Ella M. Day ((1862-1949)
Posted By: Carl Malone (email)
Date: 6/21/2017 at 15:38:24
The Adams County Free Press
February 3, 1949
Ella Day, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Jane Day, was born March 8th, 1862 in Burlington, Iowa and departed this life January 29, 1949 in the hospital at Red Oak, aged 86 years, 10 months and 21 days. She suffered a stroke on Wednesday morning at her home and was taken at once to the hospital but efforts to save her life were in vain.
When two years of age she moved with her parents and family to Corning, making the trip by covered wagon. They lived in Corning and the father farmed on land adjoining the town.
The railroad to Corning was finished in 1869, and the town began developing rapidly from a mere dream into a county seat. The children attended school in Corning, and in addition to his farm work the father worked in a Cooper shop as needed.
Being church people, they bought their church membership with them from the Methodist Church in Burlington. Miss Ella, along with other members of the family became charter members of the Methodist Church at Corning, which was legally organized in September 1869. She remained a member of this church till her death.
In about 1886 Miss Ella went to Kansas City to teach school but returned later to help care for her mother, who was in failing health and who passed away about 34 years ago.
She then returned to Kansas City to help her sister Sarah, who had been left with two children to care for. She brought these children to Corning for a year or so but then returned to Kansas City and lived there until 1927. That year she finally returned to Corning to care for her sister, Letitia, who with a brother in Kansas City survives her, along with a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives, neighbors and many friends.
As can be seen she spent the greater part of her life in caring for others. And in her passing, Corning has lost another one of its pioneers who watched the community grow from almost nothing to a thriving county seat city. And likewise with her slipping away the Corning Methodist Church lost another of its very few remaining Charter members of eighty years ago.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 31, at 2 p.m. from the Boyd Roland Co., Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Robert T. White. Music was by John Riegel, accompanied by Mrs. Lyle Posten. Pall bearers were W. W. Scott, E. W. Compton, Charles Wheatley, Clifford Chase, Glen Steuckradt and Ted Turner. Interment wss made in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Adams Obituaries maintained by Kathy Parmenter.
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