Salem News Feb. 27, 1913
MRS. WEEKS WRITES AGAIN
ED NEWS: - Since reading Levi Gregory's last letter I think I ought to say that "Jinny Bob" was John Taylor of Charleston, Ia.; that I lived by him as a neighbor, and that they were a nice family; the wife was confined to her bed for several years and he had a hard time.
Mr. Gregory was right about the curtain factory but I am right on the other one, that is, the shop never was on the spot that the Weeks house stands on; it was near it.
I think Mrs. McQuay's story was fine. I will tell you how a parrot was lost and found south of Salem, the story was told me by Rachel Bunker. Her father was riding through the woods when he heard a voice say "Father! Father!" and looked all around to see if a child was lost. It repeated the words and he looked up, as it sounded above him, and there was the parrot. He coaxed it to him and took it home with him, and there are those living that can tell you more about it than I can. I hopethat Rachel Collins will tell how long it lived and some of its cute sayings.
Yes, the News is alright and I for one like the present management better than any we ever had in Salem, and I think we ought to say the pleasant things before, not after people are dead. I like the letters best of all in the News, except the locals.
L. A. W.
Information on Pearl's children and grandchildren are from P.152, Henry Co. History 1982, Collins, Henry Beech, 3rd column.
Salem News August 31, 1916
JACKSON TWP.- Mrs. Rachel Collins visited her sister, Mrs. Frank Hannah recently.
Salem News, November 21, 1935
MRS. RACHEL COLLINS
The funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Collins was held at Friends church, Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. The church was filled with those who knew and loved her most. Mrs. Collins was a woman of rare ability, possessing a cheerfulness that was one of her outstanding qualities. Her home was always open to every one and those who visited her felt their time well spent. The many beautiful flowers were placed near the casket with those of the family lying on the casket. The two songs, "City Four-square," and "Going Down the Valley," were sung by the mix quartet, Mrs. Ray Doan, Mrs. R .P. Nicholson, Clayton Mills and Maynard Barber, with Mrs. Elbert Brown accompanying on the piano. Rev. Mrs. Bessie Collins read the scripture from 90th Psalm, after which she read a poem of Edgar Guest, "The Mother's Watch," which was fitting to the life of the deceased. Rev.Guy Hunting read the obituary and offered the prayer and the sermon, taken from Deut. 33:24 was given by Rev. G. L. Stanley of Indianola,who was the pastor of Friends church and a close friend and neighbor of Mrs. Collins for he past five years. His subject was, "As thy Day so shall thy Strength Be." Following the services at the church, the body was taken to the South cemetery for interment and the pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, Harry, Frank and Elbert Denney, Dale and Joe Barker, and Merle Head.
Rachel Joy Bunker Collins, daughter of Robert W. and Myra Dillingham Bunker, was born at Salem, Henry county , Iowa April 3, 1846, departed this life November 11, 1935, age 89 years, 7 mon. and 8 days.
With her parents she lived in Salem until five years of age. The family then moved to Ackworth, Ia. where they lived until she was 17 years of age, and she attended the schools and church of that place. A birthright member of the Friends church, continuing in that fellowship through life.
November 7, 1867 she was united in marriage with William Henry Collins of Henry county, Iowa. They moved on a farm south and west of Lowell, Ia., and began housekeeping in a log cabin, enjoying together the blessings of an early pioneer life.
In the spring of 1882 they moved on a farm in Jackson township.
To this union was born seven children, three having passed away in early childhood. The children left to mourn her passing are Mrs. Elma E. Allen, Manhattan, Nevada; Mrs. Ellen Barker, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Mrs. Pearl Denney, Danville, Iowa, and Mrs. Mae Lund of Seattle, wash.; fourteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Rosa Bunker of Salem, Mrs. Alice Grub of Mt. Pleasant; and one brother-in-law, Frank Hannah, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; nieces and nephewsand a host of friends.
In the spring of 1916 Mr. and Mrs. Collins moved into their new home in Salem. Since then she has lived in her quiet home to be a joy and a friend to all who knew her, especially to the young people her life radiated to life's highest purpose in live. Second Samuel, 1st - 23rd, Lovely and pleasant in life.
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