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HALSEY, John Wesley 1847 - 1929


Posted By: Cindy Maust Smith (email)
Date: 9/11/2020 at 10:36:16

The Monona Leader, February 14, 1929, Monona Iowa, Page 4

"Leaves have their time to fall
And wither at the north wind's call
But thou, oh Death (?) hath all seasons
for thine own."

John Wesley Halsey was born in Stuben County, New York, Nov. 10, 1847.

He came to Iowa with his parents when a small child and grew to manhood in this state. In the year 1880 he was united in marriage with Nettie Adelaide Will(?)ott of Sacsville, Wis. Here they made their home for five years. Three children were born to this union, Cora, (Mrs. Wm. Burt, Harpers Ferry, Iowa,) Nora (Mrs. Jake Beall, Waukon) and Dora (Mrs. George Fish, Decorah.) The mother died November 25, 1885, leaving Dora an infant. Mr. Halsey then returned with his three little children to Allamakee County, where he with the help of the oldest daughter, Cora, made a home for his two smaller children.

In 1918 he moved from his farm to Waukon where he had chosen to live alone until August 31, 1928 when he went to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Burt, where he was tenderly cared for during his last, long illness. He died February 10, 1929 at the age of 81 years, and three months.

He is survived by his three daughters, five sisters, Mrs. Charley Johnson, Mrs. Wm. Pettit, Mrs. Charley Burnham, Mrs. Rose Barns and Miss Mary Halsey, two brothers, Abraham and Frank, and two half-brothers, Oran and Thadeus. He had seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, one half-sister.

He was a man of high ideals which won for him a large number of friends. Though he had not affiliated himself with any particular church, he had a strong christian faith and was ready when his last summons came to leave his earthly home for the one he had prayed to enter.

"From our chain another link has fallen,
In our land a star has set.
But enshrined in memory's tablet,
His true worth we'll ne'er forget."

Funeral services were held Feb.12th in the Volney Church conducted by Rev. H.E. Morrow. Burial was made in Smithfield cemetery.


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