Salem News October 19, 1916
Wm. Collins departed for Somerset, Neb. Monday in response to a telegram announcing the death of his brother- in - law, George Hannah, who was killed in a railroad wreck Sunday.
Salem News January 4, 1917
Lee Denny and two sisters of near Danville came over Sunday and spent New Years day with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Collins and other relatives and friends
Salem News March 18, 1926
William Perry Collins, son of Henry and Catharine Collins, was born May 30, 1842 in Rising Sun, Indiana. When seven years of age his parents moved to Iowa, coming by boat and landing in Burlington. They settled near Lowell where Mr. Collins spent his boyhood days. Later in lifehe moved on a farm four miles east of Salem, where he lived with his family for thirty-six years. The last ten years of his life was spent in Salem.
He was united in marriage with Rachel Joy Bunker Nov. 7, 1867. Tothis union were born seven children, three having died in infancy. Those living are, Mrs. Elma Allen of Tonopah, Nevada; Mrs. Ellen Barker of Salem , Ia.; Mrs. Pearl Denny of Danville, Ia. and Mrs. May Lund of Seattle Wash.
Theirs was a long married life, covering a period of over 58 years.
Mr. Collins was not a member of the church, but he loved and reverenced this institution, and while health permitted he was a faithful attender. He expressed belief in Christ, and took Him as his Divine personal savior. During his sickness he spoke freely of his departure, planning and arranging for his funeral, choosing as the theme of this occasion the much beloved twenty-third Psalm. Mr. Collins lived an upright, honest life, respected by friends and neighbors.
He leaves to mourn their loss his faithful wife, four children, fourteen grandchildren, one great-grand child and three sisters, Mrs. Deborah Shellady of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Ida Grubb of Mt. Pleasant andMrs. Margaret Hannah of Dickens, Neb., besides many relatives and friends.
After an illness of thirteen months he passed quietly away at his home March 11,1926 , at the age of 83 years, 9 mos., and 11 days.
The funeral service was conducted at the Friends church, Saturday at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in the south cemetery. The pallbearerswere Owen Hourihan, Hilmer Heade, Dale Barker, Elbert, Harry and Hugh Denny. A quartet sang, 'The City Four Square;, Sometime we shall Understand,'and "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead us.'
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