Men (and Women)
Le Claire Rivermen
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday, February 11, 1906, page 21.
LECLAIRE BOYS BACK FROM THE GULF
Tell Graphic Story of Their Steamboating Experiences.
LeClaire, Ia., Feb. 9.—(Special Correspondence of The Democrat.)—Lee Suiter and Irwin Wasson returned Saturday from Miami, Fla., where they spent over two months steamboating. Mr. Suiter served as fireman on the steamer Wanderer and Mr. Wasson acted in the same capacity on the steamer Columbia, which was the former Pauline, a raft boat well known to LeClaire people. The young men are delighted with their trip. They coasted around the Gulf of Mexico, the water of which they say is as clear as glass, but in a storm the waves attained frightful proportions. Compared with the waves of Lake Pepin, whose storms are sometimes terrific, the relation is of two to one. These young men often experienced a storm on the lake and were not afraid, but were badly frightened when a storm arose on the gulf, as the salt water corroded the boilers, the boat began to leak and the water just churned in the holds of the boats, the hulls of which had to receive a special coat of paint to prevent them from leaking. The waves were so bad sometimes that they could make no coffee. “All we had,” says Mr. Wasson, who is a son of Captain I. H. Wasson, formerly a LeClaire citizen and master of the steamer Moline, “was a drink of water and some sea biscuits which were so hard that we could hardly eat them.
“A huge wave dashed against the boat; I was standing near the table all the time, and things began to move in all directions. I threw my arms around as many dishes as I could grasp or they would have been dashed into the gulf.”
Mr. Wasson went as far as Key West, where he witnessed the interesting operation of sponge fishing.
During their trip they saw many oranges, coconuts and limes. The latter grow wild. Mr. Wasson also saw a small octopus with its hideouts tentacles outstretched on the shore.
While they were there they met Henry Rolfs, who is employed as United States scientist, and receives a large salary. He is a former LeClaire boy, and is a brother of Miss Mary Rolfs, the former popular grammar teacher.
John Feehan and William Vonhein are still at Miami and will probably not return till spring.
On the way south they saw the steamers Saturn, F. W. Weyerhauser
Democrat Gazette, Tuesday, April 28, 1889, page 2.
STRANGE AS FICTION.
AND YET IT IS A STORY OF SOBER TRUTH.
The Brief History of an Affair of Love, Marriage and Elopement—From Ireland to LeClaire and from LeClaire to the Unknown—The Fate of the Four Brothers.
Early in the spring of 1882 there came to LeClaire four men and one woman, all from Ireland. One of the men was a brother to the woman and both were well along in years, he being 45 and she considerably older. The presence of a married sister was the probable cause of the immigrants coming to LeClaire. Of the four men one went to work on the river and after a short stay he left for the old country, leaving sad memories with everybody who had been generous enough to trust him. The two others went to Manitoba and one was killed in an Indian fight.
Of the one who remained in LeClaire his story deals more particularly. The brother and sister after a brief visit with their sister began housekeeping. The brother proved to be a very erratic fellow and soon developed a taste for some peculiar American ways which was not compatible with good citizenship. When he first came he was neat in dress and person. In a very few months his habits made him reckless and he soon became most slovenly in person and dress. He worked but little, but managed to secure a few out-lying town lots. The married sister who had resided in LeClaire for many years was the mother of several children, and was to all appearances reasonably happy in her domestic relations. She was a hard working, industrious woman and always held the confidence and respect of her friends and neighbors.
The brother, whose name was Robert Wedgewood was a cooper by trade, but there being no work of that kind at LeClaire; he declined to interest himself in any other work. Wedgewood was of medium height, had a red, dissipated looking face, and would weigh 175 pounds. He had a shy diffidence about him, and would not look one in the face. He was, it is said, a deserter from the English army, he having enlisted to go to the Zulu country during the native war, and then thought better of it.
In May last, after Wedgewood had disposed of all his possessions, he and his married sister left the town, crossing the river to Port Bryon. They took with them a couple of satchels full of clothing and 3 or 4 woolen blankets. Wedgewood carried his luggage in a sailor’s grip, a cloth affair with a round bottom and closed by a drawstring at the top.
After the couple left the ferry at Port Bryon all trace of them was lost and no word has been received of them or their whereabouts since. Relatives of the woman, whose name is withheld on account of the respectability of the husband’s family, have written everywhere but not a trace has come to hand of the fugitives. Why the woman should a house of reasonable comfort without intimating to anyone, even her own children, who are all full grown, where she was going or why, is past comprehension. She simply locked the door and left, leaving cows, chickens, pigs and house to go uncared for until the hunger of the dumb brutes drove them to an unmistakable expression of want. The husband was on the river at the time of the departure of the wife and mother, and only the day before her departure he sent her a ten dollar gold piece by a neighbor’s child.
Wedgewood probably had $150 while the woman had $75 or $100. In view of the supposed fact of Wedgewood’s being a deserter from the English army it is not in lest probable that they went to Ireland. Nor is it likely that he would take the chances of venturing on British soil without changing his name. From the further fact that one of his comrades from Ireland went to Manitoba it is not unlikely that the pair would have gone there, he changing his name.
There are several peculiar, not to say remarkable circumstances in the case which are not easily solved. Why a woman whose domestic relations were reasonably happy and whose wants were fairly well supplied should desert home and family and go away with an adverturer, is the question that is agitating the minds of the people of LeClaire.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, May 24, 1928, page 21.
WATCHMAN ON DREDGE BOAT DIES SUDDENLY
Thomas O’Malley Found Dead in Chair by Comrades.
Thomas O’Malley, 70, night watchman on a government dredge boat anchored at the foot of College avenue, was found dead at 5:20 a.m. today. His body was found slumped forward in a chair where he had died suddenly sometime during the night. Coroner J. D. Cantwell was called and pronounced the cause of death due to a hemorrhage caused by an ulcerated condition of the stomach.
O’Malley was supposed to report to the quartermasters boat and rouse the crew at 3 o’clock this morning. When he did not put in an appearance a search was started which resulted in the finding of the body. Until recently he had been rooming at the W. W. Whitney home, 217 Fifteenth street, Rock Island.
He was born in LeClaire, Ia. 70 years ago and had been a river man his entire life. For the past six years when not working on one of the boats, he resided in Rock Island. There are no survivors.
The body was removed to the Hill & Frederick’s mortuary. Further arrangements will be announced later.
The Daily Times, Thursday, May 24,1928, page 2.
AGED WATCHMAN FOUND DEAD ON DREDGING BOAT
Tom O’Malley, 70 a watchman on government river boats, was found dead at 5 a. m. today on a dredge boat, stationed near the foot of Collage avenue.
Employees of the dredge, whom he was supposed to waken for duty at 3. A. m. at the quartermaster’s boat, began a search for him when he did not appear and found his body lying on the floor in the boiler room of the dredge.
Coroner J. D. Cantwell was summoned and determined that death had resulted from hemorrhages of the stomach and other internal disorders.
Mr. O’Malley was born in LeClaire in 1858 and had made his home there for many years. He had been employed by the government for several years. He had made his home recently with W. W. Whitney, 217 Fifteenth street, Rock Island.
The body was taken to the Hill & Fredericks mortuary pending funeral arrangements.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Friday Evening, May 25, 1928, page 15.
The O’Malley Funeral
Funeral services for Thomas O’Malley will be held at 9 o’clock Saturday morning at the Hill & Frederick’s chapel. Burial will be made in St. Marguerite’s cemetery.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, MAY 27, 1926, PAGE 17.
The O’Malley Funeral.
Funeral services for Thomas O’Malley were held at 9 o’clock Saturday morning at the Hill & Fredericks chapel. The Rev. H. G. Takkenberg officiated at the services at the chapel and at the cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Larson, George Boismenus, W. D. Gallagher, William Bagley, Robert Brown and Tom Ryan.
1900 Census LeClaire City, Scott County, Iowa
O'Neil, Emma Head Boat cook
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday Evening, April 10,1922, page 5.
MRS. O'NEIL OF LE CLAIRE DIES FROM A STROKE
Fails to Recover from Paralytic Stroke Sustained Last Monday.
Special to The Democrat
LeClaire, Ia. March 10--Mrs. Emma O'Neil passed away at her home early Sunday morning following a stroke sustained last Monday. She was born in Ohio State, Dec. 5, 1844, and was married to Thomas O'Neil on July 16, 1865. Mr. O'Neil proceded her in death several years ago.
Two Daughters survive, Mrs. C. E. Wells of Rock Island and Mrs. Nellie Gibbs at home. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home and interment will be in LeClaire cemetery. Rev. A. E. Abben will conduct the services both at the home and at the grave.
The Daily Times, Monday, April 10, 1922, page 18.
MRS O'NEIL OF LE CLAIRE DEAD
LE CLAIRE, Ia., -April 10.- (Special) - Mrs. Emma O'Neil died at her home here early Sunday morning as a result of a stroke of paralysis suffered on April 3. She was born Dec. 5, 1844 in Ohio, and married Thomas O"Neil, July 16, 1865. He died many years ago.
Two daugthers, Mrs. C. D. Wells of Rock Island and Mrs. Nellie Gibbs of LeClaire, survive.
The funeral will be held at the home at 2 p.m. tomorrow with Rev. A. E. Abben of the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be in the LeClaire cemetery.
(Note) Frank Parker was born in LeClaire to Charles and Sarah Parker in 1879.
The Daily Times, Friday, March 16, 1934, page 23.
FRANK PARKER OF RAPIDS CITY DIES ON FEDERAL BOAT
Frank F. Parker, 59, of Rapids City, dropped dead at 5 p. m., yesterday in the engine room of a Untied States government boat near St. Louis. At an inquest which was held today it was determined that death was caused by cerebral apoplexy.
Mr. Parker left his home Tuesday evening for St. Louis to resume employment on one of the government boats on the lower Mississippi. His wife learned of his death last evening at her home in Rapids City.
He was born April 17, 1875 in LeClaire, Ia., being the son of Charles and Sarah Gordon Parker. He was educated at the schools in LeClaire and was a member of the Methodist church. Mr. Parker married Miss Lucy Moore of Port Bryon in Canton, Ia., June 28, 1906. They resided in Port Bryon until 1914 when they moved to Rapids City where Mr. Parker was engaged as a blacksmith. For the last 15 years he had been employed on government boats.
Surviving are the widow; three sisters, Mrs. George Cewe of LeClaire, Mrs. Clayton Collister of Davenport and Mrs. Wm. Rohlff of Idaho, and two brothers, Gordon Parker of Muland, Ihaho and Carl Parker of Portland, Ore.
Mr. Parker severed several times as president and trustee of the Rapids City village board. The body will be brought to the Wendt Brothers funeral home. Funeral services will be held at the Parker home in Rapids City, with burial in LeClaire.
Davenport Daily Gazette, Thursday, November 29, 1883, page 6.
RESCUED FROM WATERY GRAVES.
The Narrow Escape From Drowning Through which Two Young Men Passed Near LeClaire.
Capt. Sam Van Sant, who came down from LeClaire yesterday, brought with him an account of what came near being a bad fatality at that place night before last. About 8 o’clock in the evening cries of “help! Help!” were heard out in the middle of the river, nearly opposite the foundry in LeClaire. A great crowd assembled on the bank, and as the cries for help grew louder and more frantic. Immense excitement prevailed, and the crowd seemed paralyzed, as it were, with fear. It was at least some twenty minutes before a skiff and oars could be procured. The wind at the time was blowing a gale, and only experienced riverman could man a boat to go to the rescue. Two such men were found in the persons of Capt. Isaac Wasson and Mr. Zach Suiter. By the time Capt. Wasson and Mr. Suiter reached the persons in the water and darkness, the latter was half frozen and nearly exhausted; every wave would dash over them, and they were very near death’s door. They were soon aboard the rescuing boat, but were unable to move without help, being almost stiff with cold. At the nearest house every care and attention was given them. The two men who escaped so narrowly from death in the icy water proved to be two of LeClaire’s well known young men -- Messrs. William Gault and Orrin Smith. They had been upon the Wapsie, and on their return down the river their skiff was overturned, near the point mentioned above, by the heavy swells in the river. They were saved only by clinging to the skiff which was bottomside up. As it was they lost a fine gun which cost $120, all their ammunition, a fine tent stove, and in fact a complete hunter’s outfit. “While the boys are much poorer in guns, tents, etc,” added Capt. Van Sant, with a smile, “they are very glad that they are still around and can eat Thanksgiving dinner. They will probably find ordinary turkey very good eating, though they will have to let wild goose go until some other occasion. It was a mighty close call for them, however, and great credit is due Capt. Wasson and Mr. Suiter for their heroic efforts in saving the lives of the young men.”
SANFORD BENJAMIN LEE
Davenport Republican, Friday, March 29, 1901, page 8.
“Bennie Sanford, as the accused is known by his friends, belongs to a well known family at LeClaire. His father was drowned at the time of the wreck of the Jennie Gilchrist at the Davenport bridge years ago. “Bennie” has figured as a ”rooster” on the river for some years past and is widely known on account of his diminutive statue, said to be due to excessive use of tobacco when “Bennie” was a very small boy.
Morning Democrat, Thursday, April 8, 1964, page 14.
BENJAMIN LEE SANFORD
Funeral services for Benjamin Lee Sanford, 89, who died Tuesday in Davenport Nursing Home, will be 3 p.m. Friday in McGinnis Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
A life resident of LeClaire, Mr. Sanford had once been a deckhand on steamboats on the Mississippi.
Survivors include a nephew, Charles Sanford, LeClaire, and a cousin John Gilbert, LeClaire.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, April 8, 1964, page 6.
B. L. Sanford, Life Resident, Is Dead at 89.
Benjamin Lee Sanford, 89, a life resident of LeClaire who resided until he became ill in the home in which he was born, died Tuesday evening in Davenport Nursing Home after an extended illness.
Mr. Sanford had formerly worked on the river and on steam boats.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf, with the Rev. Sherman Smith of Calvary Gospel Church, LeClaire, officiating.
Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.
SMITH JOHN E
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday evening, January 14, 1929, page 16.
RECALLING FAMOUS RIVER PILOTS, HON. J. HAM. LEWIS, AND W.C. HAYWARD’S BOOTS
By Malcolm M. McKinnon
“With the exception of the man who first arranged for the adequate refrigeration of beer, so that it could be drawn cold and foaming from the tap to the schooner, the chief citizen of Davenport in many ways during those old days which are indeed gone forever was the proprietor of the Lorton livery situated on East Third street nearly across from where the Blackhawk hotel now stands. His place was not only a community center of importance, where leading people were in the habit of congregating and exchanging the gossip of the day, but it was here that Captain John Smith, of LeClaire, the greatest of all rapids pilots was in the habit of obtaining horse and buggy transportation back to his place of residence, when he brought a packet down and there was none to take up. During most of the several decades of his activity, none of the Diamond Jo and White Collar packets was piloted thru the rapids extending between Davenport and LeClaire, except by Captain James (John?) Smith. The commanders of these large steamers would telegraph him from Dubuque or Burlington and if he was occupied otherwise when they arrived at LeClaire or Davenport they would tie up and await his return.
After the death of Captain James (John) Smith in the early 80’s, piloting of the big packets thru the rapids was divided between his son Orrin Smith and Captain Washington Hight, of St. Louis, who made his headquarters during the season at LeClaire. Captain Orrin Smith was regarded as the equal of his father in knowledge of the river and good judgment in taking a boat thru dangerous places. Later he was successful as a rafting pilot and at the present time he is still navigating the rapids as the commanding officer of the Lone Star, owned by the Builder’s Sand and Gravel company, towing barges between Davenport and Albany, Ill.
Daily Gazette, Saturday Morning, May 28, 1881, page 4.
The remains of the late John E Smith reached this city yesterday from Eureka springs, Mo., where he died on Thursday. Mr. smith had lived from boyhood at LeClaire, where he had as many friends as any one need have. His business was that of rapids pilot, and a more trustworthy one has never been known. In times of low stage of water he was the only pilot that could be depended upon to take the packets over the rapids in safety. Two weeks ago he went to the springs hoping to regain his waning health. A Cancer on his arm would yield to no treatment save the knife of death. The deceased was about 45 years of age. He leaves a wife, daughter, and three sons.
Daily Gazette, Monday Morning, May 30, 1881.
On Saturday there were two funerals at LeClaire; each that of a former well-known citizen of many years’ standing--John E. smith, the pilot whose death has heretofore been noticed in the Gazette, and Ezekiel C. Condit, who had owned and farmed several farms and now resided in LeClaire.
SMITH JOHN E
1870 Census City of LeClaire, Scott county, Iowa.
Smith John E Head 26 Boat Pilot
Isabel wife 20 keeps house
Orrin son 11 at home
Sarah daughter 5 at home
Edward son 8/12 at home
1880 Census City of LeClaire, Scott county, Iowa
Smith John E. Head 50 River Pilot
Isabel wife 42 House keeper
Orrin son 22 River Pilot
Lila Belle daughter 7 at home
Fred J. 2 at home
Davenport Daily Gazette, Monday Morning, December 6, 1875, page 4.
LE CLAIRE NEWS
Pilot Smith’s Rapids Runs - A Safe Man at the Wheel
A SAFE PILOT
Capt. John E. Smith, of this place, the pilot of the Northern Line of Packets, made 462 trips over the rapids between Le Claire and Davenport, during the season of river navigation just closed. During all that time no boat, barge or freight was damaged or lost while he was at the wheel.
The Daily Times. Saturday, December 12, 1936, page 2.
Nelson Smith, Prominent in Le Claire For Many Years, Is Dead in San Diego; Funeral Services Set For Thursday
Nelson M. Smith, prominent resident of LeClaire for most of his life, died at 6:15 a. m. today at the winter home of his daughter, Mrs. Bess Murray in San Diego, Calif. Word of his death was telegraphed to relatives and to Frank C. Clark of LeClaire, a close friend. Mr. Smith was 84 years old.
Mr. Smith was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Smith, pioneers of Scott county. The father came to the vicinity of LeClaire in 1835 and occupied the island in the Mississippi below the town which is still known as Smith’s island.
Mrs. Smith died five years ago. The couple celebrated their golden wedding in LeClaire in 1927. Although the last few years Mr. Smith had made his home with his daughter in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and in San Diego, he continued to make a home in LeClaire.
His only daughter is the wife of Dr. James Murray, who is seriously ill in San Diego. Mr. Smith leaves a brother Frank in Davenport.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith were liberal supporters of the Presbyterian church in Princeton and also gave $5,000 toward the erection of the LeClaire High school. They held heavy investments in gold mines and other enterprises.
Mr. Smith was president of the Former LeClaire Savings Bank for many years. He was a member of Snow lodge No. 44, A. F. and A. M. of LeClaire and of Kaaba temple of the Shrine in Davenport.
The body will arrive in Davenport at 4 a. m. Thursday and will be taken to the McGinnis funeral home. Masonic funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the LeClaire Presbyterian church with burial in the LeClaire cemetery where the Masons will also be in charge of the services.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, December 13, 1936, page 9.
Funeral For N. M. Smith Is Thursday
Former LeClaire Resident Dies in San Diego, Calif.; Body coming Here.
Funeral services for Nelson M. Smith, 84, who died at the winter home of his daughter, Mrs. Bess Murray, Saturday in San Diego, Calif., will be held in the Presbyterian church in LeClaire at 2 p. m.. Thursday.
The body will arrive in Davenport at 4 a. m. Thursday and will be taken to the McGinnis funeral home. The Masonic order at LeClaire will conduct the funeral services.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Smith, pioneers of Scott county, and a native of LeClaire, Mr. Smith suffered a stroke a week ago today at his daughter’s residence in San Diego.
His father came to LeClaire in 1835 and occupied the island on the Mississippi river known today as Smith’s island. His wife preceded him in death five years ago. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in LeClaire in 1927. Although Mr. Smith had maintained his home with the daughter for the past several years in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and wintered in San Diego, he continued to have a residence in LeClaire.
Surviving are his brother, Frank of Davenport, and his daughter Mrs. Murray.
Liberal supporters of the Presbyterian church in Princeton, Mr. and Mrs. Smith had also endowed $5,000 toward the erection of the LeClaire High School. They held heavy investments in gold mines and several enterprises. For many years, Mr. Smith was president of the LeClaire Savings Bank, a member of Snow Lodge, No. 44, A. F. & A. M., in LeClaire and the Kaaba temple shine of Davenport.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday, December 15, 1936, page 9.
The Nelson Smith Funeral.
The body of Nelson Smith, well known LeClaire resident who died at the winter home of his daughter in San Diego, Calif., Saturday, will arrive in Davenport at 4:10 a. m. Wednesday and be taken to the McGinnis funeral home. Funeral services will be in the LeClaire Presbyterian Church at 2 p. m. Thursday with the Rev. A. S. Nickless officiating. Burial will be in Glendale cemetery, LeClaire.
The Daily Times, Monday, July 5, 1943, page 2.
Capt. Orrin Smith Dies; River pilot For Half Century
Capt. Orrin Smith, for 50 years a rapids pilot on the Mississippi river, died Sunday at the Fejervary home at 7 a.m.
The body was taken to the McGinnis funeral home where services will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p. m. Burial will be in Glendale cemetery.
Born in LeClaire Feb. 24, 1859, Capt. Smith was widely known on the river. He was of Presbyterian faith and a member of the LeClaire Masonic lodge.
Surviving are two sister, Mrs. Lila Dorrance, Davenport, and Mrs. Ella Whitaker, Salida, Colo.; one brother, Fred J. Smith, Rock Island; two nephews, Hershel Dorrance, Davenport, and Ed Whitaker, Denver, Colo.; three nieces, Miss Mable Smith, Gallop, N. M.., Mrs. Ruth Crunchelton. Pueblo, Colo., and Miss Lucette Whitaker, Salida, Colo.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday Evening, July 5, 1943, page 13.
CAPTAIN ORRIN SMITH.
Captain Orrin Smith, 84, Fejervary home, an old river man and a Rapids steamer pilot for 50 years, died in the home at 7 a. m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p. m. Tuesday in the McGinnis funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale cemetery in LeClaire.
He was born in LeClaire, Ia. February 24, 1859, and was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Masonic lodge in LeClaire.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Lila Dorrance of Davenport and Mrs. Ella Whitaker of Salaida, Colo., a brother Fred J. Smith of Rock Island; two nephews, Hershel Dorrance of Davenport, and Edward Whitaker, of Denver, Colo.; three nieces, Mable Smith of Gallup, N. M., Mrs. Ruth Crunchelton of Pueblo, Colo., and Miss Lucille Whitaker of Salaida, Colo.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday evening, July 7, 1943, page 17.
THE SMITH FUNERAL.
Services for Captain Orrin Smith, 84, a river pilot for 50 years, who died in the Fejervary home Sunday, was held in the McGinnis funeral home at 3:30 p. m. Tuesday. Burial was in the Glendale cemetery in LeClaire.
SMITH PETER M
The Davenport Democrat And Leader, Thursday Evening, May 17, 1923, page 8
PETER M. SMITH OF LECLAIRE IS SUMMONED
For Years Conducted Ferry Between LeClaire and Port Bryon.
Peter M. Smith of LeClaire, who for many years conducted a ferry between LeClaire and Port Bryon, died at the home of his son, Nelson M. Smith, in LeClaire at 7:15 Wednesday evening after a short illness.
He was born in Pennsylvania, March 25t, 1828, and came with his parents to LeClaire in 1835. He was a member of the Christian church. In 1852 he married Miss Elizabeth Van Duzer at LeClaire at LeClaire.
Surviving are three sons, Nelson M., of LeClaire, W.C. of Tipton, Wash., and F. E. of Davenport; one daughter, Mrs. W. E. Foster of Archer city, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Becker and Mrs. W. D. Hollsopple of LeClaire, and a brother, George, of Moline.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the home of his son, Nelson M. Smith, with internment in LeClaire cemetery.
The Daily Times, Thursday, May 17, 1923, page 20.
P. M. SMITH OF LECLAIRE DEAD AT 95.
HAD BEEN RESIDENT OF IOWA FOR 88 YEARS; FUNERAL ON FRIDAY.
LECLAIRE, Ia., May 17.--(Special)--Capt. Peter M. Smith, 95 years of age, well known throughout the vicinity in which he has resided for 88 years, died at the home of his son, N. M. Smith of LeClaire yesterday evening at 6:45 o’clock. Infirmities of age caused his death.
Mr. Smith was born in Pennsylvania, March 25, 1928. He came to Iowa in 1835 and located on the island near the Tile works south of LeClaire, which is known as Smith’s island. He owned the whole island, which consists of several hundred acres of land. He sold the island several years ago. For many years he piloted the ferry boat from LeClaire to Port Bryon.
Mr. Smith was married thrice. His last wife preceded him in death about 15 years ago. She was formerly Miss Ella Reed of LeClaire. Surviving are three sons, N. M. Smith of LeClaire, F. E. Smith of Davenport, and Walter Smith of Seattle, Wash., one daughter, Mrs. W. E. Foster of Wichita Falls, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Becker of LeClaire and Mrs. W. D. Holsapple of LeClaire; and one brother, George Smith of Moline.
Funeral services will be held from the home of his son N. M. Smith of LeClaire, tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial will in the LeClaire cemetery.
The Davenport Democrat, May 18, 1923, page 2.
IOWAN 88 YEARS; CAPT. P. M. SMITH BURIED AT HOME
LeClaire, Ia., May 18-- Capt. Peter M. Smith, 95 years of age, well known throughout the vicinity in which he has resided for 88 years, died at his home of his son, N. M. Smith of LeClaire.
Funeral services were held from the home of his son, N. M. Smith of LeClaire, this afternoon. Burial was in the LeClaire cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, March 25, 1828. He came to Iowa in 1835 and located on the island south of LeClaire, which is known as Smith’s island. He owned the whole island, which consists of several hundred acres of land. For many years he piloted the ferry boat from LeClaire to Port Bryon.
Mr. Smith was married thrice. His last wife preceded him in death about 15 years ago. She was formerly Miss Ella Reed of LeClaire. Surviving are three sons, N. M. Smith of LeClaire, F. E. Smith of Davenport and Walter Smith of Seattle, Wash., an daughter, Mrs. W. E. Foster of Wichita Falls, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Becker of LeClaire and Mrs. W. D. Holsapple of LeClaire; and one brother, George Smith of Moline.
Davenport Daily Leader, May 4, 1894, page 7.
William Smith, a well known river man, died at his home near Edina, Mo., April 17, after a short illness of heart trouble. His wife and two sisters, Mrs. A. K. Alter of Rock Island, and Mrs. E. J. Prinz, of Lanesville Ohio, survive him.
The Davenport Daily Times, Friday Evening, March 27, 1896, page 2.
Two Men Seriously Hurt by an Explosion on the Artemus Lamb.
A terrible explosion occurred on the steamer Artemus Lamb yesterday while the boat was at Alton, Ill. One of the boilers burst and Firemen Sam Lancaster and Tom Lally were blown into the river. Both men were rescued but it is said that the injuries received by them may result fatally. The injured men are from LeClaire and the first-named is a brother of Palmer Lancaster, mate on the W. J. Young. Although the message conveying the information made no mention of others being hurt, river men are inclined to the belief that they were not the only sufferers from the casualty. The Lamb was commanded by Charles Skemp and carried Sherman Brown and Steve Dolson as pilots. The boat was built in 1873 by Artemus Lamb of Clinton, and until her purchase by the Joy Lumber company of St. Louis a year ago she was used as a rafter on the upper river. During the past year she was operated as a tow boat on the lower river.
However The Clinton Public, DeWitt county, Illinois, for Friday, April 3, 1896 reports that Ed Lilliard, of St. Louis, had been blown overboard fatally scalded. This was occurred near Illini island by Alton. Ed Lilliard who had brothers in Clinton, Iowa, was a fireman on the steamer Artemus Lamb. The engineer, Eli Lancaster, and Lilliard were saved from drowning when they were thrown into the river by the accident that happened when a flue blew out.
Another article states that the boiler of the Artemus Lamb exploded at 5:45 o’clock Thursday morning near Silver Island enroute for Burlington, Iowa with eight barges of railroad ties. She had tied up at Illini Island on Wednesday night and left at 5 o’clock in the morning. Near the old dike crossing opposite Silver Island the Boiler exploded and fireman Ed Lillard and stoker Eli Lancaster were blown into the water. Lillard and Lancaster were badly injuried.
Help was summoned and Dr. Haskell found the wounded men in the cabin suffering unbearable pain. They were black and bloody with burns and gave out heart-rending moans. It took a while for the doctor was able to ease their pain.
Edgar L. Lilliard died at Alton, Ill., on Wednesday, March 25, 1896.
1910 Census LeClaire Town, Scott County, Iowa
Stedman James 62 Head Engineer river steamer
Jennie 49 Wife None
Harry 22 Son Engineer Gov Drill Boat
Fred 18 Son None
The Davenport Democrat & Leader, Friday, November 18, 1910.
The condition of Harry Stedman, who is ill at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Stedman, with pleura pneumonia, is very serious. Dr. Lambach was called by Dr. W. W. Bailey in consultation Wednesday.
The Daily Times, November 17, 1910, page 6.
Harry, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stedman, died at the family home in LeClaire at 2 o’clock this morning, after a few days’ illness of pleural pneumonia. He was born in LeClaire 23 years ago, and had always made his home there. He was employed on the government works on the Rock river as a driller, and returned home only last Monday. Besides his parents he is survived by one brother, Fred, at home. Two sisters preceded him in death several years ago. He was a member of the M. W. A.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, November 17, 1910, page 11.
Harry Steadman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Steadman of LeClaire, died at his home early this morning after an illness of five days, death resulting from pleuro-pneumonia. The deceased was a licensed engineer and was employed as a drill operator on the government drill boat on Rock river.
Though exposure on the boat he contracted the disease which brought about his untimely end and was forced to retire from his work Saturday being placed under the care of a physician at once.
Harry Stedman was born May 15, 1887, and was 23 years, 6 months and 2 days old. He was of persevering character and good habits. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
He is survived by his mother and father, and one brother Fred, of Dubuque, Ia. No funeral arrangements have been announced.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday, Nov. 20, 1910.
The funeral of Harry Steadman will be held at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, with Rev. B. F. Bailey officiating. Internment will be made in the LeClaire cemetery.
The Daily Times, November 23, 1910, page 7.
The funeral of Harry Steadman was held from the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon and was largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends, which spoke of the high esteem in which he was held by all who knew him. Rev. Bailey conducted the service and a choir composed of Mrs. Alice Tromley, Mrs. W. Rathmann, Miss Anna Laird, W. J. Laycock and J. P. Suiter, sang appropriate songs. The M. W. A., of which he was a member, attended in a body. Floral offerings were many and beautiful. The casket was borne to its resting place in LeClaire cemetery by the following friends: Geo. Bissick, H. H. Long, H. Johnson, F. Meyer, F. Clark and Hugo Von Hein. Among the friends who had been employed with MR. Steadman in the U. S. Works and who attended the funeral were Homer Smith of Rock Island, Frank Elliff (?), Rock Island, Wm. Berger, Oscar Carlson, Hampton, Ill; Lafe Nevitt and Frank Chamberlin of Albany.
Mrs. Harry Dodd and children, Mrs. Alta Dempsey and Mr. and Mrs. William Shannon of Rock Island, Mr. and Mrs. Miller of Camanche, Mrs. Jno Swanks and daughter of Port Byron were in attendance at the Steadman funeral.
SUITER J P (JAMES)
Times-Democrat, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1966, page 30.
J. P. SUITER, LECLAIRE, DIES; RITES ARE FRIDAY
James P. Suiter, 88, a life resident of LeClaire and former council and school board member, died today in St. Luke’s Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Suiter had also been an elder emeritus of the LeClaire Presbyterian Church, and was a past master of Snow Lodge 44, AF & AM.
In 1965 he was honored as a 60 year Mason and was a member of the O.E.S. Silver Creek Chapter.
Formerly Mr. Suiter had been a river pilot and was a licensed rapids pilot. In 1943 he retired after service as master and pilot of the Ellen, a government steamboat.
Mr. Suiter married (Ada) Mae Long in 1901 and she died in 1918. Later he married Bertha Tobey who died in 1964.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Harold (Vernie) Brennan, Mrs. Alta Suiter and Mrs. John (Millie) Bratcher, all of LeClaire, and Mrs. Lois Loete, Moline; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Warren (Mae) Carter, Charlotte.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hill & Fredericks Chapel, Bettendorf, with burial in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
Visitation will be after noon Thursday.
The Morning Democrat, Wednesday, February 7, 1962, page 4.
Services for Lee Gordon Suiter, 79, former lock 14 tender, will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
Mr. Suiter died Tuesday in the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel R. Suiter, Pleasant Valley, where he lived the pst year.
A life resident of LeClaire until last year, Mr. Suiter retired from his post with the U. S. Corps of Engineers several years ago. HE married Lorain Simpson in Rapids City in March 1911.
He also leaves daughters Mrs. Donald (Maxine) Scharff and Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Randoph, and another son, Lee G. Jr., and a brother James, all of LeClaire, a sister, Mrs. Warren (Mae) Carter, Charlotte, Iowa. 11 Grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, February 6, 1962, page 4.
LEE SUITER, 79, FORMER LOCK TENDER, IS DEAD.
Lee Gordon Suiter, 79, well-known former tender of Lock No. 14, and one of the last of the river men at LeClaire, died early today in the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel R. Suiter, of Pleasant Valley. He had been residing there for the last year.
Pending further investigation, Dr. R. M. Perkins, Scott County Medical Examiner, said the death was caused by a heart attack. Perkins said an autopsy will be held later today.
Mr. Suiter, a resident of LeClaire until the last year, retired from his post with the U. S. Corps of Engineers several years ago. He had worked as a deck hand and mechanic on the big river boats as a child and later decided to work “near the water instead of on it.”
He married the former Lorian Simpson in Rapids City in March of 1911.
In addition to his son, he is survived by two daughter, Mrs. Donald (Maxine) Scharff, and Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Randolph, another son, LeeG. Suiter Jr., a brother, James P. Suiter, all of LeClarie,; a sister, Mrs Warren (Mae) Carter, Charlotte, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter Vala, died in 1932.
Funeral services will be held at 1”30 p.m. Thursday in the McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf. Bural will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
“Mrs. Tesson, a well-known cook on the upper Mississippi, is filling the place of Miss Sadie Cassilly as cook on the steamer Eclipse. Miss Cassilly’s health being poor she had to top off.”
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday, June 27, 1910, page 2.
Mrs. Ella Tesson had her household goods shipped to St. Louis this week, where she has resided several years. She left Wednesday morning after a week’s stay here, for St. Louis. Her home will be rented.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday, September 18, 1911, page 11.
Word has been received in the city of the death in St. Louis of Mrs. Ella Tesson. The body will be brought to Davenport for burial. Internment will take place in Oakdale, the time of funeral to be announced later.
The Daily Times, Monday, September 18, 1911, page 6.
A long distance telephone message was received from Keokuk, Ia., this morning, by P. B. Numsen of Bettendorf, notifying him of the death of Mrs. Ella Teeson, which occurred at St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Teeson was formerly a resident of LeClaire, but for the last three years lived in St. Louis.
She leaves a daughter in Keokuk, Ia., and a son in in St. Louis.
The body will be brought to Davenport for burial in Oakdale cemetery, but the time of the funeral was not set as only meager details were learned of her death and the time when the body would be sent here. Further arrangements will be made later.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday, September 19, 1911, page 11.
The body of Mrs. Ella Tesson will arrive in Davenport tomorrow from St. Louis for funeral services and burial.
Deceased is survived by one son, John of St. Louis, one daughter, Mrs. Effie Sieffert of Keokuk, and two sisters, Mrs. A. Nelson of Moline and Mrs. Gordon of Rockford, Ill.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, September 20, 1911, page 3.
Mrs. Ella Tesson.
Word of Mrs. Ella Tesson’s death, which occurred at St. Louis, Mo., was received by LeClaire friends Monday.
Ella Means-Tesson was born in Scott county about 60 years ago, the daughter of James and Mary Means, deceased, old residents of Pleasant Valley township and Davenport.
Mrs. Tesson was twice married, her first husband was John W. Austin, who passed away in LeClaire about 25 years, leaving her with three small children. Later she became the wife of Jas. Tesson, who preceded her in death a number of years.
Mrs. Tesson is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Gus Seifert of Keokuk, Iowa, and a son John, of St. Louis, Mo. A daughter, Mrs. Guy Thompson, passed away in Seattle, Wash., last December. Also two sisters, Mrs. Warren Jordon of Rockford, Ill., and Mrs. P. Meridith, in Central Iowa.
Mrs. Tesson has been a resident of LeClaire since young womanhood, and only recently closed her home here, to reside with her son in St. Louis.
She is a member of LeClaire Court of Honor lodge. Burial will take place in Oakdale cemetery, Davenport, in the family plot.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, September 20, 1911, page 13.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Tesson were held this afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Bois chapel, Rev. Rowlins officiating. Internment was in Oakdale cemetery.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, September 20, 1911, page 18.
The body of Mrs. Ella Teeson, arrived from St. Louis over the C., B & Q at 7:10 o’clock this morning and was taken to the chapel of the M. V. Bois company where the funeral services were conducted at 1 o’clock this afternoon by Dr. H. O. Rowlands, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church. Mrs. Teeson formerly lived in LeClaire, Ia., and has many relatives and friends in that city and Davenport. Internment was made in Oakdale cemetery.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Thursday, September 21, 1911, page 3.
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Stone were in Davenport yesterday to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Ella Tesson.
The following ladies, Mesdames Cassilly, Eldridge, Davenport, Cassilly, Disney, Reiter of the LeClaire Court of Honor attended the funeral of one of their members, Mrs. Ella Tesson in Davenport Wednesday.
1930 Census, LeClaire City, LeClaire Township, Iowa
Thompson, Charlee (Charles) Head 60 Painter US Steamboat
Minnie B Wife 53
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday Evening, July 4, 1939, page 15.
The Thompson Funeral.
Funeral services for Charles C. Thompson, 69, LeClaire, who died Friday, were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the LeClaire Presbyterian church with the Rev. W. Z. Allen officiating. Finley McGinnis sang. Burial was in Glendale cemetery.
Bearers were Omar Marvin, Louis Herman, Ross Roller, Fred Bey, George Knight, and William Domer.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, July 4, 1939, page 4.
Funeral services for Charles C. Thompson were held at the Presbyterian church in LeClaire Monday, with the Rev. W. Z. Allen officiating. Finley McGinnis sang, accompanied by Miss Ruth Fulton.
The pallbearers were Omar Marvin, Louis Herman, Fred Bey, George Knight, and William Domer. Internment was in Glendale cemetery.
THOMPSON F J
The Davenport Times, August 31, 1901, page 4.
THE JOB WASN’T SO EASY
Le Claire Advance: F. J. Thompson tried his hand at rapids piloting one day last week and says he got all he wanted. Having a newly built skiff to deliver to the Lindsey Phelps company at Davenport he concluded to take it over the rapids himself, taking his son Harry with him as propeller. They had smooth sailing until they neared Duck Creek, when the boat ran aground, but by hard labor they got off, only to strike rocks again a sort distance further down. This time the boat nearly upset before it was worked loose, but the navigators finally accomplished this and finished heir trip without further mishap. Mr. Thompson thinks it must be an easy matter to take a 1,200 foot raft over as compared to a skiff.
The Daily Times, May 3, 1912, page 3.
M. (F.) J. Thompson, who has been critically ill this week from an attack of pneumonia, is reported as improved.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Friday, May 3, 1912, page 16.
CAPTAIN THOMPSON OF LECLAIRE DIES
F. J. Thompson, one of Le Claire’s most respected citizens, passed away at his home here Thursday evening after a short illness from pneumonia.
F. J. Thompson was born in Youngstown, O., and came west with his parents when quite young.
He was united in marriage to Katherine Runey at Princeton, Ia., on Dec. 24, 1861. Mrs. Thompson preceded her husband in death a short time, having passed away in January 1911.
They were the parents of six children, five of whom survive. They are Guy M., of Seattle, Wash., Wm A., Charles C., Harry J., and Mrs. Edward Bissick all of Le Claire. Two brothers Giles and Orrin F. Thompson of Rock Island, and Mrs. R. H. Carr, of LeClaire, a sister, also survive.
Mr. Thompson has been a continuous resident of LeClaire, always identified with its interests with the exception of 15 years when the family resided in La Crosse, where Mr. Thompson was superintendent of McDonald Bros. boat yards, where he superintended the building of some of the finest raft boats on the river in late years.
The family returned to LeClaire about 20 years ago, Mr. Thompson taking charge of the LeClaire Marine Boat ways which ceased to exist a few years ago when he retired from active business.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p. m. from the home.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday, May 5, 1912, page 9.
OLD LE CLAIRE RIVER CAPTAIN.
The funeral of Capt. F. J. Thompson, the old riverman of LeClaire who passed away Friday, was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the family residence in LeClaire with burial in the LeClaire cemetery.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday, May 7, 1912, page 9.
The funeral of the late F. J. Thompson was held from the home Saturday afternoon and was largely attended by relatives and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. B. S. Bailey, assisted by a choir composed of Mrs. George Tromley, Mrs. J. A. Teeter and James P. Suiter. The remains were laid to rest beside his wife in LeClaire cemetery. The following friends acted as pallbearers: J. L. Mayer, C. W. Disney, William Bucks, T. E. Meyer, J. W. Bailey and T. Hogson.
CAPTAIN GEORGE TROMLEY
Tromley and Laycock
Daily Gazette, Friday Morning, December 9, 1881, page 4.
Mr. Geroge Tromley, Jr. of LeClaire, and Miss Alice Laycock, of the same place, came down to the Newcomb House say before yesterday and was united in marriage by Rev. N. M. Clute. Witnesses of the interesting event were Miss Minnie Tromley, sister of the groom, Mr. George Laycock, brother of the bride, Miss Ada Bard and Miss Flo Moore. A singular coincidence is the fact that their wedding day was the birthday of both, and that both are the same age--twenty-five years. Mr. Tromley is well known in this city, having been employed with Schricker & Miller for two years; during the past season he was pilot on the Kit Carson. The couple will make their home in LeClaire. Mr. and Mrs. Tromley are stopping at the Howard House.
VAN AKIN CHARLES
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday Evening, April 3, 1929, page 19.
C. VAN AKIN OF LE CLAIRE, PASSES AWAY
Dies Today at Mercy Hospital After Extended Illinois.
Charles Van Akin, a life resident of Le Claire and chief engineer for the government in this vicinity, died at 11:15 a. m. today at Mercy hospital. He had been ailing since last September.
Mr. Van Akin was born in Le Claire, Iowa. He received his education there, and early in life became associated with the boats plying the Mississippi. For Many years he worked for Capt. Blair.
Surviving are three sisters, Miss Elva Van Akin, Mrs. P. J. Hopson, and Mrs. Clara Youngers, all of Le Claire.
The body was removed to the McGinnis funeral home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, April 3, 1929, page 6.
Charles Van Akin Of Le Claire Dies At Mercy Hospital
Charles Van Akin, well known river engineer at LeClaire, died at 11 a. m. today at Mercy hospital after an illness of several months. Death was due to heart trouble.
Mr. Van Akin was born on Sept. 11, 1866 at LeClaire and has been a resident there all his life. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Thomas Hopson of Princeton, Mrs. Clare Younger and Miss Elva Van Akin of LeClaire.
The body was removed to the McGinnis funeral home.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Thursday Evening, April 4, 1929, page 17.
CHARLES VAN AKIN FUNERAL FRIDAY IN LE CLAIRE, IA.
The funeral of Charles Van Akin will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the late home in LeClaire. Burial will be made in Glendale cemetery. The body was returned home this morning from the McGinnis funeral home.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, April 7, 1929, page 11.
The Van Akin Funeral.
Funeral services for Charles Van Akin were held at 2 p. m. Friday at the home in LeClaire. The Rev. C. E. Thompson officiated. Burial was made in Glendale cemetery.
Pallbearers were W. T. Adams, J. J. Ryan, C. C. Hilemand, E. Van Hein, George Brown, and Lathe Wood.
WASSON IRWIN H
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday, February 11, 1906, page 21.
LECLAIRE BOYS BACK FROM THE GULF
Tell Graphic Story of Their Steamboating Experiences.
LeClaire, Ia., Feb. 9.--(Special Correspondence of The Democrat.)--Lee Suiter and Irwin Wasson returned from Saturday from Miami, Fla.; where they spent over two months steamboating….
The Daily Times, Tuesday, June 24, 1952, page 2-A.
WASSON, Irwin H., 70, Denver, Colo. Native of LeClaire.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, June 24, 1952, page 1-B.
Funeral services and burial were held in Denver, Colo., recently for Irwin H. Wasson, 70, a native of LeClaire, who died in his home there.
Mr. Wasson was born in LeClaire, Jan. 26 1882, the son of Capt. And Mrs. Isaiah H. Wasson. His father was a riverboat captain during the logging days. Mr. Wasson enlisted in the Colorado National Guard at the start of World War I, and spent two years in France with the Colorado Engineers. He was a plumber by trade.
Survivors include three brothers, Fred S., Vallejo, Calif., Monroe A., Sonoma, Calif., and Frank E. Denver, and a sister, Mae Dutcher, Denver.
The Morning Democrat, Wednesday Morning, June 25, 1952, page 10.
THE WASSON FUNERAL.
Services and burial were in Denver, Colo, for Irwin H. Wasson, 70, a native of LeClaire, who died in his home in Colorado.
A native of LeClaire, he was born January 26, 1882 Mr. Wasson enlisted in the Colorado National Guard at the start of World War 1 and spent two years in France with the Colorado engineers. He was a plumber by trade.
Surviving are 3 brothers, Fred, Vallejo. Calif., Monroe A., Sonoma, Calif., and Frank E., Denver, and a sister Mae
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