Calvin H. Owen obituary

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Wednesday, May 22, 1907
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Calvin Henry Owen, one of the pioneer settlers of the town of Lyle died at his residence in this city at 4:30, Monday afternoon, May 20, 1907, of paralysis, aged 83 years. He had a stroke of paralysis in June, 1905, and has since felt the effects of it. He was around most of the time until three weeks ago when he was taken critically ill.

He was born in the town of Northeast, Duchess county, N. Y. March 24, 1824, and was one of a large family of children. In 1826 the family moved to Luzerne county, Penn., where they lived eight years when they returned to Duchess county. At the age of 13, young Calvin started out in life for himself depending on his own work after that age.

He was married to Sarah Ann Crandell of Milan, Duchess county, Jan. 27, 1846. They lived in Duchess county until 1856 when he started west to find another home. He came first to Decorah and two months later to Mitchell county, Iowa, and bought land four miles west of Osage.

In the fall of 1856, he bought the west half of the northwest quarter of section 30 in Lyle town and this was always the old homestead. After spending the winter in Otranto, he went east and spent the summer of 1827 in New York state. In the fall of 1857, the family came west to reside. They came to Prairie du Chien on the cars and came by team to Otranto, and the next summer he built a small frame house on his eighty. He worked hard and made constant improvements and added to his farm until at last he owned 780 acres in that locality.

In the fall of 1902, he moved to Austin with his wife and his son Julius and family. Mrs. Owen died here Dec. 24, 1905, at the ripe age of 83 years. Mr. Owen has been failing since but retained his faculties well until near the last. He leaves two children, Mrs. Mariette Dearborn of Osage and Julius C. Owen of this city. One son, Foster B. Owen, is dead. There are seven grand children and five great grand children.

Deceased was a man of upright character and a worthy and respected citizen. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, will be held at two o'clock this afternoon at the residence, 608 Baldwin street. Interment in Oakwood.