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MARTHA JULIA ERICKSON (D-24 Jan 1920)



Mrs. Martha Julia Erickson, whose death we mentioned last week, was one of the highly respected pioneers who settled in this settlement in the early days. She was born at Sundwall Stode, Socken, Sweden, December 20, 1840, where she spent the first twenty-eight years of her life. In the year 1868, she came to America and coming to Kiron, made her temporary home with our townspeople, Mr. and Mrs. I. Michaelson, until in the fall, when she was united in marriage to John A. Erickson.
Mr. Erickson then owning the land on which today the town of Kiron is located, and on which they started life together, their first home being in a dugout. Some time afterwards disposing of this land they moved on the farm three miles southeast of town, where they resided until some sixteen years ago retiring from active farming, they moved to Kiron to enjoy the needed and well deserved rest, the rest of their days. Their peaceful and contented home life during their old age together was marred last March, when the devoted husband bade her and the family and the happy home good-bye and passed on into the great beyond. Mrs. Erickson continued to reside in the home, until some three months ago, when owing to her infirmities, she was taken to the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Johnson where she was tenderly cared for until in the early hours of January 24th, when death closed her long journey of life, in which she had attained the age of 79 years, 1 month and 4 days. She leaves to mourn her death four children: Mrs. Lydia Swartz, and Levi Erickson, at Boyer; Mrs. C. S. Johnson, in Kiron, and Fred Erickson, who resides in the old home, two son-in-laws, two grandchildren and a very large circle of friends. The children have met a great loss in the death of their devoted mother and the entire community has lost a most admirable woman. In her early days, she was converted and joined the Baptist church in her native land, and coming to Kiron become one of the charter members of the Baptist church here, which was organized in the year 1868 and at all times as long as her strength and health permitted she was a devoted and active member. She not alone professed Christ, but evidenced in her daily life that she had been with Jesus. She has left to this community the example of a consistent Christian, a quiet, true hearted woman, who never failed a friend and who at all times was ready to aid in sickness and happiness of all with whom she associated.
It is such woman a Mrs. Erickson, who helped to form the true bulwark of this settlement; with true principles and upright life, during the early days. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon. A short service at the Johnson home, after which the remains were taken to the Baptist church, where the funeral services were held, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Peterson. Rev. Lagerquist, of Des Moines, a former pastor and friend of the deceased was present at her funeral and assisted in the service. At the close of the service her remains were conveyed to the Kiron cemetery and laid to rest by the side of her husband. The pall bearers were Nels Winquist, C. J. Johnson, John Winquist, N. P. Johnson, C. M. Oslo, and Peter Johnson. Among those attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brattier and Mrs. P. W. Weberg of Denison, C. J. and Harry Johnson, of Bronson; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Turnland, of Council Bluffs.

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