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 Caroline Elizabeth “Carrie” <I>Beers</I> Gashel

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Caroline Elizabeth “Carrie” Beers Gashel

  • Birth 26 Jun 1879 Grundy Center, Grundy County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 26 Feb 1957 Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot Section 2
  • Memorial ID 61506362

Parents: Anson Beers, Lucy Emma Child. Parents are also buried at Riverside as is Carrie's only sister, Lovenia.

Spouse: Adolph Gashel (1873-1964). Adolph and Carrie were married 27 Oct., 1897 at Mason City, Iowa. No family was present. Adolph is buried Riverside Cemetery.

Children: Harold Leroy (1899-1908)buried: Riverside Cemetery
Gladys Lovenia (1901-1999)
Thelma Ialene (1904-1991)
Leonard Irving (1905-1984)
Genevieve Myrtle (1914-2009)
Dorothy Anna (1916 )

Carrie was born in Iowa as was her youngest brother, but the oldest three children were born in Illinois where her parents were married and farmed until the family moved to Grundy Co., Iowa in 1877. In 1881 the family moved once again to Mason City, Iowa, then in 1884 to Nora Springs, Iowa where they stayed. When Adolph and Carrie married, he was working for the Rock Island Railroad as a section foreman, and during the years they moved from Nora Springs to Rock Falls to Cedar Falls, to Vinton, and the final move to Wateroo, all in Iowa. Even in Waterloo they moved in and out of four different houses, always renting never owning a home of their own. During the World War II, they had two different women boarders, both of whom later married their soldiers at war.
Carrie's education was country schools with long distances to walk, and her education ended with 8th grade, which at its time, was all that was expected for a girl, and even her brothers did not go to school beyond this point. Her parents were farmers. After the move to Nora Springs, she worked as a hired servant on another farm for $3.00 a week. She met Adolph while living in Nora Springs.
In 1900 when they moved to Rock Falls, they had a house behind the general store, four rooms, no well, no electricity, no indoor plumbing. Water for washing was from a sistern under the house, and drinking water was carried by pail from a pump at the general store. Not an easy life, yet all her children said there was much love in the house and they all thought they had a good life in the small town.
Carrie suffered two strokes before she died which left her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She was a wonderful grandmother and all her surviving grandchildren have wonderful memories of the visits to her house.

(note: not an obituary. Written by M.Andersen Oct. 2010 and not be used without permission)


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  • Created by: Marilyn Andersen
  • Added: 12 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61506362
  • Marilyn Andersen
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Elizabeth “Carrie” Beers Gashel (26 Jun 1879–26 Feb 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61506362, citing Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Marilyn Andersen (contributor 47381791) .