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Hannah Helwick Durst


b. 15 Mar 1839, Lycoming Co., PA; d. abt 1925; mar. 05 Feb 1857, Washington Co., IA; JOSEPH DURST. In the 1920 Census Hannah, 80 years, is living with her sister Caroline Helwick Myers Brown at Kalona, English River Twp., Washington Co., IA. She is mentioned in the 1924 obituary of her sister Caroline, and appears in the 1925 IA State Census in Washington Co., IA.  CHILDREN: Amos Durst, Viola Durst, Dora Durst, John Durst, Edmond Durst, Arthur Durst. STEP-CHILDREN: Mark Durst, David Durst, Cluard Durst, Joseph Durst.

Aged resident taken early this morning at home.
(By the Associated Press)

     Mrs. Hannah Durst passed away this morning at three o’clock at her home on North Marion Avenue. Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at three o’clock.
    Mrs. Hannah “Helwick” Durst was born March 15,1839. When 12 years of age she moved from Lycoming Co., Penn. to Washington Co., Iowa. Her parents settled on the old Helwick homestead where she lived until she was married to Joseph Durst, Feb 5th 1857.
     Mr. Durst preceding her in death 40 years ago Sept. 1st. To this union were born 6 children. Amos and Dora of Washington; John of Wellman, and Arthur of six miles north of town. Deceased are Mrs. Green Squire, who died    March 3, 1926 and Edmond who died Oct. 12, 1922.
    She also had 4 step-children: Mark Durst of Delphos, Kan., and David of north of town, and Cluard and Joseph, deceased.
    Mrs. Durst was of a family of 12 children all of whom have preceded her in death except her youngest sister, Mrs. Mary Brown of Kansas.
    She moved to Washington from the home farm 8 miles north of town 26 years ago, where she has resided since.     She was a member of the Methodist Church all her life and a strong, conscientious Christian woman. She also was a member of the Plains Foreign Missionary Society.
[07 Jul 1926 probably The Washington Gazette from Mary Lou Van Dyke.]

Joseph and Hannah (Helwick) Durst
Photo from Mary Lou VanDyke.




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