BALCOM, Mary F. (Baker) 1823-1906
BALCOM, BAKER, MARTINDALE, MORTENDOLL, BEELE, BELL, STARR, FARNHAM, FARNUM, WILLIAMS, SMITH, HARMON, LEDGER
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Date: 7/16/2011 at 19:19:00
Waterloo Daily Courier
4 Aug 1906
Old Settler Is Called
Mrs. Mary Balcom, Who Had Lived in County Over Forty Years.
Mary F. Balcom, one of the oldest residents of this county but for the past six years living with her daughter at Mason City, died this morning at 3:45 at Mason City, the cause of death being cancer of the stomach. Deceased lived for more than forty-two years on a farm just beyond the Park. Her husband, C. E. Balcom, died seven years ago and was buried in Fairview. The remains of Mrs. Balcom will be brought to Waterloo tonight and funeral services will be held at the undertaking rooms of O'Keefe & Towne tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
Mrs. Mary Balcom was born in Syracuse, N. Y., in 1823, being at the time of her death just 83 years old. She was married and came with her husband to Iowa in 1858, settling in Black Hawk county, where she lived more than forty years, when, after her husband died, she moved to Mason City, where death occurred.
Deceased leaves six daughters and three sons to mourn her death, Mrs. Stella Martindale, Des Moines; Mrs. Etta Beele, New Kirk, Oklahoma; Mrs. S. W. Harmon, Mason City; Mrs. G. M. Starr, Giff, S. D.; Mrs. Emma Farnham, who lives on a farm twelve miles south of Waterloo; Mrs. Julia Ledger, Marshalltown; Edward and Frank Balcom, Brodgate, Ia.; F. D. Balcom, Waterloo. A daughter, Mrs. Nettie Williams, died only a month ago in New Kirk, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Delia Smith died at Spencer four years ago. Flo and Roy Balcom of this city are grandchildren of deceased.
Semi Weekly Reporter
7 Aug 1906
Pioneer Settler Succumbs.
Mrs. Mary Balcom Died This Morning at Mason City of Cancer.
Mrs. Mary F. Balcom, a resident of Waterloo for 42 years, died Saturday morning at Mason City where she made her home during the last six years. Death occurred at 3:45 o'clock after a lingering illness of cancer of the stomach. The remains will be brought to Waterloo for burial.
Mrs. Balcom was a native of New York state and was born in Syracuse. She was the widow of the late C. E. Balcom, who died here seven years ago and whose remains are buried in Fairview cemetery. Shortly after his death Mrs. Balcom went to Mason City to make her home and continued to reside there until her death. She was an Episcopalian in religion.
Deceased is the mother of F. D. Balcom, of Waterloo, and of the following sons and daughters: Ed. and Frank, of Broadgate, Iowa; Mrs. Stella Mortendoll, Des Moines; Mrs. Etta Bell, Newkirt, Okla.; Mrs. A. W. Harmon, Mason City; Mrs. G. Starr, Giff, S. D.; Mrs. James Ledger, Marshalltown, and Mrs. Emma Farnham, who resides twelve miles south of Waterloo.
The body will be brought to Waterloo for burial. Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the undertaking rooms of O'Keefe & Towne. Burial will be in Fairview.
(Contributor Note: Many contradictions and errors between these two. Farnham should be Farnum. Martindale/Mortendoll should be Martindale. Uncertain about the Beele/Bell surname. - J.C.)
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