Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Father's sister, Mina Cress

My Father's sister,  Mina Cress.

Mina Cress was born Sept 1 1874 the second child of Sarah Hagerman and Jacob Cress.  She had an older sister Angelina then Mina then Daisy and May, two brothers John  and Lafayette.  They were born near Toddville Iowa and in the same vicinity were  her parents Angelina Gray Hagerman and Amariah Hagerman,her brothers Jim Hagerman, Robert Hagerman ,George Hagerman and her sister Ellen and husband Billy Beggs.  I think that all the families homesteaded in that area.  The parents of Angelina Hagerman came to Iowa in about 1840.

Angelina's mother Sarah Howe died in 1834 and is buried in the family burial ground near Mainesburg Penn.  Her grandparents came into Pennsylvania in 1798 and settled in Gray Valley Sullivan Twp Tioga County.  Her grandfather was a veteran of the war of 1776 and he bought 1000 acres in Gray Valley and was one of the first settlers there.

Mina's father Jacob Cress was born in 1849 and his parents Lydia Neighbor and John Cress came into Iowa about the same time that is the early 1840s.  Lydia's mother came west out of Newcomers town Ohio with 8 of her children.  The Neighbors were early Germans of New Jersey and they came to America in about 1733 and settled west of New York City near and around Dover New Jersey. 

The Cress family came out of around the Richmond Virginia area and they came into Iowa in the 1840s.  They had several children Jacob ,Mansfield,  Phillip ,Mary and Marilda.  I have a lot of info about them and also about the Hagermans and the Grays.  That is just a little background.

Mina married Elmer Flickinger on Mar 18 this union 4 children were born. Carl Flickinger Oct 23 1898 died 11-26-05, Mary Etta Flickinger Feb 26 1897 died Mar 29 1897, John Flickinger Sept 11 1901 Died Jan 16 1908. And Sylvia Flickinger born Apr 11 1908.

I have a picture of Mina and Elmer with Carl and Johnnie and it was a lovely young family.  The boys died with either whooping cough or I think diphtheria.  So many young people died back in the early 1900s with those diseases.  Sylvia was born shortly after Johnnie died and I hate to think what Mina went through in those days.  She had lost her sister Angelina and her sister Daisy in about 1905 with child birth fever.  

I do not have the date that Elmer Flickinger died but my father said that he was a strong man and that he suddenly started loosing weight and died with some kind of cancer.  That left Mina a widow and she took in washing in Center Point to support herself and Sylvia.  Then Charles Kimball lost his wife and Mina went to work as his housekeeper and they later married.  I do not have that date either.  Charles and Mina came to Elk City probably about 1918 or 19 and settled there.  Charles had a couple of girls that Mina helped raise and I understand that they were very fond of Mina and they used to come to Elk City and take her down to Dallas to stay for a while.  I understand that they married well and had some extra money.

I will tell you a story about when the kids were growing up in Iowa.  I was out visiting with Mina and she said that when the kids were young the boys were out swimming in the Cedar river naked.  The girls went down to the banks and took the boys clothes so they could not get to them easy.  John stayed in the eater but my dad Lafe came out naked and got his clothes.  We laughed and laughed about that.  Mina was probably 80 years old at that time.

My cousin Ann said that the only sibling Mina ever talked about was my father.  I remember as a child that they always exchanged Christmas cards and caught up with each other at that time.  I know one time Mina came back to Iowa and my father had not seen her for 35 years.  

I went out to see Mina when I was 18 years old and visited for 4 or 5 days.  Laverna had just got married and she was the same age as I.  Lylus was about 13 and was a real live wire.  Charles was maybe 14   and Ann was about 8 and she hated to go to school.  I was probably the only contact that they had with Mina's family.  I think the Scott cousins stopped when they were on the way some where else.  I still have one of the letters Mina wrote to me and I treasure it dearly.

About 30 years ago I was talking to a retired druggist here in Ponca City and he said he was from Elk City.  I asked him if he knew Charles Kimball and her said.  Oh yes..when I was a kid I used to polish his shoes in Elk City.  He said I had not thought of him in many years.  It is a small world indeed.

I am including a couple of recipes that I think came from my grandmother Cress.  Peggy said there were my aunt Mina's and she thought they might be my grandmothers. So one way or the other they are family recipes.

Pound cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar Beat until fluffy
Add 6 eggs one at at time
Then 2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract.  
Put in angel food cake pan which has been sprayed with oil and then line with parchment paper
Bake 300 degree oven 30 minutes then
Bake in 325 degree oven for 50 minutes.

The other receipt is for baking powder biscuits I know they are my grandmothers as my Mother could not make biscuits and my dad went down to Toddville when they were first married and brought his Mother out to their house to help my Mother learn how to cook.  They laughed about that all their married life.

For each cup of flour add 2 tsp baking powder.  The add pure cream for shortening and liquid.  Mix and roll out and that is all.  Bake in hot oven.  They used wood burning stoves and they got them hot.  Suppose in modern stove would be 425 for about 15 mins more or less.  They had plenty of milk and cream and they sure used it for cooking.

That is about all I can think of for now.  Enjoy the read..Cousin Deloris

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Grandmother Sparks Bible Contents

In grandmother Sparks Bible
Children of Mr and Mrs Amariah Hagerman
Alice A Hagerman July 26 1846 died 8-1849
Dortha A Hagerman Aug 17 1847 died 8-28-47
Mary R Hagerman Aug 12 1848 died 8-5-50
Sarah E Hagerman Mar 31 1850 died 12-14-23
Samuel J Hagerman Jan 22 1853 died 3-16-22
Jerrima Hagerman  Dec 19 1854 died 10-18-73
Melinda E Hagerman Feb 4 1857 died 1943
George G Hagerman Mar 20 1859
Willis G Hagerman Apr 17 1862
Robert H Hagerman Jan 4 1864

Children of John Cress and Lydia Neighbor
Jacob E Cress was born Aug 27 1849
Callista Ann Cress was born May 26 1851
Mansfield Cress was born Dec 26 1854
Marilda Cress was born Oct 28 1857
Phillip E Cress was born  Sept 30 1860
Mary E Cress was born Jan 24 1864
Second marriage to Mrs Andrews 
John Alfred Cress was born July 7 1868
George Elmer Cress was born May 6 1870
Ida Mae Cress was born Mar 31 12873
John Cress died Oct 10 1888 64 years old
Calista Gott died July 28 1882 

Children and grandchildren of Sarah E Hagerman and Jacob E Cress
Lydia Angelina Cress Jan 26 1873
Mina E Cress Sept 1 1874
Daisie E Cress Aug 30 1876
Lylus M Cress Oct 28 1878
John Amariah Cress Dec 12 1880
Lafayette Gray Cress Oct 15 1882

Mr Elmer Flickinger and Mina Cress married Mar 18 1896
Mary Etta Flickinger born 2-26 97 died 3-29-97
John W Flickinger born 9-11-01 died 1-16-08
Carl H Flickinger born 10-25-98 died 11-26-05
Sylvia L Flickinger born 4-11-08 married Otto Moad in Elk City OK died in 1992
Sylvias children are
Neva Luvern born Nov 13 1927 married Lynn Belieu on child Carol Lynn married Jerry Burnett.  Carol has 2 children
Alice Burnett born Aug 25 1972
Jonatha Burnett born Dec 29 1973

Neva Luvern has been dead about 25 years.
Charles Moad born Apr 7 1933 married Geneive Johnson in 1954 Charles died about 10 years ago
Bert Moad born Mar 15 1955 lives in Phoenix AZ
Peggy Moad born Feb 20 1956 married Webb has 2 children Jason and Danny.  Peggy divorced and her name in now Peggy Hazelrigg and now lives in Elk City OK
Carl Moad born Apr 18 1957 married Rhonda expecting a child in 1985.
Lylus Moad born Aug 1935 died when she was 28 years old had 2 children
Mark Curtright born Jan 8 1956 died in Elk City OK about 1997
Kelly Curtright born Nov 29 1957 lives in Okla City works for State Dept of Education as of 2011
Ann Moad born  Dec 2 1938 married Joe Marglio lives at 530 E 3rd Elk City OK 73644
Two children
Michael born 2-27-60  married Lisa has 2 children
Amber Jo 1-25-82
Michael Andrew 5-11-84

Mr Mark Scott and Angelina Cress married Apr 28 1897  
Clyde Scott born Mar 8 1898 married Grace Hutton 
Betty Lou Scott married Harold Wagon
Alice G Scott married Robert Bell
Albert Edward Scott lives in Corning Iowa
Rev Keith Scott lives in Waterloo or Cedar Falls Iowa  retired Methodist 
 Orval B Scott born May 9 1899 died Apr 19 1906
Alice J Scott born Dec 30 1901 married Hugh Thomas Hutton born Nov 5 1898 in Mount Vernon Iowa married Jan 22 1922 they had 5 children
Hubert Hugh 1028-22 died in 1923
Hazel Mae 5-17-24 married William Kenneth Gentborn 6-20-22 married 1-1-
Kenneth Gregory 7-8-49
Brently Scott 10-9-53 married 6-9-73 to Debra Ann Martin
Dorothy Ellen married Ted Grenis 6-5-47 address 2790 19th Ave Marion 
Anthony 5-1-48 married 7-17-72 Joyce Tippet 4-14-54  one daughter
Theodore 8-24-49 m 9-12-71 Rebecca Larimer 12-4-50
Sharon Ann 12-28-50 m 6-15-74 Larry J Henderson two daughters
Amy and Ann
Constance 11-23-55
Karen 7-17-58
Thomas 1-22-61
Timothy Paul 3-17-64
Georgia Gayle Hutton m 1-3-53 Keith Windenberg b 4-14-30 addy
2965 24th Ave Marion Iowa 52302
Wayne Thomas Windenberg B 7-3-55
Mark Lee Windenberg B 3-28-56
Rick Allen windenberg B 3-15-58
Diana Windenberg B 6-21-63
Thomas Scott Hutton married Susan Roby b 2-14-39
Craig Thomas b 7-23-61
Bruce Douglas b 7-26-62
Brian Scott b 9-27-63
Brent Marshall b 6-20-65
Jill Marie b 7-7-71
Irvin Scott born Mar 9 1902 died Jan 1997 married Dorothy Erwin Aug 25 
Robert Erwin 9-1-26 married Carol Elizabeth Engle 3-18-51 lives in 
Pasco Wash
Celia Kaye 5-15-55 born in Kenniwick Wash married Ed Corrig
2-6-79 as of 1-22-97 is Celia Silkwood NW Ark Regional Planner
Springdale Ark address 406 N Shiloh P O Box 745
Cindy Rae born Moses Lake Was married Jay Marshall
Jay Windsor born 6-6-59 in Spokane Wash
Jack Elwood 4-27-28 in Marion Iowa m Mary Alice McCabe in Cedar 
Rapids 8-6-50
Julie Marie 10-26-56
Sharon Kaye 1-26-60
Jeffery Allen 11-17-63
Quinton B Scott born 4-41904 died Nov 30 1918
Berniece Scott born 3-17-05 died 4-27-05 

Mr Willard Roy and Miss Lylus Mae Cress m 7-797 no children

Mr Bert Stewart and Miss Daisie Cress m 3-3-01
Irvin Paul Stewart 2-26-01 married Gwendoly Reiger b 12-9-04  from
Marshfield Wis M 2-6-26
Harold Eugene B 5-5-29 Linn county Iowa married Nancy
Thompson b 5-22-35 M 1-22-55
Stephen Paul married Dorothy Venice b 10-30-56
Christopher  1976
Nathan Allen 2-26 1980
Aaron Michael 11-16-81
Ronald Dean b 2-9-45 died 9-23-82 married Dora Lee
Anderson b 2-4-46 M 6-265
Denise Lynn b 11-16-66

Willard Alfred Stewart born 1026-03 m Esther L Mumford b 12-19-09
Married 4-16-30
Jo Anne b 3-17-40 married Anthony Warburton Smith 8-18-65
Heather Lynn B 5-6-71
Gregory B 5-1369 adopted by JoAnne and Tony in 73
James Alfred B 5-20-42 died 6-7-42
Lillian Jean B 8-5-46 married Emerson George Woolfitt 8-14-73
Eric Robert B 11-9-79
Ethel Lillian Stewart born 2-1705 her mother Daisie Stewart died 2-17-05
Someone came and got Lillian and raised her.  She married but never had 
Any child of her own.  I met her at a reunion several years ago.  She is now

John Cress and Minerva Andrews m 12-24-01
Everett Cress 2-2603 married Erma Van Fossen
Lorena Fern Cress born 1927 married Donald Miller
Linda Lynette Miller married Bill Burnell
Fern divorced and married Ralph Karr July 18 1952
Barbara Ann married Bill Kuhn has 3 children
Cathy Karr
Helen Louise at home
Warren at home
Decie  Rose Cress married Clyde Mason  address Shellsburg  IA
Sheryl married Eldon Kurth
Anna Marie Cress married Vaughn Witherall
Debbie married Rodger McDonald address 1855 46th St  N. E.
Cedar Rapids Iowa 52402
Alberta Cress married Earl Mason address Shellsburg Iowa 52332
Darwin married Carrie 2 adopted children
DeWayne married Judy
Doris married George Heafner 
Colette has one child
Russell married Christi
Renee married Darby Stein
Lisa Marie
Roy Everett Cress married Mary
Ray Wesley Cress married Karen
Irene married Jerry Kolshrud Box 153 Shellsburg Iowa 52332
Elaine married David Boddicker Box 24 Newhall Iowa
Bertha Cress married Delmar Oliphant no children died 1907
Forrest E Cress born Toddville Iowa 2-1609 married Clairbel Marie Roseberry
Born 6-23-16 Center Point married 7-1632 at Center Point iowa
Mark Allen Cress married Nancy Marie  Remer born 9-29-35  on 11-20-53
Kyle Marie Cress 5-31-56 married Wesley Dalton Hauk June 1975
Divorce in 1975 had one child
Wesley Dalton Hauk Jr b 9-24-77
Mark Allen Cress Jr 6-13-60 lives in Moore Okla
Timothy Joseph Cress 10-23-64 died same day
Dorothy Marie Cress 10-6-36 married Donald Bickford b 11-2-37 married 
Nov 7 1954 have 2 children
Krista Lee Bickford 11-11-77
Cory Lee Bickford 9-14-81
Evelyn Marie Cress b 5-18-43 married Harold Clarence Luckstedt born 
              -7-20-37  married Aug 30 1959
Bonnie Sue Luckstedt 10-12-66
Susan Marie Luckstedt 11-25-68
Dennis Earl Cress  July 4  1949 married Charolette Lobeye born Oct 29 1955
Married Oct 31 1974 in Zaire Africa have 3 children
Mpembia Libra 9-6-75
Mboyo 8-4-78
Mpia Anthony
Randy Lee Cress  Sept 19 1955 married Carol Jo Bickford born Oct 29 1956
Married July 26 1975. Carol is 2nd cousin to Donald Bickford who married
Dortha Cress two children.
Jeremy Dale Cress Oct 12 1978
Jacob Austin Cress May 10 1982
Dorothy Bickfords address Wyoming Iowa. Evelyn Luckstedt is Wyoming 
Iowa. Dennis Cress lives in Iowa City and Randy Lee Cressin R R Anamosa  
Lloyd Allen Cress Aug 22  1913 married Margaret Tharp on Oct 30 1939
Allen L Cress Sept 9 1941 m Carol Thompson b Nov 28 1941
Scott Allen Cress Jan 18 1969
            Lori Lynette Cress June 4 1971
Judith   Ann Cress born May 21 1950 married Larry Mumm born 11-17-39
Tisha Jo Mumm born 3-12-72
Lafayette Gray Cress born Oct 15 1882 Toddville Iowa married Irene Madison  Sept 25 1912.
Dorothy Leona Cress born 7-1-13 married Iver Larson Dec 28 1935
Warren Edward Larson born Oct 31 1936 married Thelma Fowler
3 children
Bradley 8-1-67
Eric 10-9-70
Sarah Josephine 11-22-72
Mary born 8-31-43 Ellendale Minn married Robert Sullivan in 1967
Darien 11-24-70
Kevin 7-18-73 born in Scotland
Leslie 4-12-75 born in Scotland
Rodger Larson 10-19-47 married Joyce Wray
Matthew 3-18-75
            Ryan 5-5-7
Daisy Marcella Cress 5-19-18 married Donald Wilker 9-11-42
Dale Wilker 7-6-44  b Osage Iowa married Carol Girard 10-29-66
Dana Wilker married Juana
Dean Wilker b 9-7-45
Dennis Wilker 4-21-47 married Sandy Johnson
Christi 6-2-71
Jason 7-27-78
Lawrence Eugene  Cress 3-31-21  died 7-7-97
Donald Clifford Cress 11-28-22 killed in world War 2

Deloris Marie Cress 6-2-27 married Dale Hollis Pickens 9-5-48
Hugh Edwin Pickens 1-12-49 married Betty Manrique Galvez in 
Huancayo Peru on Oct 11  1971
   m Sunday June Pickens 12-24-1984
Carolina Pickens 12-13-72 married Jaime Jahncke in 1997
Keneau born Nov 18  2004
Daniel Pickens 4-7-74 married Silva Montano in 2010
Lily  b Jan 10 2011
                Rory b 
Gail Lynn Pickens 10-13-59 married Steve Bruce Barger 5-24.1958, 1-23-83
Amber Sue Barger 11-26-85, m Caveh Masum 7-3-2016
Rachel Lee Barger 5-3-87, m David C Turnley 4-30-2011
                 Dawson Elizabeth Turnley b, 4/19/2012
Derek Michael Barger 2-18-92
         Grace Taylor Barger 3-20-2006

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Getting to High School in the 1920's and 1930's in Minnesota, USA.

Getting to High School in the 20’s and 30’s

My sister Dorothy was born in 1913 and she started grade school 3 miles west of Geneva when she was 5 years old.  She would have started High School in 1926.  We lived 5 miles from the nearest High School which was located in Ellendale Minnesota.  So my folks paid Arthur Muri  five dollars a month so that Dorothy  could stay in town and go to High School.  She did help around the house  and would come home on week ends.  I supposed my Dad drove the Model T Ford in and got her on Saturday and they probably did the shopping then.  I do not know if they took the horse and buggy to get her when the weather was bad or if they used the sled and horses in the winter time.  But they probably did as they were still using the sled and horses to go to town when I was a small child in the thirties.  

Dorothy did not get to finish High School as my Mother had TB and she had to leave in her Junior year and come home and take care of the rest of us children  as my Mother went to the TB sanitorium when I was two and a half years old.

My sister Daisy was born in 1918 and she would go to the same grade school and then she would have started High School in  1932.  She did not go to Ellendale for the first 3 years as they had a High School in Geneva which was 3 miles from our farm.  She did not stay at home either and she lived with a Jensen family on a farm about one half mile from the Geneva school.  I do not know what my Father paid them for keeping Daisy but suppose about five dollars a month.  My Mother was home from the TB sanitorium at that time.  Daisy had to finish her last year at the High School in Ellendale and I do not remember if she stayed with some one in Ellendale or if the school bus came close enough to the house that she could catch it.  Geneva just had one teacher and he taught  Latin and English and all the math courses for students for 3 years and then they had to go to Ellendale to get their diploma.  I think that the state had test to see if you had passed your subjects.  Daisy graduated from Ellendale in 1936.

Lawrence  started High School in 1934 and he also went to Geneva for 2 years.  I think he must have either driven the Model T to school or rode horseback when the weather was good.  I do remember in 1936 that he and the oldest Paulson boy and May Vogt took the horse and sled to school in 1936 when we had such a terrible winter and lots of snow.  We moved in 1936 to a farm 2 miles south of Hope and Lawrence and Daisy caught the school bus  across the filed about one half mile south of us. Daisy went an extra year to Ellendale and took the business courses offered at the High School in Ellendale   By that time we had a Model A Ford and I think in 1937 that they drove the car to Ellendale to School.

Don started High School along with Lawrence in 1937.  They drove the car to Ellendale and they took Helen and Violet Olson and Barbara Webb and Robert Bedney to school with them and I think they paid my Dad some money for doing that.  Lawrence graduated in 1938 and he was 4th highest in his class.  Daisy was 3rd highest in her class.

We moved in 1940 to a farm 5 miles south of Owatonna and Don stayed on the farm we left and worked there for 2 years so that he could finish school.  By that time the school bus came about one half mile from the farm and he caught the bus to school .  Donald also went to the school west of Geneva and then we had moved to the school south of Hope.  Don was in 8th grade and I was in 3rd grade when this happened . Don was born in 1923.

I started grade school in the school west of Geneva and we had to walk about a half mile to school.  My Dad lost the farm in 1936 and we moved to the rent farm 2 miles south of Hope.  So I got to start a new school. I started 4th grade the next year and the the teacher skipped me a grade as I was on the same reading level as the fifth graders.  In 8th grade we moved again to a farm 5 miles south of Owatonna and by that time in 1940  we had a New Plymouth car.  The school was located 2 and ½ miles from our house and so  the neighbors took turns taking the kids to school.   There were 7 kids in the car besides the driver. And I was the oldest one.  I probably held one of the younger ones on my lap.  I just went to that school for 3 months and then I was ready for High School.  My folks decided to send me to Ellendale for one year so I stayed with Iver and Dorothy and Warren and went home about once a month.   I caught the school bus right outside  from the house  and went into Ellendale to school.  The next year I went to Owatonna and Lawrence drove 3 of us to Owatonna  every 3 days.  Sometimes Elaine drove the car and we would disconnect the odometer and put some gas in and drive around during the noon hour.

The next 2 years I stayed with the Supt of our High School and did house work for my room and board.  Got to come home every two weeks.  I brought eggs in to sell to Mrs Burt and that was my spending money.  Think I took 3 dozen eggs back every two weeks.  Probably got fifty cents for the eggs.  My Mother had been a school teacher and my folks insisted we all get to High School and at that time we were rent farmers.  Many of the kids whose folks owned farms did not get to High School but my parents valued an education.

My brother Dick started school south of Owatonna and then he went to a school over by Meridan and then he went to Hope school and ended up in Willow river Minnesota where he was a star basketball player.  That is the way we got to school back in the dark ages.