Obit: Wise, Lois H. (1841 - 1916)

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Surnames: WISE SPRAGUE BOVEE VANNOSTRAND BENTLEY WHITCOMB

----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 03/04/1916

Wise, Lois H. (11 JUN 1841 - 29 FEB 1916)

S. A. Wise received a telegram from Chicago Tuesday stating that his wife had died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sprague, during the night before. Mrs. Wise had been in feeble health for some time past, and a number of months ago was taken to the home of her daughter for care. She was in her 76th years. Undertaker M. Kretschmer went to Chicago Tuesday night to bring the remains home, arriving her Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, being set at that time awaiting the arrival of her daughter Mrs. Bovee, from Wallace, Idaho. Burial will be in the Mentor Cemetery. Mrs. Wise was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

(Follow on in 3/11/1916 Humbird Enterprise)

Lois H. Vannostrand was born at Gloversville, N.Y., June 11, 1841, and died at the home of her daughter in Chicago on Feb. 29, 1916, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 18 days.

At the age of twelve years she came with her parents to Wisconsin, where the family settled in Lewis Valley, near Black River Falls, they being the relatives of the Spaulding families who were the first settlers and founders of that city. The trip was full of hardships, as was all pioneer life, and was made by boat from Prairie du Chien, and up the Black River on one of the "poled boats", then commonly used on river traffic. She grew to young womanhood in the valley where the family settled and was married at Black River Falls May 14, 1858, to Edward Bentley. To this union five children were born, only two of whom survive, Mrs. Mary Sprague of Chicago, and Mrs. C. Bovee of Box Elder, Montana.

Her husband, Mr. Bentley, answered Lincoln's call to arms and served three years in the war of the rebellion, being discharged in 1865. He died two years after the close of the war.

About this time the subject of this sketch took up her residence in this vicinity with her family of children. In the spring of 1874, she was united in marriage to Mr. Samuel A. Wise, of this village (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.), who survives her. To them were born two sons, Everett S. and Bertram A. These young men grew to manhood in Humbird, but both have answered the final summons, Bertram died March 19, 1901; and Everett's death occurred on Nov. 10, 1915, at Helena, Mont., being survived by a wife and five children. Mrs. Wise is also survived by one other grandson, Roy R. Whitcomb, whose home is in Montana.

Mrs. Wise's home has been in this vicinity for the past forty-eight years, and during that period many neighborly acts of kindness have been attributed to her more especially when the country was new and settlers were few. The community has lost another from the rapidly depleting ranks of the pioneers, whose hard labor and early struggles in founding and maintaining their home have given to posterity the comforts and blessings which are enjoyed today. But none can say that these pioneers labored and bore their hardships in vain.

The last illness of Mrs. Wise dates back for some time. Failing both bodily and mentally, she was taken to the home of her daughter several months ago for care, and there her summons came at the time noted above. A devoted wife, a kindly mother, and a true friend to all who knew her. She was a member of the Methodist Church in this village, and was also affiliated with the Humbird Chapter of the Order of the eastern Star, andw as buried under the auspices of that order.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church last Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. S. Witherbee, and the burial was in the Houghtonburg Cemetery. Relatives from away who were here to attend the funeral were her daughter Mrs. C. Bovee of Montana, and Mrs. G. H. Lincoln of Owen.

 

 


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