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Shellsburg Call; Feb. ,1 1906
Another Pioneer Gone
David Hoyt

Another Pioneer Gone

David Hoyt was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, November 3, 1818. His father, David Hoyt, was a native of New York, his mother, Ruth (Place) Hoyt was born in Vermont. In 1833 the family moved to Portage county, Ohio, Here David Jr. grew to manhood and in 1840 went to Tippecanoe, county, Iowa where for many years he owned and lived upon a fine eighty acre farm about two miles west of this place. In 1862 Mr. Hoyt was united in marriage with Charlotte J. Parker, she was born in Garrard county, Kentucky. July 17, 1817, her parents being Thomas and Mary (Potter) Parker. He with his wife, moved to Shellsburg some twenty years ago where they resided until her death. Mr. Hoyt continued to remain in town until several years after the death of his wife. About twelve years ago he went to the home of his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Bixby where he resided. About one year ago he met with an accident on the railway in which he lost his left arm. This wa a great shock to him and he continued to grow weaker until Thursday morning when the family arose he was found dead in his bed having apparently passed away as if in peaceful sleep.

At the time of his death he was eighty seven years two months and fifteen days old, having rounded out a much longer time than is usually allotted to man. Mr, Hoyt was a member of the Baptist church at this place and was a man whose friends were only known by the number of acquaintances he might have had as he was highly respected by both young and old. No children were ever born to this union and as to the family history the written (then the words are gone from this old article. ) acaquainted although (words are again gone from the article) a brother and a sister (words gone on the article) sides some nephew information (words gone on the article) state as well as agent or write(words are gone again on the article) whom will certanly remember Uncle David Hoyt as a very genial wholesouled man who has gone to his reward. The funeral services were conducted at the home of Wallace Bixby Saturday at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. Pelton of the Baptist church officiating, assisted by Rev. Carson of the M.E. church and Rev. Patterson of the Presbyterian church, all of this place.

Submitted on 17-Oct-2011 by
Sheryl Mason Reynolds, Deneren@aol.com


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J. Chris Hoyt

J. Chris Hoyt, 49, of 2003 Williams boulevard SW, an employe of the Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., died Saturday in a Cedar Rapids hospital following a sudden illness.

Born Dec. 12, 1915, near Norway, he was married to Marian Cole Feb. 20, 1939. They lived in Norway until moving to Cedar Rapids in 1964.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Don Becker of Norway, Mrs. Leon Ockenfels of Cedar Rapids, and Mrs. Harold Wardenburg of Blairstown; seven grandchildren; his mother, Mary Hoyt of Norway; a brother, Dale of Dysart, and three sisters, Mrs. Earl Ellingson of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Harold Brockschink and Leone Riley, both of Norway.

Services: Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church, Norway. Burial: Linnwood cemetery. Friends may call at the family home in Cedar Rapids.
Submitted on Mar 5, 2005 by
Nancy Montague, n.montague@mchsi.com


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John C. Hoyt, 80, Dies at Norway - Services at Methodist Church
John C. Hoyt

John C. Hoyt, 80, a retired Norway farmer, died suddenly Monday morning at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1878, in Iowa county, son of John and Mary Hoyt. He was married to Mary Frimml on Feb. 18, 1903, at Marengo. Forty-seven years ago they moved to their farm southeast of Norway where they have lived until Mr. Hoyt's death.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Mrs. Earl Ellingson of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Harold Brockschink and Mrs. Chester Riley of Norway; two sons, Dale of Garrison and Chris of Norway; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Mrs. William Hampel of Clear Lake and Mrs. Dick Reinau of Meeker, Colo.; and one half brother, Harry Hoyt, of Cedar Rapids.

Services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church in Norway with Rev. J. B. Ackman officiating. Burial was in Mound cemetery.
Submitted on Mar 5, 2005 by
Nancy Montague, n.montague@mchsi.com


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Cedar Rapids Gazette; November 28, 1916, page 1
FUNERAL OF WATKINS PIONEER ON FRIDAY John Christopher Hoyt Lived Continuously in Iowa for Fort-Nine Years.
John Christopher Hoyt

Funeral services for John Christopher Hoyt, who died at his home, 611 South Third street west, yesterday at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the home Friday at 7:30 a.m. The body will be taken to Watkins, Iowa for burial.

Mr. Hoyt was born in Baden, Germany, March 29, 1848, and came to America when he was 17 years of age, settling on a farm near Watkins, Iowa, in Benton county. April 27, 1870, he was united in marriage to Mary C. Lacher, of Watkins, and to this union seven children were born, of whom a daughter, Mrs. D. F. Newton, of Blairstown, and four brothers, John, of Norway, Frank and Albert, of Garner, and Earl, of Raymond, South Dakota, are still living.

February 16, 1888, his wife died, and on October 29, 1890, he was united in marriage to Emily Hubner of Cedar Rapids. To this union four children were born: two daughters, Mrs. Will Hample of Garner and Emily, who is staying at home; and two sons, Harry and Walter, both of whom are at home. Besides his wife and children Mr. Hoyt is survived by two brothers, Joseph of Arkansas, and Jacob of Marengo, Iowa. Mr. Hoyt has been a continous resident of Iowa for the last 49 years, having lived on his farm until 1904, when he moved to Cedar Rapids.

{Submitter comment: This is the obituary for my great-great grandfather.}
Submitted on Apr 28, 2004 by
Michelle C. Golightly, golightlymoo@juno.com


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Marengo Republican; February 20, 1888

Mary Katherine (Lacher) Hoyt

Mary Hoyt, wife of John C. Hoyt died at her residence in Benton Co. near Watkins on Thursday, February 17, of typhoid fever age 35 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lacher of Washington township and was a lady of high esteem and loved by friends.

{Submitter comment: Mary was my great great grandmother.}
Submitted on Wed Jul 11 16:15:43 2001 by
Michelle C. Golightly, golightlymoo@juno.com


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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR WALTER HOYT, 46, HELD AT WATKINS, IOWA, FRI.
Mr. Hoyt Was Recuperating From An Illness At The Home Of His Sister, Mrs. Hempel
Walter "Walt" R. Hoyt

Funeral services for Walter R. Hoyt, age 46, who died quite suddenly while visiting at the home of his sister, Mrs. Will Hempel, were held Friday afternoon in the Community Church at Watkins, Iowa.

The funeral address was given by the Rev. Frank Ward, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, pastor of the Sunshine Mission.

Mr. Hoyt had a kindly disposition and a pleasing personality, which won many friends and filled the church to capacity at his last rites.

Interment was made on the family lot in the St. Clair Township Cemetery near Watkins, Iowa, and the mound of earth which marked his final resting place, was covered with the many flowers provided by his friends and loved ones.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Wellemeyer Funeral.

The following obituary was read from the pulpit:.

Walter Ray Hoyt was born on May 19th, 1894, at Watkins, Benton County, Iowa, the 2nd of a family of four children born to his parents, J. C. and Emily Hoyt.

His childhood days were spent near Watkins, Iowa, where he attended the rural schools of St. Clair township.

Later he completed a commercial course at a Cedar Rapids Business College and thus fitted him to do office wrok or various kinds.

For 12 years he was employed as secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at Cedar Rapids, and recently he was employed in the offices of the Newel Construction Co. at Cedar Rapids.

At the age of 2 1/2 years, Walter Hoyt was stricken with infantile paralysis with left him lame and he was obliged to walk with crutches thereafter.

Some weeks ago he became ill and went to the home of his sister, Mrs. Will Hempel hoping to regain his health on their farm near Clear Lake, Iowa. But, his condition took a sudden turn for the worse and after spending 10 days in a Mason City hospital, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, July 31st, 1940.

He reached the age of 46 years, 2 months and 12 days.

He leaves besides his mother, 1 brother, Harry Hoyt, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 2 sisters, Emily Hoyt, Colorado, and Mrs. Wm. Hempel, Clear Lake, Iowa. 4 half brothers and sisters, Mrs. D. F. Newton, Blairstown, Iowa; J. C. Hoyt, Norway, Ia.; F. D. Hoyt, Garner, Ia.; and Earl Hoyt, Crockston, Minn.

His father and one brother, Albert L. Hoyt preceeded him in death.
Submitted on Apr 28, 2004 by
Michelle C. Golightly, golightlymoo@juno.com


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