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Fry, Ellen Bimson – Obituary

Died at her home in Guernsey, Iowa Jan 29 1899 of tumorous cancer, Mrs. Ellen Fry, aged 60 years, 9 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church at Guernsey conducted by her former pastor, J. F. Kalser, assisted by J. W. Wilson, pastor of the M. E. Church at Guernsey, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Moravian Cemetery at Harmony, Iowa. Ellen Bimson was born in England, April 9, 1838. At the age of four years she came with her parents to America, locating in Adams County Ill., where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Cyrus Griswold, April, 27, 1858. During the same year they came to Iowa locating in Warren Township, Poweshiek County, on a farm. On April 22, 1870 her husband died in Quincy, Ill. leaving her the farm and an estate in a bad shape to settle. She still continued to stay on the farm until March, 1880. Then she sold her farm and moved with her father and youngest brother to Nebraska, settling in Seward County, where she remained until 1886. Then she returned to Poweshiek County, and was married to Abraham Fry on June 22, 1886 and has resided in Lincoln until her death. Thus she may be considered as one of the pioneer settlers of this part of the county, there being but one or two houses in sight when she came to Iowa. She was formerly a member of the M. E. Church at Sunset, but on her return to Iowa, she united by letter with the Moravian Church at...

Drake, Eliza Hester Cunning – Obituary

Eliza Hester Cunning, daughter of Richard and Julian (Swagler) Cunning was born in Ragersville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, on March 21, 1846. She passed away at her home on Des Moines Street, Brooklyn, Iowa on January 27, 1929. Mrs. Drake came to Brooklyn from her childhood home in Ohio when a girl of sixteen. Since then she has lived continuously in or near Brooklyn. She experienced all the privations and hardships to which the pioneers of this community fell heir. Like a true pioneer, she has always displayed a courageous spirit, and a wonderful fortitude in time of stress or trouble. At the time of her death, she was one of the oldest pioneers in Brooklyn and held the longest membership on the roll of Grace M. E. Church, having united with the church in March 1864. She was the last charter member of the church. She was united in marriage with Charles A. Drake on Nov. 23, 1865. They lived on their farms in Bear Creek and Madison Townships until March 1900 when they removed to her late home in Brooklyn. They were the parents of ten children, four of whom survive, Mrs. Wesley Crawford, J. A. Drake, Florence and May all of Brooklyn. No one but a mother can realize the weary hours, the sleepless nights, the sacrifices it meant to rear a family of small children under conditions which were never easy in those days. Neither can they realize the grief of giving up four of those little ones to the angel of Death. Yet, in later years many times these words were heard, “Those were the...

Drake, Charles A. – Obituary

Charles A., native of Ohio, b. Wood Co. 1842, son of Isaac and Nancy (Swaney) Drake. His parents were born in Ohio, the father in Fairfield Co. 1816 and the mother in Richland Co. 1818 and married in Hancock Co., Ia., 1854. Charles Drake married Eliza H. Cunning who was born in Ohio 1846 and came with her parents, Richard and Nancy (Swagler) Cunning to Iowa. [Died January 2, 1914; interment IOOF Brooklyn Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

Tibbals, LeRoy H. – Obituary

Leroy H. Tibbals Dies at Huntington Leroy Havens Tibbals, teacher of music in Baker County for many years, died suddenly the night of October 25 at Huntington, where he has had a music studio for the last two years or more. Mr. Tibbals, who formerly managed the Tibbals Piano store at Baker, was born October 20, 1871 at Deep River, Iowa. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. His wife, Winifred, survives him. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of West and Company at Baker with Rev. Frank Zook officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope cemetery. Source: The Record-Courier, Baker, Baker County, Oregon May 12, 2004 Contributed by: Gary...

Biography of Reverday J. Pierson

Reverday J. Pierson, junior member and business manager of the well-known firm of Holmes & Pierson, the editors and proprietors of the Riverside Daily Press and Weekly Horticulturist, of Riverside, is a native of Licking County, Ohio, and was born in 1848. When a child his parents moved to Springfield, Illinois, and thence in 1857 to Poweshiek County, Iowa. He was engaged in his attendance in the public schools until fifteen years of age, and then apprenticed to the printers trade at Montezuma, Iowa. After serving his apprenticeship, he commenced his travels as a journeyman, and was engaged on the Chicago Tribune, and also several job offices in Chicago and St. Louis. In 1866 his roving disposition prompted him to enter the United States military service, and he enlisted in the Fifth United States Cavalry. The next two years was spent with his regiment on the Pacific coast and in the Territories, being stationed in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and California, his first advent in Southern California in 1868, at which time he was the hospital steward of Drum Barracks at Wilmington. In 1869 he was honorably discharged from the service, and after some months working at his trade in San Francisco, Sacramento and Marysville, returned to his home in Iowa. Shortly after his arrival there he established the Malcolm Gazette, which he later consolidated with the Montezuma Republican, and for the next three years conducted one of the most successful newspaper enterprises of that section. In 1873 he located at Des Moines, Iowa, and was engaged as one of the editors and publishers of the Iowa State Journal, until...

Biography of John Kimberland Scott

The subject of this sketch the present States Attorney of Rock Island County, was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on November 26, 1870. His parents were William W. Scott, now deceased, and Margaret (Hickey) Scott, the former of sturdy Scotch, and the later of keen, energetic Irish ancestry. Mr. Scott’s father served three years during the Civil War as a member of Company M, Eighth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, and was for almost forty years a locomotive engineer on the Rock Island Railway, and for one term an alderman from the Seventh Ward of Rock Island. John K. Scott came to Rock Island County with his parents in 1875, having lived the first few years of his life in Muscatine and later in Brooklyn, Iowa. He attended the public schools of the City of Rock Island and graduated from the high school in the Class of ’89, being president of his class. He then entered the Rock Island post office, where he was employed as a letter carrier until September, 1893, when, having saved enough money to realize his cherished ambition, he resigned his position and entered the law department of the State University of Iowa. He graduated from that institution in 1895, as president of the law class of that year. Mr. Scott was for two years professionally associated with C. J. Searle, and in 1897 he was appointed by President McKinley United States Consul at La Chaux De Fonds, in Switzerland, resigning that position after one year of service to re-enter the practice of the law in Rock Island. He was elected City Attorney of Rock Island in 1899,...

Gwin, Mary Breneman Fry – Obituary

Mrs. Mary Gwin, 90, former Poweshiek County resident, died June 2 [1963] at Waterloo where she had made her home with a daughter for the past 23 years. Funeral services were held June 5 from the McAninch Funeral Home in Victor with the Rev. James Robinson of the Malcom Methodist Church officiating. Vocal music was by Hollis Fish, accompanied by Mrs. Bette Rieke at the organ. Pallbearers were Vern Ocheltree, Vic VanHamme, Horace Wahl, Richard Hull, Roy LeBeau, and Forest Farnum. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery at Victor. The daughter of Peter and Barbara Niswander Breneman, she was born March 10, 1873 in Greenmount, Va. When she was two years old, the family moved to Millersburg, Iowa, where she received her education. The family then moved to Carnforth where she became a member of the Congregational Church, later attending at Victor. She was married to William Fry on April 3, 1895, and to this union two children were born, Paul of Marshalltown and Mrs. Henry (Esther) Stahl of Grinnell. Her husband died in 1901 and she was married to Jacob R. Gwin of Victor on Nov. 4, 1903. He died Oct. 28, 1937. They made their home on a farm south of Victor until retiring and were the parents of three children-Clarence, who died Jan. 5, 1903, Arnold of Guernsey, and Mrs. Margaret Reedy of Waterloo. She is survived by 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Suzanne Bucknam of Council Bluffs; and a brother, Edward of Eugene, Ore. Also preceding her in death were four brothers-William, Oscar, John, and Frank; and a sister, Mrs. Emma O’Halloran. Contributed...
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