Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Madala Wicks

Obituary and notice of death for Mrs. Madala Wicks from The Roland Record in 1932

From the Roland Record, Roland, Story County, Iowa, Wednesday, December 28, 1932.


Mrs. H. T. Wicks died at 6:00 o'clock Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julia Christianson north of Roland, where she had been staying since she suffered a stroke about three months ago.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the Christianson residence and at 2:00 o'clock in Bergen church with Rev. M. O. Sumstad in charge.

Mrs. Wicks would have been 86 years of age if she had lived another month and had lived in this community for more than fifty years. An obituary will be published next week.

Also from The Roland Record, Roland, Story County, Iowa, Wednesday, January 4, 1933.


Mrs. Madala Wicks wss born January 11, 1847, in Skaanevigs prestegjeld, Norway, her parents being Torres and Elizabeth Vika. She grew to womanhood in Norway and on April 3, 1870 was married to Hactor T. Wicks coming to America the same year and settling in Lisbon, Ill.

They came to Iowa in 1875 and lived on a farm northeast of Roland until 1882 when they moved to a farm 4 1/2 miles north of Roland where they lived 34 years. In 1916 they retired from the farm and moved to Roland to spend their remaining years. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary April 3, 1920. Mr. Wicks preceded her in death, on July 23, 1924.

She suffered a stroke a apoplexy 8 months ago and since then has been failing. The last 3 months she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Julia Christianson, passing away on December 25th being 85 years, 11 months and 14 days old. She has been a member of Bergen Lutheran church since coming to this community.

Mr. and Mrs. Wicks had 10 children two of whom, Millie and Thomas, died in infancy. Those left to mourn her death are Mrs. Ben Borwick, Mrs. Andrew H. Twedt, Tom H . Wicks, Mrs. John Waage of Brookings, S. D., Mrs. Julia Christianson, Mrs. J. E. Jacobson, Theo. H. Wicks and Mrs. G. T. Halverson of Belmond. She also leaves 58 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren, 3 half sisters, Mrs. Ole Wicks of Roland, Mrs. Theo. Carpenter of Story City and Mrs. Golla Orton of Norway, 3 half brothers, Thomas Wicks of Clarion, Tom Wicks of Story City and George Wicks of Elmore, Minn.

The funeral was held at the Christianson home and at Bergen church Thursday afternoon, Rev. M. O. Sumstad officiating. Interment was made in the Roland cemetery. Pall bearers were Ben Borwick, Andrew H. Twedt, J. E. Jacobson, Theo. Wicks, Tom Wicks and G. T. Halverson.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. Ida Waage, Thomas and Viola Waage of Brookings, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ziergler and 2 children of Volga, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Garfield Halverson and 2 children of Belmond, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Wicks and son Cryder Wicks and sons Orville and Everett of Kanawha, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wicks, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hill, Mrs. Knute Munson and Mr. and Mrs. Elias Olson and daughter Bernice of Clarion, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Arthur of Eagle Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Selmer Norem and Clarence Norem of Radcliffe, Mr. William Mackstad and Mr. Keneil Swenson of Nevada.

Source: Iowa GeneWeb Story County Obituaries, ( on 2/3/2011.

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