Death of Mrs. J. W. Iiams
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Died suddenly at her home
in Sidney on April 4th.
Miss Matilda Overman was born in Highland county, Ohio,
in 1819, and moved thence to Grant County, IN, in 1838. Here
she was married to Geo. W. Iiams,
Sept. 4, 1846. In 1872 the family moved to Fremont county,
Iowa, settling in Sidney, on or near which place they have
ever since lived.
Mrs. Iiams was the mother of five children, three of whom
are still living. The oldest of these is Mrs. Thomas Irwin,
the next in age is J. W. Iiams, who is the tinner in the
hardware establishment of Travis & DeFreece. The youngest is
Mrs. Joshua Ballinger.
Mrs. Iiams became in early life a member of the
denomination of Friends and to this faith she adhered during
her life. There is no society of this order with which she
could connect herself here, and she never became identified
with any of the local churches of the place. She was a woman
of great energy and industry, performing cheerfully and with
apparent ease her household duties to the very last.
Her death occurred on Friday, April 4, 1902, at a little
after 10 a.m. and was of a very sudden character, being of
heart failure. She has just been across the street at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Ballinger, and had reached the gate
of her own yard, when she was stricken with partial blindness;
reaching the house, she lay down on the lounge where she was
found a few minutes afterward by Newt. Burson who was working
about the premises and stepped into the room for some
instructions, when he discovered her condition and as soon as
possible summoned Mrs. Ballinger and Mrs. J. W. Iiams; these
arrived before death had taken place, but the end came soon.
It is thought she only lived about an hour after experiencing
the first shock of her disease. She was not considered subject
to heart disease, never having felt any symptoms of the same
but a very slight shoch some 12 years ago.
Besides her children and grandchildren, deceased left a
husband, who is 82 years, 6 months and 3 days old, she having
reached the age of 82 years, 5 months and 2 days. There was
but a difference of a month and a day between the ages of the
husband and the wife.
The funeral was from the residence and took place on
Sunday, April 6th, at 2 o'clock p.m. exercises being conducted
by Rev. Hoff, of the M. F. church.
The following persons, composed of the grand children,
were pall bearers: George Irwin, Caleb Kerney, Duke Rank,
Wallace Ballinger, Madison Leeka and Thomas Iiams.
The remains were laid to rest in Sidney cemetery.