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Sabria Anna Sink 1845-1915


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 3/21/2023 at 14:03:40

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, April 15, 1915
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Mrs. Chesley Sink, for many years a highly esteemed resident of Columbus Junction, Passed away at her home on Second street a few minutes after midnight, April 12, 1915. Sabria Anna Denniston was born May 15, 1845 at New Boston, Illinois. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. James Denniston. Her father died in 1845 and her mother did five years later. She was then taken to St. Louis by her brother, Ward, at whose home she remained until she was ten years of age. She was then taken to New York by her brother, Elmer, who was a Baptist minister. He assisted in placing her in a young ladies seminary at Rochester where she remained until she was 17. At the age of 18 she returned to the old home at New Boston and February 18, 1865, she was united in marriage at Wapello to Chesley Sink. They lived happily together and a few weeks ago they celebrated in a quiet way owing to the illness of Mrs. Sink at that time, their golden wedding anniversary. For a short time after their marriage they lived at Keithsburg then moved to Knoxville and then to Trenton, Missouri, which was their home for a number of years, in 1882 they moved to Columbus Junction and this city has been their home ever since.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sink, two of whom with the husband, survive to mourn her death. They are Mrs. William Shaw, of near Wapello and William Sink, of this city. Three sons and three daughters, preceded her in death, Emma, dying at the age of two years and the others dying in infancy. The two brothers, Elmer and Ward, mentioned above, who cared for Mrs. Sink in girlhood, were her only brothers and when the great civil war broke out, one enlisted in the Northern army and the other in the Southern army. Elmer died at Savannah, Georgia and her brother, Ward, died a few years ago at Washington D. C. where for many years he held a responsible position as second assistant in the auditors office. Mrs. Sink became a Christian when a young girl and was a member of the Reformed church teaching a class in the Sabbath school as long as her health permitted. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Reformed church conducted by Rev. C. E. Ewing. Interment was made in the cemetery at Columbus City.


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