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Ida County Iowa Genealogy

The following pages represent a collection of genealogy data for Ida County Iowa. The sources used to compile this data were many and are listed at the bottom of this page for the researchers reference. 1884 Iowa Farmers Directory Battle Township Blane Township Corwin Township Douglas Township Galva Township Garfield Township Grant Township Griggs Township Hayes Township Logan Township Maple Township Silver Creek Township 1906 Iowa Farmers Directory Battle Township Blane Township Corwin Township Douglas Township Galva Township Garfield Township Grant Township Griggs Township Hayes Township Logan Township Maple Township Silver Creek Township 1920 Farmers Directory Battle Township Blaine Township Corwin Township Douglas Township Galva Township Garfield Township Grant Township Griggs Township Hayes Township Logan Township Maple Township Silver Creek Township 1923 Farmers Directory Battle Township Blane Township Corwin Township Douglas Township Galva Township Garfield Township Grant Township Griggs Township Hayes Township Logan Township Maple Township Silver Creek Township Rural Teacher Directories Ida County Rural Teachers Battle Township Blaine Township Corwin Township Douglas Township Galva Township Garfield Township Grant Township Griggs Township Hayes Township Logan Township Maple Township History History of Mathew Gray Post – Grand Army of the Republic Biographical Sketches Biographical Sketch of James Anderson Biographical Sketch of E. B. Baird Biographical Sketch of A. A. Barrick Biographical Sketch of Thomas Bassett Biographical Sketch of Hector Baxter Biographical Sketch of Thomas S. Brannan Biographical Sketch of John A. Brechwald Biographical Sketch of James Brown Biography of D. P. Bullock Biographical Sketch of Dennis Cain Biographical Sketch of Mathias Clouse Biographical Sketch of Jonas Collin Biographical Sketch of Sydney Cork Biographical Sketch of Frank Correll Biographical Sketch of...

John Wesley Somers

John Wesley Somers, one of Ida Grove’s oldest and distinguished residents, died Saturday morning, August 2, 1919, at the age of 84 years, 8 months, and 15 days. The funeral was held at the late home Monday, in charge of Rev. John T. Pierce. The interment was at the Ida Grove Cemetery. The pall bearers were Charles S. Macomber, W. J. Scott, James E. Easton, B. S. Noble, A. Sykes, and Card Kiner. Mr. Somers was born at Rockford, Surrey County, North Carolina, on November 17, 1834. While still in youth, he moved to Rockford, Illinois, where he met Sarah J. Fitzgerald, and on November 28, 1858, in that city, the ceremony was solemnized by the Rev. Wm. Munhall. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in 1861, and was in the active army service throughout the entire period of the war, three years and 11 months. He was mustered out as First Lieutenant Quartermaster, 76th Illinois Volunteers, on May 15, 1865. He studied pharmacy in Illinois and, upon his return from the army, conducted that business. For 21 years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Somers lived in Urbana. Then in September, 1879, they moved to Onawa, Ia., and three years later, in June, 1882, they came to Ida Grove, Ia. Here he opened his business as a druggist and pharmacist, a business which has continued ever since. Thus for 37 years he had his home in Ida Grove. Two children of the family survive: Mrs. Annie S. Gardner of Clinton, Ia., and Elmer C. Somers of Ida Grove. There is one grandson, Daniel Gardner, of...

Philo Orlando VanWagoner

Philo O. VanWagner passed away on August 4, 1919 at Ida Grove, Iowa. His affliction was pronounced muscular paralysis. Philo was born on November 17, 1849 at Oxford, Michigan, and was in his 70th year. He attended school at the Oxford Academy. At the age of twelve, he moved with his parents to the country. When he was sixteen, he began his trade as a stone mason. He was united in marriage on October 15, 1873 to Miss Etta McVean. Five children were born, three of whom survive him: Nita, at home; Philo Jr. of Ida Grove; and Mrs. Lawrence Kuhl of Arthur, Iowa. He had three grandchildren. Mr. Van Wagoner with his wife and baby came to make their home in Iowa in 1881, locating on a farm north of Ida Grove. In 1890, he was elected sheriff and held this office six years, moving into Ida Grove at that time. The grocery firm of Wasser & VanWagoner occupied the next four years of his life. Shortly after that, he was appointed marshal and superintendent of the city water works, discharging these duties over 17 years. For a number of years, he served as chief of the fire department, and remained on the honorary roll of membership until the time of his death. Burial was in the Ida Grove Cemetery. Mr. VanWagoner was a member of a large family, six members of whom survive him ~ three brothers and three sisters, as follows: Charles VanWagoner of Detroit; Otto VanWagoner of Los Angeles, and Alvil of Cloister, New Jersey; Mrs. E. R. Day of Flint, Michigan; Mrs. Frank P....

History of Mathew Gray Post – Grand Army of the Republic

This was organized in the fall of 1881 with 27 charter members. The final membership reached 127. It lasted until the last member, James Deal, died in 1930. The post was given its name in honor of Matthew Gray, a highly respected soldier who had died just before the organization. For many years, the Mathew Gray Post was very active and great enthusiasm was displayed in the observance of Decoration Day and the Fourth of July. Each year on those days, the Civil War Veterans would dress in their blue uniforms, one carrying a large flag and the rest a rifle, and led the parade. “Kim” Page, a tall dressy man with a long beard, usually served as officer of the day. He rode a horse and with formality marshaled his men and marched to the place of the meeting. At times they marched to the cemetery; but as they grew order, they rode in carriages, formed a line at the cemetery, and fired salutes over each comrade’s grave. Richard Williams and James Deal were the last ones to answer the last roll call. Mr. Williams of Schuylkill Co., Pa., enlisted in 1864 and became a member of Battery F, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. He died April 21, 1929 at the age of 83 years. Mr. Deal enlisted at Boone, Ia., March 1862 and served with Co. K Iowa Infantry. He received an honorable discharge at Jefferson Barracks in 1863, having been disabled by a severe leg injury while participating in the Battle at Iuka, Miss. He died March 12, 1930 at the age of 87 years. Charter Members...

Rural Teachers Maple Township, Ida County, Iowa, 1906-1956

1906-07 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1 Neva Houk #2 J. C. Phares (fall) #2 Vida Miller (Spring) #3 Genevieve Jones #3 Carrie M. Dall (2 terms) #4 Ada Carlson #5 Emily Churchil #6 Hattie Reeburgh (fall) #6 Lulu Riedesel (spring) #7 Maurice Leonard #8 Cassie Taylor 1907-08 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1 Genevieve Jones (2 terms) #2 Mary Spotts (3 terms) #3 Carrie M. Dall #3 Jennie Preston #3 Carrie M. Dall #4 Ada V. Carlson – 2 terms #4 Edna Deal #5 Emily Churchill #5 Carrie M. Dall #5 Cassie Taylor #6 Mr. J. C. Phares #6 Ada Pritchard #6 Janet Spotts #7 Maurice Leonard #8 Cassie Taylor #8 Justin Gailey #8 Cecil Rinehart 1908-09 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1 Genevieve Jones #1 Ada V. Carlson (2 terms) #2 Frances Miller #2 Maude Greenwood #2 Zoa D. Smith #3 Elsie Morrice (3 terms) #4 Edna Deal #4 Mary Spotts (2 terms) #5 Mary Spotts (fall) #5 E. F. Kramer #5 Eva Wheeler #6 Cecil Rinehart (2 terms) #7 Harriet Goodenow #8 Cecil Rinehart #8 Justin Gailey (2 terms) 1909-10 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1 Ada V. Carlson #2 Grace Houk (2 terms) #2 Bird Smith #3 Elsie Morrice #4 Christina Preston #5 Mary Spotts #6 Birdie Smith (2 terms) #6 Cecil Rinehart #7 Harriet Goodenow #8 Carrie M. Dall 1910-11 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1 Ada V. Carlson #2 Bird Smith (2 terms)...

Rural Teachers Logan Township, Ida County, Iowa, 1912-1915

Fall 1912 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Frances Miller #2. Julia Cosgriff #3. A. Zoa McGuire #4. Birdie Smith #5. Effie Perkins #6. Ida Curry #7. Margaret Whalen (Woolridge) #8. Grace Terhune #9. Lida Crane (Parker) Winter 1912-14 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Bessie Keith #2. Julie Cosgriff #3. A. Zoa McGuire #5. Nellie Maghell #6. Ida Curry #7. Margaret Whalen (Woolridge) #8. Grace Terhune #9. Anna Harrington Spring 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Bessie Keith #2. Ada Giltner #3. Zoa McGuire #4. Frances Nailor #5. Nellie Magirl #6. Ida Curry #7. Margaret Whalen (Woolridge) #8. Grace Terhune #9. Anna Harrington Fall 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Clara Damerow #2. Mildred Terhune #3. Harriet Knuth #4. Birdie Smith #6. Clara Hamilton #8. Grace Terhune #9. Anna Harrington Winter 1914-15 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Clara Damerow #2. Mildred Terhune #3. Harriet Knuth #4. Birdie B. Smith #5. Nellie Maghell #6. Rose Kieffer #7. Margaret Whalen (Woolridge) #8. Grace Terhune #9. Anna...

Rural Teachers Hayes Township, Ida County, Iowa, 1913-1923

Fall 1913 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Carrie Andrews #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Frances Shearer #4. Grace Preston #5. Bessie Keith #7. Minnie Conquist #8. Elvira Larson #9. Elizabeth Carter Winter 1913-1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Carrie Andrews #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Fannie Shearer #4. Grace Preston #7. Minnie Conquist #8. Elvira Larson #9. Elizabeth Carter Spring 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Frances Shearer #4. Grace Preston #5. I. A. Thompson #7. Minnie Conquist #8. Elvira Larson #9. Florence Dall Fall 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Fannie Shearer #4. Grace Preston #5. Alice Burnquist #8. Edna Hamilton Winter 1914-15 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Carrie Andrews #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Frances B. Shearer #4. Grace Preston #5. Alice Burnquist #8. Edna Hamilton #9. Sophia H. Spring 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Carrie Andrews #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Frances Shearer #4. Grace Preston #5. Alice Burnquist #8. Eva Plank Fall 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Carrie Andrews #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Mary Knudsen #4. Grace I. Preston #5. Ethel Turin #7. Ruth A. Petersen #9. Margaret Nicol Winter 1915-16 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Carrie Andrews #2. Hannah Nelson #3. Mary Knudsen #4. Margaret Nicol #5. Ethel Turin #7. Ruth A. Petersen #9....

Rural Teachers Griggs Township, Ida County, Iowa, 1913-1923

Fall 1913 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Edna Thode #2. Harriett Knuth #4. Helen B. Herbst #5. Viola Giese #6. Ada W. Gilmour Winter 1913-14 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Edna Thode #2. Harriett Knuth #3. Frances Dunkelman #5. Viola Giese #6. Muriel Wolf Spring 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Edna Thode #2. Harriett Knuth #3. Frances Dunkelman #5. Viola Giese #6. Ella M. Lohff #7. Elizabeth Carter Fall 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Lillian Stearn #2. Maude Van Voy #3. Myrtle Grace Houk #4. Susan Yule #5. Viola Giese #6. Zelma Kerby #7. Emma Giese Winter 1914-15 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #2. Maude Van Voy #3. Myrtle Grace Houk #4. Nellie Dragoo #5. Viola Giese #6. Zelma Kerby #7. Emma Giese Spring 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Cora Kellner #2. Florence Willhoite #3. Ethel Schroeder #5. Viola Giese #6. Frances Dunkelman Fall 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Cora Kellner #3. Guy Nash #4. Ruth Bunton #5. Viola Giese #6. Frances Dunkelman Winter 1915-16 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #2. Cora B. Kellner note: no more teachers listed Spring 1916 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #4. Mary McGuire #5. Viola Giese Fall 1916 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers....

Rural Teachers Grant Township, Ida County, Iowa, 1913-1923

Fall 1913 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Hazel Stephan #2. Lulu E. Wheeler #3. Hazel Manson #4. Merle Wheeler #5. Ruth Wheeler #6. Rose Kieffer #7. Alma Bubke #8. Tracy Schrepper Winter 1913-1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #2. Lida Crane #4. Merle Wheeler #5. Ruth Wheeler #6. Rose Kieffer #7. Tracy Schrepper #8. Don D. Wright #9. Mary McComb Spring 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Lowell Meyers #2. Lida Crane #3. Nola Houk #4. Merle Wheeler #5. Ruth Wheeler #6. Rose Kieffer #7. Tracy Schrepper #9. Mary E. McComb Fall 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Tracy Schrepper #2. Bessie Keith #3. Effie M. Perkins #4. Merle Wheeler #5. Ruth Wheeler #6. Rose Keffer #7. Lillian Voight #8. Mary McComb #9. Fred Bailey Winter 1914-15 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Leona Walter #2. Iola Sherwood #3. Effie M. Perkins #4. Merle Wheeler #5. Ruth Wheeler #7. Lillian Voight #8. Mary McComb #9. Fred Bailey Fall 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Vera Macklem #2. Ruth Wheeler #3. Effie M. Perkins #4. Eva M. Plank #5. Marie Burnquist #6. Sylvia Petersen #7. Alma Bubke #8. Mary McComb #9. Lulu Wheeler Winter 1915-16 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Vera Macklem #2. Ethyl Barts #3. Effie macklem #4. Cecelia Rush #5. Gay Durst #6. Sylvia Petersen #7. Emma Petersen #8. Mary McComb...

Rural Teachers Garfield Township, Ida County, Iowa, 1913-1923

Fall 1913 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Ruth Cubbage #2. Margaret Carter #3. Alice Hoyt #4. Lucy Desmond #5. Mae Hutchins #7. Eva Plank #8. Eva M. Lacy #9. Kathryn Lacy Winter 1913-14 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Ruth Cubbage #2. Margaret Carter #3. Alice Hoyt #4. Lucy Desmond #6. Grace Houk #7. Mae Hutchins #8. Eva M. Lacy #9. Margaret Lacy Spring 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Ruth Cubbage #2. Margaret Carter #3. Alice Hoyt #4. Lucy Desmond #5. Ethelyn Greenwood #6. Grace Houk #7. Mae Hutchins #9. Catherine Lacy Fall 1914 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1 Ruth Cubbage #2. Berthan Greenwood #3. Ethelyn Greenwood #4. Elizabeth Carter #6. Marie P. Muller #7. Mae Hutchins #8. Ethel Haney #9. Kathryn Lacy Winter 1914-1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1.Ruth Cubbage #2. Elizabeth Carter #3. Alice Hoyt #6. Anna Pritchard #7. Mae Hutchins #9. Kathryn Lacey Spring 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Merle Wheeler #2. Eva Plank #3. Angie Gilbertson #4. Susan O’Connor #5. Leona Walter #6. Josie Griffith #8. Marie P. Muller Fall 1915 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1. Merle Wheeler #2. Florence H. Dall #3. Angie Gilbertson #4. Margaret Morgan #6. Josie Griffith #7. Leona Walter #8. Marie P. Muller #9. Kathryn Lacy Spring 1916 The following data is extracted from Ida County, Iowa, Rural Teachers. #1....
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