Obit: Houghton, Caroline (1823 - 1907)

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----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 12/14/1907

Houghton, Caroline (12 MAR 1823 - 8 DEC 1907)

Death claimed another of the pioneers of Houghtonburg Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Caroline Houghton, who for over fifty years had lived on the farm which she helped claim from the wilderness, answered the final summons. For a number of years she had been a partial invalid, tenderly and lovingly cared for at the home of her son. During the last few weeks she was entirely helpless and suffered much from a paralytic stroke which occurred in November. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon and the remains were laid at rest in the family lot in the Houghtonburg Cemetery, Rev. Frank O. Hesse preaching the sermon. There was a large number of the old settlers present to offer their final tribute of respect to one who had suffered with them in the sorrows and shared with them in the hopes and joys of the pioneer days.

Caroline Walker was born in Green, N.Y., March 12, 1823. She was married to Oliver Houghton of the same place, March 12, 1846. Soon after they came to Wisconsin and settled in Walworth Co., near Lake Geneva.

In the spring of 1855 in company with a number of relatives and friends and their families, they came to Jackson Co. and secured the farm that has been their home for over fifty years.

To this union was born two children, Mrs. Estella Harvey, who died in Sept 1880, and I. C. Houghton, who lives on the old home farm in Houghtonburg. Mr. Houghton died in Jan. 1898, and since that time his companion has longed to be taken too. Mrs. Houghton was one of a family of seventeen children, all of who have lived to have families of their own. One brother, Mr. William Walker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, survives her. Aunt Caroline was converted when she was a young woman and united with the Baptist Church. Many will say she was a good woman, kind and cordial to all. Strangers, as well as friends and neighbors, were always welcome to her home as long as she was able to do for them.

On Nov. 25th she was stricken with paralysis, and suffered until near the end, death relieving her Dec. 8, 1907. We cannot wish her back. The funeral was held at her late home. Rev. Frank Hesse spoke from Phil. 1:4, words of comfort and encouragement to all who heard.



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