Minnie Elias

Minnie Elias

Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 27 Mar 1955 (aged 89)
Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot Bunning 153-6-2
Memorial ID 21241058 · View Source
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Rock Springs Miner, Apr 3, 1955

The death of Mrs. D.M. (Minnie) Elias at Sweetwater Memorial hospital Saturday night, March 26, marked the passing of one of the oldest residents of Rock Springs both in age and in the number of years she has lived in the city. She was 90 years old and had lived here 67 years.

One of her favorite expressions was "I was born in Wisconsin, raised in Missour, but I lived in Wyoming."

She was born July 23, 1864, in Dodgeville, Wis. At an early age her parents moved to Bevier, Mo., where she attended school and where, at the age of 19, she married David M. Elias in 1883.

Four years later they came to Rock Springs where Mr. Elias followed the coal mining industry, serving as assistant foreman, foreman and assistant mine superintendent for Union Pacific Coal company. In 1904 Gov. B.B. Brooks appointed Mr. Elias state coal mine inspector. On March 28, 1908, an explosion occurred in the old No. 1 mine in Hanna. Leading a group of rescuers into the mine, a second explosion occurred which claimed the lives of the rescuers. (Only a few bodies could be recovered from the mine. The others, including that of Mr. Elias, were sealed in the mine and the mine was abandoned.)

Until only a few years ago when failing health forced retirement, Mrs. Elias was active in civic and church work in Rock Springs. She was a charter member of Mountain Lily chapter, order of Eastern Star, and was its first worthy matron. Her church affiliation was Methodist and she was an ardent worker in its work since its establishment in Rock Springs in 1903. Other community projects in which she worked unceasingly included the American Red Cross.

Mrs. Elias is survived by one son, Claude Elias, cashier of Rock Springs National bank; four daughters, Mrs. L.J. (Rena) Holliday of Laramie, Jane Elias, a teacher in the Rock Springs schools; Mrs. T.B. (Minnie) Holt and Evelyn Haynes, both of Barberton, Ohio. Two children died in infancy. Also surviving are five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Thomas of Seattle and Mrs. Edith Raymes of Edmonds, Wash.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist church and burial was in Mountain View cemetery. Rev. C.T. Furr conducted the service at the church and the graveside service. Pallbearers were Andrew Arnott, Ralph K. Buxton, Lloyd Hess, T.H. Smith, Robert Syme and Superintendent E.M. Thompson of the Rock Springs schools.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 21241058
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie Elias (23 Jul 1865–27 Mar 1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21241058, citing Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Time Wasted (contributor 47168791) .