Linn County Obituaries


PALMER, Martha nee Clark
MARION (Iowa) SENTINEL, Thurs., December 7, 1893

Mrs. Martha Palmer, nee Clark, was born in Schenectady, N. Y., March 18, 1818, died Marion, Iowa, Dec. 3, 1893, aged 75 years, 8 months, 15 days.
Mrs. Palmer's health was poor for the past year, but her last and fatal illness began two weeks ago with a stroke of paralysis, which terminated in death on Sabbath morning.
Mrs. Palmer was united in wedlock to Mr. Sylvanus W. Palmer, April 2, 1836, and lived nearly 40 years of married life. Jan., 2, 1875, death broke the happy union, when her husband who was a devoted and earnest Christian worker in the M. E. church, and a loving and true husband was called to the higher life. This union, was blessed with seven children, five sons and two daughters. One of the sons died in infancy. The two daughters after grown to womanhood and enjoyed a brief period of marriage life [Sic.], died at the age of 24. The other sons survive their mother's death and were present in her last illness administering every comfort possible.
Mother Palmer gave her heart to the Lord at the early age of 15, and became a member of the M. E. church, and remained a faithful and honored member ever since. In the year 1843, she with her husband moved from New York to Kane Co., Ill., where they shared in the hardships and privations of early Methodism in that state; the home was always open for the minister of the Gospel of Christ, then hospitality was given cheerfully and freely.
In 1863 they moved from Ill., to Linn Co., Iowa. Here after 12 years of united toils and strugglings our sister suffered a severe stroke of affliction by the death of her husband, but she bore it with perfect resignation and Christian fortitude. Since then Mother Palmer has lived with her sons spending the last 4 years of her life with her son C. A. Palmer.
Mother Palmer was an honored Christian woman, and that Christian patience and fortitude which characterized her whole Christian fife of 60 years was more perfectly exemplified in her last sickness. She was willing to suffer, as well as to do, for her Master. Her faith was strong in God and her hope bloomed with immortality. She has entered into hopes fruition.
Services were held at the M. E. church, Springville, conducted by Rev. Walter Piper, Rev. Schaffer assisting. Internment in the Springville cemetery.


May Andrews nee Pugh
May Pugh Andrews was born November 20, 1882 in Jackson Township, Delaware County, Iowa the daughter of John and Temperance (Harvey) Pugh. When May was four years old her parents bought the Eagle Hotel in Troy Mills where May grew to young womanhood. She was united in marriage to Will Andrews, who was born in Kansas March 23,1880, son of Wallace and Lydia (Alexander) Andrews of rural Troy Mills. They farmed in the Troy Mills vicinity most of their married life before retiring. After their retirement they bought a small acreage in Troy Mills expecting to enjoy their retirement. However, the janitor at the Troy Mills school quit suddenly and the school board convinced "Billy" to take the job until they could find a replacement, well that turned out to a job Billy loved so he and May worked there until 1963. After they retired their son Andy took the job and worked there for many years before he retired. I am told my grandpa Andrews also was a janitor at the school so guess it was a family tradition.
The Will and May Andrews family included eight children all born in the Troy Mills vicinity. The oldest Harley Voltaire was born June 7, 1903, Alvin LeRoy born December 19, 1904, Leora Gladys born November 20, 1906, Naeoma Gertrude born March 11,1913, Andrew Clair born October 23, 1916, John Wallace born March 10, 19 Zella LeRue born February 10, 1923 and Harry Homer born November 12, 1927. All the children married
Will died November 6, 1966 in the Wood Nursing Home in Cedar Rapids after a short illness. He had been a resident of the Troy Mills vicinity for eighty-four years. Eight children, twenty-four grandchildren and thirty-five great grand children; a sister Angela Cook of Troy Mills and a brother Earl of Oelwein, Iowa survive him. A son Orval preceded him in death. Funeral Services were held at the Troy Mills Christian Church conducted by the Rev. Hugh W, Ghormley. Music: Mrs. Virgil Chester. Bearers: Ray Carson, Harlan Walton, Carl Walton, Bill Dusil, Elza Jefferies and Ralph Akers. Interment in the Troy Mills Cemetery. May died December 24, 1972. Her eight children survive her; Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Troy Mills burial was in the Troy Mills cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Barton G, Murray, Organist; Mrs. Irma Chester Interment; Bearers: Ray Carson, Carl Walton, Elza Jefferies, Burl Walton, Ralph Akers and DeWitt Cameron.


Fred Stoneking
Contributed by, Lynn Marti

Rites Thursday Funeral services for Fred Scott Stoneking,
93, life-long re-sident of Linn County, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Thurs-day) at the Morgan Funeral home, the Rev. Charles Q.Wallace officiating. Burial will be In Camp-bell Cemetery.
Mr. Stoneking died Tuesday at Mt. Vernon Rest Home, where he had lived for five years. He was born Apr. 28, 1878, west of Mt. Vernon and attended Caraway rural school. He was a retired farmer. He married Annie Ma-chula Feb. 24, 1904, near Iowa City. She died in 1967.
Surviving are two sons, Dale Stoneking, Mt. Vernon, and Clair Stoneking, Marion; a daughter, Mrs. Katie Wright, Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Harry and Roy Stoneking, Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren and 13 great grand-children.
Violet V. Adams
Contributed by, Sharon
Cedar Rapids Gazette Sunday, July 14, 1991
Violet V. Adams, 94, of the Anamosa Care Center formerly of Cedar Rapids died Friday at the Care Center after a long illness. Services at 1 PM on Monday at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. Burial at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cedar Memorial Funeral Home from 3 to 7 PM on Sunday and at the Chapel after noon on Monday. She was born on Sept.. 20, 1896 in Toddville. She married Lester E. Adams on Dec. 6, 1911 in Marion. She was a homemaker and a member of Central Church of Christ.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Ruby Gephart of Marion and Cecel Clifton of Las Vegas, Nev. One brother, Ben Tylee of Marion. 3 sisters, Beatrice Waterbury and Olive Kahler both of Cedar Rapids and Velma Jedlicka of Des Moines. 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was proceeded (sic) in death by a daughter, Valeta Mollenhauer and a son Floyd V. Adams. Calvin
W. Wilson will officiate.
Lester Edmond Adams
Contributed by, Sharon
Cedar Rapids Gazette Sunday, November 5, 1978
Lester Edmond Adams, 85, of 1007 O Avenue NW, died Saturday following a sudden illness. He had been a Cedar Rapids resident for the past 45 years. Born December 30,1892 in Solon, he was married to Violet Tylee on December 6, 1911 in Marion, Iowa.
He was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad for 59 years and was a member of the Central Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Cecel Clifton, and Ruby Gephart both of Cedar Rapids; a son, Floyd V. of Freeport, ILL; two sisters Viola Heaton and Nora Herr both of Waterloo; 10 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 Monday at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Norman L. Bales of the Central Church of Christ officiating. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Cedar Memorial Funeral Home after 1:00 Sunday and at the Chapel after 2:15 Monday.
M.L. Weatherwax,
Contributed by, Kathy Weatherwax

Iowa Pioneer Dies, Age 82
May 7, 1916 - The death of Martin L. Weatherwax, age 82 years occurred at his home in Twenty-third Avenue west, at 7:30 a.m. today. Funeral services will be announced later.
Mr. Weatherwax was born in Schenectady County, New York, July 3, 1834, and in 1848 came with his parents to Kane County, Illinois. In 1854 he came to Iowa, settling on a farm in Benton County.
His marriage to Nancy J. Clark occurred August 7, 1859, and together they had lived in and around Linn County since that time, the last twenty-five years having spent in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Weatherwax is survived by his widow, five brothers, Archie of Charles City;
Thomas J. of Palo; Charles of Alexandria, Minn.; Louis P. of Yampa, Idaho, and Hendrick A. of Shellsburg, and one sister, Mrs. Lourinda Kline of Palo.
Mr. Weatherwax had enjoyed perfect health until a few years ago.
Mrs. Martin L. Weatherwax Dead
Contributed by, Kathy Weatherwax
Jan. 24, 1921 - Mrs. M.L. Weatherwax died at her home south of this city, Sunday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 a.m. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J.H. Pease; one brother, David Parks of Malta, Mont.; two sisters, Mrs. Lavina Allen of Arnold, Ark.; and Mrs; Jasie Grass of California. Also five grandchildren, Earl B. Pease of Great Falls, Mont.; Eloise J.; Clark H.; George D. and John M. Pease, all of this city.
Funeral services will be held at the Turner chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. C.K. Hudson will officiate and burial will be in Linnwood Cemetery.
Nancy J. Clark was born Dec. 16, 1840 in Sheridan County, MO. When a small child she moved with her parents to Iowa and has since lived in and near Cedar Rapids since that time. She was united in marriage to Martin L. Weatherwax in 1859.
Thomas J. Weatherwax,
Contributed by, Kathy Weatherwax
Thomas J. Weatherwax, 86, Civil War Veteran, Iowa Pioneer, Dies At Palo
Special to The Gazette-Republican Palo, March 4, 1929 - Thomas Jefferson Weatherwax, age 86, known as the oldest resident of Palo, and a Civil War veteran, died Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. L.A. Kline of Palo.
Mr. Weatherwax was born near Glenville Corners, Schenectady County, New York, Sept. 4, 1842, the seventh child in a family of twelve children born to Thomas and Jane Weatherwax. The family in November 1848, migrated to Illinois, taking a canal boat to Buffalo, N.Y., then a lake boat to Chicago. They settled near Kaneville, Kane County, Illinois, where they resided till the spring of 1854 when with two covered wagons drawn by oxen they started westward. This time the settled on a farm bought from the government ten miles northwest of Cedar Rapids.
At the time of the Civil War the father with four of the sons enlisted in the Union army, the father in Company A, Thirty-seventh Iowa Infantry (Graybeards). Two sons were in Company I, Twentieth Iowa Infantry, one son in Company K, Eighth Iowa Cavalry, while Thomas J. Weatherwax enlisted in Company E, Forty-sixth Infantry.
Mr. Weatherwax was a pioneer of Sioux County, going there in 1872. He returned to his old Linn County home about 1900. George H. Bushnell and Robert J. Wilson of Cedar Rapids were company comrades of Mr. Weatherwax.
Mr. Weatherwax was never married. He had made his home in Palo for about eight years. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kline, of Palo; two brothers, A.T. of Charles City and C.O. of Alexandria, Minn., many relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church at Palo Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. J.U.L. Smay will be in charge, directing the G.A.R. service and the sounding of Taps. Burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery.
Friends may call at the Clausen chapel, Cedar Rapids, this evening.


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