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Katie Lou (#46950342)
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Bio Photo Of course I'm not related to all these memorials!
Help me link all these memorials in Polk County, Iowa. All info I have added come from census's, SSI, cemetery records, and YOUR info. I do not keep records of where this info comes from. Please send obits, etc by CLICKING ON THE EDIT TAB IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL. You can do a lot of corrections yourself now! Send transfer requests, obits, etc. by clicking on the "Suggest..." button & I'll do those ASAP. And remember... EVERYBODY is adding corrections!
Please, Please, Please do the corrections that you can do yourself, because my cable provider is now charging by the mile, so help me out!

It's getting so cool now! There are so many memorials & people are adding so many links. It pleases me so much that people can add a memorial & immediately connect to parents. I do a lot of connecting from censuses & it's so great to find HUGE families already connected.

Those of you who add obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery, even if it means scanning it through your printer & adding them as jpg's. We may never find the gravestone, but at least the obit will be saved!
Feel free to ask me to transfer. Even though my goal is to link everybody to everybody else, I'll need your help! And if I transfer it to you, be sure to add stuff! You must be a member of FAG to maintain a memorial. See instructions on the left under "Help with Find A Grave."

Please be patient! My e-mail is pretty heavy. Most e-mails are straight forward. Do this, transfer that, but then there's those ones that get me scurrying around in the files trying to find a trail, a connection, a vague memory of something, someone. The more memorials I add, the burieder I get.

Also remember, there are mistakes on gravestones. Mistakes on marriage records, death certificates, birth records, census records. Recent records appear to be more accurate, but people have told me of engravers making mistakes on very recent stones. Whatever info is on a memorial, it's the LATEST info provided.

And remember-I make typos all the time. Let me know or correct it yourself. Lots of my info comes from 1925 Iowa census. If you see "s/o Joe Blow & Bibbity Boo", I'm just copying it straight from the census and they've got terrible spelling & transcription mistakes.

I have a challenge for those of you who do not live in Iowa. Snoop around in Find-a-Grave & find obits or look for them by Googling a name. (easiest way: Full Name followed by city) As more & more memorials are added here, it becomes easier to link children to parents, wives to husbands.
I'm finally getting better at taking photos. At first, the max was 50k. Very bad photos! Now it's 8M. What a difference!

So here's what I know:

Sunny, Sunny, Sunny. Early morning, you can get light under the trees. Late afternoon, you can get light under the trees. Summer's full of plants, decorations & grass clippings. Fall's full of leaves & mud. Spring's full of mud & peonies. Winter light is poor but no leaves! You need to go in the morning & in the afternoon, every season. The hardest is the north facing stones. Iowa is not known for its north sun. Luckily there are not many such stones. You may have to go back several times to get a good shot. I use a 2" paintbrush to clean stones. A nice one for grass clippings, an old one for dirt & mud. Scissors for clipping grass. If you are doing very old stones, remember shadows. You can create them by using a 4' mirror, the kind you tack to the closet door & it costs around $5. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
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Carl Nollen
Mary King, Laurel Hill
Your edit request for Mary King at Laurel Hill for Block A lot 98 is wrong. She is in Block 1 Lot 467. Her husband William King is Lot 466 & they are obviously together. Block A is the Veterans Block. The Des Moines Cemetery data base is valuable, but there are many typos & wrong blocks posted.
Added by Carl Nollen on Aug 20, 2014 11:14 PM
J B Wilson Jr
William Collins
He is not married to Etta #5433380
Added by J B Wilson Jr on Aug 16, 2014 9:51 PM
J B Wilson Jr
T name Laird is not related to the Lairs please delete this name.

Thank you
Jim Wilson
Added by J B Wilson Jr on Aug 16, 2014 8:27 PM
Laura Evans-Steele
Vona Iseminger
Dear Katie Lou, Thank you for the photo of Vona Iseminger's tombstone. I really appreciate it. Mrs. Laura Evans-Steele
Added by Laura Evans-Steele on Aug 16, 2014 4:52 AM
Catherine Cramer
James A Dougher
I might have figured out the answer. His gravestone says 1921 not 1912, my error. I think this may be my Mr. Dougher's son. I thought the date of February 1984 seemed a little late for my guy, since his name is listed in the Feb 1984 obituary list in the AIA Journal. The obits were usually at least a few months previous and sometimes were up to a year or two, it depended on when the AIA was notified. So I think the 1976 date the Des Moines site that I found was off because I think that was when he was missing out of the directories and they assumed he passed, when actually he just retired and moved to a warmer climate :) Is there any way to find out who your Mr. Dougher's family was? My Mr. Dougher served in the war too, only it was WWI. Thanks for any help!
Added by Catherine Cramer on Aug 15, 2014 11:02 PM
Catherine Cramer
James A Dougher
Wondering if the stone dates are correct. I have an architect by the same name, grew up and lived in Des Moines until retirement, then moved to Sun City AZ, not far from where I live. But the architect was born in 1896 not 1912. The Des Moines folks have a death date of 1976 with a question mark, but then if they didn't know about the move to AZ, that would make sense. The architect graduated from Cornell in 1917, so clearly couldn't have been born in 1912. Any thoughts? I checked for his wife, at least the architects wife, and haven't found her. Should I call the cemetery?

Thanks for your help! Great job on all of these, that's a ton of work!
Added by Catherine Cramer on Aug 15, 2014 10:38 PM
Jenny Clarke
Added by Jenny Clarke on Aug 15, 2014 9:30 PM
Laura Evans-Steele
Loy Schultz Iseminger
Dear Katie Lou, Thank you so much for the tombstone photo for Loy. I really appreciate it. Have a blessed weekend! Mrs. Laura Evans-Steele
Added by Laura Evans-Steele on Aug 15, 2014 8:25 PM
Darnes photos @ Highland
Hi Katie Lou,

I may have asked in the past, but I can't recall, and then people get busy. :-) You were kind enough to transfer memorials, may I also have your permission to use photos you took of my families headstones in my family tree? I will give you proper photo credit if you will allow this. Adding the memorials and photos to find a grave was a huge help, as we are stuck here in Oregon at the mercy of the aid of others. Thanks so much :-)

Added by Erin on Aug 12, 2014 9:41 PM
Helen Peterson
Thanks for the obit and additional information.
Added by Elliffen on Aug 11, 2014 7:26 AM
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