Jeffers, Rev. W.W. 1864-1954
Posted By: Viv Reeves (email)
Date: 1/26/2004 at 21:04:29
From the LeMars Sentinel, Wednesday, November 17, 1954, Page 6, Columns 6-7:
Rev. William Walter Jeffers passed away at the Holiness Mission, at 204 W. Seventh St., Sioux City, Iowa, where he has been living since retiring from active mission work.
Mr. Jeffers was born Oct. 29, 1864 at Baraboo, Wis., and died Oct. 24, 1954, lacking five days of reaching his 90th birthday. He moved to Plymouth county early in life and acquired his education near his country home at Ruble, and graduated from the LeMars Normal school in 1888.
He was married to Alvina Peterson Mar. 27, 1889. He was a successful teacher in several high schools in the LeMars vicinity and in 1904, while teaching school at Seney, he felt his call to preach the Gospel and received his license from Seney M. E. church, of which he was a member.
Mr. Jeffers held camp meetings and revivals in many places in Iowa and South Dakota, and finally started a mission in Sioux City on Jennings St. In 1912, he, with the help of others built the Holiness Mission at 204 W. Seventh St. and was superintendent of this mission until he felt his call to Foreign Missionary work.
Mr. Jeffers has been a successful missionary in five foreign fields: Mexico, Philipine Islands, Japan, Cuba, and Sweden. He has supervised a summer camp and tabernacle meeting on an 11 acre tract of land, owned by the mission, just north of Logan Park cemetery, since 1919.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Alvina Jeffers, of Seney; one son, William, who with his wife, lives near Haxtun, Colo.; two grandsons, Clinton and Clyde, also of Haxtun; and many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Jeffers was a devout and conscientious Christian man; a man of much prayer and faith in God. His life and influence have persuaded many people to live devoted Christian lives, who, with his relatives and friends, will mourn his loss.
[Another published obituary follows]
REV. W. JEFFERS
DIES AT AGE 89
Rev. William Walter Jeffers, 89, one of the founders of the Holiness Mission, 204 W. Seventh Street, died Sunday afternoon at the mission where he had been living since retiring from active mission work several years ago.
Dr. Thomas L. Coriden, Woodbury County coroner, said death resulted from natural causes.
Rev. Mr. Jeffers was born October 28, 1864, at Baraboo, Wis. Early years of his life were spent in Plymouth County, where he taught school.
Holiness Mission was found in 1912 and the work was launched in 1913. The mission has maintained a summer camp and tabernacle near Logan Park Cemetery for 35 years. Rev. A.A. Ronshusen is superintendent of the mission.
Rev. Mr. Jeffers was a member of the Methodist church and in recent years has been active in Wesleyan Methodist work.
Survivors are the widow, Alvena, of Seney, Ia., and a son, William, of Haxtun, Colo.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Logan Park Cemetery.
~Source: Unknown publication with the word “Curtain” at the end of the title. (It is suspected that this may be a faith-based publication of some sort.)
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