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Blairstown Press; June 5, 1936
Clarissa Mayhew Dies At Age 69 Was Born Near Blairstown And Spent Life Here
Clarissa J. Mayhew

Mrs. Clarissa Mayhew, 69, Blairstown resident, died suddenly at her home here Friday evening about 10 o'clock. Her sister, Miss Mabel Miner, who is employed at Kimm's store, found Mrs. Mayhew upon the kitchen floor when she returned from work at the store. She was still breathing but died immediately. A doctor and Coroner John Burrows of Belle Plaine were called and pronounced death due to cerebral hemorrhage. Mrs. Mayhew had spent the earlier part of the evening at the William Curtis home.

Clarissa Miner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Miner was born on the Miner farm southwest of Blairstown June 24, 1866. She has always lived in this vicinity with the exception of four years spent at Spirit Lake. She was married to Osander Mayhew Nov. 6, 1912, Mr. Mayhew died about nine years ago. She is survived by four sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Fred Kern of Belle Plaine, Mrs. Jesse Mettler of Alburnet, Mrs. Chas. Lanam, Miss Mabel Miner of Blairstown, Tom Miner of Spirit Lake, Fred Miner of Keystone, Oscar Miner of Belle Plaine. She is also survived by four step- children, Mrs. William Curtis of Blairstown, Elmer Mayhew of Watkins, Mrs. Ella Powers of Sumner and Merle Mayhew of Vinton.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Methodist church in Blairstown by the Rev. R. L. Howell and interment was in the Mound cemetery at Watkins.
Submitted on Jul 16, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Waterloo Daily Courier; October 19, 1945

Eldo H. Mayhew

Vinton - Eldo H. Mayhew, 48, suddenly of a heart attack at this home in Eden township; son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mayhew, he was born at Tingley, Ia., May 21, 1897; moved from the Blairstown community and had farmed his farm in Eden township 15 years; leaves widow and two children, Mrs. Margaret Ohrt and George Mayhew, living at home; one grandchild, and the following brothers and sister: Mrs. Clarence Pearson, Vinton, Mrs. Clifford Stewart, Van Horne; Rex Mayhew, Blairstown; Mrs. Burl Jay, Marshalltown; Mrs. Robert Kyle and Edith Mayhew, both of Cedar Rapids; one sister preceded him in death; funeral Friday.

{Submitter comment: He married Edith Kern, daughter of Jacob Kern and Emma Miner.}

Submitted on Oct 28, 2007 by
John Shuck,jshuck@rocketmail.com


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The Blairstown Press; April 30, 1925
Death Takes Mrs. Mayhew
Emma May Mayhew

Wife of George Mayhew of Marion, Stricken While Nursing Son Who Was Ill With Small Pox

Gloom settled over the entire community here, Sunday morning, when it was learned that death had claimed Mrs. George Mayhew of Marion, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coffland, near Watkins, about 11:00 o'clock Saturday morning, where she had hastened to the side of her son, Rex, who had been taken seriously ill with a case of small pox. Mrs. Mayhew as not in good health and had been ailing for a number of years. It is thought coupled with this the anxiety for the suffering of her son and the work entailed in her loving care of him undermined her already weakened system. When it was found the son was suffering from a virulent case of small pox, she at once submitted to vaccination, her thought as usual was to protect others from like trouble. This may have added complications to her already weakened constitution. Being in quarantine and with other cases of the dread disease in the house, none of her family with the exception of the son whom she had nursed back to health could be permitted to be be present, and in obedience to the state law the funeral was held late Sunday afternoon.

The ordeal was almost too great for the bereaved husband children. Mrs. Mayhew had resided here much of her life and had earned the respect of all. With her husband and family of little ones around her she was an ideal wife and mother. As the children grew older the home became of the center of activities of the community and it was a place where the young people loved to congregate and today many speaking of the pleasures and kindnesses she had accorded them as a guest in her home.

This old neighbor and that recount many neighborly acts which it had been her pleasure to perform.

Mrs. Emma May Mayhew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leonard, was born in the state of Illinois, August 14, 1870. She came to Blairstown with her parents about two years later and grew to womanhood here. On February 6, 1890, she was united in marriage with George Mayhew. Most of their married life was spent here here until five years ago, they purchased and moved onto a farm near Marion, which is still the family home. To this union was born eight children. The eldest daughter, Alta, Mrs. Merle DeWitt, passed away at her home at Tingley, five years ago. The others left to mourn with the husband are two sons, Eldo and Rex of this place and five daughters, Mrs. Stella Pearson of Blairstown, Mrs. Hazel Stewart of Van Horne, Mrs. Ethel Burt of Waterloo, Edith at home, Lucille of Cedar Rapids, also the mother, Mrs. Anna Leonard and one sister, Mrs. Edith Reed of Upton, Wyo. and five brothers, Edward of Blairstown, Cecil of Belle Plaine, William of Chelsea, Ernest of Upton, Wyo. and Frank of Sutherland and five grand children.

Mrs. Mayhew was a member of the Presbyterian church, an active worker, not only in the church but in its societies as well, which include the Social Circle of the missionary society. She has now gone to her reward. It was thought she was getting better on Saturday. At that time she began to sink rapidly and passed away on April 25, 1925.

Services were held at the cemetery Sunday at 5:00 o'clock in conformity with the quarantine laws. A large concourse of sorrowing friends were present to pay a last tribute to their old friend. Many flowers, the tribute of loving friends were in evidence.

Rev. W. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church was in charge of the services. The pall bearers were two brothers and sons in law of deceased, Ed. and William Leonard, Clifford Stewart, Clarence Pearson, E. E. Cranston and E. W. Watkinson.

Burial was made in Pleasant Hill cemetery. Among those from a distance who were present were, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Burt of Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearson, Van Horne; Mr. and Mrs. William Leonard and family, Chelsea; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Leonard and family, Belle Plaine; Merle Mayhew, Vinton; Mr. and Mrs. Will Curtis and Walter of Marengo; William Riley, Walford; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Pelham, Miss Ella Wahl and Jack Murphy of Cedar Rapids.

{Submitter comment: not related}

Submitted on 15-Aug-2020 by
John Shuck, henricojohn@gmail.com


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