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Allen, Jeanette Minerva (Van Antwerp) 1848 - 1924


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 6/18/2017 at 08:48:29

Elkader Register, Thur., 13 Mar. 1924. Strawberry Point column.

Another of Strawberry Point's most highly esteemed and loved citizens passed away early Wednesday in the person of Mrs. Allen at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 21 days. Mrs. Allen was in apparently good health Tuesday, being jolly as usual with her many friends. She was stricken about six o'clock Tuesday evening complaining of a pain in her head. Her daughters were immediately summoned but she never regained consciousness and passed away in a deep sleep at three o'clock Wednesday morning. When about 9 years of age she accompanied her father's family to Wisconsin where the family resided some two years. The father was an excellent cabinet maker by trade and among the creation of his handiwork was the construction of a boat of such proportion as to enable him to embark his entire family down the Wisconsin river through its dangerous trails to the Mississippi and thence to Dubuque as their destination. Here he disposed of his boat and with his family took the first train, a sort of an excursion train, that had run as far west as Earlville. Delhi was chosen as their residence where they located about 1859. In 1862 the father enlisted as a volunteer in the Civil War and the mother dying soon after she made her home with an older sister, Mrs. C. D. Stone, who has preceded her in death.

Jeanette Minerva Van Antwerp was born in Jamestown, Chautauqua Co., New York, Dec. 14, 1848, and passed away Wednesday, March 5, 1924. In 1875 she united in marriage with Lemuel Allen at Manchester, Iowa. She leaves to mourn her loss four children; Mrs. Cora Eckert, Mrs. Lillie Meyer of Strawberry Point; Charles J., of Earlville; Clarence R., of Omaha, Nebr.; one daughter, Lydia Anna having preceded her beyond; also 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was the last of a family of nine children. Mrs. Allen was an earnest and faithful worker in the Congregational church. She was an enthusiastic member of the Ladies' Aid and Sunday School and will be sadly missed both places. She was a woman of strong character and good mind and she has left an influence for good upon those with whom she came in daily contact and her memory will long live in the hearts of those that cherish her. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Friday afternoon conducted by her pastor, Rev. Maxwell, after which the remains were taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cora Eckert, until Saturday morning when the sorrowing children accompanied the remains of their loved one to Manchester and put in the receiving vault until some time in April when interment will take place in the family lot.


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