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Elizabeth Ross Chapter: Rebecca Tylee


Posted By: Volunteer: Sherri
Date: 8/12/2016 at 04:19:11

**Handwritten: June 8, 1928


The motor trip to Keosauqua Friday afternoon of members of Elizabeth Ross chapter, D.A.R., was an outstanding event in the annals of the chapter, a tablet marking the grave at Purdom cemetery of Mrs. Rebecca Smith Tylee being dedicated at this time. Mrs. Tylee, who died in 1905 at the age of 96 years, was the daughter of Nathaniel Smith, a Revolutionary soldier, who is buried in Oswega county, New York, and is the only real daughter claimed by the local chapter. Two granddaughters of Mrs. Pylee(err) are living, Mrs. A.K. Smith, of Superior, Wis., in whose home Mrs. Pylee(err) died, and Mrs. E.H. Holmes of Anita, Iowa. Mrs. Tylee was one of the five original daughters in the National D.A.R. She also belonged to the Tacoma, Wash., chapter.

At the dedication Friday the tablet, which has been placed on a natural boulder at the grave in the historic old cemetery at Keosauqua, Mrs. D.H. Criley, retiring regent, presided. Mrs. F.M. Hunter read the scripture lesson. Mrs. Sumner Siberell, Elizabeth Ross historian, the life of the daughter honored, and Mrs. Criley officiated at the dedication, the Ottumwa women were entertained at a prettily appointed tea in the home of Mr. Roy Overman, with the Keosauqua members of the chapter the hostess group, including Mrs. Overman, Mrs. W. Roberts, Mrs. Henry Strickling and Mrs. James A. Craig.

An interesting fact in connection with the life of Mrs. Tylee is the acquaintance Mrs. A.G. Cook, 722 West Fourth street, had with the family during her girlhood in Mt. Pleasant, when her family home. Mrs. Cook and the granddaughter of Mrs. Pylee(err), May Hare, now Mrs. Smith, went through primary, grade, high school and later attended Iowa Wesleyan college as classmates. The Hare family made its home in Mt. Pleasant for many years, going there from Keosauqua. Mrs. Hare and her mother went to Superior, Wis., when the daughter married. Mrs. Cook accompanied the Elizabeth Ross group to Keosauqua Friday, including Mrs. Criley, Mrs. Guy Frazer, Mrs. Hunter, Mrs. H.P. Keyhoe, Misses Winnie and Constance Keyoe, Mrs. Ernest Mitchell, Mrs. Siberell, Mrs. Amy Slater, Mrs. Harry Davis, Mrs. D.J. Brown and Mrs. C.M. Lawrence.

Source: Van Buren Co. Genealogical Society Obituary Book G, Page 155, Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, IA


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