Called By Death Last Thursday
Settled in this Vacinity in April 1877; Lived Here 17 Years
|John Eden passed away at his home on Gill Street last Thursday evening at 6:30 o'clock. He was compelled to take to his bed several weeks ago as a result of a severe attack of heart trouble. He was tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. Robert H. Balster, and a nurse. On account of his advanced age, Mr. Edens health gradually failed until death claimed him.
The funeral services were held at the family home last Sunday afternoon, February 2, at 1 o'clock. They were conducted by Rev. Paul Gutknecht. Mrs. Emil Riedel sang two vocal solos, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ben Heiken. Further services were held at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church in Wayne township. These were also conducted by Rev. Gutknecht. Internment was had in the cemetery adjoining the church, were Mr. Eden had worshiped for the major portion of his life.
John Eden was born February 7, 1853 at Marx, Ostfriesland, Germany. He was the son of John H. and Getsche (Bachenhaus) Eden. He was a member of a family of seven children which consisted of two brothers and five sisters, all of whom proceeded him in death. When an infant, Mr. Eden was baptized in the Lutheran faith and later confirmed in the church at Marx.
The marriage of Mr. Eden to Talke Margaretha Hanken occurred March 8, 1887. There were five children born to this union, four sons and one daughter. One son, Nanne died in infancy, and another son Wessel, died during the flu epidemic in 1918. Mrs. Eden died November 29, 1922. The surviving children are Henry and Ede, and Mrs. Robert H. Balster.
Mr. Eden emigrated to the United States and settled in Monticello, April 18, 1877. He went to Illinois in December of that year where he remained until March, 1879. He then returned to Jones county, where he worked until 1882, in Wayne township. He spent three years at LeMars, from 1883 to 1886, and then returned to Jones county where he was married. The family home was made near Langworthy for one year, and thereafter Mr. and Mrs. Eden and their children lived on the Eden homestead near Monticello, for twenty-four years. In 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Eden retired from active farm work and removed to Monticello, where they made their home on Gill street. They were privileged to celebrate their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary in 1922.
Mr. Eden was a true Christian gentleman, and was much respected by a large circle of friends. He took great delight in the work of the church in which he was a life long member. It was his privilege to hold various offices in that church.
Submitted by: Steve Hanken for Tammy Eden-Huie
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