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Peckham, Jessie

Services for Jessie Peckham - Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, October 5, 1989

Funeral services were held for Jesse Shirbroun Peckham Tuesday, September 26, 1989 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Coon Rapids. Reverend Glenda Dietrich officiated at the services. Music was provided by Lois Shirbroun and Eileen Olson.

Casket bearers were Neal Shirbroun, Dewain Shirbroun, Darrell Shirbroun, Dale Shirbroun, Joe Shirbroun and Ronald Carlson. Interment was in the Orange Township Cemetery, Coon Rapids.

Jessie, daughter of Franklin and Mary Jane Beatty Shirbroun, was born March 26, 1908 in Orange Township, Guthrie County, Iowa. She was graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1925 and attended College at Iowa State Teacher's College at Cedar Falls. At an early age Jessie joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church south of Coon Rapids. Her church was an important part of Jessie's life.

Jessie taught rural schools near Coon Rapids and later in the Coon Rapids Community School System. For a short time she served as a house mother and teacher at a boys school near Des Moines. Jessie also was willing and able to help her family in times of need, when a baby was expected or when there was a sickness. On March 31, 1960 Jessie was united in marriage with Rev. Keith Peckam at Oshkosh, WI. She spent her married life in Wisconsin where she was a member of the Free Methodist Church at Richland Center. After Mr. Peckham died in 1985, Jessie returned to Coon Rapids and made her home at the Thomas Rest Haven. She died there early Sunday morning, September 24, 1989 at the age of 81 years, 5 months, and 29 days.

Besides her husband, Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, and by the following brothers: Charles, Fred, Raleigh, George, and Perry Shirbroun. She is survived by three brothers and one sister: Frank Shirbroun, of Coon Rapids; Mildred Calrson, of Webb, Iowa; Henry Shirbroun, of Coon Rapids and Emmett Shirbroun, of Joshua Tree, California; and by four stepchildren: Crystal Peckham, Richland Center, WI; Beatrice Jewett, Janesville, WI; Genevieve Flowers and Maynard Peckham of Mobile, AL; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Transcribed by William Smith


Mr. Peter J. Paulsen was born in Germany in the providence of Schleswig , Holstein, April 7, 1848. He grew up in his native land, and at the age of 24 he came to the United States, settling in Page County, IA. After three years of residence of this county, the deceased came to Scott County, Iowa, living for some years near Davenport, then awhile near O'Brien Co. Iowa. He was married March 17, 1880 to Miss Katherina Seivers.  In the year 1895, he moved the family to Missouri, locating near Halfway, Polk County, and then for a short time he lived in northwestern Missouri, near Maryville, after which he returned to Iowa and settled in Audubon County. Then, with his family, he relocated some six miles southeast of Manning, Carroll County. This was in the year 1898, and for the last  seventeen years this has been his home.  He reared a large family, three sons and five daughters; all of whom, together with the wife and  mother, survive as mourners upon this sad occasion. The children are all married except two, and with their wives and husbands are as follows: Henry, married to Miss Eveline Hass; Mary, married to Mr. Frank Stahmer; Peter, married to Miss Cora Weaver; Charley and Amanda remain single.  There are fourteen grandchildren.

The deceased was a prosperous and thrifty farmer upright in all his ways holding the high esteem of his neighbors and friends. He was a loving husband and a kind father and reared a family that is a credit to any community.  His church affiliations were with the Lutheran Church. He was a man of unusual vigor until recently when that dread malady, cancer, fastened itself upon his vitals. Every effort was made to secure relief, even to the surgeon's knife, but to no avail, he passed away in the hospital at Carroll, Iowa after an operation,  living but two days. He passed on March 26, 1915, aged 66 years, 11 months and 19 days.  Services were held at the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Wendt of Manilla and Rev. Aller officiating,


Mrs. Catherine M. Paulsen, nee Sievers, was born May 28, 1863, in Bergenhusen Province, Schleswig, Holstein, Germany.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Evan. Lutheran Church Germany.  She came to America with her parents in 1879, who settled in Scott County, Iowa. She was united in Holy Matrimony with Mr. Peter Paulsen, March 17, 1880, in Scott County. Both made their home near Davenport for some years and later near O' Brien Co., Iowa.   In 1895 they moved to Halfway, Polk County, Missouri, and somewhat later to Maryville, Missouri.  They returned to Iowa In 1898 and located 6 miles southeast of Manning. Here they lived for the past 17 years. Mr. Paulsen preceded his wife in death in 1915.

Their union was blessed with eight children, 3; sons and 5 daughters, namedly: Henry Peter, Mrs. Mary NewelI, Mrs. Emma Borkowski, Mrs. Kate Musfeldt, Mrs. Alvena Stahmer Strive, all of Manning; and Charles Paulsen of Gordon, Nebraska; and Mrs. Amanda Gebers of Holstein.

The deceased suffered from Bright's disease and kidney disease and it's complications for the last fifteen years. She was bedridden during the last five weeks of her life and received best care during her long illness.

She died at 10:10 p.m. Monday, August 16, 1921 at Holstein at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Gebers, at the age of 58 years, 2 months and 18 days. 

She leaves to mourn her death: her 3 sons and 5 daughters, with 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; also, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Dr. Hans Salvers, Tama; John Seivers, Scott County, Iowa; Henry Lackmann, Independence, Iowa; Mrs. Peter Friedricksen, Holstein, and Mrs. Henry Schmidt, Scott Co., Iowa.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 9:30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gerbers Jr.  The remains were then taken to Manning for burial in the family grave, after. Funeral services were held by Rev. J. Schliepsick in the Ev. Lutheran Ch. at Manning. Rev. B. Langkammerer officiated in Holstein.


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