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Amasa Daniel Root 1846-1919


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/5/2010 at 14:02:31

A.D. Root Died Last Saturday
Pioneer Lumberman Called to Final Reward at 6:15 P.M.
Well Known in Iowa
Funeral Services From the Home Yesterday Afternoon – Burial in Oak Hill

A.D. Root, one of the pioneer residents in Estherville, died at his home in this city last Saturday evening just as the sun was sinking in the west. His death is deeply mourned by the entire city as he was a man who contributed much to the growth and welfare of this city. Until the time his health failed him, he was actively engaged in business in Estherville and during that time he made for himself a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn his death. He was a man of deep convictions. He was a man of splendid judgment and he amassed a goodly share of this world’s goods as he went through life. He was a man who commanded the respect and attention of all men with whom he came in contact. He lived his life well and leaves the memory of a successful life to his friends and loved ones who this day deeply mourn his departure.

Mr. Root was a man with a great big heart. There was never a man who went to him in time of adversity but who was accommodated if he was worthy. There are many of these men in this community who were the staunchest friends he had in life. His kindly word of good cheer and his smiling face were inspirations to all who knew him, and his memory will linger long with those who knew him as a true friend. He lived his life from day to day as best he could and was ready for the summons that called him to the better world from whence there is no return.

Amasa Daniel Root was born in Delaware county, New York, on September 30, 1846. His early manhood was spent in that state. In 1876 he came to Iowa and settled in Butler county, near Greene, where he and his wife lived on a farm. He was married to Elizabeth Montgomery in 1870. She died in 1909 after helping him along life’s highway in the battles of early life. In 1910 he was again married to Lizzie Archer who together with the two sons, Chas. A. and Frank O., mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father. The daughter, Mabel, preceded him to a better world in 1890.

Mr. Root moved to Estherville and Emmet county in 1891. He started in the lumber business in this city and the business today carries the name of the founder although he has not been financially interested in it for the past several years. He continued at the head of the business until 1912 when he retired on account of poor health. From that time until the day of his death he has been more or less of an invalid although he did not take to his bed until just a few months ago. He became interested in the Iowa Savings Bank and at the time of his death was vice-president of that institution and one of the honored directors.

Funeral services were held from the home yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and was largely attended by sorrowing friends and acquaintances. Rev. Voorhies of the Presbyterian church was in charge of the services. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the beautiful Oak Hill cemetery. Mr. Root is gone. He has answered the final call of the Master who does all things well. But the memory of his life will ever serve as a beacon to the friends and loved ones, guiding them on until they have reached the goal which has this day attained. The hearts of the loved ones and friends are bowed down with sorrow at their great loss, but we point them to the One who controls the destinies of the world. He knows what is best and some day when the curtains of life are opened to us we will know that he is safe on that other shore which knows no pain or sorrow. We join the many friends of the family in extending deepest sympathy in this hour of bereavement. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, October 15, 1919)

A.D. Root Died Last Saturday
Long Connected With the Civic and Business Interests of the City – Funeral Held Tuesday

With the passing of A.D. Root, who died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1919, Estherville is once again called upon to mourn for one of her old time business men. Mr. Root was for twenty-eight years intimately connected with the business affairs of the city. He came to Estherville in1891, and engaged in the lumber business, from which he retired in 1913.

Mr. Root was a councilman for several terms and was vice-president of the Iowa Saving Bank and the Estherville Savings Bank. He was always greatly interested in the welfare of the city and was a man of integrity and high ideals.

In 1870, Mr. Root was united in marriage to Elizabeth Montgomery, who died in 1909. To them were born three children, of whom two are living. He was married to Miss Lizzie Archer in 1910, who, with the two sons, survive him.

Amasa Daniel Root was born in Delaware county, New York, September 30, 1846 [her obituary says September 29], and at the time of his death was 73 years of age.

Two sons, Frank of Chicago and Charles of Minneapolis, were here to attend the funeral at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the home. Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery.

Amasa Daniel Root, son of Daniel and Carnelia Root, was born September 30, 1846, in Delaware county, New York, and died October 11, 1919. His brother, Ora, and sisters, Elmira, Anna and Elizabeth, all having answered the call to the continuing life before him.

The family moved to a farm near Richford, Wisconsin, in 1852. His father died in 1860, and all the other children being married, Amasa continued operating the farm.

He was married in 1870 to Elizabeth Montgomery, who died January 29, 1909. Three children were born to this union, Mabel, who was married to Grant Hardman in 1889, and who died at Greene, Iowa, in 1890; Charles A. of Minneapolis, and Frank O. of Chicago.

In 1910 Mr. Root was married to Miss Lizzie Archer, who with the two sons above mentioned, survive him.

In 1872 Mr Root joined a colony moving to Nebraska, making the trip overland and settling on a farm near St. Paul, Nebraska. In 1876 he moved to a farm near Greene, Butler county, Iowa, residing there ten years when he moved into Greene and engaged in the lumber business.

In 1891 he moved to Estherville and engaged in the lumber business, retiring in 1913.

Mr. Root was always considered one of the substantial citizens of this community, during the twenty-eight years of his residence here. He was city councilman for one or two terms; was vice-president of the Estherville State Bank and the Iowa Savings Bank. In politics Mr. Root was a republican. He was interested in the welfare of his community and stood very high in the estimation of his fellow townsmen, as a man of high ideals and unquestioned integrity. For many years he was affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The city of Estherville loses a respected and useful citizen in the passing of Mr. Root. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, October 15, 1919)


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