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Hester Ann (Bishop) Read (1917)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 3/15/2008 at 13:48:15

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
November 21, 1917


At the age of seventy years, Mrs. Hester Bishop-Read died on Nov. 15th, 1917. Mrs. Read has lived in Madison county since she was six years old, was married here in 1866 to Z. S. Read and has reared a family of nine children, all living at the time of their mother's death.

Since Mr. Read's death six years ago. Mrs. Read has been living with her daughter, Mrs. Verna Garretson. A few months ago, her health began to decline, and she went to Des Moines to remain for a time with a son, but all treatment proved unavailing, and her death followed. She was a woman of splendid character, at all times a devoted and faithful mother to her large family.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church Monday morning by Rev. Jackson Giddens.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, November 21, 1917
Page 1, Column 4

Mrs. Hester Read

Hester Ann Bishop was born near Shelbyville, Indiana, June 3, 1847. When about six years of age she removed with her parents to Peru, Iowa where she grew to womanhood and on October 11, 1866 she was married to Zechariah Samuel Read.

To this union was born nine children, all of whom she reared to maturity and are as follows: Mrs. Cora Bardrick, Winterset, Iowa; John Read, Silver Creek, Nebraska; Mrs. Laverna Garrettson, Winterset, Iowa; Archie F. Read, Des Moines; Mrs. Emily E. Young, McMinnville, Oregon; Frederick A. Read, Monroe, Nebraska; Charles B. Read, Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. Mabel Richardson and Mrs. Myrtle Goffrier, McMinnville, Oregon.

Mrs. Readís home has been in Madison county all these years with the exception of about three years which were spent on a claim in Nebraska. When a young girl of about 11 years of age she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Methodist church.

Some years ago Mr. and Mrs. Read moved from the farm to Winterset where on November 7, 1911 her companion passed to his reward since then a daughter and grandson lived with her until recently when she went to live with her son, Archie, in Des Moines.

Her health gradually failed and she was taken to the sanitarium that she might have the attention of a trained nurse in the best of medical skill, but on account of age the body gave way and the spirit took its flight on November 15, 1917, her age being 70 years, 5 months and 12 days. Thus she passed from the church militant to the church triumphant but the memory of her precious life will linger still.

She leaves to mourn her death the nine living children, 16 grandchildren, two brothers, Martin T. Bishop, Fullerton, Nebraska, Lemuel Bishop, Shenandoah; two sisters, Mrs. Priscilla Pindell, Macksburg; Mrs. Caroline Spurgin, Winterset, and other relatives and many friends.

The remains were brought to Winterset on Saturday and the funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church Monday at 10 a. m. by the Rev. Jackson Giddens, pastor, after which that mortal was laid to rest in the Winterset cemetery.


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