John Crim 1825-1914
John Crim, an old and honored citizen of Dodge town-ship,
Boone Co., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. A. Mathre, of Stanhope,
Iowa. He was born in Vir-ginia October 2nd, 1825, died May 9th, 1914, age
88 years, 7 months and 7 days. He with his parents moved to Ohio when a
small boy where he grew to manhood. He was married to Salina Kail in 1847,
who preceded him to the great beyond in the year 1893. To this union were
born nine children, eight of whom are living. The funeral was held at Mineral
Ridge at the M. E. church of which he has been a faithful member. He was
a good friend and neighbor, and a kind and loving father. Rev. Knoer of
the M. E. church of Stanhope delivered a beau-tiful sermon from the ninth
chapter and twenty fifth verse of Hebrews.
Sooner or later all will reach the same destina-tion
and be with our Lord and Savior in the great beyond. The mound in the Ridgeport
cemetery marks the resting place of the loved one but--memory dear will
hold him in the hearts of his children and friends.
Mr. Crim came to this part of the country and settled
here when there were no houses in view but his own log cabin, and lived
to see the wild expanse transformed into the splendid prospects that greet
our eyes today. He was a pioneer of pioneers whose ranks are nearly extinct.
The sympathy of the friends extend to the
relatives in the taking away of their loved one.
Salina Kail Crim
Mrs. Salina Kail Crim, wife of Mr. John Crim, of Dodge [twp.]
was born in Carroll county, Ohio, November 24, 1828, and died at her home,
December 12, 1893. She was married in her native state to Mr. Crim, November
1 l, 1847 and came with him to Iowa in 1854. For one year they made their
home in Polk county, one mile below Madrid, but in the spring of 1855 they
entered the quarter section on which they have lived happily together for
nearly forty years, rearing a very worthy family of boys and girls to whose
welfare the mother devoted her entire life and energies. After a decline
of nearly three years, a more serious form of consumption developed about
four months ago. Since this time she has failed rapidly, the disease being
accompanied with very great and continual pain. All her children were able
to visit her at times during her last illness. Besides the husband she
leaves nine children: Charles W., Mrs. Margaret A. and Mrs. Vir-ginia Richardson,
Albert, Sophia I. Faubion, Etta Hanson, John Belden, Carrie Condon and
Dora M., the youngest. All were able to be at the funeral, which occurred
Sunday, at-tended by Rev. Lewis Doran. Burial was in the Mineral Ridge
For these many years Mrs. Crim has been a member of the
M. E. church, a most devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor, a wise housekeeper,
bringing up a large family of sons and daughters, all of whom have started
on a career of honorable usefulness. She passed away in the full possession
of her mental faculties and longed to be released from this painful body
to go to her home in the heavenly mansions.
Anders S. Mathre
Anders S. Mathre was born at Mathre, Norway, Dec.
6, 1832, and died at his home in Story City on Feb. 6, 1916, being thus
two months over 82 years of age.
He came to America in 1847, settling in Illinois.
He was married in 1854 to Ingeborg Thompson. To this union were born
11 children, four of whom preceded the parents to the better land.
Mrs. Mathre died in the year 1900 at Lisbon, Ill.
Mr. Mathre moved to Story city in 1901, and lived
here until death came. He was greatly loved by a large circle of
friends and relatives. Simple hearted, kind and generous, he left
an example which will have its effect on generations to come.
Anders Mathre had always been actively identified
with the church, and he said himself that he could not remember the time
that he did not love God. His faith in God influenced his whole life.
The things of this world appeared of small significance to him in the light
An incident which shows his childlike faith in
his fellowmen has been recited. A tramp came to his door one day
asking for aid. Mr. Mathre, as was his custom, was ready at once
to give him the price of a meal. Finding that he had no change smaller
than a dollar he told the tramp that if he would go down town and change
the dollar he could have a quarter out of it. The tramp was willing
to do this. After the tramp had gone away with the dollar, Mr Mathre’s
daughter said to him: “You don’t suppose you will ever see that man or
the dollar again, do you?” “Why yes; why not?” was the almost surprised
reply. And sure enough, within fifteen minutes Mr. Trap came back
with the change and was duly handed his quarter! After all, simple
hearted folks probably do not get cheated half as much or as often as many
of the so-called “smart folks” do.
The funeral services were held in the Immanuel
church, the sermon being preached by Rev. Heimarck, who also accompanied
the remains to Lisbon, Ill., where they were laid beside the wife in the
Lisbon Cemetery. Others who went to Illinois were: Mrs. E. P. Anderson,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hove and Mr. Peter Hove.
The deceased is survived by the following children:
Mrs. E. P. Anderson, Mrs. L. W. Wicks of Helmar, Ill., Mrs. B. J. Crim
[sic] of Stratford, Mrs. Chas. Hove of Jewell, Miss Lizzie Mathre of this
place. Peter A. Mathre of Ames and Halbert Mathre of Nelson, Neb.
The daughter, Lizzie, has kept house for her father
the past few years.