BUCHAN, Sara 1851-1941
BUCHAN, SWAN, FIFE
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/6/2016 at 11:51:18
Mrs. Sara Buchan Died Thursday At Advanced Age
Mrs. Sara Buchan, one of our older residents of Grundy Center, died at the home of her nieces, the Dalgliesh Sisters, last Thursday. She was 90 years and one month old. She came to Iowa about 70 years ago and made her home in Grundy county the greater share of that time.
Funeral services were held at the Stephen Funeral Home Saturday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. Oliver Stevenson. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Sara Swan Buchan, daughter of James and Margaret Fife Swan, was born June 2, 1851, at Ayr, Ontario, Canada, and died July 3, 1941, aged 90 years and 1 month.
She was next to the youngest of six children, all of whom have preceded her in death except an elder sister, Mrs. Agnes Gardiner of Reinbeck. She was left an orphan when a child and early in life learned to fend for herself.
In young womanhood she came to Tama county, Iowa, and taught school, making her home with her sister, the late Mrs. John Dalgliesh.
Sara Swan returned to Canada to be united in marriage to John Buchan Jr. January 21, 1875. Mr. Buchan died in 1928.
They came to Iowa, living on a farm, then moved to Grundy Center and afterwards to a farm in northern Iowa. In later years her home has been in this vicinity.
"Aunt Sara" as she was called not only by her nephews and nieces but by a wide circle of friends, was a shut-in for ten years. Her clear thinking, her instructive conversation, her ready comments on history and current events was a marvel to all who knew her. She leaves one foster daughter, Mrs. Florence Benn of Chicago. Mrs. Buchan was a member of the First Presbyterian church, a Christian who was a doer and not a hearer only.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 July 1941, pg 12
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