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Louisa (Emerick) Korns


Louisa (Emerick) Korns was born on March 31, 1832 in Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr.. She also is believed to have gone by the name "Elizabeth."

She was the first wife of John Korns (March 17, 1825-1894), son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Reiver) Korns of near Wellersburg, Southampton Township. The couple tied the knot on Aug. 10, 1849.

The Korns and Sturtz families were close, and John’s sisters Susanna and Elizabeth had wed Louisa’s cousins Samuel Gaumer and Daniel Gaumer.

Together, they produced a family of 10 children – John Edward Korns, Christina Ann Walling, Mary Ellen Whelan, George W. Korns, Charles M. Korns, Emma Williams Rowe, Ida Korns, Sarah Matilda Crouch and Alice Wright.


John named without elaboration in the 1949 book, The Genealogy of Michael Korns Sr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Below: John and his brother Jacob acknowledged as pioneers in the 1879 book History of Tama County, Iowa.


The federal census enumeration of 1850 lists the family in Southampton Township, Somerset County, with John earning a living as a laborer.

In between late 1855 and July 1856, after the birth of their third child, they left Pennsylvania and migrated west to Iowa. They first settled in Warren, Poweshiek County, IA, where they were counted in the 1856 state census and where at least one of the children was born in 1857. Not long afterward, they moved to property in Highland Township, Tama County, IA, among other relatives and friends from Somerset County Their land was in the Township 82 North, Range 16 West and the southeast quarter of Section 22.


John's obituary, Somerset Herald
Library of Congress/Chronicling of America

While the details of the Korns' migration is not known, the story of John's brother Jacob may shed some light. Many years later, reported the Marshalltown (IA) Evening Times-Republican, Jacob and his wife Elizabeth (Beisecker) Korn:

...came west in 1857, and settled in Highland township, Tama county, on a farm four miles east of Gilman and six miles south of Montour. The family came west by railroad, but Mr. Korns sent his livestock overland as far as Carnforth, in Poweshiek county, which was as far as the public road was then broken. The first twenty acres of the virgin prairie that comprised the 320-acre Korns place, were broken by this sturdy pioneer farmer the first year he was on the place. Like many another pioneer Mr. Korns extended the hospitality of his home to other newcomers, and was instrumental in bringing to the new country many friends and acquaintances "back east."

Highland Township had only been first settled three years earlier by a family from New York. Upon the Korns arrivals, John's brother Jacob hosted the first religious worship service in the township, led by Bishop Long, who had traveled from Pennsylvania.

The 1870 United States Census shows the large family in Highland Township.

The family was plunged into grief when Louisa died on Dec. 28, 1870, at the age of about 38, having borne 10 children in the span of two decades. Her remains were lowered into eternal sleep on the family farm, and in time her widower donated the quarter-acre site to Highland Township for use as a public cemetery. Louisa is acknowledged as the "first body interred here," said the History of Tama County.

John outlived his wife by nearly a quarter of a century. After a six-year period alone, on Feb. 22, 1876, he was united in holy matrimony with Susanna Kennell (1855-1922), who was 30 years younger. The wedding was held in Toledo, IA, and news of their marriage license was printed in the Toledo Chronicle.

They remained in Highland Township and produced a large family of nine children of their own – among them Missouri Korns (born 1877), Catharina Korns (1879), Manorie Korns (1881), William J. Korns (1884) and others. When the Iowa state census was made in 1885, the family lived next door to John's married daughter Christina and Alvin Walling, and two houses away from his first wife's cousins William Henry and Rebecca (Gaumer) Gary, in Highland Township.


Toledo, Iowa -- Main Street


John and Susanna relocated at some point to Wichita, KS. The marriage was troubled, and they separated. John traveled extensively after that, visiting “all of the south-western states and territories,” reported the Somerset (PA) Herald.

In the fall of 1893, perhaps knowing he was dying, he returned to Iowa to stay. He came back “to his old home,” said the Herald, “in order that he might spend his reclining days among his children and be laid to rest by the side of his first love.”

John died in his son Edward’s home in Butlersville, IA on March 25, 1894, just eight days after his 69th birthday. His remains are in eternal sleep in Korns Cemetery in Tama County. At the time of his passing, 15 of his 19 children were still living.

Susan married again to Charles See (1871-1949). In a turn of fate, she was 16 years older than her second husband, and the birthdates of her husbands were a difference of an astounding 46 years. She died in Des Moines, Polk County, IA at the age of 66 on March 13, 1922. Her remains are in eternal repose in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines.


~ Son John “Edward” Korns ~

Son John “Edward” Korns (1850-1929) was born in Jan. 1850 in Somerset County, PA. He made the trek west as a boy with his parents and settled in Highland Township, Tama County.

At the age of 27, on Feb. 13, 1877, he was united in holy matrimony with Mary Jane Morgan (May 23, 1853-1898), a native of Mount Pleasant, Henry County, IA. Their nuptials were held in Toledo, Tama County.

The couple bore a brood of offspring -- John Riley Korns, Lydia F. Korns, Edward Korns and Clara Edna Potter.

Federal census enumeration records place the Kornses in 1880 in Brooklyn, Poweshiek County, IA, with Edward supporting the family as a blacksmith. Circa 1894, their home was in Butlersville, IA.

Sadly, Mary Jane died at the age of 44, in Putnam County, MO, on April 5, 1898.

Edward outlived his wife by more than three decades. He is known to have boarded in 1900 in the home of Henry Smith in Sherman, Putnam County, MO, with his occupation marked as "farmer."

Circa 1903, he married a second time, at the age of 50, to 45-year-old Alice (Vibbard) McCluskey ( ? - ? ), a native of Buffalo, NY and the daughter of Thompson and Catherine (Slate) Vibbard. The couple's wedding was conducted in Marshalltown, IA, officiated by justice of the peace B.L. Benrith (sp?). On their marriage license record, the maiden name of Edward's mother was spelled as "Elizabeth Everert."

Two years later, on Nov. 11, 1905, evidence suggests that he married for a third time to Maggie (Opman) Kornes ( ? - ? ), daughter of Enoch and Anna (Haltzinger) Opman. Their final residence was in Unionville, Putnam County.

The end came after Edward, burdened with senility, was admitted to the Missouri State Hospital in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, where he was cut away by the angel of death at the age of 79 on Oct. 25, 1929. He was laid to rest in West Liberty Cemetery in Unionville/Lucerne, and his hand-lettered grave marker was shaped by embedded pebbles in what appears to be a poured concrete marker. His son Joseph was the informant for the official death certificate, but was unable to provide the names of his father's parents.

Son John Riley Korns (1877-1942) was born on Christmas Day 1877 in Iowa. He wedded Nancy ( ? - ? ). Their longtime home was on a farm in rural Unionville, Putnam County, MO. John contracted gangrene of the left leg and in the spring of 1942 the artery of the leg failed. He suffered for three months and died at the age of 64 on July 19, 1942. Grace Carner, of Livonia, MO, signed the death certificate.

Daughter Lydia F. Korns (1879- ? ) was born in Oct. 1879, most likely in Brooklyn, Poweshiek County, IA.

Son Edward Korns made his home in 1929 in Unionville, Putnam County, MO.

Daughter Clara Edna Korns (1892-1963) was born in 1892.


~ Daughter Christina Ann (Korns) Walling ~

Daughter Christina Ann Korns (1853-1919) was born on Aug. 4, 1853 in Somerset County.

On March 20, 1873, when she would have been 19 years old, she married 25-year-old New York native Alwin Carlton Walling (July 1848-1927), son of George and Lydia (Miles Coombs) Walling.

The couple went on to bear a family of a dozen, of whom these names are known – Alta May Hamilton, Nellie Josephine Hamilton, Alethea "Lela" Ellis, Lottie M. Haskell, Edna Lola Blanch Dwyer Mundt, Maude Walling, Fayetta Blanch Faye "Etta" Schertz McMinimee, Bertha Bell Powers, Ralph Clyde Walling, Roy Wilber Walling, Hazel Marie Dawson and Russell Sage Walling.

The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the family farming in Highland Township, Tama County.

Grief cascaded over the family when daughter Maude died just 13 days after her first birthday on Sept. 28, 1884.

The family relocated by 1900 to Jefferson Township, Greene County, IA, where Alwin earned income as a laborer. They remained in Jefferson during the decade between 1900-1910 and are shown there in the 1910 census, with Alwin working in masonry and carpentry. Then in March 1911, they made their final migration, to South Dakota, planting themselves in Red Elm, Ziebach County. Their farm was southeast of the town.

For the last two years of her life, Christina suffered from chronic kidney disease. She succumbed to her illness at the age of 66 in Red Elm on Aug 25, 1919. Daughter Bertha, of Red Elm, signed the official South Dakota death certificate. She sleeps for eternity in Red Elm Cemetery, Ziebach County. In an obituary, the Red Elm Record eulogized that:

One of the most respected women in the vicinity southwest of here ... laid aside the cares of life and entered into the period of eternal rest. She had been in poor health for some time, but her condition was not considered critical by her family. Plans had been made, however, to take her to a hospital as soon as she was a little stronger in hopes that some relief might be obtained, but this was not to be and the end came about three o'clock that morning.... Mrs. Walling was a noble woman, modest to retirement, she effaced self in devotion to her husband and children and her home was a shrine upon which she lavished a life-long worship. The community can ill afford to lose such beautiful characters, and Mrs. Walling's departure is a source of grief to all who knew her. There is comfort in the thought that she is now reaping the reward of the long useful and helpful life, in that house not built by hands, eternal in the heavens.

Their daughters Edna Dwyer, Alta May Hamilton and Bertha Bell Powers, along with all three sons, attended the funeral service in Red Elm. Burial of the remains was in the local Dupree/Red Elm Cemetery, with Rev. Karstetter traveling quite a distance from Mobridge to preside.

Alwin outlived his wife by eight years and relocated to a farm in South Dakota. His home in 1920 was in Township 12 of Ziebach County, SD, with sons Ralph and Russell in the household, and living next door to his divorced daughter Edna Dwyer. He was swept away in death in 1927.

Daughter Alta May Walling (1874-1964) was born in Oct. 1874 in Iowa. On May 28, 1895, when she was age 20, she wedded 24-year-old George Warren Hamilton (1876-1925), son of William M. and Laura Jane (Manley) Hamilton of Illinois. Their marriage ceremony occurred in Jasper County, IA. The couple's known children were Mabel Hamilton, Harold H. Hamilton, Laura C. Hamilton, William P. Hamilton, Helen Marie Hamilton, Leonard P. Hamilton, Jeanne R. Hamilton and Mona Hamilton. They dwelled in 1908 in Grinnell, IA -- in 1910 in Kellogg, Jasper County, IA -- in 1919 in Baxter, IA -- and in 1920 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County. Circa 1910, Walter's employment was as a real estate agent. By 1920, he had changed work and was a traveling salesman for a farm machinery business. The family was plunged into mourning just four days before Christmas 1925 when George died at the age of 52 in Iowa. Federal census records for 1930 show Alta living alone in Cedar Rapids, supporting herself as a servant for a private family. Walter passed away in 1948. Alta May died on July 15, 1964.

  • Granddaughter Mabel Hamilton (1897- ? ) was born in about 1897 in Iowa.
  • Grandson Harold H. Hamilton (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899 in Jasper County, IA. At the age of about 16, he was joined in the bonds of matrimony on Nov. 24, 1915 with Harriett Myrtle Hoffstetter ( ? - ? ), daughter of Jacob and Rose (Miller) Hofstetter of Henry County, IL. The nuptials took place in Grinnell, IA.
  • Granddaughter Laura C. "Lora" Hamilton (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901 in Algona, IA. On Nov. 12, 1920, she entered into marriage with 24-year-old Frank J. Pirkel (1896- ? ), a native of Cedar Rapids and the son of E.H. and Vlasta (Hasek) Pirkel. The wedding was held in Cedar Rapids.
  • Grandson William P. Hamilton (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Iowa. At the age of 17, in 1920, he worked in Cedar Rapids as a laborer in a knife factory.
  • Granddaughter Helen Marie Hamilton (1908-1931) was born on April 19, 1908 in Grinnell, IA. At a young age she traveled from her home in Cedar Rapids to Vermont, where her sister Mrs. Morgan was residing in the town of Barre. They planned to work together. But upon her arrival, she began to suffer from a devastating illness and was admitted to Barre's Washington County Hospital. She remained there as a patient for nearly five years. During that time, she "had no visits from relatives since," reported the Barre Daily Times. "A mother, Mrs. Alta (Walling) Hamilton, is employed in Cedar Rapids and will not be able to attend the funeral. The mother is the only survivor." The nurses at the hospital "gave her every consideration, and the best care," said the Daily Times. During the five-year period, Helen "became endeared to the nurses because of her patient suffering, and had made friends with young women of Barre, who have carried her many presents, and visited with her often." She was swept away by the angel of death on March 5, 1931. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Elmwood Cemetery, and a grave marker stands at the site.
  • Granddaughter Mona Hamilton (1913- ? ) was born in 1913 in Iowa.


Fourth Avenue looking west, Grinnell, Iowa


Daughter Nellie Josephine Walling (1876-1969) was born on April 23, 1876. Just two days before Christmas 1895, in a ceremony held in Jasper County, IA, she married Walter Horton Hamilton (Oct. 27, 1876-1948), son of William M. and Laura Jane (Manley) Hamilton. The pair bore five known offspring, among the known names Pauline Krampe, Dorothy Raridon McKeever, Harriet Faye Pulis, Leonard P. Hamilton and Jeanne R. Hamilton. Their residence in 1919 was in Cedar Rapids, IA. The family was plunged into grief in 1929 at the death of their teenage daughter Jeanne. Sadly, Walter died in 1948. She passed away in Tolleson, Maricopa County, AZ at the age of 93 in May 1969. Interment took place in Restland Cemetery in Baxter, Jasper County, IA.

  • Granddaughter Pauline Hamilton (1898- ? ) was born in about 1898. In a ceremony held in Des Moines, Polk County, IA, on Oct. 24, 1917, she was joined in matrimony with 27-year-old Wesley Krampe (1890- ? ), son of Helry and Helen (Hager) Krampe.
  • Great-granddaughter Harriet Faye Hamilton (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901 in Grinnell, IA. When she was 20 years of age, on June 8, 1921, she married 26-year-old court reporter Victor Harold Pulis (1895- ? ) of Iowa Falls, IA and the son of Judson C. and Harriet (Hardenbrook) Pulis. Their wedding took place in Newton, Jasper County, IA.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Hamilton (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Newton, Jasper County, IA. She was twice-wed. On Feb. 1, 1922, when she was 18 years of age, she entered into marriage with 20-year-old farmer James M. Raridon (1902- ? ), son of I.A. and Nora (Fish) Raridon of Jasper County, IA. Their nuptials were held in Des Moines. Then at the age of 24, on Feb. 8, 1926, she was united in wedlock with her second husband, 38-year-old Wallie M. McKeever (1888- ? ), a native of Minjo, IA and the son of David and Ida (Gleesen) McKeever. Their wedding ceremony was performed in Crawford County, IA.
  • Grandson Leonard P. Hamilton (1910-1987)

Daughter daughter Alethea Ellen "Lela" Walling (1878-1969) was born on March 24, 1878 in Highland Township, Tama County. At the age of 21, on Valentine's Day 1899, she was joined in wedlock with 23-year-old Earl Chester Ellis (1876- ? ), son of William and Ellen (Huckerbone) Ellis of Montour, Tama County. Their wedding was held in Montour. The known offspring produced by this marriage were Theodore Ellis, Dorothy Ellis, Thelma Ellis, Earl Ellis Jr., Ralph Ellis and Donald Ellis. Their home in 1919 was in Montour, Tama County, IA. In 1930, still in Montour, Chester earned income as a farm laborer, and their newly married son Theodore and his wife and stepdaughter lived under their roof. Lela succumbed to death on Dec. 15, 1969.

  • Grandson Theodore Ellis (1900- ? ) was born on Jan. 9, 1900. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, enlisting in Marshalltown on April 18, 1917. He was placed within the Quartermaster Corps as part of a mobile laundry unit. He was mustered out on May 15, 1919. In about 1927, when he would have been 27 years of age, he married Mary S. Kerby ( ? - ? ), a native of Kentucky. Mary brought two daughters into the union, Mary Kerby and Ruby Henderson, both of whom also had been born in Kentucky. The couple relocated to Chicago by 1935 and remained there circa 1940, with Theodore's occupation shown in the census as taxi driver. Together, they bore two daughters of their own -- Jacqueline Ellis and Joan Ellis. Theodore passed away in Chicago on Jan. 10, 1966. His remains were shipped to Iowa for burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour, Tama County. The Cedar Rapids Gazette ran a short death notice.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Ellis (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905.
  • Granddaughter Viva Cecil Ellis (1906?- ? ) was born in about 1906. On July 5, 1926, when she was age 20, she wedded 28-year-old George Shea (1898- ? ), a native of Fall River, MA and the son of Peter and Annie (Cox) Shea. The couple tied the knot in Indianola, Warren County, IA.
  • Granddaughter Thelma Ellis (1909- ? ) was born in about 1909 in Iowa.
  • Grandson Earl Ellis Jr. (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912. When he was age 18, in 1930, he operated his own barber shop in Montour.
  • Grandson Ralph Ellis (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917.
  • Grandson Donald Ellis (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919 in Montour, Tama County, IA.

Daughter Lottie M. Walling (1879- ? ) was born in June 1879/1880. Single at the age of 19 in 1900, she dwelled with her parents in Jefferson, Greene County, IA. Later that year, on June 20, 1900, she was united in matrimony with 21-year-old O.E. Haskell ( ? - ? ). The nuptials were held in her hometown. She was carried away by the angel of death sometime before 1915.

Daughter Edna Lola Walling (1882-1954) was born in June 1882 (or 1886) in Highland Township, Tama County. When she was 17 years of age, on July 24, 1899, she married 31-year-old John P. Dwyer (1868- ? ). John was a native of New York City and the son of Patrick and (?) Boidert Dwyer. The couple were the parents of Lucille Dwyer, Lola Dwyer, John Dwyer, Mildred Dwyer, Dorothy Dwyer, Blanche Dwyer, Catherine Dwyer and Joseph Dwyer. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Dwyers lived in LeGrand, Marshall County, IA, and John earned a living as a salesman. Circa 1907, at the birth of their daughter Mildred, they were in Minnesota. By 1910, however, they returned to Iowa and dwelled in Waterloo, Blackhawk County. Edna resided in Rockford, IL in 1919 and that year is known to have traveled to her mother's funeral. Edna and John divorced between 1916 and 1920. Edna and the children made their home in 1920 in Township 12 of Ziebach County, SD, as next-door neighbors to Edna's widowed 70-year-old father. Evidence suggests that she died in Yale, St. Clair County, MI on Jan. 21, 1954. Burial was in Dupree, SD. [See the memoir entitled "The Life of Edna Lola (Walling) Dwyer Mundt" by James M. Phebus.]

  • Granddaughter Lucille Dwyer (1899- ? ) was born in Aug. 1899 in Iowa.
  • Granddaughter Lola Dwyer (1903- ? ) was born in 1903 in Iowa.
  • Grandson John Dwyer (1905- ? ) was born in 1905 in Iowa.
  • Granddaughter Mildred Dwyer (1907- ? ) was born in 1907 in Minnesota.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Dwyer
  • Granddaughter Blanche Dwyer (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912 in Illinois.
  • Granddaughter Catherine Dwyer (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914 in Illinois.
  • Grandson Joseph Dwyer (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916 in Illinois.

Daughter Fayetta "Etta" Walling (1886-1987) -- who used the nickname "Faye"-- was born on June 20, 1886 in Tama County, IA. When she was 18 years of age, on Sept. 20, 1904, she was united in the bonds of matrimony with 23-year-old Harry M. Schertz (1881- ? ), son of Peter and Eliza (Canfield) Schertz. They were wed in Jefferson, Greene County, IA. The couple lived in Jefferson and bore one son, Marion Earl Schertz. Circa 1919, Etta was in Carroll, IA. Later, she married a second time to (?) McMinimee ( ? - ? ). She moved to Des Moines, Polk County, IA and resided there for decades. She held a membership in the West Des Moines United Methodist Church. In 1983, she endured the heartbreak of the death of her only son. Her final residence was Woodbury West at 1211 Vine Street. The spectre of death whisked her away at the age of 101, from pneumonia, on Aug. 16, 1987. An obituary was published in the Des Moines Register, which said that burial was in Grand Junction Cemetery in Grand Junction. She was survived by three grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

  • Grandson Marion Earl Schertz (1909-1983) was born in about 1909 in Jefferson, Greene County, IA. He was but a boy when his parents' marriage ended, and he went to South Dakota to live with his married aunt Bertha Powers. In 1931, he wedded Florence "Lucile" ( ? - ? ). Four sons born to this marriage were Robert E. Schertz, John C. "Jack" Schertz, Lyle H. Schertz and Charles Joseph "Joe" Schertz. The federal census of 1940 lists the family in Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA. Then in 1942, the Schertzes moved to West Des Moines, Polk County. There, Marion was employed as an ordance officer by the U.S. Army. The work included a postwar deployment to Germany during the Allied occupation. They belonged to the West Des Moines United Methodist Church as well as the Argon American Legion and Izaak Walton League. He also held a gun permit. The family home in the 1960s-1980s was 533 Eighth Street, West Des Moines. Lucile is known to have co-founded and held a term as president of the Ding Darling Chapter of the Walton League. They enjoyed getaways at a home 70 miles north of Red Lake, Ontario, in the community of Perrault Falls. Marion and Lucile celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1981. Suffering from heart problems, Marion died at home at the age of 74 on Jan. 13, 1983. He was pictured in his obituary in the Des Moines Register. Later that year, Lucile was featured in the Register's "Neighbor of the Week" column authored by Barbara Croft. The article featured her photo and described her decades of teaching since 1929, when her father persuaded the local school superintendent to give her a job as an alternative to becoming a nurse and leaving home. It said she initially taught 30 students in eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse. Circa 1960, she received a bachelor's degree in education from Drake University. She worked for 17 years at Fair Meadows School on 23rd Street until retirement in 1973. She also held the position of superintendent of Sunday School at the family church.

Daughter Bertha Bell Walling (1888-1954) was born on Aug. 13, 1888 in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Two days before Christmas 1905, in Jefferson, Greene County, IA, the 19-year-old Bertha wedded 24-year-old Harry M. Powers (1883- ? ), son of Samuel B. and Ella (Palmer) Powers of Newton, IA. Rev. J.S. Corkey presided at the ceremony, in the presence of Bertha's mother. The couple did not reproduce. They migrated to South Dakota and dwelled on a farm in Township 13, Red Elm, Ziebach County, SD. In August 1919, at the passing of her mother, she signed the official South Dakota certificate of death. When her sister Etta Schertz's marriage fell apart, her son Marion was taken in by the Powerses and lived under their roof in 1920. She died in Florida on April 1, 1954. The remains were brought back to Iowa for interment in Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg, Jasper County, IA.

Son Ralph Clyde Walling (1890-1962) was born on Aug. 29, 1890 in Tama County, IA. During World War I, he served from South Dakota in Company H of the 2nd Infantry, U.S. Army. Circa 1920, still a bachelor at the age of 28, he lived on a farm in South Dakota with his widowed father and single brother Russell. Their residence was in Township 12 of Ziebach County, SD. He passed away on April 4, 1962 in Newton, Jasper County, IA. The remains were lowered into honored rest in Newton Memorial Park.

Son Roy Wilber Walling (1892- ? ) was born on May 6, 1892 in Gilman, Marshall County, IA. After a move to South Dakota with his family, Roy joined the U.S. Navy during World War I. Circa 1928, he was united in wedlock with Anna (Wolff) Schooley (Dec. 5, 1900-1992), daughter of Christian and Barbara Eva (Nuss) Wolff of Yankton, Yankton County, SD. The couple appears to have put down roots in Yankton. Their four known children were Madeline Walling, Paul Gordon Schooley, Ruth Walling and Jean Walling. Roy surrendered to death in Yankton on March 16, 1971. Anna outlived her spouse by more than two decades. Death cut her away at the age of 91 on July 20, 1992. their remains are at rest in Yankton City Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Madeline Schooley/Walling ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Paul Gordon Schooley (1925-2008) was born on Feb. 9, 1925. He was three years old when Roy Wilber Walling became his stepfather. He grew up in Yankton, Yankton County, SD and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He may not have married, and appears not to have reproduced. After his Army service ended, he returned to Yankton and built sailboats with his cousin Ralph Johnson. They enjoyed sailing on the Lewis and Clark Reservoir and touring the Lewis and Clark Marina. In mid-February 1989 he was admitted to the Oleson Veterans Administration Residential Care Home in Rapid City. When he could, he returned to Yankton to see friends. One of the highlights of his later years was watching the construction of a new bridge, replacing the old Meridan Bridge which had been built about the time of his birth. Knowing he was dying, he had the thrill of taking one last ride on the new bridge in November 2008. Within a month he was dead. The angel of death swept him away at the age of 84, in Sturgis, Meade County, SD on Nov. 27, 2008. His remains are in honored repose in Yankton City Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Ann Walling (1934-2019) was born on March 1, 1934 in Yankton, Yankton County, SD, where she grew to adulthood. She was twice-married. Her first spouse, whom she wed in 1952, was Wilmer Marlin Druin (March 26, 1932-2018), a native of Vermillion, Clay County, SD. Together, they produced a family of four offspring -- Cynthia Lee "Cindy" Santopolo, Jana Lynn "Jannie" Druin, Kevin Druin and Coralie Druin. The family first lived in or near Rapid City, Pennington County, SD. They relocated to the Pacific Northwest later in the decade of the 1950s. She moved again at some point to the Seattle suburb of Renton. The couple divorced. Ruth Ann supported herself through employment as a retail saleswoman, library staffer and in bookkeeping for an oil business. In 1976, she was joined in marriage with country singer Ronald Harvey Chambers (April 17, 1934-1993). The second marriage endured for 17 years until cleaved apart by death. Ronald was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Sadly, she endured the heartbreak of losing her daughters Cindy (Jan. 30, 2015) and Jana (Dec. 9, 2018). Ronald succumbed to death on March 14, 1993 in Kitsap County, WA. At the age of 85, Ruth Ann died in Pierce County, WA on June 25, 2019. She sleeps for all time in Vaughn Bay Cemetery in Vaughn, Pierce County. Former husband Wilmer Druin died in Port Orchard, Kitsap County, WA on March 4, 2018.
  • Granddaughter Jean Walling ( ? - ? )

Daughter Hazel M. Walling (1896-1990) was born on Sept. 23, 1895 or 1896 in Tama County, IA. On Dec. 2, 1916, she entered into marriage with 26-year-old farmer Francis Monroe "Frank" Dawson (Aug. 14, 1891-1974), a native of Story County, IA and son of I.M. and Lillie (Parish) Dawson of Baxter, IA. The wedding was officiated by Rev. W.C. Monroe, pastor of the First Baptist Church in or near Carroll, IA. In 1919, she made a home in Manchester, IA. Frank passed into eternity at the age of 82 in Newton, Jasper County, IA in June 1974. Hazel outlived him by 16 years. She succumbed on May 22, 1990. Their remains sleep side by side in Newton Memorial Park in Jasper County, IA. Inscribed on their bronze grave plaque are the words "Together Forever."

Son Russell Sage Walling (1899- ? ) was born in Jan. 1899. Single at the age of 21 in 1920, he lived with his widowed father and bachelor brother Ralph on a farm in Township 12 of Ziebach County, SD. He passed into eternity on Feb. 13, 1973.


Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa


~ Daughter Mary "Ellen" (Korns) Whelan ~

Daughter Mary Ellen "Ella" Korns (1855-1943) was born in late 1855 in Somerset County. As a newborn she was taken with her parents to a new life in Iowa.

On the Fourth of July 1873, when she was 17 years of age, she was joined in wedlock with Joseph "Leslie" Whelan (June 4, 1851-1916), a native of Elkhorn, WI. The wedding was held in Tama, Tama County, IA.

The couple’s known children were George “Elmer” Whelan, Edith May Wharton, Lola Whelan and their firstborn, an unnamed son who died in infancy in 1874. Daughter Lola also was deceased by 1900.

The federal census of 1880 shows the couple dwelling on a farm in Richland Township, Jasper County, IA. That year, Mary Ellen’s 10-year-old motherless sister Alice was in their household.

By 1920, the family had migrated to Grinnell, Poweshiek County, IA, with Joseph continuing his work as a day laborer.

Sadly, at the age of 64, Joseph passed away in Grinnell on May 15, 1916.

Later in life, Mary Ellen resided in Baxter, Jasper County, IA. She died in Baxter on Sept. 21, 1943 at the age of 87. Burial of the remains was in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Son George “Elmer” Whelan (1876- ? ) was born in July 1876, the month of our nation’s centennial celebration. At the age of 23 in 1900, unmarried, he lived with his parents in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, IA and was a day laborer. Nothing more is known.

Daughter Edith M. Whelan (1879- ? ) was born in Dec. 1879 in Grinnell, Jasper County, IA. When she was age 20, on Sept. 6, 1900, she married 23-year-old farmer Steven Wharton (1877- ? ), son of George and Sarah F. (Ferguson) Wharton of Turner, Jasper County, IA. Rev. R.F. Chambers officiated, with Mary Wharton and Sarah Sparks serving as witnesses. Four known offspring were born in this family -- Helen/Ellen "Marie" Wharton, Ruth Frances Hummel, Wilbur W. Wharton and Stephen Leslie Wharton. The federal census enumerations of 1910, 1920 and 1930 show the clan in Independence, Jasper County.

  • Granddaughter Helen/Ellen "Marie" Wharton (1902-1992) was born in about 1902 in Newton, Jasper County, IA. She was twice-wed. Her first spouse was Forrest M. Holdefer (1905-1934), whom she married when she was 23 and he 20. Two sons born to this union were Robert Wharton Holdefer and Harlan F. Holdefer. The family made a home on a farm in Washington, Jasper County. Forrest also practiced law. Stricken with cancer, he underwent surgery in 1932. When he was not "getting along as well as he had hoped," reported the Altoona (IA) Herald, he traveled to Rochester, MN for a medical consultation and a second surgery. Sadly, there was no hope. He died at home on Sept. 21, 1934. Later in the year, Marie began attending Thompson's School in Des Moines to learn to be a beautician, and she and her sons relocated there for good. In Des Moines, she supported the three of them as manager of Colfax's Newest Beauty Studio. On May 20, 1941, she was joined in matrimony with 46-year-old farmer Louis Wilhelm ( ? - ? ) of Prairie City, son of Louis and Bertha (Russ) Wilhelm. Her sister and brother in law Ruth and Fred Hummel were witnesses to the second marriage. She is known to have taught school in Jasper County. She held memberships in the First United Methodist Church of Newton and the Jasper County Historical Society. In 1983, at the age of about 81, she went to live in Clearview Manor. Burdened with heart problems, she was swept away by the angel of death at the age of 90 on May 13, 1992. An obituary appeared in the Des Moines Register, and the remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Newton Union Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Frances Wharton (1904- ? ) was born in about 1904 in Iowa. When she was age 34, she resided in Prairie City, Jasper County. On Feb. 15, 1938, she was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with 39-year-old farmer Fred William Hummel (1899- ? ), son of Louis M. and Mary (Strater) Hummel and a native of Monroe, IA. Their marriage license was obtained in New Hampton, Chickasaw County, IA, and Theodore L. Fritschel officiated in that location. Her home circa 1984 was in Newton, Jasper County.
  • Grandson Wilbur Worth Wharton Sr. (1907-1984) was born in about 1907 in or near Baxter, Jasper County, IA. In the late 1920s, he migrated to Texas. On Feb. 4, 1932, when he was 24 years of age, he wedded Mary Sue Winans ( ? - ? ), daughter of Mattie A. Winans and an Oklahoma native who also had relocated to Texas years earlier. Their wedding was held in Love County, OK. The couple made a longtime home in Fort Worth, TX and were the parents of Alexandra "Sandra" Phillips, Wilbur "Worth" Wharton Jr., James Alan Wharton and Marianne Rugeley. For 48 years, Wilbur owned and operated Wharton Service Station on South Jennings Street. Wilbur belonged to the Masons and the Julian Field Lodge, while Mary Sue held memberships in the William J. Marsh Study Club, Fort Worth Past Presidents Club and Toastmistress Club. Together, they were members of the First Christian Church of Fort Worth. The couple's address in 1957 was 4840 James. Wilbur and Mary Sue celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1982 with a reception in the Phillips residence, and were pictured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Toward the end, Wilbur went to live in a local nursing home. He died there at the age of 78 on Nov. 22, 1984. He was survived by a dozen grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, and his photograph appeared in his Star-Telegram obituary.
  • Grandson Stephen Leslie Wharton (1909-1986) was born in about 1909 in Baxter, Jasper County, IA. At the age of 20, in 1930, he lived and worked on the home farm. During World War II, he relocated to Washington, DC in 1942 and earned a living with Capital Airlines, which later merged into United Airlines. He married Nina J. ( ? - ? ). The four daughters the couple produced together were Bonnie Marchment, Joyce Eckler, Berna Anderson and Dona L. Brennan. Then in 1949 they returned to Newton so he could to take a position with Wind Power  Company, remaining there for 25 years until retirement in 1974. They resided for decades in Newton, Jasper County. Sadly, Stephen contracted incurable cancer and died at the age of 77, in Heritage Manor Care Center in Newton, on Nov. 15, 1986. An obituary in the Des Moines Register reported that his funeral was held at the Congregational United Church of Christ, with interment of the remains in Newton Union Cemetery. The family asked that any memorial contributions be made to the Jasper County Red Cross.


~ Son George W. Korns ~

Son George W. Korns (1857-1934) was born on Feb. 15, 1857 in Poweshiek County, IA or in Montour, Tama County, IA. He was 13 years old when his mother died.

He was joined in wedlock with teacher Ida Mae Houck/Houk (Jan. 1, 1864-1957), a native of Mantorville, Dodge County, MN and the daughter of Amanda P. Houck Darrow.

Their two known children were Herbert Eugene Korns and Maude Marie Elliott.

George learned the blacksmithing and machining trades and in later adulthood worked in a motor garage.


The George W. Korns family. Courtesy Donna Londeen


The couple eventually divorced. George's final years were spent burdened with chronid kidney disease and senility in Tennant, Shelby County, IA.

Death overtook him at the age of 77, on Nov. 11, 1934, in nearby Harlan, IA. The remains were interred in Harlan Cemetery. R.C. Williams was the official informant for the Iowa death certificate.

After the divorce, former wife Ida Mae moved to the West Coast with her children, establishing a residence in Los Angeles. She appears not to have remarried. In October 1942, at the age of 79, and living at 1106 West 37th Drive, she provided an affidavit so that her daughter Maude could obtain a delayed birth certificate from the State of Iowa. She passed away at the age of 93, in Los Angeles, on March 11, 1957. Burial was in Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Son Herbert Eugene Korns (1883-1950) was born on July 14, 1883 in Rockwell City, Calhoun County, IA. At the age of 20, in 1903, he relocated to Los Angeles. He entered into marriage with Alice 1885-1960). He earned his wages as a dealer of oil products, and their address was 1118 West 37th Drive. Sadly, Herbert died at the age of 67 in July 1950. A death notice in the Los Angeles Daily News said that his remains were placed into repose in the Chapel of the Pines, and that he was survived by his widow and his mother.

Daughter Maude Marie Korns (1885-1960) was born on Nov. 18, 1885 in Rockwell City, Calhoun County, IA. Dr. Cooper assisted in the birth. After her parents' marriage broke up, she also migrated to Southern California and made her residence in Los Angeles. Maude was twice-married. Her first spouse was Charles K. Costello ( ? - ? ). Her second husband was (?) Elliott ( ? - ? ). She succumbed to death in Los Angeles at the age of 75 on Dec. 29, 1960. She sleeps for eternity in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


~ Son Charles M. Korns ~

Son Charles M. "Charley" Korns (1860-1954) was born in 1860 in Tama County, IA.

He was 10 years of age when his mother died, and he and his younger sister Sarah were taken into the home of their uncle and aunt, Jacob and Elizabeth Korns, in Highland Township, Tama County. The United States Census of 1880 shows Charles and his sister Sarah in the Jacob Korns residence.

On April 12, 1882, when he was 21 or 22 years of age, he married Sarah Ann Somme (1865- ? ), a native of England who had immigrated in 1875. Their nuptials ceremony was held in Toledo, Tama County.

A brood of eight children was born in this family -- Charles Edward Korns, Sarah Louise Korns, Jennie Korns, Ines Smith, Marjorie Agnes Viola "Margie" Korns, Erma L. Korns and Howard D. Korns. The couple also lost a child during the 1880s or 1890s.

The federal census of 1900 shows that the family had migrated to a farm in Indian Creek, Mills County, IA. The Iowa state census of 1905 lists them in Red Oak, Montgomery County, IA.

Then during the window of time between 1908 and 1910, they relocated again, to Nebraska, and dwelled at least until 1920 on a farm in Genoa, Nance County.

At the age of 83, in November 1943, while residing in Platte County, NE, he provided affidavits so that his daughters Sarah, Jennie and Marjorie could obtain a delayed birth certificate from the State of Iowa.

Sadly, Charles passed away on March 2, 1954 in Emerson Mills, IA.

Son Charles Edward Korns (1882- ? ) was born in Dec. 1882. He provided labor on the home farms in Iowa and Nebraska. Circa 1910, a bachelor at the age of 27, he lived with his parents in Genoa, Nance County, NE. On Aug. 4, 1924, when he was 41 years old, he married 39-year-old widow Alice (Whitwell) Watson ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Mary (Tucker) Whitwell of Nebraska. Their wedding was held in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, IA.

Daughter Sarah Louise "Lucy" Korns (1884- ? ) was born on Nov. 12, 1884 or 1885 in Gilman, Tama County, IA.

Daughter Jennie Korns (1887- ? ) was born on March 28, 1886 or 1887 in Gilman, Tama County, IA.

Daughter Ines G. Korns (1895- ? ) was born in Sept. 1895. At the age of 20, on June 27, 1916, she entered into marriage with 37-year-old Marion E. Smith (1879- ? ), son of F. and Harriett (Sandeland) Smith. They were wed in Mills County, IA.

Daughter Marjorie Agnes Viola "Margie" Korns (1899- ? ) was born on Oct. 27, 1899 in Emerson, Mills County, IA.

Daughter Erma L. Korns (1902- ? ) was born in 1902 in Iowa.

Son Howard D. Korns (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in Iowa.


~ Daughter Emma Jane (Korns) Williams Rowe ~

Daughter Emma Jane Korns (1862-1932) was born on Aug. 9, 1862 in Montour, Tama County, IA.

She was wed twice in her lifetime. Her first husband, whom she married at about the age of 17, was David N. Williams (1856-1882).

The only child born to this marriage was Charles Monroe Williams.

Their home in 1880 was on a farm in Felix, Grundy County, IA. The family plummeted into mourning when David died in 1882 at the age of about 26.

After two years, she was united in matrimony with her second spouse, Robert Rowe (1835-1916).

Together, the pair bore five more offspring of their own – Benjamin Harrison Rowe, James Raymond Rowe, Walter H. Rowe, Florence Esther Remington and Clarence Robert Rowe.

At the age of 69, she succumbed to death in Scranton, Osage County, KS on July 22, 1932.

Son Charles Monroe Williams (1879- ? ) is thought to have been born in Dec. 1879 in Felix, Grundy County, IA.

Son Benjamin Harrison Rowe ( ? - ? )

Son James Raymond Rowe ( ? - ? ).

Son Walter H. Rowe ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Florence Esther Rowe ( ? - ? ) married (?) Remington ( ? - ? ).

Son Clarence Robert Rowe ( ? - ? )


~ Daughter Ida May Korns ~

Daughter Ida May Korns (1863-1880) was born on Oct. 9 or 19, 1863 in Iowa.

Sadly, she died at the age of 17 on Nov. 7, 1880.

The cause of her untimely passing is not yet known. Burial was in Korns Cemetery in Tama County.


~ Daughter Sarah Matilda (Korns) Crouch ~

Daughter Sarah Matilda Korns (1867-1953) was born in 1867 in Iowa.

She was three years of age when her mother died, and she and her older brother Charles were taken into the home of their uncle and aunt, Jacob and Elizabeth (Beisecker) Korns, in Highland Township, Tama County. The United States Census of 1880 shows Sarah (age 14) and Charles (19) in the Jacob Korns household.

When she was about age 24, on Nov. 4, 1890, she was joined in wedlock with Jefferson S. Crouch (July 13, 1861-1927), a native of North Carolina. They established a home in Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS.

The couple were the parents of a daughter Helen, who was adopted at a young age, and Ruth M. Crouch.

By 1910, the Crouches had relocated to Muskogee, Muskogee County, OK, where Jefferson was a grocery store merchant. Then during the 1910s, the family moved back to Wichita, with Jefferson working as manager of a meat market in 1920.

Sadly, Jefferson died on Feb. 2, 1927. Burial of his remains was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, KS.

Sarah Matilda eventually migrated to the Pacific Northwest and settled in Seattle. She died in Seattle at the age of 82 on June 27, 1953.

Daughter Helen Crouch (1898- ? ) was born in 1898 in Kansas and adopted by Jefferson and Sarah Matilda (Korns) Crouch.

Daughter Ruth M. Crouch (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Kansas.


~ Daughter Alice (Korns) Wright ~

Daughter Alice Korns (1869- ? ) was born in 1869 in Iowa.

She was about a year old when her mother died.

In 1880, when she was 10 years of age, she lived under the roof of her married sister Mary Ellen Whelan in Richland, Jasper County, IA. That year, the census-taker spelled her surname as “Corns.”

She wedded (?) Wright ( ? - ? ). More will be added here when learned.


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Minerd.com thanks Donna Londeen and the late Gilbert R. Gaumer for their contributions to this biography.