Vinton Review; November 9, 1910
Mrs. Catharine Dilling was born in Blain County, Penn., September 19, 1826, died Vinton, Iowa, November 6, 1910.
Mrs. Dilling came to Benton County, Iowa, with her husband in 1851, settling on a farm two miles west of the Mt. Pleasant church. They moved to Linn County, Iowa in 1873 and from there to Hardin County where they resided until Mr. Dilling's death in 1901. Mrs. Dilling was the mother of six children, Sadie Jane, and Emory Oliver, who survive her, Etta May, Elizabeth, John and Margaret deceased.
Mrs. Dilling was a faithful Christian and earnest worker in her church. She was greatly loved by a large circle of relatives and friends; besides being a mother to her own children, she raised two grandchildren, giving them the same loving unselfish care she gave her own.
Mrs. Dilling was one of a family of ten children, three whom are still living, Mrs. Maggie Tresh, of Geneva, Neb.; Mrs. Mary Lite, of LeMars; and Mrs. Barbara Walls, of Altamont, Kansas. Mrs. Dilling has long desired to join her husband, whom she has mourned every minute since his death, and when the summons from on high came, she was ready and willing to go.
Funeral services held at Mt. Pleasant church, services being conducted by Rev. M. M. McGlashing, pastor of the United Brethren church, Vinton circuit.
Vinton Review; June 28, 1911
John A. Dilling
John A. Dilling, a resident of Eden Township for the past sixty years, died Tuesday morning, June 27, 1911, at 8:30 o'clock after a long illness with bronchial trouble. He was born December 31, 1833 at Martinsburg, Pa., and both his parents died while he was yet a child. He came to Benton County in 1850, accompanied by his brother Henry. On December 19, 1854, he married at Benton City to Elizabeth R. Leamer, and in 1855 they moved onto the farm in Eden township, which has ever since been their home. Four children were born to them, one of whom, Sarah A. Ferguson preceded the father in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Henrietta Slaybaugh, of Geneva, Neb., Mrs. Emma J. Fry, of Vinton and Mrs. Mary C. Hurless, of Shellsburg. He is also survived by his wife who has been a loyal campanion for more than 56 years. During his life Mr. Dilling followed the occupation of farming and carpenter work, and of a thrifty and saying nature he acquired a competence of this world's goods. He cease active work some years ago, and has been enjoying the fruits of his early toil.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Dilling became members of the U.B. church when it was organized in Benton County, and have since been loyal workers. The funeral services will be held at the Prairie U.B. Church Thursday morning at 11 o'clock and burial will be made in the cemeterty adjoining.