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WILSON, Viola 1861-1916


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/23/2010 at 18:07:35


Former Cedar Falls Woman Passes Away After Three Weeks' Suffering. Funeral Monday.

Mrs. Ira J. Wilson, 55, of Shollsmade, North Dakota, a former resident of Cedar Falls, died at midnight last night in the Methodist hospital at Des Moines after a three weeks' illness with uraemic poisoning. Besides the husband, she is survived by a son and three daughters, all married. The son and two of the daughters were with the husband at her bedside when she passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson visited the Panama-Pacific exposition at San Francisco last fall and after spending the winter on the coast were enroute home by easy stages, stopping at various places to visit relatives when Mrs. Wilson became afflicted with the complaint that resulted in her death. Stopping at Des Moines she was taken to a hospital for treatment. But despite the best of medical skill she kept sinking gradual.

Ira Wilson was at one time a well known building contractor in Cedar Falls. The family moved away from here about twenty years ago, going to a farm in Grundy County. Also nine years ago they moved to North Dakota.

Mrs. Wilson was a New Hartford girl before she was married and her funeral will be held at New Hartford at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. The remains will be brought to Cedar Falls tomorrow and taken to New Hartford tomorrow night.


Viola L. Chase was born in McGregor, Iowa, March 6th, 1861, and at an early age moved with her parents to Grundy County, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood.

She was united in marriage to Ira J. Wilson, December 29th, 1881 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry O. Chase in Fairfield township; to this union was born three daughters and one son, Mabel, now Mrs. John C. Hart, Shollsmade, N. D., Hazel, Mrs. Walter A. Wilson, Phoenix, Ariz., Bernard H. Wilson, Shollsmade, N. D., Fern, Mrs. Harry Cohee, Medora, North Dakota.

Mr. and Mrs. Ira J. Wilson resided in Grundy county and in Cedar Falls during the greater part of the time since their marriage; moved to Lorimer, Iowa, in November, 1904, where they resided until April, 1907, when they removed to Shollsmade, Slope county, North Dakota, their present home.

Last October Mr. and Mrs. Wilson started from their home at Shollsmade, for an extended trip thru the West, spending five weeks at the Panama Exposition and other points of interest, arriving in Phoenix, Ariz., December 1st, where they spent the winter with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Wilson.

Leaving Phoenix, April 18th, returning homeward, visited friends in Kansas and arrived at Des Moines about four weeks ago to visit Mrs. Wm. P. Cox, sister of Mrs. Wilson, and numerous friends.

The deceased was feeling ill at the time of arrival in Des Moines, and gradually grew worse; the physicians in attendance advised her removal to the Iowa Methodist hospital where she was promptly taken, and received every possible aid that could be rendered by special physicians, nurses and friends, but Friday May 19th at midnight all human efforts provided to be inadequate and she passed from this temporal life unto life eternal.

Her husband and children, except Hazel, also several friends were with her during her sickness and when the end came.

She was a devoted wife and mother, an exemplary Christian, constant and untiring in good works, having in early girlhood united with the Methodist church, and wherever she has been has maintained active membership in the church ever since.

Besides those mentioned, there are left, to mourn, four brothers, N. O., W. O., and V. A. Chase; all of Dike, Iowa; H. O. Chase, Thornton, Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. Ike Sweet, Lisbon, North Dakota, Mrs. R. A. Gage, New Hartford. Iowa, the latter having been with her during her illness.

Her acquaintances were her friends.

--The Cedar Falls Record (Cedar Falls, Iowa), 25 May 1916


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