MEENTS, John P. 1860-1939
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Date: 9/9/2012 at 11:24:45
John Meents Dies At His Holland Home Sunday
John Meents, of Holland, but well known to many in the Wellsburg vicinity died at his home on Sunday last, the cause of his death being lung complications, the illness being of three weeks duration. He was eighty years of age.
Mr. Meents was born in Germany, in 1869, and came to American when a small boy, and settled in Grundy county, where he made his home until his death. He leaves behind his aged wife; one son, Uffree; one daughter, Mrs. Barney Kruger; and one sister, Mrs. A. Andreessen, all of Holland.
Funeral services are being held today (Wednesday) at the Colfax Presbyterian church.
--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 15 November 1939
John Meints, Old Resident, Died Sunday Morning
John Meints, one of the early residents of Colfax township and a resident of the town of Holland the past 26 years, died at his home here at 4 o'clock Sunday morning. He took sick with a bad cold two weeks before his death. The cold settled into pneumonia which resulted in his death.
Mr. Meints was 79 years old on the 3rd of last month.
Mr. Meints was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Poppe Meints. He was born in Eastfriesland, Germany. He came to America with his parents when he was four years old. The family located on a farm in Hardin county. They remained there 6 years, when they came to Grundy county to make their permanent home. That was 69 years ago. They bought a farm a mile north and a mile east of Colfax Presbyterian church which has remained in the family ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Meints lived there until they moved to town and since that time the place has been occupied by his son. He was a successful farmer, a good neighbor and an upright citizen who held the respect and confidence of all who knew him.
Mr. and Mrs. Meints left the farm 26 years ago to make their home in Holland, where they resided in the same home ever since. Mr. Meints' death removes another of Grundy's pioneer farmers who helped to make Grundy one of the best farming counties in Iowa.
Surviving are the wife and two children, a son Uffe and a daughter, Mrs. Barney Kruger.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Colfax Presbyterian church. The services were conducted by Rev. Geo. Swalve. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church, where his parents were buried many years ago.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 November 1939, pg 9
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