The Fields were affiliated with a German Baptist church in Kearney, Nebraska. The Wood River Church was organized May 28th, 1881 at the residence of Moses Snavely. At the first meeting, there were just 13 members present, among them: Minister Samuel Forney and Asa and Susanna Fields. However, on February 11, 1882, Asa and Anna left the congregation, as recorded in the minute books from the church.
|Vincennes Sun Commercial, February 20, 1939|
I am unable to find an obituary or death certificate for Asa, but I think he died sometime around 1900. In a letter to her brother, Lewis Kimmel, dated May 5, 1938, Anna wrote that she had been a widow for 38 years. She said she had two sons and three daughters living out of 14 children, 25 grand children and 13 great grand children. Her pension was $11.00 a month. She was living in one room all alone. Her youngest son (Robert) was married and lived on the same lot with her. Her address was shown as 702 Upper 11th, Vincennes.
In 1939, Anna (called Susan in the newspaper) attended a luncheon honoring her famous grandson, Red Skelton.
Anna Fields died March 17, 1945 and is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Vincennes.
|Indianapolis Star, March 20, 1945|