Notice in the April 1933 Ida Grove paper:
AGED WOMAN IS FOUND IN CISTERN
Death of Mrs. Anderson of Hayes Township is Believed Accidental
According to the joint verdict of county coroner Crane of Holstein and Dr. Garner of Kiron, the death of Mrs. Anders Anderson, a venerable resident of Hayes township during the night of Tuesday 11 April 1933 was accidental.
The body of mrs. Anderson was found in a cistern of the home farm about 4 a.m. Wednesday. She had retired as usual about 9 p.m. the night before and about 3 oclock, her husband woke up and found that his wife was no longer in bed beside him. An investigation showed that Mrs. Anderson was missing and search soon revealed that she had fallen into the cistern. Mrs. Anderson had fully attired herself and was also wearing overshoes, and shawl.
Members of the household remembered that the tank had overflowed the previous day from water brought up by the wind mill and the fact seemed to worry Mrs. Anderson. It is supposed that during the night she awoke and decided to go outside and attempt to shut off the water.
Mrs. Anderson is said to have been in failing health for some time past, but apparently had been in excellent spirits several days before her death.
Odebolt Paper April 13,1933
Passing of Mrs. Anderson Early Day Resident of Hayes Township, Ida County, Is Called
Kiron- Ida Charlotta Wester was born in Hofmanstrop Socken, Kronobers Lan, Sweden, October 17,1857, and passed away at her home in Hayes Township, April 7,1933, at the age of seventy-five years, five months and twenty-one days.
She came to America in 1875, at the age of eighteen years. She worked in the vicinity of Amboy, Illinois for a few years, and was married to Anders Anderson March 15,1877, at DeKalb, Ill. After living for five years on a farm near there they came to Ida County, settling there on a farm six miles south of Arthur on which place they bought and located and has been their home ever since. They were one of the pioneer families of Ida County. March 15,1933 they celebrated their fifty-six wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Anderson has been a life member of the Lutheran faith, being baptized and confirmed as a child before coming to America. She has held a membership in the Bethel Lutheran Church for fortyfour years. She was a life member of the Bethel Ladies Missionary society and Aid Society and was always faithful and present when ever conditions would permit. She was a faithful and loyal wife and mother to her family, and always interested in the comfort and welfare of neighbours and friends.
She was the mother of ten children, two having preceded her in death, Alfred age 11 months, and an infant. Those survivng are the husband and eight children; Mrs. Augusta Waterman of Torrington, Canada, Mrs. Anna Pultz of Correctionville; Mrs. Mary Walrod of Alberta Canada; Mrs. Mathilda Christenson of Lawton; Anton Anderson of Youngston, Alberta Canada; Edward of British Columbia; John of Cleveland Ohio; thirteen grandchildren; one half sister and family in Sweden. Also, a nephew, Martin Carlson and family of Minneapolis Minnesota besides other relatives and friends. All of the children except those in Canada were present for the funeral.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon, 11 April 1933, at the home, and from the Arthur Baptist church, Rev. Anton Linder of Odebolt, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church, officiating. The pall bearers were Edwin Carlson, Ed Englund, Addic Anderson, Edwin Turin, Earl Lindquist and Frank Heitman. Interment was in the Hayes Cemetery.