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Esther (Hall) Card - Another Pioneer Gone
Mrs. Willard Card died at her home in this city Sunday, February 9th, aged 72 years, 7 months and 5 days.
Esther Hall was born in the State of New York July 4, 1829. She moved with her parents to Wisconsin and
was married to Willard Card in 1847. There were born of this union six boys and seven girls. Mr. And Mrs.
Card moved to Iowa, June 18, 1856, and have resided in or near Parkersburg ever since. The funeral services
were held Wednesday afternoon at her late home, the services being in charge of Rev. Chambers and the
remains interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The deceased lady leaves a husband, six sons and five daughters to mourn the loss of wife and mother.
Willard Bond Card - Death of Aged Citizen
Willard B. Card died at his son's home in Parkersburg, Monday, September 16, 1907, at the age of 82 years
10 months and 2 day.
He was born in the state of New York, November 14, 1824, later moving to Wisconsin where he was married
to Esther Hall in 1847. They moved to Iowa, June 18, 1856, and have resided in or near Parkersburg ever
To this union seven girls and six boys were born. The six sone and five of the daughters are left to mourn the
death of a kind and indulgent parent. The wife preceded her husband over the river about five years, departing
this life Feb. 9, 1902. Since this time he has made his home with his children. He leaves one brother to mourn
The deceased was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, making few enemies and many friends among his
Mr. Card was stricken with paralysis last week and hovered between life and death until the end came to
relieve him from his suffering on the morning of Monday. He was watched over by anxious friends and
relatives who did for him all the could be done to no avail.
The funeral services were held from the house Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Hunt of the Methodist
church and the remains buried in Oak Hill Cemetery beside those of his wife. Mr. Card was one of the
pioneers of this section and his death removes another citizen who had been active in the development of the
section of Iowa. Mr. Card was a good citizen and a good neighbor and will be sincerely missed in the
Deborah (Card) Hersey - Dec. 1944
Parkersburg - Mrs. Thomas G. Hersey, 78, Monday after three months of illness; born Oct. 19, 1866, in
Albion township, Butler county, Iowa; daughter of Mr. And Mrs. William Card (should be Willard); married
June 7, 1883, to Thomas Hersey; they lived in Parkersburg 50 years; leaves on daughter, Mrs. Gertrude
Hersey Jochumsen, of Cedar Falls; three grandchildren; three brothers, Allen, Fred and Frank Card all of
Parkersburg; husband and an infant daughter preceded her; funeral tentatively set for Thursday, pending arrival
of a grandson, Tech. Sgt. William T. Jochumsen of California; body at Houts funeral home.
Deborah (Card) Hersey - Pioneer Lady died Monday - Dec. 21, 1944 Parkersburg Eclipse
Monday afternoon at her home in this city passed away one of the most beloved and respected citizens after
an illness of several months and while her death had been expected friends had hoped that the life of this good
woman might be spared in order that she might continue her life of love and service for her scores of friends.
Mrs. Thos. G. Hersey was born in Albion Township, Butler County, Ia, October 19, 1966 and was the
daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Willard B. Card and was married to Thos. G. Hersey, June 7, 1883.
She was a pioneer in its truest and real sense having lived in this community over 80 years coming to this
section when it was a virtual wilderness and doing her part in making it a community of helpfulness to those
whom she had known.
Many are the persons who can vouch for her deeds of love and kindness, her duty to her church being one of
the strongest traits of her clean Christian character. Each Sunday found her taking her place in the church
service and the Sunday School, and no church meeting was complete without her labor of love and devotion.
In her church work she was always an active member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service, always
greeting her host of friends in a cheery manner that came from a love of her friends.
Besides her work in the church she was a member of the Woman's Relief Corps, Royal Neighbors of
America, United Service Women of Cedar Falls and the American Red Cross and she was noted for her work
in making garments for needy ones. Her cherry presence will be sadly missed.
Hers was a life well lived. A life devoted to her Master, a life that shed its light to all with whom she came in
contact and a life that leaves a benediction to all who knew her. Her daughter and two grand daughters were
at her bed-side when she passed on. Her husband and infant daughter preceded her in death.
The survivors are the daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Jochumsen and three grandchildren, Mrs. H. Rex. Muir, Mrs.
Clavin O. Brewster and Tech. Sgt. William T. Jochumsen of California and three brothers, Allen Fred and
The day for the funeral service has not been decided decisively but will be held upon the arrival of Tech. Sgt.
Jochumsen from his station in California. The time of the funeral will be at 1:30 at the home and 2:30 at the
Methodist church with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.