley, Ia.; Mrs Hannah Jefferis, Cedar Rapids,Ia. Deceased brothers and sisters are David Myers, Irvin Myers and Mrs Kate Gilmore.

In 1893 he moved to Rock Rapids, Ia., and he leaves here a host of friends to mourn his demise.

Rock Rapids Review, Nov. 15, 1917
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Clara Renken

Clara, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Renken, of George, died Tuesday, March 20, 1923, at the home of her parents, grip causing death.

The little one would hive been 1 year old on April 2. Rev. F. M. Bunge conducted funeral services at the Lutheran church last Thursday. Interment was in the George cemetery.

Rock Rapids Review, March 29, 1923,
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Maria Ryan

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Maria Ryan, who died at her home on Sunday afternoon, December 31, were held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Name church. Rev. Father Dullard officiated. Internment was in the Holy Name cemetery.

Mrs Ryan had been a resident of Rock Rapids for the past several years. She was one of the well known and highly respected residents of this section and the news of her passing came as a shock to her many friends. She had been ill for many weeks and although she suffered greatly during her illness she bore her sufferings with patience and fortitude of a true Christian character. Always a kind and loving wife and mother, she was one of those exceptional characters who make the world better by the splendid lives they live.

Mrs. Ryans maiden name was Maria Kelly. She was born in County Longford, Ireland, eighty four years ago and came to America when a young girl. She resided for a time in New York and then came west. She was married at Freeport, Ill., to Patrick Ryan, who passed away eleven years ago. For many years Mr. Ryan was connected with the Illinois Central railroad company in the capacity of roadmaster, and the family resided successively at Freeport, Nora and Galena in Illinois. They came to Rock Rapids sixteen years ago and it was in this city that Mr. Ryan passed away. Mrs. Ryan was the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Kelly, who died several years ago in Carroll, Iowa, at the age of 108 years.

Nine children were born to Mrs. Ryan. One, Miss Lizzie Ryan, passed away in Rock Rapids 14 years ago, and one in infancy. The children who survive her are as follows: Miss Harriett Ryan and Miss Margaret Ryan, Rock Rapids; Mrs. Mary R. Grant, Freeport, Ill.; Mrs. Theresa Galbraith, Elizabeth, Ill.; Mrs. Kate R. Taylor, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Thos. A. Dean, Casper, Wyo.; John K. Ryan, San Francisco, Cal. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

Rock Rapids Review, Jan. 11, 1917
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Henry Sauter

Mrs. Henry Sauter died at George Wednesday, January 14, 1924, after an illness following a third stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held at the Lutheran church at George Friday afternoon. The deceased woman was born at Cleveland, O., in 1858. Her first husband, Walter B. Ecker, passed away about forty-two years ago. She married Mr. Sauter at Flanagan, Ill., and they moved to Lyon county in 1892. They farmed up to four years ago, when they moved to George. She is survived by her husband and the following sons and daughters: Will Ecker, George; Frank Ecker, Lemmon, S. D.; Phil Sauter, Lismore, Minn.; Henry Sauter and Theodore Sauter, George; Mrs. Alice Forrest, Greene, N. Y., and Miss Anna Sauter, George. Jack Sauter, after whom the George American Legion post is named, lost his life in the world War.

Rock Rapids Review, January 22, 1925
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Simon 0. Scheie

Simon O. Scheie died at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4,1923, at Inwood. The funeral was held Saturday at the North Lutheran church in Inwood. Interment was in the family plot near the church, beside the remains of his wife.

Rock Rapids Review, July 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Jacob Scheppel

Jacob Scheppel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Scheppel, of Inwood, died at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning, July 3, 1923. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at, the Reformed church. He had been studying for the ministry, and his health broke down at college and again at seminary. Since his return from school he had preached several times at the Reformed church at Inwood and also had supplied at Fairview, S. D. He became confined to his bed a week before his death.

Rock Rapids Review, July 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. John Schlimme

Mrs. John Schlimme, who, as Carrie Cross, is remembered as a teacher in the Doon rural schools some thirty or so years ago, recently died in NewYork after an illness with stomach trouble. Her home was in Minneapolis, and she had been visiting her daughters, Mrs. Lucille Jones and Miss Mildred Schlimme in New York. Her husband also survives her. Mrs.C. Bornholdt, of Doon, is a sister of Mr. Schllmme. The funeral was held in Minneapolis, and Mrs. Bornholdt and Mrs. Fred Peters went up from Alvord.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. Henry B. Schoon

Death came suddenly to Mrs. Henry B. Schoon, mother of Mrs. Herman Foelrichs and Mrs. Claus Martens, of George, Monday, January 5, 1924, at Sibley. She had been helping care for T. G. Tiddens, and she was at the Tiddens .home when stricken. She would have been 50 years old this week, having been born in Germany January 20, 1874. She came to America at the age of 4. She was married to Henry B. Schoon at Rockford, Ill., in 1892. The family moved to Sibley in 1909.

Rock Rapids Review, January 22, 1925
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs J. B. Shurr

Many from this vicinity were in attendance at the funeral services at the Methodist Episcopal church at Luverne, Minn., to pay their last respects to one of Lyon county's real pioneers, Mrs J. B. Shurr. Services were held at 2;30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and burial was made in the Luverne cemetery.

Harriet Cackett was born in England April 14, 1846. When but a little girl she came to America with her parents and for a time lived in New York state. The family then moved to Wisconsin, where they remained for several years before going back to New York to make their home and where Harriet Cackett grew to womanhood.

She was married to John B. Shurr in 1865, and came to Lyon county in 1870. They located shortly after their arrival in the middle west, on a school section in Iowa on what has been known for many years as the "Lone Tree Farm". Their trip to this country was made with an ox team, having to ford rivers, creeks and sloughs this side of the Blue Earth river. The first home was only a dugout in the shadow of a huge cottonwood tree, which has been a landmark to many for over fifty years. The only neighbors of the Shurrs for a long time were the Indians, who seldom proved troublesome, except to beg for bread and other food.

Mrs. Shurr was left along with the children considerably, for in the earliest days provisions could only be procurred from Sioux City and LeMars, and these trips caused much dread and anxiety to the brave little mother. She knew the dangers of the long trips by ox team over the prairies, which Mr Shurr was occasionally forced to make. Not only were the Indians a menace but with the winter came the blizzards and with the warm weather came the prairie fires and grasshoppers or other pests.

It took a strong spirit to withstand the ordeals of the early day and Mrs Shurr seemed to be possessed with such. She was a wonderful Christian woman, never losing her faith in the Supreme Being, even thru her deepest trials. She was always ready to help those in distress, often acting as doctor or nurse for those who later settled near her, and at times, when a minister could not be present, acted in that capacity in time of death.

She and Mr Shurr were charter members of the Congregational churches of both Ash Creek and Ellsworth, and were also instrumental in the organization of the first Sunday school in Rock county.

To Mr and Mrs Shurr were born nine children, all of whom are living but a daughter, Lillian, who died when a small child.

Mr and Mrs Shurr lived on Lone Tree Farm until 1903, when they moved to Sioux Falls. Fourteen years later they moved to Luverne, Minn., which was their home until time of death. Mr Shurr passed away March 7, 1918. Mrs Shurr and a daughter, Nettie, continued to make Luverne their home after the death of Mr Shurr. Mrs Shurr was taken ill with the flu some days before death and on account of her advanced years was not able to withstand the diesease. She passed away Sunday, Sept 30, at about 1:30 a.m.

She is survived by her children; Agnes Carpenter, of New York; Carl Shurr of Berthold, ND.; Nettie Shurr, of Luverne, Minn.; Fred Shurr, of Lansford, ND.; George Shurr, of Ellsworth, Minn.; Frank B. Shurr, of Luverne, Minn.; Edward Shurr, of Chinook, Mont.; and Grace Parish, of Clear Lake, SD., and 17 grandchildren.

Those who knew Mrs. Shurr can only praise her in the highest terms. Her good deeds have been scattered far and wide over this vicinity and she will ever be remembered as one of the real pioneers of Lyon county who never thought of selfish gain or comfort but who helped to make the surrounding community what it is today.

Rock Rapids Review, Oct 4, 1928
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Mrs. A. D. R. Simmerman.

The late Mrs. A. D. M. Simmerman was born at George, Ia., on November 25, 1892, and died at Fremont Nebraska, March 14, 1917, at the age of 24 years, three months, and 19 days. She had been ill for several weeks, suffering from a tumor on the liver, during which time she also became the mother of a daughter, on February 20, 1917. Deceased was a graduate of the George high school in the class of 1910, and for several years was a popular and efficient teacher in the country schools of Lyon county. In August, 1915, she was married to A. D. R. Simmerman, of Fremont. The remains arrived in George on Thursday evening, March 15. Funeral services wereheld Monday, March 19, from the Baptist church in town, Reverend Kaup and Boell, assisted by E. M. Freerk officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in Evergreen Lawn cemetery west of towns

She leaves to mourn her loss besides her beloved husband and daughter, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Reints, of George, a half sister, Miss Julia Oltmann, of George, a half brother, Harry Reints, of Madison S. D., and two brothers, Will Reints, of Nebraska, and Newman, of |Montana, besides a host of friends.

Rock Rapids Review, March 20, 1917
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Mrs. Carsten Smith

Mrs. Carsten Smith (nee Autje Hanken) was born in Ostfriesland, Germany, September 11, 1838. As a girl she came to America and in 1869, in Magaupin county, Illinois, was united in marriage to Mr. Carsten Smith, who preceded her in death two years ago, For many years Mrs. Smith lived in Doon and vicinity. Several months ago she became ill and on last Wednesday afternoon, May 16, passed away at the age of 89 years, 8 months and 5 days. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Erwin H. Jahr otficiated. Interment was in the Doon cemetery.

Rock Rapids Review, May 24, 1928
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Mrs. E. Sneve

Mrs. E. Sneve passed away at Inwood Thursday morning, March 22, 1923, as a result of injuries sustained in a fall at her home the preceding Sunday. She fractured her hip in the fall.

Rock Rapids Review, March 29, 1923
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John Sorg

John Sorg, for many years a resident of Lester but who has been living at Esteline, S. D., the past few years, died Sunday, February 25, at the home of his daughter. Mrs. U. B. Miller, and the body was sent to Lester for interment. Burial took place Wdnesday. Services were held at the Methodist church. Accompanying the body were Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Lizzie Klein, Mr. and Mrs, John Sorg, Mr and Mrs. Hy Sorg and Mr. and Mrs. William Kirschbaum, all of Estelline. Mrs. Henry Bick and the late Mrs. Lou Messner, of Lester, were sisters of the deceased man. He was known for years in this section as a breeder of Poland China hogs. At one time he owned a section of land south of Lester.

Rock Rapids Review, March 1, 1923
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Wlllard Stockwell

Wlllard Stockwell, one of the old and highlv esteemed cltlzens of Lyon county, died at his home ln Riverslde township on Wednesday of last week. Mr. Stockwell was born in Greenville, Mass., Aug. 17, 1840. He was the father of nine children, seven boys and two girls. He served three years ln the Civil war enlistlng in Co. F. 3lst. Mass. The funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon by Rev. J. Morgan Harris, ln the Chrlstlan Church. the sons of the deceased acting as pall bearers. Mr. Stockwell was a man well spoken of by his neighbors, a man quiet ln his ways and honest in his dealings with his fellow men. Some weeks ago he fell from a load of hay and received injuries from which he finally died.

The passing of such men from our midst always brings a sense of loss, but our hopes.follow them for we know that whatever that other world may be, for such as he, all ls well. Requiescat in peace.

Rock Rapids Review, April 21, 1904
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Alfred George Sutter

Alfred George Sutter, who has been a sufferer the past year with that dread disease, tuberculosis of the spine, more commonly known in medical science as Pott's disease, dled at the home of his father, L. Sutter in this city Tuesday mornlng, April 19th, l904.

Mr. Sutter was born at Elgin, Iowa on August 11, 1875. and come to Rock Raplds with his parents In 1888. He graduated from the high school of this citv ln 1893. after which he graduated from the Gem City Business college of Quincy, Ill.. and then ln May 1903 he graduated from the Marion-Simms-Beaumont Medlcal College of St. Louls. He located for the practice of his profession at Brlstol, S. D., where he remained from July tlll January, when he was forced to give up practice on account of his health. He went to St. Paul where he underwent an operation, but not improving he went to Denver, Colorado,for a change of climate, where he remained tlll last fall. and finding that he was gradually growing worse, returned to his home in this city. Physlclans held out no hope of his recovery for the past several months and hls demlse wasexpected at any tlme. He suffered intensly during nearly all of hls illness and especially so during the past few months . Whlle his death was expected at any moment, the resultlng sorrow was none the less poignant. Mr. Sutter was highly esteemed by all his acquaintances and had a bright future before him in his chosen profession. The relatives have the sympathy of all the people in their sorrow.

Short services were held at the residence yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock, by Rev. E. S. Johnson, after which the remains were taken to the I. C. depot and taken to Greeley. Iowa, for interment. The remains were accompanied by his father, L. Sutter, brother, F. L. Sutter, cashier of the Iowa Savings Bank of this city and his sisters Miss Nellie Sutter of Sloux City, Mrs. Long of Plpestone and Mrs. Lynn of Manchester, who were here when he dled.

Regular funeral servlces will be held at the M. E. church at Greeley this afternoon. Rock Rapids Review, April 21, 1904
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Lynda Frances Thiessen

Lynda Frances Thiessen died at Moe hospital, Sioux Falls, S. D., Dec 16, 1928, after an illness of one week. She was born at Larchwood Feb. 26, 1904. she attended Lester public school and graduated in 1923, after which she attended the state teachers college at Cedar Falls. She taught for four years near Lester. She leaves to mourn her death, her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Emil Thiessen; three sisters, Mrs. F. J. Williams, of Long Beach, Calif.; Delma, of Sioux Falls, SD., and Norma, who is at home, and many other relatives and a host friends.

Funeral services were held Dec. 19, at th M. E. church at Lester in charge of Rev. H. R. Blair, of Larchwood

The remains were laid to rest in Larchwood cemetery beside her grandmother. Pall bearers were Elmer Hartenholf, Harry Schwenck,.Will Heagele, Ott Heagele, Warner Dell and Garret DeMan. Miss Thiessen was to have been married in the near future. Many friends regret her early passing away.

Rock Rapids Review, December 20, 1928
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Mrs. Garret Van den Heuvel

Mrs. Garret Van den Heuvel, formerly of the Rock Rapids vicinity, died Tuesday, March 27, 1923, at Hollandale, Minn., near Albert Lea, and was buried the following Thursday. She is survived by her husband. three daughters and four sons. Mrs. Fikse, of Steen, and Mrs. Bert Wiersma, of Hollandale, are daughters. The latter was married to Mr. Wiersma on March 11, so within less than a fortnight joy was turned to sorrow in this household. Mrs. Van den Heuvel will be remembered by her many Lyon county friends as a woman of fine qualities, A good mother and a devoted Wife. Up to March 1, 1923, the family lived on the Roos farm near Ellsworth, Minn. Before that they lived five miles southwest of Rock Rapids. The deceased woman was a devoted member of the Reformed church. Rev. Manning was to have gone from here to conduct the funeral but was prevented from making connections by the train wreck at Hills, Minn.

Rock Rapids Review, April 5, 1923
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Shirley Van Meeteren

Services for Mrs Roger Van Meeteren were held here Friday morning at United Methodist church. Mrs Van Meeteren died Christmas day at Sioux Valley hospital following a brief illness. She was 39 years of age. The Rev. Walter Phelps officiated at the services. Mrs Douglas Samuelson was at the organ and a trio composed of Mrs Herbert McCormack, Mrs Craig Vinson and Mrs Edward Sindt sang two numbers: "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Be Still My Soul". Interment was at Riverview cemetery under the direction of Jongewaard-Stapp Funeral home. Bearers were William George, Roger Baldwin, Verlyn Berg, Roger Baatz, Julius Roths, Edward Reck. Alternate bearers were Dale Katt and Donald George.

Mrs Van Meeteren (Shirley Ann) was the daughter of Jerry and Anna Workman Stubbe. She was born at Ellsworth, Minn. September 19, 1934. On September 4, 1954, she was married to Roger Van Meeteren at Bethel Reformed church, near Ellsworth.

Surviving are the husband; a son, Tony; her mother, Mrs Jerry Stubbe; two brothers: Wayne, Rock Rapids and Marvin J., in the navy; and a sister, Mrs William Reck, Chester, S.D.

[Newspaper Unknown, Published Dec 1973, submitted by Gary Boomgaarden]

Martin E. Vust

Martin Vust died Monday, March 26, 1923, at George at the age of 68, leaving to mourn his passing his wife, five sons and six daughters. The funeral was held the following Friday at the First Baptist church, services being eonducted by Rev. D. Lansma, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Rev. J. Jordan. Interment was in the church cemetery. The deceased man was born in Germany Feb. 6, 1855. He was united in marriage to Miss F. Wallrichs in 1876, and fourteen children were born to them. They came to the United States in 1882, settling in Grundy county, Ia. Later they moved to a farm near Little Rock and from there moved to George. He helped found the German Baptist church north of George.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
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Edwin Wheaton

Funeral services for Edwin Wheaton were held at the Wheaton home at 2 p.m. Tuesday in charge of Rev. Harry M. Burns. Mr. Wheaton had been failing for some weeks and passed away Saturday, August 4, at the age of 81 years, 8 months. Pall bearers were Thomas Abraham, Henry Guyan, William West, Claude Nichols and William Cooper. Internment was in the Riverview cemetery.

Edwin Wheaton, son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Wheaton, was born on Jan 16, 1847 in Warsaw county, near Hillsdale, Mich. At the age of 18 he came with his parents to Iowa settling in the southern part of the state. A few years later he moved to Parkersburg and in 1893 moved to a farm in Midland township, Lyon county. In 1907 he, with his wife, retired from the farm moving to Rock Rapids. Mr Wheaton was interested in and took an active part in the civic affairs of the township and county. He was affiliated with the Congregational church. He was married to Josephine Cable Oct 11, 1870, at Grundy Center. In 1920 they, with their children and friends, celebrated their golden wedding at their daughters home-Mrs. C.W. Geick.

Five children blessed this home. Mrs Lessie Hunt having preceded her father in death, August 10, 1917. He is survived by his wife and children, Mrs. Carrie Johnson, Marris, Ill.; Ray Edwin, Adrian, Mich.; Mrs Margaret Pingrey, Bagley, Mn., and Mrs Cora Geick, Rock Rapids, and 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild, and many friends.

All the children were present at the funeral. Those of the grandchildren present were, Mrs J.M.Pippett, Hartford, SD.; Edwin Pingrey, Bagley, Mn.; Billy Wheaton, Adrian, Mich.; Glen Hunt, Ernest Hunt and Hazel Hunt, of Rock Rapids. Doris Pippett, great grandchild, also was here. Other out of town relatives attending the services were, Mrs Fred Essman and daughter Faye, and Mrs G. Fixmer of Ellsworth, Mn., and Mr and Mrs H.E. Wumkes and son Verlyn of Viborg, SD.

Rock Rapids Review, Aug 9, 1928
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Grace Ripley Wheaton

One of the saddest deaths in this community for some time occurred Monday afternoon, when Mrs. George Ripley Wheaton, wife of Merton J. Wheaton, passed away in childbirth. The little one came safely into the world. The funeral was held Thursday morning at the Lockwood & Pirwitz chapel. Deceased was born May 15, 1885, near George. On June 14, 1911, she was united in marraige to Mr. Wheaton, of George. They resided in and near George about four years, when they moved to Ellsworth, Iowa, which was their home until last September when they came to Rock Rapids. To this union were born three children, a son Robert, who died in infancy; Doris M., and Mary Grace, who with their father are left to mourn their mother. Besides these she left one sister, Mrs. Edgar Hammerle, of Fostoria, Ia., and four brothers, Grant E., of Fergus Falls, Minn.; Chas. R., of Hatfield, Minn.; Arthur W., of Rock Rapids, and Fred M., of George.

When a young woman she united with the M.E. church and kept her faith to the end.

Rock Rapids Review, March 1, 1923
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George Wibben

George, Iowa Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ebenezer Presbyterian church for George R. Wibben, 49, rural Rock Rapids, who died Sept. 25 at a Sioux Falls hospital following a lingering heart ailment. The Rev. Frank Elliot officiated. Interment was in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery.Mr. Wibben was born March 19, 1924, at Rock Rapids, a son of Eilert and Rena Eeten Wibben. He was married Sept. 2, 1953, at the State Line Presbyterian church to Jennie Schroeder. The couple farmed in the George and Rock Rapids area.

Surviving is his wife, one son, at home, one daughter, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Virgil (Alice) Lyons and Mrs. Walter (Mae) Smid, both of Rock Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

[Newspaper Unknown, Published September 25, 1973, submitted by Gary Boomgaarden]

F. M. Williams


F. M. Williams Died Sunday Evening at Larchwood After a Lingering Illness

F. M. Williams, for forty years a prominent citizen of Lyon county, died at his home at Larchwood Sunday evening after a lingering illness.Funeral services, conducted by Rev. F. E. Blair, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from the Larchwood Community church. Interment was in the Larchwood cemetery.

Mr. Williams settled in Lyon county, near Granite, in the spring of 1888, coming here from Ida county.

After disposing of his farm in 1894, he went to Hornick, Woodbury county, where he engaged in the mercantile business for a few years. For ten years past he has been engaged in the mercantile business in Larchwood, his son, D. L. Williams, being associated with him.

F. M. Williams was born near Eyota, Minn., in 1853. He was married in 1888, to Nellie Roberts, at Ida

Grove. Mrs. Williams survives him, as do three sons, D. L. Williams, of Larchwood; Dr. F. E. Williams, of Sioux Falls, and Raymond Williams, who is a student at the Iowa State University. There are many other relatives, among whom is Dr. N. E. Getman, a nephew.

Rock Rapids Review, August 16, 1928
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Carston Winter


Remains Were Bwught Here Hom

New York City,_Where He_Died_ __

Following Sun Stroke

Funeral services for Carston Winter, formerly of Rock Rapids, lately of New York City, were held Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9, at the North Lutheran church. In the absence of Rev. Mueller, Rev. Goeringer, of Hull, conducted the services. Interment was at the Hull Lutheran cemetery. Those who acted as pall bearers were Henry Borman, Chas. Borman, Henry Schoeneman, John Schroeder, Claus Aders and Chris Schubert.

Mr. Winter died suddenly at his home in New York City after being overcome by the heat on Aug. 3. His age was 64 years, 8 months and 3 days. The following obituary was given The Review by Mrs. Carston Winter and his family:

Carsten Winter was born Nov. 5, 1863, in Westersode, Hanover, Germany. His early life was spent in and around this vicinity.

In 1888 he was married to Adelheit Lafrenz. To them were born six chidren-Dietrich, Maria, Hinrich, Gustave, Johann and Catherina-while the family resided in Germany. All survive Mr. Winter, except Maria, who died in 1921.

In the fall of 1902 Mr. Winter came to America, settling in New York. He worked there until he was able to send for his family. Mrs. Winter and children arrived in America in the spring of 1903, and together they came to Lyon county, Iowa, making their home on a farm.

After farming for about fifteen years, Mr. and Mrs. Winter retired from farm life and moved to Rock Rapids. A year later Mrs. Winter passed away.

In 1922 Mr. Winter went to Germany to visit relatives. There he met Sophia Van Bergen, whom he later married. To this union one daughter, Johanna, was born.

With his wife and daughter, Mr. Winter again came to this country to make his home in New York, and it was here that he passed away.

Mr. Winter was baptized at an early age and later confirmed in the faith of Lutheran church. He ever remained faithful to his vows to the church and at the time he lived in this vicinity was an active member of the Lutheran church near Hull.

Mr. Winter is mourned by his widow and children, twenty grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Rock Rapids Review, August 16, 1928
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Mrs. Abraham Wolf

Sunday afternoon, June 19, 1904, at 1:30 Mrs. Abraham Wolf passed peacefully away at the family residence in this city. after a protracted illness. About two years ago she was taken ill with nervous prostration which later developed into what physlclans call motor atrophy or the paralysis of the motor nerves. She had almost entirely lost the use of her arms and at times her limbs refused to perform their functions, as in locomotor ataxia. Many times during her illness her life had been dispaired of, but she always rallied till the attack last week. All that medical skill and best nursing could do was of no avail.

Miss Helen Adella Aldrich was born at Smithport, Pennsylvania, November 1, 1849; moved with the family to Deansvllle, Wis., ln 1857, and ln 1866 they moved to Lone Rock, Wis., where in 1872 she was united in marriage to Abraham Wolf. In 1891 the family moved to Rock Rapids, where they have since resided.

Eight children were born to this union, seven in Wisconsin and the youngest in Rock Rapids. One daughter, Ida May, died in 1887 at the age of eighteen months. The rest survive with the husband. They are; Helen M., teacher ln the clty high school, Lois C. Olson and Howard A. who live at Carrington, ND, Rose A. Myers, who resides at Ruthven, Ia., Ruby D., Theodore D. and Cyril L. who live at home; and Ida May, deceased. The seven living children all came home to attend the funeral, Mrs. Olson having been here fer several weeks, Mr. and Mrs. Myers arriving yesterday morning from Ruthven.

Mrs, Wolf was a prominent member of the M. E. Church sud W. R. C.. and was dearly beloved by all her associates. She was one of the most. highly respected ladies in the community, was a loving mother and wife, and will be greatly mourned by all. The funeral was held from the house at 10:30 yesterday morning, the services belng conducted by Rev. E. S. Johnson of the M. E. Church.

Rock Rapids Review, June 22, 1904
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John Yeigh

John Yeigh died at the county home about 10 o'clock last Sunday morning. He had been sick for months. For some time he lived alone in a small house near the county home. Having no one to care for him there, he became a public charge some months ago and entered the home. He was seriously ill four weeks before his death. The attending physician gave apoplexy as the cause of death. A brother from Cedar Rapids was with him last Friday and Saturday. Burial took place in Riverview cemetery Wednesday. The deceased man was 54 years old. He had lived in the Rock Rapids vicinity for many years and was employed for some time by Jay Dougherty.

More recently he had been doing odd jobs. He was a faithful workman and had many other good qualities.

Rock Rapids Review, April 19, 1923
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Rev. Loren Ziegler

Rev. Loren Ziegler died Monday, February 12, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G.D. Stout, Ellendale, ND., at the age of 77. The remains were brought to George and interred in the cemetery of the Hope Reformed church. The deceased man was born February 24, 1846, in Germany. In 1872 he sailed for America. After a theological education at Sheboygan, Wis., he was ordained a minister in 1874. That year he married Bertha Kemper, and this union was blessed by nine children. For forty four years he served as pastor, his last charge being at the Hope Reformed church north of George. Old age and poor eyesight compelled him to resign in 1917, and he spent his last years with his daughter. His wife died in December 1917.

Rock Rapids Review, March 1, 1923
Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

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