|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1829|
County Carlow, Ireland
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1912|
Margaret was the daughter of Edmund and Margaret Murphy. She married William R Acers, son of Daniel and Rachel Acers, on 05 Jul 1876 (?) in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Feb 21, 1912 - Emmetburg Democrat - Last week we made brief mention of the death of Mrs. Margaret Acers of this city at Mercy hospital at Davenport, in which she had been for some time. The remains were brought to this city Tuesday of last week and were interred in Evergreen cemetery. Rev. Herbert Clegg, pastor of the M.E. church, was the officiating clergyman. The pallbearers were J.E. Scott, L.H. Manye, H.W. Beebe, W.H. Vanghan, James Gowans and Wm. Fife.
The deceased was born in the town of Borris, Ireland, February 11, 1829. Hence she was 83 years of age. Her father's name was Edmond Murphy. During the famine of 1847 her parents moved to Liverpool, England. They died at that place. In 1852, in company with a sister, she came to the United States in a sailing vessel, landing at Castle Garden. She lived in New York for some time, after which she came west. She was an educated and capable young lady and taught school in Cleveland, Ohio, for several years.
She was united in marriage to W.R. Acers at Portage, Wisconsin. In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Acers became residents of Fort Dodge, remaining there for some time. Forty-one years ago they located in Fern Valley township, this county. Their old homestead is situated a few miles southeast of Cylinder. Mr. Acers died in 1884. Soon after Mrs. Acers and her sons and daughters came to Emmetsburg and bought a home. Mrs. Acers lived in a neat residence in the First ward until a few years ago when, becoming advanced in years, she gave up housekeeping and subsequently resided with her daughters.
The surviving members of the family are Mrs. Eliza Knapp of Parker, South Dakota, Mrs. Hattie Illingworth of Emmetsburg, Attorney E.R. Acers of Decorah, Mrs. Mollie Jones of New Orleans, John Acers of Montana, Mrs. Jennie Vogel of Minneapolis, Mrs. Vina Saunders of Emmetsburg, and Mrs. Emma Lewis of Sioux City.
During her long residence in Emmetsburg Mrs. Acers enjoyed the good will and the high esteem of those who knew her. She was a woman of taste, ambition, energy and perseverance. She had a commendable anxiety to give her sons and daughters the best educational opportunities that her means could provide and to have them attain positions of honor and usefulness in society. That she was not disappointed in her fondest hopes, is well known to all who have met the various members of her family.
The writer knew Mrs. Acers as a loyal friend for many years and he admired her for her womanly qualities, her candor, her appreciation of worthy motives and commendable deeds, and her spirit of energy, industry, and self reliance. Like tens of thousands of other good women, she came from a foreign shore to make a home for herself among strangers. She did well her part in the building up of the social and educational life of the great northwest, and she was spared for many years to share in the fruits of her early life of patience, sacrifice, and womanly exertion. Our country and our age are too are deeply indebted to splendid the women who came to this land from fifty to sixty years ago and who strove hopefully, intelligently, and tirelessly to obtain for us the many priceless blessings that we enjoy at the present time. Mrs. Acers will be long and fittingly remembered by the many who knew her and who entertained a high regard for her. The relatives have the sympathy of our many citizens.
Harriett Ann Acers Illingworth (1859 - 1929)*
Palo Alto County
Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: Sep 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76128541