Mrs. Andrew Gemmel

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Wednesday, September 8, 1909
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Mrs. Andrew Gemmel, aged nearly 88 years, died just before midnight, Saturday night, Sept. 4, 1909, of old age. She has had a number of nervous spells during the past few months but nothing serious. Saturday night she called for her son and his wife complaining of difficulty of breathing and in a few minutes expired.

Phoebe Phelps was born near Montreal, Canada, Oct. 5, 1821. She was married to Andrew Gemmel in Montreal March 8, 1845. They lived at St. Hyacinth until 1852 when they moved to Burlington, Wis. and he was in trade with his brother-in-law John Phelps for two years. They then returned to Canada and lived there until 1857 when they came to Minnesota coming by rail to Dunleith, Ill. thence by boat to St. Paul and by team to Cedar City. They stopped with his brother-in-law Thos. Bonnalie until fall when they commenced housekeeping in the log house he built on his claim in section 30. Here the family home has since been. They built a frame house in 1876. Mr. Gemmel died Dec. 16, 1898. Mrs. Gemmel continued to occupy the old home until her death.

Eleven children were born to her of whom five are living: Andrew Gemmel of Cavour, S. D., Mrs, Jerry Ingalls and Mrs. Eaton Officer of Austin; Arthur Gemmel on the old homestead and Mrs. Chas. R. Varco of Austin. Deceased united with the Episcopal church in Montreal at the age of 18 years and was a faithful and exemplary member. She was of a kindly disposition and ministered unselfishly for those about her. She was ripe for the heavenly garner. Funeral services conducted by Rev. J. S. Budlong, were held at the residence yesterday afternoon. Interment at Cedar City cemetery. Mrs. Gemmel's father was a soldier in the British army and she had five brothers in the civil war, '61 to '65. One of them died in Andersonville prison.