Obituary of Frank Wilder

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Friday, September 30, 1921
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Frank R. Wilder, son of A. J. and Catherine (Phelps) Wilder, was born April 18, 1841, in Chautauqua county, N. Y. When he was four years of age his parents moved from New York to Michigan, and later to Rock county, Wisconsin, remaining there until 1854, when they came to Mitchell county, Iowa.

He was married February 13, 1861, to Mary Catherine Van Camp and is survived by his wife and seven of the eight children, born to them. Addie M. died in infancy. The living children are: Kate E. Galler, of Brooksville, Fla.; Frank E., at home; Carrie M., of Minneapolis; Ivan D., Mabel I., Elmer L. and Blanche I. Torgerson. There are also fifteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Wilder was engaged in the milling business at Otranto for years, was a charter member of the Universalist Church of that place, but in later years became affiliated with the Spiritualistic faith, and was a firm believer in the continuity of life.

Mr. Wilder passed away after a brief illness September 19, 1921, at the home farm which was always been owned by the Wilder family, having been obtained from the United States Government by his father. In his passing his friends and community are losing the influence of a kindly man, charitable in his judgements, keenly interested in cosmic affairs, especially of political or of religious nature, broad in his conceptions of the realities of life-a man among men.

Funeral services were held at the home in Old Otranto Wednesday afternoon, the Reverend A. Hitchcock and the Reverend A. Hitchcock and the Reverend A. W. Altenbern, of Osage, Iowa, officiating. Interment was made at Woodbury.