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Alfred D. "Pete" Rose 1843-1923


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/9/2010 at 20:04:33

A.D. Rose Died Sunday at Hospital
Pioneer Resident of Estherville and Emmet County
Ill for Many Months
Rheumatism and Old Age Direct Cause of His Death – Well Known Citizen
A.D. Rose died suddenly at the hospital Sunday evening, June 3rd, after an illness of several years of rheumatism. For the past six months he had been confined to the hospital where everything possible was done to relieve his sufferings. He had passed the age of eighty years at the time of his death and had been a resident of Estherville for thirty-eight years. It was the writer’s good fortune to have known him long and well. He seemed like a peculiar man but when you come to know him he was a true friend, if he so professed. He was strong in his likes and dislikes and a disposition to do good rather than cause grief to anyone. At one time Mr. Rose was numbered among the wealthy men of Estherville but later met with reverses and ill health which consumed his property, but with all this grief he was happy and had a host of friends who will regret to learn of his death. The following obituary was handed us by the pastor of the Methodist church who preached the funeral sermon:

Alfred D. Rose was born in Oneida county, New York, March 23, 1843, and died in Estherville, Iowa, June 3, 1923, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 11 days. He was united in marriage to Minnie Sweet during the year 1865 to which union four children were born, Minnie and Addie, who died in infancy and Birney who died in 1919 and L. Nathan who still survives and lives in Estherville. Having lost his wife through her death in 1873, he was married to Libbie Connor during the year 1877 to which union also four children were born, Pearl, who died in infancy, Eddie, who died in 1901, Edith who resides in California and Earl, who lives in Estherville. He came to Iowa during the year 1865 and settled in Floyd county where he lived for about twenty years and then came to Estherville in 1885 and engaged in the livery and dray business from that time as long as he was able to continue in active service and has made his home in this community continuously except about five years when he lived in California. He had been in very poor health for a long time and his death was not unexpected, having been a very great sufferer. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. C. P. Turner, of Boone, and one brother, H. C. Rose of Estherville, three children, one daughter and two sons, several grandchildren and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted from the home of his son, Nathan Rose, on east Barnhart street, Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. J. W. LaGrone of the Methodist Episcopal church in charge. The body was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, June 6, 1923)

Estherville Enterprise adds that he was known as “Pete” Rose.

The Vindicator and Republican gives the same obituary with the following addition:
The death of Mr. A.D. Rose on Sunday marks the passing of an aged man who at one time was a very conspicuous figure in Estherville business circles. Before the day of automobiles he had one of the best livery barns in this part of the state. He loved horses and had in his barn some of the best that money could buy.

Mr. Rose was a man of very strong character, and very impulsive, but he had a big heart and no one asked in vain for help from him.


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