Elizabeth (Roberts) Austin
Maria (DUNN) ROBERTS and Elizabeth (ROBERTS) AUSTIN. These were Death Folds Mother and Daughter in One Embrace. It is seldom that a family is called to mourn the loss of two of its members at the same time and few people are ever called upon to attend the last sad rites of two departed friends at the same hour and in the same church. But God in His wisdom, took Mrs. Maria Roberts and her daughter Mrs.Elizabeth Austin within a few hours of each other, and the family is doubly stricken.
Both had been closely identified with New Boston for half a century. It is a sad blow, not only to their children, but to their many near friends.
Mrs. H. H. ROBERTS
Mrs. Maria DUNN Roberts was born March 11, 1832, and died at her home here in New Boston Monday morning, December 9, 1907, after an illness of about three weeks. She was the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Dunn and was born in Erie, PA., and moved to Illinois in 1858. She was united in marriage to Henry Roberts September 28, 1859, at the residence of Tyler McWhorter at Pomeroy.
To them three children were born, a daughter who died in infancy, and two sons, Richard Roberts and Ernest A. Roberts. Ernest died a year ago the 30th of November. Richard survives his mother. Mrs. Roberts leaves Richard, his wife, Mrs. Letta Stevens Roberts, and son Henry, Mrs. Emma Brock Roberts, wife of Ernest, and Marshall Roberts, of State Center, Iowa, all of whom were with her in her last illness to comfort her in every way possible. Her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Dennison Austin, was with her in her sickness at first but was taken down and died Saturday evening.
Mrs. Roberts leaves one brother and one sister, C. A. Dunn, of Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Lucinda Hays of Canon City. She also leaves two half sisters and half brothers, Mrs. Josephine Woods of Chicago, Miss Anna Dunn and Joseph Dunn, of Salsburg, Missouri, and Harley Dunn, of Ohio. Henry Roberts, her husband, died January 28, 1903. For years, he and his wife were prominent characters in New Boston life. Since his death, Mrs. Roberts has been patiently waiting for her Master’s call, fully confident that the call meant to live with her departed ones a life far broader and more beautiful that it is possible for human beings to imagine.
Elizabeth (ROBERTS) AUSTIN
Elizabeth (ROBERTS) AUSTIN was born in New Boston, January 10, 1846, and died in her home in this city Saturday evening, December 7, 1907, after an illness of ten days. She was the daughter of Henry H. and Mary Baker Roberts. She was united in marriage August 8,1865 to Albert E. Dennison, who died December 12, 1881. To them were born five children, two sons and three daughters. One son, Frank, died May 6, 1896, in his 28th year and one daughter, Viola [note: this name is uncertain, a portion of the newspaper clipping is missing], died at the age of eight years, January 1, 1879. One son, George A. Dennison, of San Francisco, Cal., and two daughters, Mrs. Daisy Farver, and Mrs. Josephine Prouty of San Francisco, California, survive their mother. She leaves besides her three children, three grandchildren, Miss Fern Farver, who is attending college at Grinnell, Iowa, George Dennison Farver, and Morton J. Dennison Prouty. She also leaves two brothers, Marshall Roberts, of State Center, Iowa, and Richard Roberts, of this city, and her husband Willard C. Austin, to whom she was united in marriage, February 11, 1904.
Mrs. Austin was born and raised and made this city her home for over sixty years. She was a true and affectionate wife. She gave her best years to he care of her family of children who were left to her care when they most needed a father. She met and bore the duties that come to any mother left with a family of small children in a manner that speaks stronger than words. Mrs. Austin was an active member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Children Church and for a number of years was a Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star of this place and was always active in the interests of the order.
The funeral services were held from the Christian church at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Swartz officiating, assisted by Rev. Puffer. It was a master sermon on the necessity of living the true Christian life. A choir, composed of L. J. Temples, Joe Stevens, Thad Green and Frank Billings, sang a number of appropriate selections. The pall bearers for Mrs. Roberts were the same young men who acted in the same capacity at the funeral of her son, Ernest. They were Don Prentiss, Felton Prouty, Courtney Willits, Dr. Ohlwein, Guy Clark and Purn Drury.
The pall bearers for Mrs. Austin were F. C. Dixon, Ed. L. Willits, O. H. Drury, Bert Poffenbarger, Clark Crippin and George R. Merrell. it was a double funeral. At the church the order was formed with the two hearses side by side, the pall bearers and the carriages of the families formed in the same order and side by side proceeded to the cemetery south of town that overlooks the river. The remains of Mrs. Roberts were laid to rest in the Roberts family plot by the side of her departed husband, and the remains of Mrs. Austin were laid in the Dennison lot by the side of her departed ones.