Obit for Charles Reader Ellis:
'Oelwein Register', Oelwein, IA 2 Apr 1919, page 6
Born in Pennsylvania February 11,
1834, Died in Ironton, Minnesota,
March 20, 1919
Charles Reader Ellis was born in the state of Pennsylvania, February 11, 1834; died at Ironton, Minnesota, March 20, 1919, at the age of 85 years, 1 month, 9 days. He moved to Illinois with his parents at the age of 13, where he resided intil the early fifties, when he moved to Iowa, which has since been his home. He was united in marriage Septemebr (sic) 7, 1862, with Electa H. Pulver, sevn (sic) children being born to this union. Six children, fifteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters and other relatives are left to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held from the home of D. A. Fox at 2 p. m. Sunday, March 23, Rev. Leisher officiating.
Obit for Electa Pulver:
'Oelwein Register', Oelwein, IA 26 Nov 1913, page 1
MRS. ELECTA ELLIS
AN OBITUARY NOTICE
Born in New York, May 3, 1841. Died
in Oelwein, Ia., Nov. 19, 1913
Mrs. Electa H. Ellis was born in New York state May 3, 1841 and died at her home in Oelwein, Ia., Nov. 19, 1913. She was marired (sic) to C. R. Ellis Sept. 7, 1862. Her husband and six children living to mourn the loss of her death. The children living are as follows:
Mrs. T. G. Huntley, of Aldrich, Minnesota; Mr. John Ellis, of Oelwein, Ia.; Mrs. W. L. Pendergast, of Oelwein; Mrs. D. A. Fox, of Oelwein; Mrs. C. F. Curtis, of Ironton, Minn.; Mr. Joseph Ellis, of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mr. Chas. Ellis died in Adams county in April 1900. 13 grandchildren and (?) great grand child also mourn her death.
Mrs. Ellis suffered six years or more as an invalid but she was patient and long suffering and when informed that death was near, replied, " I am not afraid to go, but am ready." Her home was bright.
As a mother she was tender and loving not only to the family but also to neighbors.
The funeral services were held in the home Friday, Nov. 21st, at 2 p. m. Rev. C. E. McKelvery of the U. E. church of Sumner officiated, because of a request that a U. B. pastor officiate at her funeral. Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Rothhorn, Mrs. R. E. Lease, Miss Miley, of Oelwein and Mr. Edw. Shephoister came as a choir from Sumner.
Obit for their son, Charles G Ellis:
'Adams County Union Republican', Corning, IA. Thurs. 26 Apr 1900
Charles Ellis Loses His Life While Blasting a Well at Mt. Etna Friday.
HIS HEAD BLOWN OFF
The Accident Occurred at the Mills in Mt. Etna, Where the Unfortunate Man Was Using Powder in Digging a Well.
A terrible accident occurred Friday afternoon at Mt. Etna. A well was being sunk in the engine room of the roller mills and had reached a depth of twenty feet. Charles Ellis had charge of the work and concluded to use powder to loosen the rock. The charge was placed, the fuse lighted and Ellis was drawn up out of the well. After waiting for some time for the explosion he concluded that the fuse had not burned and approaching the well stooped over to relight it. At that moment the explosion occurred, casting the fragments of rock out of the well with terrific force. The flying missles struck Ellis and tore the top of his skull off, scattering his brains on the walls and roof of the engine room. Death was instantaneous.
C. G. Ellis was about thirty-five years of age and had lived in Adams county most of his life. He was married in 1891 to Miss Addie Reed and one child was born to them. Beside his wife and child his parents and two brothers and four sisters mourn his terrible death. The accident was an awful shock to the Mt. Etna community and universal sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives. Deceased was well known and highly respected in the northern part of the county. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Dunkard church and the esteem in which the deceased was held was shown by the large attendance.