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Catherine Duncan Dobbs
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1837
Death: Feb. 21, 1914

Sauk Centre Herald
Feb. 26, 1914


Mrs. Caroline Dobbs, Former Resident of Sauk Centre, Dies at Her Home in Minneapolis

Sauk Centre friends and old neighbors of Mrs. Catherine Dobbs, wife of the late John C. Dobbs, former highly respected of Sauk Centre, died at her home, 1234 Mary Place, Minneapolis, Feb. 21, 1914, after an illness of several weeks.

During the past summer the deceased paid all of her children a visit and in each instance informed them that it would be the last visit that she would make them. The family removed from Sauk Centre to Minneapolis about fifteen years ago. Mr. Dobbs died about 13 years ago. The remains arrived in Sauk Centre Monday afternoon, and the funeral service immediately followed at the Methodist church, Rev. Duel officiating. They were laid to rest beside those of her husband in the old cemetery.

Four of the eight children, E. E. and J. A. Dobbs, of Minneapolis, J. D. Dobbs of Great Falls, Mont., and Geo. I. Dobbs of Sauk Centre attended the funeral. It was impossible for the others to be present.

Old friends and neighbors of the deceased speak in the highest terms of her many womanly traits.

The following tribute to Mrs. Dobbs was contributed by an old friend of the deceased:

"The passing of Mrs. Catherine Dobbs at her residence at 1234 Mary Place, Minneapolis on Saturday morning, Feb. 21st, 1914, closes the life of one of our oldest pioneer residents. Mrs. Dobbs was born January 25th, 1837 in new York state, being the oldest daughter of James Duncan who died in Sauk Centre in 1899. She was married in 1857 to John C. Dobbs and emigrated to Minnesota in 1864m living in Hastings for a short time then coming to Sauk Centre and living within the old stockade during the Indian outbreak. They then settles on a homestead on Ashley creek in the town of West Union, Todd county. Their first house was built of sod and here some of their children were born amid many privations and discomforts. The brave wife and mother displaying the noble character of Christian fortitude and industry which has dominated her whole life. She was the mother of thirteen children, eight of whom survive her, namely: E. E. and John A. of Minneapolis; James D. of Great Falls, Mont.; Geo. Irving of Sauk Centre; R. H. Dobbs and Dr. C. C. Dobbs of Seattle, Wash.; also Molly L. Dobbs and Mrs. Kate Mitchell of Everett, Wash.

The first four named sons acted as pall bearers at the funeral when the body of their mother was laid to rest beside that of the Father in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Short services were conducted by Elder Bernstene, Minneapolis, Sunday at 2 p. m. of the Seven Day Adventist church of which she was an earnest member, the body lying in state. To those old friends and neighbors we wish to say that in the death of mrs. Dobbs a true Christian has gone from among us, a kind and lovable neighbor, one having charity for all, sympathy and hope exemplified by her everyday life. And her children in whom she displayed that devotion of motherhood and self sacrifice so beautiful to behold in other, so rarely observed in ourselves."

"There is no love like a mother's
"Tis the sun that shineth forth;
"There is no truth like a mother's
"Tis the star that points to the north;
"There is no hope like a mother's
"Tis the April in the clod;
"There is no trust like a mother's
"Tis the charity of God;
"The love and truth, the hope and the trust
"That makes the mother more than dust."

--John Jarvis Holden

Sauk Centre Historical Society
Transcribed by C B Gardiner

Family links: 
  James Duncan (1816 - 1899)
  Margaret Hamilton Duncan (1817 - 1885)
  John Coleman Dobbs (1820 - 1901)
  Edwin Eugene Dobbs (1837 - 1920)*
  Mary Louisa Dobbs (1860 - 1949)*
  James Duncan Dobbs (1862 - 1945)*
  Frances Minnesota Dobbs Cleary (1867 - 1899)*
  Lydia Ethel Dobbs (1878 - 1879)*
  Chester Coleman Dobbs (1879 - 1959)*
  Catherine Duncan Dobbs (1837 - 1914)
  Lydia Duncan Carleton (1844 - 1891)*
  Mary Duncan (1849 - 1898)*
  Isabella Duncan Kells (1849 - 1897)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Sauk Centre
Stearns County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 68
Created by: Carmen Gardiner
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
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Catherine <i>Duncan</i> Dobbs
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