Lide (Watts) Ralston
This community received a severe shock last Saturday when a telegram reached here from Los Angeles, California announcing the death of Mrs. L. W. Ralston, cashier of the State Bank.
Mrs. Ralston was ill for some time having been in an Omaha hospital for treatment for a nervous break down. She was apparently recovering and went to California to recuperate and regain her strength. Reports from there were to the effect that she was gaining and no fears were entertained for her ultimate recovery but pneumonia developed and in her weakened condition she was unable to survive the attack and passed away to the great beyond on Wednesday, May 28, 1930. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Hugh Ralston.
She was buried from the residence of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Belle Kelly at Gothenburg in the Gothenburg Cemetery on Monday, June 2nd. A very large number of people from here attended the funeral. The business houses of Farnam were closed Monday afternoon in her memory.
Mrs. Ralston (nee Lide Watts) was born at Jonesville, Michigan on August 11, 1874 and at the time of her death was aged 55 years, 9 months and 17 days. While very young she moved with her parents, [William (Bill) and Emma], to Cozad, Nebraska, where she spent her life until united in marriage to Mr. Hugh Ralston in Sept. 1902, when they moved to Farnam and organized the State Bank at this place, and was in active management of this bank ever since.
Mrs. Ralston was highly esteemed in this community and her loss will be severely felt by many people. She was active in church work and in any move for good of our town and surrounding country. She had many warm friends. She was always willing to lend a hand to those in need of assistance and many of our people can attribute their present satisfying condition to her timely assistance and advice.
We and the entire community join in extending to the bereaved husband our most heartfelt sympathy in his great loss.
Farnam Echo, Thursday, June 5, 1930
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