Obit: Stearns, Henry (1855 - 1922)

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Surnames: Sterns, Longenecker, Roder

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 03/23/1922

Sterns (Stearns), Henry (29 December 1855 - 15 March 1922) *Note the spelling of Sterns, I believe it should be Sterns not Stearns*See other posting for Sterns.

Henry Sterns, formerly well known here, died at Duluth, March 15, 1922.

Henry Stearns was born December 29th, 1855 in Kankakee, Illinois. About 1860 he came to Clark County with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. *Stearns. They settled first in Weston Rapids and later moved to Neillsville. Here he grew up and attended school. All his later life was spent in the timber business. He stayed in Clark County, running camps until the timber was about exhausted, then went to northern Minnesota where he has been ever since, working either as foreman or timber estimator. For the past five years poor health made it impossible to carry on any work. In 1898 he married Christine Roder of Granton, who died on Dec. 29th, 1921. Two children were born to them, Stella, who died in infancy and Ruby, a student in the university of Minnesota, who survives. The remains were brought here for burial last Thursday, accompanied by the daughter. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Saturday, Rev. Longenecker officiating.

Family Note: The Sterns/Stearns name is often misspelled. Henry's wife, Christine Roder Stearns, wrote letters to her sister-in-law, Elvira Roder, and her hand written return address on the envelope, from Duluth, MN is "H. Stearns". I inherited my grandmother Elvira's collection of old letters, sent to her by various family members, and they've been a treasure trove of information. MariAnne Walker, Relative.

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