Mrs. J.A. Spaulding Rites held in Obi

Bolivar Breeze, August 19, 1942

Obi, August 19 – Mrs. Julia Ann Spaulding died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Eddy of Obi on Sunday, August 16 at 5 o’clock after an illness of five years’ duration.

Deceased was born at Cleveland, NY, April 14, 1854. The greater part of her life was spent in East Otto where she taught school in the nearby districts for over twenty years, after which she had an important secretarial position in a large joint cheese association which she held for twenty more years and when nearing her 80th birthday was tax collector in East Otto.

Besides her many talents, Mrs. Spaulding was a woman of outstanding Christian character and she was a member of the M.E. Church of East Otto practically all her life.

To know her was to love her and she maintained a cheerful attitude throughout her long illness. Her friends could be numbered by the score.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Eddy, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Melvie Thomson of Randolph, one sister, Mrs. Sarah Sommers, Northfield, Minnesota, three brothers, George, Edwin and Albert Holmes of North Dakota, several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, August 19, at her daughter’s home with prayer by the local pastor, Rev. L. M. Casler after which the body was taken to East Otto where a former pastor of hers, Rev. W.E. Edmonds of Friendship officiated at the M. E. Church there with burial in the East Otto Cemetery beside her husband, Sylvester Spaulding, who she married on December 20, 1887 at East Otto with Rev. S. Mills officiated at her wedding. Mr. Spaulding died five years ago.

Transcribed by Joanne LaForge, volunteer