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Alcia Herzog Wurm

Written by Alcia M. Wurm for the Decatur Co. History Book:

Alcia Murriel Herzog was born in Decatur County, Logan township, May 16, 1899. She went to school at District 39 and in Herndon, Kansas. Alcia graduated from Oberlin Community High School in 1917 and taught three terms of school: the last term in District 39.

Alcia and daughter Helene 1921


Alcia M. Wurm

Oberlin-Alcia M. Wurm died Monday (July 20, 1987) at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin at the age of 88. She was born May 16, 1899 near Herndon, Kan., to John and Alice (Cathcart) Herzog.

She grew up in rural Herndon, attended Herndon Grade School and graduated from Decatur County High School in 1917. She taught grade school in Decatur County.

She married Matt Wurm at her parents' farm home May 20, 1920, and he preceded her in death Sept. 19, 1955.

They lived on a farm near Traer, Kans., until February 1927, when they moved to a farm northeast of Oberlin where she lived until her death.

She was a member of the Oberlin United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, United Methodist Women, OES Chapter 106, Village Violet Garden Club, Royal Neighbor Lodge, J.VC. Club, a charter member of the Nimble Finger Extension Unit, Hearth and Home Extension Unit, and the Oberlin American Legion Auxiliary. She received her 50-year pin from the extension units in 1987, and was a Red Cross volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Jay Herzog.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Helene) Fisher of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sons, Allen "Buss" and Rex, both of Oberlin; two brothers, R.W. Herzog of Ellsworth, Kans., and Wayne Herzog of Millbrae, Calif.; two sisters, Helen Riley of State College, Penn., and Edith De Lay of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Oberlin United Methodist Church with the Rev. H. Gene Shoemaker officiating. Interment will be in the Oberlin Cemetery. Memorials may be addressed to the Oberlin United Methodist Church or the Oberlin City Library and left at the funeral home. Friends may call today until 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. -9 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Enfield Memorial Chapel, and Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Enfield Memorial Chapel of Oberlin is in charge of the arrangements.

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