Excerpts from The Book by Barbara Butcher and Karen Hansen

{Block 2 Lot 7:  JACK, Delilah, d 12 Jul 1887, 100y 3m 12d, wife of John}

“On July 12th, 1887, Mrs. Delilah Jack gave up life in this world for everlasting life in the heavenly world.  Mrs. Jack was born in Maryland, March 31st, 1787, being one hundred years, three months, and eleven days old when death came to her relief.  Owing to the fact that many years ago the family had the misfortune to have their house burnt, much important data concerning this long and eventful life has been lost.  Her maiden name was Dean.  She was twice married, the first time to a Mr. McDowel (date unknown, he dying.)  She was as nearly as can be ascertained, married to Mr. John Jack about seventy years ago, with whom she lived a happy and peaceful life until April 28th, 1880 when he died, since which time she has lived with her son, H. B. Jack, in Lincoln twp., this county.  She was mother of ten children of whom four survive her.

            She was born of Roman Catholic parents, in which religious faith she lived until she was thirty five years of age, when she was evangelically converted, and practically, by a joyous and happy experience became a child of God, and joining the M. E. church, she lived a consistently religious life for the remaining sixty five years of her earthly career.  She many times spoke hopefully and rejoicingly of her future prospects, saying—“I am only waiting, waiting, until the God shall bid me come home.”  She talked of death with as much composure as her son would talk of going out into the field to work.  She retained her mental vigor up to the very last.  She was at church only a few weeks since, and had as lively appreciation of the service of the blessed Master as she had previously shown.

            She was not attacked by any particular disease, but the weary wheels of life at first only began to move more sluggishly, and yet, more and more slowly until they finally came to a perpetual stand still, and the pure spirit of the blessed centenarian passed out of the body, and up to the God who gave it.  The funeral services were largely attended by friends and neighbors of the community.  (The Walnut Bureau, 14 July 1887, p. 4)” [Ed. Note:  Imagine Delilah was born in 1787, gave birth to 10 children, and lived to be over 100 years old.]

{Block 8 Lot 2:  KENNEDY, Effie M., d 30 Nov 1882, 15y 7m 23d, wife of John C.}

            The 1880 Iowa Census for Center Township in Pottawattamie County listed Alex Kenedy farming at age 61, his wife Jane keeping house at age 56, and their children John C. a single farmer age 26, Margaret age 21, James C. age 19, Newton D. age 17, Virginia age 15, and Luella age 12.  (

            John C. Kennedy son of Alexander Kennedy and wife maiden name of Gilles(?) was a Pottawattamie County Iowa farmer, age 29, and born in Pennsylvania.  He married Effie Waggoner, age 16, from Pottawattamie County Iowa, daughter of Furney(?) Waggoner and wife maiden name of Prossen, on September 14, 1882 in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa.  (Cass County Iowa Marriage Records and [Ed. Note:  Effie was married and lived to be less than 16 years old.]

{Block 2 Lot 4:  LINKLETTER, Clarance, d 4 Oct 1887, 7y, 6m 26d; LINKLETTER, Milton M., d 28 Feb 1889, 31y 5m 27d}

A son of Wm. Linkletter died Wednesday, October 5, of diphtheria.  The remains were interred in the Lincoln twp. cemetery.  (The Walnut Bureau, 13 Oct 1887)

            Frank Linkletter 7-year-old farmer’s boy died October 4, 1887 at 4:00 p.m. in Lincoln Township.  He died from diphtheria and previous complications from scarlet fever.  Burial was in the Lincoln Township Cemetery on October 6, 1887.  (Register of Deaths, Cass County, Iowa, p. 40, Entry 492)  [Ed. Note:  This should be Clarance Linkletter not Frank.]

The oldest son of Wm. Linkletter died yesterday of typhoid fever, at the parental home in Lincoln township after an illness of about a week.  The funeral will take place today, Rev. Peerman officiating.  (The Walnut Bureau, 1 Mar 1889) [Ed. Note:  Clarance and Milton were brothers of my great-grandfather Renn Linkletter.]

{Block 1 Lot 8:  SCHLICHT, Anna, b 18 Oct 1818, d 30 Mar 1881, “Hier ruht sanft meine geliebte gattin” translated means “Here gently rests my beloved wife”; SCHLICHT, Jurgen, d 28 Apr 1884, “Hier ruht meine getrostr (geliebten) vater” translated means “Here rests my beloved father”}  [Ed. Note:  Their stones are very weathered.  These are my great-great-great-grandparents.  Jurgen was called George in his obituary.]

            Anna Obitz Schlicht was the wife of Jurgen Schlicht.  She was born in Germany on 18 October 1818 and died in Pottawattamie County on 30 March 1881.  “Mrs. Slick, mother of John Slick died a few days since and was buryed in the Lincoln cemetery.  She was 62 years old.”  (Walnut News, 14 Apr 1881)

            Sudden Death.—George Schlict, an old and respected farmer residing a few miles southeast of town died suddenly a few days ago, while engaged in digging post-holes about his farm.  In the morning on leaving his home he appeared well and near noon his lifeless body was discovered by parties passing by.  An inquest was held and a verdict rendered to the effect deceased had died of heart disease.  (The Walnut Bureau, 8 May 1884)

This “old farmer” was 64 years old, widowed, of German lineage, and died of heart disease in Lincoln Township, according to his Pottawattamie County death record.

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