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Noah B. Silcox 1850-1927


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/19/2010 at 16:31:05


Seventy-Six Year Old Pioneer
Came from Canada When Sixteen; Lived Here Twenty-Five Years.

Noah B. Silcox, after twenty-five year's residence in Estherville and a life identified with western pioneer days, died at his home here Friday afternoon at three o’clock at the age of seventy-six. He has been ill for eight weeks from intestinal disturbances.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church and he was buried at Oak Hill cemetery.

Leaves Three Sons
He is survived by his second wife Mrs. Adeline Graham Silcox; and three sons – Claude of Sherburn, Minn., and Fred and Marion of Lake Fremont, Minn., and by three sisters who live in Canada, by a half brother, Dan Silcox, and by eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of whom reside near Dunnell and Sherburn, Minn..

Noah B. Silcox was born at Frome, near London, Canada, October 13, 1850. His father was James Silcox [mother - Jane Kettlewell], born in England in 1826, and son of Joseph Silcox, who was a Congregational minister. Mr. Silcox went to school very little. He worked at home until he was sixteen, and then came to the United States where he worked with his uncle for six years in a meat market in Rockford, Ill. He was married to Florence Austin October 31, 1872. Three sons were born to this union -- Fred, Claude and Marion, all of whom are living. In 1874 they moved to Austin, Minn., where they farmed for five years.

Builds Own House
In the fall of 1878 they came to Martin County, Minn., and settled in Lake Fremont township. Their first house built here was of one thickness of boards, sodded up on the outside during the winter time. Later, with thrift and prosperity, they built a good house where they lived til the fall of 1902, when they retired from the farm and moved to Estherville, which has since continued to be their residence. On March 10, 1915, his wife died. Two years later he married Mrs. Adeline B. Graham who survives him.

Was Church Worker
Mr. Silcox joined the Methodist church when a young man and was active in his interest throughout all of his life, until his strength failed him. When he was no longer able to carry the burden of official relation he as made "Steward Emeritas" and was so recorded on the church record. He was Sunday school superintendent in Lake Fremont township when they met in the school house, and later when it was held in the hall at Dunnell. He was interested in all the social aid business activities of the community. He took his religion seriously, and carried his full share of responsibility. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, June 22, 1927)


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