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ARCHER, Rosaltha 1851-1930

ARCHER, FERRIS

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:09

Mrs. C. S. Archer Dies In California

Former Parkersburg Lady Suffered Injuries In Fall At Home

Mrs. Charles Scott Archer, 79, well known member of the Central Christian church, died Friday night, September 19, 1930, at her home, 615 East Elk, Glendale, California. Her death resulted from a hip injury, which she suffered a few weeks ago in a fall at her home.

Although she had been a semi-invalid for four years, Mrs. Archer maintained an active interest in affairs of the day, until a few days ago.

A woman of refinement and education, she possessed a gentleness of spirit that won her friends in church, fraternal, club and neighborhood circles.

Enhancing these traits of character was a substantial poise that kept her abreast of the times, even as she approached her eightieth year, handicapped by ill health.

Through the years her devotion to her family, as wife and mother, was a source of inspiration to the many friends of the family; and in later years the devotion between Mrs. Archer and her daughter, Mrs. Warren Q. Roberts, reflected the true happiness of the family home.

As Rosaltha F. Ferris, Mrs. Archer was born January 27, 1851, in King's county, Ill., near Elgin. When she was 4 years of age she moved with her family to Iowa. She was educated and taught school in New Hartford, where she was married November 24, 1869, to Mr. Archer.

For two years they resided on a farm in Butler county, then moved to Parkersburg, where they made their home until 1902.

The Archers were active in many phases of life in Parkersburg, Mrs. Archer serving for three years as president of the Woman's Relief corps, and as worthy matron of Compass chapter, O.E.S. She was also prominent in the Methodist church, which she joined as a girl.

In 1902 the Archer family moved to Des Moines, where they lived near the campus of Drake University and their home became a center for social activities of the students, who knew Mrs. Archer as "Mother Archer".

Mrs. Archer's interest in the university led her to join the Christian church, which supported it. The Archers moved to Glendale, Calif., in 1908. They made their home next door to the Roberts.

Going to Glendale Mrs. Archer affiliated with Glen Eyrie chapter, O.E.S., was a member of the past presidents' club of N. P. Banks Women's Relief Corps; and was a member of the Tuesday afternoon club since 1921.

She was also president of the Loyal Women's bible class of Central Christian church, for more than ten years.

Surviving her are her husband and daughter; a grandson Lyle Earle Archer; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles D. Peck of Glendale, and Mrs. John Parmenter of Long Beach. A son, Dr. Earle F. Archer died in 1917, and two other children in infancy.

A gorgeous display of Southern California's choicest fall flowers were seen at Mrs. Archer's funeral, Monday afternoon, September 22, at the Central Christian church in Glendale. The many flowers and large company of friends bespoke the high esteem in which Mrs. Archer was held by her host of personal friends, and those of her family.

A body guard was present from the Women's Relief Corps, and pallbearers were from the past patrons' and matrons' association of the Eastern Star.

The pastor, Rev. Clifford A. Cole, a graduate of Drake University, officiated, assisted by Willard Learned, and O. E. VonOven, prelate of the Knights Templar. The Eastern Star also took part in the service.

"No Night There," and "Jesus Leads," two favorite songs of Mrs. Archer were sung by church friends. Another family friend presided at the organ.

Final tribute was paid at the grave in Forest Lawn Memorial park, one of California's most beautiful cemeteries. There on a grassy slope, beneath sheltering trees, Mrs. Archer was laid to rest, near the body of her late son.

--The Parkersburg Eclipse (Parkersburg, Iowa), 2 October 1930, pg 1


 

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