Obit: Gress, Genevieve "Jennie" (1859 - 1935)

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Surnames: Gress, Lattin, Smith, White

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 26 Dec. 1935

Gress, Genevieve "Jennie" (6 Aug. 1859 - 15 Dec. 1935)

Mrs. Jennie Gress, one of the older residents of Neillsville community passed away at the home of her, Sherman, north of Neillsville, early Friday morning, Dec. 15, 1935, following a two year’s illness.

Genevieve Lattin, daughter of Sylvester and Mary Jane Lattin, was born at Waukesha, Wisconsin, August. 6, 1859, where she grew to womandhood.

In the year 1880 she married to Anthony Gress at Lisbon, Waukesha County, Wis. and they came to Neillsville, living first of all on the Wren farm on Pleasant Ridge. After about four or five years, the Gress’ moved to a farm in Tioga. From here they came to the farm north of Neillsville which has been their property until the present time.

One son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gress, Sherman who resides on the home farm. Another son, William was adopted and made his home with the Gress’ for a number of years. His home is now in Tacoma, Washington.

Following Mr. Gress’ death in the year 1902, Sherman and his mother rented the farm and moved to Minneapolis, where they engaged in the restaurant business. In the year 1904, Sherman and his mother returned to Neillsville, where they conducted a restaurant business for a number of yers.

A little later, Mrs. Gress went to Minneapolis, where she was employed as a cook and as a nurse.

For the last four years she has made her home with her son Sherman in this community.

Mrs. Gress was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years, and in her early married life was an active worker in the church, the Ladies’ Aid Society, and the Sunday school. Both she and her husband were loyal supporters in the work or erecting the present brick building. While in recent years ill health was prevented her activity, she has never lost her interest in the Kingdown tasks.

Mrs. Gress is survived by her two sons mentioned above, by one sister, Mrs. Hattie Smith of Tacoma, Wash., three grandchildren, and by two great-grandchildren, and she is mourned by a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Neillsville Methodist Chruch on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15th, at 2:30 o’clock, the Rev. P. B. White officiating.



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