LeMars Globe Post August 22, 1903 The Funeral of N.L. Greer The funeral of the late N.L. Greer was held from the home on Plymouth Street on Wednesday afternoon and it was indeed a sorrowful cortege which followed the remains to their last resting place and mingled its tears with those who had been called upon a second time in a brief period to bear the heavy burdens of bereavement which is placed upon them by the hands of death.
Brief funeral services were held at the home by Rev. L.G. Kent, Pastor of the Congregational Church and who read the twenty-third Psalm, which was his favorite Psalm. His favorite hymn Abide With Me was sung very feelingly by a quartett composed of Mrs. D. Drew, Miss Lulu Brown, C.L. Trenery and E.T. Bedell and after a fervent prayer the family took the last look upon his face and the friends within passed to the casket to see him for the last time.
The funeral was held under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which he was a most highly esteemed member and LeMars Lodge, B.P.O. Elks, of which he was a charter member, joining in the Masonic column as a guard of honor. The Masons followed by the Elks marched to the home and took position at the house of mourning. By request of a large number who had not recently seen Mr. Greer in life, the remains were placed in a shady place on the lawn, when after the members of the two orders who were taking an active part in the funeral had paid their respects to the dead, the friends took a farewell look upon his face. From the house the Masonic order led the procession followed by the Elks bore the remains to the cemetery. The members of the Plymouth Old Settlers Association of which he was a most valued member attended in a body.
The impressive ritualistic services of the Masonic order were conducted at the grave and after each individual Mason had deposited upon the casket its funeral emblem, the Elks passed by the open grave and cast their emblem upon the casket each uttering Peace Be With You.
At the close of the services the members of the different orders formed in line in the same order in which they had marched to the cemetery and accompanied the family back to the house as a guard of honor.
The floral tributes were of surprising beauty, those of the Masonic, Elks and K. of K. Lodges being the emblems of the order, some were rich in the rare beauty of their colorings. The cemetery association of which he was a member sent a beautiful tribute and a most beautiful bouquet of white as sent by a number of ladies who were near friends. The parlor was a huge bank of flowers sent by numerous friends which bore evidence that scores of persons share with the family in their great sorrow.
The pall bearers were Alex Relchmann, P.F. Dalton, George A. Sammis, W.S. Freeman, Judge F.R. Gaynor, and A.A. Alline.
Madison Greer of Tarkio, Missouri, a brother of the dead man and Mrs. C.E. Albrook of Algona, a sister of Mrs. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Greer of Spencer and Mrs. and Mrs. Clay Greer of Sioux City were the relatives from a distance, who came to attend the funeral. Mrs. Albrook will remain here for some time to visit her sister.