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Ida Bartlett Lemons
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1859
Freeborn County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1924
Ward County
North Dakota, USA


Ida Bartlett (no middle name) was born on June 03, 1859 at Shell Rock (now Glenville), Freeborn County, Minnesota- the daughter of Judge Armander H. Bartlett and his wife, Ann Delocia Peet Bartlett. Federal and State Census records both confirm that Ida grew up in that same location and remained in her parent's home until 1881 when she married. Ida was 22 years old at the time of her marriage to twenty-nine year old Moses Lemons. A native of Crawford County, Wisconsin, Mr. Lemons had moved to Freeborn County less than one year before their marriage took place on October 20, 1881. The newspaper item announcing the event, however, lists the date in error as October 23rd. The event took place in her parent's home and the witnesses at the wedding were Jay and Eva Bartlett, Ida's younger brother and sister.

[Note that throughout the various documents, both of the spellings Lemons and Lemmons are being used. These variations have been transcribed as found. The correct spelling of the surname however is LEMONS.]
Extracted from:
Freeborn County Courthouse
Freeborn County, Minnesota
Liber B Page 158.

"20 October 1881 at Shell Rock, Moses Lemon & Ida Bartlett, were married in the presence of Jay & Eva Bartlett."
Extracted from:
The Freeborn County Standard
(Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota)
Thursday, October 27, 1881
Page 5, Column 4


LEMMONS-BARTLETT- October 23d, at the residence of the bride's father, by Reverend G.S. Gowdy, Moses Lemons to Ida Bartlett, both of Shell Rock.

Moses and Ida Bartlett Lemons remained at Shell Rock (later Glenville), Minnesota for "about 18 years" and were quite involved in the community there. Moses was an active member of the Shell Rock Grange for more than 10 years and was elected "Overseer" on several occasions. Ida enjoyed membership in The Order of Good Templars- being one of the charter members and first to hold an office when the Lodge was organized at Shell Rock in 1875, with 36 charter members.

After seventeen years of marriage, the couple was blessed with twin daughters on March 27, 1898. The babies, born at Glenville in Freeborn County, Minnesota were long awaited and a most welcome addition to the household. The girls were named Bessie Gertrude (Gertrude after her paternal grandmother) and Beth D. Lemons (the "D" thought to be for Delocia, after her maternal grandmother.) Following is a transcription of the twin's birth announcement.
Extracted from:
The Freeborn Standard
(Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota)
Thursday, March 30, 1898
Page 8 Column 3

Mr. and Mrs. Lemons are rejoicing over the arrival of a pair of twin girls, March 27.

By April 1900, the draw of free land in North Dakota Territory became too much to resist, and the Moses Lemons family left Freeborn County, Minnesota and settled in "Township 162, Range 90" of Ward County, North Dakota. On October 10, 1905, Moses Lemons received 160 acres of land in North Dakota from the Montana State Land Office. This was made possible through the authority of the Homestead Act of May 20, 1862. This new acreage was located near the Village of Flaxton in Ward County, and Moses and Ida would remain in that location until 1920 when they gave up the farm and moved into the larger city of Minot, seeking neighbors and greater comfort in their old age.

In 1924, tragedy struck the family. On October 17th of that year, Ida Lemons was severely burned on her arms and upper body. While using gasoline to clean some spots from her house dresses, the gasoline exploded, engulfing her in flames. According to her obituary, "everything possible was done for her. She was taken to the hospital and the best of medical skill and nursing were given her, but septic poisoning set in, and at 3 AM on Sunday, October 19, 1924 she passed away." Ida's death left Moses and his daughters devastated. Her body was returned to Freeborn County, Minnesota and buried on Lot 118 in Greenwood Cemetery at Glenville, where her parents and other family members were interred. Following are transcriptions of her obituaries, which appeared in both the location of her death and the location of her burial.
Extracted from:
The Minot Daily News
October 20, 1924

Woman Who Recovered From Serious Burns Dies of Illness Later

After having practically recovered from an accident in which she was very seriously burned in July, Mrs. Moses Lemmons, 65, 701 First Street Northeast, who was attacked by pneumonia a week ago, died at 4 AM yesterday in a local hospital. Her condition weakened through her long period of convalescence, she was unable to combat the dread disease.

Mrs. Lemmons, who has been in the hospital since the latter part of July when she was badly burned through the explosion of gasoline with which she was cleaning clothes, was to have been removed to her home within a short time when she contracted pneumonia.

Surviving the deceased are her husband, twin daughters, Beth and Bessie, both of Minot; a sister, Mrs. Charles Beattie, Minneapolis, and two brothers, J. Barlett, National City, California, and Sam Bartlett, Hastings, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 PM tomorrow with the Reverend LeRoy White officiating after which the body will be taken to Glenville, Minnesota, former home of the Lemmons', where interment will be made.

Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon and daughters came to Minot several years ago from Glenville.
Extracted from:
The Glenville Progress
Glenville, Freeborn County, Minnesota
October 23, 1924
Page 1 Column 3

Yesterday afternoon funeral services were held at the Methodist church for Mrs. Moses Lemons of Minot, North Dakota, whose death occurred last Sunday at a Minot hospital.

On the 17th day of last July Mrs. Lemons suffered severe burns about her arms and body, when gasoline in which she was cleaning some dresses, exploded. Everything possible was done for her- she was taken to the hospital and the best of medical skill and nursing were given her, but septic poisoning set in, and at three AM on Sunday, October 19, 1924 she passed away.

Ida Bartlett Lemons was born in Glenville, June 3, 1859. On October 23, 1881 she was married to Moses Lemons. In April 1900 they moved to North Dakota, finally locating at Minot.

She is survived by her husband; twin daughters, Bessie and Beth; one sister, Mrs. Eva Beattie of Minneapolis, two brothers, Jay Bartlett of National City, California and Sam Bartlett of Hastings, Minnesota.

Mrs. Lemons was a wonderful wife and mother, sister and friend, and her passing is deeply mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends.

The husband, daughters and sister accompanied the remains to Glenville, arriving on the Rock Island Train Wednesday noon. Reverend Roy Tibbetts of the Methodist church in Albert Lea conducted the funeral services, and she was laid to rest among loved ones and old friends in beautiful Greenwood.

Many old friends from Albert Lea attended the funeral, as did also Mrs. Lemons' niece, Mrs. S. Woodyard and daughter, Betty of Waterloo.
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We do appreciate all the many kind and lovely things done for us to help make our burden of sorrow easier to bear. We thank every one of our friends who helped us at this sad time.

Mr. Moses Lemons
Bessie and Beth Lemons
Mrs. C.R. Beattie

Having worked for the Great Northern Railroad Company at various times in the past, Moses resumed his working relationship with the company and was employed in the freight office of the Great Northern Railroad in Minot for a number of years. He retired in 1937. Sadly, it was later that same year that Moses Lemons died of complications from old age at Minot on August 14, 1937. As with his wife before him, his body was returned to Glenville, Minnesota and buried at her side on Lot 118 in Greenwood Cemetery.

Following the death of both of their parents, daughters Bessie and Beth Lemons would remain in the Minot area for a short time, but would later migrate further west to California. The sisters never married and are said to have lived with one another until the time of their deaths. Beth D. Lemons died on January 2, 1981 at Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, followed closely by her twin sister, Bessie G. Lemons on March 21, 1981 at the same location. To date, no obituary information or gravesite location has ever come to light.


Special Thanks to Vickie Storlie and the Freeborn County Genealogical Society for providing this burial information.

Family links: 
  Amander H Bartlett (1829 - 1902)
  Ann Delocia Peet Bartlett (1832 - 1920)
  Moses Lemons (1852 - 1937)
  Ida Bartlett Lemons (1859 - 1924)
  Jay Bartlett (1861 - 1935)*
  Eva Bartlett Beattie (1868 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
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Greenwood Cemetery
Freeborn County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Lot No. 118
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