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Articles & Local History > 1920-Death of a Mother - Mrs. Charles [Minerva]Hartnell

Submitted by Sandi Hatnell


From the Tampico Tornado, October 28, 1920



The sad news of the death of Mrs. Chas. Hartnell of Chicago was received here last Tuesday and the remains, accompanied by the husband, two little sons, Mrs. Minerva Lyon, Mrs. F.E. West, Mrs. R. W. Olmstead, and Mrs. L. E. Rife arrived here Wednesday evening on the passenger.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the M.E. church where a large number of friends were gathered to pay their last respects to one whom they knew and loved. Rev. H.C. Brown, pastor spoke from the text in Matt. 6:10. Mesdames V.L. Glassburn, R.E. McKenzie, F.A. Brewer and George Isherwood with Miss France at the piano, sang appropriate selections. Many beautiful flowers gave mute testimony of the esteem in which the deceased was held. The O.E.S. attended in a body and had charge of the services at the grave. The pall bearers were relatives: J.H. Hellier, Wesley Goble, Charlie Plumley, Alec Bane, John Plumley and Jack McNamara.



Minerva Lyon Hartnell, daughter of Mrs. Minerva Lyon was born Sept. 25th, 1888 on the home farm six miles from Tampico and passed away at the American hospital in Chicago, Oct. 19th, 1920 age 32 years and 24 days. On June 25, 1920 she had undergone a very serious operation at Indianapolis but had somewhat recovered from that, when on Saturday she was taken ill and rushed to the hospital. Another operation was performed from which she rallied, only to have to undergo the third on Tuesday following. Being too weak to rally from this one she passed away about four o’clock. Most of her life was spent in Tampico and vicinity. Her early education was received in the public school in this place and she later attended Epsworth Seminary, Upper Iowa University and Iowa State College. She became a member of the Tampico M.E. church at the age of 14 years and later transferred her membership to the First M.E. church in South Bend, Ind.

During her residence in Tampico she was a faithful and conscientious worker in the chur of her choice where she devoted herself particularly to the Primary department of the Sunday School. Her Superintendent said of her that he found her a faithful worker who never failed cheerfully to perform any duty assigned to her.

She was married in Prophetstown Jan. 17th, 1912 to Charles H. Hartnell of Stacyville, Iowa. Unto them were born two children, William Frederick age 5 and James Dean age 3. She possessed great executive ability, was a lover of her beautiful home and her chief interest was her husband and children. The family had but recently moved from South Bend, Ind. to Chicago where they had become settled in a very fine home and were planning to enjoy the home circle. Devoted and loving, she had hopes to live and never gave up the thought that she would have her family.

She leaves to mourn, the bereaved husband, Charles Hartnell, the two little sons, her mother, Mrs. Minerva Lyon, her father M.R. Lyon having proceeded her in death in 1908, four sisters, Mrs. F.E. West, Mrs. R.W. Olmstead of Prophetstown, Mrs. S.E. Olmstead of Marinette, Wis., and a twin sister, Mrs. L.E. Rife of Little Rock, Ark., three brothers, Hubert of Prophetstown, Marcus of Tampico and Lewis of Sioux City, Ia., besides other relatives and many, many friends.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Hartnell and Mr. Fred Hartnell of Stacyville, Iowa; Mrs. L.E. Rife of Little Rock, Ark., Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Olmstead of Marionette, Wis.; Mrs. William Kadel, Mr. Clyde Kadel, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Keeley, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Canton and Mrs. Dan Carroll of Rock Falls; Miss Mamie Lendman of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Goble of Erie; Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Dean and Mrs. Stockwell of Ooppole, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Musselman of Harmon.

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