Elizabeth (ROBERTS) AUSTIN
Elizabeth (ROBERTS) AUSTIN was born in New Boston, January 10, 1846, and died in her home in this city Saturday evening, December 7, 1907, after an illness of ten days. She was the daughter of Henry H. and Mary Baker Roberts. She was united in marriage August 8,1865 to Albert E. Dennison, who died December 12, 1881. To them were born five children, two sons and three daughters. One son, Frank, died May 6, 1896, in his 28th year and one daughter, Viola [note: this name is uncertain, a portion of the newspaper clipping is missing], died at the age of eight years, January 1, 1879. One son, George A. Dennison, of San Francisco, Cal., and two daughters, Mrs. Daisy Farver, and Mrs. Josephine Prouty of San Francisco, California, survive their mother. She leaves besides her three children, three grandchildren, Miss Fern Farver, who is attending college at Grinnell, Iowa, George Dennison Farver, and Morton J. Dennison Prouty. She also leaves two brothers, Marshall Roberts, of State Center, Iowa, and Richard Roberts, of this city, and her husband Willard C. Austin, to whom she was united in marriage, February 11, 1904.
Mrs. Austin was born and raised and made this city her home for over sixty years. She was a true and affectionate wife. She gave her best years to he care of her family of children who were left to her care when they most needed a father. She met and bore the duties that come to any mother left with a family of small children in a manner that speaks stronger than words. Mrs. Austin was an active member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Children Church and for a number of years was a Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star of this place and was always active in the interests of the order.
The funeral services were held from the Christian church at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Swartz officiating, assisted by Rev. Puffer. It was a master sermon on the necessity of living the true Christian life. A choir, composed of L. J. Temples, Joe Stevens, Thad Green and Frank Billings, sang a number of appropriate selections. The pall bearers for Mrs. Roberts were the same young men who acted in the same capacity at the funeral of her son, Ernest. They were Don Prentiss, Felton Prouty, Courtney Willits, Dr. Ohlwein, Guy Clark and Purn Drury.
The pall bearers for Mrs. Austin were F. C. Dixon, Ed. L. Willits, O. H. Drury, Bert Poffenbarger, Clark Crippin and George R. Merrell. it was a double funeral. At the church the order was formed with the two hearses side by side, the pall bearers and the carriages of the families formed in the same order and side by side proceeded to the cemetery south of town that overlooks the river. The remains of Mrs. Roberts were laid to rest in the Roberts family plot by the side of her departed husband, and the remains of Mrs. Austin were laid in the Dennison lot by the side of her departed ones.