Musser, Grant 1864 -1908
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Date: 2/3/2011 at 17:06:33
NOTE: The newspaper says the year of birth is 1862 and the gravestone says 1864.
DEATH OF GRANT MUSSER WELL KNOWN FARMER SUCCUMBS AFTER A LONG ILLNESS. TAUGHT SCHOOL IN YOUNGER YEARS
He was Active in Business, Politics and Social Affairs—His wife Died About a Year Ago and Their Young Children are now Orphans
Grant Musser. who was one of the well known farmers in the south part of the county, and who had a wide acquaintance in Le Mars and Plymouth County generally, is dead. His wife died a little over a year ago and shortly after that time Mr. Musser was taken sick and although at one time he rallied and it was thought he was regaining strength, the hopes were not realized and he suffered a relapse and was ill for a long period before death relieved his sufferings.
Mr. Musser was a good citizen and took a great interest in things which go to benefit people generally. He was active in politics and was generally mentioned for the office of county recorder at last year's primary election, but declined to make the race on account of urgent personal affairs. The sympathy of the community goes out to the children, bereaved of both father and mother, but they will be well cared for by faithful and loving relatives.
Ulysses Grant Musser was born in Pinegrove, Center county. Pa., June 6, 1862, and died after a prolonged illness at the Samaritan hospital in Sioux City, Dec 7, 1908, at about 11 p. m. Adverse circumstances seemed for some time to surround the home as four orphaned children is all that is left of what was, little more than a year ago, a happy and prosperous family.
At the age of 23, Mr. Musser with his parents moved to Charter Oak, Iowa, and from there he came to Plymouth County. He graduated from the Birmingham Seminary at Birmingham, Pa., and later from a normal school in Indiana. After coming west he taught school in Nebraska and Charter Oak. Ia. and was a teacher in this county for many years.
After his marriage to Miss Nellie Noble in July, 1894, they lived a year in Arkansas. The rest of the time has been spent on the farm in the south part of Hungerford township To them were born five children, four of which survive the parents, namely, Lula. age 13, Alan age 11. Vera, age 8 and Alec age 5. The other child, Grant, was taken in infancy and Mrs. Musser answered the summons in October. 1907.
On Sunday, the day before he died, realizing that he would soon receive the call to "come up higher. " he finished his earthly work and gave the children into the keeping of relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Noble, of Lincoln, will keep the girls, Lula and Vera. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Haller have Alan with them, and Alec will have his home with his aunt, Mrs. A. J. Eyer.
Besides the children he leaves five sisters, Mrs. E. M. Hersam, of San Jose, Cal., Mrs. Candace Smith, of Birmingham, Pa., Mrs. Sammy Stewart, of Johnston, Pa., Mrs. Ida Loomis, of Loveland, Col., and Mrs. Dara Eyer, of Hinton. Mr. Musser was widely known and a great many will be grieved at hearing of his sad though not unexpected death, for his health had been in a generally broken down condition since last August.
The funeral services were held at the James Church, at 12:30, Thursday, Dec. 10, Rev. Bennett officiating. Interment was made in the Melbourne Cemetery.
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Tuesday, December 15, 1908
Le Mars, Iowa
Plymouth Obituaries maintained by Linda Ziemann.
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