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Eber Gideon Peet
October 13, 1845 – November 14, 1916

Anamosa Eureka: This sad event occurred in Martelle, Tuesday at 2:20 in the afternoon. The immediate cause was a stroke of paralysis, death following in a few moments. This was the fourth stroke he has had, the first visitation being July 1st, 1915, the second about two months later and the third on the 5th of last August. In each case, except the last, he gradually rallied and was able to visit and converse with his friends. On Tuesday he came to Martelle, a distance of four miles from his home, his son Grove being in charge of his automobile. Mr. Peet deposited his ballot at the polls and seemed in unusually cheerful spirits. After dinner he visited a few minutes with Mr. John McDonald at the livery barn. He then started to walk across the street, the paralysis came and he sank down in death.
Mr. Peet was born just west of the village of Fairview October 13, 1845, his parents being Gideon N. and Cordellia O. (Wilcox) Peet. Only a brother, Adelbert C., of Anamosa survives, a brother, Collis S. and sister Teresa V., the wife of O. T. Myrick, having passed away. When E. G. was seven years of age his father removed to Greenfield and located on land that he homesteaded in 1839. On that homestead E. G. had resided since 1852, another residence on that same land having been erected in 1869 for his own use, and which he has occupied for thirty-seven years. On the 19th of December, 1867, Mr. Peet was united in marriage to Oriana Chapin, who survives, though in poor health. Nine sons were born to them – Harry L., Glennn A., Claude G., Collis S., Earl C., Vestus J., Clarence B., and Grove E., all living. One son died in infancy.
Mr. Peet has been all these years one of the most energetic, honorable, successful and public spirited citizens of Jones County, serving as supervisor three terms, as township trustee for some years and holding the office of school treasurer of Greenfield Township 37 years. In every walk of life his integrity was unimpeachable and his cordial, open hearted, cheery good nature made him a universal favorite. He was a kind husband and father and a sturdy pioneer and friend whose memory will be revered by all who knew him.
The funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 this afternoon. Rev. Bailey, pastor of the Martelle Methodist church, conducted the services, with interment in Norwich Cemetery. The pall-bearers were John McPherson, Frank Holcomb, Ben Rundall, C. E. Garrettson, Ami Newman, Emerson Shotwell.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, Nov. 16, 1916


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