Decatur County Journal-Iowa Thursday, January 4, l9l7
ED. H. ALEXANDER, aged fifty-seven and a prominent citizen of Leon, died at 5 o'clock Friday afternoon at the home of MRS. ALEXANDER's sister, DR. EVA M. MCGUIRE, in Humeston.Anemia was the cause.
MR. ALEXANDER had been in poor health for five years.During the past two years he had gradually failed.He spent two winters at Biloxi, Miss., and some time at Duluth, Minn., and other points in the hope of regaining his health.MR. and MRS. ALEXANDER had spent the summer at Duluth and came to the home of MR. and MRS. C.M. MCGUIRE in this city on September l8th.He had been confined to the house since then.On Tuesday he had a relapse and his condition was critical until the end came Friday evening.
EDWARD H. ALEXANDER was the youngest son of CAPT. E.H. and SARAH E. FLINN ALEXANDER and was born on the old ALEXANDER farm near High Point in Decatur County, Iowa, February ll, l860.He was married to BARBARA L. CALDWELL at her home in Clay Township, Wayne County, on October 25, l882.CAPT. ALEXANDER was a soldier in the Mexican War and an officer in the Civil War.The ALEXANDER and CALDWELL families were pioneer residents of southern Iowa and both farms still belong to the estates.
Following their marriage, MR. and MRS. ALEXANDER resided on the farm until l886 when they moved to Hastings, Nebraska.In l890 they moved to Denver and made their home in that city for nine years.In the fall of l899, they returned to Iowa and settled in Leon where they had since made their home.
MR. ALEXANDER united with the Church at High Point about l882, and ever remained a true and faithful member and was active in Church and Sunday School work.For many years he has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church of Leon.His hand was ready in every cause of the church as was also his purse.
He had been a strong Mason since he was a young man.He was a member of Clay Blue Lodge No. l98, A.F. and A.M., of Lewisburg, Knights Templar, Royal Arch, O.E.S. Chapter No. 352, and Homesteaders of Leon, and Shriners, of Davenport.His father, CAPT. ALEXANDER, who died at the age of eighty-one, was a charter member of the first worshipful master of Clay Lodge.He was a member of the Board of Education and in that capacity he had rendered important services to the School District for six years.
MR. ALEXANDER is survived by his wife and five brothers and sisters: COL. C.L., of Hastings, Nebr.; EUGENE O.; W.A.; and MRS. S.A. GATES, of Leon and MRS. EMMA PROCTOR, of Huntington Beach, Calif.Three brothers and sisters are dead.
A niece, MISS OLIVE GWINN, of Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, had made her home with MR. and MRS. ALEXANDER for ten years.She was a teacher in the Leon Schools and resigned last year to attend the State University at Iowa City.MR. ALEXANDER leaves a large relationship and scores of friends to honor his name and memory.The people of Humeston and Leon will tender their sympathy to the bereaved.
After leaving the farm, MR. ALEXANDER had been active in business and was generally engaged in the piano business with his brother,W.A. ALEXANDER, of Leon.As a piano salesman he made a wide acquaintance over south central Iowa.In business he was the personification of integrity.His life was noble; he wronged no man.He was a kindly neighbor and he loved his fellow men.He was esteemed as a man of character.His passing away removed from the community a man in whom reposed the sincerest respect and admiration of all, and cut short a life which was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
Life returned to ED. H. ALEXANDER much for the good he put into it, and he left to those who loved him the magnificent legacy of the inspiration of a life of integrity, industry, faith, charity and fidelity. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank all who so kindly assisted by visiting and remembering with beautiful flowers our husband and brother during his illness and death, and those who conducted so beautifully the last sad rites.
MRS. BARBARA ALEXANDER OLIVE GWINN CURTIS ALEXANDER E.O. ALEXANDER W.A. ALEXANDER MRS. LENNA GATES.