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   Mary Elizabeth Durkee was born Aug. 11, 1860 at Weston, Wis.  She was a daughter of Stephen and Lydia Durkee.

    On April 9, 1876, she was married to James A. Cain of Scholfield, Wis., and they went to Ogdensburg, Wis., to reside.  They remained there for twenty-three years, after which they moved to Leola and the remainder of her life was spent in the vicinity of Plainfield and Leola.

    To this union were born nine children:  Mrs. Jennie Zwetz of Plainfield, at whose home she passed away Sept. 13, 1928; Walter of Butternut, Sidney of Rockford, Ill., Mrs. Flossie Eachor of Plainfield, Grover and Wilbur of Park Falls, Mrs. Elsie Sparks, Ralph and Lyle of Plainfield.

    Besides the aged husband and nine children, she leaves to mourn her loss, three sisters, Mrs. Ella Clark of Scholfield, Wis., Mrs. Rose Hewitt of Rothschild, Mrs. Ida Devoe of West Allis, Wis., three brothers, John Durkee of San Diego, Calif., Delbert Durkee of Baker, Oregon and Roy Durkee of Wausau, Wis.; also twenty-nine grandchildren.

    She had been an invalid for more than nineteen years, but in spite of intense suffering with rheumatism, was always cheerful and thoughtful of others.

    In 1907 she joined the Congregational Church of Leola of which she remained a conscientious member to the end.

    Funeral services were held at Campbell Corners, Saturday, Sept. 15, 1928, Rev. Dewey of the Baptist Church officiating, interment being in the Plainfield Cemetery.  The five sons who were present, Sidney, Grover, Wilbur, Ralph and Lyle  and a son-in-law Bert Sparks acted as pall bearers.

    Those from a distance who attended the services were:  Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Clark of Scholfield, Wisc., Mrs. Rose Hewitt and son Willie of Rothschild, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Clark of Marshfield, Mrs. Effie Hanna of Ogdensburg, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cain, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Cain and families and Verl Cain, all of Park Falls, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Cain and family of Rockford, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lowell of Wisconsin Rapids.

document #264CAIN, Vol. 1


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