Re: Mason City institution
She lived in Pottawattamie Co. from sometime in the 1860s, was married there in 1869. The last time I found her there was in 1900, widowed, living with a son. I did not find her in 1910 so do not know just when she went to Cerro Gordo County, nor why.
Someone on the rootsweb/ancestry message board suggests she might have been in the IOOF retirement home. I am not sure why; surely there were retirement homes closer to her sons in Council Bluffs.
I was wondering if there might have been a state-run institution there, such as a mental hospital, which would bring people in from all over the state, but the people who live in Mason City don't seem to think so.
Her name was Rebecca (Newton) Matheson. Her husband, James, died between 1885 and 1900. I'm trying to determine if he might have been the older brother of my grandfather. His age and birth place on the censuses seem right but I do not know why he would have moved to Council Bluffs. And I can't be sure that's who he was because I've found nothing that says his parents' names. The family lived in Delaware County, Iowa. The last census I found him there was 1860, and he was old enough that he could have moved across the state shortly after that.
The interesting thing is, my grandfather, John, moved to Cerro Gordo County in 1892 and lived there until after 1930. So he and Rebecca were there at the same time, but that does not prove that she was his sister-in-law. There were a lot of people there even then.