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26 May 1822–14 January 1907
|Mr. Selim Worster died at his home near Langworthy, January 14, 1907, aged 84 years, 7 months and 18 days. Mr. Worster had been in a failing condition of health for several months, but he was not confined to his bed until a week or so previous to his demise.
Mr. Worster could properly be regarded as one of the pioneers of Jones County. He resided upon the farm where his death occurred for fifty-four years. He was born in Swanzey, New Hampshire, May 26th 1822.
He was married in that state June 26th, 1815, to Lucy S. Ripley, a native of Winchester, who survives the deseased at the advanced age of eighty-one years.
They came to Jones County in 1855, and purchased the farm which ever after remained their home. Mr. and Mrs. Worster were the parents of eleven children, ten of whom survive, one dying at the age of 2 years and although widely scattered, everyone of the survivors was present at the funeral, which was conducted at the family residence on Wednesday forenoon, the 16th, by Rev. M. A. Breed, Pastor of the Congregational Church of Monticello.
These children are: George C. Worster, Ottosen, Iowa; John M. Worster, Neushe Rapids, Kansas; Waldo A. Worster, Fort Scott, Kansas; Alden E. Worster, Algona, Iowa; C. S. Worster, Emporia, Kansas; Miranda S. Dunn, West Bend, Iowa; W. J. Worster, Ottosen, Iowa; Hattie J. Clark, Cass Township; Cora Walters, Cass Township; Henry F. Worster Langworthy
The remains were laid to rest in Oakwoods Cemetery, Monticello. The deceased was a kindly, social gentleman, a hard worker and a good manager. After he passed the four score mile post, he worked as energetically as a young man. He has a brother living who is 87 years old. His mother lived to be 91 years old. Mr. Worster was an honest man, and very justly respected by his acquaintances.
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