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|Nancy Ann Ennis Sackett Graham
Mrs. Frederick Graham
|Mrs. Frederick Graham died in the John McDonald hospital in Monticello at 4 o'clock on the morning of September 20. She had been in ill health for some time, and had sustained a stroke of paralysis several months ago. She had another stroke of paralysis last Friday afternoon at her home, and was removed to the hospital in Monticello. During Sunday night she had the third stroke, which resulted in her death as above stated.
Mrs. Nancy Graham was one of the early settlers of Scotch Grove, having come here in 1850. She was a daughter of John and Winifred Ennis, and she was born in the state of Indiana in 1845. Her father's family moved from there to the state of Michigan when she was a small child and in 1850 settled in Scotch Grove township, where she has since made her home for the long period of seventy-six years. She was 81 years of age at the time of her death, and until a short time ago always lived an active life, filled to brim with toil for those nearest to her heart.
She was married twice. Her first marriage was to Matthew D. Sackett in 1863. Mr. Sackett died August 18, 1896. There were seven children born to this union, six of whom are living. They are as follows: Amos Sackett, Dunham Sackett and Mrs. Nettie Mundinger of Monticello; Mrs. Hattie Huxtable of Musselshell, Montana; Clarence Sackett of Waterloo, and Mrs. Martha Anderson of Wyoming. In addition to the above, she also leaves forty-one grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren,m and two great great-grandchildren. In 1911, Mrs. Sackett was married to Frederick Graham. They made their home on the farm several miles northeast of Scotch Grove. Eldon Haettsaler of Monticello has been making his home with them and attending rural school for the past several years.
She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Martha Hutton, of Bennett, Nebraska, who is now the only one left of her father's family. Mrs. Hutton is now 83 (or 88) years of age. In the passing of Mrs. Graham, the writer feels the loss of one who has been a personal friend for many years. During the time when material was being gathered for an early history of pioneer days in Scotch Grove, we had a number of visits with Mrs. Graham who had a fund of interesting stories to tell, many of which were incorporated in the history printed in the Iowa State Historical Society several years ago. She enjoyed telling of those scenes in her early life. If talks such as these and of other of our pioneer men and women could have been taken word for word and preserved, the resultant material would have made a book of absorbing interest to the present generation. Mrs. Graham's description of the celebration in Monticello for the homecoming of the "boys" of the civil war was one of the outstanding stories she loved to tell. Others of trips to Dubuque when that was the trading place were vividly interesting. Her pleasure in recounting these stories was increased by the attention of those who deeply enjoyed listening.
A brief service was conducted by Rev. Leonard Duckett in Monticello in the home of Mrs. Nettie Mundinger in Monticello on Wednesday afternoon, September 23, after which the body was brought to the Scotch Grove Presbyterian church, where the pastor, Rev. George O. Long, was in charge of the funeral service. Mrs. Graham held her membership in this church at the time of her death, but had been prevented from attending regularly for some years because of the infirmities of age. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery, by the side of Mrs. Graham's first husband.
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