Sarah Owen obituary

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Wednesday, December 27, 1905
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At her home in this city, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1905, of old age, Mrs. Calvin H. Owen, aged 83 years. She was one of the earliest settlers of Lyle township, Sarah Ann Crandell was born in Milan, Duchess county, New York, on May 18, 1822.

She was the only daughter of Isaac and Catherine (Knickerbocker) Crandell, who came to Austin in 1870, and both of whom died here. Her only brother was John S. Crandell who died here on July 14, 1873. She was married to C. H. Owen on January 27, 1846. They settled in Duchess county until 1856 when he started west to find a permanent home. He came to Decorah and then bought land four miles west of Osage. He also bought land in section 30, Lyle township, the same year. The family moved from New York to the Lyle farm in the fall of 1857, and the home has since been there until about three years ago when they moved into Austin.

Mrs. Owen has been in poor health for many years and for the past year has been mostly confined to her bed. Death came as a relief from suffering.

She united with the Christian church in New York and always held to that persuasion. She was a faithful wife and mother and a kind and helpful neighbor. On the 27th of next month would have occurred her sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Two children survive, Mrs. Mariette Dearborn and Julius C. Owen. One son, Foster B. Owen, is dead. The aged husband also survives.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. E. Sayles, pastor of the Baptist Church, were held at the residence yesterday afternoon. Interment at Oakland.