FREDERICK, Elizabeth 1841–1931
Posted By: Pat Hochstetler, Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/10/2013 at 10:52:47
Mrs. C. D. Frederick Died Saturday at Conrad Home
Was 90 Years Old; She Resided in County 57 Years
Mrs. C. D. Frederick who resided in Grundy county for 57 years died at her home in Conrad last Saturday from old age and the effects of a fall that she sustained last fall.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at Conrad at four o’clock Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Conrad cemetery. Rev. M. H. Kotzer assisted by Rev. C. K. Hudson, pastor of the Conrad Methodist church, conducted the services.
The following obituary was prepared by and read by Rev. Krotzer, pastor of the church:
Elizabeth Dilly, daughter of William and Katherine Butler, was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1841, and departed this life at her home in Conrad, Iowa, Saturday afternoon, March 14, 1931, after nearly five weeks of suffering caused by a fall in her home. She lacked but four days of reaching 90 years of age. She is the last survivor of a family of six.
Her girlhood was spent in Pennsylvania where she grew to womanhood. Her education was completed in Wyoming Girls Seminary at Kingston, Pa. After experience as a school teacher she was married to Charles D. Frederick February 8, 1862 at Scranton, Pa.
In January 1870 she and her husband and three children came to Illinois and in 1873 the family then consisting of five children moved to Grundy County, Iowa. Here they settled on a farm in Felix township.
To this union nine children were born all of whom survive except Horace, the youngest who passed on in infancy and Byron in young manhood.
Three sons, George, Harry and Jesse reside in Conrad. The daughters are Mrs. Anna Coglan and Mrs. Mable Bird of Clear Lake and Mrs. Katherine Hilken of Hubbard, and Miss Ruth Wheeler of Alliance, Ohio.
There are also fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren surviving.
After 28 years on the farm the family moved to the town of Conrad where Mrs. Frederick has lived ever since.
Her husband finished life’s sojourn in December, 1902, and for nearly 28 years she has lived quite along.
She was one of the early settlers of the community and entered heartily into all its life and activities. To the community for years she was Grandma Frederick and well did she sustain that character and relationship.
For more than forty years she was a faithful and devoted member of the Conrad Presbyterian church. She enjoyed its services and activities and for years taught a Sunday School class of boys. Many men still remember her teaching. Her interest in the church, Sunday school, Ladies Aid, and Missonary societies continued to the last. She was loyal in the relations of life, a lover of home and family, a true friend and kind neighbor. Her life’s work completed it may truly be said as it was one of old that “She hath done what she could.”
At her request the same hymns that were sung at Mr. Frederick’s funeral 28 years ago were sung at her services. The selections were sung by a quartette consisting of Mrs. Elzy Smith, Mrs. Geo. Gould, Wayne Bauerle, and Jud Wheeler. Mrs. Clifford Green accompanied. The pall bearers were George, Harry, and Jesse Frederick and Hugo Hilker.
Those in charge of flowers were Mrs. Ben Wilhelm, Mrs. Hamer Neff, Mrs. J. L. Morrison, and Mrs. John Stewart.
At the close of a perfect day, interment was in the family lot in the Conrad cemetery. “The tomb is not a blind alley but a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight to open on the dawn.”
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping found in scrapbook belonging to my great grandmother.
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