THE PALO ALTO TRIBUNE. August 1928. "PALO ALTO COUNTY OLD TIME RESIDENT CALLED. Dies After Short Illness At the LKAge of 83 years."-- Mrs. Ida Higley died at her home in this city at 7:30 Tuesday evening, July 31. Her heart had been weak for a long time, and for several weeks her condition was not good. At one time, a few weeks ago her physicians feared that she could not recover, but she rallied and seemed quite well again. The end came peacefully.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 1:30 and at the M. E. church here at 2 o'clock Friday. Rev. M. L. Sundermin will officiate. The burial will be at Whittemore.
Miss Ida Whitney was born in Illinois May 2, 1845, hence was over 74 years of age. She came to Iowa in her earlier years and united in marriage with John Higley at Algona May 5, 1873. Shortly after they came to Palo Alto county and located on a farm in Fairfield township where they resided until 1915 when they retired and came to Emmetsburg and established their home. Mr. Higley died about seven years ago.
Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Higley. A daughter, May, died thirty years ago. A son, Vincent, of Mason City died about six months ago. The other children, three sons and seven daughters survive their mother. The sons are Harvey of Fairville, Sidney of Mason City and Jack Higley of this city. The daughters are Mrs. M. L. McEnroe of Algona, Mrs. Theo Elbert of Whittemore, Mrs. Jos. Yanke of Mason City, Mrs. John Schumacher of Bancroft, Mrs. H. Gmelin of Mason City, Mrs. W. F. Kelly of Whittemore and Mrs. F. E. Brennan of this city.
Mrs. HIgley was well known and highly respected. She was most devoted to her home and family and there was no sacrifice too great for her to make to provide her children with all comforts and the best of everything the times afforded when they were young. Her solicitude for them never waned. Although they had all grown to manhood and womanhood and all were married, she kept each one close to her heart and motherlike, she never failed to be with the one who in illness of misfortune needed her.
She was thoughtful, companionable and courteous hence was popular with her associates. In church and social circles she was popular.
She was a member of the Methodist church. She was sincere in her belief and constant in her religious practices. She had many warm friends who will miss her. She was a good neighbor, charitable in word and deed.
Her life was well spent and she had no fear of meeting her Master. The greatest sorrow will, of course, come to the children who survive. To them, the Tribune extends sincere sympathy.
N.B.: Harvey T. Higley (1877 - 1937), the son named above, married Catherine Gappa (1882 - 1938), who was the daughter of Frank and Faustina (Kajewski) Gappa. "Kate" (Gappa)Higley was the oldest sister of Frank Gappa who was the father of Marguerite (Gappa) Dale, wife of Dick Dale, longtime member of the Lawrence Welk orchestra. Dick Dale, whether playing in the orchestra, singing solos, performing as a member of a small ensemble, dancing, always showed amazing musical timing and accuracy. No wander he remained employed for such a long time!.--Walter Farwell.