DIRKS, Elisabeth 1866-1953
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/19/2017 at 21:09:31
Funeral Services Saturday For Mrs. Cornelius Dirks
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Colfax Presbyterian church for Mrs. Cornelius Dirks, who died at her home in Holland last Wednesday due to infirmities of old age. The services were conducted by Rev. W. Eekhoff, pastor of the church. Burial was by the side of the husband in the Holland cemetery. There was a very large attendance at the funeral service. Many of the attendants came from different parts of the county and several from outside of the county. She would have been 87 years old had she lived until the 26th of this month.
Resided in County 81 Years
Mrs. Dirks had been a continuous resident of Grundy county 81 years and a resident of the town of Holland for 63 years. She was a longer resident of this town than any other person.
Mrs. Dirks was born in Princeton, Ill., Oct. 26, 1866. Her maiden name was Elisabeth Lingelbach. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lingelbach. She was one of ten children. She came to Grundy county with the family when she was 6 years old. The family located on a farm in Lincoln township and the daughter Elisabeth grew up there. She was married to Cornelius Dirks March 30, 1895. The wedding was in the Colfax Center church. The first five years of their marriage they resided on a farm in Lincoln township. After that time they moved to Holland where Mr. Dirks engaged in the Lumber & Coal and farm machinery business with his brother Henry.
Mr. Dirks died in October 1929. The widow and mother for several years shared her home with her daughter, Mrs. Louisa Smith.
Only One Left of a Family of 10
Mrs. Dirks was the mother of four children. One died in infancy. The surviving children are Mrs. Louise Smith, Holland; Cornelius E. Dirks, Holland; and John L. Dirks, Bristow. There are four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Of the ten members of the Lingelbach family, only one is now living. She is Mrs. Annie Wilts, Holland. Two sisters and one brother died during an epidemic of Diphtheria, many years ago. Two brothers and three sisters died in late years. The sisters were Mrs. Henry Conradi, Mrs. John Dieken and Mrs. Emma Schaa. The deceased brothers were John and Ed. Lingelbach.
Those from out of the county who attended the funeral services were: Mr. and Mrs. Jake England and Mrs. Rueben England, Iowa Falls; Rev. and Mrs. Evert Dirks, Cotter, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Nieman and Mrs. Ella Schuck, of Cedar Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Stout, What Cheer, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Smith, Sioux Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeBower, Waverly; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Tennant and two daughters, Indianola, Iowa; Mrs. Ruben Fink and Carrie Galpin, Cedar Falls.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 October 1953, pg 19
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