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Matilda Hall Eckler
May 27, 1825–Nov 7, 1898

Mrs. William Eckler, whose health has been failing for the past summer, died at her home in Clay, Monday of last week, of pneumonia of the lungs. She leaves an aged husband, two sons and three daughters to mourn the loss of a kind affectionate wife and loving mother. Martha Hall was born in Russia, Herkimer county, New York, May 27th 1825 and married Wm. Ecker December 13, 1843 in Warren, Herkimer county. Lived there eight years then removed to Clay Township, Jones County, Iowa, which has been their home every since. She united with the first Free Will Baptist Church organized in Jones county organized about 1854, and remained a faithful member every since. Five children were born unto them, four of them were present at the funeral. The funeral services were held last Friday at Bethel and were conducted by rev. George Bullock assisted by Rev. Philip Palmer, the remains were interned in Bethel Cemetery.

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Source: Monticello Express, November 17, 1898
Editor's Note: Bethel Cemetery is now called Clay Cemetery. Mrs. Eckler's given name is "Martha" in this obituary, "Matilda" in the cemetery record, and "Susan M." or "Mathilda" in biographies of her husband, William Eckler, early settler and mill operator at Clay Mills.

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