Caroline Andrew 1845-1941
Posted By: Kathy Weaver (email)
Date: 3/7/2019 at 16:09:57
Thursday January 30, 1941
ĎAunt Calí Andrew Came to Iowa in 1871; Homesteaded in 1908
Mrs. Caroline Andrew, 95, Villisca's oldest citizen, died early Friday at her home on East Fifth Street.
Funeral Services were held at the Wolfe's Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. Arthur Mortenson in charge, assisted by the Rev. E. M. Buehler, and burial was made in the Villisca Cemetery. Pall bearers were Frank Butler, Charles Sandquist, R. T. Dodson, R. Shrimpton, Gordon Netto, Collis E. Moore, and music was furnished by Mrs. Don G. Hainey, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. J. L. Wheeler.
Known to her friends as "Aunt Cal" Mrs. Andrew was always remembered on her birthdays and in 1939 she held an open house on her birthday, despite her advanced years.
Attending the funeral from a distance were Frank Hadley, Independence, Kas.; Mrs. F.W. Scott and Malcolm Andrew, Tulsa, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Jud Cooper and daughter and Fred Woods, Emerson, and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Crouse, Clarinda.
Caroline Hadley, the fourth child in a family of ten children, seven girls and three boys born to Jonathan and Mary Linton Hadley was born on a farm near Wilmington, Ohio, November 7, 1845.
She received her common school education in the rural schools of Ohio, walking one and one half miles to school and attending from five to six months a year. Later she taught a term of 13 weeks for the sum of $50, the highest salary then paid being only $25 a month.
The family started to move to Iowa in 1863 during the Civil War. Their household goods and belongings were loaded onto a boat at Cincinnati which was later commandeered by the government and had to be reloaded to another boat. At Cairo it became necessary to transfer to another boat and during the reloading her father drowned. An interesting document in the possession of the family is a statement offering a reward of $50 which was paid six months later upon the discovery of the body. The mother and children upon the advice of an uncle returned to Ohio at the time.
She was married to William Henry Andrew, October 7, 1867, in Ohio. They lived on a farm four years before coming to Page County, Iowa, in 1871, where they made their home until moving to the east side of Villisca, March 1898. That year they moved to their present home at 102 East Fifth Street.
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They returned to Ohio in August 1899, to be with their son Edgar while he completed his college education and in 1901 moved to Vermillion, South Dakota, where they made their home until the year of 1908, at which time they went out on the western plains of South Dakota, where they pitched their tent and built their mud shack as homesteaders for a year. In staking their claim, Ethyl drove overland by stage some 65 miles, which Mrs. Andrew said accounted for her long life. They returned to Villisca in 1910.
She was reared in the Quaker faith and she was proud of this heritage, being brought up to attend Sunday School and meeting every Sunday, having to walk a distance of a mile and half nearly every Sunday. Through the years she maintained her membership in the Springfield meeting house.
She was a member of the G. A. R. now called the Ladies of the Circle and upon Memorial day enjoyed assisting in the services of the day.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother, her husband and two daughters, Mary and Julie. One grandchild, Neil, likewise preceded her in death. She is survived by her two sons, Walter F. and Edgar J., and their families, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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