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Karr, Elmira (Mrs. Alexander S.) 1853-1926


Posted By: Paul Van Dyke--Volunteer
Date: 10/4/2017 at 11:16:17

Source: Hawarden Independent (3-18-1926)

Born: May 23, 1853
Died: 1926

Mrs. Alexander Scott Karr passed away at her home early Saturday morning following a lingering illness. She had been failing in health for the past nineteen years. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon with Reverend William P. Webb in charge, The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Elmira McLaughlin was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, May 23, 1853, and so she was past 73 years of age at the time of her death. At. The age of five years her parents moved to Sullivan County, Missouri, where she grew to womanhood. September 6, 1881, she was united in marriage with Alexander Scott Karr at Paxton, Illinois. The following spring they came to Sioux County, locating on a farm seven miles northwest of what is now Ireton, being among the earliest settlers of this locality. Here they built their home and resided until 1901 when they moved onto a farm two miles north of Ireton. In the spring of 1910 they retired and have since made their home in Ireton. Mrs. Karr united with the United Presbyterian Church in 1884, shortly after its organization and remained a member until the church was discontinued a few years ago, when she transferred her membership to the Methodist Church, remaining with them until her passing. She was always active in church work, taking part in all organizations connected with the church. In the early days when neighbors were far apart and help hard to reach she was always ready to lend a helping hand in sickness and trouble. She was also keenly interested in any progressive undertaking of the community, being especially interested in her connection with the Ladies Auxiliary to the American Legion. Her family was all present at her bedside where she had called them, laying her hand on each and calling them by name as the end drew near.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, with whom she journeyed forty-four years, four sons and one daughter: J.R., Edward C. and Alvin S. Carr, all of Ireton; H.A. Karr of Oak Park, Illinois, and Mrs. H.A. Ericson of Thompson, Iowa. One sin, Orville, died in 1905 at the age of sixteen. She also leaves one brother, S. H. McLaughlin of East St. Louis, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Joe Hunsaker of Green City, Missouri. She is also survived by seven grandsons and many other relatives and a host of friends.


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