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Emily Francis (1912)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 9/3/2010 at 08:06:46

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, April 3, 1912
Page 2


Word was received here on Friday that Aunt Emily Francis died that morning at her home in Des Moines. She was a resident of Penn township several years ago and had many friends in this vicinity who will grieve over her sudden demise. She was past 80 years old and was stricken with paralysis a few days before.

Funeral services were held at Penn Center church on Monday and burial in the cemetery near by.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Page 6, Column 4

Emily Francis Dead

Former Penn Township Woman Dies in Des Moines March 29th

Word reached here Friday inst of the death of Mrs. Emily Francis, widow of Daniel Francis, at her home at East Capitol Avenue, Des Moines at about 6:00 o’clock that morning from a stroke of paralysis received a few days previous and from which she never recovered consciousness. She was past eighty-two years of age, and had been a cripple for many years.

She was married to Daniel Francis in Ohio March 10, 1850. She was the mother of four children, two sons and two daughters, all deceased, three dying in one week with diphtheria, and all are buried in Penn Center.

She came to Iowa with her husband in 1855, settling in Penn township May 22nd, being among the first settlers in the township. She continued to live on the old homestead until 1880 when they moved to Des Moines, where she has since lived. Mr. Francis died in May 1908.

She was a member of the M. E. church at Penn Center during her life on the farm and later of the Asbury M. E. church in Des Moines, pastor Rev. Dr. Emory Miller.

The body was brought to Penn Center Monday where interment was made in the old family lot in the Penn the Francis homestead, a portion of which Mr. Francis donated for Penn Center cemetery on the ground of etery purposes years ago.

Mrs. Francis was familiarly known among her old acquaintances here as “Aunt Emily”, and dearly loved by every one. – Dexter Sentinel.

Coordinator's note: The second obituary was transcribed as published and there is clearly an issue with the next to last paragraph, possibly a line of type left out.


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