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Isaac V. Fairholm (1936)


Posted By: Treva Patterson (email)
Date: 5/15/2007 at 15:58:17

Winterset Madisonian-Winterset, Iowa
September 24, 1936

Death of I. V. Fairholm

Earlham-(Special)-I. V. Fairholm passed away Friday noon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dale Callison in Des Moines, after a few weeks illness. Mr. Fairholm was 86 years old at the time of his death. His wife preceded him in death in 1924. Four children survive their father. They are Mrs. C. R. Afflack of Earlham, Arthur Fairholm of Bridgewater, Harry Fairholm of Winterset and Mrs. Callison of Des Moines.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Earlham, Sunday afternoon at one o'clock. Burial was held at Massena. Rev. Simpson of Norwalk preached the sermon and Ralph Clague, Mrs. Carl Lendgren, Mrs. Arthur Marks and Mervyn McLennan sang the songs, "Will There Be Any Stars" and "We Are Going Down The Valley".

Earlham Echo
Earlham, Iowa
Thursday, September 24, 1936


Passed Away at Home of Daughter in Des Moines Friday, September 18, Aged 86 Years.

Isaac V. Fairholm was born in Kosciusko County, Indiana, June 23, 1850, being the fifth of the seven children of Jeremiah and Guilnelmo Fairholm. At the age of five, he was left fatherless, and being bound out to a cruel master, fled at the age of 14, walking and working his way to Iowa to make his own way and to support himself. He broke sod where the town of Earlham now stands.

On April 23, 1874, he was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Woolery and to this union six children were born. Four of these survive their father. Mr. and Mrs. Fairholm, at their marriage pioneered on a homestead in Northern Iowa, building their first home of sod. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1924 and three weeks afterwards, the wife was laid away. Since that time Mr. Fairholm has made his home with his daughter in Des Moines, and here he passed away Friday, September 18th at the age of 86 years.

He leaves to mourn two daughters: Mrs. Mabel Afflack of Earlham, Iowa and Mrs. Dora Callison of Des Moines; and two sons: Arthur L. Fairholm of Bridgewater, Iowa, and Harry R. Fairholm of Winterset, Iowa. Two children, Lottie and Frank, are deceased. Also, two sisters survive him: Mrs. Mary Evans of Audubon, and Mrs. Emily Francis of Earlham. He had seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mr. Fairholm’s lifetime saw progress from oxen to airplanes, and he loved himself to travel. At the age of 80 he made a trip to California for the winter of 1930.

He was a Christian man, having made his profession when 21 years of age, and maintaining a virile faith up to the time of his passing. He loved life, he loved people, especially children. His final illness was of but nine days duration, and his mind was alert to the end.

Mr. Fairholm was a member of the Church of Christ, of the Masonic lodge of Massena, Iowa, and of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 89 of Des Moines.

Funeral services were conducted from the residence at 11:50 a.m. by the Rev. Wallace Essingham, rector of St. Lukes Episcopal Church of Des Moines and from the Church of Christ in Earlham at 1:30 p.m. by Dr. A. N. Simpson of Norwalk, Iowa. Burial was made in the Massena Cemetery where the Committal service was read by the Masonic Lodge of Massena.

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