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Collins, Ebenezer Ritch 1849-1912


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 10/21/2014 at 17:52:54

Ebenezer Ritch Collins was born at Fairplay, Wis., Jan. 29th, 1849. When he was but a year old, his parents came to Iowa and settled on a homestead in Giard township one and one-half miles east of Monona. There his childhood days were spent and there he grew to manhood.

On July 30, 1873, he was united in marriage with Miss Laura R. Minda Hellenbolt, of Luana, Iowa. Five children were born to this union, Olive May (Mrs. Hines) of Littleport; Sylvanis R. (Mrs. Bradley Tapper) of Minneapolis; Helen Mary (Mrs. Bert Campbell) of Monona; Mila Fay (Mrs. Edw. Sargent) of Elkhart, Ind., and Ebenezer Ritch, Jr., at home.

Mr. Collins was Monona's pioneer blacksmith, having conducted a shop here for many years, and through his labors in this capacity he enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout the country. He was a member of Northern Light Lodge No. 156 I.O.O.F.

He leaves, besides a wife and children, three brothers, David, Monteville and Samuel, and one sister Mary. The funeral services were at the home, Wednesday morning, May 15th, conducted by Rev. James B. Bird and Rev. J.J. Littler, burial took place in the Monona cemetery under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. lodge.

~Register and Argus, May 23, 1912


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