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Catalog Number 2005.2.1700
Object Name Newspaper
Scope & Content Copies: 1 ( 1 original newspaper clipping with image)

"Old Pioneer at Rest
Mrs. Susan Hovenden, whose maiden
name was Kitchner, was born in the
County of Kent, England, August 3,
1818, and died at her old home near
Trivoli, October 25, 1911, in her 94th
She was married to George Hoven-
den of Borden, Kent, England, on No-
vember 16, 1841. They remained in
England but for a few months before sail-
ing for America, crossing New York
state to Saratoga Springs, where he
pursued his trade of carpentry and
their eldest daughter Susan was born.
Hearing favorable reports of Illinois
they once more set out to travel by
way of the Great Lakes to the west
and after a long wearisome journey of
rough water and river boats they pro-
ceede overland by wagon to the littl e
settlement known as Trivoli, where
this dear old lady has spend almost
70 years in the same neighborhood.
By rigid economy they were able in
a few years to buy eighty acres of the
farm which was their home for nearly
sixty years, said eighty being purchas-
ed from the government at $1.25 per
acre, but as scarcely any money was in
circulation that $1.25 was as hard to
raise as the hight prices of today, with
a great many more discomforts and
Her long life has been spent in hard
and patient toil for the family dearer to
her than life.
Her husband was called to that eter-
nal home about ten years ago. Four
children survive their mother, Mrs.
Susan Wasson of near Trivoli, Mrs.
Effie Tinen of Washington D.C., Dan-
eil of Red Oak, Iowa, and Hiram of
Cody, Wyoming. Besides these there
are 24 grandchildren, 41 great grand-
children, and two great great grand
Her later days were spent at the
home of her daughter, a few miles
from her own home place, but a few
weeks ago she became very desirous to
be at her old home farm near Trivoli,
where she spent most of her married
life. Her grandson, Dan Hovenden,
now farms the place, but grandma was
readily and affectionately granted her
wish, and this grandson and his wife
did all that could be done to make her
life comfortable. During these last
five weeks while at the home place she
many times spoke of an intimation of
the approaching end. It cam sudden-
ly, but quietly, and hardly anybody had
time to learn that grandma was sick.
In her childhood she united with the
Church of England and always loved its
doctrines and lived a Christian woman.
She dearly loved to worship with the
Lord's people and now worships with
the glorifiedin Heaven.
Outside her children and many rela-
tives there are a host of friends who
will miss this dear old lady and all
sympathize with each other.
Funeral services were conducted at
the Methodist Chruch at Trivoli by the
pastor R.H. Figgens. Her pall bear-
ers were fiver of her grandsons and one
great grandson.
Interment was made in the family
lot at Trivoli Cemetery." (front of original)
Title Susan Hovenden Obituary
Collection Photograph Collection