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Sabrina Bailey Strong 1844-1931


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 8/16/2010 at 20:18:12

Mrs. S. B. Strong Who Died Friday Leaves Money to Our College

After a long illness Sabrina B. [Bailey] Strong, a pioneer resident of this county and city, passed away at her home at noon last Friday [April 24, 1931]. The day before she had a stroke, this being the third. Three years ago Mrs. Strong became afflicted in this manner and was in the hospital for almost a year.

Sabrina B. Strong was born in 1844 in Spring Water, Yates County, New York. When she was five years of age, she moved with her parents to Huron, Ohio, where she resided until she was sixteen years of age. The family then moved to Green Lake, Wis., where she lived until her marriage to Henry Strong in 1862. Soon after their marriage Mr. Strong enlisted in the army and served until 1865. During that time he saw much active service and was wounded once. During the period Mr. Strong was in the service, his wife nursed for Dr. Dodson in Green Lake, Wis. After his return they moved to St. Augustine, Iowa, where they resided until Mr. Strong’s death in 1893 and she later moved to this city.

They having no children of their own, Mrs. Strong adopted a boy and a girl. Later she adopted a daughter of her daughter, and reared the three. The son, Lee died some years ago. The daughter lives in California and the other daughter, Mrs. Lucas, of Cedar Rapids, was here for the funeral.

Mrs. Strong in her will, after the payment of her debts and the bequeath to her children, left all of the residue of her property to the Junior College of Estherville. This money is to be loaned to deserving students and to be re-paid to them to be loaned to others. It is to be a perpetual fund to be kept for the education of worthy young people for their payment of tuition to the said Junior College, then payment is to be made to students entering other schools on the same basis.

The funeral services were held on Sunday from the Mahlum and Anderson Undertaking Parlors, the Rev. Yearnd officiating. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, April 29, 1931)


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