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Blairstown Press, April 14, 1933

Retired Foreman C & N.W. Expires
Alexander Clewitt, 78, was Native Son of England

Alexander Clewitt, 79 year old Blairstown resident, passed away at his home here Wednesday morning at 7:30 o'clock. Mr. Clewitt had been in poor health for about 20 years and since Jan. 1 of this year had grown steadily weaker. Death was due to tumor of the stomach.

Mr. Clewitt was born in New Castle, England, May 7, 1853. With his family he came to Benton county, Iowa, from Canada in 1865. On October 28, 1877 he was married to Sarah Jane Harden who survives. To this union were born one son, Arthur Edwin, who passed away at the age of 7 years, and one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Heck of Blairstown. He also leaves one granddaughter, Mrs. Thelma Chess, of Reed City, Mich. One sister, Mrs. Margaret Heck, of Grants Pass, Ore., and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and many friends.

Mr. Clewitt was a retired foreman on the Northwestern railway, having retired after 29 years of service. A brother, William J. Clewitt, passed away at Van Horne about six weeks ago.

Funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of relatives.

Submitted October 26, 1997, by
John Shuck,

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Blairstown Press, February 2, 1951

Seven of Eight Children Live to Survive Mother

Margaret Jane Clewitt, 93, passed away at the Shuey nursing home in Belle Plaine at 7:30 Sunday morning after an illness of a few days.

She was the daughter of Mary and John Rickert, and was born Apr. 2, 1857, in New Bethal, Ind. On Jan. 13, 1873, she was married to Wm. J. Clewitt at Holy Cross in Keystone. To this union were born eight children.

Mr. and Mrs. Clewitt lived most of their lives in Van Horne, and Blairstown vicinity with the exception of a few years spent in Minnesota and South Dakota. Mr. Clewitt passed away Feb. 28, 1933, and one son also preceded her in death.

She is survived by three sons Geo. Clewitt of Salem, Ore.; John C. Clewitt of North Hollywood; Roy Clewitt of Minneapolis, Minn.; and four daughters, Mrs. Lucy Frye of Belle Plaine; Mrs. Mary Thomson and Mrs. Naomi Matsen of Kerrick, Minn.; and Mrs. Bess Shuck of Blairstown; 20 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Dewey funeral home with the Rev. Robert Spencer in charge.

Burial was in Pleasant Hill cemetery. Grandsons of Mrs. Clewitt were casket bearers.

Submitted June 16, 1997, by
John Shuck,

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Blairstown Press; October 20, 1950

Sarah Jane Clewitt
Sarah Jane Clewitt, 92, passed away at Schuey nursing home in Belle Plaine Saturday morning. Sarah Harden, daughter of Nancy and John Harde, was born in Bedford county, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on September 1, 1858. Her father brought her to Iowa in 1863.. On October 28, 1877, she was married to Alexander Clewitt in the Presbyterian Church. They had a son Arthur and daughter Mabel. Surviving are daughter Mrs. Mable Noble of Grand Rapids, Mich. One granddaughter, Mrs. Thelma Chess of Reed City, Mich. Burial at Pleasant Hill.
Submitted on Jan 14, 2006 by
John Shuck,

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Blairstown Press, March 2, 1933

Wm. J. Clewitt Dies 83 Years of Age

William J. Clewitt, 83 year old Benton county resident, died Tuesday night about 11 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Fry, near Van Horne. The deceased had been ill for about 16 months with cancer.

William J. Clewitt was born Nov. 23, 1849 in Newcastle, England. He came to America when quite young. He engaged in farming for a number of years. He was the first rural mail carrier out of Van Horne, taking charge of route 1 in December, 1902 and served until 1909 when he resigned and moved to Pierre, S.D. From there Mr. and Mrs. Clewitt moved to Kerrick, Minn. where they lived until two years ago, when they came to their daughter's home near Van Horne. On Jan. 13 of this year Mr. and Mrs. Clewitt celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The deceased is survived by his widow, who is 76 years old, four daughters and three sons. The children are Mrs. T. B. Thompson, Roy and Mrs. Matson, all of Kerrick, Minn., George of Willow Lake, S.D., Jack of Lake Andes, S.D., Mrs. Grant Shuck and Mrs. Clarence Fry with whom they made their home. He also leaves one brother, Alex Clewitt of Blairstown, 20 grandchildren and many other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted at one o'clock Friday afternoon at the Fry home, and at 1:30 at the Evangelical church in Van Horne with the Rev. L. L. Orth officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. C. B. Peck, of Blairstown. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery south of Blairstown.

Submitted October 26, 1997, by
John Shuck,

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