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Re: Obit and/or death cert for Alena Todd


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 6/5/2018 at 00:39:52

In Response To: Obit and/or death cert for Alena Todd (Carol Fleter)

Carol, your source for Alena Todd's death date and place was not a vital record, but rather a submitted place of death on an Ancestry.com submitter's family tree. Unfortunately, trees can often be incorrect especially if no source accompanies the information.

It appears that Alena Todd died in the People's Hospital in Independence, Iowa and NOT in Hope, Knox county, Maine. I located her obituary and also a lovely article on her marriage. Hope this helps.


(Courier Special Service)
Independence, Ia. Mrs. Aleana Mae Todd, died Saturday night in People's Hospital here after a lingering illness. She was born Sept. 6, 1893, at Humphrey, Mo., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett McCalley, and had lived in Independence the last 25 years. She was married to Harold L. Todd at Walker Sept. 15, 1915. Mrs. Todd was a member of the Presbyterian church. Surviving are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Pauline Miller, Mrs. Laverna Mason and Mrs. Luelle Foland, all of Independence; two sons, Franklin, in the army stationed at Colorado Springs, Colo; Edison E. in the army air forces at San Antonio, Tex.; two brothers, Alva and Duard McCalley, both of Independence, two sisters, Mrs. Elda Hazelett, Independence, and Mrs. Neoma Martin, Cresco; seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Presbyterian church, with burial in Mt. Hope cemetery. The body will be at the Swan funeral home until the time of services.

Waterloo Daily Courier --- Waterloo, Iowa
October 24, 1949

The Everett McCalley home three and a half miles northeast of Walker, Wednesday evening was the scene of a pretty home wedding, the contracting parties being the eldest daughter, Alena Mae, and Harold L. Todd, of Quasqueton. The house had been beautifully decorated with dahlias, asters and cosmos. A few minutes after six o'clock Miss Mabel McCalley, a cousin of the bride, played the wedding march while the contracting parties and their attendants, Alvin McCalley, a brother of the bride, and Miss Ruth McCalley, a cousin, took their places beneath a beautiful arch in one corner of the parlor, where Rev. John W. McKee spoke the words that made them one.

The bride was beautifully gowned in white embroidered net over white messaline. The ceremony took place in the presence of forty guests, mostly near relatives. After congratulations a bountiful two-course supper was served. The bride is one of outmost estimable young ladies. The groom, who is quite well known in this community is a young man of sterling character and industrious nature. Miss Daisy

Waterloo Evening Courier --- Waterloo, Iowa
September 21, 1915

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