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16. John Clayton Morrison, born November 07, 1873 in Wapello County, Iowa; died August 24, 1938 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. He was the son of 32. John Thomas Morrison and 33. Nancy Rebeca Forsythe. He married 17. Florence Belle Elder December 10, 1902 in Benjamin Elder's resident, Davis County, Iowa.
Notes for John Clayton Morrison:
The 1900 Federal census lists John, age 26, as still single and living at home.  It lists his occupation as Engineer.  However, the 1910 census shows him married, living in Davis County, and records that he was not able to read or write.  The term Engineer must have been used loosely in those days.  The 1910 census shows him to be a farmer in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa, with a mortgaged farm, schedule 67.
The 1915 Iowa census shows the family living in Wapello County, near Blakesburg.
By 1920 John and family were in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa where he was a laborer with a farm home at schedule 121.
The 1925 Iowa census shows John and family still in Sugar Creek Township.  This census records the fact that John finished the eighth (8th) grade and could read and write.  Additionally the 1930 Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census, where John is a general farm laborer, says that he can read and write.  These contradict the 1910 census.
According to his obituary, in 1930 his health began to fail and since that time he had been a constant sufferer with asthma and heart trouble.  But it was just a week before his death that he became critically ill.  During that time he suffered intensely and "all that loving hand could do gradually failed."  The death record states he died of asthma and heart trouble.  John was buried originally in Forest Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa according to the "Index of Mahaska County Iowa Deaths 1932-1940".  This would have meant he was subsequently disinterred and reburied in Mounts Cemetery, NE1/4 of section 21 of Marion Township in Davis County, Iowa.  However the obituary states he was laid to rest in Mounts Cemetery.  It would appear the death index is incorrect.
The 1885 and 1895 census records both state that John was born in Wapello County, while the obituary states Davis County.  Also, the ages on all the census records show John to have been born in 1873, including the 1900 census that says he was born November 1873, while the obituary says 1874.  I side with the census records in recording his birth statistics.

17. Florence Belle Elder, born June 22, 1882 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died April 01, 1968 in Mahaska Manor Nursing Home, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 34. Benjamin Baker Elder and 35. Mary Lucinda Tharp.
Notes for Florence Belle Elder:
The 1900 Federal census identifies Florence as living with her parents with an occupation of teacher.  The 1925 Iowa census records that she finished the eighth (8th) grade.  It did not take much of an education to become a teacher at the turn of the century, only an eighth grade diploma and some high school training.
The 1910 Federal census lists Floyd, age 4, and states that she and John have been married 7 years.  She had given birth to two children, with 1 still alive at this census taking.
Florence is buried in Mounts Cemetery, NE1/4 of section 21 in Marion Township of Davis County, Iowa.

Children of John Morrison and Florence Elder are:

i. Ivah Icel Morrison, born December 02, 1903 in Davis County, Iowa; died May 25, 1905 in Davis County, Iowa.
Ivah may have been named after her aunt, Ivah Myrtle Elder, sister of Florence.  Ivah died at 1 year, 5 months, and 23 days of whooping cough and pneumonia.  She was buried May 26 in Mounts Cemetery, NE1/4 of section 21 in Marion Township of Davis County, Iowa.
ii. Floyd Wayne Morrison, born November 20, 1905 in Davis County, Iowa; died September 20, 1988 in Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; married Glenna Hazel Robertson August 20, 1927 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; born March 13, 1908 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died January 28, 1992 in Sunnyview Care Center, Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa.
Floyd was the first of his family to graduate from high school, the school being Searsboro High School in Poweshiek County, Iowa.  He started married life working as a farm hired hand.  He worked as timekeeper on a WPA road crew during the depression of the 1930's.  Then in 1941 he started work with the Iowa Valve Company in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa where he worked as a machinist until retirement in 1970.  He also worked insurance part-time from an office in the basement of his home, and continued to do so for a number of years after retirement from the Iowa Valve Company.  He died of congestive heart failure and was buried September 23 in Forest Memorial Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
iii. Fallace Earl Morrison, born July 02, 1912 in Davis County, Iowa; died July 1983 in Spirit Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho; married June Talbot October 21, 1939 in Lancaster, Schuyler County, Missouri; born June 17, 1922 in Bussey, Marion County, Iowa; died November 22, 1979 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
The 1920 Federal census for Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa lists Fallace as a daughter named Alice.  Another example of how census takers were and are prone to mistakes.  Fallace and family moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area for health reasons.  He worked as a hired farm hand.  The Social Security Death Index lists his last residence as Spirit Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho and his death date July 1983.  It is most probable one of his children was living in Spirit Lake, since Carl's obituary in 1980 still shows Fallace as living in Phoenix.
iv. Carl V. Morrison, born August 01, 1914 in Davis County, Iowa; died March 15, 1980 in Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; married Thelma Morgan 1954 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; born September 1, 1907 in Ontario, Vernon County, Wisconsin; died May 21, 1999 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin.
Carl worked for John Deere Plow and Planter Works in Moline, Illinois for 29 1/2 years before retiring in 1972.  Years of smoking and working in the dusty and dirty manufacturing environment caused a severe case of emphysema.  This most surely contributed to his death as The Lung Association was one of the options listed in his obituary for making memorial contributions.
v. Mary G. Morrison, born October 04, 1916 in Blakesburg, Wapello County, Iowa; died September 22, 1948 in LeClaire, Scott County, Iowa; married Glen Oliver Rea Abt. 1932 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; born August 24, 1911 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; died January 16, 1980 in Leighton, Mahaska County, Iowa.
Mary died at the young age of 31 years, 11 months, and 18 days of a sudden heart attack.  Her oldest child, age 15 at the time, came home from school to find his mother dead.  She was buried in Forest Memorial Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
vi. Helen Lorene Morrison, born July 19, 1924 in Searsboro, Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died September 26, 1984 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Iowa; married Ronald E. Showman June 06, 1941 in Lancaster, Missouri; born December 28, 1919 in Delta, Keokuk County, Iowa; died November 29, 1973 in Veteran's Hospital, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
She preferred to be called Lorene.  Her husband, Ronald, worked in the Foundary at the Iowa Valve Company in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa, where Lorene's brother, Floyd, worked as a machinist.  Lorene was a homemaker and also very actively worked an Avon route in Oskaloosa.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer, and despite aggressive therapy, she died of cancer September 26, 1984.  She was buried September 29 in Forest Memorial Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.

 

18. Harley Clark Robertson, born March 23, 1889 in Searsboro, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died November 12, 1968 in Camair Convalescent Home, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. He was the son of 36. William Parker Robertson and 37. Sarah E. Knox. He married 19. Lena Hazel Sexton August 12, 1907 in Mahaska County, Iowa.
Notes for Harley Clark Robertson:
The Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa 1910 Federal census entry shows Harley as a farm laborer on a rented farm.  This census noted that Harley was not out of work on April 15, 1910, but did spend 16 weeks out of work in 1909.  In the 1915 census Harley, age 26, was a farmer.  He earned $700 in 1914.  The 1920 Federal census shows Harley and family in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.  Harley is a farmer on schedule 21.  In the 1930 Federal census for Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa he is shown as a tenant farmer.  He was a farmer for most of his adult life.  After he retired from farming, he and Lena lived in New Sharon and he worked as a delivery man for the local grocery store.
Harley and Lena are buried in the Friends Cemetery at the south end of New Sharon, Iowa.

19. Lena Hazel Sexton, born September 26, 1890 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died December 23, 1973 in her home, New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 38. Pierson Grant Sexton and 39. Mary Eleanor Farr.
Notes for Lena Hazel Sexton:
Lena was a homemaker during Harley's farming years.  After Harley's retirement from farming Lena took in washing and ironing to supplement their retirement income.
In addition to raising her 4 children, she also raised one of her grandsons to adulthood, and then had one of her great grandsons living with her at the time of her death.  The back yard of their home in New Sharon was always a fun place to visit.  They had their own private zoo with cages containing fox, racoon, hawk and all sort of other wildlife.

Children of Harley Robertson and Lena Sexton are:

i. Glenna Hazel Robertson, born March 13, 1908 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died January 28, 1992 in Sunnyview Care Center, Ankeny, Polk County Iowa; married Floyd Wayne Morrison August 20, 1927 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; born November 20, 1905 in Davis County, Iowa; died September 20, 1988 in Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
ii. Kenneth Harley Robertson, born March 07, 1910 in Taintor, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa; died November 09, 1941 in near Cedar, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Freda M. Myers August 20, 1930 in Methodist Parsonage, New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; born May 13, 1914; died May 22, 1953.
During his boyhood he attended various schools in Poweshiek county and after graduating from eighth grade he farmed with his father for several years.  Later he became engaged in trucking and during the last year of his life had built up a successful business through the management of the Diamond D-X Oil station in New Sharon.
On the night of November 9, 1941 Kenneth had gone to Fremont, Iowa where he had tried to make arrangements to purchase a quantity of anti-freeze for sale at his station.  On the way back home, Kenneth met a violent death in an auto wreck that instantly killed him.  His car crashed headon into a big truck on highway U. S. 63 in the town of Cedar.  So terrific was the crash that when rescuers arrived with the sheriff, it was some time before Robertson could be extricated from the wreckage.  He was badly cut about his body with several bones broken in his legs and arms.
He and Freda had one child who died in infancy.
iii. Dortha Marie Robertson, born November 18, 1913 north of Taintor, in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died July 06, 1964 in her home, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa; married (1) Kirk Gardner Richards February 02, 1935 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; born December 08, 1915 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died December 12, 1951 in Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; married (2) Richard Kitch Abt. 1960 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; born February 26, 1922; died January 10, 1997 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa.
Kirk was the son of Lester Richards and Anna Richards Wymore, and was born December 8, 1915 on a farm jsut west of New Sharon where he resided, with the exception of a few years, until the time of his death.  Kirk started to become jaundiced looking.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa, Iowa, but the doctors were unable to determine the cause.  He was subsequently moved to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  At any one time there were as many as 30 specialists trying to determine the cause of his illness.  After he died, the autopsy showed he had cancer of the heart, an extremely rare illness - one that the specialists at Mayo had never heard of at the time.
Dortha kept the farm going until Lloyd was old enough to take over the operation.  Dortha met and married Richard Kitch of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  After the wedding she and Afton moved to Mt. Pleasant, where she died of cancer in 1964.
iv. Melvin Dale Robertson, born June 01, 1916 north of Taintor, in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died October 05, 1949 in Berkeley, Alameda County, California; married Esther Belveal November 11, 1936 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; born October 02, 1917 in Iowa; died August 26, 1979 in Albany, Alameda County, California.
Melvin Dale was always referred to as Dale.  Dale entered the Navy on May 26, 1944 and received his boot training at Farragut, Idaho.  He was then transferred to Armed Guard School Repair Base, General Crew 2805 in San Diego, California, S1, USNR in World War II.  He and Esther remained in California after the war.
He started the Robertson Dairy in Berkeley.  On October 5, 1949 Dale was on a milk truck route.  This was in the days of glass milk bottles.  There was an accident where a speeding car ran into Dale's truck with such force that milk bottles were tossed all around the interior of the truck.  Dale was so badly cut by all the broken glass that he died of loss of blood before they could get him to a hospital.  His body was returned to New Sharon, Iowa where he was buried in the Friends Cemetery.
He and Esther had a son Melvin and a daughter Judy.  After Dale's death, Melvin came to New Sharon to live with his grandparents Harley and Lena Robertson while Judy remained in California with her mother.  Esther operated a beauty shop in the Albany area.

 

20. Emil Edward Dahlstrom, born November 13, 1890 in Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan; died December 03, 1960 in his home, Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa. He was the son of 40. Anders August Andersson and 41. Anna Lovisa Grund. He married 21. Icie Blanche Waterhouse December 22, 1912 in Keokuk County, Iowa.
Notes for Emil Edward Dahlstrom:
It is unclear whether Emil was born Anderson or Dahlstrom.  Among the photos in the Andrew Dahlstrom Album is one of Emil's baptism entry in Ishpeming, Michigan.  That entry shows his parents' entry Anders August Anderson Dahlstrom and his wife Anna Lovisa.  That marks the first time where the change from Anderson to Dahlstrom is recorded.  It is unclear when that name change occurred in relation to Emil's birth.
Emil worked as blacksmith and farmer, and finally as owner and proprietor of Dahlstrom Lumber Company of Thornburg in Keokuk County, Iowa.  While working as a blacksmith he was kicked in the hip by a horse.  This injury caused him great pain the rest of his life, causing him to use a cane and keeping him from being able to stand erect.  When he was no longer able to handle the lumber business by himself his oldest son moved back to Thornburg to assist, and eventually take over the business.
Emil and Icie are buried at Sixteen Cemetery west of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa.

21. Icie Blanche Waterhouse, born April 01, 1895 in Springfield, Keokuk County, Iowa; died December 31, 1960 in her home, Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 42. Nelson Waterhouse and 43. Mary M. Coghlan.
Notes for Icie Blanche Waterhouse:
Icie worked as a telephone operator in Gibson, near Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa in the days of the old manual switchboard and party lines.

Children of Emil Dahlstrom and Icie Waterhouse are:

i. Melvin Floyd Dahlstrom, born April 25, 1913 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; died June 10, 2005 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Arlene Florence Zimmerman November 22, 1940 in Methodist Parsonage in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; born April 9,1920 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa; died January 24, 2000 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa.
Melvin attended school at What Cheer and graduated as valedictorian of the Wellman High School Class of 1930.  After high school, he attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant.  Melvin served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945.  He used to talk about enlisting in the Navy.  During one of the assemblies, a commanding officer wnet up and down the line arbitrarily identifying those who would be in the Navy and those who would be in the Coast Guard.  Melvin ended up in the latter.
Melvin married Arlene Zimmerman on November 22, 1940.  Arlene and Jon moved to Frisco Bay, California during his term of enlistment.  After discharge from sevice at the end of World War II, they moved to Oklahoma where he worked for the U.S. Government as a federal prison guard.  They moved to Thornburg, Iowa in 1949 where he assisted his father in the operation of the Dahlstrom Lumber Company there.  After his father retired he owned and operated the Dahlstrom Lumber Company.
ii. Kenneth Earl Dahlstrom, born December 05, 1919 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; died October 04, 1982 in Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital, Osage Beach, Miller County, Missouri; married Jesslyn Marie Allen May 08, 1943 in Syracuse, Hamilton County, Kansas; born March 24, 1922 in Columbia, Boone County, Missouri; died September 2, 2011 in Castleparke, Ogle County, Missouri.
Kenneth attended High School at Gibson, Iowa and was a graduate of the Central College at Pella, Iowa where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in business.  He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of World War II in the European Theater and retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel.
He was employed with the telephone company for over 30 years until his retirement in 1982.

 

22. Joe Zimmerman, born December 04, 1900 in Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois; died November 27, 1974 in his home north of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa. He was the son of 44. August Zimmerman, Sr. and 45. Carolina Hochwarth. He married 23. Luella Florence McKay October 22, 1919 in Webster, Keokuk County, Iowa.
Notes for Joe Zimmerman:
Joe moved with his family to Keokuk County, Iowa in 1908.  He farmed his entire adult life on 80 acres north of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa.
This article from an unknown newspaper, written by Rev. J. D. O'Dell is a very interesting illustration of the writing style of that day.  "On Wednesday P. M. October 22 a Sedan flivver pulled up at the Webster parsonage of the M. E. church and we confess meeting old acquaintances is always a joy to us but when the parties have that twinkle in their eyes that suggests a pleasant surprise in something unusual about to happen, why of course our doors are always open and we are more than glad to put all at ease in our very best fashion.  Such was the occasion when the McKays and Zimmermans of Thornburg called.  The program was soon put in our hands and after the usual information was given in a jolly good humor Miss Luella McKay and Mr. Joe Zimmerman arose and by joining their right hands pledged their faith and love in Holy Matrimony while Rev. J. D. O'Dell solemnized their vows and invoked the blessing of Almighty God upon the union of their young lives and pronounced them husband and wife.
"Mrs. Zimmerman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam McKay and is a young lady of splendid home training, always jolly and lots of pep; just the kind that makes things go.  Mr. Zimmerman is the youngest son of Mr. August Zimmerman and has been associated with his father in large business enterprises both on the farm and in the store; so that we predict more than an ordinary career for these young people and our best wishes go with them."
Joe and Luella are buried at Sixteen Cemetery west of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa.

23. Luella Florence McKay, born April 02, 1902 in Sherrard, Mercer County, Illinois; died March 26, 2003 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 46. Samuel McKay, Jr. and 47. Annie Jones.
Notes for Luella Florence McKay:
Luella was a homemaker on the farm as long as Joe was alive.  After he died, Luella sold the farm and retired to What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa.  She enjoyed extensive traveling in her retirement years, going with a number of seniors in the area on a tour bus that originated from What Cheer.  She traveled to nearly all the 48 contiguous states and Canada.  She truly enjoyed life.

Child of Joe Zimmerman and Luella Florence McKay is:

i. Arlene Florence Zimmerman, born April 09, 1920 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa; died January 24, 2000 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Melvin Floyd Dahlstrom November 22, 1940 in Methodist Parsonage in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; born April 25, 1913 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; died June 10, 2005 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa.

 

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