George Urton was 77 years old in 1939. He had been sick for a while and he finally succumbed on the 13 of March, 1939. George Urton was laid to rest in the Pine Ridge Cemetery per his death certificate. I have yet to find out if this is where he is buried. I walked the cemetery but did not find his tombstone. Find A Grave does not have a memorial for him at this time.
Pine River Journal Mar 17, 1939
George Urton Passes Monday, Services Saturday.
George Urton passed away at his house here late Monday night, following a lingering illness. Mr. Urton was 76 years of age at the time of his death. Funeral services will be conducted from the Chapel of the Northlund Funeral Home, Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Meade officiating. The internment will be made in the Pine Ridge Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published next week.
Card of Thanks Friday, March 24, 1939, Pine River Journal Newspaper, Pine River, MN
Card of Thanks – We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbors who assisted us during the illness and death of Mr. Urton. We especially which to thank the Olson Brothers for their inspiring songs, Rev. Mead for his comforting words, those who brought the message by song and to those who sent floral offerings. Signed Mrs. George Urton and Grandchildren.
From the Cass County Independent Newspaper, March 24, 1939
George W. Urton was born in Birmington, Ohio, on May 5, 1862, and spent his early life in that state. He came to Pine River about 24 years ago, having spent a few years previous to that in Mora, Minn. On June 24, 1919, he was married to Mrs. Amarilla Dawes, pioneer resident of Pine River. With the exception of the winter of 1934, which they spent in Florida because of Mr. Urton’s health, he has made his home continuously in Pine River since coming here. Mr. Urton passed away Monday night, March 13, after a short illness at his home. His health had been frail since a long illness a year ago last fall. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Northland Funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert Mead officiating. Burial was made in Pine Ridge cemetery. Note: There is no Birmington in Ohio, but there are three Birmingham, Ohios in several counties.
I step back in time and revisit George’s first marriage. I found an obituary for his wife Serepta and it gives more information about their lives. I am not clear on the children from this marriage. They mention a daughter in the article below but I did find a marriage for a George Urton born about 1894 to a Mary Pederson in 1915 in Walker at the court house. I assumed it was a son.
Death of Mrs. Urton – Wife of George Urton Died of Apoplexy at Home, 1709 Oak Street, Wednesday Morning. The Brainerd Dispatch, Wed. January 13, 1915.
Mrs. Serepta Urton, aged 50, wife of George Urton, died of apoplexy Wednesday morning at her home, 1709 Oak street. She leaves a husband and a daughter, Mrs. B.L. Yount, of 1601 Oak Street. Mr. and Mrs. Urton have made their home in Brainerd since March of last year. Previous to that they lived in St. Paul and Mora, coming originally from Wilmington, Ohio. She has a brother, Chauncey Littleton, living on a farm near Tadmore, Ohio, a brother, Clark Littleton, at Moran, Illinois. Three sisters, Mrs. Clara Moran, Mrs. Ossa Moran and Miss Alice Littleton, reside in Wilmington, Ohio. Mrs. Urton was member of the Methodist church. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon from the residence. The sympathy of the community is extended to the family in its bereavement.
I really don’t know much about Amarilla and George’s relationship but I think that this third marriage worked out for her. It appears they both were not of good health in the later part of the 1930’s. In November of 1939 her friends and the town would celebrate her life with a birthday party, hopefully, that was a bright spot in a sad time for her, she was not unfamiliar with tragedy in her life.