Solomon "Sollie" Sturtz was born on Dec. 11, 1814 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of John "Adam" and Maria "Catherine" (Gaumer) Sturtz Sr. His middle name has been given as "John." He was a pioneer settler of Ohio, Indiana and Iowa and lost a son during the Civil War.
In February 1836, when he was 21 years of age, he married 20-year-old Elizabeth Troutman (Feb. 28, 1815-1899) of Somerset County and the daughter of Jacob and Rebecca (Boyer) Troutman. The two families were close, and Solomon's brother John Adam married Susanna Troutman, likely Elizabeth's sister.
Their nine children were Jacob Sturtz, Adam C. Sturtz, Margaret Moss, John Sturtz, Katherine Jane "Kate" Moss, Lydia Sheets, Benjamin F. Sturtz, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ellis and Susan Ann Eikenberry.
The year they were married, Solomon and Elizabeth migrated to Ohio, settling in Muskingum County. After a period of time, in 1852, they pushed into Indiana and after three years, in the spring of 1855, relocated further west to Iowa, with family lore stating that they traveled by covered wagon. They arrived there in Carroll County about the same time as Rev. Philip Moss, a Baptist minister who had come from Indiana. The Sturtz's daughter later married the Mosses' son. In October 1855, just several months after settling there, Solomon acquired a farm of 160 acres from the federal government.
The Sturtzes resided in 1860 in Elm Springs, Coldwater Township, Butler County, IA. They eventually settled on a 160-acre farm in Section 11 in Greene, Butler County. Their farm shared a corner with the farm of his brother John Adam Sturtz, who had migrated there with his family in 1857. Their houses were about a half mile apart. At some point, Solomon partnered with Aaron Moss to form a general store under the name Moss & Sturtz, one of the first merchants in Greene.
Many years later, in April 1929, J.M. Ramsay wrote a Greene Recorder column entitled "Reminiscence of Early Days in Greene," acknowledging Solomon as "one of the early settlers in the vicinity of Greene ... [whose] farm was a couple miles west of Greene, and in early days it was easily seen and pointed out to strangers, because of the large barn he had erected a few years after settling in Coldwater. In the early 'Seventies' he also erected a fine, large dwelling on his land."
During the Civil War, their son Adam (1840-1864) and his cousins Solomon Sturtz and Michael Sturtz together joined the 32nd Iowa Infantry, Company G. Son John and son in law Aaron Moss also served with enlistments in the 21st Iowa Infantry. Heartache shook the family when Adam died on May 22, 1864, at Pleasant Hill, LA, and his two cousins also gave their lives to illness in the conflict, also in the same year. Fortunately, their John and Aaron returned home and lived long lives.
Solomon also is profiled in the 1883 book History of Butler and Bremer Counties. The narrative said that "His farm contains 160 acres, which he purchased of the government. He also owns land elsewhere. His improvements are among the best in the township." In the 1870s, he purchased additional properties in Butler and Sioux Counties, encompassing 365 acres in total. The Greene properties were located within Section 11, Township 93, Range 17.
They were charter members of the Presbyterian Church of Coldwater, founded in June 1863. Said the History of Butler and Bremer: "This took place at the Hart school house, on section 13, with Rev. Richard Morrill officiating." The church reorganized on May 19, 1872 as the First Presbyterian Church of Greene, with Solomon again becoming a charter member and one of the first trustees, serving with Henry McNabb, A.D. Barnum and Edward Jordan. He remained an elder of the congregation for the rest of his life. At one time, he also served on the board of Coldwater Township.
Wrote Ramsay in 1929, Solomon "was a member of the Presbyterian church at Greene, and the writer's parents belonged to the same congregation, and well do we remember as a child watching that stern face of Mr. Sturtz as he sat attentive and almost unmovable in his pew at regular services. Here we might mention that one of the early ministers who 'watched over that flock' was one Elder James, a sort of circuit rider, we presume, but he preached there, led the song service, and otherwise conducted the affairs of christian supplications. His song for opening the services was usually 'Pull for the Shore Sailor, Pull for the shore,' and 'Lead Kindly Light' was the other."
Sadness enveloped Solomon as he watched the decline of his younger brother John Adam and wife Susanna after the loss of their eldest sons in the war. The relatives never got over the shock, and Susanna died within five years of the war's end. John Adam, an alcoholic, gradually lost the farm and suffered severe physical disabilities. When the brother sought a military pension for the loss of his sons, Solomon gave extensive testimony in the case. His depositions today are preserved in the National Archives in Washington, DC, with a copy in the Minerd.com Archives.
Stricken with chronic hypertension, Elizabeth passed into eternity at the age of 84 on April 29, 1899 in Greene. The Recorder observed that earlier in the month, "On Sunday she seemd as well as common, and attended services at the Presbyterian church, stopped at Elmer Moss' on her way home. As she arose from her chair to go to the dinner table she was stricken with paralysis and almost fell to the floor."
Shortly afterward, in June 1899, a stained glass window in the family church was dedicated in Elizabeth's memory.
Solomon survived his wife by eight years. In mid-January 1902, reported the Greene Recorder, he sold his "old homeplace, just west of Greene," to Charles Mather Jr. of Dayton Township. "Lew Ellis will remain on the place this year, and in the meantime will erect a nice new house on his fifteen acre patch, adjoining Port Barnett's fruit farm, for a home for his family and Uncle Sollie." The article added that Solomon was "one of the first settlers in this section." When his longtime friend E. Leydig -- a fellow charter member of the Coldwater Presbyterian Church -- died in September 1905, the Recorder noted that "Solomon Sturtz is the only name on the records among those pioneer christians that death has not erased on earth to be recorded in heaven."
Just a few months after Ellis bought Solomon's farm, he was badly injured while working in the barn. Said the Recorder, "a heavy stick of timber from overhear fell, striking him on the back of the head and rendering him unconscious for several hours. Dr. Birney was called and today he is reported as having regained consciousness and in a fair way to recover."
Solomon died on June 5, 1907 in Greene, Butler County. Burial was beside his wife in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene, perhaps once known as the Dunkard Brethren Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]. The Recorder said that he "passed peacefully" and that he had been "very feeble of late and the end was expected at most any time." In another obituary, a local newspaper opined that "With the passing away of Solomon Sturtz last Wednesday morning, the town of Greene and Butler county lost one of her oldest men and one of her best citizens... His memory was clear until the last few weeks and he delighted to tell the story of his life in the early days of Butler county. His many friends marveled at the patience with which he bore the last sufferings and the release that came to him was not unwelcome. He was honest in business, kind to his friends, faithful in service and has a place in the hearts and minds of a large circle of acquaintances."
He is named in the 1912 book by John W. Jordan and James Hadden, entitled Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Vol. III.
Son Jacob Sturtz (1838-1883?) was born in about 1838 in Adams Township, Muskingum County. He is reputed to have died in about 1883, but nothing further is known for now.
Son Adam C. Sturtz (1840-1864) was born on May 1, 1840 in Adams Township, Muskingum. In boyhood, he migrated with his parents and family to a new home in Iowa, settling in Greene, Butler County. At the age of 22, on Aug. 20, 1862, he and his cousins Solomon Sturtz and Michael Sturtz together joined the 32nd Iowa Infantry and were assigned to Company G. While details are sketchy, Adam did not survive his wartime service. He died on May 22, 1864, at Pleasant Hill, LA, and his two cousins also gave their lives to illness in the conflict, also in the same year. Adam is named in the 1883 book History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa (Springfield, IL: Union Publishing Company)
Daughter Margaret Ann Sturtz (1842-1902) was born on May 14 or 15, 1842 in Adamsville, Muskingum County or more likely Carroll County, IN, as claimed in her 1902 newspaper obituary. She was christened in the family church at a little more than three months of age on Aug. 21, 1842. As a young girl, in the spring of 1855, she moved with her parents and siblings to Iowa, settling in Greene, Butler County. There, on Christmas Eve 1865, she was united in matrimony with farmer and Civil War veteran Aaron Moss (Aug. 2, 1842-1919), son of Rev. Philip and Barbara (Moyer) Moss of Carroll County, IN. The nuptials were held in Greene and officiated by Rev. Richard Merrill. Aaron's father was a German Baptist said to have "preached the first sermon ever delivered in Butler county." The father had been a minister of a church in Indiana before moving his family to Coldwater Township, Butler County in 1855, said to have been "active in church work here, preaching over a large district and becoming well known as a zealous and conscientious minister," said the 1914 book History of Butler County, Iowa, authored by Irving H. Hart. The Sturtzes and Mosses were close, and Margaret's sister Kate wedded Aaron's brother Jacob. The couple produced seven children -- Ulysses "Elmer" Moss, Owen Otus Moss, Vena Elizabeth Barth, Lewis "Fred" Moss, Dr. Solomon "Sollie" Moss, Maude May Runyon Westcott and William George Moss. Sadly, son Owen Otis did not survive childhood. Aaron was 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. During the war, he enrolled in the Union Army at Clinton, IA on June 11, 1862. Initially a private with the 21st Iowa Infantry, Company A, he was promoted to sergeant. Jacob Sturtz -- which one not yet known -- was a private in the regiment. He saw action at Hartsville, MO and the siege of Vicksburg. While on duty at Memphis, TN on or about New Year's Day 1864, Aaron was afflicted with diarrhea which he endured for the remainining 17-plus months of his military service. Writing about it later, he said that "said disease (the Chronic Diarrhea) was contracted while in line of duty and by exposure in Camp and on March and the privations of and incident thereto." In April 1864, he received treatment for his ailment at an army hospital in New Orleans. Then during the battle of Spanish Fort near Mobile, AL in late March 1865, he lost his knapsack containing all of his important papers. He was in battle also at Fort Blakely and was part of an expedition under Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks which moved up the Red River to Shreveport, LA. He was discharged on June 11, 1865 at Shreveport, LA. Upon returning home, the Mosses lived in Nora Springs, Floyd County, IA (circa 1877) and in Greene, Butler County (circa 1889). He earned a living in the late 1870s as a clerk and bookkeeper. In 1877, Aaron was awarded a federal pension as compensation for his chronic diarrhea and what he now called "trouble of heart." [Invalid App. #233.296, Cert. #164.658]. Aaron was profiled in the 1914 History of Butler County, and the entry reads that after the war, he:
...returned to Iowa, where he afterward engaged in farming for a few years. When he abandoned this line of occupation he turned his attention to the general merchandising business and some years later began buying and shipping stock. He was, however, a brick and stone mason by trade, and eventually he concentrated his attention upon this work, following it for many years thereafter. He took up his residence in Greene and assisted in the construction of most of the brick business houses in the town and a number of the more important residences. In his early days he was a well known vocalist and taught a singing school for a number of years. He was, besides, a member of the church choir and its leader for some time....
Fraternally Mr. Moss is identified with the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has served through all the chairs and is now past grand and past district deputy. He was for two years president of the Regimental Association of the Twenty-first Iowa and is now serving as vice president of that body. He was appointed as a member of the Vicksburg National Park Commission by the governor of Iowa but had to decline on account of his wife 's health. He has been very prominent in the affairs of the Grand Army of the Republic, both locally and nationally. He is a member of Greene Post, No. 200, G.A.R., in which he has filled all of the offices. He has been adjutant and commander of the post and is at present chaplain. He was formerly aide-de-camp on the department commander's staff and was also aide-de-camp on the staff of the commander-in-chief. He and his wife are devout members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Moss is one of the well known men of Greene having been identified with the growth and development of the city for many years, gaining in the course of a long, useful and honorable life the esteem and confidence of the entire community.
For the final five years of her life, Margaret suffered from diabetes. When she contracted a severe cold in the early autumn 1902, and then was felled by a stroke, her health declined rapidly. Physicians Dr. Crouse of Waterloo and Dr. Birney were called in but there was nothing they could do to stop the inevitable. Noted the Greene Recorder, "The new and old malady was too severe for her constitution and years and she gradually yielded, step by step, until the final hour came..." Margaret died in Greene on Oct. 2, 1902, surrounded at bedside by all of her children except William, who was en route by train from his home in Iowa City. Rev. Cole conducted funeral services held in the famil home. Among the mourners attending the funeral were John D. and Caroline A. Shook. In an obituary, the Recorder said that she "was among the oldest and best known residents of Greene, a lady of high character, who, with her many good qualities, had built up a lasting friendship with those who will ever cherish in fond remembrance her many kind and christian acts. The RECORDER joins with them in extending to the grief stricken family heartfelt sympathy in their dark hour of sorrow." After a period of two years, Aaron married a second time to Sarah M. (Harris) Shepard (1855-1934), a native of Beach Haven, Luzerne County, PA and widow of Rodney Shepard of Clarksville, IA. They were wed on Oct. 20, 1904, with the ceremony taking place in Clarksville by the hand of Rev. Bundy (or "Buntin"). The Shooks attended the ceremony and "stood up" with the couple. Sarah thus brought several children of her own to the union -- William Shepard of Kansas City, MO; David Shepard of Osage, IA and Charles Shepard of Clarksville, IA. At his 74th birthday in August 1916, family and friends gathered at his home in Greene, among them sons Elmer and Solomon, daughters Vena Barth and Maud Runyon, nephew Benjamin Sturtz and Jake Moss of Fairfield, WA. Noted the Recorder, the guests "have all been present and helped him do honor to the occasion." Suffering from prostate cancer and uremia, Aaron was admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo, IA on Aug. 15, 1919. He underwent surgery three days later, and was "nursed by our sisters," wrote Sister M. Callista, but he could not rally. He passed away in the hospital on Aug. 23, 1919 at the age of 77. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, with W.L. Moore handling the funeral arrangements. [Find-a-Grave] After Aaron's death, Sarah petitioned the government and began receiving his pension payments. [Widow App. #1.146.861 - Cert. #884.658]. Several of her friends provided sworn testimony to support her claim, including Fred Seitz and B. Wamsley, both of Clarksville. Toward the end of her life, Sarah was receiving $42.50 monthly in pension payments which was increased to $50 by an act of Congress in March 1931. Having suffered a stroke which resulted in paralysis of her left side, she lingered and then died at the age of about 78 on Feb. 28, 1934, in Greene. Aaron and his Civil War service are mentioned in Irving H. Hart's 1914 book History of Butler County, Iowa, volume 1.
Son John J. "J.J." Sturtz (1844-1928) was born on July 12, 1844 in Adams Township, Muskingum County. His middle name may have been "Jacob" -- this is not certain. He migrated to Indiana and thence to Butler County, Iowa with his parents and family in about 1855. As an adult, he stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a light complexion, grey eyes and light colored hair. After the eruption of the Civil War, he joined the army on Feb. 5, 1862. A little more than four months later, he became part of the 21st Iowa Infantry. His brother in law Aaron Moss also was a soldier in the same regiment. John was with the 21st Iowa at Hartville, Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Black River Bridge and the sieges of Vicksburg, Spanish Fort and Blakely, Mobile, AL. While on a June 1863 march from Fort Gibson, MS to Jackson, MS, he became ill with sunstroke. He receiving an honorable discharge in Shreveport, LA after three years of service and was mustered out on June 10, 1865. On Feb. 28, 1867, the 23-year-old John married Sarah Eikenberry (June 4, 1848-1936), daughter of Benjamin and Catherine (Moss) Eikenberry of Indiana. Their wedding took place in Coldwater/Elm Springs, Butler County, with Rev. John T. Eikenberry officiating. Their known children were Emma Jane "Emmie" Turner, Ida M. McArthur, Firman E. Sturtz, Harmon H. Sturtz, Cyrus C. Sturtz and Elizabeth Sturtz. He was a member of the Greene Post No. 200 of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union veterans organization, with his name published in regimental rosters over the years in the local newspaper. (The post disbanded at year-end 1927.) On Oct. 25, 1897, John was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime service. [Invalid App. #1.200.129 - Cert. #1.117.299]. The Sturtzes left Iowa in 187, moving to Lake County, SD, where they stayed for three years. Then they relocated in about 1899 to Minnesota, where they lived in Nimrod, Orton Township, Wadena County. Then circa 1913, John and Sarah relocated to California, where they made a home with their widowed daughter Ida in San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA.
Tragically, John suffered a stroke in early January 1915 and was almost completely paralyzed for the remaining 13 years of his life. They remained under Ida's roof in San Jose County as shown in the 1920 U.S. Census. The family had to provide constant care, including feeding, bathing and moving his bowels via enema. Physician Edward Newell, MD examined John in November 1926, writing later that the old soldier "has been paralyzed and totally helpless, unable to feed himself or move himself in bed, excepting his head, since January 3, 1916. He is totally and permanently helpless in every way and requires constant attention." Sarah herself wrote that hs was unable "to feed himself or turn over in his bed without help being as helpless as an infant." Burdened with ongoing hardening of the arteries, and "chronic progressive paralysis," John died in Cupertino, Santa Clara County at the age of 84 on Oct. 4, 1928. His remains were placed into repose in Oak Hill Cemetery. A few weeks after John's death, Sarah began receiving the pension on Oct. 22, 1928. [Widow App. #1.626.404 - Cert. #A-4-4-29] In 1929, John was named in a profile of his father, written by J.M. Ramsay in the Greene (IA) Recorder, which stated that while his brother Adam had "died in the service of his country," John "went through and came out safely." Now widowed, Sarah returned to Kansas in 1929 to live with her daughter Emma Jane Turner in Columbus, Cherokee County, KS, and they traveled to Greene to visit with Sturtz relatives. Suffering from chronic heart disease, she became an invalid and passed away in Columbus on June 21, 1936, at the age of 88. Her remains were transported back to California for burial in San Jose. [Note: One source states that John died on Nov. 25, 1888 in Butler County. Another says that he passed away died in Cedar Rapids on April 23, 1897, with a death notice printed in his old hometown newspaper, the Greene Recorder. The correct facts are ascertained in John's official California death certificate, a copy of which is on file in the Minerd.com Archives.]
Daughter Katherine Jane "Kate" Sturtz (1847-1935) was born on on March 5, 1847 in Adams Township. She was eight years old when she and her family migrated to Iowa. On Aug. 26, 1866, at the age of 19, in nuptials held in Elm Springs, Butler County, she was united in holy matrimony with Jacob J. Moss (Feb. 2, 1845-1932), son of Phillip Moss, a German Baptist said to have "preached the first sermon ever delivered in Butler county." The Sturtzes and Mosses were close, and Kate's sister Margaret wedded Aaron Moss. They were the parents of Clarence Eugene Moss, Franklin Alvatus Moss, Owen Edgar Moss, Bertha Alice Powers and Dale Harrison Moss. The couple originally made a home in Bennezette Township and then relocated to Rock Valley, IA. In 1893, when Katherine would have been age 47, she and Jacob decided to make a major move to the Pacific Northwest, and traveled by train to make a new home in Fairfield, Spokane County, WA. The Mosses purchased a farm and in 1905 constructed a new home. Katherine is said to have made delicious potato salad for picnics. She also enjoyed playing cards but, when preparing to play, closed the curtains so that her neighbors would not learn about her habit. Jacob passed away on May 25, 1932 in Fairfield. Katherine only survived for three more years and at the age of 88, she succumbed on Oct. 21, 1935.
Great-grandson Lloyd Robert Moss married Verna Catherine Flowers. Their children were Sally Moss and Suzanne Moss.
Great-grandson Virgil Daniel Moss wedded Ruth Dorothy McCoy. They produced two offspring, Barbara Ruth Wardsworth and Gary Lee Moss. Barbara graciously has provided valuable information for this biography.
Great-grandson Richard Owen Moss was joined in wedlock with Carrie Cecelia Simons. They were the parents of Deidra Elizabeth Groppenbacher, Owen Richard Moss, Charles David Moss, Karil Louise Rich and Karin Minerva Minch.
Daughter Lydia Sturtz (1848-1911) was born on Sept. 11 or 13, 1848 in Adams Township. When she was 26 years of age, on June 27, 1875, she was wedded to Levi Sheets ( ? - ? ). They lived in Greene, Butler County. Widowed, Lydia passed away on Jan. 17, 1911 at the age of 62.
Son Benjamin F. Sturtz (1851-1926) was born on or about June 6, 1851 in Ohio. Circa 1880, at age 28, he was unmarried and lived at home. On March 4, 1888, when he was 37 years of age, he married 17-year-old Matilda Ann "Mata" Bryant (July 17, 1863-1938), daughter of William J. and Mary (Maney) Bryant. Matilda was an immigrant who had been born in Rockcurry, Ireland and at the age of 17 came to America with her brother to visit a sister in New York. The couple were farmers and produced five known daughters, Elizabeth Matilda "Lizzie" McRoberts, Maude May McDonnell, Georgia Barth, Ferne M. Barth and Dorothy Florence Rohwedderz. Circa 1903, he ran for trustee of Dayton Township near Greene and received 62 votes in contrast with John Anderson's 71. The Sturtzes enjoyed hosting company at their home, and in July 1906, reported the Greene Recorder, "A number of our young people drove out to the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Sturtz last Saturday evening and spent several hours in a social way. Before returning home they were served to a delicious two course supper and all were unanimous in pronouncing Miss Maud a most charming hostess." Circa 1916, they attended a 74th birthday party for Benjamin's uncle, Aaron Moss, at his home in Greene. Stricken with cancer, Benjamin died in Greene in about 1926. Matilda survived as a widow for another 11 years and went to live under the roof of her married daughter Lizzie McRoberts in Greene. In June 1927, her brother J.H. Bryant traveled to see her from his home in Whippany, NJ. Then in August 1938, her granddaughter Lavonne McDonnell traveled from North Dakota for a visit. Sadly, at the age of 75, Matilda died suddenly in August 1938 while in the McRoberts home. Said the Recorder in a front page story, "Her health had not been the best for many years but she had been about the house the same as usual Monday. About four o'clock that afternoon she suffered a heart attack and retired to her bed, where she seemed to be resting comfortably. The end came suddely about 11:30 and without warning to members of the family." Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, with R.A. Munneke officiating, and interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers included Will Cheney, R.J. Pooley, Amos Kingery, D.H. Ellis, Ed Barth and Sam Swab. Among the mourners who traveled to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McRoberts and daughter Doris of LeRoy, MN; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Heft of Marble Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shook of Clarksville, IA; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Iiams and children of Britt, IA; and Mr. and Mrs. John Rohwedder and four children of Waverly, IA. Opined the Recorder, "She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by the daughters and eight grandchildren...."
Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sturtz (1853-1934) was born in about 1853 in Carroll County, IN. On Oct. 22, 1871, when she was 18 years of age, she was united in wedlock with 25-year-old Lewis Ellis (1846-1908). Their nuptials were held in Charles City, Floyd County, IA. They may not have reproduced. In 1880, federal census records show Lewis at age 34 and Lizzie at 28 living together on a farm in Coldwater Township, Butler County, but with no children. Circa 1907, their home was in Greene. Lewis passed away in 1908 at the age of 62. Elizabeth died in about 1934 and rests for eternity in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Daughter Susan Ann Sturtz (1856-1940) was born on July 21 or 31, 1856 in Elm Springs, Butler County, IA. At the age of 17, on March 5, 1874, she married Deacon Levi Eikenberry (Jan. 12, 1851-1894), son of Benjamin and Catherine (Moss) Eikenberry, the father said to have been one of the first settlers when the locale was known as "Elm Springs" even before Greene became incorporated as a town. The family name also has been spelled "Ikenberry" in some census records. They made their home two miles south of Greene. Their nine children, all daughters but one, were Myrtle Ann Eikenberry, Clara Jane Swab, Elizabeth Catharine Eikenberry, Grace Viola Bragg, Lewis Eugene Eikenberry, Stella Pearl Sproul, Effie May Eikenberry, Lavina Alice Howe and Lela Gertrude Eikenberry. Sadly, Levi succumbed on March 2, 1894 at the age of 43. The two youngest daughters, Lavina and Lela, were underage, and a petition was filed with the local court for James E. Miller to be appointed as their legal guardian. Susan survived her husband by many decades. In 1907, known as "Aunt Sue," her home was in Greene, IA. She died in the residence of her daughter and son in law Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Winegar in Des Moines, IA on Feb. 24, 1940. An obituary in the Greene Recorder noted that "She spent almost all of her life in Greene and vicinity, except the past six weeks when she was taken to Des Moines. She was an active member of her church and aid society." Burial was in the Dunkard Brethren Cemetery located 1.5 miles from Greene. In 1940, one of her daughters was married to Harry Howe of Greene.
Great-granddaughter Ethel Swab married Leo Henning. Their home in 1944 was in Glendale, CA and in 1958 in Verdago, CA.
Great-grandson Clarence Swab was married and had children including Marguerite Swab and Max Swab. They resided in Clarksville, IA in 1941 and in Greene in 1944. On Sept. 29, 1945, tragedy swept over the family when their two-year-old granddaughter, Barbara Mae Grant, was killed "by a fall from an automobile, when she was retrning with her parents to their home after she and her mother had met the husband and father, who was coming home on a furlough. The child fell from her parents' car about a mile out of Cedar Falls. The father arrived in Waterloo and was met by his wife and three children. He was to have spent a three-day furlough from Fort Riley, Kansas." By 1953, the Swabs had moved to California, making their hew home in Ionia.
Great-grandson Carl Swab (1897-1958) was born on Nov. 14, 1897 in Greene. He married Hazel Lincoln ( ? - ? ). The couple produced three sons, James "Jimmie"Swab, Lee Swab and Carl "Junior" Swab Jr. The family lived in Charles City, IA in 1926 and in Mason City, IA in the mid-1940s. Carl was co-owner of the Swab and Pete Drug Store in Greene from 1944 to 1952. Carl sold the store to Robert and Jim Mead in 1952, and the Swabs moved to Mason City, where he became employed as assistant branch manager for Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Co. Carl died in a Mason City hospital at the age of 60 on Aug. 29, 1958. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery following funeral services at the Major Memorial Chapel, with an obituary appearing in the Greene Recorder.
Great-grandson Charles Swab lived in Burlington, IA in 1941. They relocated to Southern California where, in 1944, they dwelled in North Hollywood and in Los Angeles in 1958..
Great-grandson Ray Swab was married and had a son, Keith Swab. Their residence in 1928 was in Charles City, IA. They also migrated to Southern California and in the mid-1940s-1950s made his residence in Glendale.
Great-grandson Harlan Swab was married and had a child, Merlyn Swab. In 1928, they lived in Charles City, IA. Later, they moved to Michigan and settled in the town of Mason near Lansing, MI.
Great-grandson Lewis Swab married (?) Lynch. They produced a daughter, Mary Lou Swab. They also relocated to Michigan, making their home in 1938-1944 in Detroit and in 1953 in LaPeer, MI.
Great-granddaughter Merle Bragg married (?) Price. In 1963, she lived in San Diego, CA.
Great-granddaughter Margaret Bragg wedded Homer Merfeld. They dwelled in Cloquet, MN.
Great-granddaughter Ila Bragg was united in marriage with Floyd Barr. In 1963, their home was in Clear Lake.
Great-grandson Eugene Bragg resided in Temple City, CA in 1963.
Great-grandson Malcolm Sproul graduated from Iowa State University in Ames in 1929 and obtained employment with Bell Telephone Company in Chicago.
Great-grandson Charles Sproul Jr. lived in Mason City in 1929. On May 23, 1936, he was joined in holy matrimony with Hope Ivin ( ? - ? ), daughter of G.N. Ivin of Evanston, IL. At the time, he worked as a salesman for Canners Supply Company and she with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. The nuptials were held in the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL.
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We are grateful for records provided by Gilbert R. Gaumer of Glendale, MO (compiled 1973-1980), Paul K. Gaumer and Mary L. Shirer in the preparation of this biography.
The Gaumer and Hoyman clans are profiled in the 486-page book Some Notes, Quotes, and Quips of the Hoyman Clan and Related Lines, authored by David LeRoy Baldwin and published by Gateway Press in 1993.