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 Ida Grace <I>Thoreson</I> Aker

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Ida Grace Thoreson Aker

  • Birth 17 Jul 1893 Monona County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 1963
  • Burial Canton, Lincoln County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 63270703


Grace and Henry Aker moved to Canton, SD where they were to reside for the next 45 years on their wedding day Oct. 12, 1916. The wedding ceremony was in the home of the bride's parents, Knute and Emma Thoreson, near Soldier, Iowa where Knute had homesteaded in the year 1868. Ida Grace, the youngest of 11 children, was born in their farm home on July 17, 1893. Grace and Henry met as students at Augustana College which was then located in Canton, SD. They graduated in 1911. Grace from the Normal School Course and Henry from the Academic Course. Grace returned to Monona County, Iowa where she taught in a country school for three years. Grace Aker was very active in community affairs. For about 25 years she served as the Canton Lutheran Church organist and was frequently of assistance as a pianist for church and community events. She was Lincoln County Music Director for several years when Jeanette Strand was the County Superintendent of Schools. She also directed the Ladies Chorus of the Lutheran Church for many years. Much of her life was devoted to the field of music and she was a piano instructor for also 50 years. Grace and Henry's daughter Eloise was born in 1920 in the home at 208 E. 2nd St. where they lived for over 40 years.



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  • Created by: Ed Oliver
  • Added: 24 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63270703
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ida Grace Thoreson Aker (17 Jul 1893–1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63270703, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, Lincoln County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Ed Oliver (contributor 47073984) .