Tama County Iowa Obituaries

Frances Aldrich

The Tama Herold
Tama, Iowa
July 21, 1910
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Tama lost one of its most exemplary citizens last Friday when Frances Aldrich, 77 years old, died of obstruction of the bowels, after an illness of about 36 hours duration.

The funeral was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Patrick's church. Rev Father O.J. Carroll conducting the service and officiating at solemn high mass. The pall bearers were Patrick McCarty, J.J. McMahon, Robert Coughlin, Daniel Coughlin, John F. Whalen and John Quinn, and the interment was in the Catholic cemetery.

The late Mr Aldrich was a resident of Tama and vicinity for 40 years or more, and during all of those years we have heard nothing but good concerning him. His influence was always thrown in favor of those things that make for the betterment of men and the moral uplifting of society. His personal habits were of the best and he was a man of exceedingly good judgment.

The community suffers a great loss in his death--his family a loss that cannot be estimated.

A complete obituary notice will appear in these columns next week.


Death comes to all. But Wednesday last Francis Aldrich attended mass as usual; ??ere (That) evening he was seriously ill and Friday his soul quieted its pain-racked tenement of the flesh and went home to God. The last few hours were free from pain, but then had the attending physician given over all hope of recovery. The solaces of the sacrament of Extreme Unction had fortified the sufferer whose faith in the mercies of the redeemer were unbounded.

Francis Aldrich, son of James and Phoebe (Jacobson) Aldrich, was born at St. Mary's, Perth county, Ontario, Canada, September 9, 1835. In his native county he grew to vigorous manhood, and developed those traits of industry, honest and candor which brought him respect of each acquaintance. At Stratford, April 8, 1860 he was united in the sacrament of matrimony with miss Bridget Elwood, Rev. Father Crennin administering. Two years later the young couple came to Tama county and settled on a farm 2 1-2 miles east of Tama. In 1865 they bought a farm in Columbia township and settled thereon.

To this union were born eleven children. two died in infancy. The living are Mrs. Mary Agnes Phillips, Buffalo Center, Iowa; James Maurice Aldrich, Lake Mills, Iowa; Mesdames Sarah Jane Willson, Phoebe Agnes Moran and Alice Goodall, Tama; Ella O'Conner, Columbia; Mrs. Arvilla Catherine MULLIGAN, Sheridan; Francis Joseph Aldrich, Garwin; and William Henry Aldrich, Columbia. these will comfort their mother and each other in their bereavement.

Through the years, Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich toiled together, raising their children and directing the steps of oach into the way of upright citizenship. They improved their farm, saved a competency from their industry and economy and as the years came on apace, moved to Tama, where they could attend mass daily and better enjoy lifes evening. So when death came to the beloved husband and father, last Friday he was found prepared for the summons and passed peacefully into the realms of joy which faith had ever kept for him.

The deceased had been converted in early manhood, and baptized into the catholic church, and had ever been faithful adherent of the faith. He was kindhearted, generous, true christian, yet withal firm in his adherence to duty, not blind to faults and frivoities.

The funeral was held Monday from the Catholic church at Tama, Rev. Father Carroll conducted the requiem rites.

The church was filled with friends of the deceased. Their presence bore testimony to the respect in which he was held. Beautiful boquets of flowers lay on the coffin, sweet tributes paid to his memory. The priest preached a very consoiling and helpful sermon from the theme, "Hope". The pail bearers were John F. Whalen, Daniel Coughlin, Robert Coughlin, Stephen Quinn, Patrick McCarty and J.J. McMahon. The remains were laid at rest in Toledo cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Mr. John Elwood, of St Anthony, Iowa, and Mrs. Mary Plunkett, of Eagle Grove, brother and sister of Mrs. Aldrich, and all the living children were present at the obnoquies.

Submitted by:John Freeley (jtfjr111@hotmail.com)

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