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I have a web site on one of Fremont County's more famous ex-residents - Kate Morgan, the ghost who haunts the famous Hotel del Coronado.
At the top of the inside page, there is a link to the cemetery records. This is a work in progress ... I currently have the Utterback records posted and several smaller cemeteries, and am working on the rest, which will be posted as they get done.
Hope this may be of use to y'all.
In a message dated 07/25/2001 4:06:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< 2. GREENBERRY ACORD md. SARAH JAMES.--Their son, Robert, 27, born in Iowa;
md. Augusuta Ricketts, 17, daughter of E.J. Ricketts and __?__ Clift; md. on
Jan. 2, l896 at Sidney >>
Walter, or anyone - My mother's cousin gave Sarah James as 2nd w. of Thomas
Lusby m. 1900-1907. I don't know where his info came though, and he's long
gone. Anyone know if Sarah James Acord remarried at any time? Thos. died in
Hamburg, but is buried in Sidney with first wife Eliz. (Thomas) Lusby and
Eliz. Thomas's father Jacob Thomas fr. TN.
Thos. Lusby's 3rd wife was Isa Carriker, buried in Hamburg Cemetery, I think
next to her prev. husband. Anyone know anything of her, either?
RALSTON, LUSBY, SAMUELS, JACKSON, THOMAS, HARPER, SCHOLL, BOONE
MCGILVERY, BERRY, RIDDLE, CAYTON, LIGHTFOOT
THE SHENANDOAH WORLD. August 14, l903. "Hunter Branch Bubbles".--Sam Ross and wife, of Prairie township, and Henry Ross and Mrs. Rachel Higgins, of Walnut township, will start Wednesday on a visit to Malone, New York, their old home. They expect to visit Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and Washington before returning. It has been 29 years since they left there....(Their cousin and nephew) Rhudy Caroll started for his home in Durand, Wisconsin last Tuesday after spending a few weeks in this vicinity visiting friends.
THE SHENANDOAH WORLD. December 16, l904. "Tribute to Rev. Lytle."--Last week's Hamburg Reporter contained the following tribute to the memory of Rev. James Lytle, written by a life-long friend.
"Last week the earthly remains of one of nature's noblemen was followed to its last resting place by many sorrowing relatives and friends. Rev. James Lytle was born in North Carolina of humble parentage and his early life surrounded by influences which he succeedded in overcoming on his arriving at early manhood, accepting that good and perfected way that always has and always will lead young men to purer thoughts and noble aspirations and high ambitions. When he was convinced that the way he had accepted was the right way he walked in it; and spared no means in his power, was willing to undergo many severe tests of unselfishness and made many personal sacrifices in order that he might win some to that "way". Few men now living in this country know , neither can they realize what a quarter of century of pioneer life in the early settlements of two new states mean ; especially is this so when the pioneer man is full of energy and the holy spirit. This and much more can be sa!
id of Rev. James Lytle. When he came to Fremont county there was no sign of habitation between Manti Grove and Mill Creek and between Mill Creek and College Springs was very little if any different in that respect, a distance of nearly forty miles. Yet five days labor on the farm, one day going on horseback to his College Springs appointment, three or more services on Sunday and Monday to return, five more days at home then from two to four sevices the next Sunday in his home neighborhood and church, year in and year out, regardless of weather or unfavorable conditions and some of the ways this man of God spent a large portion of his busy life and that, too, when the compensation was that of the consciousness of doing good to his fellowmen. That consiousness was with him all the days of his life. That nerved him to storms and ride through the snow drifts of winter, the drenching rains and scorching heat of the summer sun. It banished all fear of malaria and was to him the p!
anacea for all discomforts, discouragements and ails that beset early pioneer life and that brought to him long life an happiness in declining years and in death. Peace that passseth understanding. Forcibly do the scriptures apply to the life of James Lytle, which says: "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace." A good man has exchanged this life for the life beyond. This world has been made better and so will the next be made better by the good life of James Lytle."
THE SHENANDOAH WORLD. November 29, l904. AFTER HUSKING RECORD. "Ora Hopkins Attempting to Lower Rennack's Record of 202 Bushels--Will Likely Win".--Ora Hopkins, who lives out in Prairie township, is making an effort today on the farm of J.B. Farwell in Walnut township, to break the corn husking record of 201 bushels and 16 pounds, in ten hours, held by Chas. Rennack. Ora has been going to school in Omaha for the past year but has been at home for the past month and has gotten in shape so that he believes that he can beat Rennack. The corn belongs to Ross & Ferrell and will be delivered to them at Farragut. The judges will be J.B. Farwell, H. J. Ross and C.C. Ross and they will weigh the corn. Hopkins started a little before 7 o'clock and will take a half hour for dinner, in order to get through before dark. The corn is making about 65 bushels an acre.
(Progress Report).--At noon he had gotten in 113 bushels and 20 pounds, was working fast and not the least tired and it seemed that if nothing occurred he would raise the mark to 225 bushels.
THE SHENANDOAH WORLD. September 20, l922. "Hamburg, Ia., Sept. 20".--A farmer living about five miles southwest of here in what is known as the old Missouri river bed, was plowing a few days ago and ran into an old boat that is supposed to have been sunk there about forty years ago.
The boat, it is said, had a cargo loaded with old time whiskey. Some of the older natives here tell of a boat that sank here when the authorities were after the owners.
It is also rumored that a letter has been sent to government officials to know what should be done with the findings and visions of rare color and exciting features are neighborhood property. Its is rather interesting to listen to street conversation and hear some of the first settlers of sixty years ago tell of the time when Bill Lewis had his sham fort on the banks of the Missouri. He had for his cannon two old pieces of stovepipe protruding out from the sides of the fort and every boat that plied between Omaha and Kansas City, Mo., was held up by this pirate and toll was collected. The tale is told and retold and never loses any of its flavor in the retelling.
THE SHENANDOAH DAILY WOLRD. September 18, l922. ROSS FAMILY HOLDS A REUNION SUNDAY. Relatives of Family Gathered at Henry Ross Home and Enjoy a Big Chicken Dinner.--The first anuual reunion of the Ross family was held at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ross, Sunday. The guests began arriving about noon and shortly after one o'clock a bountiful dinner was served cafeteria style. The menu consisted of fried chicken, watermelon, salad, ice cream and cake and the many other trimmings which go to make up a fine repast.
A passerby judging from the number of cars around the Ross home might have thought that a farm bureau picnic was being held at the J.D. Ross home.
Those in attendance were Mrs. G. M. Anderson of San Francisco, California, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Derrickson of Farragut,Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Farwell of Sidney, Mr. amd Mrs. J.B. Farwell and son Charlie of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Graves and daughter Lois and sons Ross and Morris of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hatch and daughters Madeline and Helen of Shenandoah, Mrs. Rachel Higgins of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Higgins and daughters Marjorie, Mary, Doris and sons Claude, Rex, Jr., and Billie of Shenandoah, Mrs. Mary McIntire of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Medley of Shenandoah, Mrs. Forrest Moody and daughter June of Perry, Iowa, Alan Ross, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Ross of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ross and daughter Louise and sons Lowell and Phillip of Farragut, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ross and sons Gerald and Merton of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ross and son Robert of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ross and daughter Nellie and son, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ross and daughter!
Irene and son Thomas of Shenandoah, Howard Ross of Farragut, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Ross, Jr. and daughters Virginia and Eleanor of Shenandoah, J.D. Ross, Sr. and daughter, Josie of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Ross and daughter Betty of Farragut, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ross of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Scott of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Scott and sons Paul, Ward and Dale of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Singleton of Shenandoah, Mr. and Mrs. John Tyner and son Jack of Randolph, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Warren of Shenandoah.
THE SHENANDOAH EVENING SENTINEL. April 20, l935.--"JUST FOLKS" by Rev. Peter Jacobs.--Place the name of R.W. Reeves who lives but a few miles north of Shenandoah in the "Diamond" class of our pioneer citizens. Eighty years ago on the 27th day of August 1854 he was born in a pioneer home four miles north of Sidney. That year Sidney was but three years old. Tabor had been started two years previous. His native home was a log cabin twelve by fourteen. Do you have a room about that size? Step into it and then imagine this picture. A family of six living in this room, father, mother, and four children, and now a fifth child. Mr. Reeves had come to share that plain one-room pioneer home. It was the kitchen, the living room, the dining room, the laundry room, the bed room. In that room was a loom at which the mother sat and wove the cloth with which the family clothes were made. In that home was a spinning wheel upon which she prepared the woof that was to feed the loom. Workin!
g by day to take advantage of the daylight she also worked at night by candle light or the light of the blazing log in the fireplace. Undisturbed while her children slept she would cut out the patterns of their garments and sew them together. The high beds against the wall were the beds for the parents or for guests. The beds that could be pushed under these were the trundle beds in which the children slept. This was the way the early settlers economized on space. This pioneer home was a veritable factory. They raised their sheep, sheared them, carded the wool, spun it and then wove it into cloth.
Such was the life in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Reeves, parents of R.W. Reeves. These early settlers came to Fremont county in 1852, the year that Tabor started. They left their Ohio home because life there offered so little. They chose to cast their lot with the settlers in this new prairie west. Father, mother, and four children came by boat by the Ohio river, then on the Mississippi, then, the Missouri, landing at Nebraska City. When they reached their destination, they had but $50 with which to begin their new home life. They bought 160 acres of government land at $1.25 an acre. They brought apple seed and peach seed with them from Ohio and planted an orchard. While working on a ditch on the Missouri River bottom, Stacy Reeves became the victim of malarial fever, an ailment very common in that day. This with other sickness in the family drained his financial resources to such an extent that he had to give the family doctor their only milch cow in order to meet his ob!
ligations. What sacrfices these pioneers of the most true integrity made to maintain their good name. The first ground broken on their farm, thirteen acres, was broken by oxen. He bought calves at five dollars a head, trained them to the yoke, and when they were old enough used them as he did the oxen until he was able to purchase horses. These early settlers had no matches. How carefully they regarded their fire lest it go out. More than once, they had to go to their nearest neighbors, two miles away, to get coals to start another fire.
R.W. Reeve's grandmother had nine sons in the Civil War. Mr. and Mrs James Miller, parents of Mrs. Reeves, did not come to Fremont county until in 1864 at the close of the Civil War. They came from Illinois. Her parents did not have to endure the hardships and privations as did the parents of Mr. Reeves.
What does this generation know about living under privations? What do they know about self denial? What do they know about privations? What do they know about struggles? What do they know about sacrifices?
Okay. Thanks a heap. Abner Mason and Mary Hasty had Anna D. (Dollie Ann) Mason, who m. George Wittstruck, who had Lillie Eliza, who m. Hiram Piper Sheldon..etc., till there was me. We had a problem trying to figure out why sometimes she was called Mary Ross, and still do, but if it says Hasty in the records, that's good enough. I couldn't pass by without saying "Thank you very, very much."
In a message dated 7/30/01 1:15:26 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
J.J.BROWN md. NANCY J. MARTIN.--Their son D.H., 32, of Sidney; md. Rosa
Barnes, 21, born in Fremont county, daughter of F.J. Barnes and Lorinda
Beason; md. on February 18, l891.
Walter, are you sure of the year? My records show they married in 1890 and
their first child Harry Neal Brown was born July 26, 1891. They are my
great-grandparents and I have a copy of a marriage certificate that says
1890. I will admit it looks like it could have been a "1" and someone
rounded it out to a "0". The entry in the family Bible says 1890.
To any interested: I have photos of Mt Olive Church and Cemetery and
photos of HANLEY and FLETCHER grave stones in the Mt Olive Cemetery. Will
post if interested. Pat (Hanley) Ludeke pludeke(a)mediaone.net
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Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 11:37 AM
Subject: Mt. Olive Church, McKissick Grove, Fremont county, Iowa.
> THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. July 23, l903.--"THE OLDEST CHURCH".--The
oldest church in southwest Iowa, also northwest Missouri, is the Mt. Olive
Baptist church some three miles east of Hamburg. It was organized on January
12, l845, by Rev. Richard Miller, the number of charter members being ten.
The church kept up its regular convenant meetings until the Civil war. At
the close of the war when they met for worship they were surprised to learn
how greatly the members had decreased in number, but they resolved to still
strive to keep up the banner of Christ. In 1852 Elias Findley was ordained
and took pastoral charge of the church. In 1858 an arm of the church was
extended to Mill Creek for the reception of members. In 1852 letters were
granted to all members living west of the Nishna river to organize a church
at Sidney and in 1868 seven members were empowered to organize a church at
> In the summber of 1875 the house was blown from its foundation and regular
services were dicontinued for a time. The church at McKissick's Grove in
Atchison county, Mo., was organized in 1872, and in April 1877 an
organization was established in the Fairview district Fremont county.
> The cost of the first church was $1968 and additional improvements
increased the cost to over $2200. In 1879 a new building was erected to take
the place of the one blown down and was dedicatd on February 23, 1879, by
P.M. Best, pastor. The name of the church was then changed from Nishnabotna
to Mt. Olive. The church building has stood in two states and three counties
owing to changes made in state and county lines. It was first in Holt
county, Mo., then in Atchison county, Mo., and last in Fremont county, Iowa.
The history of this organization from which we glean these notes is replete
in details and was prepared by Uncle Enoch Lair.
> 1 "Nishnabotna", the church's first name, reflects that is was in
Nishnabotna Country, not that it was on the Nishnabotna river. Nishnabotna
Country was a stretch of country along the Missouri river extending north
and south of the present state line about ten or fifteen miles each way.
When Holt county, Missouri, was organized in 1841, this country was
represented in the Missouri legislature by Stephen Cooper. The first book of
Holt county marriages is missing, but the records of the county court are
> 2. Atchison county, Missouri, was formed in 1845, and many of the earliest
residents of present Fremont county were married as Atchison county
citizens. Atchison county court records are also available. Pioneers living
in townships 67 and 68 north can be found here before the state line was
finally settled in 1849, at which time Fremont county records take over.
SO--there is available an unbroken run of county records for the Fremont
county vanguard of settlers. Only the first book of Holt county marriages is
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Thanks, Walter for another piece of puzzle filled in. J. Vance Samuels
1886-1919 was son of Joseph Samuels and Sarah Cowles, and grandson of my
g-g-grandpa Moses Samuels, a poor immigrant from Bavaria who made his fortune
in Fremont Co. in the mid to late 1800's.
Sarah Cowles 1861-1945 was dtr. of Giles Cowles 1827-1890.
If anyone has any more info on Mollie Samuels or on Vance's family, if any,
please contact me.
Jeannie Smith (wordgenius(a)aol.com)
1 Joseph SAMUELS b: 12/14/1859 in Riverton, Fremont Co., IA d:
12/23/1917 in Fremont Co., IA
. +Sarah COWLES b: 1861 d: 1945 in Fremont Co., IA
...... 2 J. Vance SAMUELS b: 1886 d: 1919
.......... +Goldie C. LOUIE b: Abt. 1890
...... 2 Mollie M. SAMUELS b: 08/20/1889 in Fremont Co., IA d:
12/12/1966 in Fremont Co., IA
...... 2 John E. SAMUELS b: 02/21/1891 d: in died on 3/31/? in WWI
RALSTON, LUSBY, SAMUELS, JACKSON, THOMAS, HARPER, SCHOLL, BOONE
MCGILVERY, BERRY, RIDDLE, CAYTON, LIGHTFOOT
CHARLES WILKERSON md. JULIA E. RICHARDS.--Their daughter Eva, 26, born in Page county, Iowa but now of Sidney; married J.T. Cartmill, 28, born in Fremont county, son of Robert Cartmill and Henningham Campbell; married on July 4, l898 at Sidney.
JOHN JARMAN md. AMELIA MAXWELL.--Their daughter Laura, 24, of Shenandoah; married Giles Bryte, 30, a liveryman at Hamburg, son of John M. Bryte and Amanda Griffin; married on August 31, 1898 at Shenandoah.
E.J. RICHARDS md. LUCY A. STEPHENS.--Their son E.G., 32, born in Fremont county; md. Maude G. Vaughan, 24, born in Fremont county, daughter of Ira V. Vaughan and Margaret Baker; married on March 8, l899 at Sidney.
FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. July 23, l903.--D I E D.--"Kerns".--Julia Hasty was born in Green county, Iowa, July 4, l878, and died at her home between Bartlett and Tabor, July 24, l903, being 25 years, 20 days of age.
She lived with her parents in Green county until the age of seven, when she removed with her mother and two brothers to Fremont county, Iowa, where she lived the remainder of her life. She was married Jan. 1, l896 to William Kerns of this county. To this union five children were born, three of whom are living. Mrs. Kerns united with the church of Christ at the age of 14, lilving a faithful exemplary christian life until the time of her death. To her, death had no terrors and when speaking of the time of her departure, which she knew was rapidly approaching, she spoke as one going on a journey, and gave instructions of various kinds to her husband and friends. She was a kind and gentle wife, a loving and devoted mother, a true friend and neighbor. Of her can truly be said, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord...They may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."
Funeral services were conducted by Elder Chas. Aitken, of Bartlett, after which the remains were laid beside those of her two children in the Tabor cemetery.
THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. July 9, l903.--"NARROW ESCAPE OF BABY".--An accident occurred at the home of Charles Aitken, of Bartlett, on the evening of July 4th which came very nearly being one of a most horrible nature. Mr. Aitken was up town on some matter of business and Mrs. Aitken was picking up eggs at the barn, while the children were in the yard firing off fire crackers. The baby, about two years old, was in its buggy watching the sport of its brothers and sisters. Suddenly, Lulu, the eldest of the children being about 14 years of age, noticed that smoke and flames were coming out of the buggy where the little one was. She instantly flung the child with its burning clothes upon the ground, and snatching a pillow from the carriage began vigorously beating the burning clothing nor did she stop for a moment until the fire was extinguished. We are glad to report, that although the child was burned along one side of its body and about its face, yet it is not serious and n!
o danger for the little one is felt. Had it not been for the great presence of mind of the older sister no doubt the baby would have certianly lost its life. Lulu said she remembered that she had learned from her study of physiology at school that one must never run when their clothing was afire, so acting upon this knowledge she threw the baby to the ground and beat out the fire from the burning clothes without waiting for the arrival of either father of mother. Miss Lulu deserves much praise for her thoughtfulness.
THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. July 23, l903.--"THE OLDEST CHURCH".--The oldest church in southwest Iowa, also northwest Missouri, is the Mt. Olive Baptist church some three miles east of Hamburg. It was organized on January 12, l845, by Rev. Richard Miller, the number of charter members being ten. The church kept up its regular convenant meetings until the Civil war. At the close of the war when they met for worship they were surprised to learn how greatly the members had decreased in number, but they resolved to still strive to keep up the banner of Christ. In 1852 Elias Findley was ordained and took pastoral charge of the church. In 1858 an arm of the church was extended to Mill Creek for the reception of members. In 1852 letters were granted to all members living west of the Nishna river to organize a church at Sidney and in 1868 seven members were empowered to organize a church at Linden, Missouri.
In the summber of 1875 the house was blown from its foundation and regular services were dicontinued for a time. The church at McKissick's Grove in Atchison county, Mo., was organized in 1872, and in April 1877 an organization was established in the Fairview district Fremont county.
The cost of the first church was $1968 and additional improvements increased the cost to over $2200. In 1879 a new building was erected to take the place of the one blown down and was dedicatd on February 23, 1879, by P.M. Best, pastor. The name of the church was then changed from Nishnabotna to Mt. Olive. The church building has stood in two states and three counties owing to changes made in state and county lines. It was first in Holt county, Mo., then in Atchison county, Mo., and last in Fremont county, Iowa. The history of this organization from which we glean these notes is replete in details and was prepared by Uncle Enoch Lair.
1 "Nishnabotna", the church's first name, reflects that is was in Nishnabotna Country, not that it was on the Nishnabotna river. Nishnabotna Country was a stretch of country along the Missouri river extending north and south of the present state line about ten or fifteen miles each way. When Holt county, Missouri, was organized in 1841, this country was represented in the Missouri legislature by Stephen Cooper. The first book of Holt county marriages is missing, but the records of the county court are available.
2. Atchison county, Missouri, was formed in 1845, and many of the earliest residents of present Fremont county were married as Atchison county citizens. Atchison county court records are also available. Pioneers living in townships 67 and 68 north can be found here before the state line was finally settled in 1849, at which time Fremont county records take over. SO--there is available an unbroken run of county records for the Fremont county vanguard of settlers. Only the first book of Holt county marriages is lost.--W.F.