Sophronia "Frona" A. DARLING 2
- Born: 13 Dec 1857, Wadena, Fayette Co, IA 3
- Marriage (1): Isaac WICKHAM on 17 Jan 1877 in Hawkeye, Fayette Co., IA 1
- Died: 26 Aug 1934, New Hampton, Chickasaw Co, IA at age 76 3
- Buried: 28 Aug 1934, Graceland Cem, New Hampton, Chickasaw Co, IA 3
Other names for Sophronia were Sophrenia DARLING and FRONIE.
PHOTO: tintype submitted by Randy L. Hammond (from Lucy Darling Hammond Wickham's photo album)
INDEX TO FAIRFIELD TWP (FAYETTE CO) IOWA SCHOOL REGISTER, 1864-1871: Taylorsville School Journal: "Sophronia" Darling, age 8, attended school term July 12, 1866 - Aug 31, 1866
OBIT: Life of Mrs. Isaac Wickham Quietly Closed in Death - Died Sunday Evening at the Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. J. R. Stevens in This City. Buried Tuesday.
Mrs. Isaac Wickham, aged 76 years, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Stevens on Pleasant Hill Avenue of this city. She had been sitting the past two years and was bedfast the past four months.
Funeral services were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Stevens home. Reverend Robert Davies, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated. Music was furnished by Miss Helen Whittle and Miss Claire Rouse who sang two duets. Burial was made in Graceland Cemetery. Pallbearers were O. C. Hutchinson, George Roethler, and Howard Trewin, of this city, Willis Kords, Tom Burns and William Offerman of Alta Vista.
The deceased was born Frona Hammond, daughter of William and Lucy Darling Hammond in Wadena, Iowa, December 13, 1857. She attended Fayette country rural school and Upper Iowa University at Fayette.
On January 17, 1873 she was married in Hawkeye, Iowa, to Isaac Wickham who with their two daughters and one son survive. Mr Wickham at present time is unable to leave his bed due to an accident a few weeks ago when he fractured his hip.
Thirty-six years ago they moved to Alta Vista and remained there for more than thirty years. Six years ago they moved to Fort Dodge, living there for five years. They came to New Hampton in March of this year.
Left to mourn her departure are her husband, daughters, Mrs. J. R. Stevens of New Hampton and Mrs. J. R. Stripe of Fort Dodge, a son Maurice G. Wickham of Spokane, Washington, also one brother Frank Hammond of Alta Vista, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mrs. Wickham was always a kind and loving wife and mother and a true friend. Her death has deeply saddened the hearts of her husband and children, and numerous acquaintances whose warm friendship she had made. She was of a quiet retiring disposition, a mother who loved her home and loved ones. She lived a happy life, although for many months a constant sufferer.
She is gone, loop back the curtains,
Let the sunlight in once more.
Let it tinge the wall with radiance,
Let it shimmer on the floor.
We have need of all its brightness,
For our hearts are sad and lone,
And the shadows darkly lying,
Seem to whisper, "Mother's gone."
She is gone, we watched beside her,
As she faded, day by day.
Till at last the soul unfettered,
Left nothing but the form of clay.
Oh such sorrow, Oh such parting,
Oh such grief oppressed us then,
When we saw her homeward starting
Never to return again.
Among the relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Seth Mayo of Crete, Nebraska, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Miller and daughter, Mary and Vera, Mr. & Mrs. Will Wickham, Mrs. Archie Bowers and son and Mrs. Frank Woodson, all of Hawkeye, Earl Mayo of Fredericksburg, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Mayo, Mrs. Clara Mayo and Mrs. Homewood and son, all of Alpha, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hammond and sons, of Alta Vista , Mrs. Erma Wickham and children and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wickham, all of Clermont. Friends from out-of-town who came to pay their last respects included Mr. and Mrs. John Regan and children, of Elma, Mrs. Will Tyler and son, Harry, Mrs. Will Schoenfeldt and daughter, Mrs. Ernest Glienke, Mrs. B. L. Caudill, Will Offerman, Willis Korda, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Burns and daughter, all of Alta Vista, Mr. and Mrs. Will Venz of Ionia, Mrs. Oscar Fankhauser and daughters of Fredericksburg, Mrs. John Leitch of Fredericksburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lipp and children, Joe, Paul and Helen, Mr. and Mrs, Charles Stephen and Kathleen, Mrs. G. F. O'Day and E. G. O'Day and E. G. Ackley, all of Fredericksburg.
Our deepest sympathy is extended the sorrowfully bereaved family, other relatives and friends.
NEW HAMPTON CEMETERY RECORDS: Isaac Wickham, 1852 - undated; wife Frona, 1857 - 1934 - lot 303
Noted events in her life were:
• Alt. Birth.
Sophronia married Isaac WICKHAM, son of Reuben R. WICKHAM and Elenor "Ellen" VANFOSSEN, on 17 Jan 1877 in Hawkeye, Fayette Co., IA.1 (Isaac WICKHAM was born on 24 Dec 1852 in Auburn Twp, Fayette Co, IA,4 died on 1 Sep 1937 in New Hampton, Chickasaw Co, IA 4 and was buried on 4 Sep 1937 in Graceland Cemetery, New Hampton, Chickasaw Co, IA 4.)