STONE, ELLEN AMELIA (JOHNSON) [July 5, 1836 - Jan. 1, 1929]
With the first day of the new year, death in peaceful tranquillity came to Mrs. Amelia Stone, familiarly and affectionately known as "Grandma Stone" at the farm home of her daughter Mrs. Joseph L. Pollard of the Dublin vicinity. Mrs. Stone had enjoyed unusually good health for one of her exceptional years until about two weeks ago when she was taken to her bed because of ailments attendant to old age. As one wearied and fatigued with the cares and thoughts of the day. Mrs. Stone passed into her last sleep into the realm of eternal bliss where sorrow and pain are unknown.
Ellen Amelia Johnson was born in Bergen Norway, on July 5, 1836, and passed away at Schuyler, Nebraska, on January 1, 1929 at the ripe old age of 92 years, 5 months, and 26 days. When 12 years of age she came to America with her parents who settled in Wisconsin. She was united in Marriage to William Stone at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1852. When Mr. Stone enlisted for service in the Civil War Mrs. Stone was left at home with six children to support. This she did nobly on the thirteen dollars per month received by her husband from the government and with the aid of the revenue from one cow and a few chickens. One son, George, passed away in Wisconsin while the father was away at war.
Mr. Stone passed away in Schuyler on April 15, 1900. The children that preceded the mother in death were George, Mrs. Maria Irving who died on January 1, 1882, Mrs. Jenny Powers who died at Silver Creek in 1893, Mrs. Millie Birchenough who died on February 16, 1915, Waldron Stone who died on October 26, 1923, and Mrs. Cecelia Dunkel who died on September 5, 1926. The remains of the husband and of all the above mentioned children were laid to rest in Schuyler cemetery.
The following children survive; Charles H. Stone of Julesburg Colorado, Alfred Stone of Colfax County; Mrs. William F. Randall of Schuyler, Mrs. Joseph L. Pollard of Colfax County, and Mrs. Edward Aljoe of Cheyenne Wyoming. The deceased is also survived by thirty one grandchildren, and forty one great grand children.
Mrs. Stone was baptized into the Lutheran faith when but a very small child. After coming to Colfax County in 1870, Mr. and Mrs. Stone became communicants of the Old Grandview Presbyterian church. The only education that Mrs. Stone received was from her Norwegian Bible. In her time in Norway, women were not given any education except what could be learned from the Bible. Mrs. Stone worked in the home of her pastor and it was he, as the teacher of the parish, who taught her daily from the Bible. Mrs. Stone read her Bible so much that she practically knew it by heart. In her last years her steadfast faith and her implicit trust in the god of her Bible were the source of much consolation and comfort to her. The hardships and trials of Mrs. Stone's life were many yet she bore them with a fortitude and a patience that bespeak a strength of character that is admirable in the highest possible measure. Her mind was keen and her memory excellent as she often related experienced of her young days.
To Mrs. Stone was allotted a life of years, service, and varied opportunities. Her years were rich in experience and practical living. She was a lovable old lady whose numerous friends greatly favored and highly esteemed her. As the mother of eleven children, her home life meant much sacrifice and tasks without number. Still, in her own quiet and unassuming way, she was the mother and wife with but few peers.
The funeral rights will be conducted this (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock at the First Presbyterian church of this city, the pastor, the Rev. W.G. White, officiating. These rites will be preceded by a brief service at the farm home of Mrs. Joseph L. Pollard at one o'clock.
Internment will be made in the Schuyler cemetery.
[The Schuyler Sun - submitted by John Baccelli]
LONGWITH, DR. JOHN WILLIAM [August 25, 1885 - 1929]
Former Prominent Resident Victim of Heart Trouble
Dr. J. W. Longworth of Litchfield Minnesota, a former resident of this city, where he was a very prominent, and favorably known to a large circle of friends as "Bill," passed away suddenly last Friday, the cause of his demise being heart trouble. Dr. and Mrs. Longworth were entertaining Mr. and Mrs. Lee Reynolds of Norfolk, and had gone on a motor trip to Wilmar, some 28 miles from Litchfield, with Mr. Reynolds at the wheel. As they were returning, Dr. Longworth was stricken and was rushed to the hospital as quickly as possible, but death had taken its victim before arrival.
Relatives in this city were at once notified and Bert Longwith and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wigington left at once for Litchfield to be with Mrs. Longworth and daughters and to arrange for the funeral.
Funeral rites were conducted at the late residence in Litchfield on Monday, the Rev. Harmon, the Episcopalian rector, officiating. The remains arrived in Schuyler Tuesday forenoon and funeral rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at St. John's German Lutheran church, the Rev. George Herber, officiating. The services were very largely attended, as Dr. Longworth was very well known and very popular in his home city. The sympathy of friends was expressed by a number of beautiful floral offerings. Interment was made in the Schuyler cemetery where rest the remains of the parents and a brother. Dr. Longworth's burial was just exactly one year from the date of the burial of his father.
John William Longworth was born in Schuyler, Nebraska on August 25, 1885. The greater part of his life was spent in the city of his birth. He operated the Favorite movie theatre here for several years. He graduated as a chiropractor in Des Moines in 1917 and practiced in Schuyler for a time. Later he took an advanced course at Pittsburgh, Pa., and located at Litchfield. He was united in marriage in Schuyler to Miss Minnie Seehase on August 25, 1908.
Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Misses Delzelle, Geraldine and Edwina, one brother, Bert of Schuyler, and one sister, Mrs. Cora Welch of Sioux City, Iowa.
Dr. Longworth joined the Masonic lodge in Litchfield. He was a jolly good fellow and was very well thought of both in Schuyler and in Litchfield.
[submitted by Tami Longwith]
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