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Christine Masterson (#47348844)
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Bio Photo I had a dream the other night a delivery truck pulled up to the house and was unloading some huge boxes and crates, four in all. I am watching as they are being loaded into the house and then I saw PARR Cemetery stamped on the side of one of the crates. My friend John Jackson was just about to open it and I screamed "Don't open it"... and I woke up!

I was born in Ottumwa, Iowa raised in Munterville, Iowa then moving to Blakesburg, Iowa and on to Muscatine, Iowa. Find a Grave has helped me bring my family who lived before me together. My Great Aunt Dr. Stella Pearson, D.O. (Aunt Teddy) enjoyed going to the cemetery to clean up, decorate, and tell me the stories about each family member we visited. I have found so many of my family because of our early trips to the cemetery. I just wished I had taken notes when she was telling the stories of family history. I put in a request for a picture of my father's grave over three and a half years ago and no one ever bothered to take a photo for me. Four hundred miles later I had his picture and many more. Today my passion is to fill as many photo requests as I possibly can for those who need that last family photograph. I am getting good at finding a grave and the walks are wonderful!

I have entered several cemetery records from online sources on snow or rain days so if I have any of your family no matter the relationship I will transfer just ask me and I will make it happen. Please provide your contributor number.

If you want multiple monuments photographed, please take the time to create a memorial for each person rather than attach a message to one request asking for multiple photos.

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Christine Masterson & John Jackson

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Caroline Schilling
Thank you so much for the photo! I really appreciate your time!

Added by Suzann on Aug 26, 2014 9:07 PM
Michele Wigglesworth
Lois Beckey
Hello Christine

Thanks so much for the picture - it really helps
Added by Michele Wigglesworth on Aug 21, 2014 6:40 AM
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Greetings! MANY THANKS for great!!! photos!
Added by Caral on Aug 19, 2014 3:49 PM
Pattie Ford
Ellen Blanche Stewart Smith
Hi Christine

Thank you for transferring Ellen to me, I appreciate it!

How funny I was writing a bio for her and submitted it, but then it wouldn't go to you as you had already transferred her to me. Threw me for a loop for a minute! hahaha

Thank you
Added by Pattie Ford on Aug 18, 2014 12:39 PM
kim jones
Thanks a bunch for the great headstone pics of my two Ludeling relatives!!!!
Added by kim jones on Aug 18, 2014 12:16 PM
L. Forbes
Greenwood Cemetery Photos
Thank you very much Christine for the grave photos of Betty Bohling, Elizabeth & Franklin Swain. It is much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time.
L Forbes
Added by L. Forbes on Aug 18, 2014 6:50 AM
Charles Wright
Again, thanks!
Christine, Again I thank you. You have completed the picture -- John W., Howard's gravestone alongside that of his wife Malzena Howard. I am deeply appreciative for your time, your travel and your excellent photography.

Charles Wright
Added by Charles Wright on Aug 16, 2014 5:37 AM
Charles Wright
John W. Howard
Christine, I have photocopies of all the lurid reports of John W. Howard's death from the following newspapers: THE DAVENPORT DEMOCRAT, Oct. 9, 1896; THE DAVENPORT DAILY TIMES, October 9, 1896; and a follow-up story from THE DAVENPORT DEMOCRAT, February 12, 1897. These I obtained from the Davenport Public Library's old newspaper files. If there was an obituary published, I didn't find it. I have his Civil War records from Washington, D.C. and have self-published a Mallory family genealogy.

The next time you visit Oakdale Cemetery, would it be possible for you to photograph the gravestone of his wife, Malzena Spain Howard who died in 1921? Do you charge a fee for your work.

I note you were born in Ottumwa. That was the nearest large town to my birthplace, Russell, in Lucas County, IA. I know that part of Iowa well. I now live in Ankeny, a short distance north of Des Moines. I am a retired teacher.

Thanks again, Christine.
Charles Wright
Added by Charles Wright on Aug 15, 2014 10:10 AM
Charles Wright
Thank you
My cousin Skip who posted John W. Howard to Findagrave was the one who requested a photo of John W. Howard's gravestone for me. John W. Howard's real name was Rollin M. Mallory. He was an older brother of my great-grandfather Russell H. Mallory. He disappeared in 1868, changed his name to John W, Howard and moved to Davenport, Iowa in 1871. He was married in Lee County, Iowa in 1873 to Malzena Spain. They had a son named Russell and a daughter Clarice (called Clare). As Rollin M. Mallory, he had served honorably in the Union Army, 1861 to 1865, from his native Illinois and had become a sergeant before his discharge. He committed suicide at his home in Davenport in October, 1896, shooting himself in the heart. Rollin's family had never known what became of him until his widow began making application for a pension declaring she believed he had served in the war under the alias Rollin Mallory. Rollin's brothers traveled to Davenport for the disinterment of his body several months after its burial to positively identify him.

Christine, thank you for photographing my great grand uncle's grave. The last nearly 30 years of his life will always be a mystery that haunts and saddens me. I have the final letters he wrote to my great-grandfather before disappearing and the sad apology and farewell he wrote just before shooting himself in 1897.
Added by Charles Wright on Aug 14, 2014 5:21 PM
John Howard in Oakdale Cem
Thanks so much for the headstone picture of John W. Howard in the Oakdale Cemetery. You do a very kind service for those of us who are unable to visit the cemeteries of our loved ones.
Skip Mihoover
Added by Skip on Aug 14, 2014 1:05 PM
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