Vestalina A. Salisbury 1838-1927
Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 8/17/2010 at 21:12:45
Obituary of Vestalina A. Salisbury
Vestalina A.Salisbury was born at Addison, Steuben County, New York, on June 11, 1838. At the age of six she moved to Sharon, Walworth county, Wisconsin. She was married to Olender A.Salisbury December 9, 1856. To this union there was born six children: A. O. Salisbury of Fond du lac, Wisconsin; Dr. R. W. Salisbury, a prominent physician of Estherville, who died in 1913; Mary Ellen who passed away at the age of ten; twin girls who died in infancy; and Mrs. W. E. Alton of Fort Dodge. Mrs. Salisbury organized one of the first Sunday schools in Boone county, Illinois; also the first Home Missionary Society at Blaine, Illinois. She moved to Estherville in 1888 and soon after became a member of the Methodist church and took active part in its work. She was a president of the Aid for ten years and also a teacher in the Sunday school. It is also to her credit as an intelligent church member that she was a subscriber to the Northewestern Christian Advocate for over fifty years. Her husband, O. A. Salisbury passed away July 7th, 1898. She continued to make her home in Estherville until the death of her son, Dr. R. W. Salisbury, when she moved to Fort Dodge, making her home with Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Alton for the past fourteen years. Mrs. Salisbury became a member of the church in her youth and she was one of whom it could be truly said that her life was spent in promoting its welfare. She manifested both the spirit and the form of the Christian life. At the ripe age of eighty-nine she was laid to rest in the family lot in Estherville on Sunday afternoon “full of honors and years.” She rests from her labor and her works do follow her. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, October 26, 1927)
Mrs. O. A. Salisbury, widow of the Dr. Salisbury, who formerly practiced here [Note: widow of O. A. Salisbury, not Dr. R. W. Salisbury] died last week at Fort Dodge at the home of Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Alton. She was 89 years old. Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church with the Rev. R. T. Chiperfield in charge. (Estherville News, Estherville, IA, October 26, 1927)
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