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Weiser, Louise (Amy) 1837 - 1898


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 12/29/2013 at 12:28:52

Elgin Echo, Thursday, 24 November 1898.

The Decorah papers record the death on Tuesday, November 8 of Mrs. L. A. Weiser one of Decorah's oldest and most respected citizens. Her husband, H. S. Weiser, died in 1875, leaving her with three children and the management of a large estate and banking business. For many years she was president of the Winneshiek County Bank and its chief financial advisor and was known over this corner of Iowa as a woman of extraordinary business ability.


NOTE: The IGPP shows photos of the gravestones of Louise A. and Horace S. Weiser, and several other Weiser gravestones.

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Added by Joy Moore Nov. 15 2020

Source: Decorah Republican Nov. 10, 1898 P 4 C 2

The REPUBLICAN is once more called upon to record the demise of one of Decorah's pioneers. Mrs. Louise Amy Weiser died at her residence on Broadway, Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the noon hour. For the past two weeks she had been indisposed and the family was greatly alarmed about her condition, fearing that an affection of the heart which had troubled her might result fatally. From this, however, she was apparently recovering, and Monday afternoon sat conversing with those in her room when she was stricken with apoplexy. Medical assistance was immediately summoned, but all that could be done availed nothing. Mrs. Weiser lingered until Tuesday, when the silent messenger claimed her.
Louise M. Amy was born in April, 1837, in Salisbury, Vt., and was one of seven children of Capt. John Amy, a veteran of the war of 1812. She was also a direct descendant of Captain Jonathan Carver, one of the noted pioneers of the northwest who came to and resided in Minnesota for many years after 1766. While she was yet in her infancy the family moved to the Western Reserve in Ohio, and there made their home until the spring of 1857 when they came to Fort Atkinson, Iowa, to reside. Here she was married to the late Horace S. Weiser in July, 1859, and came immediately to Decorah. Three children, Mrs. E. G. Carlisle and Mrs. Robert Jones, of Chicago, and C. J. Weiser, of this city, blessed this union; and they, with three sisters and one brother— Mrs. J. C. Strong, of Minneapolis, Mrs. J. M. Williams, of Syracuse, Neb., Mrs. J. A. McKinney and C. W. Amy, of Decorah, survive her. Her oldest brother died in California, and her youngest sister died in Ohio.
Any review of the life thus closed must make her business career its chief feature. Besides the sole care of a family of young children—the eldest but 14 years old—there was thrust upon her in her widowhood the responsibilities of a large estate, and the care of a banking business second in size to but one in this part of Iowa. It was at a time when trained financiers were being sorely tried in stemming the tide of an enforced agricultural depression, in which all land values for the time being sank to the stagnation point;—when failures were frequent and insolvents were fleeing the country by night— many of them—leaving creditors to recoup themselves as best they could. Under such trying conditions she, a woman wholly unacquainted with the cares of business life—who had been sheltered by a tender love in a home where daily toil was scarcely permitted to enter—was forced to stand alone, almost independently, and carry a burden that many a man would have sunk under. That she called to her aid what proved to be the best of financial ability is quite true; but for many busy years it had to be her decision that ruled in the home, the banking house, and other business affairs. That she carried this double burden nobly is her highest honor. And she never forgot her womanliness. It was her privilege to nurture the little family into honorable, useful man- and womanhood: to see the perplexing business cares of that first decade of widowhood smoothed away until she was able to transfer them into the strong hands to which they naturally fell. Then it was permitted her to enter into the rest and relief that only the burden bearer can know.
In her church relations Mrs. Weiser was a Unitarian, and ever strove to help in all practical ways every good work that looked to the bettering or uplifting of her fellowmen and women, and practiced those precepts which bespeak a true Christian character. She was generous to the needy and many can attest to the help received Ii hours of need. She was a member of the relief corps and an earnest worker in the W. C. T. U.
The funeral services will be held at the residence this afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. A. G. Wilson officiating.

Phelps Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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