Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, December 26, l9l8
ASENETH MELVINA REESE was born in Ohio, October 4, l828. She moved with her parents to Fulton Co., Ill., when she was four years old. Here she grew to womanhood and at the age of twenty, came to Fairfield, Iowa, with her widowed mother.
On March 28, l852, she was united in marriage to DAVID WESLEY SHINN. In l854 they moved to Leon and pre-empted land two and one-half miles southeast, on which they resided for more than fifty years together. Her husband died Feb. 2, l905 and she remained on the old homestead until l9l4 when she went to make her home with her daughter, EVA S. PINE, near Dodge City, where she remained until she went to the better world. This made her residence on the old homestead here near Leon cover a period of more than sixty years. She had enjoyed good health until about a year and a half ago when she had hemorrhage of the brain which not only injured her speech, but also her mental faculties as well. The day after Thanksgiving, she had a small spot of erysipelas which could not be entirely checked and she grew worse until the end came.
She was the mother of twelve children, all of which lived until grown. WALTER C., of Wheatland, Wyoming; MARY LORETTA CLEARY, who died in Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. l6, l9l2, LLOYD, who died in Dodge City, Kans., December 8, l882, LEANDER REESE who died in Alliance, Nebr., Feb. 28, l889, LAURA A. and MRS. EVA S. PINE, of Dodge City, Kansas; MRS. OLIVE LILLIE, who died at Shenandoah, Iowa, Dec. l6, l9l3; CHAS. W. of Wheatland, Wyoming; FRANK D., who died at Alamosa, Colo., Mar. 28, l892, EDGAR M. of St. Joseph, Mo., WILLIS E. and GUY L. both of Wheatland, Wyoming. Grandma SHINN also had l6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Since early childhood, she had been an earnest Christian. Most of her life she had belonged to the Methodist Church. She spoke often of her conversion as being at the age of l3. Of her Christian faith and character too much cannot be said. She was one of the early settlers about Leon. Her husband hauled rock for the first well in Leon, and also taught the first school in the township. The old house built after the first temporary one, still stands on the old homestead. No matter how cold the night nor how far the road, she always went to the sick, even to the time she left in l9l4, and was often there before the doctor and to her especially little children have owed their lives. She was very bright until the hemorrhage a year ago and until then she wrote and addressed and read her own letters to her childrren. She read the Bible much and when she could no longer read it, it was touching to see her call for it by the motion of her hands.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.H. Hiller from the Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon of this week.
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