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COMSTOCK, Frances Elizabeth 1899 - 1938


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 1/3/2021 at 16:37:27

"The Fairfield Daily Ledger"
Saturday, March 12, 1938
Front Page, Column 4

Former Beckwith Resident Passes Away; Funeral Here Monday

Word was received here last evening fo the death of Mrs. William H. COMSTOCK and infant son Which occurred at the Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines (note: in Polk Co., IA). Mrs. Frances ROOT COMSTOCK was the daughter of V. A. ROOT of Beckwith and was born and raised in that community. Her death occured (sic) about 4:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Sunday from the COMSTOCK residence in Des Moines on Sunday and another service will be held in Fairfield from the Hoskins Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Both services will be in charge of their family pastor. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.

Mrs. COMSTOCK was born at Beckwith May 21, 1899. She graduated from the Fairfield High school in 1918, after which she taught school in Jefferson county. May 22, 1920 she was married to William H. COMSTOCK. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Victor I., William H. Jr. and Dean M. An infant son preceded her in death as did her mother in 1931 and her sister, Mrs. Blanche NELSON, in 1929. Her father and one sister, Mrs. Ralph GREEN, 410 E. Adams street, and other relatives survive.

Mrs. COMSTOCK was a member of the Bethesda church in her girlhood; in Des Moines she was a member of the Presbyterian church. She was very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and in various community organizations. She was treasurer of the Callanon School P. T. A. in Des Moines and has been active in advancing the P. T. A. program.


"The Fairfield (Ia.) Daily Ledger"
Tuesday, March 15, 1938
Page FIVE, Column 2

Funeral Services For Mrs. COMSTOCK

Funeral services for Mrs. William COMSTOCK, daughter of Victor ROOT of Fairfield, who died Friday in Des Moines were held Sunday afternoon at the Hamilton funeral home in Des Moines, and Monday afternoon at the Hoskins funeral home here. Burial was made at the Evergreen cemetery.

The services in Des Moines were conducted by Rev. I. C. Sellers, chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and minister of the United Brethren church. James T. Morty of the Presbyterian church read scripture and gave a short prayer. Miss Maxine Young sang two solos, "In the Garden" and "Nearer My God to Thee."

Those from out of town who attended the Des Moines funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nelson and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kent, former Fairfield residents who now life at Lucas; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nady and children and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Walters of Novilla; Mr. and Mrs. H. Carter of Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Fred COMSTOCK and Mrs. Frank COMSTOCK and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Gillispie of Albia; Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Black of Newton; Mr. and Mrs. Van Sewell of Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Langford and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Napers of Ottumwa; and Victor ROOT; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph GREEN; Mrs. A. R. Keller and Mrs. Jennie Prince of Fairfield.

At the services here on Monday, Rev. I. C. Sellers conducted the service assisted by Rev. W. B. Ireland. Mrs. Tressa McCormick was at the piano and Mrs. Cecil Whitaker and Mrs. Maisie Hollander sang 'The Old Rugged Cross" and "Somewhere." Pallbearers were Arthur Keller; Arthur Lundquist, Peter Staves; Ralph Johnson; Mahlon McCormick and A. E. Turner. From out of town at the funeral here were Mrs. Hattie Giltner Mrs. Paul Robinson of Albia. A group of members of the Des Moines Chapter of Daughters of Veterans of Foreign Wars, attended the services here and conducted a ceremony at the grave.


"The Fairfield (Ia.) Daily Ledger"
Wednesday, March 16, 1938
Page FIVE, Column 1


... --William COMSTOCK and three sons returned to their home in Des Moines yesterday after attending the funeral of their wife and mother here. ...


"The Fairfield (Ia.) Daily Ledger"
Thursday, March 17, 1938
Page SEVEN, Column 6

... Mrs. Emma Ringelspach and Mrs. Harry Ringelspach attended the funeral of Mrs. William COMSTOCK Monday afternoon. ...


"The Fairfield (Ia.) Daily Ledger"
Friday, April 1, 1938
Page FIVE, Column 2



Frances Elizabeth ROOT COMSTOCK was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor ROOT of Beckwith. Born May 21, 1899 it was in Beckwith community that she spent her girlhood days. Having been graduated from the rural schools, she attended Fairfield High school, graduating with the class of 1918 and later taught school where she easily won the love and esteem of her pupils.

On May 22, 1920 she was united in marriage to William COMSTOCK. Their home for a time was in Beckwith. About seventeen years ago the family moved to 989-27th and School streets, Des Moines, where Frances reigned as a happy wife and mother. She found time to be active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and in various community organizations. She was treasurer of the Callanon School PTA in Des Moines and had always been active in advancing the PTA programs.

Her position in the community could be attested by the large number of her Des Moines friends who were present to help and do everything in their power for the family. And also by the large attendance here at the funeral. On Friday, March 11 she was taken to the Iowa Methodist Hospital. At one o'clock a little son was born, but not to live. The mother never fully regained consciousness and at four o'clock she passed away.

Frances' first great sorrow came with the death of a sister, Mrs. Blanche NELSON, 10 years ago. Then another shock came when her mother, Mrs. Nellie ROOT, suffered a stroke and passed to her reward without ever regaining consciousness.

Frances was converted and joined the Bethesda Methodist church where she was always an active and loyal worker, but since Des Moines has been her home, she was a member of the Presbyterian church. Besides her husband, William COMSTOCK, she leaves three sons, Victor, Marion and Dean. She also leaves her father, Victor ROOT at Beckwith with one sister, Mrs. Beulah GREEN of 410 East Adams street Fairfield and hosts of friends and relatives.

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*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.

Note: Buried in Lot 3rd.100. Her infant son is believed to be buried with her, as he does not have a separate burial listing in cemetery records, nor a separate headstone.


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