TJADEN, Ellen 1850-1931
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 8/30/2015 at 11:10:13
Mrs. S. Tjaden, Early Grundy Resident, Is Dead
Mrs. Stephen Tjaden, who, with her husband, brothers and sisters, was among the earliest of northwest Grundy county settlers, died at her home six miles north of Algona after a ten-day illness. All the members of her family were about her when the last spark of life faded away. Hopeful, strong, sturdy and abounding in faith, she was conscious to the end. She was past 81 years of age.
Her maiden name was Ruiter. She glimpsed the light of day and first sight of America on shipboard, being born on the sailing vessel "Victoria" on the Atlantic, close to the port of New York, in May, 1850. The parents located at German Valley, Illinois, but removed to German township, Grundy county, in the early '60s and it was there that she was united in marriage to Stephen Tjaden, who had returned from the Civil war (he had been held prisoner twice in two confederate prisons). His parents, the Tjadens, were among the earliest of north Grundy settlers and they knew and experienced the pioneer life. They removed to Kossuth county in the '70s. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tjaden; eight of them are living, most of them in Kossuth county; all active, good and substantial people, aiding in their community's substantial advancement. There are 35 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Good Hope church. They were largely attended. The remains were laid tenderly by the side of her husband who died in 1914. She had lived on the old home place 47 years.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 6 August 1931, pg 5
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