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WALLACE, William H. 1847-1929


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/4/2015 at 11:52:40

Beaman Pioneer Resident Dead

William H. Wallace died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ross Oglesby, early in the morning of May 22nd. He had been sick but a short time with heart trouble.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Beaman last Saturday afternoon. Burial was in the Beaman cemetery.

Mr. Wallace was 82 years old. He was a long time resident of southwest Grundy and was widely known there. His wife died two years ago. There are five surviving children. They are Mrs. Chas. Whorrall of Gladbrook, Ross Wallace and Mrs. Ross Oglesby, of Beaman, Mrs. Earl Simms of LeGrand and Mrs. George Simms of Arizona.

William Henry Wallace, son of William and Nancy Wallace, was born Oct. 16, 1847, in Ogle county, Illinois, and died at his home in Beaman Wednesday morning, May 22, 1929, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 7 days.

When 21 years of age, he came with his parents to Marshalltown, Iowa, making the trip with a team and wagon. The following spring he moved to Grundy county and broke the prairie, which is now the home farm, Marshalltown being the nearest railroad and post office.

He was united in marriage to Samantha Stall on February 28, 1873, at Marshalltown. They at once established their home on their farm northeast of Beaman and lived there until 1915, when they retired and moved to Beaman.

To them were born five children: Wilton Ross, Hazel Whorrell, and Marvel Oglesby, all of Beaman; Goldie Simms of Phoenix, Arizona; and Vernie Simms of LeGrand, Iowa, all of whom survive him. He is survived also by one sister, Mrs. Emma Stall, of Colby, Wisconsin, five granddaughters, and one grandson. One grandson died in 1908 at the age of four years. On Aug. 17, 1927, his wife preceded him in death.

Mr. Wallace's parents were of the Dunkard faith, and it was in that church that he received his early training.

With his passing, Beaman loses one of her finest citizens and a true Christian gentleman.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 May 1929, pg 12


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