Location: Buena Vista County IA

Biography of Adelia M. Eaton

Adelia M. Eaton was the second daughter of Harvey Eaton, one of the hardy, prosperous pioneer farmers of Pocahontas County, Iowa. She grew to womanhood on the farm, where she learned to be industrious and earnest.

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Beights, Moses Washington – Obituary

Moses Washington Beights, son of James and Mary Beights, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, September 9, 1854, and departed this life on August 31, 1938 at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 22 days. When a youth he moved with his parents to Henry County, Iowa, and continued to reside with his parents until he reached his majority. On March 12, 1879, he was united in marriage to May Jane Morrow who preceded him in death on January 29, 1934. No children were born to this union. Mr. Beights and his wife resided in Henry County, Iowa, until 1882 when they moved to Omaha, Nebraska and in July 1889, they came to Alta, Iowa which was maintained by them as their place of residence until the times of their respective deaths. Mr. Beights is survived by one brother, Mr. Menno Beights of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. During the years Mr. Beights resided in Alta, he followed various pursuits of labor for a livelihood, chief among which were paining, auctioneering, and paper hanging. Mr. Beights was a member of Hercules Loge, No. 375, Knights of Pythias and of Alta Lodge, No. 388, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His lodge membership in the Order of Knights of Pythias covered a period of over forty-five years and he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for thirty-three...

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Beights, Mary Jane Morrow – Obituary

Another pioneer of the Alta community has been laid to rest. Mrs. M. W. Beights passed away at the Alta hospital on Monday of last week [January 20, 1934] following an attack of pneumonia. Her advanced years and the severeness of the attack was more than she could stand and in spite of all efforts passed away at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 4 days. Funeral services were held in Alta on Thursday, February 1st with Rev. J. M. Bloomquist in charge. Burial was made in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Mary Jane Morrow was born in Henry County, Iowa, October 25th, 1859. Here she spent her girlhood days and on March 12, 1879 was united in marriage to Moses W. Beights. They lived in Henry County until 1882 when they moved to Audubon County and resided here until 1888 when they again moved to Omaha. After about one year in Omaha, they moved to Alta on July 23, 1889 where they have continued to make their home. Mrs. Beights was well and favorably known by her acquaintances and for many years has been a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alta. Her many friends extend their deepest sympathy to Mr....

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Biographical Sketch of Henry K. Ferguson

Henry and Eliza Jane (Anspach) Ferguson moved to Silver Creek Township in 1874. They purchased their land several years before the railroad was built through this area and trains went through in October 1877. They bought railroad lands for $6 per acre. There were no doctors or banks in Ida County then. Before the railroad came through Ida Grove, they did their trading at the nearest railroad points at Storm Lake or Denison, hauling the materials by team. He built his house on the Ida County prairie with lumber purchased and hauled from Storm Lake, Iowa. There were no roads then. Each man had to make his own tracks across the unfenced wild lands of Iowa. Blizzards on the prairie were very trying with the snow blowing deep due to lack of trees and fences. When their grain had to be taken to Durst’s mill down on the Maple River near the present town of Battle Creek to have the grain ground into flour, they traveled by lumber wagon. In 1876, a scourge of grasshoppers swept down the Maple River Valley in Ida County stripping the corn of leaves and silk. The corn then shriveled and dried up. Many people went back to their old homes because they feared starvation. The next spring when the grasshopper eggs hatched, they suddenly took wing and flew away. Henry and Eliza Jane...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Correll

Frank Ferris Correll was born at Chenoa, Illinois on February 27, 1859. They lived in North Dakota and taught school in Mandan, North Dakota. When they came to Iowa, they came by train to Alta, Iowa. They were met by a bobsled with a pig in the back to keep their feet warm. They were taken to a farm near the Hanover community. They moved to Galva, Iowa, Ida County. He ran a grocery store with the aid of his daughter, Myrtle. Frank Correll often play the fiddle for barn dances in the area. Frank was a 2nd cousin to Charles Correll, who was better known as “Andy” of “Amos and Andy” show on radio. Frank had married Elma J. Correll, and they had one daughter, Myrtle Correll Morris. Myrtle’s mother, Elma, was crippled with arthritis. Myrtle took oil painting lessons so she could teach her mother how to paint. Elma painted many oil pictures and also gave...

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Biographical Sketch of I. V. Miller

He was the proprietor of the Rink Livery, Sale & Feed Barn, Battle Creek, Iowa. The building was 30 x 80 feet, well arranged, and equipped throughout. Mr. Miller kept a full line of carriages and buggies, with ten to sixteen good driving horses, speedy and gentle. His kind courtesy to patrons secured for him a good trade. He was born near Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin, September 24, 1858. His father, Charles Miller, was a native of Pennsylvania. His mother’s maiden name was Martha Adams, born in Tennessee, and moved to Martin County, Minnesota. I. V. Miller was the second born of 7 children. When he was 5 years old, the family moved to Benton County and located near Vinton, Iowa. He received his education in the common schools and at Tillford Academy in Vinton. In 1882, he came to Ida County and spent two years. Then he went to Storm Lake, Iowa, and for two years was a traveling salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine co. He returned to Ida County and lived in Garfield Township, and then located in Battle Creek, Iowa. Mr. Miller married in Benton County, Iowa, in 1881 to Ada Usher, daughter of G. S. Usher. They had six children: Vida, Dolly, Lelia, Francis, Ray U., and Le...

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