Robert Huston and Letticia Edgar Huston's Obituaries



Robert Huston was 83 Years Old and a Pioneer

Came to Ida County in 1878

Robert Huston died at his home in Ida Grove, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1913, at 2:35 p. m., aged 83 years and 13 days.

Mr. Huston was born in Pleasant Valley, Province of Quebec, Canada, where he spent his boyhood and his young manhood days.  Uniting early with the church he was ever a christian.  He was married in Goderich, Ontario, October, 1857, to Miss Letticia A. Edgar of Dalesville, and to this union 7 sons and two daughters were born.

One little son, James, was fatally burned when the family home was destroyed by fire at Thurso, Wuebec, and Mr. Huston then moved his family to Alpena, Mich., where they remained for many years.  In the fall of 1878 he came to Iowa, locating on a farm in Hayes township, Ida County.  Here his youngest son, Willard was born.  In 1892 he came to Ida Grove, buying the home in which he lived until his death.  His wife died in September, 1903.

Mr. Huston had much sorrow and trouble in his last days.  His illness was caused by a cancer and he went through two operations on his arm, the first in October, 1912 and the second last March.  Miss Mary Brady of Sioux Falls was his faithful nurse.  Although he knew the fight was a losing one he was cheerful and patient and longed to go.

Mr. Huston's son Charles died in Missoula, Montana, Aug. 11, 1895.  There are ten grandsons and three granddaughters, besides a sister, Mrs. N. Levy of Fresno, Cal., and three brothers, Henry of Forest, Ontario, J.S. of Chicago, and James of Manitoba.  

Mr. Huston leaves to mourn the loss the children, Jos. E. of Dafoe, Mich., Harry of Wessington Springs, S.D., Dave E. of Denver, Willard J. of San Francisco, Mrs. Will J. Hewitt and Miss Ruby Huston of Ida Grove and John H. whose address is unknown.

Mr. Huston was at one time a member of the city council.  He was a good neighbor and a friend, cheerful and kind always, a man who would put himself out to do a good act.  He made many friends.

The funeral was held Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2:30 from the M.E. Church of which he was a member.  Rev. Todd, assisted by Rev. Amos and Rev. Hamlin, preached a comforting and uplifting sermon from Heb. 11-19-10.

The floral offerings were many and beautiful.  The pall bearers were Messrs. Stough, Lord, Johnston, Fish, Sauer, and Smith.  Mr. Moore had charge of the funeral, and brother Masons with the beautiful, impressive Masonic ceremony laid him to rest in the family lot in the Ida Grove cemetery by the side of his beloved wife and children.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank the good friends who were so kind to us and to our dear father during his long illness and at the time of of death.  We wish especially to thank you for the lovely flowers and fruit sent and the birthday cards he enjoyed so much.  Also for the kid deeds performed during the last days and hours.

Mrs. Will J. Hewitt and family

Miss Ruby Huston

The following obituary for Letticia Edgar Huston appeared in the local newspaper on September 10, 1903

Letticia moved while yet a small girl to Dalesville, Canada (next to Lachute).  About 25 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Huston moved to Ida County locating on a farm in Hayes twp. and about 12 years ago they moved to Ida Grove where they have since resided.  About 18 months ago she had a light stroke of paralysis which somewhat impaired her speech but she was able to be around all the time until last Friday when she had complete paralysis of her right side and about an hour before her death she had a third stroke, and of the left side, which caused her death.  The husband with the seven children remain to mourn the loss of a loving, faithful wife and mother.

Robert & Letticia HOUSTON
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida County, Iowa

Robert Houston, b. Aug. 19, 1830,
d. Aug. 27, 1913;
Letticia A., wife of Robert Houston, died Sept. 8, 1903, aged 71 years, 10 months, 15 days.

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