Decatur County Journal, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, November l7, l92l
MRS. MARTIN KIMPORT, who for many years has been a resident of Leon, was found lying dead in her bed at her home on North Q Street by Mrs. A.J. Allen, who is a near neighbor. Mrs. Allen called Dr. O.W. Foxworthy, who resides near, but it was found that she had been dead for some time.
MRS. KIMPORT had not been ill and her death came as a sudden shock to her relatives and friends. She had been at the home of her son, WILLIAM KIMPORT, on Friday and was down at the Weidemier Store where he is employed on Saturday. Her son had also been over at her home on Sunday and she was apparently in as good health as usual and did not complain of feeling ill. She was up town on Tuesday and was at the home of Mrs. Allen on that day, but she was not seen by anyone after Tuesday evening. It is believed that she died some time during Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. From all appearances she had gone to sleep and had passed quietly away. The body was lying in the bed just as though she was sleeping. Mrs. Allen did not see her Wednesday and Thursday morning started over to the home to see if anything was wrong and found her lying cold in death. Dr. Ward, of Garden Grove, the County Coroner, was summoned and found that death had probably come as the result of heart !
failure and that no inquest was necessary. Her children residing at different places, were notified at once and the funeral was not held until Saturday awaiting their arrival.
The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the Methodist Church, Rev. Place being in charge. MRS. KIMPORT was a fine old lady who had many warm friends. She had resided alone since the death of her husband some years ago. Her sudden death comes as a great shock to all and the bereaved children and other relatives have the sympathy of our people.
AUGUSTA REIFENSTAHL was born in Cook County, Illinois, July 4, l850, and died at her home in Leon, Iowa, November 9, l92l, aged 7l years, four months and eight days. She was the eldest of twelve children born to HENRY and MINNIE REIFENSTAHL. In her early life the family moved to Iowa, locating near Garrison in Benton County. December 2, l868, the deceased was united in marriage to MARTIN KIMPORT at Vinton, and to this union nine children were born, all of whom are living. MR. KIMPORT died August 9, l9l5.
In March of l896, the family came to Decatur County and this section had continued to be MRS. KIMPORT's residence until her death. About thirty-five years ago deceased confessed her saving faith in Jesus Christ and to the end of her life maintained her confidence in the Lord of her salvation. At the time of her death she was an acceptable member of the Methodist Church.
There are left to mourn her passing, two brothers, LOUIS, of Garrison, Iowa and FRED, of San Diego, Calif.; five sisters; MRS. LENA BESMER, Waverley, Ia., MRS. LOUISE SAUER, Vinton, Ia., MRS. LOTTIE HARWOOD, Garrison, MRS. MARY KIMPORT, Clinton, Ia., MRS. MATILDA HINKLE, of Garrison, Iowa; four sons, CHAS, of Manchester, Ia., WALTER, of Des Moines, WM., of Leon, ELMER, of Vernon, Colo; five daughters, MRS. EMMA COWLES, of Tama, Iowa, MRS. NETTIE LAUGHLIN, of Lineville, MRS. EDITH JOHNSON, of Pleasanton, MRS. MAYME PAINTER and MRS. ELMA CAMPBELL, of Leon; twenty-two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The funeral service was held from the Leon Methodist Church, Saturday afternoon, Nov. l2, conducted by the Pastor, E.A. Place, and the body was laid to rest in the Leon Cemetery.
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"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
May l8, 2002
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