|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1856|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1944|
November 23, 1944
Last rites for Albert Bell were held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Calvary Methodist church and were conducted by the pastor, the Rev. J.G. Waterman, who used for his text words found in Psalm 116:7. Mrs. E.J. Bergquist and Miss Minnie Williams sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "In the Garden" and "Son of My Soul," with Mrs W.G. Haract playing the accompaniments. Following the service the remains were laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery. The following were casket bearers: A.A. Deo, H.A. Olander, A.P. Gleason, Arthur Neese, Lewis Chally, Arch Thompson.
Albert Bell was born in Webster township, not far from Stratford, on June 21, 1856. At his death on Nov. 14, 1944, he was 88 years, 4 months, 13 days old. He was the son of very early settlers of the community, Isaac and Sarah Bell, and that community still bears the name of those early pioneers. He grew to young manhood in that community, receiving such education as the meager facilities of that early day afforded. On Dec. 20, 1880, he was united in marriage with Ellen Groshart. Three children were born of this union, all of whom survive. They are: Lloyd A. Bell of Stanhope, Mrs. Jennie Casebolt and Earl Bell of Elwood, Nebr.
Following the death of his wife he was married to Mrs. Josephine Denton and eight children were born to them. They are: John B. Bell of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Winnie Morris of Omaha, Nebr., Miss Mabel E. Bell of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Lulu Hepperle, who died in 1926, Bert R. Bell of Gary, Ind., Parks J. Bell, who died in infancy, Mrs. Vera Nelson of Boone, Mrs. Easter Stewart of Hamburg, N.Y. Mrs. C.W. Ericson of Dayton and Lewis Denton of Kirkhoven, Minn., are stepchildren of the deceased.
His second wife preceded him in death on May 3, 1926.
He is also survived by three brothers, George Bell of Kalispell, Mont., W.R. Bell of Perry, J.F. Bell of Tacoma, Wash.; and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Paul and Mrs. Edith Richardson of Stratford and Mrs. Eathel Richey of Wittier, Calif. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters: P.L. Bell and C.I. Bell, Mrs. Etta Armstrong and Mrs. Emma Allard. Surviving are also fifteen grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A pioneer of pioneer parents, Albert Bell was the type of sturdy folks who had a large part in the conversion of the state of Iowa from a rugged and wild land into the land of plenty it is today. He was a personable man and it was his conviction always that every man was a friend of his. A Christian he carried his Christianity with him every day, day after day, to all of those into whom he came into contact. Always in a happy mood he carried that jovial nature of his to others and enjoyed doing it. Even when he became well advanced in years he never lost interest in the things which made others happy.
For years he was president of the old settlers association and was never happier than when the time neared for the annual meeting. This year, although he had been seriously ill the early part of the year, he met with others interested and planned the annual meeting with his usual happiness. Although far from well he was able to be at the gathering and take his usual active part in it.
He had lived a very good life and had taken an active working part in it. Men of his type are becoming rarer with the passing of the years.
Isaac Bell (1835 - 1919)
Sarah Stark Bell (1835 - 1921)
Mary Ellen Groshart Bell (1862 - 1889)
Josephine Viola Bogue Bell (1862 - 1926)*
Lloyd Archie Bell (1882 - 1960)*
Jennie Leona Bell Casebolt (1885 - 1972)*
Earl Clifford Bell (1887 - 1950)*
Winifred Viola Bell Morris (1893 - 1972)*
Lula Katherine Bell Hepperle (1897 - 1926)*
Parks J Bell (1900 - 1902)*
Albert Bell (1856 - 1944)
Estella Bell Armstrong (1860 - 1888)*
Amy Lucinda Bell Ervin Allard (1861 - 1934)*
Mary Alice Bell Paul (1869 - 1947)*
William Rice Bell (1872 - 1958)*
Eathel Rella Bell Richey (1883 - 1974)*
Edith Della Bell Richardson (1883 - 1966)*
Plot: Section D/F
Created by: abbylynn
Record added: Aug 10, 2011
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