Published: May 12, 1928
The following obituary of Joseph Wardell, a former resident of Woodstock township, appeared
in The Hamburg (Iowa) Republican where he had resided for the past fifty-six years:
Joseph Wardell died at his home east of Hamburg Friday, April 6, 1928, after two weeks
illness of influenza and complications.
Mr. Wardell was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, November 7, 1848, and at the time of his
death was seventy-nine years and 5 months of age.
He moved to Iowa in 1872 in company with his mother and a brother and settled on the farm
upon which he lived at the time of his death. He had lived on this place for the past fifty-six years with the exception of two
years he resided in Hamburg.
On December 21, 1886, he was married to Victoria Bridges. In the fall of 1895 he gave the
ground on his farm and assisted in the building of the Christian church of which he was a member. He has always been associated
with this congregation since its organization and has been a faithful church worker.
Mr. Wardell was a man among men, a good neighbor and benevolent in spirit. He never refused
aid to the needy and his many acts of kindness endeared him in the hearts of his friends. He was always progressive and fostered
all movements that were for the betterment of his community. ???? ast year he completed his new home which was erected from lumber
sawed from his farm. Besides the widow he leaves to mourn his departure one brother, John, two nieces and five
Funeral services were held at his late home Sunday, April 8, at 2 p. m. Rev. D. N. Gillett of
the Hamburg Christian church officiating assisted by Rev. Overholser. The burial was made at Mt. Zion cemetery