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 Erastus Fillmore “Ras” Aldred

Erastus Fillmore “Ras” Aldred

North Carolina, USA
Death 21 May 1897 (aged 39)
Iowa, USA
Burial Primghar, O'Brien County, Iowa, USA
Plot Bk 9 Lot 2
Memorial ID 77744986 · View Source
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Sutherland Courier,28 May 1897,p5 col4

Death of E.F. Aldred

E.F. Aldred has passed away into the shadow of the death. He breathed his last on Friday afternoon, May 21st. The Courier said last week that the end seemed close at hand. It proved to be nearer than his friends and family really believed. But on Friday it was soon plain that he would last only a few hours. He became weaker and weaker, and about the middle of the afternoon he suddenly became blind. He lived only about an hour longer but was conscious until the last minute or two.

A brief outline of his life is as follows: Erasmus Fillmore Aldred was born at Lexington, North Carolina, Aug26,1857. That fall his parents moved to Rock Castle County, Kentucky, where the lived until 1861, moving then to Washington County, Indiana. He came to O'brien county in September, 1878. December 16, 1880 he married Margaret Elizabeth Hakeman. In October, 1888, he moved from the farm to Paullina, going into the livery business with his uncle,C.C. Collett, now of Harley. In January, 1893, he moved to Sutherland and with his brother-in-law,Jas O. Hakeman, went into the hardware business. His wife and five children survive him. One daughter is dead. His mother, now Mrs. Wm. Bradrick, is also living, and also his brother William of Ocheyeden.

The funeral was held at ten o'clock, Sunday, at the M.D. church, the exercises being under the charge fo Abiff Lodge,No347,A.F.&A.M., of which he was a member. Rev. Hathaway of Paullina offered prayer and preached a short sermon.The interment took place at Primghar, to which place his remains were accompanied by a procession of about forty vehicles. At Primghar the Masonic lodge of that place with nearly a dozen members ofthe Sanborn lodge joined the procession and marched to the cemetery. Several more carriages also joined the procession. The impressive Masonic ceremony was performed and all that was mortal of "Ras" Aldred was left resting in the grave, beside his deceased daughter.

E.F. Aldred was a man who was liked and respected by all who knew him. He was pleasant,cheery and kindly in his manner and always ready to accommodate and help a friend when at all possible. For several years he had suffered with deafness, sometimes accompanied by severe pain but he was always uncomplaining and patient. His last illness-bronchitis-attacked him early last winter and he gradually grew worse until the last.

He formerly belonged to the Modern Woodmen and carried insurance in the order,but this he allowed to lapse about a year ago, in November he took out a policy for $2,ooo in the New York Life.

The old adage that nothing but good should be said of the dead was almost entirely unnecessary in his case for his faults were too few to recieve serious censure even in life. The common feeling in Sutherland is that the community has lost a good man, and the profoundest sympathy of all goes out to his sorrowing family.

Card of Thanks
Not being able to see all personally, we take this method of expressing our heartfelt thanks to all the many friends who so kindly helped us in the illness and the after death of E.F. Aldred, and especially to the order of the Free Masons for their brotherly sympathy and help in everything a fraternity could do.
Mrs. E.F. Aldred
Mrs Wm. Bradrick

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