20 Jul 1933
Long Time Citizen Dead
Ann Leonard, who for long had been known in this
community as Hattie Irwin, died Saturday at the
Hamburg Hospital, to which place she was removed
from her home some two weeks before. Though a resident
of Sidney for many years, the record of her life
is most incomplete.
She was born near Galesburg, Illinois, December
12, 1866 and was therefore in her 77th year. She
came to Sidney in December, 1894, and on August
5 following was married to W.H. Irwin, a Civil War
veteran, who died five years following their marriage.
Since that time, Mrs. Irwin had lived alone on her
small acreage near the depot, busying herself with
chickens and garden, living thriftily and independently.
Mrs. Irwin's father was injured in a mine accident
which caused his death a few years later. Her mother
brought the family to this state and she too passed
away when Mrs. Irwin was 14. She had five brothers;
Henry, Jeff, Amos, Silas and John. Amos and John
preceded her in death. Silas lives at Appleton,
Missouri; Jeff in Sidney; and Henry in Hollinger,
Nebraska. There is also one half-brother, Edward
Leonard, and a half-sister, Mrs. Emeline Hare, a
resident of Denver. Funeral services were held from
the Wildberger Funeral Home at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon
conducted by Rev. C. W. Howard, Methodist pastor,
and interment was made in Sidney Cemetery.