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 Sarah Irene <I>Anderson</I> Ottosen

Sarah Irene Anderson Ottosen

Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 13 Jun 1930 (aged 36)
Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
Burial Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
Plot Section OMC2, Lot 1, Space 1
Memorial ID 62521770 · View Source
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SARAH IRENE ANDERSON (HAFSLUND AMIEL, JOHN J.) was born June 11, 1894 in Austin, Minnesota, and died June 13, 1930 in Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas. She married CHARLES CHRISTOPHER OTTOSEN FEbruary 16, 1918 in Des Moines, Iowa, son of OTTO OTTOSEN and CAROLINE HILL.

Sarah also went by the name Irene Sarah Ottosen as noted in her obituary and on her grave marker.

The majority of our knowledge of Irene's brief life comes from a few new clippings, memories and letters she wrote to her sister-in-law Elsie Ottosen McAllister. Apparently Charles and Irene came to Houston to reap the benefits of the growing port city. In one of Irene's letters to Elsie she describes the long hours cooking and the summer heat of the deep south. Imagine the days before air conditioning in Houston; at 100 degrees, 98 percent humidity and a kitchen job from sun up to sun down, it must have been incredibly difficult. In 1927 Charles and Irene became the owners of the Eagle Confectionery in Richmond, Texas A news clipping from the November 16, 1928 Richmond paper, the Texas Coaster, advertises reduced prices to celebrate their first year in business. Just two years later Irene would fall victim to the heat and the long hours. Written by Lanny Ottosen, Irene's grandson

Richmond Coaster, Richmond, Texas June 16, 1930
After an illness of two weeks, Mrs. Irene Anderson Ottosen, aged 36 years, 2 days, passed away at 11:50 A.M. last Friday. The funeral occurred from the Methodist Church at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Morton Cemetery. She leaves five little children, her husband, her mother and other relatives to mourn her ultimate end.
We are taught that among the greatest things in life are faith, hope, and charity-and the greatest of these was charity. This was exemplified in no small way in the last illness and death of Mrs. Ottosen, and proved beyond question that Richmond has a big heart, taken as a whole. Shortly after Mrs. Ottosen became ill and it was known that the family was in destitute circumstances, a meeting was held by a number of citizens at the National Hotel and Mrs. W.H. Hinson was delegated to see after the family and agreed to do so. A collection was taken up among the business men of the city and a trained nurse was secured, food was provided, and clothing sent to the poverty-stricken home. As long as Mrs. Ottosen was able to be on her feet she made a valiant effort to support the five little children and herself, but when she became ill the gaunt specter of want haunted the humble cottage.
Every effort was made to save this brave little woman, but her power of resistance was at a low ebb when she was stricken and the spark of life gradually became weaker until it flickered out and another collection was taken for funeral expenses. The undertaking firm made the largest donation, the cemetery association donated the burial plot, and when the body was taken to the church it reposed in a beautiful casket among a profusion of flowers. Nothing was lacking in the way of last rites, and more beautiful or numerous floral offerings could not have been wished for. The attendance, too, was large, and after the ceremony the cortege wended its way to the burial spot, where all that was mortal of a woman with whom life had dealt harshly was laid away in a manner that was beyond criticism. It may be said truthfully that seldom has Richmond seen a more beautiful funeral, if such a thing can be called that, and if her death was in the prime of life, there is at least this consolation, that beyond the tumult here she has at last found rest in eternal sleep.
One of the little children is temporarily with a friend in Dallas, one with a friend in Houston. The other three are still here with their grandmother until the little boy, who is recovering from typhoid, can be moved.
And the people of Richmond have this consolation, that everything was done. Even those in affluent circumstances could have no more.

(Sometime later the following was posted in the same newspaper.)
The Coaster has been requested by Mrs. Goodnight, mother of Mrs. Ottosen, to express her heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the kindness and liberality of the Richmond people during the illness and death of Mrs. Ottosen and the assistance rendered in every way before and since. She feels truly grateful and appreciative and would like to thank each and every one personally if it were possible.

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  • Maintained by: Dorothy Peterson Kunz
  • Originally Created by: David Kaack
  • Added: 4 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62521770
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Irene Anderson Ottosen (11 Jun 1894–13 Jun 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62521770, citing Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dorothy Peterson Kunz (contributor 46931469) .