Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jerome School Students - Early 1920s

Boarding House in the rear was used 
as 8th and 9th grade school building 
after the wooden school building burnt in May 1920.
Left to Right: Ed Allan, George Bolton, Joy Crooke, 
Arthur Cathcart, Charlotte Thomas, Alfred Allan, 
Bea Rhodes, Edward Thomas, Dorothy Owen
The picture and caption are from 
Memories of Jerome, Iowa - 1989. 

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Jerome Dirty Dozen

Picture Taken in a Stock Car Prior to 1909

Front Row - Left to Right
Dewey Dooley, Grover Dooley, Bill Cathcart, 
Marion Long (sitting down), Levi Zimmerman, Rosco Dooley
Second Row
Theodore Sedgwick, George Hunter, Earl McIntire, 
James Cathcart, Cliff Crouch, Elmer Zimmerman, Billie Hawkins
Third Row
Bill Allan, Pearl Dooley, Ernest Dooley, Bob Fisher, 
Arch Hawkins, James Crouch
Johnny Buyan, Ray McIntire 
Identify of persons transcribed from 
Memories of Jerome, Iowa

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obituary: Percy Ellsworth Norris

Daily Iowegian - 9 January 1978
Long-time Car Dealer, Percy Norris, Succumbs
  Percy Ellsworth Norris, 71, prominent Centerville business-man, retired auto dealer, civic worker, former mayor of Centerville, active Republican, long-time member of the Centerville and Indian Hills school boards and churchman passed away Friday night, January 6, 1978.
  Mr. Norris had been ill several months, but was at his 832 South Park Avenue home until Friday. He was hospitalized at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Centerville when his con-dition suddenly worsened and he died Friday night at 8:40 p.m.
  His death removes from the local scene a man who was a moving force in Centerville over a long period of time.
  He had served in wide-ranging capacities.
  Consider these activities:
  - Served on the Centerville School Board for 25 years, much of that time as chairman.
  - Served on the Indian Hills Community College Board for seven years. During that time he was in the forefront of the fight to obtain the new Centerville campus.
  - Served on the Centerville Chamber of Commerce Board for many years and was active in a multitude of Chamber projects.
  - Served as mayor of Centerville in 1974-1975 at a time Centerville was moving into many new undertakings. Previous to that he served a term as a city councilman.
  - He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  At one time he was a candidate for Congress, and through the years an active party worker.
  - Served 12 years as a member of the Iowa Aeronautics Commission.
  - Served as a lieutenant of the Air Patrol during World War II and until 1960.
  He was a charter member of the Lions Club and held a long-time membership in the Rotary Club.
  His civic interest continued to the last.  He was president of the Centerville Building and Development Corporation, a unique major housing program planned just east of Center-ville. The program was financed by a special HUD grant and was regarded in civic and governmental circles as very unusual and unique.
  However, his most cherished activity was his church work.
  Mr. Norris was a member and elder of the Gospel Chapel and had served as treasurer of that church. He was a charter member of the Gideon's International. The Centerville camp was established in 1960, and he served as first president and as chaplain and treasurer.
  He served as director of the Willowbrook Bible Camp.
  It was his business interest that required most of his time despite his heavy civic and church schedule.
  He was a 1925 Centerville High School graduate and joined his brother, Glen Norris, who had an automobile agency.
  Shortly thereafter, Percy headed the Norris Motor Company. He continued as head of the auto firm until 1974.
  His long business tenure established him as one of the deans of the business community.
  Born March 27, 1906, in Numa, he was the son of Jacob A. and Anna Rains Norris.  He attended Numa and Centerville Schools, and was graduated from Centerville High School in 1925. In 1936, he was married to Willa Mae (Billie) Thompson in Des Moines, and she survives.
  Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, Glen, Harry and Paul Norris; and one sister, Mary Grace Norris.
  Survivors beside his widow include one daughter, Mrs. Keith (Carolyn) Owen, Centerville; three sons, John D. Norris, Fullerton, Calif.; Robert E. Norris, Garden Grove, Calif.; and Capt. RIchard M. Norris, Ramstein A.F.B., Germany; four grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. David (Edna) Lawrence, Centerville; Mrs. Paul (Lou) White, Wayzata, Minn.; and Mrs. Doyce (Veva) Wright, Adel, Ia.; and two brothers, Charles Norris, Centerville, and Harold Norris, El Cajon, Calif.
  Services will be Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. at the Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home in Centerville, with his brother-in-law, Pastor George D. Leest of Redlands, Calif., officiating.  Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery.  A memorial has been established to the Gideon Bible Society. Memorials may be given at the funeral home. 
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of this obituary to The Jerome Journal by Gary Craver of Centerville, Iowa.

Obituary: William T. Ogle

From Unidentified Newspaper Obituaries
Former Citizen Dies
  Mrs. Robt Ward was in receipt of a telegram last week bearing the message that her brother Wm. Ogle had passed away at his home at Kalispell Mont after a prolonged illness.
  Mr. Ogle was born on a farm west of Dawn 65 years ago last January.
  For a number of years he was an employee of the St. Paul, Milwaukee and Chicago Rail Road at Jerome, Ia., where he was married to Miss Emma Hagan.
  Mr. Ogle was very patient throughout his long suffering and expressed his readiness to meet his Redeemer.
  He leaves to mourn his passing the wife Mrs. Emma Ogle, three sisters Mrs. Robt. Ward, Dawn, Mo., Mrs. Etta Chopple, White Bluff, Wash., Mrs. Sam Chopple, Leavenworth, Kans., and a host of friends.
Services Held Yesterday for William T. Ogle
  Funeral services for William T. Ogle were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal church, by Rev. C. E. Bartlett, in the presence of a large concourse of friends.  Many beautiful flowers expressed sympathy and esteem.  Mrs. W. E. Beaman, Mrs. Roe and Mr. Blachley sang several hymns, accompanied by Thomas Sanford at the organ.
  The bearers were S. N. Landoc, Dan Eisenman, Al Branson, O. E. Scott, M. J. Driscoll and H. Herbkersman, all employees of the Kalispell Lumber company, for which Mr. Ogle had worked the past 15 years.
  Interment was made in Conrad Memorial cemetery under the direction of Waggener and Campbell.
  Mr. Ogle was born January 31, 1862, in Livingston county, Missouri, and died at his home in Kalispell September 23, at the age of 65 years.  He was married to Miss Emma Hagan August 2, 1900, later coming to Montana, and settling in Kalispell in 1909.  He had lived here since that time. He is survived by his widow and three sisters, Mrs.; Ettie Chappell of Whitebluff, Washington, Mrs. Alice Ward of Dawn, Missouri, and Mrs. Mame Chappel of Ft. Cook, Nebraska.

My Town by Mildred Dooley Cathcart

  I like our small town because we seemed to have learned first hand, the lesson of brotherly love among all races and creeds.
  Jerome once was a flourishing mining center that attracted workers of all nationalities.  Since the coal mines have been abandoned, the population has dwindled to something less than 200 with many races represented.  There are such names as Dooley, Anderson, Yonavich, Hawkins, Rotisky, McCloud, Vruble, Ponsetto and Starcevich.
  We do not always agree -- we Irish, Swedes, Poles, Czechs, English, Italian, Austrians.  We often argue over politics, foreign affairs, baseball and other things.
  But we do agree that each has a right to his own opinion and that we profit by friendly criticism.
  It is to our mutual advantage to "get along."  If a house catches fire we all grab our buckets and run.  Who knows? Tomorrow it may be our house.
  If a family meets with adversity, we are willing to help and we know that when we have some misfortune we won't face it alone.
  We do not judge a man by whether he is a Jew or Gentile, Irish or Austrian, Catholic or Protestant.  We have learned to know these people of all races and mixed religions so intimately that we judge them by their own merits.
  I love our town for this.  Strangers ofter laugh at Jerome -- a town with only two stores, post office, school and two churches.  True, we have nothing of artistic beauty to show outwardly.  But it is a beautiful thing to love one's fellow man.  When all towns learn this, we will have no need to worry about ways to write a lasting peace.  We know it! We live it! And if we can pass this heritage on to our children, we shall have erected a monument of beauty that will surpass and far outshine any built by mere man.
                                          -- Mildred Dooley Cathcart
  Transcribed from a hand written copy found amongst the papers of Cadd R. Hawkins in her handwriting.  The editor does not know from where she copied it. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jerome Reunion - 1 September 1991

 The Jerome Reunion on 1 September 1991 was held at the Jerome Methodist Church.  Below is the Program for the Worship Service.
Our Order of Worship
Jerome Reunion, Sept. 1, 1991

Prelude -  Jeremy McElvain

Lighting of Candles

Call to Worship:
 Leader:  The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
 People:  And also with you.
 Leader:  The risen Christ is with us.
 People:  Praise the Lord!

*Hymn of Praise:  How Great Thou Art

Prayer of Thanksgiving (In Unison)
   The Prayer of Saint Francis
   Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;
   where there is hatred, let me sow love;
   where there is injury, pardon;
   where there is doubt; Faith;
   where there is despair; hope;
   where there is darkness, light;
   and where there is sadness, joy.

  O Divine Master,
  grant that I may not so much seek
  to be consoled as to console;
  to be understood, as to understand;
  to be loved, as to love;
  for it is in giving that we receive,
  it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
  and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Special Music
    Tim Frewing - trombone solo
    Tim and John Frewing - duet

Responsive Reading - Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
  before the gods I sing your praise;
for you have exalted your name
  and your word above everything.

All the rulers of the earth shall praise you, O Lord.
and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For the Lord is high, but regards the lowly.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
  you preserve my life;
O Lord, fulfill your purpose for me;

Gloria Patri

Announcements and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer
Solo - The Lord's Prayer - Joan Felkner

*Hymn of Faith:  Because He Lives


Sermon and Scripture Reading - Rev. Paul Smith

Hymn of Consecration:  He Touched Me




1.  O Lord my God!  When I in awesome wonder
consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
they power throughout the universe displayed.

    Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;
    how great thou art, how great thou art!
    Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;
    how great thou art, how great thou art!

2.  When through the woods and forest glades
I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in
the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain
grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

3.  And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die, I scarce can take it in;
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin;

4.  When Christ shall come with shout of
acclamation and take me home, what joy shall
fill my heart.  Then I shall bow in humble
adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how
great thou art!


God sent his Son, they called him Jesus;
he came to love, heal, and forgive;
he lived and died to buy my pardon,
an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

    Because he lives, I can face tomorrow,
    because he lives, all fear is gone;
    because I know he holds the future,
    and life is worth the living just because he lives.

2.  How sweet to hold a new-born baby,
and feel the pride and joy he gives;
but greater still the calm assurance, this child
can face uncertain days because he lives.

3.  And then one day I'll cross the river;
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
and then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know he reigns.


     Shackled by a heavy burden,
     neath a load of guilt and shame,
     then the hand of Jesus touched me,
     and now I am no longer the same.


     He touched me, O he touched me,
     and O the joy that floods my soul!
     Something happened, and now I know,
     He touched me and made me whole.

     Since I met this blessed Savior,
     since he cleansed and made me whole,
     I will never cease to praise him;
     I'll shout it while eternity rolls.

Jerome Ball Team Around 1913-1914

Jerome Ball Team Around 1913-1914 - Left to Right
Front Row: 
Ernest Dooley, William Hawkins, Dewey Dooley, George Hunter
Row Two: 
Bert Lewis, Pearl Dooley, John Graham (Coach & Manager), Arch Hawkins, Bill Cathcart
Row Three:
Ben Sedgwick, James Hunter, John Ross, Theodore Sedgwick, Harry O. Hoover, Manager
Identification of individuals from 
Memories of Jerome, Iowa 1989

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hobart S. Owen

  Hobart S. [Owen] became an industrial engineer (one of their first ones) with a subsidiary of U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana. He married Kathryn Frogge and they have 5 children: Stanley, Judy, Linda, Thomas, and Pam.
  Text transcribed with permission from the Appanoose County Historical Society from Appanoose County Iowa, written by the people of Appanoose County, compiled in 1984-1985 by the Appanoose County Historical Society, and printed by Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, Texas (1986). 
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery of
Hobart S. Owen

Kenneth Ervin Owen, 1918-2001

Daily Iowegian - 26 January 2001
  Kenneth E. Owen, 82, of Jerome died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home.
  He was born Sept. 1, 1918 in Jerome, the son of Samuel and Vera (Sedgwick) Owen.
  He married Frances Hamm Oct. 7, 1937, in Cincinnati.  She preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Diana Glenn and her husband, John, of Jerome; a son, Keith Owen and his wife, Sharon, of Centerville; a sister, Dorothy Owen of Centerville; and four grandchildren.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Tommy, Hobart, Richard and Donald.
  He attended Jerome Elementary School, Centerville High School and Centerville Junior College. He and his wife farmed for many years in Jerome. He was an Iowa state representative for three terms, was Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and a fieldman for ASCS. He was instrumental in creating the Rathbun Regional Water Association of Centerville where he served as executive director for 20 years. He was selected Iowa Rural Water Manager of the Year, elected into the Iowa Rural Water Hall of Fame and served on the Iowa Rural Water Board of Directors. He was also Iowa Master Pork Producer, Iowa Master Corn Grower and named the Daily Iowegian's Citizen of the Year.
  Funeral services will be private, for family only, on Friday with the Rev. Terry Chapman officiating. A reception will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. at his home west of Jerome. Arrangements are being handled by the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome Cemetery Association.
Ottumwa Courier - 25 January 2001
  JEROME - Kenneth E. Owen, 82, of Jerome died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home.
  He was born Sept. 1, 1918, to Samuel J. and Vera C. Sedgwick Owen in Jerome. He married Frances Hamm on Oct. 7, 1937, in Cincinnati. She preceded him in death.
  He and his wife farmed for many years in Jerome. He was a state representative for three terms, secretary of agriculture, a fieldman for the ASCS and was instrumental in the creation of the Rathbun Regional Water Association of Centerville, where he served as executive director. He was Rural Water Manager of the year, elected into the Rural Water Hall of Fame, served on the Rural Water Board of Directors and was Iowa Master Pork Producer, Iowa Master Corn Grower and Citizen of the year.
  He is survived by a son, Keith Owen of Centerville, a daughter, Diana Glenn of Jerome; four grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Owen of Centerville.
  He was preceded in death by four brothers, Tommy, Hobart, Richard and Donald.
  Private services will be Friday, the Rev. Terry Chapman officiating.  A reception will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home.
  Memorials may be made to Jerome Cemetery Association.
  Johnson-Lange Funeral Home in Centerville is in charge of arrangements.
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution by Gary Craver of Centerville, Iowa, to The Jerome Journal of the above obituaries.

Kenneth Ervin and Frances Hamm Owen

  On September 1, 1918 Kenneth Ervin Owen was born to Samuel J. Owen and Vera Edna Sedgwick Owen on a farm 1/4 mile west of Jerome in Lincoln Township. It was on this farm he and his brothers and sister, Thomas, Hobart, Richard, Donald, and Dorothy, were raised. Kenneth attended school in Jerome and completed his last two years of high school in Centerville in 1935. He attended Centerville Junior College after high school.It was while he attended Jerome school he met his future wife, Frances Jeanette Hamm.
  Frances Jeanette Hamm was born in Mystic, Iowa August 9, 1919, the oldest child of Carl Earnest Hamm and Dessie Belle Shaeffer Hamm. She has three sisters, Margaret, Dorothy, Phyllis and a brother, Carl. Carl Hamm was a coal miner and the family lived in several mining communities in West Virginia, Indiana, and Iowa while the children were growing up. In 1931 the family moved to Jerome where she has lived since then.
  On October 7, 1937 Kenneth Owen and Frances Hamm were married in Cincinnati, Iowa by Sanford Buck. Their attendants were Jessie Fox and Willis Warren. They lived with Kenneth's parents where he farmed with his father until they bought their first farm west of Jerome. The house on this farm was originally a log cabin with only a fireplace for cooking and heating. After the death of Samuel in 1940 they moved back to the family farm with Vera and Kenneth's youngest brother, Donald. On August 28, 1943 their first child was born, Keith Earnest.  A daughter, Diana Lynn, was born December 21, 1950. This farm has been their home since then.
  Besides farming, Kenneth served from 1955-1961 in the 56th, 57th and 58th General Assemblies of the Iowa State Legislature. He served as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture from 1964 to 1966. He has been a member of the Jerome School Board, a Lincoln Township clerk, and chairman of the Appanoose County Democratic Party.  In 1953 he was named a Master Swine Producer.  In December of 1968, he became active in the development of a rural water system for this area.  In 1973 Rathbun Regional Water was established and he was named executive director, a position he holds today.
  Besides raising two children and being an active farm wife, Frances has been an assistant 4-H leader and a member of the Appanoose County Extension Council. Her love of antiques helped her establish the Jerome Trading Post, and antique store, in the old Jerome School house.
  Kenneth and Frances are presently living in the same house they've lived in since 1940. They are loving grandparents to four grandchildren, Sonja Lynn Owen, Mark Stephen Owen, Whitney Elizabeth Glenn and John Roy Glenn, all who live in Appanoose County.
  Text transcribed with permission from the Appanoose County Historical Society from Appanoose County Iowa, written by the people of Appanoose County, compiled in 1984-1985 by the Appanoose County Historical Society, and printed by Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, Texas (1986).  

Children of Sam & Vera Owen

  Written by Dorothy Owen, the historian and keeper of memories of the Samuel J. and Vera Owen family and the first and only daughter in the family of six children: Dorothy, Thomas, Hobart, Richard and Kenneth.
  These children were second generation descendants of the early settlers of this county.  Whatever their destinies as such might have been they were greatly modified by unforeseen events.  They came to maturity in the midst of the Great Depression; which was soon followed by World War II; which was followed by a developing economy which seemed to go crazy with inflation and exploitation.  Here is a brief summary of what happened to these "Sons (and a daughter) of the Pioneers."
  Dorothy L. taught in Centerville Schools for 8 years, and at Iowa Wesleyan College, 4 years; served in WAVES, of the Navy; "for the duration" (World War II); and has been Librarian at Drake Public Library, Centerville, the past 28 years.
  Thomas S. chose a career in Agriculture, specializing in Animal Husbandry and Nutrition. He also served in the Navy -- as navigator on a "flag plane" -- attaining the rank of Lt. Commander. Late in life he married Ethel Allen Villon.
  Hobart S. became an industrail engineer (one of their first ones) with a subsidiary of U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana. He married Kathryn Frogge and they have 5 children: Stanley, Judy, Linda, Thomas, and Pam.
  Richard E. enlisted in the Naval Air Force, and was plane Captain of a PBM (patrol bomber) "for the duration" (World War II). He married Carolyn Cook and they have 3 children: Samuel J., Kenneth C., and Jean. Living in Glenwood, Ia. he became a Real Estate Agent, a Contractor, and now a Restaurateur.
  Kenneth E. married Frances Hamm.  They have 2 children: Keith and Diana.  After the death of his father (Samuel J.) he became operator, and later owner, of the "home farm." He has also followed his father in community and public interests -- serving 3 terms in the State House of Representatives (1955-60), and one term as State Secretary of Agriculture (1965-66).  Since then he was been prime promoter and finally first Executive Director of the Rathbun Regional Water Association.
  Donald R. was also in the Navy "for the duration" (WWII); he became an electronics engineer; married Marilyn Murphy; they have 2 children: Paula Gale and Kelly. After some years in electronics with Magnavox, Spartan, and RCA he spent 18 years with Communications Satellite Corporation in various executive positions -- traveling over 2,000,000 miles to bring satellite communications to developing countries. They live in Fairfax, Virginia.
  All are still living, except Thomas S., who died in 1972. Dorothy L. and Kenneth E. are the only ones remaining in this county.  Kenneth has four grandchildren to carry on the line.
  Text transcribed with permission from the Appanoose County Historical Society from Appanoose County Iowa, written by the people of Appanoose County, compiled in 1984-1985 by the Appanoose County Historical Society, and printed by Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, Texas (1986).  

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Samuel J. Owen & Vera Edna Sedgwick

  Samuel J. Owen and Vera Edna Sedgwick were married October 29, 1905 at the bride's home one-half mile west of Jerome, Appanoose County, Iowa.  They were first generation descendants of the early settlers who came to this county in the 1850s -- his from Putnam County, Indiana -- hers from Pennsylvania and Virginia (now W. Va.).

Sam & Vera Owen

  Sam Owen was born September 30, 1874, in Lincoln Township, the youngest son of Thomas and Mary (Morlan) Owen. His grandparents were Henry and Belinda (Jones) Morlan (or Moreland). His great-grandparents were William and Abigail (Davis) Jones.  (Grandmother Belinda Carolyn Jones was born in Casey County, Kentucky in 1818.) His grandparents on the Owen side were John A. and Nancy Owen.  John died in Putnam County, Indiana, in 1853. Nancy came to this county with her four sons and one daughter: Owen, James, Greenbury, Thomas, and Nancy, around 1859.
  Vera Sedgwick was born April 10, 1887, the youngest daughter of Benjamin Franklin Sedgwick and Katharine (Thomas) Sedgwick. Her maternal grandparents were Asbury and Mary Ann (Bowers) Thomas of Concord vicinity. Katharine Thomas was the only grandparent born in this county (1854). On the Sedgwick side Vera's grand-parents were Joseph Sedgwick and Priscilla (Rice) Sedgwick of Rice's Landing, Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Franklin & Katharine Thomas Sedgwick Family
Vera, Tom, Ben Sr., Owen, Katherine, Bill, Anna & Ben

  "Sam and Vera" as they were known, made their home on an 80-acre farm three-fourths of a mile west of Jerome, bought from John Moore, which brought their land holdings to 280 acres. Around 1910 they professed belief in Christ "for time and eternity." They met regularly for church services with a small group of Christians sometimes called the "Believers," and lived a life of faith for all their years.  Their story is the story of the family farm in the first half of the 20th Century, and it's a good one. Sam saw the farming operation go from the ox-yoke to the tractor; but most of the hard work, in his day, was done by horses and man power. There were usually four to eight horses in the barn or pasture, well-trained and well-cared for.  He was an inventive engineer with a great respect for machinery. One of his first possessions was a fine, tall windmill over a fine, deep well. It must be nearly 90 years old now, and still runs, filling a cistern, which gravity feeds water to a stock tank, as needed. In the "summer kitchen" at their home, a stationary gasoline engine, with a crankshaft and series of pulleys, ran the washing machine, cream separator, and churn, and pumped water, which was piped to several places as directed. He was usually among the first to adopt new practices: diversified farming, rotation of crops, terracing and plowing on the contours, planting hybrid seed corn, raising alfalfa and soy beans. And he was always interested in community affairs, such as the school (he was usually on the School Board) and politics (he was a Democrat).
  Vera was beautifully supportive in every conceivable way. The garden orchard and farm yard provided a wealth of fruit and vegetables, including grapes, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, plums, strawberries in abundance.  Collecting and preparing these for food in season, and canning and preserving them for later use was a major activity; and there was always a fine flock of chickens in the henyard, contributing their part of the family table. Vera had many gifts, she was a great seamstress and a good portion of the family clothing was made by her. She was also a fine singer and pianist. Often the old farmhouse hummed with music, both vocal and instrumental, in which everyone had a part.
  They lived a happy, if strenuous life; raised six children, without catastrophe; and survived the great depression -- being loved and respected by many.  They were true positive thinkers before that phrase was coined. They would probably consider their children their greatest accomplishment. They hoped to endow them with an inheritance of good health, good character, and an education of their choosing. One son continues on the "home place" to carry on family traditions.
  Sam died in 1940, age 65. Vera followed him in 1952, age 65.

Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery for
Samuel Owen and Vera Sedgwick

  Text transcribed with permission from the Appanoose County Historical Society from Appanoose County Iowa, written by the people of Appanoose County, compiled in 1984-1985 by the Appanoose County Historical Society, and printed by Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, Texas (1986).  First two pictures scanned from Memories of Jerome, Iowa 1989.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obituary: Essie May Pugh Terry

Daily Iowegian - 4 June 1999
  Essie May Terry, 94, of Numa died Wednesday, June 2, 1999, at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.
  She was born April 1, 1905, in Exline, the daughter of Van and Mary (Letty Maring) Pugh.
  She married Raymond Terry Dec. 18, 1923, in Exline.  He preceded her in death in 1988.
  Survivors include two sons, Raymond Terry and his wife, Joan, of Colona, Ill., and Doyle Terry and his wife, Donna, of Numa; a daughter, Jane Dillin and her husband, George, of Bakersfield, Calif.; a brother, Thurman Pugh and his wife, Nelma; a sister-in-law, Ruth Pugh; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
  Also preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Edwin Pugh; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nola and Paul Castor and Vera and Sheldon Copeland; and a grandson.
  She received her education in Exline Community Schools.  She and her husband farmed near Dean.  In 1944 they moved to a farm east of Seymour.  She was a member of the Seymour Christian Church in Seymour.  She was a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Neighbor Booster Club.  She was also a volunteer at the Seymour Care Center.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Bob Spurgeon officiating.  Burial will follow in the South Lawn Cemetery in Seymour.  Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
  Memorials may be given to the Van Terry Outdoor Living Classroom and contributions may be left at the funeral home or sent to Doyle Terry, 24649 135th Ave., Numa, IA 52544.
  Note:  Essie's parents, Van and Letty Pugh, lived in Section 13 of Lincoln Township, just north and west of Numa;  Essie and Raymond Terry lived in Section 21 of Lincoln Township just west of the North Wilson School. 
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of the above obituary and information to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio. 

Raymond F. Walker, 1911-2005

Daily Iowegian - 17 May 2005
  Raymond Walker, 94, of Centerville died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
  Raymond was born in Seymour on April 8, 1911, the second son of Sylvester and Ethel (McCoy) Walker.  He attended schools in Centerville and the surrounding area in addition to schools in southwestern Wyoming.  Raymond started working in the coal mines in Wyoming in late 1926.
  He married Lorene "Boots" Davenport in Kemerer, Colo., for a short time and was a partner with his sister and her husband in a motor lodge in Laramie, Wyo.  In 1950 he left the coal mine and moved to a farm in the Unionville, Iowa area.  Raymond farmed there until his retirement in 1976 when he sold his farm and moved to Centerville.  He was a member of the 18-80 Club and attended Fairview Church of the Brethren.
  He is survived by a son, Loren Walker, and his wife, Sheila, of Centerville; four grandchildren, Raymond Walker of Centerville, Robin Walker of New Virginia, Ryan Walker and his wife, Tammi, of Newton, Lisa Rigdon of Queen City, Mo.; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a special friend, Mildred DeVore; a brother, Marion, and his wife, Doris, of Corona, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mary Walker of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces and nephews; and an aunt and cousins.
  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lloyd, Vic and Cecil; and sister, Nina.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Jones officiating.  Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.
  Friends may call all day Wednesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
  A memorial has been established to the Fairview Church of the Brethren or the 18-80 Club and may be left at or mailed to the Thomas Lange Funeral Home, P. O. Box 6, Centerville, Iowa 52544.
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of Raymond Walker's obituary.

Gravestone of Raymond F. and Lorene A. Walker
in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 9, Block 10, Lot 2

Dorothy Stout McNamar, 1923-2002

Daily Iowegian - 4 March 2002
  Dorothy McNamar, 78, of Waverly, formerly of Ottumwa, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
  She was born March 24, 1923, in Clarkdale, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Phelps) Stout.
  She married John McNamar June 26, 1937, in Centerville.  He preceded her in death in 1993.
  Survivors include four sons, Robert McNamar and his wife, Carol, of Knights Landing, Calif., Al McNamar and his wife, Caroline, of Waverly, John McNamar and his wife, Janice, and Bill McNamar and his wife, Sheila, all of Ottumwa; five brothers, Fred Stout of Des Moines, Glen Stout and his wife, Ruth, of Des Moines, Ned Stout and his wife, Margaret, of Mitchelville, Donny Stout and his wife, Susie, of Des Moines and Jeff Stout and his wife, Julia, of Ottumwa; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
  She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Pearl and Merle Stout; and an infant sister, Kathryn.
  She attended county school near Clarkdale. She held various jobs.  She and her husband lived in Ottumwa.  She moved to Waverly after his death.  She moved to Shell Rock Health Care Center Jan. 30.
  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with Pastor Nathan Frazee officiating.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday.  Burial will be held in the Jerome Cemetery.
  Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of services.
  Memorials may be directed to the McNamar family and a memorial fund will be established at a later date.
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of the obituary of Dorothy Stout McNamar.

Marilyn Etta Murphy Owen, 1929-2007

Daily Iowegian - 25 April 2007
  Marilyn Etta Murphy Owen, age 78, died peacefully at her home on Friday, March 9, 2007 from a brain tumor.
  Marilyn was born in Melrose Park (Chicago), Illinois to Bert Francis and Helen Melissa (Smith) Murphy on February 20, 1929.  She was a talented tap dancer and singer, performing publicly at a very young age.  In 1944 her family moved from Chicago to the family farm just west of Centerville.  Marilyn attended Centerville High where she trained to become a teacher and was active in the performing arts.  After graduating, she taught at the Murphy School, a one-room
schoolhouse (Appanoose County) and later at Hills (Iowa City).
  On June 15, 1947, Marilyn Murphy married Donald Robert Owen at the Murphy farm.  Through Don's career as an electrical engineer, they lived in several Midwest and East Coast cities including the Philadelphia area where Marilyn, a gifted artist, studied oil painting at the Sanski Studio.  Marilyn and Don settled in 1966 in the Washington, D.C., area where Don worked at COMSAT as an executive in satellite communications.  While Don traveled on business to almost every country in the world, Marilyn raised their two daughters and led a large Girl Scout troop.  Marilyn enjoyed accom-panying Don on several of his international travels.  After Don's death in 1992, Marilyn studied watercolor under Jean Gill.  In recent years, her love of art inspired her to travel to Paris and Germany.
  Marilyn is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Paula and William Franks of McLean, Va., and Kelly and Thomas Jerosch of Centerville, Va., as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Bert and Pat Murphy of Bettendorf and several nieces and nephews.
  Her parents, aunts, uncles and a niece, Diana Owen Glenn, preceded her in death.

Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery of
Donald Robert Owen and Marilyn Etta Murphy Owen
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of the obituary of Marilyn Etta Murphy Owen.

Obituary: Ronald Roger Loofbourrow

Daily Iowegian - 28 June 2002
  Ronald (Ron) Roger Loofbourrow, 56, of Dewey, Okla., died Friday, June 21, 2002, in the Forest Manor Nursing Home in Dewey, Okla.
  He was born Feb. 20, 1947, in Centerville, the son of Helen and Merle Loofbourrow.
  Survivors include his mother of West Liberty; two brothers, David Loofbourrow of Centerville and Donald Loofbourrow and his wife, Janice, of West Liberty; and two grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
  He attended Centerville High School and moved to California after graduation.  He was a member of the South Orange Bikers Motorcycle Club.  He had moved to Dewey, Okla., where he lived until his death following a lengthy illness.
  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jerome Cemetery with Myrtle Felkner officiating.
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of Ronald Loofbourrow's obituary.

Obituary: Helen Loofbourrow

Unidentified Newspaper Obituary
  Helen Loofbourrow, 81, of West Liberty, formerly of Centerville, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.
  Helen was born Nov. 28, 1923 to Ralph and Opal (Zellar) Link in Centerville.
  Helen married Merle Loofbourrow in Centerville on Sept. 27, 1942.  Helen was a member of the Gospel Chapel and the Jerome Methodist Church.  She graduated from Centerville High School in 1942.
  Helen is survived by two sons, Don Loufbourrow and his wife, Janice, of West Liberty and David Loofbourrow of Centerville; a brother, James Link of Des Moines; a sister, Mildred Devore of Centerville; two grandchildren, Ryan Loofbourrow of West Liberty and Sara Loofbourrow of Ames.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle; parents, Ralph and Opal; and a son, Ronald Loofbourrow.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home with Pastor Lloyd Johnston officiating.  Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.
  Friends may call all day Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Thomas Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th Street, Centerville, IA 52544.

 Merle and Helen Link Loofbourrow's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal  by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of Helen Loofbourrow's obituary.

Obituary: Ralph Wendall Inman

Unidentified Newspaper Obituary
  Ralph Wendall Inman, the third son of Edward and Cleo (Norris) Inman, was born October 10, 1922, southeast of Seymour.  He passed away March 30, 2005, at his home in Seymour. He attended the Farmer Country School near Numa and graduated from Seymour High School.

Ralph Wendall Inman

    Except for two years in northern Iowa working as a union carpenter, he spent most of his life in Appanoose and Wayne Counties.  Farming was his life.  He never lost his love of animals, especially Hereford cattle and horses, from the pony he had at age five to the saddle horse, Ginger, he had until he quit farming in 1995.
  On October 12, 1947, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Rupalo at the Jerome Methodist Church.  They had 57 happy years together.
  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, Dennis and wife, Debbie, of Seymour; daughter, Diane Brozovich and husband, Jeff, of Tracy; three granddaughters, Angela Laughlin and husband, Greg, of Ames, Jill and Heather Inman of Seymour; and grandson, Daniel Brozovich of Tracy.  He also leaves two brothers, Kenneth and wife, Wanda, of Spring Hill, Kans., and Donald and wife, Judy, of Bonner Springs, Kans.; and many nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lazelle, Byron, Milford and Arthur.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, 2005, from the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with Pastor Vickie Steffes officiating.  Musical selections were "How Great Thou Art" and "One Day at a Time" with Milton Albertson, soloist, and Mary Parker, pianist. Bearers were Duane Rupalo, Randy Rupalo, Greg Laughlin, Jeff Brozovich, Daniel Brozovich and David
McElvain.  Honor bearers were Harold Swan and Kenneth Swan.  Interment was in the Jerome Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Jerome Cemetery or Hospice of Central Iowa.

Ralph Wendall Inman and Carolyn J. Rupalo
 Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery

Card of Thanks
  We wish to thank everyone for the kindness bestowed on us at the loss of our husband, dad and grandpa; the prayers, calls, cards, flowers and food; the memorial contributions, those "angels," the hospice girls; Pastor Vickie and the staff of Randolph Funeral Home.  We will never forget. God bless.
  --The Family of Wendall Inman
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of the obituary with picture and funeral program above.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Byron Norris Inman & Norma Bales

  Byron Norris Inman was born 6 April 1920 southeast of Seymour in Appanoose County, Iowa, son of Edward Potter Inman and Cleo Olive Norris, died 1 January 2002 at the Seymour Care Center in Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa, and was buried in the Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour, Iowa.  Byron married on 1 January 1945 at the bride's parents' home in Franklin Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, Norma Bales who was born 10 April 1924, daughter of Charles Bales and Beola Burkhiser, died 11 July 1997 at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, and was buried in the Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour, Iowa.
Mr. & Mrs. Byron Inman 
Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1995
The Daily Iowegian - 3 January 2002
Byron Norris Inman
  Byron Norris Inman, 81, of Seymour died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at the Seymour Care Center.
  He married Norma Bales Jan. 1, 1945, at her parents' home in Appanoose County.  She preceded him in death.
  Survivors include his children, Dixie Tarrant of Tulsa, Okla., and Charles Inman of Seymour; brothers Wendall Inman and his wife, Carolyn, of Seymour, Art Inman and his wife, Marjorie, of Littleton, Colo., Melfred Inman and his wife, Margaret, of Las Vegas, Nev., Kenneth Inman and his wife, Wanda, of Kansas City, Kan., and Donald Inman and his wife, Judy, of Basehor, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Eva Stoner of Moline, Ill., and Iola Bales of Keosauqua; six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Lazelle and Ruth Inman; three brothers-in-law, Otis Bales, Charles Bales and R. B. Stoner; and two grandchildren.
  He served in the U.S. Army from January 1942 through June 1945.  During his years of service, he was stationed in Australia and New Guinea.  He lost his sight during a voluntary mission in New Guinea.  He was a 50-year member of the American Legion in Seymour.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with Rev. DeWayne Lawson officiating.  Burial will be in Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour.
  Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today, Thursday, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
  Memorials may be given to the Blind Veterans Association.
Ad-Express/Iowegian - 14 July 1997
Norma Inman
  Norma Inman, 73, of Seymour died Friday, July 11, 1997, at University Hospitals in Iowa City.
  She was born April 10, 1924, the daughter of Charles and Beola (Burkhiser) Bales.
  She married Byron Inman. He survives.
  Also surviving are a daughter, Dixie Tarrant of Tulsa, Okla.; a son, Charles and his wife, Carla, of Seymour; a sister, Eva Stoner of Moline, Ill.; five grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; six stepgrat-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with the Rev. Erik Corley officiating.  Friends may call beginning at noon today, Monday, with a visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Interment will be in the Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour.
  Memorials have been established to either the Seyour Community...
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, of the articles and picture above.

Earnest Lazelle Inman & Ruth Irene Bland

  Earnest Lazelle Inman was born 24 December 1918 in Lincoln township, Appanoose county, Iowa, son of Edward Potter Inman and Cleo Olive Norris; died 2 October 1948 at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Centerville, Appanoose county, Iowa; and was buried 5 October 1948 in the Jerome Cemetery, Jerome, Appanoose county, Iowa.  He married Ruth Irene Bland 15 August 1937 at the home of Lewis J. Norris, the groom's grandparents, near Numa, Appanoose county, Iowa; she was born 17 January 1918 in Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri, daughter of Edwin William Bland and Leah Hope Howard; died 2 March 1997 at the Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Crook county, Wyoming; was cremated and buried next to her husband in the Jerome Cemetery.  Two children were born of this union, Richard Lazelle Inman and Cleo (Jerri) Irene Inman (Moriarty). 

 Gravestone of Ruth and Lazelle Inman 
in Jerome Cemetery
Bland-Inman Marriage
 Unidentified 1937 Newspaper Clipping 
  The L. J. Norris home near Numa, Iowa, was the scene of a quiet and impressive single ring ceremony, when at three o'clock Sunday afternoon, August 15, Miss Ruth Bland of Numa became the bride of Mr. Lazelle Inman of near Numa.
  Rev. Francis Harris of Promise City was the officiating minister. The couple were accompanied by Miss Lorena Inman of Heckley, Nebraska, cousin of the bridegroom and Mr. Donald Moriarty of near Numa, a friend of the couple.  Immediate families of both bride and bridegroom were also
Wedding Day Picture 
of Earnest Lazelle and Ruth Irene Bland Inman

  The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bland of Numa, and is a graduate of the Numa High School. For some time she has been employed at the Drake Library in Centerville.
  Mr. Inman is the son of Mrs. Edward Inman of near Numa and is also a graduate of Numa High school.
  The couple will make their home with Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Norris, grandparents of the bridegroom. A host of friends extend congratulations and best wishes. 

Home of Mr. & Mrs. Lewis J. Norris
Later purchased by Lazelle and Ruth Inman
The Daily Iowegian - October 1948
Earnest Lazelle Inman
  Earnest Lazelle Inman, son of Edward and Cleo Inman, was born Dec. 24, 1918, and passed away Oct. 2, 1948, at the St. Joseph's hospital in Centerville, Iowa, at the age of 29 years, 9 months and 8 days.
  Lazelle was born in Lincoln township and spend nearly all his life in and near this vicinity. He attended high school in Jerome and Numa and graduated from Numa high school with the class of 1936. 

Earnest Lazelle Inman - Numa High School Class of 1936

  On Aug. 15, 1937 he was united in marriage to Ruth Bland and to this union were born two children, a son, Richard, age 10, and a daughter, Jerry, age 7.
  He was preceded in death by his mother and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Norris. 
  On May 8, 1932 he was baptized and received into the membership of the Jerome Methodist church by the Rev. James A. Wilson.  He remained loyal to his church and the last few years had been a member of the board of trustees, and also of the young married people's choir.
  Farming was his life-time occupation, thus developing a love for the soil and the great outdoors. He was a tireless worker.
  Surviving other than his wife and children are: his father, Edward Inman of near Numa; six brothers, Byron of Numa, Wendall of near New Sharon, Milfred of Centerville, Arthur of Ames, and Kenneth and Donald at home; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Inman of Ardmore, S.D., and a host of relatives and friends who mourn his departure.
  Lazelle was a loyal and devoted father who loved his home and family, of whom he was very proud.  He was very industrious and won many friends with his cheerful disposition.  A sympathetic community profoundly mourns his untimely death.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1948, at 3:30 p.m. in the Jerome Methodist church, with its pastor, Rev. M. R. Gonzalez, in charge.  The Young Married People's Choir of the church sang "Whispering Hope," "Gathering Home," and "God Will Take Care of You."  Mrs. Hazel Felkner accompanied on the piano.
  He was laid to rest in the Jerome cemetery.
Card of Thanks  
  Words cannot express our gratitude to those who expressed their sympathy and helpfulness at the time of our recent sorrow.
  --Mrs. Ruth Inman and children
  --Ed Inman and children.
The Daily Iowegian - 5 March 1997
Ruth Irene Inman
  Former Centerville resident, Ruth Irene Inman, age 79, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 1997 at the Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyoming.  She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 17, 1918, the daughter of Edwin and Leah Hope (Howard) Bland.  She grew up in the Numa area and accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized into the faith at the Believers Church in Numa.  She graduated from the Numa High School.  In 1937 she married Lazelle Inman and he preceded her in death in 1948. 

Ruth Irene Bland - Numa High School Class of 1935

  Mrs. Inman worked in Centerville for a number of years for both Appanoose Company (sic) Telephone Company and for Iowa Southern Utilities before moving out of state to be near her children.  She retired from Honeywell, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1981 and moved to be near her daughter in Gillette, Wyoming.  She attended the Christian Church in Gillette.

Ruth Irene Bland Inman

  She is survived by two children.  A son, Richard and his wife, Rosalee Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, and a daughter, Cleo (Jerri) and her husband Larry Moriarty of Gillette, Wyoming; seven grandchildren, Douglas (Terry) Inman, Deana (Dan) Snodgrass and Darren (Tracy) Inman of Hamilton, Ohio, Lisa (Tom) Wall and Lori (Randy) Sgaraglio of Cincinnati, Ohio, Trudi Wilson of Gillette, Wyoming and Michael Moriarty of Chadron, Nebraska; six great grandchildren, Natasha, Richard and Tyler Inman, Sara and Steven Snodgrass of Hamilton, Ohio, and Mike Wilson of Gillette, Wyoming; two sisters, Bea Beck of Oroville, California and Fran Wojcik of St. Petersburg, Florida; one brother Herb (Earlene) Bland of Malvern, Iowa; six brothers-in-law, Byron (Norma) Inman and Wendall (Carolyn) Inman of Seymour Iowa, Milfred (Margaret) Inman of Las Vegas, Nevada, Arthur (Marjorie) Inman of Denver, Colorado, Kenneth (Wanda) Inman and Donald (Judy) Inman of Kansas City, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers and one grandchild.
  After cremation, a memorial service will be held at the discretion of the family with burial next to her husband in the Jerome, Iowa, cemetery.  The family requests memorials either to the Christian Church, P. O. Box 2817, Gillette, Wyoming 82717 or the God's Clubhouse for children at the Fairfield Wesleyan Church, 4685 Anthony Wayne Avenue, Fairfield, Ohio 45014. 
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal of the articles and pictures above by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio.