Emma Elizabeth (1855 - 1934)
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Surnames: Houghton, Weidler, Levis, Harvey, Wunsch, Nordahl, Holder, Noble, Durin, Vantassel, Miller
----Sources: Humbird Enterprise (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) Sat., 8 Dec. 1934
Houghton, Emma Elizabeth (28 March 1855 - 27 Nov. 1934)
Funeral services for Mrs. I. C. Houghton were held at the Methodist church in this village last Friday afternoon, and were attended by many old neighbors and friends. Rev. V. D. Weidler, pastor of St. John’s Church officiated. Burial was in Houghtonburg Cemetery.
Emma Elizabeth Levis, daughter of Mahlon and Marie Levis, was born on a farm about a mile northeast of Black River Falls, on march 28, 1855. She grew to young womanhood in that vicinity, and was employed in a millinery store in that city at the time of her marriage to Ira Clarence Houghton, on Jun 8, 1873 - sixty-one years age last June.
With the exception of about fifteen years their home has been on the homestead of Mr. Houghton’s father, Oliver Houghton, in the town of Alma, Jackson County, in the vicinity being known to all as "Houghtonburg."
In the early fall following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Houghton went to Viscalia, Calif., and located on a homestead, which was their home for seven years. Returning to Wisconsin, they remained but a short time, and then when the Dakota boom was on, went to Nelson county, in North Dakota, and operated a farm near Michigan City for eight seasons.
Then returning to Wisconsin to remain until the time of her death about 3:30 Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, 1934, at the advanced age of 79 years, 7 months and 29 days.
Mrs. Houghton was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a past matron of Humbird Chapter No. 109.
Those mourning the death of this much loved pioneer woman, are her invalid husband, one daughter, Ella (Mrs. Herbert Harvey) of Beloit; and three sons, two of whom live in the west, Sidney and Hugh, and Mahlon who resides on the home farm. Mrs. Houghton leaves also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a number of other relatives, and many friends.
Two sons from the west were unable to come for the services, and Mr. Houghton was not able to attend. Those present from away were Mr. and Mrs. Harvey, of Beloit, their daughter, Mrs. Ted Wunsch, of Peoria, Ill., and her daughter, Mrs. Nordahl and baby, Theodore, of Beloit. Also Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Holder, Mrs. Harriet Noble and Mrs. Theresia Durin, of Black River Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Vantassel, of Osseo, John Miller, of Ludington.
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