Ida Lillian Surdam is my 1st cousin 3 times removed. That makes her a granddaughter of my 2nd great grandparents.
Ida was born, the first child of George Beech Surdam and Edith Eliza Thorp, on 29 Jan 1870 in Ransom, Hillsdale, Michigan. On 25 Oct 1886 she married Augustine Antoine aka Gustave Lighthouse in Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota.
I find two daughters born to this couple. Grace L., born about 1889 and Martha, born 1896.
I cannot locate a 1900 census for Ida. However, by the time of the 1910 census, Ida is living in Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota with her youngest daughter, Martha and Ida is listed as divorced.
Here is the obituary for Ida, which was published in the Abderdeen Daily News, page 2, on 22 Jan 1929.
Here is my transcription of the obituary.
Mrs. Ida Lighthouse of Aberdeen passed away Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Davies at Cresbard, where she has made her home since last September. She was 58 years old. Mrs. Lighthouse was born on January 29, 1870 at Cressie Corners, Mich.
The family came to South Dakota in 1882, locating nine miles south of Aberdeen. In 1886, she was married to Gustave Lighthouse. In 1892, the moved to New York, returning to South Dakota in 1900. The family took up a residence on the Lighthouse homestead which is now the county poor farm. Upon leaving the farm, she lived in Aberdeen at 211 Eighth Avenue S. W. for the past 28 years.
Mrs. Lighthouse is survived by two daughters: Mrs. O.G. Lund of Brockton, Montana: and Mrs. J.P. Davies of Cresbard. She was a past noble grand of Ada Rebecca lodge. Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Huebl chapel with Rev. Arthur Rinearson of Cresbard officiating. Interment will be at Riverside cemetery.
I don’t have a death certificate for Ida, so I don’t know what she died of at the relatively young age of 58.
Ida is buried at Riverside Memorial Park in Aberdeen, South Dakota. You may visit her memorial here #107345126.
If you are related to Ida or her family, I’d love to hear from you.
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