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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.

The Kornses again were thrown into mourning in 1880 at the death of 16-year-old daughter Ida due to scarlet fever. At the time, they were residing in gilman, Marshall County, IA.


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. Skinner, Lillian Josephine Korns, Albert Korns, Charles Cleveland Kons, 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. Married daughter Lydia Skinner took in her youngest motherless sister, Clara Korns.

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.


Sprawling Homestake gold mine complex in Lead, SD



Twin mine shafts, or "drifts," in Lead, SD

Daughter Lydia F. "Lida" Korns (1879-1968) was born on Oct. 30, 1879, in Tama, Tama County, IA and spent her early years in Brooklyn, Poweshiek County, IA. She had an eighth grade education. In about 1898, when she was age 18, she was joined in wedlock with 30-year-old Grant Skinner (Jan. 15, 1869-1941), a native of Illinois. The couple immediately established a residence in Sherman, Putnam County, MO. They were the parents of Effie Leta Skinner, Eltura Genevieve Skinner and Dolly Josephine Skinner. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the young family made a home in Sherman, with Grant earning a living as a farm laborer, and Lydia's eight-year-old younger sister Clara in the household. Apparently dissatisfied with the opportunities in Sherman, or lured by the potential for riches in gold country, the family pulled up stakes and by 1905 migrated to South Dakota, settling in Lead, Lawrence County, SC. There, in 1910, Grant labored as a miner in a local gold mine. The Skinners remained in Lead during the 1910s and in 1920 made a home there on Gwinn Avenue. Grant's occupation in 1920 was as a timberman, working at a sawmill in Lead. They also took in boarders to supplement their income. During the 1920s, Lydia and Grant decided to move on and relocated to California. The United States Census of 1930 shows them in San Jose, Santa Clara, CA, residing in an empty nest. At that time, living at 200 East William, Grant had no occupation, and Lydia was a private duty nurse for a family. In 1940, still in San Jose, they were retired, and their home was on Pickford Avenue.  Grant died in San Jose on Feb. 3, 1941. Lydia appears to have survived him by 27 years and to have passed in San Jose in 1968.

  • Granddaughter Effie "Leta" Skinner (1900-1965) was born in March 1900 in Sherman, Putnam County, MO. After moving in girlhood to South Dakota, she earned a living in 1920 as a country school teacher in Lead, Lawrence County, SD. On Nov. 1, 1921, in nuptials held in Lead, the 30-year-old Effie was united in matrimony with 21-year-old John Goodman Boe (1890-1965), also spelled "Bowe." He was a resident of Newell, Butte County, SC, and a 1909 immigrant from Norway. Rev. W.E. Hartung, a Methodist clergyman, performed the ceremony. Two daughters known to have been born in this family were LaRae Boe and Audre Mae Boe (a.k.a. Mary Jane Provancha"). Circa 1924, the Boes relocated to Gonzales, Monterey County, CA, with John having secured work as a steam engineer for a factory. Then during the 1930s, the clan again migrated into San Francisco. The 1940 federal census shows John employed as a stationery engineer with a refrigeration plant. Sadly, the Boeses died in the same year, with John passing first in Santa Clara County, on Jan. 31, 1965 and Effie on Dec. 20, 1965, in San Mateo, CA.

Great-granddaughter LaRae Boe (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923 in South Dakota. In 1940, at the age of 17, she lived with her parents in San Francisco.

Great-granddaughter Audre Mae Boe (1924-1982) -- who appears also to have gone by the name "Mary Jane Boe" -- was born on Feb. 21, 1924 in Santa Clara, CA. She was joined in wedlock with Melvin Carl Provancha (1923-1991), a native of Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA. The couple bore several children, among them David Provancha. They settled in Melvin's hometown of Sioux City, at the address in the mid-1940s of 2840 Home Street. Melvin was employed in 1947 with the Curtis Company. By 1950, they moved to 2207 Nash in Sioux City, with Melvin working as an attendant at a Firestone Store. She died on March 27, 1982 in Corning, Tehama County, CA. Melvin remained in Corning until his death on Feb. 15, 1991.

  • Granddaughter Eltura Genevieve Skinner (1902-1969) was born in about 1902 in Missouri.
  • Granddaughter Dolly Josephine Skinner (1905-1927) was born in about 1905 in South Dakota.

Daughter Lillian Josephine Korns (1881-1945)

Son Charles Cleveland Korns (1889- ? )

Son Edward Korns ( ? - ? ) made his home in 1929 in Unionville, Putnam County, MO.

Daughter Clara Edna Korns (1892-1963) was born in Jan. 1892 in Iowa. She was but a girl of six at the death of her mother, and she went to live with her married sister Lydia Skinner in Missouri.


~ 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. "Will" 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 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/Clifford 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/Clifford 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.


Edna and 2nd husband Fred Mundt
Courtesy James M. Phebus

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 Patrick Dwyer Sr. (1868- ? ). John was a native of New York City and the son of Patrick and (?) Boidert Dwyer. The couple were the parents of nine -- Lucille Viola Gutzwiller, Lola Reiter, John Patrick Dwyer Jr., Bertha "Mildred" Walling, Dorothy Gale, Blanche Sargent, Catherine Berns, Marion Dwyer and Joseph Dwyer. Sadness enveloped the family when Marion, having contracted spinal meningitis in infancy, died at age two months in about October 1914. Edna's full story is told in a candid memoir entitled The Life of Edna Lola (Walling) Dwyer Mundt, authored by a great-grandson, James M. Phebus. The story details how Edna worked tirelessly to feed and clothe her children despite a transient, alcoholic, absent and frequently jailed husband and her torturous path of relocations to LeGrand, Iowa - Sioux City, Iowa - Hawarden, Iowa - Slayton, Minnesota - Akeley, Minnesota - Waterloo, Iowa - Rockford, Illinois - Dupree, South Dakota - Minneapolis, Minnesota - and Capac, Michigan. 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. Circa 1924, she resided near Dupree, Ziebach County. Then at the age of 42, on Nov. 27, 1924, she wed a second time to 54-year-old German immigrant Fred H. Mundt (Dec. 19, 1869-1936). County Judge William Spies joined the couple together. Their union endured for 11 years until his death on June 24, 1936. Edna outlived here second husband by 19 years. She passed away in Yale, St. Clair County, MI on Jan. 21, 1954. Burial was beside Fred in Dupree, SD.

  • Granddaughter Lucille Viola Dwyer (1899- ? ) was born on Aug. 22, 1899 in Iowa, four weeks after her parents' marriage. On April 16, 1921, she was united in wedlock with John Henry Gutzwiller ( ? - ? ), son of Agnus Gutzwiller. Circa 1942, the family was in Michigan, raising and canning vegetables on their farm. On the fateful Valentine's Day 1942, their farmhouse burned to the ground. Then in 1952, Lucille dwelled in Capac, MI.
  • Granddaughter Lola Dwyer (1902- ? ) was born on Sept. 20, 1902 in Sioux City, IA. She suffered from whooping cough in childhood and then in May 1915 from scarlet fever. Circa 1938, or before, she was joined in matrimony with Raymond Jacob Reiter ( ? - ? ).
  • Grandson John Patrick Dwyer Jr. (1904- ? ) was born in 1904 in Sioux City, IA. He was stricken with whooping cough at the age of six months. His illness may have led to a lifelong medical problem. Evidence unearthed by cousin James M. Phebus suggests that he was admitted to Yankton State Mental Hospital and died there on Nov. 25, 1939. This all needs to be confirmed.
  • Granddaughter Bertha Mildred Dwyer (1907- ? ) was born in 1907 in Minnesota. She married her uncle, Russell Sage Walling (1899-1973), son of Alwin Carlton and Christina Ann (Korns) Walling. See their entry elsewhere on this page.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Elizabeth Dwyer (1909- ? ) was born on Jan. 26, 1909 in Waterloo, IA. When she was 19 years of age, on June 23, 1928, she entered into marriage with Ralph Archibald Gale ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Blanche Dwyer (1911- ? ) was born on Aug. 19, 1911 in a four-room house on Horseman Street inRockford, IL. At the age of 16 on Feb. 24, 1927, she married 29-year-old George Wellington Sargent ( ? - ? ) of Redelm, Ziebach County. The nuptials were held in Faith, SD, by the hand of Methodist pastor Rev. C.S. Lyles (or "Syles").
  • Granddaughter Catherine June Dwyer (1913- ? ) was born on June 30, 1913 in Rockford, IL. In about 1931, she wedded Sigfred E. Berns ( ? - ? ).
  • Grandson Joseph Dwyer (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916 in Illinois. Circa 1940, he lived in Dupree, Ziebach County, SD. Evidence suggests that on Oct. 13, 1940, in Ziebach County, the 25-year-old Joseph wedded 21-year-old Edith Sever ( ? - ? ), a resident of Lantry, Ziebach County. Congregational minister Rev. John C.N. Pengelly led the wedding ceremony.

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 two sons, Clarence Schertz and Marion Earl Schertz. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the family in Carroll, Carroll County, IA, with Henry employed as an operator for a railroad. A number of lodgers dwelled under their roof in 1910. The couple's marriage ended during the decade of the 1910s. Later, she wedded 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 son Marion. 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 Clarence Schertz (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906.
  • 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.


South side of the town square in Newton, Iowa


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 (1899-1973) was born on Jan. 7, 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. On Nov. 28, 1922, he entered into marriage with his niece Bertha Mildred Dwyer (1904- ? ), daughter of John P. and Edna Lola (Walling) Dwyer. Their wedding was held in Hennepin County. MN. Together, the pair bore a son, Robert Walling. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Walling family dwelled in Minneapolis, with Russell earning his wages as a bricklayer in the labor trades. By 1940, still in Minneapolis, Russell had expanded his business as a stone and brick contractor. His final years were spent in Nicollet County, MN. He passed into eternity on Feb. 13, 1973, at the age of 74. Burial was in Saint Peter, MN. Bertha Mildred's fate is not yet known.

  • Grandson Robert Walling (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924 in Minnesota and grew up in Minneapolis.


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 Gleason, Jennie Lyman, Ines Smith, Marjorie Agnes Viola "Margie" Rosencrantz Reitz, Erma L. Solt 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. The location of their farm in 1920, said the Genoa Leader Times, was "the Skeedee."

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.

Charles reached his 87th birthday in August 1947, and the family held a picnic dinner is his honor at a local park. Mrs. James Hill baked and decorated the birthday cake, said the Columbus (NE) Telegram.

Sadly, Charles passed away on March 2, 1954 in Boone County, NE.

Son Charles Edward Korns (1882-1979) 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. Charles died in Tama in April 1979.

Daughter Sarah Louise "Lucy" Korns (1884- ? ) was born on Nov. 12, 1884 or 1885 in Gilman, Tama County, IA. At the age of 25, circa 1909, she wedded Iowa native John Joseph Gleason (1884- ? ). The brood of offspring borne by this couple included Alice Gleason, Charles Gleason, Chester Leo Gleason, Eileen Gleason and Louise Agnes Gleason. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the Gleasons dwelled in Granville, Platte County, NE, where John earned a living as a railroad telegraph operator. John apparently was transferred during the 1920s to Hiawatha, Brown County, KS, where he continued his work as a telegraph operator, and Lucy was the proprietress of a hotel. By 1935, he had accepted another transfer, to Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS, and then in 1940 were in the village of Murray, Cass County, NE. John's employer in 1940, when he was an agent and telegrapher, was the Missouri Pacific Lines Railroad.

  • Granddaughter Alice Gleason (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910 in Nebraska. Unmarried at age 20, she lived at home in Hiawatha, Brown County, KS, where she worked as a maid in a hotel run by her mother.
  • Grandson Charles Gleason (1911- ? ) was born in about 11 in Nebraska. He followed in his father's footsteps and in 1930 earned a living as a telegraph operator in Hiawatha, Brown County, KS.
  • Grandson Chester Leo Gleason (1913- ? ) was born in about 1913 in Nebraska. He joined the railroad in Hiawatha, KS and worked as a fireman as of 1930.
  • Granddaughter Eileen Gleason (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917 in Nebraska.
  • Granddaughter Louise Agnes Gleason (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923 in Nebraska.

Daughter Jennie Korns (1887- ? ) was born on March 28, 1886 or 1887 in Gilman, Tama County, IA. She was twice-wed. When she was 20 years of age, she married her first spouse William L. Hill ( ? - ? ). Two offspring born into this family were Mildred Swanson and James Hill. Their son is known to have been born in Tennessee in about 1911. By 1930, she and Arthur E. Lyman (1882- ? ) had become wife and husband. Circa 1930-1933, the Lymans' home was at Grand Island, NE, where Arthur was employed as a switchman for the railroad.

  • Granddaughter Mildred Hill (1909- ? ) was born on May 8, 1909 in Grand Junction, CO. She was an alumna of Grand Island High School. On March 14, 1929, when she was 21 years of age, she maried Raymond E. Swanson ( ? - ? ). The nuptials were held in Kronborg, NE. The couple spent the entirety of their years together in St. Edward, NE. Their two daughters were JoAnn Zimmerman and Gloria Rinkol. Sadly, Mildred died at the age of 68 on May 9, 1977. Her funeral service was conducted at the Faith Lutheran Church in St. Edward, led by Rev. Dennis Schlicht, and the remains were lowered into the sleep of eternity in Evergreen Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Columbus (NE) Telegram, saying she was survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Great-granddaughter JoAnn Swanson wedded Donald Zimmerman. In 1977, they were in Omaha.

Great-granddaughter Gloria Swanson married Marvin Rinkol. The couple put down roots in Columbus, NE and were there in 1977.

  • Grandson James M. Hill (1911- ? ) was born in about 1911 in Tennessee. He spent his adult years in Grand Island, NE.

Daughter Ines Gurina Korns (1895- ? ) was born on Sept. 13, 1895 in Missouri. At the age of 20, on June 27, 1916, she entered into marriage with her first husband, 37-year-old Marion E. Smith (1879- ? ), son of F. and Harriett (Sandeland) Smith. They were wed in Mills County, IA. The marriage ended within a few years, and she relocated to Genoa, NE, where her parents dwelled. Circa 1920, she married her second spouse, 28-year-old Lee Childers (1892- ? ), a resident of Nelson, NE. News of their marriage license was published in the Schuyler (NE) Sun. Two daughters borne by the couple were Verna Childers and Vera Childers. The federal census enumeration of 1930 lists the family in Arnold, Custer County, NE, with Lee earning a living as a common laboer and Ines as manager of a cream station. Later, by 1933, she tied the knot with Danish immigrant Peter Mortensen (1905- ? ). They relocated to northrn California. The 1940 U.S. Census shows them in Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA. Peter had no occupation in 1940, and they generated their income by having three lodgers under their roof. Later, the couple moved to Monterey County, CA. Ines passed away in Monterey on March 14, 1983.

  • Granddaughter Verna Childers (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924 in Nebraska. She moved to northern California with her mother and stepfather during the 1930s.
  • Granddaughter Vera Childers (1926- ? ) was born in about 1926 in Nebraska. With her mother and stepfather, she migrated to northern California during the 1930s.

Daughter Marjorie Agnes Viola "Margie" Korns (1899- ? ) was born on Oct. 27, 1899 in Emerson, Mills County, IA. When she was age 12, in 1910, she lived with her parents in Genoa, Nance County, NE. She may first have married (?) Rosencrantz ( ? - ? ), sonof Jacob and Emma J. Rosencrantz. If so, they produced a daughter, Clintena Rosencrantz. The 1920 United States Census shows Marjorie and her child Clintena making a home with her in-laws in Beaver, Nance County. Then on Valentine's Day 1923, the 23-year-old Marjorie was united in wedlock with 43-year-old John Wilhelm Reitz (1878-1968). Together, they bore three offspring -- Emery Reitz, Marilyn Reitz and Gene Reitz. In 1926, they lived in St. Edward, NE and made news in the gossip columns of the Columbus (NE) Telegram when seen shopping in town. The United States Census of 1930 lists the family as farmers in Genoa. Circa 1940, census records show the family living on a farm in Woodville, Platte County. John passed into eternity in St. Edward, NE on Oct. 14, 1968. Marjorie died in Genoa on Oct. 23, 1969.

  • Granddaughter Clintena Rosencrantz (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918 in Nebaska. She is known to have had appendectomy surgery in Sullivan Hospital in Columbus, NE in March 1931. On March 12, 1937, she was married in Grand Island, Hall County, NE to 22-year-old Ted H. King (Nov. 9, 1916-1983), son of Charles King of Genoa. News of their marriage license was published in the Grand Island (NE) Daily Independent. The wedding took place in the Methodist parsonage in Alda, NE, presided over by Rev. Wilson. The Daily Independent reported that the "only attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Salestrom of Grand Island, friends of the bridal couple.... Both the bride and groom are high school graduates, the bride graduating with the class of '35 and the groom with the class of '33." The pair established a home in 1940 in Cedar Falls, IA, where Ted was employed by the City of Cedar Falls. He held the position of foreman of the Department of Streets. They bore four children, among them Dennis King, Keith King, Lynn Herschel King and Teddie Joan King. In March 1962, the Kings' address in Cedar Falls was 131 East Longview Street. That year, they marked their silver wedding anniversary with an open house held at the local Odd Fellows Temple.Ted was a member of the Cedar Valley Lodge of the Odd Fellows and department commander of its Patriarch Militant of Iowa. After a long career with the city, Ted retired in 1973. By 1977, they had relocated to 1421 Tremont Street in the city. Clintena and Ted celebrated their 40th anniversary in March 1977, again with an open house at the IOOF Temple. At the time, Clintena earned income selling Avon Products. Sadly, at the age of 66, Ted died at Allen Memorial Hospital on May 15, 1983. He was pictured in his obituary in the Waterloo (IA) Courier. Burial was in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens.

Great-grandson Dennis King lived in Cedar Falls in 1977.

Great-grandson Keith King was married and circa 1977 resided in Wheaton, IL. By 1983, he was in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Great-grandson Lynn Herschel King put down roots in Cedar Falls.

Great-granddaughter Teddie Joan King was joined in marriage with Richard Moore. The couple's home in 1977 was in Waterloo, IA and in 1983 in New Hartford, IN.

  • Grandson Emery T. Reitz (1924-1987) was born on Valentine's Day 1924 in St. Edward, NE. On Dec. 28, 1944, he was joined in wedded union with Ethel Forney ( ? - ? ), also taking place in St. Edward. The couple together bore six children -- Richard Reitz, John Reitz, Linda Frick, Delores Miller and Peggy Larson, plus a son who died young. They Reitzes dwelled in Fort Pierre, SD in 1963 and later in Waterloo, IA. Emery made a living initially with T.J. Anderson Dairy Farm, and then for the last 13 years of his career at Hudson Co-op. In 1961, he hurt his back at work and was hospitalized for two weeks before underoing surgery to replace a damaged disc with a bone. He retired in 1986. Sadly, at the age of 63, Emery was swept away by the angel of death on Feb. 27, 1987. His obituary in the Columbus (NE) Telegraph noted that interment was in Waterloo Cemetery, and asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society. He was survived by 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Great-grandson Richard "Rick" Reitz settled in Olds, IA.

Great-grandson John Reitz migrated to Fort Pierre, SD.

Great-granddaughter Linda Kay Reitz wed (?) Frick and moved to Rogers, AR.

Great-granddaughter Delores Reitz Miller relocated to the Pacific Northwest. In 1987, she was in Clarkston, WA.

Great-granddaughter Peggy Reitz Larson dwelled in Waterloo, IA.

  • Granddaughter Marilyn Reitz (1926- ? ) was born in about 1926 in Nebraska. On Dec. 22, 1941, she entered into marriage with Benjamin M. "Ben" Obrist Jr. (1916-1989). The wedding was held in the parsonage of the Methodist Church of Albion, NE, by the hand of Rev. L.N. Blough. Reported the Columbus (NE) Telegram, "Miss Reitz wore a dress of medium blue with brown accessories.... Mrs. Obrist attended school in St. Edward, and Mr. Obrist was graduated from Newman Grove High school in 1933. Since that time he has been farming." The couple were the parents of Sandra Jean Obrist, Sharon Jean Obrist, Benjamin M. Obrist III and John L. Obrist. In 1987, they made their residence in Columbus. Sadly, Benjamin is believed to have passed away in 1989. At his death, a philanthropic gift was made in his name to the Book of Memory at the Lincoln Foundation.
  • Grandson Gene Reitz (1935- ? ) put down roots in Donphin.

Daughter Erma L. Korns (1902-1933), sometimes spelled "Irma" and "Emma," was born on March 26, 1902 in Emerson, IA. She moved as a young girl to Genoa, NE. At the age of 17, on Feb. 9, 1920, she was joined in holy matrimony with 25-year-old Paul Dewey Solt (April 17, 1893-1983), son of Daniel Milton and Emma Naomi (Cudney) Solt. Reported the Genoa Leader Times, the wedding was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church parsonage in Columbus, NE. They became the parents of Paul J. Solt, Sarah Mae Solt, Hazel Emma Solt and Charles Milton Solt. The Solts initially made a home in Columbus, NE and in 1926 relocated to a farm in Primrose, NE. The family picked up stakes once again in 1931 and migrated to Monroe, NE, where Paul ran a produce business. Grief cascaded over the family when Erma died at the age of 31 on Dec. 12, 1933. The Columbus Telegram said that her death followed "an illness of but a few hours in which she suffered no pain. Her husband became alarmed at her growing weakness and called the family physician without her knowledge. He arrived a short while before her death and said she had been stricken with acute jaundice for which nothing could have been done even though he had been called earlier." Funeral services were held in the residence of L.C. Kelley and at the Union Church, with Rev. James E. Elliott officiating. Interment was in Central City Cemetery. Reported the Telegram, "Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. Solt's father, Charles Korns of Grand Island, her sisters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lyman and their son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. James Hill, of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mortensen and family, Mrs. John Reitz and her daughter, Miss Clentina [sic] of Genoa, and Mrs. John Gleason, of Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. Solt's mother, Mrs. D.M. Solt, of Columbus; his brothers and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Solt, of Columbus, and Minor Solt, of Lincoln; his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Cudney, of Central City; his sister, Mrs. J.E. Lowe, and her son, Leo, of Valley, his cousins Mr. and Mrs. William Solt and Leslie Solt, of Central City; and H.S. Overocker, of Fremont." The obituary in the Telegram said that Erma was "a home loving woman, devoting her time to her husband and family of little children with great devotion. However, during her short residence here she formed many warm friendships and the sympathy of the community goes out to these little peole and their father in their bereavement." Left with four young souls to support, Paul arranged for his son to remain with him but placed his infant son Charles with an aunt Mrs. Lowe of Valley, NE; daughter Sarah Mae with another aunt Mrs. Mortensen; and daughter Hazel Emma with a third aunt, Mrs. Lyman at Grand Island. Paul then went to live with relatives in Columbus, NE.

Further heartbreak struck the family when youngest son Charles died at age two in January 1935. On April 17, 1937, Paul married a second time to Nona Albina (Hunter) Fisk (Dec. 25, 1896-1937), a Valley resident. Judge Roether led the nuptials in his office in the county courthouse, with the union announced in the Columbus Telegram. Nona had been married before, and brought a stepson to the second union, Thomas Edgar Fisk. The pair made a home in Valley, Douglas County, NE. The ongoing family tragedies were compounded when Nona was diagnosed with cancer and died just five months into the marriage on Sept. 9, 1937. Said the Telegram, the funeral service and interment were to be held at Valley. Within a year or two, Paul entered into wedlock a third time with Myrtle Louisa (Shields) Kopecky ( ? -1954), daughter of Laura L. Shields. She brought a daughter to the family, Helen Marie Kopecky. They initially farmed near the town of Scribner. In early 1940, they relocated to Redwood City, CA, where Paul secured work as a carpenter and Helen Marie attended school. By 1946, the couple had moved to Wyoming and made a residence in Cheyenne, WY. The pair moved once more in 1949 to Redfield, SD, "where he is helping build a hospital," reported the Sargent (NE) Leader. Then in August 1950 they now were in Minot, ND, and in 1951 in Broken Bow, NE. The formal name of Paul's business was Paul Solt Construction Company. Among his other construction contracting projects were home remodeling, construction of a two-story church rectory and a building for the Rebekah lodge of the Odd Fellows, and remodeling of a former bank building to be used as a medical office. But the spirit of untimely death again appeared. On the fateful day of Aug. 31, 1954, Myrtle Louisa was killed while driving on Highway 83, about 1.25 miles south of Broken Bow. The Lincoln (NE) Star reported that her vehicle "went into a ditch and then crashed into a tree. She was alone in the car at the time of the crash... The Safety Patrol said evidence was her car was out of control for about 205 feet, the last 100 while it was in the ditch. the patrol said there was no way to tell whether she had become ill before the crash..." The wreck was discovered by a farmer driving by on his tractor. Funeral services were held in the Sargent Church of Christ, led by Rev. Howard Briggs and Rev. C.R. Fitz. The widowed Paul spent about a year-and-a-half in mourning before marrying a fourth time to Dorothy Virginia Coslor (1911-1999), daughter of Earl Coslor of Sargent, NE. The wedding was held on Feb. 28, 1956 in the residence of D.E. Garrison in Greeley, CO, by the hand of Rev. Jack V. Reeve of the First Christian Church of Greeley. "The bride was attractively attired in a powder blue suit with navy and pink accessories," said the Sargent Leader. "Her costume was further complimented by a corsage of pink Camellias. She carried a white Bible." Paul passed away on Feb. 26, 1983. His remains are in eternal repose in West Union Cemetery in Sargent. Dorothy outlived him by 16 years. She was carried away into eternity in 1999.

  • WWII casualty Paul J. Solt, 191st Tank Battalion
    Courtesy Loren Bender

    Grandson Paul J. Solt (1922-1943) was born in about 1922. After his mother's death, Paul stayed with his father but eventually dwelled with his aunt, Hazel (Solt) Love. He is known to have attended Valley Schools. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and was deployed to the European Theatre, assigned to th 191st Tank Battalion. Tragically, while in combat in Sicily, Italy, he was killed in action on Sept. 9, 1943. Word was sent to his aunts in Nebraska and published in the Fremont (NE) Tribune and Grand Island (NE) Daily Independent. His remains were not recovered and their whereabouts today unknown. His name was incribed on a memorial wall in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Mae Solt (1927- ? ) was born in 1927. Age six at her mother's death, Sarah went to live with her father's sister, Mrs. Mortenson.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Emma Solt (1930- ? ) was born in 1930. Rendered motherless at age three, she was taken into the household of her father's sister, Mrs. A.E. Lyman at Grand Island, NE.
  • Grandson Charles Milton Solt (1933-1935) was born in 1933 in Monroe, NE. He was but a baby of seven months of age at the death of his mother. He was brought to reside in the home of his father's sister, Hazel (Solt) Love of Valley, NE. His life was cut short less than two years later. Having contracted pneumonia and influenza, he died in the Love residence on Jan. 7, 1935. An obituary appeared in the Grand Island Daily Independent, saying that "following his mother's death in December 1933, the family separated. His father has been residing with relatives at Columbus." Rev. A.S. Kluthe led the funeral service, with burial of the tender remains in Central City Cemetery.
  • Stepson Thomas Edgar Fisk (1922-1982)
  • Step-granddaughter Helen Marie Kopecky grew up in Grand Island. She was a graduate of Belgrade High School and Nebraska State University. After receiving her degree, she became employed at Ord High School, leading the commercial department. On Sept. 29, 1945, in Phillipsburg, KS, she married 1st Lt. Don D. Leibert ( ? - ? ), son of George Leibert. Rev. F.M. McDonald led the nuptials. An alumnus of Sargent High School, Don had taught school for several years prior to enlisting in the Army in June 1942. He served in Europe during World War II and then was to be stationed in Texas at the time of marriage. Two known children were Linda Leibert and Michael Leibert.

Son Howard D. Korns (1908-1930) was born in about 1908 in Iowa. He resided in Grand Island, NE circa 1930. Sadly, he died there in St. Francis Hospital on Nov. 18, 1930. His sister Erma Solt and her husband Paul are known to have traveled to the funeral. A short obituary was printed in the Central City Republican Nonpareil.


~ 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 "Charlie" 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, in 1884, Emma Jane was united in matrimony with her second spouse, Robert Rowe (June 21, 1835-1916), an immigrant from Branfield, England. He too had been married before, to Mary Ann Stevens ( ? -1882), and brought several stepchildren into the second union -- Charles Rufus Rowe, William Shelbert Rowe, Lydia M. Clay, Etta Mary Rowe and Matilda Jane "Tilla" Crow.

The Scranton (KS) Gazette once said that "At the age of 19 he came with his parents, brothers and sisters to Amereica, settling at Cincinnati, Ohio; later went to Morehill, Indiana, where on May 26, 1864 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Stevens.... In the spring of 1868 he and family moved to Jasper county, Iowa."

Together, Emma Jane and Robert lived in Newburg, IA and bore five more offspring of their own – Benjamin Harrison "Harry" Rowe, James Raymond Rowe, Walter H. Rowe, Florence "Esther" Remington and Clarence Robert Rowe.

The Rowes migrated again in the spring of 1897 to near Scranton, Osage County, KS, and remained for good. The federal censuses of 1900-1910 show them on a farm in Fairfax Township, Osage County.

Anxiety swept over the family on Sept. 5, 1916 when Robert "met with a serious accident which finally ended in his death," said the Gazette. "All that medical skill and loving care could do could not stay the messenger of death..." He passed at the age of 81 near Scranton on Sept. 10, 1916. Rev. Rorock of Scranton preached the funeral sermon held in the Rowe residence. Robert's obituary in the Gazette said he was survived by nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several siblings, among them Lydia (Rowe) Burridge, of New Richmond, OH, who was 94 years of age.

Emma Jane lived as a widow for about 17 years. She often entertained visits from her children from out of town. At the age of 69, she succumbed to death in Scranton on July 22, 1932. Burial was in nearby Carbondale Cemetery.

Stepson Charles Rufus Rowe (1867-1947) made a home in Mabton, WA in 1916.

Stepson William Shelbert Rowe (1870-1944) remained in Scranton, Osage County, KS.

Stepdaughter Lydia M. Rowe (1874-1936) was joined in wedlock with (?) Clay. Her residence in 1916 was in Grinnell, IA, and she is known to have traveled back to Scranton, KS that year for her father's funeral.

Stepdaughter Etta Mary Rowe (1876-1937) was born in 1876. She lived with her father and stepmother near Scranton in 1900-1916.

Stepdaughter Matilda Jane ("Tilda" or "Tilla") Rowe (1879-1945) was born in about 1879. At age 21, un married, she made her residence with her father and stepmother near Scranton in 1900. She was united in matrimony with Robert Crow ( ? - ? ). Their one known son was Thomas Crow.

  • Grandson Thomas Crow was married and had a son, making a home together in Burlingame in 1936.

Son Charles Monroe Williams (1879-1969) is thought to have been born in Dec. 1879 in Felix, Grundy County, IA. Circa 1916, he made his residence in Topeka.

Son Benjamin Harrison "Harry" Rowe (1887-1970) was born on Oct. 24, 1887 in Newburg/Grinnell, Jasper County, IA. On Aug. 29, 1917, when he was 29 years of age, he tied the knot with 19-year-old Alice "Edith" Black (1897-1958). Together, the couple produced five offspring -- Lena Murphy, Ruth Paul, Harry Clayton Rowe, Doris F. Peak, Rex Rowe and Geraldine Steele. Their married lives were spent as farmers in the communities of Overbrook and Scranton, IA. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, they dwelled in Fairfax Township, Osage County, KS, and in 1935 in Scranton, Osage. By 1940, they had moved to Elk Township, Osage. The family belonged to the United Methodist Church in Scranton. Sadly, Edith died on Dec. 3, 1958. Benjamin outlived her by a dozen years. Toward the end, he was admitted into a nursing home in Lyndon, IA. Death overtook him at the age of 83 on Nov. 28, 1970. His survivors included 25 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. Following funeral services held in the family church, his body was lowered under the sod in Scranton Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Lena Mae Rowe (1918-2001) was born on July 24, 1918 in Scranton, Osage County, KS. She wedded (?) Murphy ( ? - ? ). Circa 1970, she was in Overbrook, KS. She passed away in Topeka, at age 82, on May 8, 2001. Burial was in West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Inscribed on her grave marker is the epitaph "In loving memory of our Mother."
  • Granddaughter Ruth Evelene Rowe (1919-2011) was born in 1919. She married Joseph Meek (1889-1955). Their one known daughter was Mary Alice Irey. Sadly, Joseph died in 1955. Ruth Evelene's second spouse was Wilbur Clayton Paul (1908-1975). The couple bore a son of their own, Robert C. Paul. The Pauls made a home in Lyndon, KS in 1970. She endured the death of her daughter in 1972 and her second husband in 1975. At the age of 91, she died on Sept. 2, 2011 in the Osage Nursing Center. Interment was in Lyndon Cemetery. The Topeka Capital Journal published an obituary.
  • Grandson Harry "Clayton" Rowe (1921-1950) was born on Sept. 7, 1921 in Scranton, Osage County, KS. In adulthood he made a home in Overbrook, KS. On the tragic and fateful day of June 10, 1950, he and his 19-year-old cousin Francis Fawl were driving together about six miles north of Ottawa, KS on U.S. Route 59. Their vehicle collided with a gasoline transport truck, and both men were killed. Fortunately, the truck's tank was empty which prevented further tragedy. Burial was in Scranton Cemetery in Osage County, with Associated Press reports printed in the Parsons (KS) Sun and Hutchinson News.
  • Granddaughter Doris Irene Rowe (1924-1989) was born on  Sept. 17, 1924 in Scranton, Isage County. She was joined in matrimony in 1947 with Gordon C. Bane (1907-1979). After a divorce, she wedded again in 1967 to Charles R. Peak (1909-1983). Her residence in 1970 was in Topeka, at 520 Leland Street. She passed into the realm of eternity in Topeka at age 64 on May 30, 1989. The remains were interred in Topeka's West Lawn Memorial Gardens.
  • Grandson Rex Rowe (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933 in Osage County, KS. He dwelled in Denver in 1970.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine Rowe (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in Osage County, KS. She was united in wedlock with (?) Steele. She resided in Pomona, KS.

Son James Raymond "J. Ray" Rowe (1889-1973) was born on Oct. 28, 1889 in Newburg, Jasper County, IN. He grew up on the family farm near Scranton, Osage County, KS. When he was 44 years of age, in 1933, he married Jennie Kingsley (1895-1994). One daughter known to have been born to the couple was Hannah Jane Hutchison. Sadly, James died at the age of 83 in Overbrook, Osage County, KS on Feb. 9, 1973. His remains sleep for all time in nearby Carbondale Cemetery. Jennie lived another 21 years as a widow and passed away in 1994.

  • Granddaughter Hannah Jane Rowe (1934-1986) was born on Aug. 15, 1934 in Topeka. On Feb. 22, 1959, in rural Scranton, KS, she wedded Charles August Hutchison (Aug. 2, 1926-2019), son of Charles M. and Anna M. (Sheall) Hutchison of Scranton. They were the parents of two -- Susan Marie Smith and Charles Michael "Chuck" Hutchison. A 1944 graduate of Scranton High School, Charles went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1955. He was a farmer and stock-raiser for decades, and supplemented his income through his work for the Kansas Department of Transportation. For two terms in the early 1990s, he served in the elected position of Osage County Commissioner. He was a member of the Corinthian lodge of the Masons for more than seven decades and belonged to the Rotary Club of Burlingame. At the age of 51, Hannah Jane died in Burlingame, Osage County on March 29, 1986. Burial was in Burlingame City Cemetery. Charles outlived his bride by 33 years. The angel of death spirited him away at Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook, KS on April 30, 2019. His funeral service was held in Burlingame Federated Church. His obituary appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Great-granddaughter Susan Marie Hutchison wedded Alan Smith and settled in Osage City, KS.

Great-grandson Charles Michael "Chuck" Hutchison married Cindy. Their home in 2019 was in Lenexa, KS.

Son Walter H. "Tom" Rowe (1891-1978) was born on June 3, 1891 in Newburg, Jasper County, IA. He grew to manhood on the family farm near Scranton, Osage County, KS. In young adulthood he dwelled in Osage County, KS. During World War I, he served as a private in the U.S. Army. Whether or not he married is not known, but in 1936 he shared a home with his half-sister Etta Rowe and brother Clarence Rowe. The trio held a basket dinner for their siblings and families at their residence in July 1936, as covered in the gossip columns of the Carbondale (KS) Record. The spectre of death gathered him in at age 87, in Overbrook, Osage County, on Dec. 2, 1978. The remains are at rest in Carbondale Cemetery.

Daughter Florence "Esther" Rowe (1893-1969) was born on Sept. 19, 1893 in Newburg, Jasper County, IA. When she was 20 years of age, in 1914, she married 26-year-old Noble C. Remington (1886-1956). The bride was seven years younger than the groom. The brood of a dozen children the couple bore together included Florence Marie Waetzig, Lucille Remington, Helen Remington, Marvin C. Remington, Raymond Andrew Remington, Beulah Jean Gish, Nettie Pearl Moore, Erma L. Trowbridge, Idell Piper, Robert Remington, Donald Remington and Hazel Remington. The Remingtons were tenant farmers for decades, moving frequently in search of work. In 1916, they made their home in Carbondale, Osage County, KS and in 1920 on a farm in Elk Township, Osage County. On the move again during the 1920s, they settled in Ridgeway, Osage. The Remingtons relocated once more by 1935 to a farm in Fairfax Township, Osage. Noble's farming activity was fodder for the gossip columns of the Overbrook Citizen over the years, when he butchered beef and a hog and threshed wheat (circa 1923). Noble passed away in 1956. Esther outlived him by a baker's dozen years. She died in Carbondale at age 75 on April 20, 1969.

  • Granddaughter Florence "Marie" Remington (1914-2009) married (?) Waetzig.
  • Granddaughter Lucille Remington (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917.
  • Granddaughter Helen R. Remington (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918.
  • Grandson Marvin C. Remington (1919-1994) was born in 1919.
  • Grandson Raymond Andrew Remington (1921-2006) was born on March 10, 1921. News of his birth was announced in the Overbrook (KS) Citizen.
  • Granddaughter Beulah Jean Remington (1923-2015) was born in about 1923. She entered into marriage with (?) Gish
  • Granddaughter Nettie Pearl Remington (1925-2003) was born in about 1925. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Moore
  • Granddaughter Erma L Remington (1928-2016) was born in about 1928. She united in matrimony with (?) Trowbridge
  • Granddaughter Idell Remington (1931-1977) wedded (?) Piper.
  • Grandson Robert Remington (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934. He was married to (?) Ingle ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles Ingle. In mid-1956, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an airman first class and was posted to Rock Ledge, FL.
  • Grandson Donald Remington (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Remington (1928- ? ) was born in about 1938.

Son Clarence Robert Rowe (1897-1965) was born on March 1, 1897 in Newburg, Jasper County, IA. He moved to Kansas in childhood and spent the rest of his life on the same farm in Scranton, about five miles east of Burlingame and nine miles north of Lyndon, KS. Clarence married Emma L. Nester (1907-1980). Their two children were Howard Rowe and Esther Hollar. Charles was well known statewide as a breeder of Pland China hogs. He belonged to the Highland Grange for half a century and was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge of Burlingame. The cruel hand of fate took away Clarence's life on May 10, 1965, when he was killed in a tractor accident on his farm. The Associated Press distributed the news around the state, saying that the "accident occurred while Rowe was cultivating corn. He was caught under the cultivator and dragged about three-quarters of a mile. His body was found by his wife." An obituary appeared in the Topeka Daily Capital, and burial was in Carbondale Cemetery. Esther outlived her husband by 15 years. She was swept away in death in 1980.

  • Grandson Howard Rowe resided in the mid-1960s in Scranton, Osage County.
  • Granddaughter Esther Rowe married (?) Hollar. Her home in 1965 was in Minneapolis.


~ Daughter Ida May Korns ~

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

At the age of 16, she made a home in Gilman, Marshall County, IA.

Sadly, after five days of suffering, she died at the age of 16 years and 28 days on Nov. 7, 1880.

Death was attributed to "scarlitina maligna" -- scarlet fever. Her remains were transported for burial to the Korns Cemetery in Tama County. On her Iowa death record, her surname was spelled "Corns."


~ Daughter Sarah Matilda "Sadie" (Korns) Crouch ~

Daughter Sarah Matilda "Sadie" 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, Sarah was joined in wedlock with Jefferson S. "J.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.

Sarah is known to have traveled from Wichita to Scranton, KS in September 1916 for the funeral of her brother-in-law Robert Rowe. Their address in 1921 was at 842 Cleveland in Wichita.

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

Now widowed, Sarah moved into the home of her divorced daughter Ruth Decker in Wichita. The group 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 Marie Crouch (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Kansas. On April 9, 1921, when she was 17 or 18 years old, Ruth entered into marriage with Rupert Clyde Decker Sr. ( ? - ? ). The ceremony was held at Newton, KS, by the hand of Rev. J.E. Henshaw. The nuptials were announced in the Wichita Beacon and Wichita Eagle. The couple's home was located at 1305 North Topeka in Wichita. Together, they produced two children, Gerry Lee Decker and Rupert Clyde "Bud" Decker Jr. They were in New Mexico in 1924 at the birth of their son. The couple divorced by 1930, with Rupert marrying several more times in coming years. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows Ruth and the children in Wichita, with her mother Sarah Crouch in the household. Ruth dwelled at 122 North Sedgwick in Wichita in 1944 and at 1708 Jeanette Street in 1945. She relocated to Seattle as of 1947 to join her married son who was living there.

  • Granddaughter Gerry Lee Decker (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923 in Kansas. She was united in matrimony with R.W. "Win" Baker ( ? - ? ). They bore two known children, Marshall Manfred Baker and Barbara Bliss Baker. Win joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served with the 749th Field Artillery. While Win was away at war, Gerry Lee made a home with her mother.
  • Grandson Rupert Clyde "Bud" Decker Jr. ( ? - ? ) was born in about 1924 in New Mexico. He attended Friends University after high school graduation. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was posted to New Guinea in January 1945. On Junne 20, 1947, he wedded Dorothy Finch ( ? - ? ) of Seattle, daughter of Rowland Finch. At the time, both were drama students at the University of Washington in Seattle.


~ 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 Robert Wright ( ? - ? ).

Nothing more about this couple is known.


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Minerd.com extends gratitude to the Somerset (PA) Historical Center, James Perry Emerick, Josephine Toellner Emerick, George Christian Schempp, Donna Londeen and the late Gilbert R. Gaumer for their contributions to this biography.