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Prann, Charles 1816 – 1898

PRANN, STEERE, WESTON

Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/20/2021 at 15:04:22

Iowa Plain Dealer April 19, 1898, FP, C5

Major Charles Prann passed away Sunday morning: last. He had been a resident of this county since its earliest settlement in ’55 or '56. He was a good citizen, a courteous gentleman in all the walks of life. A widow and several children remain to mourn the death of a good husband and kind father. Particulars of his life will be given later.

Iowa Plain Dealer April 26, 1898, FP, C5

Obituary of Charles Prann.
Chas. Prann, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Prann (who was known in his section of the country as honest John) was born in Wethersfield, Conn., Oct. 12, 1816. He had one brother and one sister.
During his early life he followed his father’s trade of wagonmaker. He afterwards engaged in the grocery business at North Bridgewater, Mass. While there he married Minerva A. Steere, of Providence, R. I., Feb. 6, 1849. To them one child was born, Alice M,, March 8, 1850, but died June 29, 1851. His first wife was taken from him in less than one year after, Feb. 29. 1852, aged 23 years, 10 months and 18 days.
Shortly after his wife’s death, he came west and remained here until the fall of ’53, when he visited his old home and friends, but soon returned to Iowa, '{illegible)ting at New Oregon, where he married Kate L. Weston Dec. 1 1859, to whom six children were born, one daughter and five sons, the daughter and one son dying in infancy.
In 1871, he moved from New Oregon onto the farm where he had since resided.
He went east in the fall of ’95 and visited his old home and relatives but came back seemingly disappointed. He found everything changed, his old home in ruins, his brother and sister dead and his old friends either dead or gone away, in fact nothing to remind him of his once happy boyhood days. He declined very rapidly after returning home and died April 17, 1898, aged 81 years, 6 months and 5 days, leaving his wife and four sons to mourn his death.
A forty year’s acquaintance with Major Prann, more than a life time of the ordinary man, taught us that he was a man of sterling qualities of character, irreproachable in his daily walk and conversation, upright in his dealings, a good neighbor and friend and a most worthy citizen. He was devoted as a father and husband and leaves a tender place in the memory and affections of those who are left to mourn. With them the PLAIN DEALER joins in sorrow.


 

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