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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /August 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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Lyle Fulton
Karl Nichols Memorial
Hi Richard. Thank you for the information you sent about updating this memorial. Glad to know that Karl is alive and well. I don't remember photographing this grave stone, probably just taking random photos.
Added by Lyle Fulton on Apr 24, 2017 11:43 AM
Memorial #131652805
Any additional information for this person was asked for on the memorial page. This is not a stillborn son but rather the date listed is the birthdate. He is the son of the adjoining couple, Carl and Lois Nichols. See the obituary for Carl W. Nichols at:
Added by Familyhunt on Apr 24, 2017 7:49 AM
Myrna Wilson
Mem# 136934785
You requested information on Blanches first marriage. In Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 marriage of Lyle M. Anderson and Blanche Swanson 31 Dec 1939 in Scott, IA. He was b.19 Apr 1905 in Crawfordsville, Washington, IA son of Charles E. Anderson and Pearl June Dunbar. If you wish further information please request.

M. Wilson
Added by Myrna Wilson on Apr 20, 2017 2:17 PM
Henry Johnson
RE: Orville Prill memorial sponsorship

Thank you for your work.

I did not know Mr. Prill very well, but for three years (1966, 1967 and 1968) I had a summer job at IAAP, and he was the primary driver in the carpool of which I was part. The pick up point was on Washington Street, which was Highway 34 in Mount Pleasant; and he was always on time. I remember him as a very nice man, and I used to enjoy listening to him talk about sports with some of the other car mates. I still distinctly recall the evening when we were driving home after work and there was a radio announcement that the old NFL and AFL had agreed to merge.
Added by Henry Johnson on Apr 16, 2017 7:00 PM
Farm Girl from Mo.
RE: Kenneth Leo Smithson burial space
Ok, I see now that you have more info. about the location of graves than I have with William's son-in-law George Kruse and the infant son, Kenneth Leo Smithson being buried in the same plot next to Mayme Smithson. Thanks for explaining it to me. Have a nice day,
Added by Farm Girl from Mo. on Apr 14, 2017 6:28 AM
Enchantra Ryan
RE: Alice Matilda Hines marriages edits
I tried to pick up working where I left off months ago. My apologies, the marriage is clearly legitimate.

I think what I intended to accompish from my notes was to improve the details for Wes Liberty Calhoon, his wife Bertha Mae Calhoon and their subsequent children.

If you are able to add the details I will send them to you, but I see you were not the original contributor of their memorials.

I appreciate your follow up and I apologize for my error.
Added by Enchantra Ryan on Apr 13, 2017 5:38 PM
Farm Girl from Mo.
Thanks again for the extra info., ect.
Thanks again for all your hard work connecting William Wallis Smithson's family together & taking photos in the cemetery. I wonder if the son, Kenneth Leo Smithson's grave is actually next to William's side of his stone (cut off in the photo you took). Maybe on a later trip to the cemetery you could try a different angle to include the space next to William's side of his stone. Since the son-in-law is buried next to Williams wife I don't think that Kenneth Leo Smithson's grave would be next to the son-in-laws stone but maybe I am wrong. Just a thought since I cannot see what stones are nearby. More later,
Added by Farm Girl from Mo. on Apr 13, 2017 5:16 PM
Scott Durr
RE: Mary Elizabeth Roberts Loring unmarked grave
Thanks so much,
Added by Scott Durr on Apr 13, 2017 11:04 AM
Farm Girl from Mo.
William Wallis Smithson & Eugene Gilbert Smithson.
Thanks for the extra info. regarding William Wallis Smithson's, his wife & his siblings. I have included a note with the names of William's sibling in the bio. of his memorial.

I've also added some of the info. you sent to my memorial for Gilbert Eugene Smithson. Check them out and let me know what you think. Thanks so much for all you have done. Have a nice day,
Added by Farm Girl from Mo. on Apr 11, 2017 9:58 AM
Farm Girl from Mo.
William Wallis Smithson & wife Mayme.
I see that you removed the obit. that was added as a photo to the memorial for William Wallis Smithson. Also saw that his wife Mayme has an obit typed up in the bio. area of her memorial.

If you have time to check out Ancestry could you send me the names it gives for all of William Wallis Smithson's siblings? I have a friend who subscribes to Ancestry but she is visiting family out of state this week or I would ask her to look them up for me.

Many thanks for everything.
Added by Farm Girl from Mo. on Apr 11, 2017 7:42 AM
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