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Derrick Bennett (1909)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 4/5/2007 at 22:27:42

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
August 12, 1909


Derrick Bennett was born in Indianapolis, Indiana,
February 8, 1826 and died at Des Moines, Iowa, August 7, 1909, aged 83 years, 5 months and 29 days.

In 1851 he moved to Illinois and the following year came to Madison county, Iowa, where he made the second entry of government land made in Madison township. Three years later he moved to Winterset, where he resided for more than forty years, removing to Des Moines in 1903. After moving to Winterset, he engaged in the real estate business from which he retired about twenty years ago. During the years of his active life he was prominently identified with the business affairs of this community and for a number of years was a member of the city council of Winterset.

He was a man of great ability though quiet and unassuming. His disposition was unselfish and many of our older settlers testify to his charitable deeds toward the sick, the afflicted, and the needy. While not a member of any religious organization, his every-day life was an example of good moral character that any might follow. His habits of life were above reproach and remarkable in the fact that he never touched intoxicating liquor, used tobacco in any form or spoke a word of profanity during the eighty-three years of his life.

In 1857, he married Mrs. Nancy J. Mitchell whose maiden name was Hornback. Their union was blessed with happiness and long life, and they were permitted to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on October 7, 1907.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Elmer E., and one daughter, Leila, all of whom reside in Des Moines. One daughter, Mrs. Minta Frankelberger, died May 8, 1896; one brother, Francis Bennett of Winterset and four sisters, Mrs. Hannah Fee and Mrs. John Leddy of Stuart, Mrs. John Hornback of Chicago, and Mrs. John S. Taylor of Des Moines.

Winterset Reporter August 12, 1909
Pg 2
Local Tips

Mrs. D. Bennett, E. E. Bennett, Lelia Bennett, Jno. Taylor, Miss Helgerson and Miss Statz, of Des Moines, accompanied the remains of Derrick Bennett here for burial on Monday.

Note: Burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.

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