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Harry Grant Tidrick (1931)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 10/28/2006 at 20:47:54

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, December 31, 1931


Harry G. Tidrick, porminent Winterset business man and Madison county religious leader died at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, early Wednesday, at the age of 59 years. He had not been well for some time, but his condition was not regarded as serious until he went to the hospital three weeks ago, for examination and treatment. His case was diagnosed as ulcers of the colon, and he became critically ill last week. A blood transfusion was given and another was planned on Tuesday, but his physicians stated that his condition did not warrant it. He passed away about 3:30 o'clock that night.

Mr. Tidrick was a son of the late Miller R. Tidrick, and was a life long resident of Winterset. He was married to Miss Marine Graham, January 1st, 1895. She and their three children survive him: Miller Tidrick of Los Angeles, Mrs. Max Van Scoy of Des Moines, and Mrs. Mary Gamble, who makes her home with her parents. He also leaves five grandchildren, John Graham Van Scoy of Des Moines, and Claire, Carol, Billie and Jack Gamble of Winterset. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. S. A. Hays of Winterset, and Mrs. Jennie Moore of Dayton, Ohio, and a brother, Fred Tidrick of Los Angeles.

No family in Winterset has been more instrumental in the business interests and the religious life of the community, than has the Tidrick family, and when the father, Miller Tidrick retired from the mercantile business here in 1894, the store was turned over to the sons, Harry and Fred. Later the former conducted a furniture store here by himself, and he started in the undertaking business 28 years ago. Several years ago, he disposed of his store, and since then has devoted his entire time to the undertaking business.

The Tidrick family were early identified with the Presbyterian Sunday school and church. Harry Tidrick taught a boys' class there for over twenty years, and for many years was scout master of the various boy scout troops. He was also an elder of the church and has been active in the organization of the Madison County Sunday School association, and at the time of his death, was president of the organization. He served as president of the Madison County Y.M.C.A. for a number of years and has been active in the Rotary club since it was organized. He is also a member of the Masonic lodge.

Probably no man in the years of the county's development gave so generously of his time and means to public welfare and religious work as did Harry Tidrick. He will be sorely missed and his passing will be universally mourned.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Presbyterian church, Saturday morning, January 2, at 10 o'clock, and burial will be made in the Winterset cemetery.

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, January 7, 1932
Page 4

Harry Grant Tidrick

Harry Grant Tidrick was born in Winterset, on August 25, 1872, and passed away on December 30, 1931, at the age of fifty-nine years, five months and five days, having spent his entire life in this community.

To tell of his love for his fellow men, his kindly acts, his good deeds, his works of mercy and of charity, his Christian patience and virtues would take many pages.

As a boy he was full of life and energy, the same energy was spent as a man in helping others.

For many years he engaged in the mercantile business helping his father and in partnership with his brothers and brother-in-law; for a good many of his later years he was engaged in business alone, but his business was only a means through which he sought to do good.

He was active in his church, for a long time an elder; for twenty years a teacher of a boys class in his Sunday school. Scores of boys and young men who came under his influence in his class and in the Boy Scout work give him credit today for his guidance along paths which have helped them to be better boys and men. He was faithful to his Lord and Master whom he sought to serve with all his might; faithful in his attendance on all the services in his church.

He was active in the work of the County Sunday School association. In that connection his name will go down with those of Gudliff, Brooker, William S. Sumner, Herman Kinsman, as outstanding men who gave of their lives for making this a Christian community.

His faith and his faithfulness, his patience, his charity, and his charitable judgment of others were outstanding qualities.

He belonged to the Rotary club, a service club, and there he was a member who believed in and rendered service, to his fellow members, to outsiders, and he sought service from his fellow members by interesting them in what might be done to assist where help was needed.

One of the proudest accomplishments (missing information) tion of Madison county as a Y. M. C. A. County; he gave to that organization most liberally of his money, too liberally of his time, and much of his prayer.

To the outskirts he went, to homes where poverty dwelt, to homes where sickness was, to those who were in distress of body, mind or soul, to all such he went; his going was not heralded, there was no pomp or display, but he brought comfort to all such, and they remember him with gratitude.

His love was poured out to his family, and was especially manifest to the grandsons who made their home with him and Mrs. Tidrick in recent years.

He did not live a long life as years are counted, but in service to his Master whom he loved, and in service to his fellow men, he lived far beyond the ordinary span. He did fight a good fight, he did keep the faith and now he has finished his course and we know as we learn of the radiance that came over his countenance as the last few breaths were drawn, that he saw the crown which he had earned, which was laid away for him, and which he is now wearing in glory, as he is in the presence of his Lord.

The Rev. Paul Fowler, former pastor of the First Presbyterian church, conducted his funeral services, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the church and burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, January 7, 1932
Page 5

Many Attend Tidrick Services Saturday

A number of out of town people were here Saturday, January 2, to attend the funeral services of Harry G. Tidrick, which were held at the First Presbyterian church. Included in the group were Ray Dunn, Neal Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Carl White, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Markras, Miss Gladys Walrod, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Root, Forest Hann and Harve Lozier of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. John Van Scoy, Mrs. James Van Scoy and Miss Eunice Van Scoy of Rippey; Mr. and Mrs. Verne Russell of Adel; Rev. and Mrs. F. C. McCallon and daughter, Betty Pauline and Mrs. Grant Stahl of Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phillips of Ames; Frank Rigdon of Menlo; Mrs. John Moore, Dayton, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cole and son, Edward of Clark, South Dakota; R. L. Phillips of Van Meter; Mrs. Lillian Tidrick, Castana, Rev. and Mrs. Paul Main Fowler of Sioux City; R. G. Granfield, Lorimor, Harvey Welch, Dexter, and George Croft, Creston.

The pallbearers were Myles and Blair Young, F. S. Hamilton, F. W. Creger, Charles Van Werden, John C. Gorman, John Green and George Croft of Creston. The honorary pallbearers were Judge W. S. Cooper, Dr. R. S. Cooper, T. A. Garrett, W. J. Cornell, Ed M. Smith, F. P. Hartsook; Charles Rowe and Alvin Shriver.


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