Martha (Show) ARTZ

Martha Artz was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, February 8, 1830. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Hurst of Chicago, January 31, 1924. Had she lived a few days more she would have reached her 94th year.

She was married to Joseph Artz in 1850. They came to Ogle County, Illinois in 1863 and she resided here until about ten years ago when she went to Chicago to live with her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Hurst. Her companion preceded her in death twenty-four years. To this union were born six children: Mrs. M. E. Miller, S. H. Artz and G. W. Artz of Polo, Mrs. W. H. Hurst of Chicago and Mrs. Catherine Fulton and T. M. Artz, who are deceased. There are six grandchildren: Mrs. H. D. Davis, F. G. Miller, Mrs. Will Pieper, Mrs. Jesse Munk, Gut and Glen Artz and eleven great grandchildren.

Grandma Artz had been a loyal member of the Brethren Church for 79 years. Brief services were held at the Hurst home in Chicago by Rev. Malott, of the Bethany Brethren Church of Chicago, on Friday, Feb 1. The body was brought to Polo on Friday evening and the funeral was held February 2nd at 2:00 P. M. at the Brethren Church. Rev. Flory, the pastor, officiated, being assisted by Elder Henry Trump. Interment was made in Salem Cemetery, near Mt. Morris.

“Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past,
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last”

Contributed by Julie Bartimus (source unknown)

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