Lucius Edwin “Jake” Heaton, Jr

Lucius Edwin “Jake” Heaton, Jr

Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
Death 8 Jun 1974 (aged 77)
McKenzie, Burleigh County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 70885277 · View Source
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Lucius Edwin Heaton was born 20 July 1856 in Antwerp, Jefferson, New York in 1856; the second eldest child of Lewis and Mary (Brown) Heaton. In the fall of 1856, his parents moved to Delavan, Tazewell, Illinois. They traveled by rail to Chicago and by rail to Delavan, Tazewell Co., where they resided until 1863. They then moved to Morrison, Whiteside, Illinois where they lived for three years.

In February 1867, the Heatons moved to Tama County, Iowa. All the family except Lucius went by rail. He and his uncle Lucius drove the stock and the wagon containing their household possessions. It was dangerous to travel this time of year, as they had to cross many rivers overflowing with spring meltwater. They crossed the Mississippi river from Fulton, Illinois to Clinton, Iowa just before the ice went out. Later on while crossing the Wapsie Pinicon River, they met with quite a serious misfortune. After crossing a large bridge, which was washed out later in the day, they traveled on a turnpike that was 20 feet high and the water three feet still higher. A man had been hired to drive their team and pilot them across the river. Uncle Lucius drove the stock while young Lucius rode on the wagon with the driver. While crossing the turnpike, the team of horses became frightened at a cake of ice, causing them to shy and go off the grade. The team, wagon and all their possessions were carried under the ice and the team was drowned. A colt belonging to one of the lost horses came running up from behind after its mother. It made for the bank of an island in the river and as it passed, Lucius grabbed the colt's mane and it pulled him to the bank where he grabbed the branches of some trees. His uncle, seeing the accident, came back and pulled both the boy and the colt out of the water. They were taken back to a small village and were taken in by kind strangers. Word was sent to Lucius' father, Lewis, in Iowa who came back, and Uncle Alfred Heaton also came from Illinois to help. They had to wait for the water to recede and remained at the village for about a week. A raft was built to bring the stock, consisting of 7 head of cattle and 4 pigs, back across the river. As soon as the river refroze, they resumed their journey by foot and horseback and finally reached Tama County without further mishap.

Lucius spent the rest of his youth on the Iowa homestead. He was educated in the public schools and at the Addison Collegiate Institute at Irving, Iowa. He later attended the Teachers Normal College at Vinton, Iowa where he met his future bride, Maria Louisa Spracklen. After finishing school he was engaged in the teaching profession and was married to Maria on 10 March 1878 in Tama County, Iowa. Lucius and Maria moved many times after their marriage:

1878-1882: Story County, Iowa
1882-1892: Cherokee County, Iowa
1892-1906: Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa - engaged in the mercantile, grain, and livestock business; postmaster
1906-1915: ranch in North Dakota
1915-1917: McKenzie, Burleigh, North Dakota
1917-1922: ranch in North Dakota
1922-1924: Bismarck, Burleigh, North Dakota
1924-1946: McKenzie, Burleigh, North Dakota

Lucius served two consecutive terms as a representative from Burleigh County in the North Dakota State Legislature. He died 12 November 1946 in McKenzie, Burleigh, North Dakota. He is buried in the cemetery in McKenzie.

Lawrence C. Heaton, b: 29 March 1879
Mary Ethel Heaton, b: 8 September 1880
Rowland J. Heaton, b: 5 December 1881
Geneva Catherine Heaton, b: 25 June 1883
Clair M. Heaton, b: 28 December 1884
Windsor Brown Heaton, b: 7 September 1886, d: 24 February 1920
Ruth Heaton, b: 22 July 1888
Glenn S. Heaton, b: 17 July 1890
Edna L. Heaton, b: 17 March 1892
Vinton P. Heaton, b: 23 November 1894
Lucius Edwin Heaton, b: 10 October 1896, d: 1974

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 70885277
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucius Edwin “Jake” Heaton, Jr (10 Oct 1896–8 Jun 1974), Find a Grave Memorial no. 70885277, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Claire (contributor 47387895) .