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George C. Baker

George C. Baker, who died at Washington, March 23rd, was for many years a prominent citizen of Iowa. He was horn in Cook County, Illinois, in 1844 and came with his parents to Iowa, settling near Des Moines in 1855.

In 1862 when but 17 years of age he enlisted in the 23rd Iowa Volunteers, and served three years. He took part in Grant's campaign which resulted in the capture of Vicksburg and General Pemberton's entire army.

He was the principal organizer of the Baker Barb Wire Co., which was moved to Chicago several years ago. His greatest achievement was the invention of a sub-marine torpedo boat, which was approved by the Navy Department. Congress made an appropriation of $200,000 to perfect his invention for government use, and he was in Washington assisting in the development of this enterprise when death overtook him.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1894, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Judge J. M. Beck

Judge J. M. Beck, late of the Supreme Court of Iowa, died suddenly at his home in Fort Madison on the 30th of May. He was born at Clermont, Ohio, April 2, 1823, and removed to Iowa in 1847. In 1867 he was elected Judge of the Supreme Court of Iowa, and repeatedly re-elected, serving twenty-four years. He was one of the ablest and most popular Judges the State has ever had. His decisions extended through forty-seven volumes of the Iowa Reports. Besides being an able lawyer and eminent Judge, he was a scholar of wide research and extensive reading, and there are few subjects upon which he could not converse with profit and pleasure to his listener. He was an especial friend of library development i in our State. We hope to be able to present his portrait, with a sketch of his life and public services, at some future time.

[Annuals of Iowa, July 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Hon. E. J. Bowdoin

Hon. E. J. Bowdoin, of Floyd county, died at his home in Rockford, on the 24th of January last, at the age of 72.

He came to Iowa in 1855, settling in Floyd county. He entered upon the practice of law, and in 1859 was elected on the Republican ticket to represent the district composed of Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Worth, Hancock and Winnebago counties in the lower house of the Eighth General Assembly. He was made chairman of the committee on schools, serving with marked ability. He was re-elected to the House in 1862, and made chairman of the committee on ways and means. In 1860 he was chosen one of the delegates to the Republican National Convention, which met at Chicago and nominated Abraham Lincoln for President.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Hon. A. F. Brown

Hon. A. F. Brown, who died at Waverly on the 25th of January, was one of the pioneer editors of Cedar county, one of the early lawyers of Scott county, and a Senator from Black Hawk county from 1860 to 1864. He was born near Zanesville, Ohio. Dec.8th, 1828, graduated at Granville College, and was admitted to the bar in 1848.

In 1850 he came to Scott county, Iowa, to practice his profession, and soon after became editor of the Cedar County News, a paper published at Rochester. Upon the removal of the county seat to Tipton, he transferred his office to Cedar Falls and named his paper the "Cedar Falls Banner."

In 1855 Mr. Brown was elected prosecuting attorney and served with ability in that position for several years. In 1859 he was elected State Senator for the 36th District, composed of the counties of Grundy, Black Hawk, Butler and Franklin. He became a prominent member of the Senate, serving four years. In 1860 Mr. Brown was chosen a delegate to the Republican National Convention which nominated Abraham Lincoln for President.

In 1879 he moved to Waverly in Bremer county where he acquired a large law practice, and remained up to the time of his death. The Waverly Democrat says of him: "He was exceptionally free from jealousy and vindictiveness in professional and political life.

It is true, he fought hard in the forum and on the rostrum, and necessarily gave and received many hard blows, but all the asperity died with the occasion; and when the curtain fell upon the last act of his life, every heart in the large circle of his acquaintance felt a genuine pang of sadness and regret as some deed of courtesy or kindness of the departed lawyer was recalled to memory."

[Annals of Iowa, April 1894, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

George R. Case

Bettendorf - Funeral services for George R. Case, 74, of Bettendorf, were Saturday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary Chapel in Davenport. Burial followed at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Case died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at the Bettendorf Health Care Center following an extended illness.

George Raymond Case was born Nov. 27, 1931, to George and Christina (Eilders) Case in Eldora, Iowa. He married Judith L. Proudfoot on June 3, 1956. She preceded him in death in March 1996. He later married Carla J. Proehl on Sept. 21, 1996, in Davenport.

During the Korean War, Mr. Case served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Following his military service, he went on to graduate from Simpson College in Indianaola, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in education. He then attended Drake University in Des Moines where he earned his master's degree in counseling. In his earlier years, he taught social studies in Montezuma, Iowa, prior to moving to Davenport in 1963 where he taught social studies at Williams Junior High School until 1967. In the fall of 1967 he transferred to West High School where he served as a counselor until his retirement in 1993.

Mr. Case was a longtime member and past president of the Davenport Education Association. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, the Davenport YMCA and was an avid bicyclist.

Survivors include his wife, Carla Case, of Bettendorf; a daughter, Laura (Mrs. Joel) Vyncke, of Silvis, Ill.; a son, Douglas Case, of Davenport; one stepdaughter, Kathryn (Mrs. Kenneth) Shetler, of Cordova, Ill.; two brothers, Charles Case, of Lake City, Minn., and Lyle Case, of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, Angela and Timothy Vyncke; two step-grandchildren, Timothy and Katie Werning; as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Genesis Hospice VNA, or to a West High School Scholarship Fund being established in his name.

[Author: Bettendorf News Staff, Edition: Bettendorf News, Page: 16]
Submitted by Erica Beatty

Hon. Hans Reimer Claussen

Hon. Hans Reimer Claussen, of Davenport, died in that city on the 14th of March, he was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, in 1804, and graduated from the law department of the University of Keil when he was 26 years of age. Entering at once upon the practice of his profession, he attained high rank and was repeatedly elected to the Legislature for Holstein, of which he became a leading member.

The province of Schleswig-Holstein, although settled largely by Germans, was under the rule of the King of Denmark. In 1848 the people of Schleswig-Holstein declared their independence and took up arras to resist the rule of the Danish government. Mr. Claussen was a prominent leader in the insurrection, and the Provisional Government established by the revolutionists sent him as an ambassador to Berlin. He obtained material aid from the Prussian government, and with this assistance the Danish army was driven out, and the independence of the province established. In 1851 Prussia and Austria united in restoring Schleswig-Holstein to Denmark.

Mr. Claussen had been an active member of the German Parliament which sought to establish a free constitutional government similar to that of the United States, but the kings rejected it and maintained their rule. He had been such a very prominent leader of the party working for a free government that when Schleswig was restored to Denmark he was one of the twenty revolutionists to whom amnesty was refused. He, therefore, emigrated to America, settling in Davenport in 1851.

He mastered the English language in two years, and acquired such a knowledge of Iowa law as to be admitted to the bar. He was henceforth a prominent and influential citizen of Davenport, and in 1869 was elected to the State Senate from Scott county, serving four years with marked ability. After his native country had been emancipated from Danish rule, he returned to his old home to visit the friends and scenes of his youthful days. He was warmly welcomed by his companions of revolutionary times, who were now enjoying the freedom they had so bravely struggled for a quarter of a century ago.

The Davenport Tribune says of him : "Mr. Claussen was a man always loyal to principle, and to his convictions, no matter what the effect on his personal fortunes. He carefully and conscientiously considered a subject from every standpoint, and formed his opinions, from which he would not vary. His influence has been exerted for good all his life, and will continue to bear fruit in the years to come."

[Annals of Iowa, April 1894, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Hon. Joseph Dysart

Hon. Joseph Dysart died at his home in Tama county, on the 8th of September, at the age of 73. He was born in Huntington, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1820, and first came to Iowa in November, 1839. But he did not make a permanent settlement in this State until April, 1856, when he located at Vinton. He bought an interest in the Vinton Eagle, which he edited with ability for two years.

He was elected on the Republican ticket to the State Senate, to represent Benton and Tama counties, in 1861, filling a vacancy for one session. In 1889 he was elected to the Senate for a full term from Tama and Poweshiek counties. In 1873 he was elected Lieutenant Governor. He was a warm friend of the Agricultural College, and in his official capacity as President of the Senate, rendered it valuable service when a vindictive warfare was waged against it before the Legislature. In 1884 h« was chosen one of the trustees of that institution for the term of four years.

The town of Dysart, in Tama county, was named in honor of Lieut. Governor Dysart, and was for many years his home, during the latter part of his life. Throughout his long life in Iowa he rendered valuable public service to his town, county and State, and was honored and esteemed by all who knew him.

[Annals of Iowa, October 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Henry Grimbelgh

A Man Drowned - It becomes our melancholy duty to record the death of Henry Grimbelgh, aged about 60 years, who whilst at work upon the dam and the Clackamas rapids, fell off into the water and was drowned before he could be rescued by those present. He came from Iowa this season, and what is most remarkable, connected with his immigration to this place is, he traveled the whole distance by foot, and packed his provisions and clothes. We are truly sorry for him. A person endowed with such energy and perseverance deserved a better fate. Considering the age of the man, the feat of crossing the plains on foot, &c., is probably without parallel.

[Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) - Thursday, November 7, 1850; submitted by Jim Dezotell]

James Harlan

On The Death of James Harlan

October 6, 1899

From MS. Copy of Executive Journal, Vol. X, p. 26
In the Office of the Governor, Des Moines

It is painfully incumbent on the Governor of the state to make formal announcement of the death of the Honorable James Harlan, at his home in the city of Mount Pleasant, which event occurred at nine o'clock and thirty-five minutes on the morning of Thursday, October 5, A. D. 1899. Thus has passed from earth one of the really great men of the nation. Born on the 26th day of August, 1820, he had completed nearly fourscore years, years of usefulness, in which he had done the nation high service and reflected luster on the state of his adoption. He represented Iowa in the senate of the United States during the most critical period in the history of the republic, when great armies were striving to subvert it, and when not only valor and efficiency in the field, but the highest character of statesmanship in council, was needed. It was here that the greatness of the man was made apparent, and where he rendered service of momentous value to the nation.

Mr. Harlan was a resident of Iowa during all the years of her statehood, having come to the territory just before the admission into the union. In the year 1847, he was chosen by the people of the infant state her first superintendent of public instruction, and, although it was subsequently judicially determined that the election was premature, yet he discharged the duties of the office for several months, long enough to impart tone and vigor to the embryo school system of Iowa. Retiring from that office, he continued to be engaged in educational work, being at one time at the head of a college at Iowa City, which was the predecessor of the State University; and he was subsequently connected with the Iowa Wesleyan University, of which institution he also became president.

In 1855 he was elected to the senate of the United States. Entering that body in December of that year, he became associated with many of the leading men of the country of the period immediately preceding the civil war. It was his fortune to survive every other person who was a member of the senate when he entered it. He was twice re-elected to that body. He was, moreover, the last person selected by President Lincoln for a seat in his cabinet, which, however, he did not enter until after the death of the President.

Leaving the senate in 1873, Mr. Harlan has since then, with the exception of a few years' service on an important Government commission, lived in dignified retirement at the city which has been his home for nearly fifty years. Yet he was ever in the hearts of the people, and the memory of his worth and usefulness will be perpetuated in the state which he so much honored.

A good man has gone; one who worthily served God and his fellow-men; one who was a pillar in the church as well as in the state.

In reverent regard for the memory of this departed statesman I direct that flags on all public buildings be placed at half-mast until after the funeral; and would suggest that the school-houses throughout the state display a similar token of mourning in honor of the first official head of the educational forces of Iowa.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set (seal) my hand and caused to be affixed the great seal of the state, this sixth day of October, A. D. 1899.

Leslie M. Shaw, By the Governor:
G. L. Dobson, Secretary of the State

[The Messages and Proclamations of the Governors of Iowa, Vol. 7, 1905]
Submitted by CD

James R. Hartsock

James R. Hartsock, of Iowa City, died suddenly of heart-disease on the 10th of March after one day's illness.

He was one of the early pioneers of Iowa, having come to the Territory in May, 1838, before its separation from Wisconsin. He was then a young man, just starting out for himself, and soon after his arrival at the "Flint Hills," (now Burlington), he opened the first school established in that city. Among his pupils were Geo. W. and John W. Jones, who years after became prominent public officials of the State.

In 1841 Mr. Hartsock moved to Iowa City, which had recently become the Capital of the Territory. In 1846 he was a subordinate officer of the Senate of which Stephen Hempstead (who afterwards became Governor of the State) was President. He was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention which nominated Ansel Briggs for Governor.

Mr. Hartsock became a warm friend of Samuel J. Kirkwood, and when the antislavery agitation disrupted the Democratic party these two young Democrats helped to organize the Republican party. In 1858 Mr. Hartsock was chosen Sergeantat-Arms of the State Senate at the fir»t session of the Legislature held in the then new Capitol at Des Moines. In 1861 President Lincoln appointed Mr. Hartsock postmaster at Iowa City; he was removed in 1865 by Andrew Johnson, and re-appointed in 1869 by President Grant.

For more than thirty-five years he had been a prominent Republican and was widely known throughout the State. He was seventy six years of age at the time of his death.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1894, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Judge S. C. Hastings

Judge S. C. Hastings, the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa, died on the 19th of February, 1893, at San Francisco, Cal., eighty-nine years of age. He was a native of the State of New York and came to Iowa when a young man, settling at Muscatine about the year 1838. He was one of sixteen young lawyers admitted to practice in the Supreme Court at its first term in 1838. The veteran T. S. Parvin is now the only survivor of the sixteen.

Mr. Hastings was a member of the House of the first and second Territorial Legislatures, and a member of the Council of the fifth, sixth and seventh. In 1846 he was elected to Congress with Shepherd Leffler, the first Representatives after the admission of Iowa as a State, on the 28th of December, 1846. His term expired March 4th, 1847.

In January, 1848, Governor Briggs appointed Mr. Hastings Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which position he held one year. Upon the expiration of his term Judge Hastings moved to California, and has been Chief Justice and Attorney General of that State.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

R. G. Holman's Son

R. G. Holman's youngest son died of membranous croup Tuesday afternoon.

Iowa State Bystander (17 Nov. 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Elias Jessup

Elias Jessup, who died in California, December 14th, was a prominent member of our State Senate, 1874-8. He was nominated for Governor by the Prohibition party in 1877, receiving about 10,000 votes. He removed to Oregon in 1880 and two years later was elected to the Senate of that State. He settled in Caifornia in 1887.

[Annals of Iowa, 1895, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Henry B. Kays

On the roll of Putnam County's honored dead we find the name of John A. Kays, who was born on the farm in Magnolia Township where his widow now resides, his natal day being March 7, 1851. His father, Henry B. Kays, was a native of Indiana, and from that state removed to Knox County, Illinois, but later came to Putnam County, making his home on the farm just mentioned until his death, which occurred in 1877. He left an estate of over eight hundred acres. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Rachel E. Read, was born in Indiana in 1820, and is also now deceased. In their family were seven children, but Mrs. Jane Bobbitt, of Magnolia, M. B. Kays of Tonica, Illinois; and Mrs. Clara Cole, of Ottawa, are the only ones now living.

During his boyhood John A. Kays attended the district schools near his home and for a time was a student in the old academy at henry, after which he pursued a business course at Poughkeepsie, New York. Having thus acquired a good practical education he engaged in teaching school for several years and later turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, becoming a most progressive, enterprising and successful farmer. He continued to follow that occupation throughout the remainder of his life, and at his death, which occurred on the 20th of February, 1906, he left a valuable farm of four hundred and fifty-three acres supplied with all modern improvements.

In 1881 Mr. Kays was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Hartenbower, who was born in Putnam County and still survives her husband. She is a daughter of Hon. J. H. Hartenbower, who was born in Kentucky in 1828 and died in Wichita, Kansas, October 28, 1903. He was at one time a very prominent citizen of Putnam County and was a prosperous farmer. In 1850 he made a trip to California, and after spending some time on the Pacific slope returned east by way of the Isthmus of Panama. For twenty years he lived in Kansas, but previous to this time he resided in Iowa and Minnesota where he served in the legislature. He married Miss Anna A. McCaleb, a native of Putnam County, whose parents came here in 1832. She died in Iowa in 1867. In their family were seven children.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Kays were born six children, namely; Victor C., who was for two years a student at Champaign University and was called home by the death of his father and now assists in the operation of the farm. He takes quite an active interest in public affairs, has served as school director and took a prominent part in the consolidation of the three districts into the John Swaney School. Lois L., the next of the family died at the age of two years. Donald J., a graduate of the Northern Illinois Normal at De Kalb, is now engaged in teaching in the high school at Rockford. Albert R. is attending school in De Kalb. Mark E. and Lora G. are at home with their mother.

Mrs. Kays and her son, Victor C., now carry on the farm, and are meeting with excellent success in its management. The family is one of prominence in the community where they reside, and wherever known are held in high regard. By his ballot, Mr. Kays supported the men and measures of the democratic party and took a very active part in local politics, being at one time the candidate for county judge on his party ticket. He was one of the leading and influential citizens of Magnolia Township and no man in the locality was held in higher esteem.

[Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties, By John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Printed by the Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, Page 172, 175; submitted by Nancy Piper]

Halas Martin


We learn that Halas Martin, died on the 27th of October at his home in Iowa. He was Mrs. Underwood's youngest son of her first family. He was adopted by Lot Bullman when he was 5 years old and remained with him 30 years. He leaves a wife but no children I believe.

[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, Published November 24, 1881]
Contributed by Nancy Piper

Judge James W. McDill

Judge James W. McDill died at his home at Creston on the 28th of February, of typhoid fever, after an illness of several weeks. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, March 4th, 1834.

He was a graduate of Miami University, and came to Iowa in 1857, settling at Afton to enter upon the practice of law. He was elected Superintendent of Schools in 1858, and was County Judge in 1859. In 1870 he was chosen District Judge, and in 1872 he was elected to Congress from the Eighth District, serving with distinction two terms. In 1878 he was appointed Railroad Commissioner, and in 1881 was appointed by Gov. Gear to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate, occasioned by the resignation of Gov. Kirkwood, who had become a member of President Garfield's cabinet. He was appointed by President Harrison, a member of the Inter-State Commerce Commission, which office he held at the time of his death.

Judge McDill was a man of fine literary attainments, his specialty being philology. He was a lawyer of ability, and a public official of the strictest integrity. He was widely known throughout the State, and everywhere esteemed as one of its best citizens.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1894, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Emil Reufly

Emil Reufly, a jeweler, residing in Menda, Iowa, accidentally shot himself dead on Wednesday week, while hunting.

[Alpena Argus, July 27, 1871, p2; submitted by Jessica Lentine]

Dr. Nathan G. Sales

Dr. Nathan G. Sales, who recently died at his home in Anamosa, Jones county, was a notable pioneer law-maker, politician and physician. He was born October 18th, 1813, in Ohio; came to Iowa in 1845, and located at Iowa City.

He was an active Democratic politician, and in 1848 was elected to the lower house of the Second General Assembly. Upon the expiration of his term he was elected to the Senate from the district comprising the counties of Jones and Jackson. At the expiration of his senatorial term he was appointed Receiver of the U. S. Land Office at Chariton. Dr. Sales was a leader in the Democratic party for many years, and was personally acquainted with nearly all of the public men who administered the State government as long as the Democratic party remained in control.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Senator R. S. Smith

Senator R. S. Smith of the Thirty-ninth District, composed of the counties of Butler and Bremer, died at his home at Parkersburg, on the 27th of August, after a very short illness. Mr. Smith was born in Pennsylvania and came to Iowa in 1858, settling on a farm. He was elected to the State Senate in the fall of 1891, on the Democratic ticket. He was highly esteemed by his colleagues in the last General Assembly, as well as by his constituents of all parties at home. He was a man of sound judgment, excellent business ability, and became an influential member of the Legislature. His sudden death in the prime of life is deeply regretted by all who knew him.

[Annals of Iowa, October 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

William W. Walker

William W. Walker, one of the pioneer railroad builders of Iowa, died in Chicago, September 22. He was born in Cooperstown, New York, in 1834, and was educated for a civil engineer.

He came to Iowa in 1855, and was soon after chosen chief engineer of the Chicago, Iowa & Nebraska R. R., then being located and constructed from Chicago via Clinton, Iowa, to Council Bluffs. After the completion of that road he became chief engineer and one of the leading spirits in building the Sioux City & Pacific and Elkhorn Valley railroads. He was an active promoter of the B.C. R.& N. R. R., and for many years its superintendent. He afterwards built a road south from Hannibal, Missouri, and in later years built an important line in Arizona. He was the first president of the First National Bank of Cedar Rapids, and was also for many years one of the owners and editors of the Cedar Rapids Republican. He was widely acquainted with the leading men of Iowa for more than thirty years, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. His whole life was one of great usefulness, and his name will long be remembered as one of the pioneer railroad builders of Iowa, commencing, as he did, when the great system that now traverses every county in our State was in its infancy.

[Annals of Iowa, October 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Walter Watson

Walter Watson died of consumption last week, his remains were sent to his parents in Charlottesville, Va.

Iowa State Bystander (17 Nov. 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Patrick Welch

Patrick Welch, of Lawnkille*, Iowa, was killed while working on the bridge on July 16.

[*Possibly misspelled, this is the way the article was printed.]

(Source: St. Charles Journal, Jan. 1882, Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan)

Lena White

Muchakinock News--Mrs. Lena White, after several weeks illness died of a complication of diseases last Thursday. Funeral at the A.M.E. church. Rev. Williams of Oskaloosa officiating.

Iowa State Bystander (17 Nov. 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Hon. J. Wilson Williams

Hon. J. Wilson Williams of Des Moines county, died at his home near Burlington on the 29th of August, at the age of 77. He was born in 1816, at Charlotte, Vermont, and was educated for a civil engineer. In 1836 he came west to Chicago, and settled in Hancock county, Illinois, where for twelve years he was county surveyor. He was engaged in making the survey of the boundary line between Iowa and Missouri.

In 1850 he settled at Huron, Iowa, where he continued to live up to the time of his death. In 1852 he was first elected to the Legislature and was repeatedly chosen, serving five terms in the House and two sessions in the Senate. During his first term in the House he was a colleague of James W. Grimes, afterward Governor and United States Senator. He was first a Whig, and afterwards a Republican in politics, from the organization of the latter party to the day of his death. He was one of the trustees of the Agricultural College during the years of its organization and the erection of the main building.

In 1847 he married Miss Julia A. Robinson of Burlington. Mr. Williams had a very wide acquaintance throughout the State, and was esteemed as a genial, honorable and true man in every relation of life.[Annals of Iowa, October 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Sid Williams

Mrs. Sid Williams died Sunday night. Funeral at the Baptist church, Rev. A. Bingaman officiating.

Iowa State Bystander (17 Nov. 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. Mary C. Winn

January 30, 1873

At Bedrock, Iowa, Jan. 24, at the residence of her son, Mrs. Mary C. wife of Rev. John Winn of Dunlap, Peoria county and daughter of the late Mrs. P. H. Brown, author of the popular hymn, "I Love to Steal a While Away."

From a letter received from the family we are informed of the sad news of the death of Mrs. Mary Winn, the estimable wife of Rev. John Winn, formerly of this city. She had been visiting her son Mr. George Winn in Iowa, and was expected home at Dunlap, Peoria county, on Friday last, but instead, a telegram was received of her sudden death, and that the remains would be sent by the train of Saturday. No other particulars were received by the heart stricken family, but as Mrs. W. was subject to heart disease, it is supposed to have been the cause of her death. She was a superior woman, whose death is a severe blow to the family, church and community in which she always stood at the head, and of which she was such an exemplary and useful member. Our community indeed sympathize at this sudden and terrible affliction of our esteemed friends.

[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, Published January 30, 1873]
Contributed by Nancy Piper

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