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Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Marriage Licenses Issued
Thursday, February l0, l92l

C. LETA STEMM, Lamoni, 24

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, October l2, l922

The Birth Record Filed with Clerk Officer for Month of September (l922), Shows 36 Boys and only l6 Girl Babies:

CLIFFORD ELDEN SHAKESPEARE, boy, August l8, to MR. and MRS. HARRY A. SHAKESPEARE, Fayette Township.

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March 2, l922

WILLIAM H. ADAIR, the subject of this sketch was born near Princeton, Mercer County, Mo., Sept. 8, l857, but his parents, JAMES and ELIZABETH (NEWLIN) ADAIR, soon removed to where the town of Woodland, Iowa is now situated. He was reared to manhood at this place. He spent 50 years of his life in Decatur County, Iowa, and the adjoining county, Harrison, in Mo. After which time he went to Ellis County, Oklahoma, where he resided ten years, then in l9l7 to the Sinclair Oil and Gas lease, near Cleveland, Okla., where he lived two years as an oil field worker, then to the Sinclair lease near Yale, Okla., where he and two sons continued to work with the same Supt. as they began with.

But he was soon stricken with that dread disease, paralysis, which rendered him an invalid, 26 months before death came, as a sweet release on Sunday morning, Feb. l9, l922. He married ELLEN SHEARARD near Davis City, Iowa, Dec. 24, l882; to this union 8 children were born; JESSE HYRUM, dying in l898. The living are STELLA COCHRAN, who lives near Higgins, Texas; FLORA BAILEY, Des Moines, Iowa; CHARLES R. ADAIR, of Yale; LEO H. ADAIR, of Burk-Burnett, Texas; MRS. LUCIL SHEFFER, Keifer, Okla.; and LYMAN W., who with his mother has cared for him continually during his affliction. The last seven weeks of his life, his suffering was something dreadful. And his children, the five last mentioned were near him much of the time to render any service that loving sons and daughters could render an afflicted father.

He was of a very genial disposition, and greatly beloved by his children. He at one time lived a consistent Christian life as a member of the L.D.S. Church but became careless in later years. But during his long suffering he remembered his former covenant and many times called for those about him to pray with him. He made many requests regarding his burial. The funeral, etc., which was carried out to the letter by his family. His body was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery near Quary, Okla., in fulfillment of his desire, the funeral being preached by Wm. Shakespeare, a former Lamoni boy of the L.D.S. faith. The church people and Sinclair people also showed great kindness and sympathy for the family in their hours of watching and bereavement. The Supt. (The same as his sons and him began with four and a half hears ago) shut down all works except the pumping of the wells, and his men prepared the grave and he and them attending the funeral and burial, the men acting as pall bearers. His sufferings were so great we would not wish him back. May his soul rest in peace.

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Marriage Licenses Issued
Thursday, January ll, l923

HAZEL M. DELONG, Lamoni, 22

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Marriage Licenses Issued
Thursday, November 22, l923

GLEN D. BARTH, Blythedale, Mo., 30

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, February l2, l925

List of Births Filed For Record With Clerk McMorris in January (l925):

WAYNE GILBERT SHAKESPEARE, boy, Nov. 28, to MR. and MRS. HENRY A. SHAKESPEARE, Fayette Township.

The Lamoni Chronicle
October 14, 1909


W. E. and W. T. SHAKESPEARE returned from Centerville, Monday where they had been in the interest of the Religio and Sunday School organizations.

The Lamoni Chronicle
Lamoni, Iowa
March 10, 1904

William SHAKESPEARE and family departed for Lucas, Friday, where they will reside. Mr. SHAKESPEARE will work in the mines at Lucas, an occupation not new to him, he having been formerly engaged in such work at Lucas. While he will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors in the vicinity of Evergreen he will be gladly welcomed back to Lucas by his many acquaintances there.

The Independent Patriot
Lamoni, Iowa
October 26, 1893


SHAKESPEARE - At the home of its parents near Lamoni, on Tuesday morning, October 24, 1893, Henry, infant son of William T. SHAKESPEARE and wife. Funeral from the house on Wednesday afternoon. Services were in charge of Elder H. A. STEBBINS.

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, August 31, 1905

ARTHUR SHAKESPEARE, the seventeen-year-old son of SAM SHAKESPEARE, was drowned Tuesday afternoon in a pond on his father's farm between three and four miles west of Lamoni. He and several companions were bathing in the pond when he was attacked by cramps and sank before assistance could reach him. Efforts were made at rescue, but the body was not recovered until life was extinct. The accident occurred about 4 o'clock.

-- Leon Reporter.
The SHAKESPEARES formerly resided in Lucas County, at Lucas, and for a time on a farm in Washington Township.


From the IGI:

  • born May 1892, died 24 Oct 1893, Henry Alfred, son of William Thomas Shakespeare and Jane Willetts, Lamoni, Decatur, Iowa

  • married 27 Jane 1887, William Thomas Shakespeare and Jane Willetts, Lucas, Lucas, Iowa

  • born 1 June 1861,died 12 Aug 1943, William Thomas Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare and Sarah Marsh, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois

William Shakespeare and Sarah Marsh emigrated from Dudley, Worcestershire.

September 2004