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Mary L. (Waechter) Silliman (1917)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 3/31/2011 at 11:57:52

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, August 29, 1917
Page 4


The news that Mrs. Silliman was rapidly sinking, came as a deep shock to her wide acquaintances, early Saturday evening, and the subsequent announcement of her death at three o'clock Sunday morning, brought genuine sorrow to Winterset.

Many years of ill health had wrecked her nerves, yet she bore her suffering bravely. Last winter, she went to Rochester, where specialists performed a slight operation and pronounced her cured. Her condition became more grave, with such frequent attacks of illness and intense pain, that her physician was convinced that her case was precarious. On Tuesday morning of last week, an operation was performed at the Lutheran hospital. A large tumorous growth was removed, followed by most reassuring conditions. The highly favorable symptoms continued until Saturday at five o'clock, when acute dilatation of the stomach began without any apparent reason. Her weakened state and the terrible pressure on the heart resulted in death.

The funeral was held on Monday afternoon at the residence, conducted by her pastor, J. S. Corkey.

Mrs. Silliman was a woman of much natural vivacity and energy. Her friends often remarked these traits, which kept her youthful and a real comrade of her children. With her quick, receptive mind and deft fingers, she was esteemed as a worker in the circles in which she moved. Long a member of Pitzer W.R.C., she had held several offices requiring ability, filling them with satisfaction to the order.

Her four children have been faithful to her in her illness, even as she was most faithful to them as a mother. James the elder son, became a member of Company A, on his graduation from high school in June. Miss Doris has had charge of the home for some time, giving up her own musical ambitions that she might assist her mother, while Eugene and Marguerite are yet in school. Mr. Silliman and family will be attended by the deep sympathy of all who know them.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, August 29, 1917
Page 1, Column 2

Mrs. Silliman Dead

Mrs. Mary Silliman, wife of ex-sheriff M. L. Silliman, died in the Lutheran hospital in Des Moines early Sunday morning. She had been in ill health for several years and her death followed an operation Friday. Her death was a great shock to the many warm friends of the family in the city and the county.

The funeral was held at the residence Monday afternoon, Dr. Corkey of the Presbyterian church officiating.

Mrs. Silliman was only 39 years old. Her husband and four children, Doris, James, Jean and Marguerite survive her. Mrs. Silliman was the daughter of U. Z. Waechter of Peru, and has lived in Winterset ever since her marriage. Her son, James, who is a member of Company A was given leave of absence to attend the funeral. An obituary notice will be printed next week.


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