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Obituary ~ Alma Jackson
October 15, 1841 ~ February 06, 1911

Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, February 23, 1911

Death of Alma Jackson
Former Decatur County Man Passes Away At Omaha

Laid to Rest in Van Wert Cemetery

Alma Jackson, former city councilman, and for many years prominent in business and political circles in Omaha, died suddenly Monday at 11 a.m. at Sacramento, Cal., where he had gone, leaving here but Wednesday last with his wife, to spend 2 or 3 months for the benefit of his health, and to look after some business interests there. Mr. Jackson had been failing in health, suffering from a weak heart for a year past and it is the belief of his relatives here that the fatigue of the journey, especially over the mountains, was too much for him.

Mr. Jackson was born near Keokuk, Iowa, October 15, 1841 on a farm, where he lived until 14 years of age. Then moving to Decatur Co., he grew up as a farmer and then engaged in the livestock business. Up to 24 years ago, he lived at Leon then coming to Omaha, locating in the 7th Ward, where he lived up to the time of his death. He engaged in the livestock commission business in South Omaha from which he retired two years ago. The firm of Jackson, Snyder & Co., with himself as senior partner, was for many years one of the strongest in the exchange.

In politics, Mr. Jackson early allied himself with the Democratic Party, and for 40 years, until the ill health of the last year or two, had never missed a state convention in Iowa or Nebraska. Five years ago he received the Democratic nomination for councilman from the 7th Ward and was elected by a large majority serving a 3 year term. He was for many years, State Central Committeeman, and held numerous other positions of honor in the Party.

Mr. Jackson leaves a widow and 6 children. He was twice married, his first wife dying 23 years ago. His second wife was Miss Philopena Petre of Wisconsin. Five of his children were born to his first wife. They, all grown and married are, Mrs. Lottie Guthrie of Horace, Kansas, Mrs. Anna D. Long of Leon, Iowa, Mrs. Lillie Garber of Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs. R. H. Landeryou and Truman A. Jackson of this city [Omaha]. By his second wife he is survived by a son, Edward Jackson, living at the family home at 2150 South 33rd St.

Mrs. Jackson left Monday night for home with the body. Until further information arrives from her, it is not known whether Mr. Jackson will be buried in Omaha or with other members of the family at Van Wert, Iowa.

From the Omaha World Herald:

The subject of the foregoing article was born in Lee Co., Iowa October 15, 1841 and died February 6, 1911 at Sacramento City, California. The immediate cause of death was congestion of the lungs caused by heart weakness.

When 14 years of age, he moved with his parents to this county where he continuously resided until about 24 years ago, when he moved to his late home in Omaha. He was married to Eliza Jane Myers, March 2, 1862, and to this union were born 5 children: Lottie Guthrie of Horace, Kansas; Anna Long of Leon, Iowa; Lillie M. Garber of Des Moines, Iowa; Nellie Landeryou and Truman A. Jackson of Omaha, Nebraska.

In early manhood he together with his young wife united with the Christian Church and were among the Charter Members of the organization at Van Wert. And it was largely through their efforts that the present house of worship was built in 1866.

His wife died December 15, 1885. On October 10, 1889 he was again married, this time to Miss Philipena Petre of Wisconsin. And to this union was born 2 children. One of them, Edward Jackson survives his father and lives with his mother at Omaha.

The funeral services were held at the late residence in Omaha at 2:00 p.m. Sunday February 12, 1911, conducted by Reverend Crofford of Hansome Park Church. The body was then brought to Van Wert, Iowa and on Monday, February 13, was laid to rest in the Van Wert Cemetery beside that of his wife of his youth.

Such is the brief outline of facts concerning the life of one who has gone from us. How strangely incomplete it seems to us who knew him best. The very things that endeared him to us are not told. Words cannot express them. His kind words, his father council, his loving ministrations are all remembered, but are too sacred to record. The Book of God in which we believe tells us that he who gives a cup of cold water shall not lose his reward. Surely all who knew him can recall some deed of kindness done. The writer who knew him well can think of no life more full of kindly deeds.

Besides his immediate family, Mr. Jackson leaves 1 full brother, J. H. Jackson of Meadow Grove, Nebraska. Also three half-brothers, Samuel Gribble of Goodwin, South Dakota, John and Barney Gribble of Dakota City, Nebraska, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral in Omaha, except John whose own ill health would not justify his being present. All the immediate family except one daughter, Mrs. L. L. Guthrie were present at the funeral service in Omaha and accompanied the remains to their last resting place at Van Wert, Iowa.

Transcribed by Lynnea Dickinson