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 Emily Melrose <I>Hanna</I> George

Emily Melrose Hanna George

Iowa, USA
Death 31 Oct 1934 (aged 87)
Burial Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 68372740 · View Source
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[Waterloo Courier, Sunday, January 24, 1960, Waterloo, Iowa - from article about the Hanna family]

Emily, or Emeline, Hanna, who later built Texowa, was the third white child born in Black Hawk County on March 7, 1847. Eventually, the Hanna's had a total of five sons and three daughters.

As for Emily, the county's third child, she grew up to wealth and position. The first white girl born in Waterloo Township, she attended Waterloo's first school and later was a student at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.
Then she traveled to Texas to live with her brother, John, and teach in the Texas schools.

She was married in 1886 in Nolan County, Texas, to John T. George, a cattleman who owned 25,000 acres and was a director of four Texas banks. The Georges, with John's daughter, who later became Mrs. W. A. Foley of Valentine, Tex., lived at Jayton, Tex., but the pull of the Iowa prairie must have been strong in Emily.

The Georges built Texowa on the Hanna homestead farm as a summer home and incorporated into it their Texas trademarks. The Bar G brand was set into the cement doorstep and painted on the roof.

Texowa's heyday, it had spacious lawns and a large fruit orchard where nursery trees and shrubs are now planted. Emily's brother, Phil, considered it an ideal location for reunions so, whenever he came home from Mexico, the Georges were hosts for the Black Hawk County Early Settlers' Reunion.

Eventually, when John retired, the Georges made Texowa their permanent home. He died there July 17, 1913.

After World War I, Emily decided to travel abroad. She visited Europe, with a sentimental stopover at Melrosa, Scotland; original home of her mother's family and in which stood, the abbey immortalized by Sir Walter Scott in "Lay of the Last Minstrel."

Until her death Oct 31, 1984, following a paralytic stroke at Texowa, Emily Hanna George was a prominent resident of Waterloo. She was described as "an ardent Republican," was active in young people's work and gave enough money to complete the construction of Free Methodist Church. She also gave $10,000 to the Young Men's Christian Association.

She lies buried in the Hanna family plot at Elmwood Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 68372740
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Emily Melrose Hanna George (7 Mar 1847–31 Oct 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68372740, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Couple of Gravers (contributor 47290826) .