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Does anyone know of the existence of a photo of any of the church
buildings used by the Primitive Baptist church called Liberty? This
church met for many years in the vicinity of Kellogg, Iowa, in Jasper
County. The first church building was destroyed by the tornado of June
1882. Although several people were killed in the Rock Creek area,
Liberty church members, who were meeting that evening, were
instructed by the minister to lie on the
ground outside the church as the tornado approached, and they escaped
injury. The church building, however, was destroyed; and the members
met the following day at the site to plan a new one. This building
was used by the church until 1925; it is now being used by the Victor
Grange. The congregation then purchased a building on Spencer Street,
one block off of Highway 6 in west Grinnell.
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Seeking info on the Johan Swangel/Swangle and Johnson ancestry. My grt grt
grandmother is Sarah Ann Swangle, who married James C. Johnson. It's my
understanding they lived in the Poweshiek area in the 1850's, and I think
that their children were born there.
It's believed that Sarah Ann was daughter of John/Johan Swangel and Elizabeth
Stroup. She was born 1833, married James C. 1854. Grateful for any
Viola in California
The following obituary appeared in the January 9, 2001, edition of the
Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho. It is presented here as the subject was a
native of Grinnell.
Andrew William 'Andy' McRoberts
Andrew William "Andy" McRoberts, 87-year-old Kennewick, Wash., and former
Rupert resident, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, in Kennewick, Wash.
He was born March 10, 1913, at Grinnell, Iowa, the son of William and
Margaret Peak McRoberts. He graduated from Rupert High School. He married
Josephine "Jo" Morgan. They owned and operated Andy's Chevron in Rupert for
41 years. He was a member of the St. Nicholas Catholic Church and was
involved in many civic and religious organizations including the Rupert
Council 2792 of the Knights of Columbus, a Charter member of the Rupert
Lions, Rupert Country Club and Golf Association, Rupert Elks
Club, member of the Rupert Volunteer Fire Department and the Civil Air
Patrol. Andy was very involved in the community whether it was sponsoring a
Little League team from Andy's Chevron, helping the Lions Club with programs
at the rodeo, barbecuing chicken for the Knights of Columbus dinner or
riding on the fire truck with the grand kids in the 4th of July parade.
Whenever he was asked, Andy could always be counted on to lend a helping
hand. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing in his spare
time. Those who were fortunate enough to have known him will miss him
dearly. After Jo died in 1991, Andy married Erma Brower and they moved to
Kennewick, Wash., where he has lived since.
Survivors include his wife, Erma; two children, Dr. Andrew (Jackie)
McRoberts of Pocatello and Bobbi Jo (Dave) Anderson of Boise; a sister, Mrs.
Evelyn Pool of Rupert; six grandchildren, Josephine "Jodi" Anderson, Dr.
Drew McRoberts, J.D. Anderson, Kathleen McRoberts, Greg McRoberts, Joe
Anderson; and three great-granddaughters, Sydney and Charley McRoberts and
Morgan Anderson. Also surviving are Erma's children, Ronda Violet, Tom
Brower, Robert Brower, Dee Brower and Ray Brower.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Winifred McKenzie,
Margaret Comstock, and Mary Nickerson.
The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at Hansen
Mortuary Rupert Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at
11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Rupert.
Burial will follow in the Rupert Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 p.m.
until the time of the Rosary Wednesday at Hansen Mortuary Rupert Chapel.
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