Friday, May 23, 2014

Wesley Johnson Banks, 1825-1913

History of Appanoose County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878
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  W[esley] J[ohnson] Banks, farmer, Section 8, Bellair Township, Appanoose County, Iowa; Post Office Centerville is of English descent. He was born in Grant County, Kentucky, July 28, 1825. He is related to General Banks of Massachusetts. His grandfather was a soldier of the Revolution, enlisted when sixteen years of age and served for 7 years. He was among the first settlers of Kentucky, moved to Putnam County, Indiana where he was also an early settler. He was a farmer, his half-brother, Linn Banks served 12 months in the War of 1812, under Richard Johnson of Kentucky. He had his horse shot from under him. He was beside Tecumseh when he fell. When W. J. Banks was fourteen years of age his father died. He and his elder brother, Daniel P., kept house alone until June 1846 when he and his half-brother, James R., enlisted for the Mexican War. He was in the 1st Indiana Infantry under Col. James P. Drake. He was Corporal of Company A. His brother died the first year, he re-enlisted as wagon Master and served until the close of the war. He then went with a company of troops to California as teamster.  He was 6 months on the road from the mouth of the Rio Grande, some of the time living on one and one-half crackers a day. After losing the greater part of an extensive and
valuable train in crossing the desert they arrived in Los Angeles.  He was discharged at Monterey, March 31, 1849.  He kept a livery stable and mined for one and one-half years.  He returned to Indiana on December 23, 1852.  He married Nancy Wells Talbott.  She was born in Putnam County, Indiana in 1831, the daughter of Thomas Talbott, the youngest son of Edward Talbott who served in the Revolutionary War, afterward a pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  At a meeting of the relatives of her father held at his residence in Indiana in 1851, there were 180 members of the family. Her mother's maiden name was Rankin, died in September 1853. In 1864, Mr. Banks settled in Appanoose County where he now resides, owns 270 acres of land valued at $25 per acre. They have 5 children: William E., a druggist in Russell, Russell County, Kansas, born in Indiana in 1855; James W., born in 1858; Thomas W., born in 1860; Daniel V., born in 1862; Frank T., born in 1866, all at home, except the eldest. Mr. Banks was a Whig in politics, now a Democrat. He held the office of Township Trustee. Mrs. Banks is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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The Centerville Journal
28 August 1913 – Page 1
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  Wesley J. Banks, familiarity known to many residents of Appanoose county as “Uncle”.  Wesley Banks, one of the earlier pioneer citizens of the county and for years one of the potent influences in its development, a veteran of the Mexican war and a man well respected and loved by all who knew him, passed away Sunday forenoon at 11:30 at the home of his son with whom he had made his home. The deceased had just past his 88th birthday on the 28th of July upon which occasion he had received many more than a hundred remembrances from his friends throughout the county.
  Wesley J. Banks was born July 28th 1825, in Gerrard county, Kentucky, died August 24, 1913, aged 88 years and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Nancy Talbot Dec. 21, 1852.  To this union was born nine children three dying in infancy and a daughter at the age of 14.  One son James died May 3, 1902. He is survived by four sons, D. V. Banks, with whom he made his home, William of Loveland, Colo., T. W. of near Cincinnati, and Frank of near Centerville, and by a host of relatives and friends who mourn their loss. The funeral services were held at 1:30 Monday from the late home of the deceased, conducted by Rev. J. H. Carr, an old friend of the family accompanied by the members of the G.A.R. who attended in a body. The interment was made in Oakland cemetery.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Marco Casassa, 1865-1948

Centerville Daily Iowegian
11 October 1948
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  Marco Casassa, of route three, Centerville, died Saturday at 12:45 p.m.  Mr. Casassa was a former resident of Jerome but in the past few years has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Margherite Goffe five miles west of Centerville on highway No. 2.
  He was born in Italy, September 24, 1865, the son of Joseph and Maria Casassa, and was 83 years and 15 days of age at the time of his passing. The deceased was a retired coal miner and has lived in the U.S. since immigrating here in 1905.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, Nov. 20, 1931, and he leaves two children, Mrs. Margherite Goffo, of route three, and a son Joseph Casassa, of Rathbun. He leaves one granddaughter, and a brother and sister in Italy.
  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father John Neis officiating and burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.
Gravestone of Marco and Mary Casassa
in the Jerome Cemetery
Block 13, Lot 4, Row 2

Margaret Goffe Nobile, 1907-1990 ------------------- Louis Nobile, 1902-1992

Ad-Express Iowegian
17 September 1990
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  Margaret Nobile, age 83, formerly of Numa, Iowa died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 1990, at the Long Term Care Unit in St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.She was born April 22, 1907 in Jerome, Iowa to Michael and Seconda Goffe.  She was united in marriage to Louie Nobile in Centerville. He survives.
  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville.  Survivors include her husband Louie; one daughter, Mary Susin of Numa; a son, Joe Nobile of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Pete Goffe of the Quad Cities.
  She was preceded in death by a son, Louis Nobile, and two infant brothers.
  Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Al Ebach officiating. Interment will be in the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome.
  A rosary service will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the St. Mary's Catholic Church or to Long Term Care Center at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital and may be left at the funeral home.
Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery for
Louie and Margaret Nobile
Block 33, Lot 1, Row 9
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Ad-Express/Iowegian
6 July 1992
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  Louis Nobile, 90, of Numa, died Saturday, July 4, 1992, at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Centerville.
  He was born May 15, 1902, in Bengammo, Italy, to Ambrosio and Louisa (Rossi) Nobile. He married Margaret Goffo at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville, on Sept. 29, 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Anna M. Kruzich Goffe, 1915-2014

The Quad-City Times Online
19 May 2014
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  COAL VALLEY — Anna M. Goffe, 98, of Coal Valley passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at Trinity Rock Island. Per her wishes, following cremation, a graveside service will be held in Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, Iowa.
  Anna was born July 26, 1915, to Andrew and Mary (Polich) Kruzich. She married Pete Goffe on July 15, 1933, in Corydon, Iowa. He preceded her in death Nov. 25, 1992.
  Survivors include children and spouses, Jean and Damon Frison, Davenport,   Loretta and Doc Meyer, Coal Valley, Richard and Maxine Goffe and Larry Goffe, all of Lebanon, Mo.; grandchildren, Audrey and Frank Bellson, Davenport, Rob Meyer, California, Md., Don Weber, Washington, Donita and Kenneth Winkelmann, Lebanon, Mo., Ronnie and Mary Goffe, Geneseo, Ill., Cheryl Schneider, South Carolina and Shea Goffe, Geneseo; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Vicevich, Chicago. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son; her parents; a great-grandson; three sisters; and a brother. [Copyright 2014, The Quad-City Times]