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CRARY, Catherine 1843-1930


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/7/2015 at 17:52:45

One Of Early Grundy Settlers Died At Eldora

Mrs. Catherine Crary Passed Away at An Advanced Age

Mrs. Catherine Crary died at her home in Eldora Friday evening on her 87th birthday. She was stricken with paralysis a short time ago and she failed rapidly from that time until the end came. She had been in continuous good health up to the time that she was stricken and was able to attend to her daily household duties.

Funeral services were held at Eldora Monday afternoon. Burial was by the side of the husband in the Grundy Center cemetery.

Mrs. Crary was one of the pioneers of Grundy county. She came here with her husband shortly after their marriage 64 years ago. They began housekeeping in a log cabin on a farm in Felix township. The husband died in September, 1893. The family continued to live on the farm after the father's death until 1897 when they moved to Grundy Center. Mrs. Crary made her home here until 1901 when she moved to Cedar Falls. In --unreadable-- she moved from Cedar Falls to Eldora where she made her home up to the time of her death.

Mrs. Crary was the daughter of Lorenz and Mary Broel and was born near Colgone, Germany, Aug. 15, 1843. Her parents came to America in the fifties, settling in Clayton county, where she grew to womanhood. On the 19th of December, 1866, she was united in marriage to Captain Elisha Avery Crary the second, a descendant of the Elder Brewster family, who came to America in the May Flower.

The young couple braved their way in a covered wagon to Grundy county, Felix township, where Captain Crary had prepared a log cabin in which they lived many years.

Here they were blessed with five children: Elisha Avery Crary the third, born Sept. 24, 1867, and passed away Oct. 4, 1927; Mary Louisa Crary born January 28, 1869 and passed away May 9, 1901; living are three daughters, Mrs. E. H. Martin, Tripoli, Ia., Mrs. O. M. Barnes, Eldora, Iowa, Mrs. Geo. H. Backman, Charles City, Iowa. She has nine grandchildren: Mrs. E. L. Voss, Evanston, Ill.; Miss Julia Crary, Grundy Center, now in Europe; Elisha Avery Crary the fourth, Los Angeles, Cal.; Misses Annabell and Evelyn Crary, Grundy Center; Mrs. E. M. Henderson, Jr., Waterloo; William Martin, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Miss Kathryn Martin, who is a senior at the State University at Iowa City; Miss Lorraine Buckman, who is attending the McPhail School of Music at Minneapolis, Minn.; John E. Martin, of Tripoli, Iowa, who passed away in July, 1922.

Mrs. Crary also had two great-grandchildren: Master William Crary Martin the second, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jack Henderson, Waterloo, Iowa.

Mrs. Crary was of a very cheerful disposition and lived a very useful life, was very active until about two months ago when she was taken with a stroke and having a second stroke about two weeks later. She sacrificed her own pleasures and comforts that she might be of service to others.

She was a faithful member of the First M.E. church of Eldora, the Ladies Aid and the W.R.C.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 August 1930, pg 1


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