Petersburg Observer, Fri., 30 Aug. 1912, Page 1, Col. 3
DEATH OF AN AGED CITIZEN
A short service was held at the residence Sunday at 8 a.m. followed by the regular funeral services at the Rock Creek Presbyterian church at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. S. P. Taylor of Greenview, assisted by the paster Rev. Rogers.
Interment at the Rock Creek cemetery.
The decedent was born in Emfingern, Germany, in 1822. He came to America at the age of 21. After living a few years in New Jersey he came to Springfield, Ill., where he resided some time.
Later he removed into the vicinity of Tallula, where he erected the first house in what is now Tallula. He has been a much respected resident of this county ever since.
He married Miss Clarissa A. Fuller Dec. 27, 1860. To this union were born seven children, all of whom survive except the youngest daughter, Minnie, who died at the age of fifteen.
Those who survive to mourn his loss are, one son, J. W. Helstern of South Have, Kas., and five daughters, W. T. Williams, of Aurora, Ill., Mrs. A. C. Lynn of Checotah, Okla., Mrs. E. P. Hornback of Greenview and Miss Ruth and Mae of this city. Mrs. Helstern having preceded him to the eternal rest, Mar. 18, 1903.
Mr. Helstern had been a member of the Rock Creek church for over forty years. In his death we witness the peaceful closing of a full and fruitful life.
Transcribed by:Janice Franklin