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Belle Plaine Union; Jan. 26, 1922
Mrs. J. P. Henry Passed Away
Caroline M. Henry

Sick Only A Week. Funeral Held From Congregational Church

Belle Paine and this community was saddened the first of the week to learn of the death of Mrs. Caroline M. Henry which occurred at the family home on 7th avenue and 16th street, Sunday afternoon, at 1:30. Mrs. Henry had been critically ill about a week, and altho her health had not been the best for some time, her death was shock to her many friends. The direct cause of her death was ureamic poisoning.

Caroline M. Gaylord was born on the 31st day of December, 1937, at Penfield, Lorain County, Ohio and died at Belle Plaine, Iowa, Sunday, January 22, 1922 at the age of 84 years, and 3 weeks. She was the daughter of Jeddiah and Hannah Gaylord, being the youngest of three daughters. Her school days were spent at home and in the year 1857 she attended Oberlain College. On October 19th, 1863 she was united in marriage to Mr. James P. Henry and to this union were born three son: W. Gaylord who died in infancy; Fred H., of this city and Joseph H. who passed away on March 1st 1915. After living a year on a farm in Ohio, they came west and located in Belle Plaine in March, 1865, where she has since resided. On May 20, 1912 she was preceded in death by the husband, and since that time has lived alone.

Thruout her life Mrs. Henry was a prominent member of the Congregational church and the Women's Relief Corps, being a charter member of both organizations. The loss of Mrs. Henry will be greatly felt in both of these organizations, as well as among many other friends in this community where she has spent the greatest share of her life.

She is survived by a son, Fred H. of this city; two grand daughters, Mrs. W. D. Little of Oelwein and Miss Ruth Henry, of Guthrie, Oklahoma; and two nephews and a niece.

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Submitted on 10-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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Belle Plaine Union; August 16, 1934
Fred H. Henry, Leading Citizen, Died Friday
Fred Howard Henry

Fred H. Henry, pioneer resident of Belle Plaine and engaged in the lumber and coal business here for thirty-five years passed away Friday afternoon at 5:20 p.m. at the University hospital at Iowa City where four weeks previously he had submitted to an operation which it was hoped would prove beneficial to his health which had been very poor in the preceding eight months.

In his death the community lost a highly respected citizen, a man who for more than a generation had been active in its business, religious and social life, and a man who was widely known thruout this and adjoining states in the lumber and coal industries thru his activities in the Northwestern Lumberman's Association and the Northwestern Coal Dealers Association.

With the exception of the years spent attending Cornell College at Mt. Vernon and Oberlin College in Ohio, and eight years when he operated a lumber and coal yard at Ayrshire, Iowa, his entire life was spent in Belle Plaine. He was a son of James P. and Caroline Gaylord Henry and was born in Belle Plaine on the 2nd day of June, 1868. He attended the public schools here and was among the early graduates of the high school, receiving his diploma in 1885.

After attending college at Cornell and Oberlin, he entered the lumber and coal business at Ayshire, Iowa, in 1891 and in 1899 disposed of that business to return to Belle Plaine to take over the lumber and coal business which father had established in Belle Plaine in the late sixties. This business he conducted until failing health compelled him to give it up some six weeks before his death.

The activities of Mr. Henry were many and varied. He was for years a member of the Northwest Lumberman's Association and of the Northwest Coal Dealer's Association. He is a past president of the latter organization and director of the former.

Mr. Henry was a charter member of the Rotary Club and is a past president of that organization. He was active in the Commerce Club, is a past president of that organization and was its treasurer at the time of his death.

For years a prominent member of Christ Methodist Episcopal Church, he served it with fidelity and at the time of his death was a member of the board of trustees and was president of the official board. Interested in education, he served on the board of education of the independent school district of Belle Plaine and was a member of the Alumni Council of Cornell College at Mt. Vernon.

The funeral service for Mr. Henry was held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock in Christ Methodist Episcopal Church and was in charge of his pastor, the Rev. T. M. Neilsen, who was assisted by District Superintendent Henke. Members of the Rotary and Commerce Clubs were present, besides friends, many of a lifetime duration, to fill the structure. The floral decorations massed about the casket were but a tribute of friends to him who had lived so long and so honorably in this community. The tribute to his life and character by his pastor was expressed most touchingly and came from the heart of on who had worked intimately with him. Mrs. Edward Morek presided at the organ and per prelude numbers were effectively rendered. In the simplicity of the service there was to found a symbol of the simple, earnest life, of him in honor of whom they were hold. The pall bearers were Messrs. W. C. Scrimgeour, M. I. Courter, C. E. Wilcox, Henry B. Conklin, H. J. Hartman and R. W. Miller. Burial was in Oak Hill beside his wife.

Among the many friends from a distance present for the last rites were:
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Kerchner of Keota; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Graham of Mason City; Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Barber and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miller of Monroe; H. J. Dane of Iowa City; Nero Dunkle of Gilman; Miss Lucile Stevens of Montour; Mrs. H. E. Little, Miss Mary Little, Mrs. Rose Hickman of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Hickman of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Myers, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Armbruster, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bennett, Mr and Mrs. D. E. Schneider, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Jamison, Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Davis, Mrs. E. E. Krider, D. W. Shine, H. B. Arnold, A. S. Harper, T. L. Hanson and E. V. Stone, all of Oelwein, Iowa.

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Submitted on 10-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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Belle Plaine Union; May 23, 1912
J. P. Henry Laid To Rest
James Penfield Henry

Stricken With Paralysis Seven Weeks Ago

Died Monday Afternoon

Operated First Lumber Yard In Belle Plaine -- Was Civil War Veteran

After lying helpless for seven weeks following a stroke of paralysis, Mr. J. P. Henry one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of this city passed away Monday afternoon shortly before five o'clock. In his death the community loses an honorable and upright citizen, the G. A. R. a faithful and dearly beloved comrade and his family a kind and loving husband and father.

The funeral service as held from the Congregational Church Thursday afternoon and was in charge of the Rev. Vinton Lee who was assisted by the Rev. Clark of Mason City an old friend of Mr. Henry. Many friends were present to pay their last respects to this good man. The G. A. R. and W. R. C. attended in a body and the Old Soldiers had charge of the services at the grave. Interment was in Oak Hill. In the Genealogy of the Henry Family which dates back to 1748, we find that James Penfield Henry was the second child of John Graham Henry and Jane E. Cosper, who had a large family consisting of 12 children 9 of whom grew to maturity.

James Penfield Henry was born May 16th 1833 at Havana New York and stricken with paralysis on March 28th, passed away May 20th 1912 at the age of 79 years and 4 days. When 5 years of age hew went to live with his grand parents in Harpersfield, New York where he received his early education. Remaining there until he was 16 years old he returned to his fathers home where he attended the Academy and later learned the harness trade from his father who the harness maker for the village where he resided.

At the age of 22 he came to Iowa and settled in Tama County where he taught school and worked on the farm. In 1851 he was rod man on the preliminary survey of the road that is now the C & N W Ry from Marshalltown to a point near Grand Junction. When Lincoln issued his [call] for volunteers he enlisted in Col O 10th Iowa Infantry and remained in the service until he received his honorable [discharge]. On October 19th 1863 he was married to Caroline M. Gaylord at Penfield Ohio; to this union were born three children, Gaylord, who died in infancy, Fred H. of Belle Plaine, and Joseph H. of Monticello. He farmed for one year in Ohio and then in March 1865 he emigrated to Belle Plaine where for the first six months clerked in a grocery store.

In the fall of this same year he started the first retail lumber yard in Belle Plaine remaining in business until June 1st 1899, a period of 34 years. He was an active man in the the early days of the organization of the town and he was a member of Town Council, Board of Education and Treasurer of School District at different times.

At the age of 18 years Mr. Henry united with the Episcapalion Church and later joined the Congregational Church.

He helped to organize the first Union Sunday School in Belle Plaine having lived here for over 47 consecutive years.

His record will show that he stood for the right on every occasion regardless of what might be the temporary results. He was a public spirited man always putting forth his best efforts for the advancement of the town and its people.

The following Brothers and Sisters are left to mourn his departure Rev. Wm. M. Henry, New York City, Dr. John A. Henry, Montour Falls, New York, Mrs. Eugene Erway and Marion Bryant Los Angeles California.

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Blairstown Press; Oct. 5, 1923
Dies At Home in Chicago
Louise Lucia Henry

Former Resident Passes Away On September 23 After Lingering Illness

Relatives here received a message of the death of a pioneer resident of this place but of more recent years of Chicago

Mrs. Lucia Henry, wife of Oren T. Henry, deceased, was born May 24, 1859, at Blairstown and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson who were identified with the early history of this place. On November 26, 1884, she was united in marriage with Oren T. Henry in Blairstown. She passed away at her home in Chicago on September 23, 1923, after a lingering illness. She resided here for 25 years and in the intervening years has regularly visited her sister, Mrs. Henry Conklin and had kept in touch with the old friends and made many new ones who will feel their loss. She is survived by her beloved husband, Oren A. Henry, and daughter, Grace; Mrs. C. E. Hornbeck and Mrs. R. M. Comfort, all of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Henry Conklin of Blairstown and brother, F. W. Anderson, of Coon Rapids, Ia. Mrs. Conklin has been with Mrs. Henry during many months of her illness.

Funeral services were held at the home at 6744 Lafayette avenue, Chicago. Interment at Mt. Hope cemetery.

{Submitter comment: Distant cousin. Her husband died in 1928.}

Submitted on 30-Oct-2019 by
John Shuck,

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