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Agnes Herbert Arens
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1856
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1937
Phillips County
Colorado, USA


Aged Pioneer Succumbs At Her Home Ten Days After Death Of Her Son

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Herbert Arens, pioneer Phillips County resident, took place on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Patrick church only nine days after the funeral of her son, John.

The aged woman had been a victim of declining health for many years, but the shock of her son's death on November 12 is thought to have brought on her unexpected demise. She passed away suddenly Monday afternoon, November 22, at her home northwest of Holyoke.

Rev. Francis J. Brady officiated at the funeral services. Interment was made at the Holyoke cemetery.

Mrs. Arens, nee Herbert, was born in Hancock County, Illinois, on December 27, 1856. Her ancestry was of the best. Her father and mother first met on shipboard on their journey from Germany to the United States, and their acquaintance on the boat was continued after they landed, and they were soon married. Agnes was the second of three children born to this union.

She was married to William Casper Arens, and to this union were born four children, John, Mamie, Charles, and Leo. The three oldest ones were born in Hancock County, Illinois, while Leo was born after the family came to Colorado, in what is now Sedgwick County, Her husband and two sons, Leo and John, preceded her in death.

One family friend of a half century's standing has composed this tribute to Mrs. Arens: "Our old friend and neighbor, Agnes Herbert Arens, has been called in death a week after her son, John, was buried. Her enfeebled condition due to her advanced age of more than four score years would not allow her to recover from the shock of John's sudden and unexpected death.

"The heart failed now, because it never failed or faltered during the many, many long years of love and faithful service as wife, mother and grandmother. This old friend and pioneer came to Colorado about 50 years ago.

"The pioneers who came to Colorado a half century ago were a class who knew and endured plenty of hardship and privation. Mrs. Arens was often heard to say with tears in her eyes that the young people now don't know what hard times are. When Mrs. Arens was a young woman in this undeveloped country, the water for stock and house use was a serious problem, and even with mountains of coal 200 miles away, there was little money with which to buy it, so that the fuel problem was fully as bad as the water question.

"When we look back to the roads and the means of travel of 50 years ago, the transformation is hardly believable. We easily negotiate in an hour now a distance that required a long day by team. The perils of travel, to say nothing of the discomfort, are illustrated by an experience endured by Mrs. Arens and John when John was about ten years old. The father was away from home, working at the Parker sheep ranch, and Mrs. Arens and John drove their mule team to Holyoke after groceries and coal.

"They got started home after dark and a drifting snow storm came on. There was an abandoned well near their road, and to be sure that the team would not fall into the well, Mrs. Arens got out to lead the team and feel the road with her feet so as to avoid the well.

"By that time the storm was so bad they could not see the road at all, so they headed toward their home as well as they could and took turns leading the team. John, being young as well as tired, cold and sleepy, wanted to stay in the wagon, but he was never one to shirk, so he bravely took his turn leading the team. They were now completely lost, and Mrs. Arens was perishing from cold and exhaustion. Leading the team exposed to the drifting snow, as she was, every thread of her clothing was wet.

"The two children, Mamie and Charley, had been left at home, and for hours they had been anxiously waiting and watching for their mother's return. They would go out and stand by the house and watch until cold would drive them back into the warmth.

"As providence would have it, the flash of the light when the door was opened was seen by the mother and son, just as they were ready to give up their battle, and the little sod shanty on the claim soon became a palace with a good coal fire, a hot meal and a united family.

"Fortunately, due to the industry and frugality of the family, Mrs. Arens spent her last years in a lovely, modern home, surrounded by her many friends and her loving family.

"The beautiful new Catholic church in Holyoke in which she worshipped was a great joy to her declining years."

Mrs. Arens is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Mamie LeBlanc, of Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and her son, Charles of Sedgwick, and other relatives.

Mrs. LeBlanc has been seriously ill since the death of her brother, John, and authorities of the Sterling hospital where she is a patient considered her condition too bad to release her after the death of her mother, although she was able to sit up for a few hours on Monday.

Holyoke Enterprise
November 25, 1937
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Holyoke Memorial Park
Phillips County
Colorado, USA
Created by: Carol Moore
Record added: Feb 26, 2012
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Agnes <i>Herbert</i> Arens
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- Carol Moore
 Added: Feb. 26, 2012

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