Mrs. David Arledge (Melissa Van Matre-Howe-Arledge)
The funeral of Mrs. Melissa Arledge was held last Wednesday in Winslow, the funeral services were held in the Mt. Pleasant district school building that is in the vicinity of the cemetery. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. W. H. Beynon. Mrs. David Arledge had been married twice. Her first husband was James Howe whom she married on July 17, 1846, by which union were born twelve children six of whom are living. They are Z. T. Howe and Joseph Howe of Freeport, A. C. Howe of Winslow, John E. Howe of Monroe and Mrs. Clara Hinds of David City, Nebraska. Mr. Howe, the husband and father, died on December 9, 1866. The second marriage of the deceased was to David Arledge on April 18, 1869. To this union were born five children, of whom four are living. They are Mrs. Wm Raymond and Mrs. John Gould of Lincoln, Neb, Mrs. William Issenhuth of Redfield, S. D. and Mrs. LeRoy Lattig of Freeport. Mrs. Arledge was born May 9, 1831, and had the extreme and rare pleasure of living to the ripe old age of 79 years and experiencing the association of 36 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children. She is also survived by a brother and a sister and three half-sisters. Mrs. Arledge died in David City, Nebraska, June 20, 1910, her body being brought to Winslow for burial. Her last days were spent in comparatively good health, and her death came without pain and rather quickly. Her religious connections were with the Christian church, of which she was a devoted member. Obituary probably from the "Orangeville Courier" Stephenson Co., IL. Melissa Van Matre, my husband's g-grandmother.
Submitted by: Cynthia Gould on 19 Nov. 2001