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Skinner, Cecile L. (Rema) Hesla 1846 - 1929


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 6/11/2012 at 16:36:01

Be certain to read submitters notes following the 1st obituary!


Spencer Reporter, Spencer, Buena Vista Co., Iowa, February 27, 1929.

Pioneer Women Dies, Soo Rapids.
Mrs. D. C. Skinner, In State For 78 Years, Was Born In Norway In 1846.

Mrs. D. C. Skinner, 82, a resident of Iowa since 1851, and of Buena Vista county since 1865, died Tuesday, February 18, at her home in Sioux Rapids. She is survived by four daughters; Mrs. R. F. Thomas, of Watertown, South Dakota; Mrs. Alice Carter, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Dora Skinner, of Sioux Rapids; and Mrs. G. Price, of Sioux Rapids; and by two sons; Edward and Olaf Hesla, both of Sioux Rapids. Funeral services were held Friday from the home, Rev. Mr. Wilcox officiating.

Mrs. Skinner was born in Halling Drall, Norway, July 01, 1846, and when three years old came with her parents and three sisters to America. They settled at Rock Prairie, Wisconsin, and remained there until 1851, when they came to eastern Iowa. Here, at the age of 16, she was confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

In 1865, Mrs. Skinner was married to Stengrin E. Hesla, and in the same year came to Buena Vista county, where she has lived since. Her husband was drowned in 1869 and in 1874 she was again married, this time to David C. Skinner, who died July, 1921.


Submitter Notes:

(1.) Mrs. David C. Skinner is the daughter of Lars O. Rema, and a sibling of Tilda L. Rema, Julia L. Rema, Margaret L. Rema, Tolef B. Rema and Ole L. Rema, all of whom are listed in the biography of Ole L. Rema in the book "Past And Present Of Allamakee County, 1913, Vol. 2, Biographies". Her name in the biography of Ole L. Rema is given as Cecile L. Rema, but I have found it spelled in many different ways in census and other records, including; Sissil, Sessle, Sessel, etc.

(2.) The biography of Ole L. Rema also gives the names of the spouses of his siblings and where those couples were living, Cecile is listed as having first married Stengrim Hesla and then David Skinner as in the obituary above except with the spelling of her first husbands first name. David and Cecile are shown as living at Sioux Rapids as in the obituary above.

(3.) Submitter is the GGG Grandson of Lars O. Rema thru his daughter Tilda L. Rema who married John Scott Bryson. These Rema and Bryson families have close ties to Allamakee Co., Iowa, and the submitter would enjoy contact with all their descendants. Use the e-mail link above or send an e-mail to JohnsonGen01@AOL.Com to contact him.

(4.) The image of this obituary was not very clear. The date of death could also be February 10 thru 19, 1929. It looked like 18 or 19. I believe the spelling of her place of birth in the obituary (Halling Drall) is also in error.


Posted by Reid R. Johnson, May 28, 2017:

Spencer News Herald, Spencer, Iowa, Thur., 28 Feb. 1929. Sioux Rapids column.

Mrs. D. C. Skinner was born in Hollingdale, Norway, July 21, 1846, and died February 19, 1929.

In 1849, when three years old, she came with her parents and three sisters to America. They lived for three years at Rock Prairie, Wisconsin, after which they came to Allamakee county, Iowa, in 18__. Here, at the age of 16 she was confirmed in the Lutheran church.

In 1865 she was united in marriage with Stengrim E. Hesla and the same year they came as pioneers to Buena Vista county, where she had lived ever since. To this union were born three children: Edward and Olof Hesla of Prescott, Arizona, and Mrs. George Price of Sioux Rapids.

In 1869 her husband was drowned and in 1874, she married David C. Skinner, who died July 12, 1921.

Three daughters were born to them: Mrs. R. F. Thomas of Watertown, South Dakota, Mrs. Alice Carter of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and DeNora Skinner of Sioux Rapids, Iowa.

The departed is survived by all her children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and one brother, Ole Rema, of Waterville, Iowa.


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