Obit: Colgrove, Almira (1832 - 1918)

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Surnames: WELLS COLGROVE RUNDLE BROWN DAVIS BRANDSTEDTER, CREVISTON

----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 08/24/1918

Colgrove, Almira (15 OCT 1832 - 20 AUG 1918)

Almira Wells was born at Truxton, Cortland Co., N.Y., Oct. 15, 1832. When three years of age her parents moved to Medina Co., Ohio, and when eight years of age her parents moved to McHenry Co., Ill., where she lived until her marriage to Mr. Joshua L. Colgrove, on July 4, 1855. In Nov. 1869, they moved to this vicinity (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.), where they have since resided on the farm a half mile south of the village. Mrs. Colgrove came from a family of pioneers. Her parents journeyed from New York westward to Illinois with oxen and wagon, and after her marriage she came here with a team and wagon, each move being made long before the railroad had penetrated the undeveloped lands. Her early life, though one of hardship, was a happy one, and the happy spirit continued throughout the four score years and more of her days.

Mrs. Colgrove died about two o'clock Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, 1918. The end came peacefully after an illness of six and a half years duration, during part of which time she suffered greatly, but always bore the pain with patience and fortitude. She was converted at eighteen years of age and joined the Methodist Church. To her there was no dark valley; she awaited her summons in peace and like a weary child, fell asleep to awaken in a fairer clime and clasp glad hands with loved ones gone before. She leaves to mourn her death, he aged husband, one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Rundle, and one sister, Mrs. Charlotte Brown of Marengo, Ill., who with her daughter Mrs. Laura Davis, and son, Milo Frink of Rockford, Ill., was present at the last sad rite.

The funeral services were held at her late home, under the plum trees that her hand had nurtured, at 2:00 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Robert Pow. A profusion of flowers covered her casket, kind tributes from neighbors and friends whom her pleasant manner and bright smile had cheered in days that are past. A fitting emblem that betokened a well spent life and a well grounded hope was a sheaf of ripened wheat emblematical of her life, which had borne its fruit and was now gathered into the harvest. Burial was in the Houghtonburg Cemetery, with Charles Houghton, Clarence Houghton, Mahlon Houghton, Oscar Richard, Henry Rundle and Gus Gower as pallbearers. The first five were relatives of the deceased and the latter a neighbor for half a century. The choir, composed of Mrs. C. H. Creviston, Miss Zella Brandstedter, W. F. Hein and R. A. Creviston, sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Jesus, Savior Pilot Me," "He Leadeth Me" and "Home of the Soul," some favorite hymns of Mrs. Colgrove's.

 

 


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