|Birth: ||Dec. 31, 1847|
|Death: ||Feb. 2, 1934|
Elizabeth Gilmore Schuck (sometimes spelled Shuch or Shuck) came with her parents to Lucas County, Iowa in 1856 as her family was not sympathetic to the Confederacy. Her entire life was spent there except for one year in Kentucky and four years in Idaho.
Elizabeth married at the age of 16 to a man almost 20 years her senior. Per Elizabeth's great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Gilmore Shuck was a woman ahead of her time. "Betty" took up practical nursing when her children were old enough to care for the house and do the cooking. She did this in order to save enough to send her children to college. Daughter Flora attended Simpson College in Centerville, Iowa, for one year and obtained a teaching certificate; daughter Elnora (Nellie) also attended Simpson College for one year; son Merritt Shuck received his degree and was Superintendent of Schools in Rawlins, Wyoming, for a time. He later moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked for the Fisk Agency (a placement agency for teachers.) As far as is known, only her son, Charlie Shuck, did not have some college education. Elizabeth was an admirable woman.
Elizabeth homesteaded in Kimima, Idaho with son, Charlie. Kimima is 18 miles north of Paul, Idaho. There is no longer a settlement there. The soil was fertile, but because of lack of rainfall, late spring frosts, wind and dust storms, jackrabbit, grasshoppers, ants and weeds, homesteaders were forced to leave their claims. By 1932 none of the farmers remained. Their land reverted to sagebrush 2 to 6 feet high; their buildings fell apart, were moved away or burned. Taxes could not be paid so the land reverted to the government.
The Shuck homestead was filed in the name of Mrs. Elizabeth Schuck. Her son, Charlie, a bachelor represented the family in community affairs. The "claim" was about two miles due east of Kimima. A neighbor who came to visit Mrs. Shuch in her homestead-cabin asked her whether she was keeping house for her son, Charlie. "No", replied the spry little woman, "Charlie is keeping house for me." The Shucks came from Chariton, Iowa in about 1914.
On November 30, 1912 Elizabeth began to receive a pension of $12 per month. It increased to $25 per month on October 6, 1917 and to $30 per month on May 1, 1920.
Elizabeth died penniless during the great depression, cared for by her daughter, Flora Belle Conner, and her son, Charlie.
From the Chariton Patriot, 2-8-1934 Edition:
"Elizabeth Francis Gilmore, daughter of James and Jane Gilmore, was born in Pulaski county, Kentucky, on Dec. 31, 1847. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marion Connor in Derby, Iowa, on Feb. 2, 1934, at the age of 86 years, 1 month and 2 days.
She came with her parents to Lucas County in 1856. Her entire life since had been spent here except one year in Kentucky and four years in Idaho.
She was married on Sept. 8, 1864, to Peter Shuck, who preceded her in death twenty years ago, having passed away Nov. 19, 1912, at his home in Derby. To this union five children were born, all but one of whom are living. They are Mrs. Flora Conner, Mrs. Nellie De Somber and Charlie Shuck, all of Derby; and M.E. Shuck of Denver, Colorado. A daughter, Lillie May, passed away at their home in Derby forty-three years ago. Mrs. Shuck also leaves twelve grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
She had lived a christian life and had expressed a willingness to go when her call came. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Derby on Sunday afternoon at one o'clock, conducted by R. P. Decker, assisted by the pastor Rev. Howell, and interment was made in the Derby cemetery."
James Broyles Gilmore (1825 - 1899)
Sarah Jane McQueary Gilmore (1826 - 1866)
Peter P. Shuck (1828 - 1912)
Flora Belle Shuck Conner (1865 - 1963)*
Nellie Ellanora Shuck DeSomber (1867 - 1939)*
Lillie May Shuck (1871 - 1890)*
Charles F. Shuck (1873 - 1947)*
Elizabeth Frances Gilmore Shuck (1847 - 1934)
Infant Gilmore (1856 - 1856)*
Merranda J. Gilmore (1863 - 1864)*
Martha Ellen Gilmore Broyles (1865 - 1900)*
Maintained by: Deb Townsend
Originally Created by: Skip
Record added: Jan 01, 2010
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