Location: Webster County IA

Biographical Sketch of Jesse Baldwin

Jesse Baldwin is a native of Logan county, Ohio, and was born June 16, 1832. His parents, David and Hannah Baldwin, were also both natives of the Bnckeye State. He was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools of Ohio, and has made farming his business through life. In 1855 he moved to Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and two years later moved to Muscatine county, in the same State, where he lived four years. In August, 1863, he enlisted in Company G, Second Regiment Iowa Cavalry, and the regiment was sent to Memphis, Tennessee, and from there began active service, which ended only with the war. The regiment seemed to have a special charge on hand, and that was to fight, guard, run and be run by General Forest. They were with General George H. Thomas at the battles of Columbia, Franklin’ and Nashville, and at the last battle followed General Forest to Duck River, which was among the winding up struggles of the war. There were few, if any cavalry regiments in the army that did more active service during the war than the Second Iowa. After the war Mr. Baldwin settled in this county, where he now owns 440 acres of land, and does a heavy stock business. He was united in marriage, September 21, 1859, to Miss Hattie Brannon. By this union they had...

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Biography of Shepard Keene Linscott

Shepard Keene Linscott. The late Shepard Keene Linscott, who was born March 6, 1887, and died December 11, 1905, represented in the best sense the highest type of American manhood. A farm near Chesterville, Maine, was the place of his nativity and he was the only son of Shepard and Esther (Keene) Linscott. The house in which he was born was built by his grandfather, Samuel Linscott, who was a soldier of the Revolutionary war. When but sixteen years of age, Shepard Keene Linscott left the parental roof and became a pioneer farmer of Henry County, Indiana. Realizing the importance of an education, he became a student at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and while there met, and on March 8, 1858, married Myra Simmons. That he might contribute his mite to the preservation of the Union, he became a member of the Ninth Illinois Cavalry and served in Alabama and Mississippi until after peace was declared. It is worthy of note that he was one of the few soldiers of the Civil war who never applied for a pension, although legally entitled to one. From Illinois Mr. Linscott moved to Washington County, Iowa, and there engaged in mercantile pursuits at Dayton, and later at Washington, and still later was identified with the lumber business at Seymour. His wife died in Iowa after bearing him two children: a boy...

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Biographical Sketch of A. W. Mann

A. W. Mann, merchant, was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, September 4, 1845. He removed to Webster County, Iowa, and came to Jewell County, Kan., in May, 1870, and took a homestead two and a half miles from Burr Oak. He engaged in the drug business in Burr Oak in the fall of 1875. In 1877 he engaged in general merchandising, under the firm name of McLain & Mann; afterward the firm was changed to Mann, Faidley & Gilbert. The present firm is Mann & Gilbert. Held the office of Justice of the Peace and was second Justice of the Peace in Burr Oak Township after the organization of the county. He is a member of the K. of P. and enlisted in the United States army, in Company C, Twenty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, July 20, 1861; re-enlisted as a veteran December 15, 1863, in same company and regiment. He was transferred from the army to the navy in 1864; served nine months on the monitor Winnebago and three months on the Circassian. He was married in Ashtabula County, Ohio, August 14, 1865, to Miss Martha Steves, and they have four children – Hattie, Arthur W., Edith, and Mattie...

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Biography of Edgar W. Boardman, M. D.

Edgar W. Boardman, M. D. Medicine is constantly making tremendous strides forward, with scientific progress shown on every side, and discoveries and inventions are practically changing methods of practice and broadening the viewpoint of both physician and patient. To practice according to the enlightened ideas of the present century requires not only a most careful training but a certain, sure aggressiveness, and no physician of Parsons has this and other admirable qualities in greater degree than has Dr. Edgar W. Boardman, a practicing physician and surgeon of this city since 1888. Doctor Boardman was born at Fort Dodge, Iowa, January 10, 1864, and is a son of Dr. H. E. and Susan C. (Locke) Boardman. The Boardmans originated in England, from which country two brothers came to America at an early day in the history of the American Colonies, one locating in Connectient and the other in Vermont. The old Boardman Hill, at Rutland, Vermont, was a family possession for upwards of 200 years, and it is from this branch that Doctor Boardman is descended. His grandfather was Elijah Boardman, born in 1792, at West Rutland, a farmer by occupation who spent his entire life there and died in 1875. Dr. H. E. Boardman was born in 1835, at West Rutland, Vermont, and was given the advantages of an excellent educational training. He graduated from Middlebury (Vermont) College with...

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Goodspeed, Hellen A. Fellers – Obituary

Hellen A. Goodspeed, 86, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Fort Dodge, died March 5, 1995 in Gainesville. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Bruce’s Funeral Home, Fort Dodge, with the Rev. David Feltman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge. Visitation will be an hour prior to services today at the funeral home. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Goins, Gainesville, Fla.; a son, Paul, Springfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Fellers, Fort Dodge. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Theron. Hellen Fellers was born June 16, 1908 in Oskaloosa. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School. She married James Goodspeed in the early 1930s in Fremont and the couple lived in Fort Dodge. She worked at Kresge in Fort Dodge, and later as a salesperson for Kmart in Fort Dodge. Her husband died in 1963 and she continued to live in Fort Dodge until 1986 when she moved to Gainesville, Fla., to be close to her daughter. She was a past member of the Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge, and a past member of the Eastern Star in Fort Dodge. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fellers, William Edward – Obituary

William Edward “Ed” Fellers, 89, Tompkins Memorial Health Center, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Trinity Regional Hospital, Fort Dodge. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel, Fort Dodge, with the Rev. Ronald E. Krause officiated. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery, Fort Dodge. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Gunderson Funeral Home, Fort Dodge. Survivors are his wife Hulda Fellers; son Ronald Fellers, Dallas, Texas; daughter Betty Jane Barry, Boulder Junction, Wis.; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Cara Phillippe Fellers, daughter Karen Kay Fellers, sister Helen Goodspeed, and brother Theron Fellers. William Edward “Ed” Fellers was born July 13, 1910, in Oskaloosa. In 1920, he moved with his family to Fort Dodge. He graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1928 and began working for The Messenger as a printer after high school. He married Hulda O. Bertram in 1942 in Iowa City. The couple lived in Fort Dodge. He retired from The Messenger in 1971. He became a resident of Tompkins Memorial Health Center in May 1999. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the Typographical Union. Memorials may be left to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Mission House. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fellers, Theron P. – Obituary

Theron P. Fellers, 78, 1857 8th Ave. N., died Wednesday [March 20, 1991] at Trinity Regional Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Fort Dodge. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at a later date at North Lawn Cemetery. Bruce’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; sons, Phil and Stephan, both of Fort Dodge; daughter, Connie Schnurr, Fort Dodge; brother, W. Edward Fellers, Fort Dodge; 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sister, Helen Goodspeed, Gainesville, Fla. Theron P. Fellers was born July 3, 1912 at Oskaloosa and received his education in Fort Dodge. He married Katherine Cummings in 1936 at Des Moines. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. After discharge from the service, he went to work at Fort Dodge Creamery where he worked until he retired in 1974. After retirement, he worked part time at Decker Trucking in Fort Dodge. He was a member of Eastern Star, White Shrine, and all other Masonic organizations of Fort Dodge. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fellers, Phillip L., Jr. – Obituary

Phillip Fellers Jr., 32, Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Fort Dodge, died Thursday [August 11, 1988] of a gunshot wound at St. Francis Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Madden officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery, with flag presentation by V.F.W. Post No. 1856. Survivors include his parents, Phil and Pat Fellers and Lorene E. and Kenneth Tegland, all of Fort Dodge; grandparents, T. P. and Kathryn Fellers, Fort Dodge; brothers Raymond Fellers, Douglas Fellers and Michael Tegland, all of Fort Dodge, and Michael Fellers, San Diego, Calif.; sisters Tina Meyer, Ames; Tina Fellers, Tonya Fellers and Rhonda Tegland, all of Fort Dodge. He was born in Fort Dodge; educated in Fort Dodge schools, and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1973. He worked as an auto mechanic in Fort Dodge, and served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1976-1979. He then returned to Fort Dodge, where he continued working as an auto mechanic. He moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1985. He worked as an auto mechanic there. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fellers, Kathryn P. Cummings – Obituary

Kathryn P. Fellers, 80, 1857 Eighth Ave. N., died Monday, March 23, 1998 at Tompkins Memorial Health Center. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tompsie K. Smith officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is after 4 p.m. today at Bruce’s Funeral Home with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. Survivors include sons Phillip L. and Stephan C., both of Fort Dodge; daughter Connie S. Schnurr, Fort Dodge; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and brothers Robert Cummings, Glide, Ore., Dean Cummings, Madera, Calif., and Dale Cummings, Spirit Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Gladys Ross Cummings, husband Theron in 1881, two grandsons and one great granddaughter. Kathryn P. Cummins was born Sept. 9, 1917, in Halstead, Kan., and moved to Omaha, Neb., as a young child. She then moved to Fort Dodge. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1935. In 1936 she graduated from Tobin Business College, Fort Dodge. She married Theron P. Fellers in 1936 in Des Moines. She was employed as a medical assistant by Dr. Baker and later by Drs. Kelly, Cole & Birkett. She retired in 1987. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, White Shrine, Delta Theta Chi Sorority, Foster Grandparents, Garden Club, a volunteer at Friendship Haven and sang in...

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Fellers, Cara Agnes Phillippe – Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. H. B. Fellers, 88, a resident of Fort Dodge for the past 44 years, will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Bruces Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Surviving are two sons and a daughter, W. E. Fellers, Theron Fellers and Mrs. Helen Goodspeed, all of Fort Dodge; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Cecil Dinsmore of Fremont. Mrs. Fellers, the former Cara Agnes Phillippe, was born and educated at Fremont. She married Harley B. Fellers there and they farmed near Fremont, later living at Oskaloosa. They came to Fort Dodge in 1921. Mr. Fellers died in 1944. Mrs. Fellers, who made her home at 1116 3rd Ave. N., died shortly afternoon Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital where she had been a medical patient since Aug. 6. She was a 50-year member of Aurora Chapter No. 311, Order of Easter Star. Fort Dodge Messenger, August 26, 1965 Contributed by: Shelli...

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DeBorde, Thomas Jefferson – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Another of Cove’s early day settlers passed from earth to the Better Life, April 17, 1919 at his home in Cove, Oregon, aged 77 years, 11 months and 25 days, after a lingering illness, during which he was tended with loving solicitude by the hands of his children. T.J. DeBorde was born April 22, 1841 in Grants County Wisconsin; was united in wedlock with Miss Sarah J. Franklin in Webster County Iowa, June 2, 1865. Twelve children blessed the union, seven of whom are living, tree sons, Thos. W., John F. and Benjamin F. DeBorde; four daughters, Mrs. Amy Valentine, Mrs. Dollie Surby, Mrs. Minnie Coons, and Mrs. Christine Musick:also a grandchild, Miss Hattie DeBorde, reared from infancy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Vincent, the latter one of the four daughters, Emma, Abby, Sarah Vincent and Della Jane Harris who precede him to the grave. There are now twenty grandchildren living. So that all the families could be present the burial in Cove Cemetery did not take place until Sunday April 20, at 2 o’clock p.m. Rev. E. O. Otto of La Grande Baptist church, conducted the funeral services in the presence of a large attendance of relatives, friends and acquaintances. Among the flowers was and Eastern Star floral offering, in condolence, Mr and Mrs. Frank Musick being Chapter members. Mr. DeBorde crossed the...

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Biographical Sketch of Mathias Clouse

Mathias Clouse was a pioneer of Silver Creek Township, Ida County, Ia. He was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, in 1843. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Fisher) Clouse, natives of same country. The Clouse family had once lived in Amsterdam, and were a trading family. When the sons became of age they were sent up the Rhine River to establish trading posts. They emigrated to America and settled in Erie County, New York. Mathias received his early training and education principally in New York state. The grandfather Clouse also emigrated to the country, dying in Ohio at the age of 95 years. Charles, with his parents, made a temporary residence in Erie County, then emigrated to Dubuque County, Iowa. They returned to Webster County, Iowa, opening a farm there. Charles’ parents moved on to Fort Dodge where the father died in 1880. The mother went to Wheeler County, Nebraska. Mathias married Miss Isabella Cunningham (a native of Galena, Illinois) in 1869 in Dubuque County, Iowa. Isabella was the daughter of James and Isabella (Rogers) Cunningham, natives of Ireland, who came to America at an early day. They had settled in Illinois where her father died in 1865. Her mother moved to Plymouth County, Iowa. Mathias settled in Ida County in 1874 on Section 35 of Silver Creek Township.. The farm had springs and creeks, with ample water...

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