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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 10 years, 2 months, 26 days
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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 - /June 5, 2017 (profile updated)

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Laurie Mohr
Thank You
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful picture of the grave of Hugh Bankhead in Hopkirk Cemetery, Jefferson County Iowa. He was my 3rd greatgrandfather. If there is ever a restoration project for this cemetery, please contact me and I can contribute a small amount to the effort.
Added by Laurie Mohr on Jun 19, 2017 9:51 AM
Narcissa Wilkins Booker
Thanks so much for accepting my edit on her parents!
Added by Katharine on Jun 05, 2017 9:24 AM
Cheryl Kurnes
Beva Snoddy
from the Williamsburg Journal Tribune 6-28-1962
Sign Up Teacher for Parnell Grade
The local board of education has employed Mrs. Beva R. Snoddy, to teach one grade, probably the second on the Parnell elementary center for the coming year.
Mrs. Snoddy and her husband have just moved to Williamsburg from Sigourney where they operated a motel for the past six years. Previously Mrs. Snoddy taught in the lower grades of the Pleasant Plain consolidated school for nine years.
Added by Cheryl Kurnes on Jun 04, 2017 2:58 PM
Cheryl Kurnes
Tom T. Snoddy
from the Williamsburg Journal Tribune 2-6-1969
Tom T. Snoddy, 73, Succumbs Sunday in Cedar Rapids
Tom T. Snoddy, 73, a resident of Williamsburg, for the past 6 1/2 years, did Sunday at St. Luke's hospital in Cedar Rapids. He had been in failing health for the past year.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the McSwiggin & Uhlmann funeral home, with Rev. Sherwood Roser, pastor of the First United Presbyterian church, officiating. Music for the service was provided by Mrs. George Meyer, with Mrs. Dorothy McCarty at the organ. Pallbearers were Robert Champ, Oren Champ, Gary Keiser, Tom Frady, Marvin Findley, Keith Folkmann. Burial was in the Memorial Lawn cemetery at Fairfield.
Son of John and Ettie Mains Snoddy, he was born at Bloomfield, July 2, 1895. He was employed by Iowa Electric Fairfield division, retiring after 25 years service. He moved to Williamsburg in 1962. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian church, and of the American Legion.
He was married to Beva R. Rape, at Lancaster, MO in 1920.
Surviving are a foster son, Jack Snoddy, of Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, and a foster daughter.
Added by Cheryl Kurnes on Jun 04, 2017 2:51 PM
Cheryl Kurnes
Beva Snoddy
From the Williamsburg Journal Tribune 2-16-1967
Mrs. Beva Snoddy Buried Thursday
Funeral services for Mrs. Beva Snoddy,64, who died at Marengo Memorial hospital Tuesday morning of last week, were held Thursday afternoon at the First United Presbyterian church, with Rev. S. H. Roser officiating.
Music for the service was provided by Mrs. John Engel and Mrs. Sherwood Roser, with Mrs. Ferne Matheson at the organ. Pallbearers were Jack Champ, John Snoddy, W. C. Allen, Tom Frady and Gary Keiser. Burial was in Memorial Lawn cemetery at Fairfield.
Mrs. Snoddy had been in failing health for three years. Death was die to heart failure. She was hospitalized 12 days before her death.
Daughter of Samuel and Elziabeth Rape, she was born in Drakesville, May 6, 1902. After her graduation from Fairfield High School, she attended Parsons college at Fairfield and the University of Iowa at Iowa City.
She was married to Tom L. Snoddy at Lancaster, Mo., March 26, 1920. Prior to moving to Williamsburg, she and her husband operated a motel at Sigourney.
She joined the church at an early age, and became a member of the First United Presbyterian church when moving to Williamsburg.
Surviving are her husband, and two children whom she reared: Jack Snoddy of Williamsburg and Mrs.John (Louise) H. Frady of Cedar Rapids, the latter now deceased.
Added by Cheryl Kurnes on Jun 04, 2017 2:35 PM
Ben Bower
Max Hollander's stone picture
Thank you, for your very nice picture of Max's stone.
It is such a very good time of year to take pictures with all the flowers.
I removed the other photo.
Added by Ben Bower on May 26, 2017 8:30 AM
Juelette Fadness
Copeland Family
Thank you so much for the lovely photos of the Copeland family markers. i appreciate your efforts so much. Best wishes, Juelette Fadness
Added by Juelette Fadness on May 25, 2017 6:22 PM
cheryl drummond
cassa jones
thank you so much. have been searching for Cassa McAlister Jones soooo long. Put her family history on the flowers for others to read. Her husband was Wm F Jones, son of John Jones 1806 england, and lydia Fisher jones bn ohio. they are also in Find A Grave in Winchester cem, Van buren co iowa. with the Jones plot , which makes perfect since she and wm F. Jones were married such a short time. Many McAlister people married and died in Appanoose co iowa and cassa was not there, but actually with the jones family. again thank you. anyone researching the Charles patrick McAliste line please email me.
cheryl drummond
Added by cheryl drummond on May 22, 2017 1:13 PM
Thank you!
Thanks for all the great photographs and memorials I have been finding at Evergreen Cemetery! You have put a lot of work into these! Your work is very much appreciated. Best regards, RC
Added by RC on May 21, 2017 8:05 PM
c kennedy
Marcella F Burke McClure
I do believe that Richard Lorenz (Lawrence) BURKE is the father of Marcella. Iowa County Death records and the Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registration, say he died on 21 October 1920. The day before Marcella was born. Her mother married (in 1922) and divorced a Charles William Still. Then in 1951 married Arvel Cullum.
Added by c kennedy on May 20, 2017 2:42 PM
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