|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1851|
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1954|
Des Moines County
Mary Matilda "Tillie" (Corll) Orr, d/o Jeremiah & Mary Elizabeth (Cramer) Corll lived to be 103 yrs. of age. She was a housewife and the Mother of Edmund Cameron, Everett Isaac, Matilda Rebecca and Charles Joseph Orr.
Ref: Funeral card – Mary Matilda Orr b. 23 Mar. 1851, d. 19 Jun. 1954, service, Tues., 22 Jun. at 2 p.m. at Golden Prairie Church, officiating Elmer Linkenbach, interment – Golden Prairie Cem., Pallbearers: Paul Orr, Lloyd Orr, Frank Orr, Joseph Orr, Charles Orr and George Dotson.
Crossing the "Bar" –
Sunset and evening star,
And one dear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar.
When I put to sea.
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Passmore Funeral Home, Coggon, IA
Ref: Mediapolis News, Mediapolis, IA, Thurs., 24 Jun. 2004, pg. 1B – Fifty years ago – Mrs. Mary Orr, 103, Des Moines County's oldest resident, died in a Burlington nursing home Saturday, June 19. She was 103 last March 23. Mrs. Orr had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Wilson, who cared for her.
Ref: Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA, 22 Jun. 1954 – Mary Orr Dies at Age of 103 – Mary Orr – Hopkinton – Mary Matilda Orr, pioneer resident, died Sunday at the age of 103.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. (CST) in the Golden Prairie church near Coggon. The Passmore funeral home in Coggon is in charge of arrangements.
Born March 23, 1851, near Greensville, PA, Mrs. Orr received her early education in a log cabin schoolhouse with the New Testament as her main textbood.
She and her husband, Joseph Cameron Orr, came to Iowa shortly after their marriage at Hadley, PA, Feb. 13, 1879.
They first settled in an old stone house in Union township, then in 1900 they purchased a farm in Hazel Green township, between Hopkinton and Coggon.
Mr. and Mrs. Orr celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Feb. 13, 1929. Mr. Orr died on Jan. 14, 1931.
Mrs. Orr lived in Hopkinton until 1937, then lived with a daughter, Mrs. Andrew Wilson, in Mediapolis, and a son, Charles, in Mt. Pleasant.
Survivors include four children, Edmund C. and Everett of Coggon; Mrs. Wilson and Charles.
When she noted her 100th birthday in 1951, Mrs. Orr recalled that as a girl her main duty in the spring was to gather maple sap for the family sugar and syrup supply. In the summer wild berries were gathered and dried. In the fall flax was pulled for linen, from which clothing was made for the family.
Mrs. Orr was a life member of the Baptist church, attending the one at Manchester, the closest one to her home. (picture)
Ref: 100 years old today (picture) Mrs. Matilday (Corll) Orr former Mercer County resident, today is celebrating her 100th birthday anniversary at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Wilson of Mediapolis, IA, with whom she now makes her home. She was born in Perry Township, Mercer Co. March 23, 1851, the daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Cramer) Corll. She has 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mrs. J. Frank Sherwood, Miss Effie White and Mrs. Robert Hadley, all of Farrell and Sharon are nieces of Mrs. Orr.
Ref: Half Century Married -- Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Orr, Pioneers Celebrated Golden Wedding in Hazel Green yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Orr, both pioneers of this community, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary yesterday, February 13, at their home in Hazel Green township. The event was made the occasion for a happy gathering of family and friends to the number of seventy-five and the day marks a milestone in outstanding events. On February 13, 1879, Mary Matilda Corll and Joseph Cameron Orr were married at Hadley, PA. On February 13, 1929, they celebrated their golden wedding in the presence of seventy-five guests and one brother, Charles Corll, who was a witness of both services. A sister, Mrs. James Thompson, was the lodestone that drew the bride from Pennsylvania to meet her bridegroom here in Iowa. They spent their honeymoon days in the timber northwest of the Alexander Johnson place and commenced to live on a farm in the southern part of Union township, which was their home until 1898, when they bought the Hiram Arnold place and in Hazel Green township, which has continued to be their home ever since with the exception of one year spent in Hopkinton.
Four children; Edward, Everett and Charles, with their wives and twelve children were present at the anniversary, while their daughter, Mrs. Andrew Wilson, with her husband and two children of Mediapolis, Iowa, were prevented by illness from adding to the joy of the occasion. One foster son, Raymond Garner, very ably assisted in putting the guests at ease.
After a bountiful dinner, Revds. E. E. Moore of the Golden Prairie Congregational Church and F. W. Allen of the Hopkinton Reformed Covenanter Church enlivened the celebration with pleasing and fitting remarks. Then Mr. Corll told of the day fifty years ago. Their children remembered their parents with gold rings and the guests presented money.
The day was clear, cold and beautiful and the guests were transferred to bobsleds to finish their journey when automobiles were abandoned at the end of the gravel road. Don Corll and Mrs. Emily Corll Hughes, a brother's children, and James, Charles, and Clyde Thompson, a sister's children, represented Mrs. Orr's family, while Mrs. Luella Guthrie and Anna Chrystal represented Mr. Orr's family.
Jeremiah Corll (1816 - 1892)
Mary Elizabeth Cramer Corll (1821 - 1904)
Joseph Cameron Orr (1848 - 1931)*
Edmund Cameron Orr (1880 - 1969)*
Everett Isaac Orr (1882 - 1962)*
Matilda Wilson (1884 - 1972)*
Charles Joseph Orr (1886 - 1991)*
Isaac Madison Corll (1845 - 1936)*
Susan Mariah Corll Thompson (1846 - 1922)*
Mary Matilda Corll Orr (1851 - 1954)
Charles Kistler Corll (1853 - 1931)*
Louisa J. Corll (1854 - 1928)**
Harriet Emily Corll White (1855 - 1936)*
Sarah E. Corll Haggerty (1860 - 1934)*
Julia A. Corll Sheakley (1861 - 1940)*
Golden Prairie Cemetery
Created by: Bob Orr
Record added: May 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27082684