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Obituary

Emma Margaret Shakespeare

From "Obituaries" collected by the Central City (Iowa) Historical Society:


"The funeral service for Mrs. Emma Forrest, 80, who died Saturday, will be held in the Federa ted church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Arnold O. Kenyon in charge.

Mrs. Forrest was working in her yard Saturday forenoon and a part of the afternoon. She wa s stricken with a heart attack, neighbors were called in and they called a doctor. She died shortly following the time she was stricken.

Mr. Forrest died December 3, 1936, also from a heart ailment, as he had been uptown on the da y previous.

Mrs. Forrest was born near Central City, a daughter of the late Andrew and Jane Shakespeare a nd has lived all of her life in this community. She was a member of the Federated church.

Surviving are four children: Mrs. Norman Randall of Phoenix, Arizona; Parke Forrest of near C oggon; Mrs. Knute Espe of Des Moines and William Forrest of Helena, Montana. There are two brothers, G. W. Shakespeare of Cedar Rapids and J. E. Shakespeare of Normal, Ill.

Burial will be made in the Blodgett cemetery, west of Central City."


From the same source with picture:

"OBITUARY OF EMMA FORREST

Mrs. Emma Shakespeare Forrest, a life long resident of this community and for many years prom inent with her husband in the community affairs in which she was always interested, departed from our midst last Monday afternoon at two o'clock from her late home in Central City at the age of 80 years. She was working in her yard raking up for the spring clean up when the end came as she would prefer.

Mrs. Forrest was born north of Marion, February 13, 1860 the daughter of Andrew and Jane Shak espeare. In 1881 she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Charles B. Forrest who preceded her in death three years ago. To this union were born six children, two daughters, Lillian and Marjorie preceding their parents in death several years ago. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Randall of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mrs. Elsie Espe of Des Moines, two sons, William of Helena, Mont., and Parke of Coggon. Two brothers, Edward Shakespeare of Normal, Ill. and George Shakespeare of Cedar Rapids, with 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren alos are left to mourn her passing.

Mrs. Forrest was born and grew to young womanhood in and around this community and earned th e respect and confidence of old and young alike. She remembered the teachings of the scripture by joining the Congregational church west of Coggon in her youth and has always been a faithful, loyal member of the Church of Christ.

The community at large will miss the influence of this life as well as the children, brothers , grandchildren as a real pioneer friend and neighbor has crossed the bar.

The funeral arrangements were in charge of the Haines Funeral Home of Coggon and the servic e conducted by Arnold O. Kenyon pastor of the Federated church at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, April 18, from the church and interment was made in the Blodgett cemetery west of Central City."

From "Obituaries" collected by the Central City (Iowa) Historical Society:

"The funeral service for Mrs. Emma Forrest, 80, who died Saturday, will be held in the Federa ted church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Arnold O. Kenyon in charge.

Mrs. Forrest was working in her yard Saturday forenoon and a part of the afternoon. She wa s stricken with a heart attack, neighbors were called in and they called a doctor. She died shortly following the time she was stricken.

Mr. Forrest died December 3, 1936, also from a heart ailment, as he had been uptown on the da y previous.

Mrs. Forrest was born near Central City, a daughter of the late Andrew and Jane Shakespeare a nd has lived all of her life in this community. She was a member of the Federated church.

Surviving are four children: Mrs. Norman Randall of Phoenix, Arizona; Parke Forrest of near C oggon; Mrs. Knute Espe of Des Moines and William Forrest of Helena, Montana. There are two brothers, G. W. Shakespeare of Cedar Rapids and J. E. Shakespeare of Normal, Ill.

Burial will be made in the Blodgett cemetery, west of Central City."


From the same source with picture:

"OBITUARY OF EMMA FORREST

Mrs. Emma Shakespeare Forrest, a life long resident of this community and for many years prominent with her husband in the community affairs in which she was always interested, departed from our midst last Monday afternoon at two o'clock from her late home in Central City at the age of 80 years. She was working in her yard raking up for the spring clean up when the end came as she would prefer.

Mrs. Forrest was born north of Marion, February 13, 1860 the daughter of Andrew and Jane Shakespeare. In 1881 she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Charles B. Forrest who preceded her in death three years ago. To this union were born six children, two daughters, Lillian and Marjorie preceding their parents in death several years ago. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Randall of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mrs. Elsie Espe of Des Moines, two sons, William of Helena, Mont., and Parke of Coggon. Two brothers, Edward Shakespeare of Normal, Ill. and George Shakespeare of Cedar Rapids, with 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren alos are left to mourn her passing.

Mrs. Forrest was born and grew to young womanhood in and around this community and earned th e respect and confidence of old and young alike. She remembered the teachings of the scripture by joining the Congregational church west of Coggon in her youth and has always been a faithful, loyal member of the Church of Christ.

The community at large will miss the influence of this life as well as the children, brothers , grandchildren as a real pioneer friend and neighbor has crossed the bar.

The funeral arrangements were in charge of the Haines Funeral Home of Coggon and the service conducted by Arnold O. Kenyon pastor of the Federated church at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, April 18, from the church and interment was made in the Blodgett cemetery west of Central City."

 

And Her Husband:
Charles Bice Forrest
CHARLES was named after the family friend, Charles Bice, with whom the family lived until their home was built on the "Forrest Farm". He made the trip with his mother from Scotland and was born in Iowa.

Charles and Emma began their married life on a farm two miles east of Coggon, Iowa. By industry and thrift they saved enough to bay a small farm in the Valley Farm area. They became members and were active in the Congregational Church west of Coggon and later were members of Zion Presbyterian Church in Coggon where Charles served as an elder. Upon moving to Central City after their retirement them became faithful members of the Church of Christ. They also owned several income properties in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

From "Obituaries" collected by the Central City (Iowa) Historical Society, with picture:

"CHARLES B. FORREST OF CENTRAL CITY IS DEAD

Central City - Charles B. Forrest a lifelong resident of Linn county, died at his home in Cen tral City Wednesday at the age of 77, suffering a heart attack while sleeping.

Born near Paris, Ia., Dec. 27, 1858, he was a son of Robert and Christina Forrest, who emigrated to this country from Scotland. On Feb. 27, 1881, he was married to Emma Shakespeare of Central City. To them six children were born, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Norman Randall and Mrs. Knute Espe of Des Moines, Parke Forrest of Central City and William Forrest of Dillon, Mont. Besides his wife he also leaves three sisters and one brother: Mrs. W. H. Caryl of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Agnes Chamberlain of Los Angeles, John Forrest of Perris, Calif, and Mrs. Grant Dwire of Lake George, Minn.

He was engaged in farming most of his life, and was very successful. While he had dispose d of much of his land, he was still interested in a number of farms in north Linn county. He also had a few properties in Cedar Rapids. He and his wife retired about five years ago to make their home in Central City.

Early in his married life he joined the Congregational church near Coggon, known as the Nort h church. He often expressed the desire that those who would strew flowers at his casket might bestow their worth in benefits to some needy living person. He was a supporter of the Federated church in Central City at the time of his death.

Funeral service will be held at the Baptist church, Central City, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Friends may call at the Haines funeral home in Coggon until noon Sunday or at the church Sund ay between 12:30 and 1:30."

CHARLES was named after the family friend, Charles Bice, with whom the family lived until the ir home was built on the "Forrest Farm". He made the trip with his mother from Scotland and was born in Iowa.

Charles and Emma began their married life on a farm two miles east of Coggon, Iowa. By indus try and thrift they saved enough to bay a small farm in the Valley Farm area. They became members and were active in the Congregational Church west of Coggon and later were members of Zion Presbyterian Church in Coggon where Charles served as an elder. Upon moving to Central City after their retirement them became faithful members of the Church of Christ. They also owned several income properties in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

From "Obituaries" collected by the Central City (Iowa) Historical Society, with picture:

"CHARLES B. FORREST OF CENTRAL CITY IS DEAD

Central City - Charles B. Forrest a lifelong resident of Linn county, died at his home in Cen tral City Wednesday at the age of 77, suffering a heart attack while sleeping.

Born near Paris, Ia., Dec. 27, 1858, he was a son of Robert and Christina Forrest, who emigra ted to this country from Scotland. On Feb. 27, 1881, he was married to Emma Shakespeare of Central City. To them six children were born, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Norman Randall and Mrs. Knute Espe of Des Moines, Parke Forrest of Central City and William Forrest of Dillon, Mont. Besides his wife he also leaves three sisters and one brother: Mrs. W. H. Caryl of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Agnes Chamberlain of Los Angeles, John Forrest of Perris, Calif, and Mrs. Grant Dwire of Lake George, Minn.

He was engaged in farming most of his life, and was very successful. While he had dispose d of much of his land, he was still interested in a number of farms in north Linn county. He also had a few properties in Cedar Rapids. He and his wife retired about five years ago to make their home in Central City.

Early in his married life he joined the Congregational church near Coggon, known as the Nort h church. He often expressed the desire that those who would strew flowers at his casket might bestow their worth in benefits to some needy living person. He was a supporter of the Federated church in Central City at the time of his death.

Funeral service will be held at the Baptist church, Central City, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Friends may call at the Haines funeral home in Coggon until noon Sunday or at the church Sunday between 12:30 and 1:30."
 
Notes

Charles Bice Forrest:
Birth: 27 Dec 1858 in Spring Grove Township, Linn Co., Iowa
Death: 3 Dec 1936 in Central City,Linn Co.,Iowa
Father: Robert Forrest b. 11 Mar 1812 in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Mother: Christina Smith b. 12 Jan 1820 in Wishaw Town,Cambusnetham ,Carluke, Scotland
   
Burial: Blodgett Cemetery, Jackson Township, Linn Co., Iowa
Ancestral File #: 14NN-QV9

Emma Margaret Shakespeare:
Birth: 14 Feb 1860 in Wildcat, North of Marion, Linn Co., Iowa
Death: 15 Apr 1940 in Central City, Linn Co., Iowa
Burial: Blodgett Cemetery, Jackson Township, Linn Co., Iowa

 

July 2004

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