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I just found 3 people who are listed on the WPA Grave Registration as being
buried in SILVER PRAIRIE Cemetery who ARE listed as being buried in SILVER
HILL Cemetery in Magnolia. I checked further and found more also listed in
this cemetery. I also found a reference to Silver Prairie, Magnolia Township
in the Casper N Cadwell bio.
Evidently SILVER HILL Cemetery was also known as SILVER PRAIRIE Cemetery.
This cemetery only has 9 rows of graves in it.
Does anyone know where SILVER PRAIRIE CEMETERY was located in Harrison
County? I think it may have been in the Logan area but am not sure. I am
working on the Harrison County WPA Grave Registrations and am finding people
buried in Silver Prairie Cemetery. So far I haven't found a single one of
these people listed in any of the HCGS cemetery books.
It is NOT the same cemetery as Silver Hill in Magnolia.
Thank you so much Vicki. I appreciate it, as I was at a dead end on
finding anything on her. Also thanks to Mona. I had that bio, but when
you sent it I read it again and found more info I had forgotten.
Now, anyone have a bio or some such other thing on Levi Y. Miller? :o)
He's gonna be another fun one, because I have no information on him
other than he is from NY as the Simon Ashcraft bio says.
The old Magnolia school was built in 1869-70 and closed in 1915. It went up to the 10th grade. The new Magnolia school opened Monday, Feb 14, 1916. It went up to the 12th grade. In 1962, the high school moved to Logan and the Magnolia school stayed opened for elementery classes. We believe the school closed around 1982. The new school was quite a modern marvel for those times. Built out of concrete and brick and had electric lights. The roof is shingled with ceramic tiles. The cellar was divided into a gymnasium, shop, furnace room & restrooms. The first floor had four large classrooms for elementery grades, and two smaller rooms, one for a typing classroom and the other served as the superintendent's office. Upstairs was an assembly room, science laboratory, home economics and another large classroom. It cost $35,000 for the new school. The new gym was added on in 1953 and is pretty amazing itself. When the new gym was built, the old gym was conver!
ted into a lunch room for hot lunches. We are planning to restore the school. We definately have our work cut out but I'm sure it will be well worth it to save a part of history.
Below is the biography for SIMON ASHCRAFT and family, taken from the 1915
History of Harrison County Iowa, page 951-52.
SIMON ASHCRAFT. Among the present generations of farmers of La Grange
township, Harrison County, Iowa, is SIMON ASHCRAFT, a progressive man of
affairs, a man who has been successful in his vocation and also a man of
modest and unassuming demeanor, well informed and a fine type of reliable,
Simon Ashcraft was born on october 15, 1854, in Greene county, Indiana, the
son of Jonathan and Martha (Tedrick) Ashcraft, who were the parents of three
children: Elijah, of Brownwood, Texas; Henry, deceased; and Simon, the
subject of this sketch. Jonathan Ashcraft was born in Ohio, and was reared
on a farm. He enlisted in the Civil War and died at Little Rock, Arkansas,
during the service. His wife was also a native of Ohio and died in 1856.
Both parents, in fact, died when Simon Ashcraft was a child. He was reared
by his paternal grandparents.
Simon Ashcraft started in life for himself when very young, attending the
schools of Greene county, Indiana, when slab boards were used for seats. For
a number of years, he worked out as a farm hand. He came to Harrison county,
Iowa, in 1876 and rented land in Clay township. He purchased 160 acres in La
Grange township, which is his present farm, in 1906. Mr. Ashcraft now owns
200 acres of the best farming land which is one of the best located farms in
Harrison county. He has 60 acres of natural timber and a home with all of
the modern conveniences. Among other improvements, he has built an excellent
barn on his farm. Considering the handicaps under which he labored, Simon
Ashcraft has been very successful in life.
Simon Ashcraft was married the first time to Lydia E. George, who was born in
1865 in Harrison county, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Durman)
George. She died in 1883, leaving Mr. Ashcraft one son, Kerby, who is a
soldier in the United States army. Mr. Ashcraft was married again, in 1886,
to LILLIE M. MILLER, who was born in 1871 in Greene County, Illinois, and who
is a daughter of Levi and Julia (Stevens) Miller, natives of New York and
early settlers in Harrison County, Iowa. Her father was a soldier in the
Civil War and died in 1912. Her mother is still living at Woodbine, Iowa.
To this second union, four children have been born, George T., a farmer of
Jefferson Township; James F. who farms the home place; Rosa M. who married
C.S. Copple of Union Township; and Jennings B., who lives at home.
No better evidence of Mr. Ashcraft's thrift, industry and good management
could be cited than the fact that he lived on a rented farm for 22 years
without moving. This farm was rented of Fred Schwertley. Mr. Ashcraft is a
Democrat and served as constable of Clay township from 1882 to 1886. Mr.
Ashcraft and family are members of the Methodist Church. It is extremely
unusual for a man to accomplish in life what Simon Ashcraft has achieved.
But he has not only succeeded in a material way, but he is a public spirited
citizen, a man who takes a keen interest in all of the affairs of the
community where he lives, a man who is highly respected for his mature and
sound judgment and for his ability as a leader. He is justly deserving of
the esteem in which he is held by his neighbors and fellow citizens. (end)
There are the following Ashcraft burials in Harrison Co., Iowa, that I can
Lillie May Ashcraft, b. 03 May 1871, d. 21 Sep 1924, buried Logan Cemetery.
Jackson Ashcraft, b. 22 Nov 1845, d. 17 Mar 1930, buried Calhoun Cemetery.
Henry Ashcraft, b. 10 June 1853, d. 26 Mar 1894, buried Calhoun Cemetery.
There may be more burials, but I don't have records.
Mona Sarratt Knight
Lillie is buried in Logan Cemetery and her parents are in Woodbine Cemetery.
I found this listed in the cemetery books:
LOGAN Cemetery, Logan IA
Section 5 Row 2
Ashcraft, J B May 29 1899-Jan 15 1975 (Jennings Bryon Ashcraft)
Ashcraft, Lillie May May 3 1871-Sep 21 1924 Mother
Ashcraft, Simon Oct 15 1854-Dec 24 1943 Father
WOODBINE CEMETERY, Woodbine IA
Block 1 Second Addition Row 2
Miller, Julia M his wife 1849 - 1925
Miller, Levi I 1846 - 1913 GAR
The WPA Grave Registration lists these same two graves as:
Miller, Levi Y Sep 8 1845 - Jan 5 1913 CW Vet - Woodbine Cemetery.
Miller, Julia M 1849 - 1925 Woodbine Cem. Wife of Levi.
1905 Harrison County Directory - residents of the county
Ashcraft, Simon, farmer, RR 4 Logan
Ashcraft, Mrs S
Ashcraft, James F, minor
Ashcraft, Rosa L M, minor
Ashcraft, Jennings B, minor
Hope this helps you.
Not a list member.
I am looking for the parents of Sarah Ann Casey born in 1871. I would like
to know what her parents names were. She died in 1899 in Shelby County Iowa
and is buried at the Earling Cemetery. Thanks for any help you can give.
Also, are there an Casey's buried in Harrison, County.
I don't know how or if these people are related to your Sarah Ann Casey but I
found these listings in the Harrison County cemetery books.
MOUNT CARMEL Cemetery, Missouri Valley, Iowa
Casey, Edna J 1892-1900
Casey, Anna S 1886-1900
Casey, Elizabeth B 1866-1947
Casey, Edward J 1866-1932
PLEASANT HILL Cemetery, Dunlap, Harrison Twp
Casey, John Feb 7 1855-Aug 15 1899
Casey, Sarah Doyle Jan 3 1852-Mar 8 1917
I sent your query to the Harrison County email list so that if anyone else
has information they can find you.
Looking for information on Lillie May Miller, b. abt 1871 in Green
County, Illinois, d. Missouri Valley, IA. Also need information on her
Lillie's parents were Levi Y. Miller b. in NY, served in the civil war
out of Mondamin, died 1912 in Harrison County, IA, and Julia Stevens b.
NY d. IA.
Lillie married Simon Ashcraft Oct 10 1886. Their children were:
James Frederick Ashcraft, always went by Fred.
George Thurman Ashcraft, always went by Thurman.
Rosa M. Ashcraft, married a C. S. Copple from Union Township IA
Jennings Bryan Ashcraft, b. Modale, HC IA. and died Missouri Valley,
Harrison County IA. md. Helen A. Addison and had one daughter that I
know of. She married a man named Riggs.
I know Simon is buried in the Logan Cemetery, but I have no idea of
where Lillie is buried. I have no birthdates or death dates on any of
her side of the family.
Loree Ashcraft Darrough
My husband and I just purchased the old Magnolia School. I would love to have any history on it. We are planning to restore the school. It's going to be a lot of work. The school closed around 1982. Anyone with any info, please contact me.
I do not have any history but depending on when it was built my Hardy or
Waldron ancestors would have went to that school. I am also interested in
any history of that school.
From: pat & ronda [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 5:38 AM
Subject: Magnolia School
My husband and I just purchased the old Magnolia School. I would love to
have any history on it. We are planning to restore the school. It's going
to be a lot of work. The school closed around 1982. Anyone with any
info, please contact me.
One more tonight, then I'm going to bed. :)
LOUIS K. WATTERS. A substantial citizen of Missouri Valley, Iowa, who has
made his home here since 1887 is Louis K. Watters, foreman of the Chicago &
Northwestern tin shops in this city. He is a man who has made his way in
life since a mere youth. As a matter of fact, when he was only eight years
of age, he was working in a woolen factory in Fulton, New York, making
clothes for the soldiers in the Civil War. When sixteen years of age, he
began to learn the tinner's trade and has made this his chosen life work.
His ability along this line was such that when he was twenty-one yars of age,
he received an appointment from a railroad company in Michigan and worked
with them until he came to Iowa. Here his work was soon recognized, and he
was made foreman of the shops, a position which he has held for many years.
Louis K. Watters, the son of James and Maria (Converse) Watters, was born in
Fulton, Oswego county, NY, January 31, 1854. His father was born at
Brooklyn, New York, and his mother in Albany, of the same state. His father
was a shoemaker and also operated a store. In 1866 the family moved to
Flint, Michigan, where James Watters lived until his death a few years ago.
His wife died there about 28 years ago. Ten children were born to James
Watters and wife, seven of whom are living.
Louis K. Watters was 12 years of age when his parents removed to Flint,
Michigan, and he had little opportunity for schooling, and as has been
stated, began to work when he was only eight years of age. After removing to
Flint with his parents, he went to work in a lath mill, and on December 5,
1870, began to learn the tinner's trade. He worked at Flint, Michigan,
learning the trade until 1875. In that year, he began to work at Muskegon,
Michigan, for the Chicago & West Michigan Railroad, remaining with that
company until January 31, 1887. He then moved to Missouri Valley, Iowa, and
began to work in the Chicago & Northwestern shops. Soon after locating here,
he was made foreman of the tin shops, and he has retained this position ever
Mr. Watters was married on September 5, 1874, to Eliza Burgess, who was born
in Bennington, Michigan. The two children born to this union are both
deceased, Harriett and William.
Mr. Watters is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the
Tribe of Ben-Hur. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal
church. He has always given his hearty support to the Republican party, but
has never taken an active part in political matters. Mr. and Mrs. Watters
have a handsome home in the city, and they are highly esteemed by everyone
with whom they are acquainted. (end)
Taken from the History of Harrison County Iowa, 1915, page 822-24.
MRS. ELLEN J. ORR. It is a matter of regret that biographical works do not
pay more attention to the work and careers of noble women. They have an
equal or even greater part in the success of their husbands than he himself.
Not so very long ago, the President of the United States, who is a voluminous
historian, was assailed for the scant reference he has paid in his volumes to
women and their works. In these latter days, women are gaining more and more
recognition, whether it is the suffrage movement which is responsible for
according to women the recognition which has long been delayed, or whether it
is the natural working out of the law of eternal justice. Nevertheless, this
added and increasing recognition is a fact that cannot be lost sight of by
the present day historians. One of the noble women of Harrison County, Iowa,
is Mrs. Ellen Orr, the widow of John Orr, who owns and lives in a magnificent
home in La Grange township.
Mrs. Ellen Orr was born June 26, 1849, in Lincolnshire, England, the daughter
of William and Susan (Hand) Crossley. The former was born December 2, 1807,
in England. When about 30 years of age, he came to Ohio and engaged in
farming there. Eight or ten years later, he returned to England and was
there married. In a short time, he brought his family to Iowa where he
bought land near Council Bluffs. Here he built a log house and made many
improvements. The land was first plowed with a team of oxen. He farmed
until his death in 1882. His wife, Susan Hand, was born in 1810 in
Lincolnshire, England, and died in 1862. They were the parents of four
children: Mary, who is deceased; Mrs. Margaret Fletcher of Council Bluffs;
Mrs. Ellen Orr, the subject of this sketch; and William of Council Bluffs.
Mrs. Orr remained at home with her parents until 27 yars old. She attended
the public schools of Council Bluffs and taught one year in the schools of
this city. She was married in 1876 to John A. Orr, who was born in 1850 in
Ohio. He was the son of William and Margaret (Orr) Orr, both natives of
Ireland, who, after their marriage, came to America on their wedding tour.
They prospered in this country and were the parents of twelve children.
John A. Orr, the deceased husband of Mrs. Ellen Orr, was reared on a farm in
La Grange township. He became a very extensive farmer and stockman and was
well known, not only throughout Harrison county, but throughout the state of
Iowa, as a breeder of Duroc-Jersey hogs and Durham cattle. He was one of the
first men to exhibit Duroc-Jersey hogs at the Harrison county fairs. The
farmers were much amazed at this species of hogs and, as a joke, they accused
him of painting them red. This breed, however, has become extremely popular
since Mr. Orr first exhibited them in Harrison county. He was at one time
township clerk and assessor of La Grange township, and at the time of his
death, owned 200 acres of land. Mr. and Mrs. Orr were the parents of three
children: William L., born in 1878, now living with his mother in La Grange
township and managing the home place; Fannie, who died at the age of ten
years; and Bruce, born in 1881 in La Grange, was educated in the district
schools in this township and is a young and energetic farmer. He owns 240
acres of land upon which all modern improvements have been made. He was
married in 1912 to Eva M. Poore, who was born in 1894 in La Grange township,
daughter of James D. and May (McIntire) Poore, natives of Michigan. Both are
living at Harris Grove in La Grange township.
Mrs. Ellen Orr has done a great deal of improving on the farm which she owns.
She has built the finest farm house in Harrison county. It cost ten
thousand dollars and is situated near a splendid grove on the north side,
consisting of five acres. Mrs. Orr and her son own 1,200 acres of land.
The family is independent in politics. Mrs. Ellen Orr is today regarded as
one of Harrison county's best known and noblest women. She is a woman of
agreeable and pleasing personality, keen business judgment and well rounded
ability in many things. (end)
Hope someone finds this useful. Vicki, you can add it to the database.
112 degrees in Phoenix today!! I see that Iowa is getting lots of rain!
I'm not related to this family at all. But I have this biography for Chester
J. Beebe taken from the 1915 History of Harrison Co., Iowa, page 821-22.
CHESTER J. BEEBE. The people who constitute the bone and sinew of this
country are not those who are unstable and unsettled, who fly from one
occupation to another, who do not know how to vote until they are told, and
who take no active or intelligent interest in the civic affairs of their
community. The backbone of this country is made up of the families who have
made their homes, who are alive to the best interests of the community, who
attend to their own business in preference to the affairs of others, and who
work on steadily from day to day, taking the sunshine with the storm, who
rear a fine family to a comfortable home and an honest life. Such people are
always welcome in any country, and in any community. They are the wealth
producers, and Harrison county is fortunate in being blessed with many of
them, among whom is Chester J. Beebe, a farmer of La Grange township.
Chester J. Beebe was born October 28, 1873, at Modale, Harrison county, Iowa,
the son of Alonzo and Hannah (Worthington) Beebe. This family is not related
to the Beebees heretofore mentioned and referred to elsewhere in this volume.
Alonzo Beebe and wife are the parents of five children: Jeanette, who is
deceased; Bert, a farmer of Harrison county; Chester, the immediate subject
of this sketch; Arthur, a farmer of this county; and Mrs. Dollie Caywood who
lives in Canada. Alonzo Beebe was born in 1818 in Massachusetts and worked
in the woolen mills of that state. He assisted in the organization of
several manufacturing plants of woolen cloth, and came to Harrison county,
Iowa, in 1869, where he engaged in farming near Modale, Iowa. He farmed very
successfully until his retirement and death in 1901. Anna (Worthington)
Beebe was born in 1843 in Connecticut and died in 1899.
Chester J. Beebe began life for himself when one year past his majority. He
was reared on the farm and attended the public schools of Modale, Iowa. He
remained at home until his marriage, and then went south to the Mistletoe
Flower State, otherwise known as Oklahoma. Here he homesteaded 152 acres of
land, which he very greatly improved. In 1903, Mr. Beebe returned to
Harrison county, Iowa, and farmed the old home place of his father until
1910. In this year, Mr. Beebe came to La Grange township and rented land for
two years. He then purchased his present farm of 209 acres, 18 acres of
which is in natural timber. Mr. Beebe has a nice cottage home, surrounded by
a beautiful grove of trees, and has made xtensive improvements upon his farm.
He has built two corn bins, put up a large silo, and otherwise improved his
Mr. Beebe was married in 1895 to Elsie Dakan, who was born in this county in
1879, and who is a daughter of Marcus and Nancy (Kelley) Dakan, both natives
of Ohio, who came to Iowa in the early days. Mrs. Beebe's father was born in
1846 and taught school after first coming to Iowa, and is now one of the
oldest living school teachers in Harrison county, and, at the present time,
is teaching a district school in Modale. When he first came to Iowa, he
engaged in farming along with teaching. Mrs. Beebe's mother was born in 1838
and died in 1899.
Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Beebe: Marquis, Sadie, Everett,
Dollie, George, Opal, Myles, Grace, Wilbur and Johann.
Mr. Beebe is an influential citizen in the community where he lives. He is
identified with the Republican party, and is now serving on the school board
of his township. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church, active
in the affairs of this church, and liberal contributors to its support. The
Beebe family is justly entitled to representation in a volume which purports
to set forth the biographical and historical facts relative to Harrison
(VICKI: Here's another one to add to the database.)
Mona Sarratt Knight
The Graybill family were in both Pottawattamie and Harrison County. The
elderly Mrs. Graybill lost several sons in the Civil War. Many of the
Graybill line are buried in the Downs Cemetery in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
There is also an old Graybill Cemetery in the same county, with many from
this family buried there.
History of Harrison County, Iowa, page 898:
LESTER D. GRAYBILL. It is a well-attested maxim that the greatness of a
community or state lies not in the machinery of government or even in its
institutions, but rather in the sterling qualities of the individual citizen,
in his capacity for high and unselfish efforts and his devotion to the public
welfare. In these particulars, he, whose name apears at the head of this
review, has conferred honor and dignity upon his locality and, as an
elemental part of its history, it is important that there should be recorded
a resume of his career. With the object in view of noting his connection
with the advancement of one of the most flourishing and progressive sections
of the commonwealth as well as his splended personal attainments.
Lester D. Graybill, farmer and stockman, of Washington townshi, Harrison
County, Iowa, was born on December 20, 1892, in Washington township, on the
farm where he now lives. He is the son of Andrew and Mary (Miller) Graybill,
the former born on December 29, 1842, in Adams county, Illinois. Andrew
Graybill was the son of Simeon and Amanda (Hill) Graybill, the former born in
1816, in Ohio. He came to Iowa in 1848 and farmed in Pottawattamie county
all his life. He died on June 27, 1889. His wife was born in 1819 in Ohio,
and died in 1848. Simeon Graybill was twice married, his second wife being
Mrs. Frances (Graham) Downs. Three children: Rachel, deceased; William; and
Andrew, the father of Lester D., were born to the first union. Aaron, a
fourth child, died during the Civil War. There were six children born to the
second marriage, three of whom are deceased.
Andrew Graybill made his home with his grandparents on his father's side of
the family. They were Michael and Polly (Stocker) Graybill, natives of
Pennsylvania. Andrew Graybill freighted over the plains in the early days
from Bellevue, Iowa, to Denver, Colorado, using oxen for his trips. In the
spring of 1866, he came to Harrison county, Iowa, where he bought 75 acres of
land. This farm was heavily covered with timber and Mr. Graybill began
fencing it with the old-fashioned rail fence, stakes, and riders, some things
that are not seen at this day and age in harrison County, Iowa. He cut
timber, erected a frame house, which still stands, used for implements, etc.,
a very rare sight in those days. Andrew Graybill made extensive improvements
on all of his farm property and now owns 580 acres of land in Harrison and
Pottawattamie Counties. Forty acres of this land is covered with natural
timber. At one time, he was a heavy cattle feeder and made a specialty of
Polled Durham and Shorthorn breeds. He has since retired from farm life.
Andrew Graybill was married in 1878 to Mary Miller, who was born in 1857, in
Decatur county, Iowa, and who is the daughter of Abraham and Sophronia
(Champlain) Miller, both natives of Pennsylvania and now deceased.
Lester D. Graybill attended the schools of Washington township and the
Yorkshire village schools. He was reared on the farm where he lies and has
always worked for his father. He is now engaged in extensive farming and the
operation of the home place.
Lester D. Graybill is unmarried and is not a member of any lodge. He is,
however, a devoted member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and is an ardent
Democrat. He deserves to rank as one of the rising young farmes of Harrison
county. His friends and neighbors are convinced that sooner or later he will
make a distinguished mark in his chosen profession. (end)
Here are more biographies for others to enjoy. Hope you find them useful.
Vicki, you can add them to the database. :)
History of Harrison County Iowa, 1915, page 519.
WILLIAM C. ELLIS. The Ellis family are of Welsh descent and were among the
early settlers of Harrison county, Iowa. Upon coming to this country the
family first located in Brown county, Ohio, and gradually moved westward
until some of the family located in Harrison county, Iowa, in the early
fifties. William C. Ellis has been a resident of this county since he was
twelve years of age and has been a life-long farmer of Little Sioux township.
William C. Ellis, the son of Hiram and Eliza (Porter) Ellis, was born January
24, 1859, in Putnam County, Illinois. His parents were both natives of Brown
county, Ohio, Hiram Ellis being the son of John and Hannah (Martin) Ellis.
Hannah Martin was a native of Kentucky. The Porters were from Pennsylvania
and Eliza (Porter) Ellis, the mother of William C., was a daughter of James
and mary (Pettijohn) Porter. John Ellis died in Ohio in 1849 of the Asiatic
cholera, and in the early fifties his widow, Anna Ellis, took her children
and started west. They went down the Ohio river, up the Mississippi and
Missouri rivers to Council Bluffs, Iowa, then known as Kanesville. Here they
landed and came by team to Harrison county.
Hiram Ellis was married soon after his father's death in 1849, and went to
Illinois to live in 1854. He moved to Iowa in march 1871, and rented land in
Harrison county for the first year. He then bought a farm in Little Sioux
township and at the time of his death, July 23, 1888, owned 175 acres of land
in the township. Ten children wre born to Hiram Ellis and wife, four of whom
died in infancy.
After his father's death, William C. Ellis continued to reside on the old
home farm with his mother for about thirteen years. The paternal estate was
then sold and the proceeds divided among the heirs. At that time, William C.
and his mother bought his present farm of 200 acres, one-fourth of a mile
south of Little Sioux. His mother continued to reside with William C. until
her death July 24, 1914, being past 81 years of age at that time. She was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as had been her husband, and both
were active workers in the church.
Mr. Ellis has never married. He is a member of the Little Methodist
Episcopal Church and is active in all church and Sunday school work. He has
been superintendent of the Sunday school for the past ten years. In
politics, he has always given his support to the Republican party, but has
never been desirous of holding public office. Mr. Ellis is a man of high
character and sterling qualities, and well merits the high esteem in which he
is held by those who know him. (end)
Page 901, EDDIE S. ELLIS. The biographies of successful men are instructive
as guides and an incentive to those whose careers are yet to be achieved.
The examples they furnish, of patient purpose and consecutive endeavor,
strongly illustrate what is in the power of each to accomplish. The
gentleman whose life story is here briefly set forth, is a conspicuous
example of one who has lived to good purpose and achieved a definite degree
of success in the special sphere to which his talents and energies have been
devoted. Eddie S. Ellis, a farmer and stockman of Washington township,
Harrison county, Iowa, was born February 20, 1876, in Mills county, Iowa. He
is the son of Marion and Nancy (Deem) Ellis, to whom eleven children were
born. Marion Ellis was born in December 1851 in Davis county, Missouri. He
came to Harrison county, Iowa, in 1870 and rented land for a few years. He
owns 320 acres of land in Union township, Harrison county, and is now living
upon his land. Mrs. Marion Ellis, the mother of Eddie S., was born in 1851
in Ohio and moved to Missouri with her parents when a girl of six years.
Eddie S. Ellis was reared on the farm and attended only the country schools
of Union township, Harrison county. He worked at home for his father until
he had reached his majority and then worked for different persons, as a farm
laborer, for about two years. After this, he rented land and began farming
for himself. He rented land and farmed it for two years, at the end of which
time he bought 80 acres in Union township. Mr. Ellis made many improvements
upon this land and farmed it until 1912, when he sold out and bought the farm
which he now owns, consisting of 240 acres of fertile, well improved soil.
When Mr. Ellis bought his present farm, there wre many buildings upon it, but
they were very much run down and very much in need of paint. These buildings
have been remodeled and improved, cement sidewalks have been laid and many
modern conveniences added to the farm. Eddie S. Ellis has succeeded in his
vocation, far beyond the achievement of most men. He is a rather heavy
shareholder in the Hafer Lumber Company at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Mr. Ellis was married in 1900 to BESSIE STOCKER, who was born in 1881, in
Washington Townshp and who is the daughter of Orsan and Elizabeth (Omen)
Stocker. To this union, six children have been born: Letha, Lloyd, Floyd,
Bessie, Ray and Eldred.
Mr. Ellis is a Republican, but he has never been especially active in
political affairs and has never held office, with one exception, at which
time he was a school director. The Ellis family attend the Methodist Church.
Mr. Ellis is not a member of any secret order. The family are highly
respected in the community where they reside, and Mr. Ellis deserved to rank
as one of the representative farmers of his township. (end)
Mona Sarratt Knight
Vicki: Do you have record of a burial in Harrison Co. for a James M.
He would have died about 1848 or early 1849. His widow, Mrs. Rachel (Judd)
Henderson married the famous Mormon Jacob Hamblin in Council Bluffs on 30 Sep
1849, and they moved their family to Utah.
Any help is appreciated. I'm unrelated to this family but searching for
Mona Sarratt Knight
I have 3 photos someone sent me of 2 Arbaugh Graves and the Noyes Cemetery
sign. Tombstones are for Mary A & W H Arbaugh and H H & Mary E Arbaugh.
I have the photos but can't find the email that I received them with. Who
sent me these beautiful photos? I am hoping it is someone on this list.
Welcome! This is the former Rootsweb list, IAHARRIS. We'll be discussing the history and genealogy of Harrison County, Iowa including the surrounding region of southwestern Iowa and the surrounding counties in Nebraska.