Obit: Hugoboom, Melia (1836 - 1927)

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----Source: WEEKLY CLARION (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 01/14/1927

Hugoboom, Melia (26 FEB 1836 - 9 JAN 1927)

Mrs. Sullivan Hugoboom died at her home in this village (Dorchester, Clark Co., Wis.), Sunday evening, January 9th, 1927, at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 13 days. She was taken ill witht eh flu eight weeks ago and because of her age was unable to overcome its effects and she grew weaker and finally death came to relieve her sufferings.

The funeral service was held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Walter officiating, and Wednesday morning the remains were taken to Oshkosh for burial. G. N. Schultz, G. Genrich, J. E. Allar, A. Sorenson, John Buehrens and Matt Leslie acted as pallbearers here.

Rev. Walter, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Hugoboom and Mrs. E. M. Swarthout accompanied the remains to Oshkosh, where they were joined by J. R. Swarthout of Milwaukee, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kliss of Oshkosh, who accompanied her to her final resting place.

Mrs. Hugoboom was one of the early settlers here more than 50 years ago and in spite of the fact that death had entered again and again and robbed her of dear ones and also the fact that she was totally blind for more than 30 years, she was as cheery and jolly as if she had never had a care.

But she was anxious and glad to go and no wonder for a host of dear ones were there to greet her on the other shore.

Melia Woodin was born in Munson, Geauga Co., Ohio, Feb. 26, 1836, the daughter of Aaron G. and Eve Syperlie Woodin. Here she lived with the home folks, finishing high school and qualifying for the teaching profession. A position was offered her at Caloma, Waushara Co., Wis., which she accepted and it was here she met Mr. Hugoboom, which culminated in their marriage at that place on Jan. 1, 1856. For two years they resided on the Hugoboom homestead on Burr Oak Prairie on the Indian lands which Mr. Hugoboom's father had homesteaded in 1850. From here they moved to the city of Oshkosh where they lived until 1875, when they came to Dorchester and built the first hotel, called the Central House, which they conducted until Nov. of 1889, at that time retiring to private life.

Mr. Hugoboom died July 2, 1892, and since that time Mrs. Hugoboom has resided at her home where she passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugoboom had 4 children, two now living, Mrs. Eva Swarthout of Abbotsford, and R. W. Hugoboom. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, and a large circle of friends.

Those here from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Bramble of Neillsville, Mrs. Harry Brown of Loyal, Ardath Hugoboom of Minneapolis, and O. C. Vangsness of Sagola, Mich.



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