George Rae (Abt. 1840 - 1907)At the midnight hour of Saturday, January 10, 1907, Geo. Rae passed away at his residence in Dow City, at the age of sixty seven years and one day.
He was born in Scotland, being the oldest son of Godly parents. On the second day of April 1861, he emigrated to America, living for four years in the state of Maine. In the spring of 1865 he started for the west, going to Missouri to inspect the boundless prairies. Not being quite satisfied with conditions in Missouri he came to Iowa, finding conditions more congenial he went to work for T. A. Dennis of Harrison County who was then furnishing ties and bridge material for the Union Pacific railroad company. In the fall of that year he came up into Crawford county where he beheld the beauties and saw the fertile soil of the far famed Boyer Valley with which he became infatuated.
His first winter in Iowa was spent in teaching school in what was then known as the Butler school house, making his home with Mr. And Mrs. James Butler. During the following spring he purchased a piece of land which he began to improve, building a house which was the beginning of the home in which he lived until the time of selling the farm to move to Dow City.
On November 20th, 1866, at Saco, Maine, he was married to Jean Wilson, oldest daughter of James and Margaret Wilson, coming directly to Iowa from the wedding, the bride and groom were received and entertained at the hospitable home of Uncle and Aunty Bell, who were proud indeed to welcome the newly wedded couple in their home.
Of this union nine children were born, one son and three daughters dying in infancy. Five daughters survive namely; Mrs. S. J. Woodruff, Mrs. S. Replogle, Mrs. Paul Poitevin, Mrs. Fred Buss and Jennie, who has been so devoted in her attentions to her father through the years of his affliction.
He was bereaved by death by loosing his companion on July 12th, 1904, just a little more than four months after leaving the home they had built up on the prairie.
Of his immediate family, two brothers and one sister survive, Janet, John and Thomas, with his sons-in-law, grandchildren and others who feel the loss of a father, brother and true friend.
Since the time of coming to Crawford county he has lived continuously in your midst, so his life has been as it were an open book. In all that is good in the make up of the community he has had a part, not only in the religious world and educational work accomplished, but also in the development and beautifying of the surroundings. The beautiful cemetery we have on yonder hill was largely secured by the united efforts of Joseph Hallowell, James Bell and George Rae; the association has been carried on for these many years and kept in good repair largely through the untiring efforts of George Rae, who has been continuously an officer from the time of its organization to the day of his death. The community owes him a debt of gratitude for his unceasing efforts to keep the cemetery in good repair and for urging the erection of the beautiful fence surrounding the grounds when the other officers scarcely saw the need of the expensive improvements.
In January, 1870, he, with others, saw the necessity of having a church organized so we could have the benefit of religious services. Rev. Benjamin Shinn, being at that time pastor in Denison, preached for ten nights in the Comfort school house, organizing a class which is now the First Methodist church of Dow City. When the church was incorporated as a religious body, in conformity to the laws of our state, he was one of the first trustees elected, which office he has nobly filled until the day of his death, as well as filling many of the other offices of the church.
In politics he was republican and was honored by his party with various offices, the most prominent one being a member of the legislature of 1876-7, when the late Senator John H. Gear was speaker of the house. Mr. Gear gave him appointments to some of the most important committees of the house, in which he served his constituents faithfully and well.
During the years of his affliction, as most of you know, he received great benefit from walking being the only way to relieve his pain and suffering and as he was so much in your view, not only by day but in the silent hours of the night, his presence and quiet walking up and down your streets and out on the country roads will be missed by both old and young. He was truly walking in "The valley of the shadow of death" and could say as the Psalmist did "I will fear no evil for Thou re with me, Thy road and Thy staff, the comfort me."
Now friends, please pardon the writer for a personal word. Having written so many obituary's of others without intruding myself, I feel like saying, as Jeremiah said of old: "Truly this is a great grief." Having for many years been so closely associated together, in childhood, early manhood, in our four years in the state of Main, in our lives here for those forty years in building up our homes beside each other. In our work in the church and other associations, it seems to press heavy upon me, yet God in His omnipotent wisdom has seen fit to call my brother to Himself, we will cherish his memory and emulate his virtues.
The foregoing excellent obituary was written by Mr. Thom. Rae, to which we desire to add a few words. Personally the editor feels that he has lost a faithful friend. When we were in our boyhood Mr. Rae was our teacher in the public school and many has been the times during the past thirty-five years that we have remembered the instruction received, not only in our school work but along all lines of morality and virtue.
If we are rightly informed, Mr. Rae assisted in organizing the Independent school district of Dow City and from that time until about two years ago he has been nearly, if not all the time, a member of the school board and has always kept up to date in school work. Two years ago, we believe it was he and his daughter, Jennie, spent the winter in California.
The funeral services were held in the M. E. church Monday, being conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. L. Curtis, assisted by Presiding Elder Griffiths. The sermon was very appropriate and impressive. The singing by the choir was well rendered and suitable for the occasion. The remains were laid at rest in the Dow City cemetery.
The Enterprise extends sincere sympathy to the many bereaved ones.Dow City Enterprise - 1-25-1907
Submitted by Melba McDowell
Reese, Detlef (1847 - 1909)Schleswig Leader - Oct. 15 1909
The community was shocked Sunday morning to hear of the sudden death of Detlef Reese, one of the oldest and most respected citizens, at his home in Schleswig. Mr. Reese was seen on the streets Saturday and was apparently as well and hearty as ever. He had been a sufferer for many from nervous troubles, the immediate cause of his death being epilepsy.
Detlef Reese was born Aug. 22, 1847 at Ellerbeck, near Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He came to this country in 1856, settling in Walcott, this state.
In 1872 he was married to Miss Christiane Dahl. To this union two children were born, a boy and a girl, the boy dying while he was yet young. In 1875 he lost his wife.
On Nov 16, 1876, he was married to Mrs. Christine Dahl (nee Schmidt) at Dixon, Iowa. From this union came three children, all boys.
Deceased has been in ill health for years, as stated above, but this condition had never been considered alarming. Death removed him to the land where suffering is unknown on Sunday morning Oct. 10, at one o'clock.
He leaves to mourn his demise a widow, a daughter, Mrs. Doris Endrulat of Holstein, three sons, Henry of Battle Creek and Detlef and Wm. of Schleswig. He also leaves a sister Mrs. Kuchel of Holstein and six step-children. At the time of his death deceased was aged 62 years, 1 month and 18 days.
The funeral was conducted from the Church of Peace, Schleswig, the Rev. Hansen officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Morgan cemetery near here.
Submitted by Bob Kuehl
Anna Reimer (1849 - 1934)Mrs. Anna Reimer, nee Aldag, was born on June 24, 1849 in Probstei, Schleswig Holstein, Germany. She spent her school years there coming to America in 1865 accompanied by her sister. They settled in Moline, Illinois.
In 1867 she was united in marriage to Hans Struck, making their home in Rock Island, Ill., where they resided eleven years. They moved to Crawford county and farmed in Morgan township.
Her husband passed away after sixteen years leaving her and five children, four sons having died in infancy. Four years later she was married to Wm. Reimer, who died within two years.
In 1910 she moved to Schleswig residing in her home till 1928, when because of failing health, she made her home with. her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kuehl. For the past year and a half she had been living with another daughter, Mrs. Ed Reimer, where she passed away peacefully early Thursday morning. She was 84 years, 9 months, and 26 days.
She had been a member of the Frieden's church for many years and also of the Ladies Aid.
Left to mourn her loss are three daughters, namely: Lena, Mrs. Jacob Jensen; Bertha, Mrs. Ed Reimer; Adela, Mrs. Henry Kuehl, and two sons, Ed and Julius Struck, all of Schleswig. Also one brother, Henry Aldag of Schleswig one sister, Mrs. Lena Riessen of Bloomfield, Neb. Two step sisters, Mrs. Ella Riessen of Schleswig and Mrs. Doris Suckstorf of Bloomfield, Neb., also seven step children, 18 grand children and 13 great grand children.
The funeral services were held Sunday, 1:30 at the Ed Reimer home, and 2 o'clock at the Frieden's church with Rev. Kielhorn officiating. Interment followed at Morgan cemetery.
Submitted by Bob Kuehl
Bertha Catherine Reimer (1878 - 1960)Funeral services for Bertha Reimer were held Monday at the United Church of Christ. Burial was made in the Morgan cemetery.
Bertha Catherine, daughter of Hans and Anna Struck, nee Aldag was born on November 1, 1878 at Schleswig and died August 5th at the Harlan hospital.
She was baptized as an infant in the Zion Lutheran church at Denison and was also confirmed there. She grew to young womanhood on the Struck farm west of Schleswig.
On January 18, 1899 she was united in marriage to Edward Reimer and they had four chil.dren. They spent 27 years on the Reimer homestead just north of Schleswig and then moved to their home on the west edge of Schleswig.
Mrs. Reimer was a member of the United Church of Christ and the Women's Guild. She was also a member of the Gladilos Rebeka Lodge.
Mrs. Reimer suffered a stroke in August, 1946, which partially paralyzed her. In 1956 she entered the Salem Lutheran Invalid Home at Elk Horn. On July 27th Mrs. Reimer became seriously ill and was taken to the Myrtle hospital at Harlan.
She is survived by two daughters, Edna Breuer of San Antonio, Texas, and Malinda, Mrs. F. H. Reinking of Schleswig, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren and one sister Adela Kuehl and two brothers Julius and Edward Struck of Schleswig. Mrs. Reimer was preceded in death by her husband in 1953, two sons Emil in infancy and Albert in 1957.
Submitted by Bob Kuehl
Elmer Edward Reimer (1922 - 2000)
Elmer Edward Reimer was born May 6, 1922, the son of William C. and Emma Marie Hansen Reimer. He died Saturday, November 4, 2000 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison at the age of seventy-eight.
Elmer was born near Schleswig, Iowa and received his education in a rural school near his home. He was baptized in Christ in 1922 at the Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church in Schleswig and later confirmed there on March 21, 1937.
On April 14, 1947, Elmer was united in marriage to Lois Lane Batson at the United Church of Christ Parsonage in Schleswig. The couple farmed until 1972 when they moved to Schleswig. They were blessed with three sons. Elmer was a very loving and faithful husband who cared for Lois during her illness until the time of her death in 1992.
On July 24, 1997, Elmer was married to Dorothy Dunlap at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. Elmer and Dorothy shared a very special love and kindness for each other. They enjoyed visiting their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were a source of pride and joy. They also loved to travel, socialize and play cards.
Elmer was a life long member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. He was manager of Schleswig Enterprise Board, as well as director, assessor for Crawford County for many years and a past member of Schleswig Development Board.
Elmer loved farming, selling Pioneer Seed Corn, raising cattle and marketing them to Chicago. He made many trips to Nebraska and Florida, where he purchased feeder cattle. Elmer never met a stranger. He served for forty years on the South Crawford and WIPO Boards. Elmer was president of both boards for thirteen years and then vice president of South Crawford for nine years. He also had nine years of service for the Iowa Association of Electric Coopertion Boards.
Elmer had a picture framing business, delivered meals on wheels and was a volunteer driver for cancer and dialysis patients. Elmer was a very caring person, always willing to help anyone. He enjoyed needle pointing, playing cards and trapping gophers in the spring time.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois and one brother, William Reimer. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2000 at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, Iowa, and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Emma M. (Hansen) Reimer ( 1898 - 1986)
Emma Marie Reimer was born on October 1, 1898, in Goodrich Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the daughter of August and Ida Carstensen Hansen. She died Friday afternoon, January 17, 1986 at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, at the age of 87.
Emma spent her formative years on a farm in Goodrich Township. She received her formal education in the rural schools near her home and later attended Zion Lutheran School in Denison. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison.
Emma was united in marriage to William C. Reimer on June 11, 1919 in Denison. Together they made a home on a farm west of Schleswig. It was during this time that they became members of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. They left the farm in 1945 making their home in Schleswig.
William died on February 28, 1966. Emma continued to make Schleswig her home until failing health forced her to enter the Eventide Lutheran Home February 12, 1981.
In addition to her parents and husband, Emma was preceded in death by one son William A., six brothers, Harry, Martin, John, Charley, Adolph, and Bernard. Survivors include two sons, Elmer and wife Lois of Schleswig, and Robert and wife Mary Ann of Denison, and daughter-in-law Wilma Reimer of Ricketts.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 20, 1986 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. Interment was in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Harriet Lena (Reinking) Reimer (1898-1984)
Harriet Lena Reimer was born on July 16, 1898 at Grant Township, Ida County, Iowa, the daughter of Fred D. and Dora Bielenberg Reinking. She died Dec. 17, 1984, at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb. at the age of 86.
Harriet was raised on the Reinking farm near Schleswig. She received her formal education in the rural schools near her home. Harriet was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grant Township.
On Nov. 30, 1926, Harriet was united in marriage to Albert Reimer in Chicago, Ill. Together they made their home on a farm north of Schleswig. In 1949, they moved into the Schleswig Community.
Mr. Reimer died in 1957. Since that time, Harriet has continued to make Schleswig her home where she was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Harriet was preceded in death by three sisters, Alvena Evers, Amanda Lafrentz and Ella Lenz and one brother, Fred H. Reinking.
Funeral services were held Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Burial was in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig. The Reverend Richard Nelson officiated at the services.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Hugo Reimer (1894-1982)
Hugo Reimer was born on May 20, 1894 in Crawford County, Iowa, the son of William and Emma Ehrig Reimer. He died on Wednesday morning, May 5, 1892 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Denison, at the age of 87.
Hugo was baptized as an infant and later confirmed by Rev. Emil Hansen at the United Church of Christ, where he remained a life long member. He was raised on a family farm. Hugo received his formal education in the rural schools near his home.
On January 26, 1921, Hugo was united in marriage to Linda Zabel at Schleswig. Together they farmed near Schleswig in Crawford and Ida Counties. In 1952, Hugo retired from the farm and moved to Schleswig. Hugo served in the United States Army during World War I. Hugo was an active member of the Schleswig American Legion and V.F.W.
During this past January, Hugo and Linda, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. In addition to his parents, Hugo was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig. Burial was in the Morgan Cemetery, with full military rites and pallbearers provided by the Schleswig American Legion and V.F.W. The Rev. Fred Moore officiated at the services.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Katherine Amelia (Ehler) Reimer (1902 - 2000)
Katherine Amelia Reimer was born July 14, 1902, to Richard and Dorothea Schiernbeck Ehler in Grant Township, Ida County, Iowa. She died Sunday, February 20, 2000, at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of ninety-seven.
Katherine was baptized in Christ January 16, 1903 and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Chruch on March 24, 1919, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in Ida Grove and graduated from the Ida Grove High School in 1923.
She was a bookkeeper for Central Roller Mill and Office Secretary at the Ida County Farm Bureau. In 1925 Katherine accepted a position in Sioux City as secretary at the Woodbury County Farm Bureau and worked there for ten years.
In 1934, Katherine was united in marriage to Harris Harding in Sioux City, Iowa, and in 1935, Katherine joined Harris in Kansas City, where he was headquartered. The couple made their home in Kansas City, until 1940, when they moved to Ida Grove and operated a coffee shop. Harris died in 1944 and Katherine continued to operate the coffee shop.
Katherine was united in marriage to Louie G. Reimer in 1946. They made their home in Ida Grove for a short time, before moving to Schleswig in the fall of 1946. In 1963, Louie had a stroke and Katherine took care of him with the help of Loretta Reimers. Louie passed away in 1973.
Katherine was a devoted and faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society, where she held various office positions for the two organizations. Katherine was a loving and caring wife and grandmother with a deep devotion to her family. She enjoyed flowers, socializing with family and friends, playing Bridge and loved reading books.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, one step-son, Orlan Reimer, two brothers, Hugo Ehler and Matthew Ehler, three sisters, Louise Sass, Caroline Jensen and Amanda Hemer.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig, Iowa and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Linda (Zabel) Reimer (1899 - 1990
Linda Friderike Reimer, the daughter of August and Emma Burk Zabel, was born Aug. 27, 1899 in Grant Township, Ida County, Iowa. She died after a short illness at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 91 years.
Linda was baptized by Rev. Shug on Oct. 29, 1899 at the Grant Church. She was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig by Reb. Schwenk on April 11, 1915. She grew up on a family farm and attended the rural schools. After her education she worked at Schmidt's Grocery Store in Schleswig.
She was united in marriage to Hugo Reimer on Jan. 26, 1921, when she became a faithful member of the United Church of Christ until her death. They were privileged to observe their 60th wedding anniversary in 1981.
Hugo and Linda farmed in Crawford and Ida County near Schleswig until 1952 when they retired and moved to Schleswig. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary since 1952.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; and one sister, Laura Edsen.
Funeral services were held at 10:30, Dec. 21, at the United Church of Christ. Interment was in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig.
NOTE:Death date is December 18, 1990, according to the cemetery record.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Lois Lane (Batson) Reimer (1918 - 1992)
Lois Lane Reimer was born on May 11, 1918, the daughter of Eugene and Eva Ferguson Batson. She died on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1992, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Ia., after a lengthy illness. She was 74 years old.
Lois was born in Blaine Township, Ida County, and was baptized into Christ as a young child and was later confirmed in the Methodist Faith at the Methodist Church in Ida Grove. She received her education in rural schools in Blaine and Silver Creek Townships and graduated from the Ida Grove High School. After completing her education, Lois taught schools in Morgan and Soldier Townships, and later substituted in the Schleswig and Ricketts Elementary Schools.
On April 14, 1947, Lois was united in marriage to Elmer Reimer at the United Church of Christ Parsonage in Schleswig, Ia. The couple farmed in Morgan Township until 1973 when they moved into their home in Schleswig. She was blessed with three sons.
She was a loving wife and devoted and caring mother who also had a deep affection for the many devoted friends who helped here through the last seventeen years. In her free time, Lois loved to socialize over a game of cards and enjoyed baking.
Lois served in many offices in the region as a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Schleswig School P.T.A. and a past member of the Farmeretts. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig, and her devotion to her Savior is best illustrated by her service to her Savior through many years of faithful Sunday School teaching, and her loyalty to the Women's Guild in which she held vaious offices.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Batson.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 1992, at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig and gravesite rites held in Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Louie G. Reimer (1891-1973)
Funeral services for Louie G. Reimer were conducted on Wednesday, February 28, 1973, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig with interment at Morgan Cemetery. Rev. R. J. Ratzlaff officiated.
Mr. Reimer passed away after a long illness at Crawford County Memorial Hospital on Sunday evening, February 25, 1973.
He was the son of the late William Reimer and Emma Ehrig Reimer. He was born May 30, 1891, in Crawford County. He had attained the age of 81 years, 8 months and 25 days. He was baptized by the Rev. Schug and confirmed by Rev Emil Hansen. Mr. Reimer worked as a farm laborer until 1912 and then began farming for himself in Morgan Township.
In 1917 he married Lillian Paulsen. She passed away in 1943. To this union one son was born, Orlan, who passed away February 20, 1957.
Mr. Reimer continued farming until 1946 when he married Katherine A. Harding and moved to Schleswig. He was a faithful member of the United Church of Christ, having served as a member of the Spiritual Council during the pastorate of Rev. A. F. Rinne and also as church treasurer.
He was active in area improvement endeavors. He was a director or on the REA board from 1944 to 1950, and served as a director of Northwest Power at the time of the building of the Fort Randall Dam. He served as director and president of the Farmers Lumber and Grain for a numer of years. He was secretary-treasurer of Morgan Cemetery Association from 1954-1964. From 1951-1957 he was president of Farmers Mutual Insurance Association in Schleswig.
He was preceded in death in addition to those mentioned previously, by three brothers Willie in 1966, Ed, and Emil; three sisters Minnie Lutz, Bertha Witt and Mary Reimer.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Mary Ann (Gray) Reimer (1923-1996)
Mary Ann Reimer was born June 20, 1923, the daughter of Hugh G. and Clara Carlson Gray. She died at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday, March 24, 1996 at the age of seventy-two, after courageously battling a long illness.
Mary Ann was born in Onawa, Iowa, and grew up with her family in Blencoe. She received her education in Blencoe, graduating from the Blencoe Community High School with the class of 1940. She subsequently continued her education at Drake University in Des Moines where she studied music, graduating there in 1944 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
After completing her education, Mary Ann taught music in Bayard, Pisgah, Blencoe, Manson and Denison. She retired from her formal career in teaching in 1959 but continued volunteering her efforts teaching music in Denison to mentally handicapped children.
On November 23, 1955, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Robert C. Reimer at the Blencoe Congregational Church. The couple settled in Denison where she served as matriarch of their family which included three daughters and one son.
In addition to her professional career, Mary Ann was president of the Hospital Auxiliary, choir director first in the Blencoe Congregational Church and more recently, the Denison Presbyterian Church. She was honored as a fifty year member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and also was a member of the Questers, the AAUW, and the Friday club. In her liesure time she enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques, reading, music, interior design and gourmet cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Robert C. of Denison; three daughters, Mary Lynne, Judith Anne, and Amy Jo Laura; and one son, Robert Hugh; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Hugh G. Gray Jr. of Blencoe, Iowa.
Private funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 1996, at the Ingemann Danish Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Iowa. Fr. Victor Ramaeker officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig, Iowa.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
William Christian Reimer (1888-1966)
Services were conducted Wednesday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ for William C. Reimer. The Rev. R. J. Ratzlaff officiated. Interment was in the Morgan Cemetery.
William Christian Reimer was born October 30, 1888 in Morgan Township, Crawford County to William Reimer and his wife Emma Ehrig Reimer. He was baptized in the Grant Township Church in 1889 and was confirmed in the United Church of Christ in 1904.
He was married to Emma Marie Hansen on June 11, 1918. The couple farmed in Morgan Township until 1946 when they moved to town.
He is survived by his wife, Emma; three children, William A., Elmer E. and Robert C. of Denison, 9 grandchildren and two brothers, Louie G. Reimer and Hugo Reimer, both of Schleswig. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Wilma (Kreuger) Reimer (1918-1994)
Wilma Reimer was born November 25, 1918, the daughter of William A. and Leeffia Schreffler Krueger. She died at her home near Ricketts on Wednesday, November 9, 1994 at the age of seventy-five years.
Wilma was born in Denison, Iowa. She received her education in Cushing and Deloit Community Schools and graduated from Denison High School in 1936. She graduated from Drake University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught for thirty-one years at various rural schools and the Schleswig-Ricketts Community School.
On July 23, 1941, Wilma was united in marriage to William A. Reimer at St. John's Parsonage in Stockholm Township by the Rev. Ferdinand Reith.
In November of 1941, Bill entered the United States Army during which time Wilma served as governess and tutor for the daughters of General and Mrs. Roderick Allen. In 1945, Bill and Wilma returned to the family farm near Ricketts where they were blessed with the birth of two sons.
Wilma was a member of the United Church of Christ and was active in her church to include Women's Guild. In addition, she served in various capacities with the Schleswig V.F.W. Auxiliary, Senior Citizens, Friends of the Library and the Schleswig Hospital Auxiliary Unit. Wilma served as President of Ric-etts, Ricketts Senior Citizens and the Ricketts Community Center and was active in AARP and the Iowa Retired Teachers Association.
She enjoyed reading, dancing, bowling, fishing, camping, traveling, playing cards and socializing with family and friends.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother Duane Krueger and one sister, Nola Foster.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 1994 at the United Church of Christ in Schleswig and Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Reinking, Henry (1838 - 1912)Schleswig Leader - October 24, 1912
As noted in last weeks issue of this paper, Schleswig and Crawford county has lost another pioneer in the person of Mr. Henry Reinking.
He came to this county some forty years ago. He farmed on a rented place for three years and then bought a half section in Ida county. He was a tireless worker and a capable manager, which combined with thrift and determination, enabled him to add to his holdings another 320 acres of highly cultivated land. A number of years ago, he left the farm and moved to Schleswig where he resided until death.
Deceased was born in Estrup, Province of Hanover, Germany, on the 19th day of February, 1838, and died at Schleswig, Iowa, on Oct. 16, 1912, having attained the age of 73 years, 7 months and 27 days.
Brief services were held from the residence here Sunday afternoon at one o'clock, and from there the remains were taken to the German Lutheran church in Grant township where the funeral service proper was held, conducted by Rev. Schwenk. Interment was made in the cemetery nearby. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. His standing in the community was best attested to by the large concourse of friends who were present at the funeral.
Mr. Reinking came to America at the age of 18 years. He located near Chicago and obtained employment as a farm hand, which occupation he followed for three years. At the end of that period he made a trip to the old country and upon his return again took a position on a farm in the locality where he had previously worked which he retained until 1862. In the latter year he showed his loyalty to the country of his adoption by enlisting in Company I, 105 Illinois Volunteer Infantry and going to the front to uphold the Union. Although he was wounded he most faithfully served until peace was restored and he was mustered out as a sergeant.
In 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Meyer of Cedar county, Iowa. To this union were born six children, four of whom survive, two having preceded their father in death. Those living are Fritz, Charles, August and William.
The four surviving boys, with their aged mother, have the deepest sympathy of all in the loss of a good father and husband.
Submitted by Bob Kuehl
Margaret (Preuss) Remmes (1917-2002)
Margaret Remmes was born February 21, 1917, the daughter of August and Mary Jurgensen Preuss. She died Friday, May 24, 2002, at the Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of eighty-five.
Margaret was born near Charter Oak and was baptized in Christ on March 25, 1917 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak by Rev. A. Amstein. She was later confirmed on April 7, 1929 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hanover Township, Charter Oak by Rev. C. Runge.
Margaret received her education in a rural school in Hanover Township, near her home. After Margaret completed her education, she worked for various people in the area.
On April 14, 1942, Margaret was united in Marriage to Joseph F. Remmes at the St. Boniface Rectory in Charter Oak. The couple farmed in Crawford County before purchasing a farm near Oto, Iowa. They continued to farm until 1969, when they sold the farm and moved to Charter Oak where Margaret worked as a waitress. Margaret was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak and in her leisure time she enjoyed knitting Afghans.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph, two brothers, Alfred and Raymond Preuss.
Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2002 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, Iowa, and grave side rites held at the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Charter Oak.
Submitted by Joyce Heide
Robertson, Daniel (1845 - 1912)
Denison Review 7-3-1912 (Article has a picture)Resided in Milford Since 1868
- Daniel Robertson, whose Death Was Noted Last Week
- Long Time Resident of this County
- Served Through Civil War
- Funeral Very Largely Attended
- Many from Distance Being There
- Very Long Procession
Daniel Robertson of Milford township, Crawford county, died at his home June 25, 1912 at the age of 67 years, 4 months and 17 days. His death was unexpected. He was at Vail the day before he died and appeared to be in his usual health but that night about 10 o'clock he complained of weakness of the heart action and grew worse quite rapidly and before morning he was dead.
Deceased was born at Arizona, Penn., Feb. 8, 1845. When quite young he came with his parents to Johnson county, Iowa, where he lived the most of the time until he moved to Crawford county. He enlisted in an Iowa regiment at Iowa City in 1864 and served until the end of the war.
In 1866 he was married at Iowa City to Emily Petty. Soon after being married they moved to Crawford county and settled in Milford township, where he made his home until his death.
There is left to mourn his death his wife and sons, William and James, three other children having been born to this family, but they died when young. In 1893 Mr. and Mrs. Robertson celebrated their silver wedding and they had planned in a few years to celebrate their golden wedding, but fate has ordered otherwise.
Deceased was well liked by all who knew him. He lead a life that befits an honorable man, and that he is honored and revered in death as he was in life is attested by the many friends and neighbors who attended his funeral. His funeral procession was over a mile in length.
His burial was made in the King cemetery, Rev. J. Jas. Depree, of Denison conducted the services which took place at the house. Those bereft have the sympathy of many in their sorrow.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were Joe Petty of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Smith of Dunlap and Dan Robertson and wife of Manilla. The pall bearers were L. L. Osterlund, M. J. Case, R. McGuire, Wm. Marshall, Joe Obst and Mike Slechta.
Mr. DuPree remarked upon the life of a solder saying; " Every American may be proud of his country and every American ought to be proud of his country, may be proud because of her history, ought to be proud because of the privilege and honors which are conferred upon him as a citizen and that he may service his country's cause. Standing at the side of this deceased soldiers lessons of patriotism come to us. He is the nation's best citizen who services her by his interests. The soldiers who ranks are growing thinner every day, they have left to us the great work of perpetuating this country, ours for the duty as well as the privilege to finish the work which they began, the foundation was well laid but we in building the superstructure should take the greatest care in order that this result destroy future labor."
Submitted by Melba McDowell
James Rollins Robertson (1907 - 1992)Death: February 10, 1992, Denison, Iowa
From Funeral Program
James Rollins (Rollie) Robertson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, July 20, 1907, the son of William and Elizabeth Rollins Robertson. His formal education included grade school, high school, and two years of college. Rollie professed his Christian faith and entered into membership at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison on Oct 30, 1927.
On November 24, 1942, Rollie was inducted into the United States Army, serving in the European theater of World War II. On September 15, 1945 he was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Rollie was united in marriage with Irene Obbink on May 22, 1949 at Lincoln, Nebraska. This union was blessed with one daughter Carolyn. The couple made their home in Denison, Iowa, where Rollie was employed at Montgomery Ward as a salesman for 31 years.
Irene died August 30, 1979, and Rollie continued to reside in their home. Following his retirement form Mongomery Ward, he was employed as a part-time driver for Pfannebecker Funeral Home. In later years he enjoyed being a daily visitor at the Senior Citizen Center in Denison, enjoying the meals and fellowship.
Rollie loved music and at one time sang professionally in the Chicago area. He also sang in the choir of the United Presbyterian Church in Denison where he was a long-time member. Other memberships included the Masons, Eastern Star and the American Legion Post #8.
Rollie passed away at his home in Denison Monday, February 10, 1992, at the age of 84 years, 6 months, and 21 days. Preceding him in death were his parents and wife, Irene.
Those left to cherish his memory in their hearts include his daughter, Carolyn Miller and her husband, Larry, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and two grandchildren, Trevor and Adrian Miller. Also surviving are other relatives and many friends.
Submitted by Susan Thomas
Emma (Coleman) Rollins (1849 - 1922)
April 26, 1922
ACCIDENT PROVES FATAL TO AGED DENISON WOMAN
Mrs. James Rollins Dies As a Result of Burns Received While Starting Kitchen Fire
HER SHAWL CAUGHT ON FIRE
Accident Occurred at 7 o'clock in the Morning and Death Came Early the Same Afternoon
The community was deeply shocked Sunday afternoon when it was learned that Mrs. James Rollins had passed away at 1 o'clock at the family residence just east of Denison, the result of frightful burns she received that morning about 7 o'clock.
It seems that her daughter, Miss Jennie Rollins, had arisen at the usual hour and had gone to the kitchen and started the fire, putting the tea kettle and coffee pot on the stove in preparation for breakfast, then left to attend to some duties in another part of the house. Mrs. Rollins arose and dressed herself and went to the kitchen, and in some manner her clothing caught on fire. She wore a small woolen knit shawl at the time and it is thought that in doing something about the stove this shawl caught on fire, Mrs. Rollins endeavored to put the flames out, but not being successful rushed to the bedroom where her husband was still in bed and at this time her clothing was a mass of flames.
Her husband who is past 88 years of age, jumped from bed and picked up a rug from the floor and endeavored to smother the flames, but without much success as the rug caught on fire. He then wrapped an overcoat about his wife as she fell over on the bed and the bed clothes were wrapped around her and the flames finally extinguished. The screams of Mrs. Rollins and her husband attracted the children to the scene. Lizzie Rollins had her fingers quite badly burned and Mr. Rollins sustained bad burns on the feet where he had stepped on the burning rug, and his hands and wrists were badly blistered in his attempts to smother the flames.
A physician was summoned from Denison and everything possible was done to relieve Mrs. Rollins who was in great pain. Her entire body with the exception of a small portion of her back was burned and needless to say she suffered intense pain until the death angel came to relieve her suffering about 1 o'clock, Mrs. Rollins was conscious right up until the last and called each one of her children to her bedside and bid them good bye.
Miss Emma Coleman, a native of Cleveland, O., and a daughter of Spencer and Elizabeth (Crocker) Coleman, was born June 14, 1849. When two years of age her mother departed this life and her father brought her to Benton county, Iowa, where she made her home with her grandmother, Mrs. Spencer Coleman and it was there that she grew to womanhood.
On the 7th of October, 1869, she was united in marriage to James Rollins and with her husband came to Denison and located on a farm in East Boyer township, where they have lived continuously since that time. This union was blessed with eight children, two of which have preceded her in death and there remain to mourn her death the following with her beloved husband. William C., Frank S., Jennie, Elizabeth, James A. and Robert E., all of whom reside in this community. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Senler, of Rippey, and Mrs. Carnes of Worth, Mo.
Early in life Mrs. Rollins was a member of the Baptist church, but when she and her husband took up their residence in East Boyer township she united with the Presbyterian church and remained a faithful member of that church up until the time of her death. For the past ten years she was unable to attend services on account of failing health, but she however maintained her interest and fellowship with the communion of God's children, always anxious that her children and grandchildren should attend the church services.
Mrs. Rollins was an affectionate wife, loving mother and a splendid neighbor and friend. During her fifty-two years of residence in this community she endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact by her kindly manner and pleasant disposition. She was self sacrificing, always anxious to perform some little kindness to a friend or neighbor in sickness or in trouble. In the death of Mrs. Rollins the community has sustained a real loss and the husband and children have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their bereavement.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Fulcomer officiating. The services were largely attended by old friends and neighbors, who gathered to pay their respects to this good woman. The joral ogerings (floral offerings) were beautiful and numerous. Following the services the remains were tenderly laid to rest in Oakland cemetery.
April 26, 1922
ACCIDENT FATAL TO AGED LADY
MRS. JAMES ROLLINS DIES FROM BURNS SUSTAINED LAST SUNDAY.
Accident Occurred At Her Home Near Denison on Last Sunday Morning. Details Are Unknown.
The entire community was shocked and grieved to learn Sunday of one of the most deplorable accidents that has visited this county in many years, the passing away of Mrs. James Rollins, her death being due to burns received in an accident last Sunday morning. The exact details of the accident will probably never be known but as near as we can ascertain these details which we are giving are authentic.
The accident happened at the family home of the Rollins south-east of town in East Boyer township Sunday morning, April 23, at approximately 7:00 o'clock. Mrs. Rollins' daughter, Jennie had gotten up and started a fire in the kitchen range. Mrs. Rollins son, Robert was outdoors doing the chores. After starting the fire and doing a few other duties in the kitchen Jennie went outdoors to care for the chickens.
At about the time that she did, her mother, Mrs. Rollins got up and came into the kitchen, wearing a shawl as is her custom to do so. She lifted up the lid of the stove to see how the fire was and in some way the flames leaped out and set fire to her shawl which was in all probabilities hanging over the stove too far. This set fire to her clothes and she ran, screaming, through the parlor into the bedroom of her husband who had not arose yet. Seeing her plight he quickly got up and threw a rug around her body. Her screams had also attracted her other daughter Elizabeth, and together she and Mr. Rollins extinguished the flames but not until after Mrs. Rollins was severely burned. Medical aid was immediately summoned and everything that was possible was done but to no avail, she passing away the same day of the accident at about 1 o'clock P. M. Her husband and Elizabeth were burned in attempting to extinguish the flames but not seriously.
Mrs. Emma L. Rollins, nee Coleman was the daughter of Spencer and Elizabeth Coleman and was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 14th, 1849. When but two years of age her mother died and her father brought her to Benton county, Iowa, where she lived with her grandmother and grew to womanhood.
On the 7th day of October, 1869, she was united in marriage to James Rollins and with his bride Mr. Rollins came to their present home in Crawford county where they have resided during these 52 years of wedded life. To this union were born eight children, two of which preceded her to the spirit land, and there remain to mourn her the following: Her beloved husband, and her children; William C., Frank S., Jennie, Elizabeth, James A. and Robert E. who reside in this community.
Early in life she was connected with the Baptist church but when she, with her husband took up their residence near Denison, she united with the Presbyterian church and remained faithful till death. For the past eight or ten years she was unable to attend religious services because of failing health, however, she maintained her interest and fellowship with the communion of God's children; always anxious that her children and grandchildren should attend the church services.
Mother Rollins was an affectionate wife, loving mother, a splendid and helpful neighbor and an excellent citizen, she will be sorely missed but not forgotten. And now we commend her bereft husband and sorrowing family to the loving care of the God who mother served these many long years.
The funeral services were held in Denison at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, internment following in the Oakland cemetery. Services were in charge of the pastor, Rev. W. N. Fulcomer.
The Bulletin joins friends in extending sympathy to stricken family.
Submitted by Susan Thomas
James Rollins (1834 - 1925)
April 8, 1925
VETERAN OF THE CIVIL WAR ANSWERS THE FINAL ROLL CALL
James Rollins, Pioneer Settler of East Boyer Township, Passes on, Friday
Another of those valiant defenders of this country, who stepped forth and offered their lives in the defense of their country, has passed beyond. James Rollins, a pioneer citizen of East Boyer township, died at his home Friday, April 3rd, at 5:20 in the afternoon.
Mr. Rollins has been in poor health since last fall, he had hardening of the arteries and because of his advanced age, was unable to overcome the inroads of the disease. About three months ago he became bedfast and suffered much pain. About three weeks ago it was decided that an amputation of his leg would relieve the pain and possibly prolong his life. He underwent the operation and his bravery, strength of character and determination is shown by the fact that he stood the shock of this operation and rallied. It was but a few days after the ordeal that he was sitting up in his chair and for a time it was thought that he might fully recover. Later he began to fail and failed steadily until death came as a kind relief from his worldly suffering and sorrow.
He realized that the end was coming but with true Christian faith he bravely fought his fight. But a few days before his death he selected his pallbearers and also asked that certain songs be sung at his funeral.
He was a successful farmer and stockman, was a man of keen judgment and made much of a success of life. Coming as he did to Crawford county when it was a wilderness he suffered all the privations of the early settler, he also enjoyed the ultimate success of his days of trials and hard labor.
In his death the community sustains a loss of one of its early settlers. His patriotism never lagged, his love and devotion to his country was one of the things in which he took great interest, and always stood as an upholder as well as a defender of our great country. He was ever ready to help in any good cause in which the welfare of his fellows was at stake, and when any call for loyal service came to him it found ready response. The uplifting and hallowing influence of his life is lost. It is treasured by his loving relatives and friends and will still serve as an inspiration for better things in the lonely days that must follow his departure.
James Rollins was born near Belfast, Ireland, on the 13th of July, 1834, his parents being William and Jane (White) Rollins. He was reared on the home farm and attended the public school until twenty years of age. In 1854, he with his sister, Martha, came to the United States on a sailing vessel and took up their abode near Pontiac, Illinois, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1862 when he enlisted for service in the Union army, joining Company M. First Light Artillery and remaining with that command until honorably discharged at Chicago on the 24th day of July, 1865.
While engaged in the service he participated in about forty battles and skirmishes, among the most important being, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Chicamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Stone Mountain and Atlanta. At Chickamauga his horse was shot from under him in the midst of battle but he always fortunately escaped injury and was never in a hospital during the entire period of his enlistment. He was under fire for one hundred and twenty- eight days, and traveled three thousand one hundred and two miles. Mr. Rollins kept a diary during his entire service in the war. When hostilities had ceased he came to Denison, Iowa, in August, 1865, and subsequently purchased his present farm.
On the 7th of October, 1869, Mr. Rollins was united in marriage to Miss Emma Coleman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a daughter of Spencer and Elizabeth (Crocker) Coleman. To this union were born eight children, six of whom remain to mourn his loss, namely: William C., Frank S., Jennie, Elizabeth, James A., and Robert E., also nine grandchildren and one great grandson. His son, John, preceding his father in death on April 19, 1913, also one son dying in infancy.
His wife passed out of this life on April 3, 1923 (April 23, 1922). On October 7, 1919, Mr. and Mrs. Rollins celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Mr. Rollins was a republican in politics and was called to fill a number of local offices. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian church, to which his family belong. He maintained pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in John A. Logan Post G. A. R. and in days of peace was always as loyal to the interests of his adopted country as when he followed the old flag upon southern battlefields.
Mr. Rollins had passed the 90th milestone on life's journey and received the respect which should ever be accorded one who had traveled thus far on this earthly pilgrimage and whose career had been at all times upright and honorable. Funeral services were held for him at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Carlson officiated, assisted by Rev. Hamlin of Ida Grove. The W. R. C. had charge of the ceremonies at the church.
The Presbyterian choir sang "Lead Kindly Light" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Dr. and Mrs. R. O. McConnaughey sang "We Shall Meet but We Shall Miss Him" all of these songs were sung at the request the deceased made a short time before he passed away.
He was buried with military honors conferred upon him by Post No. 8 of the American Legion, who conducted the ceremonies at Oakland cemetery, where his remains were laid to their eternal rest.
Henry Slater, H. C. McWilliams, Wm. Lorenzen, J. B. Lyon, James Armstrong and M. E. Jones, Sr., were the pallbearers and serving in this capacity at the special request of the deceased made a few days before his demise. The many floral offerings were a silent and beautiful tribute to the memory of one who has lived a life that merited the confidence and esteem of an entire community.
Among those from out of town who were present at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Schroeder and son, Carl, of Sioux City; Mrs. James Davis and son of Schleswig; Miss Ruby Rollins of Des Moines; Leslie Rollins, Miss Sarah Farnsworth and mother of Storm Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Rolla (Rolland) Weed of Charter Oak.
The Bulletin joins the community in extending the bereaved relatives a sincere condolence and sympathy in the hour of their sorrow and grief.
April 8, 1925
JAMES ROLLINS, AGED 90 YEARS, IS CALLED BY DEATH
Early Citizen of East Boyer, Civil War Veteran With Honorable Record, a True Christian, Passes
WAS IN IMPORTANT BATTLES
Funeral Held Sunday Afternoon at Presbyterian Church and Internment Made in Oakland Cemetery
In the death of James Rollins, of East Boyer township, who died at his home on Friday, April 3, 1925, at 5:20 o'clock in the afternoon. After an illness and suffering of three months' duration, the county loses one of her oldest soldiers, a civil war veteran answered the final roll call, and Denison and all Crawford county mourns an honored citizen, the church a faithful member and the community a most loyal friend. Mr. Rollins had passed his ninetieth milestone on life's journey, and received the respect that should ever be accorded to one who had traveled thus far on this earthly pilgrimage and whose career had at all times been upright and honorable.
In the passing of this venerable citizen the community sustains a loss of one of its early settlers. One who came to the community at a time when strong men were needed, and one who helped build up the community, and one who took an active part in everything pertaining to the welfare of the county and city.
Mr. Rollins' patriotism never flagged: his love and devotion to his country was one of the things in which he took great interest and he always stood as an upholder as well as a defender of our great country. He was ever ready to help in any good cause in which the welfare of his fellows was at stake, and no one answered the call to arms more readily and willingly than did Mr. Rollins. And all this is not lost: it is treasured by his loving children and friends and will serve as an inspiration for better things in the lonely days that must follow his departure.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 O'clock at the Presbyterian church. Rev. C. A. Carlson, of the Methedist Church, assisted by Rev. Mr. Hamlin, a visiting Presbyterian minister of Spencer. The services were largely attended, and the W. R. C., an order auxiliary to the grand Army of the Republic, attended in a body, and the American Legion participated in the services at the cemetery. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Internment was made in the family plot in Oakland cemetery.
James Rollins was born near Belfast, Ireland, July 13, 1834, his parents being William and Jane (White) Rollins. He attended the public schools until twenty years of age, and in 1854 came to the United States on a sailing vessel, and took up his abode near Pontiac, Illinois where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1862. In that year he enlisted for service in the Union army, joining Co. M. First Illinois light artillery, and remaining with that command until honorably discharged at Chicago on the 24th day of July, 1865.
As a private he participated in many of the important engagements, Green River Bridge, Columbia, Campbellsville, Muldraugh's Hill, Lebanon, Franklin, Triune, Chattanooga, Ringold, Pea Pine Creek, Chickamauga, Ringold Gap, Stone Gap, Stone Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Strawberry Palins (Plains), Lowdon, Tiger Creek, Rockyface Ridge, Rockyface Gap, Resaca, Etowah River, Pumpkin Vine Creek, Widow Jackson's, Coosa River, Adairsville, Kingston, New Hope Church, Dallas, Ackworth, Lost Mountain, Pine Mountain, Big Shanty, Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, Chattahoochee River, Buckhead, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta (the battles of July 22, July 28 and also the siege of that city), Stone Mountain, Jonesboro and Lovejoy. After the last named skirmish Mr. Rollins did garrison duty until discharged.
At Chickamauga his horse was shot from under him in the midst of battle, but he always fortunately escaped injury and was never in a hospital during the entire period of his enlistment. He was under fire for one hundred and seventy-eight days and traveled three thousand one hundred and two miles.
When hostilities had ceased he came to Denison, in August, 1865, and subsequently purchased a farm of 169 acres of land in sections 17 and 18, East Boyer township, paying around $6 per acre for it. The following year he began making improvements, first erecting a frame house 16 X 22, which he later replaced with a fine residence which is still standing. He became the owner of 363 acres of land, and for many years devoted his energies to farming and livestock breeding and raising and breeding Polled Durham cattle, Poland China hogs and purebred horses. He has lived on this farm continuously with the exception of a couple of years when he resided in town. For many years he acted as agent for the Kiron Mutual Insurance Co., and also became interested in city real estate in Denison.
On the 7th of October, 1869, Mr. Rollins was united in marriage with Miss Emma Coleman, a native of Cleveland, O. To this union eight children were born, namely: William C., Frank, Jennie, John (deceased), Lizzie, James, Robert and one deceased in infancy. The children have always lived in the vicinity of home, and of late years have always been within call of the father.
The wife passed away April 23, 1922. It was on Oct. 7, 1919, that Mr. and Mrs. Rollins celebrated their golden wedding, at which time all the living children and the grandchildren were present, and helped to make the occasion pleasant.
Politically Mr. Rollins affiliated with the republican party, and as a member of that party and as a citizen he was called upon to fill a number of important local offices. His religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian church, to which the family also belongs. For years he maintained pleasant relations with his old comrades through his membership in the John A. Logan Post G. A. R., and always gave liberally to the support of any patriotic or civic organization.
The Review joins with the community in extending sympathy to the bereaved children.
Submitted by Susan Thomas
J. Leslie Rollins (abt 1904 - 1988)July 5, 1988
The Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio
Retired leadership consultant dies
J. Leslie Rollins, 84, of 4575 Bates Road, Athens, died Sunday morning (3 July 1988) at O'Blesness Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Rollins was a leadership consultant and helped start leadership development programs for Ohio University and Hocking Technical College.
He was an assistant dean at Harvard Graduate School of Business for 24 years, during which time he served as counselor and mentor to many of America's future leaders in industry and government.
In 1966, he moved to Athens, where he became Research Fellow for Special Programs and helped inaugurate and act as adviser to leadership development programs at Ohio University and Hocking Technical College as well Miami University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Davidson College and North Carolina AT&T.
After his retirement from Ohio U. in 1970, he continued as a consultant with Rollins Associates, specializing in talent identification and leadership skills development as well as career guidance counseling for businesses, educational institutions and charitable foundations.
Mr. Rollins was an honorary vice president of the Evans Scholarship Foundation of the Western Golf Association, Evanston, Ill., founder and trustee of the Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Fund, Boston; co-founder and adviser to the Corning World Travel Fellowship, the Musser Seminars and the Bush Fellows Program, Boston.
Born in South Dakota and raised in Denison, Iowa, he was the son of the late John and Susan McCutcheon Rollins.
He graduated from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1926 and did graduate work at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., where he continued as assistant dean of men and a member of the Board of Personnel Administration until 1942.
In 1971, Buena Vista College awarded Mr. Rollins the degree of doctor of humane letters and established the J. Leslie Rollins Fellowship Program through the generosity of friends and former students. His alma mater honored him again in 1987 by naming the college stadium the J. Leslie Rollins Stadium.
He was a resident of Bates Road in Athens since 1966 and was a member of Unitarian Fellowship.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Smith Rollins; a daughter, Mrs. Myron (Meredith) Hamer of Yarmouth, Maine; two step-daughters, Mrs. David (Tracy) Goudy of Hanover, N.H., and Mrs. A.M. (Porter Smith) Thayer of Richmond, Va., formerly of Athens; two sons, James L. Rollins Jr. of Lincoln, Mass.; and Michael [McCutcheon] Rollins of Plymouth, Mass.; a stepson, Logan Smith of Miami, Fla. 11 grandchildren and six step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Greer Rollins, and a brother, John [Donald].
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Athens First Presbyterian Church. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by Jagers Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the J.L. Rollins Fellowship Program at Buena Vista College.
Submitted by Susan Thomas
William C. Rollins (1870 - 1938)Death: 23 September, 1938, Denison, Iowa
Source: Unknown newspaper
W. C. Rollins Member Denison Pioneer Family Answered Last Call Friday Evening, Sept. 23
William C. Rollins, 68, member of one of the pioneer families of Crawford County, and a son of a Civil War veteran who saw much action during that war, died at his home in East Denison Friday evening, September 23, at 11 O'clock. Two years ago his health began failing, and during the past year he was compelled to retire from active business, and was confined to his home. For the past four weeks he was bedfast. He was surrounded by his family when death came.
Funeral services for Mr. Rollins were held Monday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison, Rev. Father E. F. Casey officiating. There was a large attendance of friends at the funeral. Interment was made in St. Rose of Lima cemetery. The pall-bearers were Paul Stafford, Perry Jensen, T. V. Walker, Henry Rosecker, Eldor Lehfeldt and Leo O'Meara.
William C. Rollins was born Sept. 24, 1870. Had he lived one more day he would have observed his 68th anniversary. He was the eldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Rollins.
The father came to Denison in August, 1865, and purchased land in East Boyer Township. It was on this place the son William C., was born, and from that place he attended the rural schools. Later he attended the Denison High School, and also the Denison Normal and Business College. While a member of these two educational institutions he participated in all the athletic activities then in vogue. He particularly liked football and played important positions on his team.
Oct. 25, 1898 he was united in marriage with Miss Theresa Myer, of Davenport and to that union one child, a daughter, now Mrs. Fred Messick was born. He had lived in Denison all of his married life, and his first business venture was in the restaurant business, and had as a partner the late Peter Kranth. Later he purchased Mr. Kranth's interest and conducted the business with the help of Mrs. Rollins for some time.
He then traveled on the road for a local concern selling specialty printing, and after two years conducted a commercial printing establishment. While engaged in that work he was twice elected mayor on the republican ticket, and had twice been justice of the peace. He had also served as secretary of the Denison school board, and secretary of the Denison chamber of Commerce.
Retiring from the printing business, for ten years he represented the Keith Vawter Chautauqua company as advance man, and his work took him into all parts of Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. When the Chautauqua business began to wane, Mr. Rollins left the road and engaged in the tobacco business, which business he followed until his retirement.
An achievement Mr. Rollins took considerable pride in was the helping to form the original Trans-continental highway (now the Lincoln high-way) through Iowa, and for some time he was one of the counselors of that organization, contributing of his time and money to further the organization and he made many trips across the state over to Clinton where the Iowa headquarters had been established, assisting in soliciting traffic.
He always took an active interest in the civic work, and as a member of the Sons of Veterans order did much to build up the patriotic organizations. He could ever be depended upon to do his part, no matter what the task, and he was often consulted on matters pertaining to the betterment of the city, county and state. A lifelong republican, he was counseled concerning his party's activities, and he was always considered loyal to his party.
He is survived by his widow, his daughter, Mrs. Fred Messick, three brothers, Frank, James and Robert Rollins, and two sisters, Miss Jennie Rollins and Mrs. Elizabeth Robertson, all of Denison, besides two grandchildren, Billie and Lorene Messick, and numerous nephews and nieces. His mother passed away in 1922 and the father died in 1925. One brother John Rollins, died a number of years ago.
Submitted by Susan Thomas
Ruberg, John Frederick (1870 - 1912)Schleswig Leader - October 3, 1912
John Frederick Ruberg of Goodrich township passed away September 27, 1912, at Clarinda, Iowa. He was born in Jackson county, Illinois, on the 13th day of December, 1870.
He entered holy wedlock with Miss Wilhelmine Hinrichsen of Goodrich township on the 28th day of February, 1894. Three children - Henry, Lillian and John - were born to this union.
A few years ago Mr. Ruberg's mind became affected and he had to be taken to Clarinda for treatment. His condition, however, grew steadily worse and he passed away at Clarinda on the above date. The remains were brought to his old home and given burial in Morgan Cemetery last Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. R. Wetzeler delivering a short sermon at the grave. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Submitted by Bob Kuehl
Louisa Retman (nee Reske) (1827 - 1901)Denison Review - January 22, 1901
Mrs. Louisa Retman (nee Reske) died at the home of her son, Gus Retman in this city on Monday, January 21, 1901. Mrs. Retman was born in Lanz Province of Pommerania, Prussia, May 4, 1827.
She was married to her husband, John Retman, in 1850. They came to this country in 1873, first settling in Schnectady, New York and coming to Crawford County in '81. Her husband died nearly 17 years ago and for the past few years she has been making her home with Gus Retman, who cared for her with the utmost tenderness and to whom her death if a cause of the profoundest grief.
Mrs. Retman leaves five children Gustav, well known in Denison, Charles, a resident of Goodrich Township, Mrs. Hermina Hardies of East Boyer Township, Mrs. Christ Brandenburg of Charter Oak Township and Mrs. Walter Ackley of Edgar, Nebraska.
Mrs. Retman was sick but a few days, having been about the house on Saturday last. She lived, however, to a ripe old age and had reason to be proud of the success her sons and daughters have made in life. Funeral services will take place at the German Lutheran church tomorrow afternoon, Rev. Lothringer officiating.
Submitted by Melba McDowell