|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1841|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1925|
"Fort Dodge Messenger and Chronicle"
Saturday Evening January 3, 1925.
Aged Woman Found Dead at Her Home Today
Mrs. Nicholas Fleek, 84 years old, a pioneer Fort Dodge resident was found dead in her home at 407 North 13th Street, at 1 p. m. today by the young girl, who stayed with her as a companion. Death was attributed to old age.
The girl had, as usual, come over this morning to aid with the housework. She was in the yard when death occurred. Entering the house she found Mrs. Fleek sitting in her arm chair. Alarmed by her position, the girl shook the old lady, and found that she was dead.
The girl ran to the neighbors who called a physican who pronounced Mrs. Fleek dead.
Mrs. Fleek's only Fort Dodge relations are two nephews, E. E. Smith and C. H. A. Smith. Her husband, who ran a blacksmith shop in the city for nearly forty years, died ten years ago. She had lived practically alone since then, neighbors said, with a girl or woman recently as a companion.
No arrangements for the funeral have been made as yet, awaiting word from out of the city relatives."
"Fort Dodge Messenger & Chronicle"
Monday, January 5, 1925.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Fleek Saturday Afternoon
The funeral of Mrs. Nicholas Fleek, pioneer resident of Fort Dodge, who died suddenly Saturday afternoon, will take place Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from Young's Undertaking Parlors. It will be a Christian Science service and burial will be made in Oakland cemetery.
Her death was very sudden, occurring Saturday afternoon about 1:00 o'clock. A young girl who lives with her had just left her for a few minutes to replenish the fire and when she returned found Mrs. Fleek dead in her chair. Mrs. Fleek was eighty-four years of age.
Mary Margaret Smith was born June 6, 1841 in Pennsylvania. At the age of twelve she moved, with her parents (John and Christiana Smith) to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they lived until 1865 when they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Here she was married to Nicholas Fleek, later moving to a homestead near Humboldt which was known as Springvale. In 1878 they moved to Fort Dodge where they remained.
Mrs. Fleek leaves no immediate family, her husband having preceded her in death nine years ago, and her only son having died in infancy. Three brothers and one sister survive. They are D. W. Smith of Rock Island, Illinois: Sylvester Smith of Olympia, Washington; Samuel Smith of Enid, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Elnora Nicholas of Sumner, Washington. Fifteen nieces and nephews, several grand nieces and nephews and two great grand nieces also survive.
(Thanks to Ann Bowler for this obituary)
John Smith (1822 - 1905)
Christiana Emery Smith (1820 - 1893)
Elwood Fleek (1876 - 1876)*
Mary Margarette Smith Fleek (1841 - 1925)
Charles E Smith (1843 - 1867)*
John Wesley Smith (1845 - 1853)*
Effie Smith (1847 - 1853)*
Samuel Smith (1849 - 1928)*
Eleonora Smith Nicholas (1851 - 1925)*
Daniel W. Smith (1854 - 1939)*
Sylvester Smith (1857 - 1936)*
Plot: Section A, Lot 72
Created by: Burt
Record added: Dec 31, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17233291