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Julia Strawhecker

Julia Strawhecker, the daughter of Charles and Elza Strawhecker, was born in Bradford county, Pa. August 19, 1811, and died in Shellsburg, February 24, 1902, aged sixty years, six months and 5 days.

In the fall of 1855 she with her parents came to Cascade, Dubuque county, Iowa, living there about one year when they moved to Benton county, which has been her home ever since. Having lived in this county over forty years she lived a quiet and useful life. She was living with her brother, Henry Strawhecker, at the time of her departure where she had made her home for many years. She has been a sufferer, with patience, for the last ten years.

The funeral services were conducted in the Baptist church by the pastor Rev. Wm. Morrison assisted by Rev. L. D. Stubbs, pastor of the M. E. church of this place.

A large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to the church to pay their last tribute of sincere respect to a loving friend and kind neighbor. Her remains were laid to rest in the family burring ground at Shellsburg Feb. 26, 1902.

Submitted on 02-Mar-2010 by
Sheryl Mason Reynolds,

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Keturah E. Strawhecker

Keturah Strawhecker
Shellsburg--- Keturah E. Strawhecker, 93, died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 1994, at the Monticello Senior Home in Monticello where she had been a resident the past three years.

She was born Jan. 20, 1901 on a farm near Shellsburg to W. W. and Eva Evens Mather. December 3 1923, she married Merton Alden at Cedar Rapids. She married Orrel Strawhecker April 10 1929, at Cedar Rapids. He preceded his wife in death on Jan. 8, 1955.

Mrs. Strawhecker was a member of Grace Trinity Church where she enjoyed membership in the industrial Society, the Orion Rebekah Lodge #63 and the Shellsburg American Legion Auxillary.

Her memory will be cherished by her son, Nathan Alden and his wife, Betty Prairebutg; her daughter-in-law, Charlotte Alden, Newhall; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two half-brothers, Delbert Henry and his wife Ruby, Urbana, and Clayton Henry, Garison; and one half sister, Culah, Mrs. Donald Wescott, Cedar Rapids.

In addition to her husband, Orrel, she was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Stanley Alden; and one brother Charlie Mather.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at Grace Trinity Church in Shellsburg with Rev Greg (paper is gone for rest of the name)

Interment at Oakwood Cemetery Shellsburg.

Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton...

{Submitter comment: Clipping from Martha Long}

Submitted on 02-Mar-2010 by
Sheryl Mason Reynolds,

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Daily Times; January 10, 1955
Funeral Today for Orrel Stawhecker
Orrel Stawhecker

Funeral Today for Orrel Stawhecker
Benton County News
Shellsburg-Funeral services were held this afternoon at two o'clock for Orrel Strawhecker, 61, at the Strawhecker home here. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Services were conducted by George Koch. The Shellsburg American Legion post conducted military rites at the cemetery.

Mr. Strawhecker died Saturday at the Veterans hospital at Iowa City were he was admitted that morning. He had been in ill health for several years and had previously been a patient at the Veterans hospital.

Mr. Strahecker was born at Shellsburg Nov. 3, 1893. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Strawhecker. He married Keturah Mather at Cedar Rapids April 10, 1929.

Surviving are his widow, two sons, Stanley and Nathan, and one grandson and one grandaughter.

Mr. Strawhecker spent his entire lifetime in Shellsburg where he operated a garage and fillling station at the time of his death. He was a Veteran of World War I and a member of the Shellsburg Legion post. He was also active in Boy Scout work.

{Submitter comment: Clipping by Martha Long}

Submitted on 02-Mar-2010 by
Sheryl Mason Reynolds,

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