Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 486, 493 & 483 (out of sequence)
submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007 & Phyllis Hazen, January 16, 2008

From Thursday’s Daily.---

Word was received in the city this morning of the death of MRS. SARAH M. OLDS in Warsaw, Kentucky, at 11:20 Wednesday morning. She was the widow of L. W. Olds. The remains will be sent to Muscatine and the funeral will be at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert F. Payne, Tuesday at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

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Mrs. Sarah Carey Olds.

Died, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ella C. Payne, Warsaw, Ky., at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 1902, Mrs. Sarah C. Olds, widow of the late Lyman W. Olds, of this city. She was born in Circleville, Ohio, March 1, 1824, thus passing the three score and ten … station on life’s journey, almost reaching four score. On August 8, 1847, she was married to Lyman W. Olds, and this union continued until April 19, 1895, when the husband preceded her to the great beyond. She came to Muscatine with her husband in the early fifties and saw our city grow from its village form to its present majestic proportions. Four children came to them, Frank and George, who died in infancy, Mrs. Emma O. Reppert, who died October 9, 1900, and Mrs. Ella O. Payne, of Warsaw, Ky. Mrs. Ella O. Payne and five grandchildren survive her, Betty, Whitney and Leonard Payne, and Lyell and Ella Reppert.

In December, 1900, she went to Kentucky, and a year afterward had the misfortune to fall and break her hip bone. The immediate cause of her death was paralysis. The passing away of Mrs. Olds makes a sad break in the ranks of our old settlers, which are fast becoming less in number.

The deceased was a woman of strong character, a pleasing disposition, a good mother and neighbor. She was one of the early members of the First Congregational church, and when her physical infirmity permitted was always found in the sanctuary. It was in her home where her Christian virtues and graces shone brightest and as time rolled away she never forgot that she was once young and it was the young who found in her a friend. Kind friends and relatives will bring her “back to her own” from the sunny southland on next Tuesday and the following day will lay in her last resting place, alongside of her husband and the children who have already greeted her beyond the river. The funeral will be at the Reppert residence, 413 West Third street, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. After years of physical suffering and the loss of husband and children, the following lines seem appropriate:

So He giveth His beloved sleep. –

Psalms 127:2.
He sees when their footsteps falter,
when their heart grows weak and faint,
He marks when their strength is fail-
ing and listens to each complaint;
He bids them rest for a season, for
the pathway has grown too steep;
And, folded in fair green pastures,
He giveth His loved ones sleep.

Like weary and worn-out children
that sigh for the daylight’s close,
He knows that they oft are longing
for home and its sweetest repose;
So He calls them in from their labors
ere the shadows around them creep.
And silently watching o’er them
He giveth His loved ones sleep

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Funeral of Mrs. Olds.

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Olds took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the old family residence on West Third street, now occupied by the son-in-law of the deceased, Fred Reppert. The services were largely attended in spite of the inclemency of the weather, those present being the old friends of the deceased, who well remembered when she was active in the various circles of the city. Rev. H. D. Herr, of the Congregational church, conducted the services, speaking in tender remembrance of the deceased and her many virtues. The music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. James. H. St. John, Miss Nellie Robertson, Carl Gray and George W. Porter. The honorary pall-bearers were P. Stein, J. B. Lee, G. O. Morgridge, J. Scott Richman, T. D. Smith and J. H. Canon. The active pall-bearers J. Linn Hoopes, J. H. Munroe, Fitch W. Swan, R. B. Baird, H. M. Dean and Dr. Kulp.

One of the floral offerings that was of a particularly beautiful design was a large covering for the casket, consisting of pink and white carnations and ferns interwoven together. There were a number of other beautiful and appropriate designs.

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