Charle Oldham (d. 1940)
OLDHAM, ABBOTT, JAGER, ZERBE
Posted By: Anonymous volunteer
Date: 1/23/2021 at 19:56:52
Charles Oldham of Eddyville, one of the prominent farmers of Mahaska county and president of the Mahaska county farm bureau, died unexpectedly at his home at Oak Knoll Farm, two miles northeast of Eddyville at 9 o'clock Friday evening, August 2. Mr. Oldham had been about his regular work during the day, even driving to the farm bureau office at Oskaloosa Friday afternoon to discuss plans for the regular board meeting.
After supper he, with members of his immediate family together with his daughter, Mrs. Eliabeth Abbott of Houma, La., and his son, Wilber, and family were out on the lawn together, all taking advantage of the cool breezes that were stirring. He was his usual and jovial self, even then as he entertained his grandchildren.
Shortly after this time he complained of not feeling well and suggested he would go into the house and lie down. The folks suggested it was cooler outside and that with a pillow he would be more comfortable than indoors. He laid down nearby and shortly after his daughter noticed his heavy breathing and thought he was asleep. Upon speaking to him and receiving no response she started toward him but he had passed away before any of the group reached him.
Member Pioneer Family.
Mr. Oldham was 67 years of age and was of real pioneer stock. He was born on the Abe Oldham farm about one-half mile east of his present home, but since his marriage over 40 years ago, he had lived on the original and identical tract of ground entered by his grandfather in 1843.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Eustena Oldham, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Dr. Oldham of Houma, La., one son, Wilbur Oldham of Eddyville, Mrs. W. F. Jager of Eddyville, and one brother, Lincoln Oldham of San Gabriel, Calif.
Funeral services at the Eddyville Congregational church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon with Rev. J. W. Zerbe, pastor of the Batavia Methodist church and former Eddyville minister, in charge. Burial in Highland cemetery. (source unknown; likely Oskaloosa Herald)
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