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Edwin D. "Ed" Sanborn 1870-1912


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/7/2011 at 00:05:13

Ed. Sanborn Dead
Passed Away at El Paso, Texas, Last Saturday
Ed Sanborn died in El Paso, Texas, Saturday morning at about three o’clock of tuberculosis. Mr. Sanborn was taken sick about three years ago and three years ago next February the family moved to New Mexico for his health. For some time his death had been expected. Everything that a loving wife and true friends could do for him was done but to no avail. The remains were brought here Monday for burial. A short service was held at the grave in charge of Rev. H. C. Hurd. Many friends of the family met at the depot to accompany the remains to the cemetery.

Ed Sanborn was born July 30, 1870, in Wisconsin. He was married in 1895 to Miss Packman [per 1925 census & Clara’s obit, maiden name was Dale] of Swea City. The family moved to Estherville in 1898 and have since made their residence here. One son, Clyde, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sanborn. For thirteen years Mr. Sanborn has been secretary of the local hail association, and with M. J. and Geo. Groves succeeded in building up one of the best hail insurance companies in Iowa. His tireless energy and good business ability, and genial good nature would have made him successful in any business. There was not a better hearted man in Estherville than Ed Sanborn. He had friends galore who are saddened by his death, and who extend sympathy to the family in sorrow.

Following persons came to Estherville to attend the funeral: Mrs. Miller of St. James Minnesota, half-sister and only relative of Mr. Sanborn; Mrs. Clarence Williams of Blair, Nebraska; Mrs. J. Packman and W. B. Packman of Swea City; and Geo. Groves and W. A. Hendrickson who have been in the southern part of Iowa. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, July 17, 1912)

Ed. Sanborn Dies of Consumption
Ed. Sanborn died of consumption at Alamogordo, New Mexico, last Friday night after an illness of three years. The body was brought here for interment Monday evening, short services being held at the grave by Rev. Hurd. The pallbearers were Frank Carpenter, M. J. Groves, Geo. Groves, Nick Groves and Will Hendrickson.

Deceased was secretary of the Farmer’s Hail Insurance Co., of this city and up to three years ago was in the very best of health.

He at that time contracted tuberculosis and went to New Mexico in hopes of a cure. His improvement, however, was but temporary and he gradually grew worse until death came as a relief. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, July 17, 1912)

Edwin D. Sanborn Dead
Died at El Paso, Texas, Early Saturday Morning
Was sick Over Two Years
Had Tuberculosis – Left Here in February, 1910 – Remains Brought Here For Burial
After an illness lasting over two years, Edwin D. Sanborn died of tuberculosis in a hospital in El Paso, Texas, at three o’clock Saturday morning. His remains were brought here and interment was in Oak Hill cemetery last evening. He was forty-two years of age at the time of his death.

All the care and love that skilled physicians could devise and apply for his comfort, assistance and benefit were brought into play, but the fiat of Him who rules our incomings and outgoings had been issued, and after a struggle of two years and six months, despite the prayers and entreaties of all who knew him, their appeals were overruled. The first symptoms of the disease were diagnosed by local doctors in January, 1910, and he made haste to get into a different climate as soon as possible. In February he left with his family for Alamogordo, N.M., and for a time he was thought to be improving, but later grew worse and for the past six months was in a hospital at El Paso, Texas.

The love of a devoted wife, who was constantly at his side, undoubtedly prolonged his life. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father and to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all was he – a man. And as a man those who knew him best found a true friend. He believed in scattering flowers in the pathway of his fellowmen and no one ever went to Ed. Sanborn for a favor that he did not grant. His greatest fault was his generosity. The writer knew him and knew him well and it is with deep regret that we are called upon to chronicle in the columns of the Democrat the news of his untimely death. We doubt if there was ever a man lived in Estherville who had more real, true friends than did Mr. Sanborn. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved wife and son in their hours of profound sorrow. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, July 17, 1912)


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