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Agnes E. Seely (born Brown)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: December 27, 1874

Date of Death: March 4, 1956

Birth Place: Cresco, IA

Death Place: Algona, IA

Agnes E. Seely Died Sunday; Rites March 7

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes E. Seely, 81, lifelong resident of the Algona area, will be held Wednesday, March 7, in the Congregational Church at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Gerald G. Hallauer will officiate at the rites, and burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. McCulough’s Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Seely died suddenly Sunday at 10:30 a.m. She had been in failing health for the past year, but her death was unexpected.

Agnes E., daughter of Alex and Margaret Brown, was born Dec. 27, 1874 in the Brown farm home in Cresco township southwest of Algona. She grew up there and later attended the old Normal College, then taught school at Armstrong and worked in a millinery shop operated by Nannie Setchell in Algona.

She was married to James C. Seely, Algona, Aug. 27, 1900, and the Seelys farmed in Plum Creek Township, seven miles northeast of Algona. Following Mr. Seely’s death in 1910, Mrs. Seely moved to town until her three boys graduated from high school, then moved back to the home place where she lived until her death.

Mrs. Seely was local chairman for the Red Cross during World War I, a member of the Garden Club and Congregational Church.

Survivors include three sons, Howard, Claude and Kenneth Seely, Algona; and a brother, Alex J. Brown, also of Algona.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Roscoe Mawdsley, Walter Bleich, Wayne Keith, Ray McWhorter, Clarence Riebhoff and Kyle Keith.

Published in the Algona Upper Des Moines, March 6, 1956 front page


The Rev. G.G. Hallauer officiated at funeral services yesterday afternoon at 1:30 in the Congregational church for Mrs. Agnes E. Seely, 81, a lifetime resident of the Algona area. Burial was in Riverview cemetery and McCullough’s had charge.

Mrs. Seely had been in failing health for some time but her sudden death Sunday morning, March 4, was unexpected.

Agnes E. Brown was born of pioneer parents, Alex and Margaret Brown, on Dec. 27, 1874, in the Brown farm home in Cresco township. She attended rural school and later enrolled in the old Algona Normal, then taught school for a time.

On Aug. 27, 1900, she was married to James C. Seely and the couple settled on the plum Creek township farm. When Mr. Seely died in 1910, his widow moved to town with the three boys and remained in Algona till all the boys were through high school, then she returned to the farm which was her home till her death.

She is survived by the three sons, Howard, Claude and Kenneth, also one brother, Alex J. Brown, all of Algona. There are five grandchildren and one great-grandchildren, (sic) besides many nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers at her funeral were: neighbors, Roscoe Mawdsley, Walter Bleich and Kyle Keith, also nephews, Ray McWhorter, Clarence Reibhoff and Wayne Keith.

Among those coming from out of town for Mrs. Seely’s funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Craig Seely and son, Vinton: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Erickson, Kaneva, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Don Stiles, Manhattan, Kans.; Mrs. Kate Brown, Judson, Minn.; a sister-in-law, with nieces and nephews from that area.

Published in the Kossuth County Advance, March 8, 1956 page 10

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