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Alonzo Hosford
1846-1931
Funeral services for the late Alonzo Hosford were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday and were presided over by Rev. V. A. Woodworth. A large crowd was in attendance to pay a last respect to one who had been actively engaged in the farming industry of his community for these many years. The pastor paid the deceased a glowing respect of his activities through life, which was interspersed by many beautiful songs sang by the choir, including the ceremonies at the church. The body, followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, was placed in the city of the dead, northeast of Platte. The obituary is as follows:
Obituary
Alonzo Hosford, son of Daniel & Paulina Palmer Hosford was born in the town of Johnstown, Trumbull County, Ohio, November 11, 1846. He died at the home of his son in law, Ansel Bailey of Hamilton township, Charles Mix county, South Dakota at the ripe old age of eighty-five years, two months & four days.
Mr. Hosford was married to Olive Cordelia Hofacre, October 31, 1876 at Monticello, Iowa. She preceded him in death December 6, 1929. To this union five children were born, namely; P. A. Hosford of Winner, S.D., Mrs E. J. Lightfoot of Monticello, Iowa, O. C. Hosford, S. F. Hosford & Mrs Ansel Bailey all of Platte, S.D., whom survive. Also nineteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Mr. Hosford's early boyhood was spent in Ohio, moving to Monticello, Iowa, when a young man where farming was the call of the day and which occupation was closely adhered to by him until a year ago when failing health called for a rest. "Keep Busy" was always the password of this highly esteemed old gentleman, and the hours of the day were never too long to be of usefulness to the worthy were it asked of him.
Education was one of the most essential items in the mind of Mr. Hosford and he was always desirous in prompting progress in every community in which he lived. Deceased came to Charles Mix County January, 6, 1906, purchasing the Stutt ranch southwest of Platte, where he lived until the time of death.

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Source: Platte Enterprise, Platte, S.D., January 1931

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