THE STERLING GAZETTE, Sterling IL
March 9, 1944
MARTIN N. SEASTRUM PASSES AT TAMPICO WEDNESDAY EVENING
Martin N. Seastrum, 83, former resident of Prophetstown, passed away at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the residence in Tampico following a critical illness of one month. He had been in failing health since last September. The body will remain at the Parent funeral home at Tampico until the hour of the services at the "Baptist church at 1:30 p;.m. Sunday. The Rev. Vernon Gibb, pastor will officiate. Committal will be n Oakland cemetery, in Princeton.
Mr. Seastrum was born in Ahus, Sweden, July 13, 1860, was educated there and at the age of 21 came to the United States and settled near Princeton. He farmed in that vicinity and at Prophetstown. He was later employed by the Eclipse Lawnmower company at Prophetstown for 17 years, retiring several years ago and moving to Tampico.
He was married to Josephine Anderson,who passed away a number of years ago. Five children were born to the union, two of whom passed away. Dec. 26, 1918, he married Mrs. Hannah Linder at Morrison who survives. He was a member of the Tampico Baptist church.
Besides his widow, he is survived by three sons by his first marriage, Victor, of La Salle; Richard of Marshalltown, Ia., and Andrew of Dover, Ill. Twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. Surviving step-children are Mrs. John Backman, Johnson, Minn.; Mrs. Frank Gerber, Hooppole; Harry Linder, Sr., Morrison; Mrs. William Peterson, Tampico who lived in the home and assisted her mother in caring for Mr. Seastrum during his illness; Mrs. Wylie Melville, Sterling; Edwin Linder, Rock Island and Forrest Linder, Prophetstown.
STERLING GAZETTE, Sterling, IL
March 14, 1944
Martin N. Seastrum Funeral at Tampico Baptist Church Sunday
Funeral services for the late Martin N. Seastrum of Tampico were held at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Tampico Baptist church, preceded by prayer services at the Parent Funeral chapel. The Rev. Vernon Gibb officiated. At the chapel service Mrs. Walter Hines and Mrs. Joe Young sang "Does Jesus Care." At the close of his message of comfort Rev. Gibb sang "Goodnight Here and Good Morning There." Piano accompaniments were by Mrs. Glen Carlson.
The many beautiful floral tributes were in charge of Mrs. M. H. Parent and Mrs. Illa McKenzie. Interment was in the Oakland cemetery at Princeton. During the services there Mrs. Ethel Christianson of Princeton sang "At the Cross." Pallbearers were members of the Tampico Baptist church of which Mr. Seastrum was a member and interested worker. They were Glen Harold and Lloyd Carlson and E. W. Osborne of Tampico and Lester and Ralph Carlson of Buda.
Relatives and Friends from out-of-town at the services were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Seastrum, Marshalltown, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Seastrum, La Salle; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew SEastrum, Dover, Air Cadet and Mrs. Gene Seastrum, Arkansas; Mrs. John Backman, Johnson, Minn.; Mr.and Mrs. Frank Gerber and family and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gerber and son, Hooppole; Lauren Gerber, Chicago; Corp. Linder Peterson, Buckley Field, Colo; Mrs. Gary Nicholson, Smyrna, Tenn.; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Linder and Son, Rock Island. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Linder, Prophetstown; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Linder, Sr., Harry Linder, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Earl Grater, Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Alm, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Alm and Floyd Alm of Clinton, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Melville, Sterling [IL]