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Ernest Linwood Briggs 1865-1934


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/17/2011 at 23:42:43

Pioneer Grain Man Passes
E. L. Briggs is Buried Here Sunday
Superior, October 8. – Ernest L. Briggs, one of the best known and respected citizens of our town passed away Friday morning, October 5th, after about ten days illness of pneumonia.

Mr. Briggs was born Aug. 16, 1865 in Tioga county, New York. When a young man he came to Eau Claire, Wis., later moving to Windom, Minn. Forty-three years ago he moved to Estherville and engaged in grain buying in Estherville and Wallingford until he came to Superior in 1908 as manager of the Greig elevator, a position which he held at his death.

Mr. Briggs was married on Nov. 4, 1898 to Mary [Duffy] Seidle who passed away on May 17, 1923. The marriage was blessed with a son who died in infancy and a daughter Ruby who survives. Mr. Briggs was a good citizen, friend and neighbor. For years he served as town clerk and acted as school secretary for twenty five years.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Rev. Savage in St. Patrick’s church in Estherville. Interment was in the Estherville Catholic cemetery. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, October 9, 1934)

On Friday morning, October 5th, at about 8 o’clock the messenger of death removed from our community a highly esteemed citizen, Mr. Ernest L. Briggs. The deceased was born in Tioga county, New York, August 16, 1865. When a young man he came to Eau Claire, Wis., where he resided for a short time. From there he came to Windom, Minn. In 1891 he came to Estherville and Wallingford. In 1908 he came to Superior as manager of the Greig elevator. He was a faithful employee through all the years he served the company. A new office has just been completed according to his wishes, which he did not live to enjoy.

He was interested in our school and our town, serving as school secretary and town clerk for twenty-five years.

The deceased was a good business man, a kind neighbor, a true friend and a loving father. He will not only be missed in the home but the community will feel the loss.

On November 4, 1898, Mr. Briggs was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Seidles. Two children were born to them, a little son preceding him.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the Catholic church in Estherville. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery. He leaves to mourn his passing a daughter, Miss Ruby Briggs of Superior; one brother who resides in New York; a step-son, Frank Seidles of San Francisco. The community extends sympathy to relatives, especially to Miss Ruby, who has kept the home for her father since her mother’s death in 1923. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, October 10, 1934)

E. L. Briggs Passed Away at Superior
Our community was saddened Friday morning when word was given out Ernest Briggs had passed away. For 12 days Mr. Briggs had been ill from pneumonia. All that medical skill and loving hands could do availed naught, he passed to eternal rest at about 8:00 o’clock Friday morning.

Ernest Linwood Briggs was born Aug. 16, 1865, at Binghamton, Tioga county, N.Y., and passed away at his home in Superior, Iowa, Oct. 5, 1934, at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 18 days.

When a young man he came to Eau Claire, Wis., where he remained a short time, then went to Windom, Minn. Forty-three years ago he came to Estherville and for 16 years was manager of elevators at Estherville and Wallingford. In 1907 he came to Superior as manager of the Greig elevator, and for 27 years faithfully managed the affair of the elevator.

Since 1909 he has been secretary of the school board and has also acted as town clerk since that date.

St. Patrick’s church in Estherville, at which funeral services were conducted by Father Savage Sunday morning, was filled to overflowing with friends from Superior and surrounding towns.

Mr. Briggs was married to Mrs. Mary Seidles on Nov. 3 [4?], 1898, who preceded him in death 10 years ago. A son, Linwood, died in infancy. He leaves to mourn a kind and loving father, one daughter, Ruby, who has been the homemaker since the death of Mrs. Briggs, also a step-son, Frank Seidles of Sacramento, Calif., and a brother in New York state. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, October 11, 1934)


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