Death of A Pioneer
Another of the pioneer residents of this vicinity has been called to "that bourne from which no traveler returns." Mrs Malinda Howard, who passed away ar her home five miles west of Lena, between four and five o'clock Sunday afternoon last, after an illness of a little over a week with broncial trouble. Malinda R. Kelley was born at Middletown, Delaware Co, NY, July 13, 1825. In 1841 she, with her father, five brothers and six sisters came to Stephenson county and located on the farm in what is known as Howardsville, where she spent the remainder of her life. They made the trip to Chicago via the Erie canal and the Great Lakes, and the remainder of the journey by stage.
In 1848, the subject was united in marriage with Ward B. Howard, who passed away twelve years ago. Mr & Mrs. Howard,were kindly, hospitable people, and their home was a favorable place of resort for their many friends.
Three children came to their home, Fayette Adelbert, Ruth Delphene, now Mrs. Edward Martin Kiplinger, and Oscar E., who died in infancy. Mrs. Howard was converted in early youth, and united with the Methodist church. After she came west she was an attendant of the Baptist church.
Besides the son and daughter Mrs Howard is survived by eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother, Orin F. Kelly, Aberdeen, SD and two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Chaddock and Mrs. Antoinette Loomis of Lena, Illinois.
The funeral services were held from her late residence, Wednesday afternoon, Dr. C.E. Derr officiating. The following friends of the family acted as pall bearers: S.A. Kurtz, Thad Stevens, Earnest Koppean, H.M. Royer and H.I. Gishwiller. Interment was made in the Baptist cemetery near there.