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Death of James Steward Townsend ~ son of Mrs. Townsend/Ruddell
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: June 15, 2005 at 05:35:01
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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, March 18, 1909

JAMES STEWARD TOWNSEND was born in West Virginia, August 12, 1845, and died at his home in Russell, Iowa, March 11, 1909, at the age of 63 years, 7 months and 29 days. On January 27, 1878, he was united in marriage to MARTHA FLORENCE MCCARTY, who departed this life November 27, 1883. To this union was born one daughter, GERTIE, who died in infancy. He was married on October 8, 1--- to REBECCA JANE KING, who survives to mourn the loss of a loving companion.

When he was but seven years of age his father died and some time afterward
his mother married MR. RUDDELL, father of WM. RUDDELL, of Corydon. To this
union was born one daughter, REBECCA. She together with NEWTON and TAYLOR TOWNSEND survive him, his mother having died when he was 17 years old. By his industry and economy he was able to acquire an education and was graduated from the American College of Medicine, of St. Louis in 1875. He
then located in Bethlehem and his labors were rewarded with a large practice while he won many warm friends. In 1893 he was graduated from Barnes'Medical College, of St. Louis, Mo. At this time he moved to Seymour, and continued the practice of medicine until twelve years ago when failing
health compelled him to retire. DR. TOWNSEND was always of industrious and studious habits and one who enjoyed his quiet home life. His illness was of several years' duration, although he was not confined to his bed but a short time before his death.

Funeral services were held at Bethlehem Sunday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by
Rev. Dr. Gafferelly, of Des Moines at the Christian Church. Interment was
made at the New York Cemetery. A large host of friends extend their
heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved wife.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
June 14, 2005

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