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Sandra Burtness (#48371769)
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Bio Photo I have been working on my family's history for several years. Being retired does have it's benefits. I live in Southern California, but I am from Sigourney, Iowa, and most of my family comes from Keokuk, Van Buren, and Wapello counties. My interest is mostly in Elsensohn, Marshall, Pool, and Salter on my dad's side, and Ruby, Reinier, Brittain, and Larimore on my mom's. I would encourage anyone starting out to talk to those older generations as soon as you can. I am also working on my husband's side of the family, mostly Valgren, Kardash, and Burtness. The amazing thing was I discovered my son was a direct descendant of George Soule who came over on the Mayflower. After a year of work, he is now officially in the Mayflower Society.
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Gertie Reinier
Added by Bob on May 20, 2017 2:57 PM
Gertie Reinier.
Elmhurst has no record of her burial. Do you have proof?
Added by Bob on Mar 12, 2017 10:06 AM
Olive Harger at Elmwood Cemetery
Hi! Photos have been posted to her memorial.

Also there:

Walter A. Harger, 1883 - 1929
Gloria Jean Harger, 12-30-1941 - 3-6-1953
Lorraine E. Harger, 8-15-1921 - 4-3-1956
Clyde Newell Harger, 12-11-1917 - 11-14-1971

If you add photo requests for them I will post the photos that I took.

Added by Ace on Oct 30, 2016 3:33 AM
Jerry & Beth
Edna Phillips
We went to fulfill your request but Edna is not listed on the wall. Just her husband Harry Samuel Phillips is listed. I see someone has already posted a photo for Harry Samuel Phillips also.
Added by Jerry & Beth on Aug 27, 2016 3:05 PM
Billye ( Applegate) Page
Francis Brittain
Thank you so much
Added by Billye ( Applegate) Page on Jul 10, 2016 8:05 AM
Ron Rader
Hettie Rowland
If you would like to manage this memorial, let me know. I can transfer to you.
Added by Ron Rader on Jun 15, 2016 7:12 PM
RE: Ruby Family
Oh my gosh!! I hope we are related!!

Here is my lineage straight to me.

Mother Sharlene June Ruby Jones (69844824)
Grandpa Mettie William Ruby (105326400)
GGrandpa Robert Lee Ruby (106435909)
GGGrandpa Charles Edward Ruby (60385138)
GGGGrandpa George "Tad" Washington Ruby (60204587)
GGGGGrandpa Charles Ruby (128025470)

I'll bet we are related. Robert, Charles & George are all from Ollie. Robert is buried in Ottumwa, Charles is buried in Ollie, and George is buried in Rock Creek.

I would LOVE to be able to get the obits of Charles & wife Phoebe Keasling and George & wife Tacy Riley.

Anything connect with you? If you tell me John's birthdate and deathdate..... I bet we will find a link between the families!!
Added by LSJRJT on Jun 13, 2016 7:25 PM
RE: Ole Jorde
No, I saw his wife's name (Olia) on the same pillar as her father's (Adolf), but Ole's gravestone wasn't around there and I couldn't find it elsewhere in the cemetery either.
Added by HL49 on May 01, 2016 2:01 PM
John Quiring
RE: Ernst Matthes
Hi. I posted a photo of Ernst and Irene's stone. (The sun was the wrong direction to get the best lighting.) Based on the stone I changed Ernst's birth date. An edit sent to me had given his birth in Sept of 1900. JQ
Added by John Quiring on Apr 12, 2016 6:44 AM
Diane Payne
Maude L. Pool Cade

I transferred Maude to you.

Diane Payne
Added by Diane Payne on Apr 06, 2016 5:02 PM
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