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 Hannah <I>Cramer</I> Gilchrist

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Hannah Cramer Gilchrist

  • Birth 1 Apr 1834 Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Sep 1925 Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 93294046

Ref: Mrs. Hannah (Cramer) Gilchrist -- Pioneer Mother dies Sunday -- Mrs. H. C. Gilchrist passes to her reward after a long and useful life.

There was genuine sorrow in many homes when it became known that Mrs. H. C. Gilchrist had passed away last Sunday afternoon. She had the rare quality of endearing herself to all with whom she came in contact. She had reached a ripe old age. She was not ill. The human machine, driven by an indomitable will, had simply worn out. Her keen and brilliant mind and her calm and tranquil spirit dominated her being almost to the end.

She had celebrated her 92nd birthday. What a long and wonderful experience was hers. It was her lot, working with her husband, to be thrown in contact with young people and hundreds and hundreds of these will remember her teachings and kindly advice and will rise up to call her blessed. It seems providential that one so gifted should be spared the long span of years in which to do good.

It would take volumes to tell of the wonderful advance in material things that she witnessed and so keenly enjoyed. She saw the eager, the sewing machine, the binder, the treshing machine, the cooking stove, electric lights, telephones, the radio, the auto, the flying machine and countless other inventions, come into being. Almost none of the conveniences of or life now, were hers when a girl.

The funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist church by Dr. J. J. Bushnell of Algona, a former pastor of the deceased, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. T. Ernest Hoon. Old neighbors from far and near came to pay their last respects to her whom they had learned to love. Six of her grandsons acted as pall bears.

The following obituary was read at the service: Mrs. Hannah Cramer Gilchrist was privileged to live ninety-one years. Her life began on April first, 1834, and ebbed away peacefully on the evening of September twentieth. Her birth place was Hubbard, Ohio and in Ohio and Pennsylvania she spent her girlhood and early womanhood. Of her brothers and sisters, only one survives, Miss Matilda Cramer, who has made her home with Mrs. Gilchrist for many years.

She began teaching at the age of 16; she continued in that work until her marriage on the thirtieth of June, 1858 to James Cleland Gilchrist. She and her husband were associated with public and normal school work in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia until their removal in 1871 to Iowa. They lived in Mason City before going to Cedar Falls, where Prof. Gilchrist acted as President of the State Teachers College for a number of years. The family moved to Laurens in in 1886. Here in Pocahontas county the three sons and three daughters have come to maturity, Cleland, of Laurens, Charles Willard, of Pocahontas, Fred C. of Laurens, Miss Maude, of Laurens, Mrs. J. H. Allen of Des Moines, and Mrs. B. B. Roseboom of Lansing, Michigan. Mrs. Gilchrist has spent some time during recent years with her daughters at Michigan State College, at Wellesley College and in Des Moines. Early this summer she returned to Laurens, where she has enjoyed the companionship of her old friends, the neighbors who lived near her on the farm or in town. Always alert in mind and in body, she has been able to live an active life until the last year. Her interest in Church and school never lagged; as long as she could she worked in the Methodist Church. Blessed with a real talent for making friends, she found special delight in entering into the work and play of young people. Her many grandchildren have enjoyed her kindness and wisdom and bright gayety of spirit.

For almost ninety-two years she wroght--patiently, earnestly, merrily and with a lofty serenity of soul that has always marked her as a true servant of God; and her passing has again taught even the Angels in heaven that there is among men no true synonym for love comparable with the simple but sublime word, "Mother".

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  • Added: 8 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93294046
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hannah Cramer Gilchrist (1 Apr 1834–20 Sep 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93294046, citing Laurens Cemetery, Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Bob Orr (contributor 47010310) .