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Josephine Higgason (Dinsmore)

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Martinsburg, Iowa
Death: December 20, 1901 (41)
Zearing, Iowa
Place of Burial: Fremont, IA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Dinsmore and Mary Dinsmore
Wife of Wallace B. Higgason
Mother of Ina Leona Higgason; Walter Bruce Higgason; William Dinsmore Higgason; Orpha Avis Ruxton and Hazel Higgason
Sister of Daniel Hamer Dinsmore; John Wesley Dinsmore; James William Dinsmore; Cornelia Catherine Dinsmore; Leah "Lillie" Ellen McClain and 3 others

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About Josephine Higgason


WALLACE BRUCE HIGGASON was born February 10, 1859 in Henderson County, Illinois, and died April 15, 1915 in Marietta, Minn. He married JOSEPHINE "Josie" DINSMORE October 13, 1881, daughter of WILLIAM DINSMORE and MARY HAMPSON. Josie’s parents were born in Ohio and she was born Nov. 14, 1860 in Martinsburg, Keokuk County, IA, and died Dec. 20, 1901 in her home in Zearing, Story County, IA. Both are buried at Cedar Twp Cemetery, Fremont, Mahaska Co. IA, as are their parents and Josie’s brothers and sisters.

Josie’s father William served in the Union army in the Civil War, in 1864 in Company H, Iowa 47th Infantry Regiment.

Obituary1 for Josephine Dinsmore Higgason, Evening Times-Republican, Marshalltown, IA, Dec 21 1901, page 7:
Mrs. Josephine Higgason, wife of W.B. [Wallace Bruce] Higgason, until a month ago a resident of this city, died Friday morning at 8 o'clock at her home in Zearing, after a three days' illness. Mrs. Higgason's death was the result of an internal tumor, caused by a fall, sustained by being thrown from a buggy when a girl 17 years of age.
The remains were brought to this city Friday evening and taken south to Fremont, the former home of the family, where interment will be made. Mr. Higgason and family, Mrs. Higgason's mother, Mrs. W.M. Dinsmore [Mary Hampson Dinsmore, wife of William M. Dinsmore], of Fremont, and brother, Mr. C.F. [Charles Franklin] Dinsmore, of this city, accompanied the remains south.
Mrs. Higgason was 40 years of age, and is survived by her husband, three daughters, Misses Hazel, Orpha and Ina, and two sons, Walter and William Higgason. She also leaves, besides her mother, two sisters, Mrs. J.B. Krout [Mary Alice Dinsmore Krout, wife of Jacob Buchanan Krout] and Mrs. J.S. McLean [Leah "Lillie" Ellen Dinsmore McClain, wife of James Seward McClain], of Fremont, and two brothers, C.F. [Charles Franklin] Dinsmore, of this city, and D.H. [Daniel Hamer] Dinsmore, of Fremont.

Mrs. Josephine Higgason, wife of W.B. Higgason, was born in Martinsburg November 14, 1860. Removed near Fremont in 1866 where she attended school and grew to womanhood. She was married October 13, 1881. Five children were born of this union, all were present with the afflicted husband to mourn for wife and mother. She was converted at the age of 12 years and made a public profession of faith in Christ. Before her death she called her family about her and talked of her departure, bidding them follow her Lord and master.
Her mortality was interred at Fremont where resides her parents, brothers, sisters and many friends. Her parents, Wm. and Mary Dinsmore still survive, though aged. Her sickness was of short duration. She died at her home at Zearing, Iowa, December 20, 1901; triumphant in faith, aged 41 years, 1 month and 6 days.

There is an organization at Fremont, termed, "The Girls of 78". These girls were twenty pupils of the Fremont schools and having grown to womanhood, saw fit to organize a society to yearly meet and renew their youth by pleasant association.
Their friendship began in early school life and continues to the present time. They looked forward to the next anniversary always with fond anticipation of a good time.
Josephine Higgason was one of the members and while nearly a quarter of a century has passed away since these pleasant days of school life, not one member has passed over to the beyond until December 20, 1901, When the angel of peace whispered, "Come Home." and Josephine obeyed the call.
Her life had an influence for good, her cheerful disposition has brought much joy and her kindness of heart has always been a cementing quality, assisting in binding together the affections of others. Where it has pleased the good Father to remove from our midst one of our band, be it resolved that we submit to the will of him who doeth all things well. Realizing that our loss is her gain, since to die in faith is to live in Christ again.
We extend our heart felt sympathy to the bereaved family and friends, realizing that she will be greatly missed at our reunions and elsewhere, since her cheerful presence so often dispelled the clouds.
Resolved that we appreciate, in behalf of others, the kind care and attention given our companion and friend in her final affliction, and a copy of these resolutions be read upon the meeting of our next annual reunion and a copy presented to the family of the bereaved.

i. INA L. HIGGASON, b. July 20, 1882, d. Aug. 29, 1960.
ii. ORPHA AVIS HIGGASON, b. 1884, d. Nov. 11, 1966. Birth year may be wrong because twin brothers born that year.
iii. WALTER BRUCE HIGGASON, b. May 30, 1884 in Henderson County, Ill., d. Nov. 6, 1960.
iv. WILLIAM DINSMORE HIGGASON, b. May 30, 1884, d. March 4, 1931 of tuberculosis in Huntington Park, Los Angeles Co., Calif., survived by wife. Burial: Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., Calif., Plot: 78, 13 R. Info.: Twin brother of Walter. Nickname: Billy; "Uncle Willy" to Avonelle & siblings.
v. HAZEL HIGGASON SEUBERT, b. Aug. 28, 1889; d. Jan. 28, 1978.

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Josephine Higgason's Timeline

November 14, 1860
Martinsburg, Iowa
July 20, 1882
Age 21
May 30, 1884
Age 23
Henderson County, Illinois
May 30, 1884
Age 23
June 1884
Age 23
August 28, 1889
Age 28
Iowa, United States
December 20, 1901
Age 41
Zearing, Iowa
Fremont, IA, USA