Alice M. “Allie” <I>Laub</I> Ainsworth

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Alice M. “Allie” Laub Ainsworth

  • Birth 25 Aug 1849 Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 18 Feb 1926 Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 20231141


The Denison Bulletin
Friday, February 24, 1926
Pioneer Lady Is Called To Her Heavenly Home
Mrs. Alice M. Ainsworth Beloved and Respected by All Departs This Life
To those whose memory goes back over the history of Denison for many years, the news of the death in this city on Thursday, February 18 of Mrs. Alice M. Ainsworth, brings a host of recollections of the early day of Crawford County. She was born at Frederick City, Maryland, August 25, 1849, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Laub. The family came to Denison in December 1855 when she was a little girl and she grew to womanhood among surroundings of the pioneer life of this community. She was ever a happy, popular girl and young woman and won a warm place in the feelings of all who knew her. She attended the local schools and later was a student in the State University at Iowa City. On July 4, 1870 she was married to J.D. Ainsworth, a young man who was engaged in the conduct of The Denison Review. This put her in line and sympathy with the newspaper business and influenced her life in many ways. In 1874 the paper was sold to J. Fred Meyers and she and her husband were soon were conducting a paper at Elkader. Later, a move was made to Onawa where The Gazette was purchased and conducted by the Ainsworth family until 1900.

It was at Onawa that Mrs. Ainsworth came to her own as a woman of superior force in a community, a manager of business, a leader in church life. In time owing to the illness of her husband, she had sole charge of the paper, assisted, when of right age, by her only son, Claude. She became a member of the Congregational Church of Onawa and never withdrew her membership.

The home of the Laub family being in Denison, Mrs. Ainsworth was often a visitor and thus she kept in touch with her friends here. Some thirteen years ago she began spending her summers at Lake Okoboji and her home was ever open to her Denison friends as well as all her acquaintances. Two winters she spent at the home of her son, Claude, whom she so much loved, in Larchwood. She spent many years at intervals with her sister, Mrs. Lillie Kuehnle, in Denison. She entered into the life of the Methodist Church, the home of the Laub family, and the social and club activities of our city. She had a vigorous mind, great energy and any work or research was given her in church or club life was undertaken with thoroughness. She had membership in the Eastern Star, Rebekah, Women's Christian Temperance Union, Relief Corps and Current Events organizations and took deep interest in each. The Methodist Church here prized her highly for her intelligent endeavors in its behalf. She was ever an attendant at the mid-week prayer meetings, Sunday services and Sunday school. In her last illness she desired to have read to her the Classmate, the paper issued by the Methodist Church Society for the Sunday Schools.

Last fall she was taken very ill at her cottage on the shores of beautiful Okoboji, which she loved so well, and came to the home of her beloved sister, Mrs. Lillie Kuehnle, at Denison. From that time she received the best of care and medical attention. Soon the friends realized they must prepare themselves, that this was her last illness and that soon she would be in the home in Heaven which she was ready to fill. The end came Thursday last at one in the afternoon.

The funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon. On account of the Methodist Church being in process of interior repairs, the exercises were held in the Presbyterian Church near by, and were in charge of Rev. Carlson. Rev. Hamlin, the Presbyterian pastor, offered thoughtful words of prayer. Miss Dorothy Jones presided at the organ and the choir was made up of Mrs. McConnaughey, Mrs. B.J. Sibbert, R.E. Mote and E.C. Chamberlin. The pallbearers were J.H. Cole, Jacob Weiss, Ray Thompson, C.K. Meyers, F.W. Brummer and W.H. Paulsen.

Rev. Carlson gave a most appropriate sermon. As the casket rested before the pulpit it had at the four corners an American flag, placed there by the Woman's Relief Corps, and this society gave its burial service at the church. At the cemetery representatives of the Rebekah order gave the burial services. Friends had given flowers in profusion which were in evidence about the casket. Relatives and friends from abroad were: Dr. Anna Bartholomew of Chicago; Claude Ainsworth and wife and Mrs. and Mrs. Moulton of Omaha, and Mrs. Ione Romans Goodwin of Sioux City. Mrs. Ainsworth left to her friends a precious memory of upright Christian character and noble endeavor.

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