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Rubena MaCauley Bundy obituary

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Rubena MaCauley Bundy obituary

Posted: 8 Feb 2013 7:29PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: MaCauley, Bundy, Bunday, Blakeslee,Gray,LeMay
Eau Claire Leader May 6, 1922, page 9
Was Pioneer Resident of Red Cedar
Valley; Mother of C. T. Bundy
MENOMONIE, Wis., May 5.—The
funeral of the late Mrs. E. B. Bundy
was held Thursday afternoon from
Grace church, the Rev. Arthur Dimmick
officiating. Burial was at Evergreen
Mrs. Bundy, who at the time of her
death was the earliest living settler
of the Red Cedar valley and with one
or two possible exceptions the earliest
surviving settler of the entire
valley of the Chippewa, died at her
home on Seventh street in this city
Tuesday of pneumonia after an illness
of eight days. Mrs. Bundy was
the widow of the late Judge Egbert
B. Bundy, who for twenty-two years
presided over the court of this Judicial
Rubena Macauley was born in
Glasgow, Scotland, Dec. 29, 1840, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Macauley. She came with her parents
to the United Slates when she
was about 2 years old, the family
settling near Galena, Ill. The father
having died, she came with her
mother, a brother, the late Judge Robert
Macauley, and a sister to Gilbert's
Mill as the settlement at the
mouth of Gilbert creek just southwest of
Menomonie was then known. This trip was made in November
1852, by steamboat on the Mississippi
river as far as the mouth of the
Chippewa, and thence by keel-boat
as far as they could go up the Chippewa
and Red Cedar. Another brother,
Thomas Macauley, had come
to Dunnville a year earlier. The
family remained at this little settlement
for a year or two. although j
Rubena returned to Galena to complete her education.
Married In 1861.
In either 1854 or 1855 the family
located on Thomas Macauley's farm
at Dunnville this property situated
on the west bank of the Red Cedar
river, being still known as the Macauley
farm. Rubena Macauley was
married in May, 1861, to Egbert B. Bundy,
who, in association with his
brother, Judge Charles S. Bundy,
now of Washington. D. C., had practiced
law at Dunnville, then the county
seat of Dunn county, and
who at the time of their marriage
was residing in Menomonie. The
wedding took place at Dunnville and
the young lawyer and his bride took
up their home in this city, beginning
their married life at the Vance house,
now the Perrault home at
Alain and Seventh streets. The first
home of their own was the old Bull
house, where the Jimerson home
now stands at 409 Wilson avenue.
Mrs. Bundy has lived in Menomonie
ever since her marriage with the
exception of about two years passed
in Wabasha, Durand and Dunnville.
Judge Bunday presided over the Circuit
court for twenty-two consecutive
years and died in this city in 1904.
Leaves Nine Children
Mrs. Bundy leaves nine children,
nineteen grand children and four
great grand children. It Is remarkable
that there has not been a death
in her own immediate family save
that of her husband. The children,
in the order of their ages, are as follows:
C. T. Bundy of Eau Claire; W. H. of Boston;
Robert E. of this city;
Mrs Lydia Blakeslee of Madison;
S. D.; Edward W. of Seattle, Wash.;
Mrs. Margaret Gray of this city;
Oliver T. of this city; Arthur M. of
Marysville, Cal., and Mrs. Nettie LeMay of Eau Claire.
Active In Church
Mrs. Bundy was very active in the
affairs of the Episcopal church ever
since Grace church, the local parish,
was formed in the very early 70's in
the Menomonie House hall, the
building which is now the Storl(? this name
was hard to read)
home on Crescent street. There has
been no more loyal or liberal parishoner
in Grace church than she, nor
one more loved by the members.
She was also a member of the Dunn County
Old Settlers' society and took a deep
interest in its activities.
While public spirited and charitable
she was of a very retiring disposition
and was affiliated with no
organizations other than the two
mentioned. A sweet, gentle and unselfish
character, her loss will be
most keenly felt by those who knew
her best.

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