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Tampico Tornado, August 4, 1900

The Tampico Tornado
August 4, 1900


Monday morning our people were somewhat shocked on receiving word of the death of Charles J. Lee. Mr. Lee has been suffering for two years or more from the effects of an abcess upon his liver which resulted in consumption. He had been very ill for sometime and though quite sick he had not been confined to his bed. He was in town last week and said he felt better than he had been feeling for some time. Sunday night he went to bed and slept quite soundly. At 11 o'clock Mrs Lee went to his room and found him sleeping soundly. At four o'clock she again went to his room and found him still apparently asleep, but on close observations she found that he was dead, having apparently died while asleep without a struggle.

Charles J. Lee was born in Hume township at the home of his parents on July 14, 1866, and died at his home in Hume on Monday, July 30, 1900. He was married to Irma Van Demark April 20th, 1891, and their union was blessed with five children, B. Wayne, C. Leland, Eugene F., M. Mildred and Irma L., three of whom survive him, two of whom, Eugene and Irma, have proceeded him to that other world. Besides his wife and children he leaves a father and mother whose home is now in Sterling and six brothers, Frank Lee of Springville, Iowa; Turner and Fay of Rock Falls, Abe of Sterling, John and Dan of Chicago.

Mr. Lee was a farmer and a hard working and frugal man. In the fall of 1894 he lost an arm while working a corn shredder, and although only having one arm there were few who did more work than he did. He was too ambitious and worked far beyond his strength and thus shortened his days. He was loved by his family and friends and respected by all.

The funeral took place at the home Wednesday morning at 10:30. Rev. Geo. Bernreuter officiating, and he was laid at rest in the Tampico cemetery.

I take this method to kindly thank my friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted in the late sickness and burial of my dear husband. Their acts or kindness and words of sympathy and consolation will ever be remembered.
Mrs. Irma Lee

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