Traveling to Montana to meet Amos Spracklin’s family, a son of Reed and Julia Spracklin – 2003

About 2002, I received an email from a cousin and this individual suggested that I talk to another cousin who had done quite a bit of research on the Spracklin family back in the early and mid 1980’s. This cousin was my half cousin.  She was a descendant of the second family of Daniel D. Spracklin and his wife Sarah.  She lived in Miles City, Montana and I decided to go and visit her.

So in 2003, my sister and I, drove to Miles City in my 1995 Aerostar Van to visit our cousin. Neither one of us had met her before so it would be a great adventure.  We would stop at motels or hotels as we got close to the end of the day and use the coupons you get in those newspaper booklets they distribute at rest stops. Usually I book my motels and lodging in advance because I don’t want to mess with it while driving around.

As usual my genealogy research trips are very complicated and involve many facets.  On this trip it would be researching Spracklins, Mc/MacDonald’s, meeting family and visiting museums and various sites along the way.

We left Seattle about 11 am on Tuesday September 2nd and made it to Rathdrum, Idaho.  It takes about five hours to get to Spokane if you don’t stop at all the rest stops for coffee and cookies.

The view from Twin Lakes in Idaho.

The view from the cabin on Twin Lakes in Idaho.

We were going to meet up with a childhood family friend.  Mickey had lived with our Aunt Vivian, our father’s sister, when he was a boy. He was her nephew on her husband’s side and a member of the McKanna family.  He had a cabin near a lake just across the border from the Spokane area in Idaho and we were stopping there for the night.  We knew him when we were kids and he is part of my Mac/McDonald family memory and I wanted to see him and have him tell me more stories. I had reconnected with him several years earlier.  He had kindly loaned me a photo book that was formerly my Aunt Vivian’s, I had scanned all the photos and have used many of them in my posts on my blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes.  McKanna’s actually came to Miles City and Mickey asked me to see if I could find out anything more about them.

The next day we headed further east and stopped at Wallace.  I was hoping to find out something about my great Uncle Angus McDonald so we stopped at the museum. I was trying to place him in the area but it was not going to happen.  Angus was my grandfather’s older brother.  http://wallace-id.com/  The Wallace District Mining Museum had city directories and there were McDonald’s listed but it was hard to tell if they were my McD’s.  http://wallaceminingmuseum.org/

We arrived in Missoula, Montana where we stopped for lunch.  We asked about the forest fires and decided to go a different route to stay as far away from them as possible.  We could see and smell the smoke.

Here is a little excerpt from an online paper about those fires.

By most measures, the fire season of 2003 was historic for Northwest Montana. Not since 1910 had there been such an array of wildfire in the region, not to mention the rest of the northern Rockies.

By mid-September there were 16 large fires in Northwest Montana that ended up covering more than 300,000 acres.

Individual fire acreages were impressive: the Robert Fire covered 57,570 acres, Wedge Canyon 53,325 acres, Little Salmon Complex 88,000 acres, Rampage Complex 24,488 acres, Blackfoot Lake Complex 29,836 acres and Middle Fork Complex 11,851 acres.

Combined, the 2003 fires accounted for roughly half the acreage burned on the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park over the previous 20 years.

“The year 2003 will go down as a very historic fire year,” declared Steve Barrett, a fire ecologist who has studied long-term fire histories across Northwest Montana. – By Jim Mann Daily InterLake, December 27, 2009. http://www.dailyinterlake.com/members/a-monster-year-for-fires/article_e529a93c-f2a6-11de-8498-001cc4c03286.html

We left Bozeman around 8:30 am on Wednesday September 3rd.  We headed for the Lewis & Clark Cavern’s which was a very amazing experience.  This is what I wrote in my travel journal in 2003:  http://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/state-park/lewis-and-clark-caverns-state-park.html

Once inside the park we traveled a wiggly waggly road for about 4 miles before reaching the parking lot for the caverns.  We paid for our tickets and checked out the little gift shop at the café.  After a wait of about 30 minutes we started up the trail to the caverns.  It was hot and so the trail up was warm but pretty easy except for the steepness of the grade.  The vista was beautiful of the Jefferson River in the valley below.  We waited about 15 minutes at the cavern entrance before the guide came and started with guidelines to the caverns.  He was a young man who reminded me of friend but a bit shorter.  He was very nice and friendly and cracked silly jokes. I was not prepared for the caverns at all but was truly amazed at what we found.  It was a wonderous place and a world all its own. The stairs were tight to walk down in the dim light but I managed well.  There were stalagmites and stalactites and strange formations that only a cave can create from the action of the water dripping down.  Each area that we stopped in was unique and had its own eerie beauty.  Several of the areas were large caverns with these incredible formations that had taken millions of years to make.  Unfortunately damage had been done by guests of earlier years and you could see the ragged edges of the broken pieces that were left behind.  The cave was supposed to have bats but there were not very many at this time of the year.  It took the 2 hours that they said it would to view the caverns but it was well worth it especially the part that we had to get down on our butts and slide down a section of the trail.  There was a lot of ducking of the head and I banged mine several times.  The walk was mostly down and the steps took us to this cavern they called the Cavern of the Gods and it was like descending a long beautiful twisting spiral staircase. All great things come to an end and this little adventure found its own conclusion down a very long tunnel with two doors.  The doors were there to prevent a wind tunnel effect that would rush the air in and cause the caverns to dry out.  In 2010 I visited these caverns with my hubby.  He is tall so it was a challenge for him. 

Lewis & Clark Caverns

Lewis & Clark Caverns

The trail to the Caverns

The trail to the Caverns

The Caverns

The Caverns

Further along our trip we took in the The Western Heritage Center in Billings, Montana which had a wonderful exhibit about the history of Montana and provided me with a basic history of the area when Reed Spracklin migrated there.  We visited an old pioneer cemetery on Boot Hill and drove to the Pictograph Caves which are southeast of Billings. http://stateparks.mt.gov/pictograph-cave/.

Miles City Water Towers

Miles City Water Towers

Miles City is about two hours from Billings. We arrived in Miles City on Friday about 5 p.m. to be warmly greeted by Bertha at her trailer.  We spent the evening chatting and settling in.  We made cheese sandwiches to fill ourselves up.  I gave the research copies of research from my trip to Iowa and more to her and she spent some time reviewing them.  I spent a lot of the time at her kitchen table that week studying her research and learning about the Spracklin family and getting to know my cousin. She had done a lot of work and had gathered a lot of information by writing letters to family members and research archives seeking information about the family.  She was very generous with her research and shared all that I wanted.

Miles City

Miles City

During our stay we visited the Custer County Community Cemetery where various family members are buried including Amos and Iva Spracklin, Bertha’s parents.  This cemetery is in Miles City and Find A Grave has a listing for most of the cemetery.

Custer County Cemetery in Miles City

Custer County Cemetery in Miles City

We also visited the Range Rider Museum which is amazing.  They have newspapers in flip displays, display cabinets filled with artifacts, black and white photos of the Indians that are outstanding, photographs of the ranchers in the area who are placed on their wall of fame. http://www.rangeridersmuseum.com/.  The buildings outside house wagons, automobiles and more.

Wall of Fame Range Rider Museum

Wall of Fame Range Rider Museum

The Gathering Hall, Range Rider Museum

The Gathering Hall, Range Rider Museum

Unfortunately, Miles City’s genealogy society did not survive so you have to visit historical societies or go to museums like the Range Rider. We did visit the Miles City library where we did some obituary research. I did not go to the courthouse in Miles City another stop if you have ancestors there.  It was a busy visit so I had to pick and choose and my focus was the research that my cousin had done.

The Library in Miles City

The Library in Miles City

Several days later Bertha took us to her ranch, west of Jordan, Montana.  It was a two-hour drive from Miles City to Jordan and then about thirty minutes to the ranch.  As we drove along I realized that Bertha was the rancher. She was raised in Montana and became her father’s right hand man. Amos and Iva’s children were all were girls. Amos of course, had wanted a son to help him with the ranch but it didn’t happen.  So Bertha took on that role. She knew everything about the ranches along the highway and chatted away telling us the history of the area and story of the families that lived there.  She knew about barbed wire and what each type was for and she could recognize individual cattle something her father had trouble with.

Jordan, Montana in the rain

Jordan, Montana in the rain

We arrived in Jordan the county seat of Garfield County.  They have a the Garfield County Museum which we visited briefly.

The ranch is not too far from Jordan.  You go west for about 20-30 minutes…

The Ranch near Jordan

The Ranch near Jordan

We approached a fork in the road and she mentioned the 1996 FBI standoff with the Montana Freemen that was located 20 miles up the road from the fork.  The left fork in the road was the road to Bertha’s ranch.  She said that we needed to go over several cattle guards before we got there and I think she said it was about 5 miles from the fork in the road.  As we drove along she pointed out where her land was describing it to us and telling us she had 4850 acres all paid for.  The road had become gravel a while back. 

We passed a big pile of wood on the right and on the left were metal buildings that were the barn and corral.  The house was up on a slight hill.  Cars, trucks and other buildings were scattered about the land.  We climbed out of the van.  Bear, Bertha’s small white poodle, jumped out and was running around checking out the area and leaving his calling card.  There was a beautiful Border Collie named Hey who was on a chain and he turned out to be a very friendly and a gentle dog.  He was the black and white typical of that breed but his eyes were like a wolf’s.  We entered the ranch house by way of the basement door.  Ahead of us was a wooden staircase that lead up to the main floor of the double wide mobile home that Bertha had installed on a cement foundation.  I later noticed the metal strip and the bolts along the lower part of the mobile home.   The other thing that I first saw was the head of an antelope on the basement wall. 

We headed for the stairs to the main floor of the house.  We turned a corner and found the son in the kitchen preparing dinner.  He was standing over a large pan of sliced potatoes.  I found myself wandering out to the deck area that had a vista of the land around the ranch.  I wasn’t sure of the deck area but it seemed sturdy. The view took in the barn area and the land that stretched out before me.  The wind was hot on my face and was blowing bits of dirt about.  There were buttes in the distance and cattle out on the land grazing.  There was much talk about wayward buffalo coming onto the land.  

Dinner was served and the barbecued ribs just melted off their bones.  They were delicious.  The potatoes were also good and I ate two helpings.  Everyone was gathered around the two tables in the kitchen area. Everyone ate heartily.  

We then went on a tour of the ranch again, from my travel journal in 2003:

The Ranch

The Ranch from the house

Bertha and son took us on a tour of the ranch showing the house that she grew up in.  It was in a sad state of deterioration.  It was also filled with farm things.  The floor was rotting out and the ceiling was coming down. There were old torn and tattered pieces of furniture scattered and piled about.  There was a stove or two.  There were even jackets still hanging on hooks by the door.  The house had only three rooms in the beginning but was later expanded to include the kitchen area.  Amos and Iva slept in the bedroom on the first floor while kids slept upstairs.  Behind the old farmhouse was the shed that was used for several tasks.  The right end was for the chickens and the left end was used for the milking cows.  The backside was used as the granary.  It was showing its age and they were planning to tear it down.  There were at least three round tower like structures now used for grain.  They were better and easier to use.  We then made our way down to the barn area and we walked around there.  Bertha talked about repairs and rotted posts and what needed to be done to fix things up.  They explained how the gates worked and walked us through the barn, pointing out their saddles and showing us the initials on the stalls for the horses.  You had to walk carefully because there were cow piles all about and even a carcass of an antelope left to rot.  I may not know much about ranching but it seemed to me to be a never-ending task. 

Amos, his homestead

Amos, his homestead, now owned my Bertha

The Lights of Jordan — I mean Jordan in Montana from my 2003 travel journal:

The evening was not yet over and the major event of the night was about to take place.  Bertha wanted us to see the lights of Jordan from a bluff on her land.  So just before dusk we all piled into her son’s big black truck.  I had to climb up and in.  We started out the gate of the ranch past the barn area and onto the gravel road crossing it towards the south.  We picked up speed and so far things seems pretty okay and I would say he went about 4 miles then he make a sharp turn to the left off the road and we were as it is called “bushwhacking.”  We bumped along over sagebrush with bunnies hopping frantically out-of-the-way.  Bertha and her son discussed the route up the hill in their usual feisty way.  He reminded her he knew the way as good as she did.  I probably will never know how he knew the way in the dark but they both seemed to know exactly where they were and where every bump and creek bed was.  I actually did pretty good although I was tossed around quite a bit. Just when I thought he was going to go over a big cliff and he stopped the truck and turned off the motor and pointed to the lights of Jordan in the distance.  Then Bertha pointed to the house lights of the ranch. The son remembered and said that he used to come up to this hill with his Dad (Jim) and sit and look out for fires till 2 a.m. in the morning.  Lighting was playing out its game to the right of us and sending strikes out but so far no rain.  Within about 10 minutes or a little more he started the engine and proceeded to go straight ahead. The cliff that loomed before us was not as bad as I had thought but we did go pretty straight down for a bit.  The drive back to the gravel road was a little less wild and bumpy and we actually seemed to get back to the road faster. As we drove along Bertha was pointing out deer and we couldn’t see anything. So the truck abruptly stopped by a big piece of farm equipment and out came a spotlight.  They held up the spotlight and we then started to see lots of animals.  First you see their eyes flashing in the dark and then you can make out there form. We were told that you can tell the type of animal by the color of their eyes.  We saw lots of deer, the most I have ever seen in my life.  It was great. We made it back to the house in one piece and I headed for bed.  It was very hot. 

On the way back from the ranch, the next day, we stopped at the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan where Reed and Julia Spracklin are buried along with other family members.

Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneer Cemetery Overview, Jordan, MT

Pioneer Cemetery Overview, Jordan, MT

We stayed in Miles City for about a week and then headed out.  Our goal was to visit Yellowstone but we were going to do that in a little different way by viewing the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park and then driving to Sheridan and across the Bighorn Mountains to Cody and from Cody to Yellowstone.

Big Horn Battlefield, tombstone

Big Horn Battlefield, tombstone

The Lecture by the Ranger at the Big Horn Battlefield

The Lecture by the Ranger at the Big Horn Battlefield

I drove to the battlefield.  It was raining and the wind was blowing so the weather was not really great. We almost missed the battlefield because we got on the wrong road.  We found the Crow Wing Agency sign and we doubled back and headed to the East until we caught up with the main road and it was just a little farther to go. 

The wind was really cold at the Little Bighorn Battlefield.  We arrived at around 3 pm.  It took a lot longer than I anticipated to get there. We were able to attend a lecture by the ranger about the battle even though the wind was cold and the big nasty rain cloud threatened above.  I was listening to the ranger talk but became quiet fascinated with the mud on his boots which was caking up and then falling off as he worked his way closer to the shelter as the rain came down on him.  http://www.nps.gov/libi/index.htm

Custer’s last stand was definitely a broader and larger military maneuver than I had imagined. The events took place over a very big area stretching to the Wolf Mountains to the south.  Custer’s part of the battle took place in a small area close to the visitor’s center.  To see the rest of the battlefield we had to drive a road for about 3-5 miles.  The formal cemetery was near the visitor center. They said that the Indian village stretched two miles in the valley below.  That must have been a site to see.  The Little Bighorn River Valley was beautiful to look down on from the hills where most of the fighting took place.  Apparently this is the only battlefield that has tombstone markers scattered about the fields.  The men were buried where they fell. 

After our visit to the park, we headed to Sheridan in Wyoming.  There were very ominous clouds in the distance but we made it before they dumped on us. We started up the highway to the Bighorns but decided it was getting too dark and we better find a place to stay.  Sheridan was not far and found this wonderful old style hotel with creaky floors and a big steep staircase.  The hotel room was lovely and old-fashioned making you think of bygone days. Spracklins lived in Sheridan, they are the descendants of Peter Spracklin a brother to our second great-grandfather Daniel D. Spracklin.  So it was good to see the town.  I didn’t have time to do any research there.  If you want to know more about Peter and his family go to the blog Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. for information.

After breakfast we made our way to the highway that takes you over the Bighorn Mountains.  I am a big fan of Longmire having read the novels and watched the TV show. So when the show came on I was remembering the area. Absaroka County does not exist, but it is in the area on the west side of the Bighorns.  The show is actually filmed in Arizona.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1836037/

Burgess Station Big Horn Mountains

Burgess Station Big Horn Mountains

Free Range Cattle

Free Range Cattle

Leaving the Bighorns

Leaving the Big Horn Mountains

The next morning after breakfast and gas for the car, we set out for the Bighorn Mountains. What an experience.  The road winded up the side of the foothills going steeper and twisting around the sides of the hills.  You could look ahead and see the road winding up the side of the mountain and could look back and see the valley below and get an incredible vista.  The height of the passes in the Bighorns were 9000+ feet and we climbed and climbed up to a wonderland of trees and ground lightly laced with snow. The road itself was clear but the hills were snowy.  Cattle are allowed to roam freely so we came upon some migrating down to better pastures.  I will never forget the one white cattle that came at the car with such determination and with its power.  I have never been in direct line of  a large animal so it was cool to see it move toward us.  They moved off the road toward the trees in order to avoid the car. There were about 20 coming down the road.  They may have been domesticated animals but they were a site to see in this high mountain area.  We came upon more of them along the road and had to stop, I believe one more times. 

Arriving at the visitor center and we got out of the car.  It was cool and crisp. The quiet and the stillness were almost soft.  It was beautiful. We spent some time in the visitor center reading the exhibits.  http://www.bighornmountains.com/  I bought a Smokey Bear doll as a memento he was very special to me when I was a kid. 

As you get to the western side of the road you start going down and the scenery gets more barren and rocky. We chose to go the Shell Canyon route and that took us through some real magnificent geological formations of rock that had pushed up from the earth’s core.  They looked like someone had laid then on their side.

We came off the Bighorn Mountains onto the Bighorn Plateau where the road took us to Cody, Wyoming.  It took about 50-60 miles to traverse this big fertile plain which was rather flat, barren and straight.  After awhile my sister, who was driving, became restless and wanted a curve in the road.  As we approached the foothills to the Rockies we started to see more step formations.  Cody lies at the base of these foothills before you head to Yellowstone. 

We stopped in Cody and had some dinner and found a place to stay.

The Buffalo Bill Museum

The Buffalo Bill Museum

Apparently Buffalo Bill Cody founded the town of Cody and lived near it.  The Buffalo Bill Museum is actually 4-5 museums.  We spent time in the Plains Indian’s Exhibit.  I took quick tours of the other exhibits and almost lost my sister in the first. http://centerofthewest.org/explore/buffalo-bill/

We had rented a cabin in Yellowstone near the main lodge so we needed to get there by Sunday night.

I had not been to Yellowstone since the mid 1950’s when we went their with our parents.  I didn’t remember much except Old Faithful and the bears.  There was one that my dad named Professor. He was a little black bear who was able to walk around the rim of the garbage cans.  My mother and I sat in the car, our food was up in the tree on a rope. This type of behavior in bears is now discouraged for their safety as well as the visitors. I was about seven years old at that time.  We also drove down to the Grand Tetons and I do remember them.

One of many signs for the Continental Divide

One of many signs for the Continental Divide

The Yellowstone Sign on the eastern side of the park, Hwy 14 west of Cody

The Yellowstone Sign on the eastern side of the park, Hwy 14 west of Cody

We found our cabin behind the main lodge and settled in.  I called my hubby to check in and a coyote ran by as I was talking to him.  http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

Yellowstone Lodge

Yellowstone Lodge

While we were at Yellowstone we participated in several Buffalo Jams. A Buffalo Jam is where the buffalo get on the highway and you have to stop and wait.

A Buffalo Jam

A Buffalo Jam one of several…

It  was rutting season so the males were being distracted and butting heads. They made this guttural puffing sound.

Bison fighting

Bison fighting

We saw a coyote eating a wolf kill.  He was very cautious because the wolves would kill him if they found him.

A Coyote at a Wolf Kill

A Coyote at a Wolf Kill

There was elk and one male was herding his females across the river.

Male Elk herding his females

Male Elk herding his females

I did remember the lake for it was big:

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone has abundant geysers and we explored.  Unfortunately I did not keep careful records of where we went, so I have pretty geyser pictures but I am not sure what geyser areas we were at.  You can walk out over some of the areas to get close up on these board walks.

There are boardwalks you can travel on to get closer

There are board walks you can travel on to get closer

One of many geisers

One of many geysers

There is a lot of texture in the geysers, steam, heat and the smell of sulfur.

Lots of Texture at the geisers...and steam

Lots of Texture, steam and heat.

The pools are many and beautiful…

The many pools with steam are beautiful...

The many pools with steam are beautiful…some a very blue

I did remember the mud pots because I thought they were funny back when I was a kid. The sound was gulp gulp. Trying to get a picture of them erupting is very difficult, this took a bit of time.

Mudpots...

Mud pots exploding

Of course you cannot miss old Faithful which I do remember from my childhood visit.  This time I got to sit on the veranda of the lodge with a nice glass of wine to watch the spectacle.

Old Faithful 2003

Old Faithful 2003

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We headed back to Seattle a couple of days later and just made the drive from Yellowstone to home.  It was a good trip. I was pleased. The trip was about 2427 miles with little excursions here and there.  My Aerostar Van did great.  This might be my longest car trip for it beats Ontario.

MAKE A JOURNAL OF YOUR TRAVELS, a little advice…

About 2003 I started to journal my trips, both genealogical and vacation, because I realized that I was forgetting.  A journal of our trip to Yellowstone in the mid 50’s would be amazing to have now.  Some of the trips I had taken required me to backtrack and recreate what happened.  Currently, I journal at night before going to bed each day of the trip.  It is still fresh in my mind.  I learned this from our cousin Paul Goss who did a lot of research on the Goss family in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.  He traveled to many places and met relatives and interviewed them about the Goss family but he didn’t realize that his trips were actually sources and important, especially when he talked to family and got their stories.  Going back to my early years I wish I had journals of those trips, not to mention photographs.  It is difficult for me to remember when and where we went on all the camping trips with my parents.

I would like to encourage you to journal your trips or at least write out an outline of the days events.  You would want to put in your journal the following. Here are a few suggestions and don’t forget to take pictures.

  1.  What you saw that day like a bridge that was really cool, a valley view, a river, what towns you passed through a picture of the sign announcing the town. A town’s water tower. A museum, library or archive you visited. A ferry you took. I wrote in my Ontario journal that I was in Paris, Paris in Ontario.  I also drove across the Thames river several times.  The Thames is a river in Ontario that flows through London, Ontario.  What road were you on, what was the weather like. My trip from London to Strathroy in Ontario it was pouring rain and getting into my hotel was a big experience.  I was driving in western Ontario and there were these amazing windmills coming out of the ground.  The only thing I didn’t do was get a good picture.
  2. When driving you can get lost and that can be an interesting experience.  Or there is a really scary part of the road like the round about in Montreal that I barely made it through.
  3. Where you stayed.  I have had some really interesting experiences at motels.  The one I stayed in Hartford, CT the first time was really bad so the second time through I found a better place south of that city in a lovely B&B. One man had a toupee on and I noticed this as he was checking me in. What was the place like?  I like Bed and Breakfasts and they can be really beautiful or it is a beautiful old hotel.
  4.  What you ate and where you ate it.  Yes, really, so if you go back you can find that same restaurant especially if you liked it.  We did this in Hawaii and I did this in Ontario.
  5. Who you met both family and people you encounter.  At Niagara Falls my waitress at the restaurant overlooking the falls was very knowledgeable and we chatted about the falls.  She told me many interesting things.  I spent a lot of great time visiting with cousins and close cousins and I tried to write out what was talked about.  Now, not all encounters a great and I write about them in my journal.
  6. I have several large binders with my trip itineraries, journals, maps and memorabilia and I frequently refer to them.  My Aunt Miriam went to Russia with my mother. She did a journal but there was no mention of my mom or other people, just the facts.  She did mention me taking them to the airport.  What I would give to get her impressions of the people she interacted with.
  7. Yes, I post my travels online with photos.  I also journal my trip in a Word.doc which allows me to write a more personal version.  They are all saved on my G drive under Genealogy trips Vol. I, Vacation Vol. II in my binders.

What I have written above is a short version of the actual trip to Montana in 2003 and this particular trip I did not post online because I didn’t start blogging till about 2010.

Reed and Julia Spracklin’s Children…

Julia and Reed Spracklin had nine children, two of their children died young: Jimmy and Willie. Seven of their children were born in Iowa and the last two where born in Montana. Forest was born in March of 1917 so this tells you about when they made the final move to Montana from Iowa.

Reed and Julia Spracklin and family.

Reed and Julia Spracklin and family.

1.  James Franklin Spracklin was born 24 September, 1898 in Calhoun Co., Iowa and died on 4 October, 1899 in Cedar Twp. Calhoun Co., Iowa. James or rather Jimmy is buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery in Calhoun Co., Iowa. There is a picture of his tombstone at Find A Grave. The tombstone has the day of birth the 26th of September and the death April 10, 1899.  It does state that his parents are R.A. and J.A. Spracklin.

Source:  Calhoun County, Iowa Cemeteries pg. 3, 19, Cedar Twp. Cemetery, Published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa Spracklin, Son of R.A. & J.A. Died April 10, 1899 6 mo. 16 day. Willie son of R. & J. 1901-1902

2. Amos Earl Spracklin was born 28 August, 1899 in Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa and died on 12 December, 1983 in Jordan, Garfield County, Montana. Amos would marry Iva Myrtle Heiss (1906-1969) and have seven children – all girls.  Both Amos and Iva are buried in the Miles City Cemetery, in Montana.  There will be more about this couple in the next post.

3. William Laurence Spracklin was born 7 May, 1901 and died 18 March, 1902 in Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa. Willie is also buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery near Rinard, Calhoun Co., Iowa.  Find A Grave has a picture of his tombstone.

4. Oliver Martin Spracklin was born 9 February, 1903 in Calhoun Co., Iowa and died 18 July, 1934 at Ft. Peck Dam in Montana.  According to his father’s obit he was killed at Fort Peck but I cannot find any obituary for Oliver to tell me what happened.  UPDATE: 4/22/2016 A reader was kind to share with me the following obituary for Oliver:

The Jordan Tribune, 26 July 1934, page 1

Oliver Spracklin, age 31, met a horrible death at 2 o’clock last Saturday afternoon, a short time after he had started on a new job at Fort Peck Dam. While attending to his duties as oiler of a long conveyor belt connected with one of the tunnels his hand or clothing was caught in the coupling and his body dragged about 50 feet on the belt until it became wedged under a roller. No one else was present when the accident happened, and until the body became clogged in such a manner as to stop the machinery, workers in the vicinity were not aware of what had happened. Harley Spracklin, a brother of the deceased, happened to be in the vicinity of the dam shortly after the accident, but exact details could not immediately be ascertained. In fact, Harley had started on his return to Jordan and did not know that it was his brother who was the accident victim until he reached Haxby. The body was then being brought to Jordan. The supposition is that Oliver’s hand or the bib overalls he wore at the time caught on one of the belt hooks which dragged him across the 32-inch belt and to his death. Funeral services attended by a large number of people were held at the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. W. W. Landis officiating.

Oliver Spracklin was born in Calhoun Co., Iowa, Feb. 9, 1903. In 1914 he came to Garfield County where he has since resided. He is survived by his wife and one son, Chester, his father and mother and five brothers and one sister.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved wife and relatives.

He married Edna Louise Hollenbeck on 14 March, 1930 in Butte Creek, Garfield County, Montana.  However, the marriage license reads Williams for her last name.

Source:  Marriage Record, State of Montana, County of Garfield, Oliver Spracklin, white, age 27, born Calhoun Co., Summers, Iowa, father Reed A. Spracklin, mother Julia Ann Siler, white. Edna Williams, white, residence Butte Creek, Mont. father William Williams and mother Carrie Boughton, Oliver Spracklin 14 March 1930, Guy L. Scott, clerk, H.L. Davis Deputy. She was 19 years, born at Miles City in Custer Co., Montana. Married 14, March 1939, Oliver Spracklin to Edna Williams, witnesses were Mrs. Carrier Williams and A. E. Spracklin. Chas, C. Kite, JP.

They had 1 child together named Chester.

In 1930 Oliver and Edna were living in School District 51, Garfield, Montana.

Source:  Oliver M. Spracklin Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, School District 51, Garfield Co., Montana, ED# 17-48, SD#7, Sht#1-B, enumerated 16 April 1930, by Vern Parish. 

Line 98, 24, 25, Spracklin Oliver M, Head, O, $1000, yes, M, W, 27, M, 27, no, yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Iowa, yes, farmer, farm, yes, no, 25. 

Spracklin, Edna L, wife, F, W, 18, m, 18, yes, yes, born Montana, father born Nebraska, mother born Montana, yes, none. 

Oliver's gravestone in Jordan, Pioneer Cemetery

Oliver’s gravestone in Jordan, Pioneer Cemetery

Edna remarried to a Clifford Godfred Hawkinson on 4 January, 1936 in Jordan. He died 25 July 1945 and she may have married a John Adams, Jr. Something happened and she married again to Jerome Henry Saylor on 10 March, 1950 in Hardin, Big Horn Co., Montana.

In 1940 Edna was living with Clifford and Chester and more children in Minnesota.

Source: Clifford G. Hawkinson, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Harris Village, Chisago, Minnesota, SD#3, ED#13-9, Sht#6A, enumerated on 15 April 1940 by Robert G. Smith. 

Line 8, 115, R, 5, No, Hawkinson, Clifford, M, W, 38, M, No 8, born Minnesota, R, Garfield, Montana, yes, no, no, yes, 26, laborer, farm, PW, 32, 240, No, 66. 

Hawkinson, Edna, Wife, F, W, 28, M, no, 8, born Montana, R, Garfield, Montana, no, no, no, H, o, o, no. 

Hawkinson, Caroline, daughter, F, W, 4, S, no, o, born Montana

Hawkinson, Arthur, Son, M, W, 2, S, no, o, born Wisconsin, 

Hawkinson, Dorothy, daughter, M, W, 3/12, S, no, o, born Montana

Spracklin, Chester, step-son, M, W, 9, S, no, o, born Montana, Garfield, Montana

Edna’s parents have been given as Virgil A. Hollenbeck and Carrie Ellen Broughton yet the marriage record above says William Williams and Carrie Boughton as well as her obit below. Apparently a bit more research is needed regarding the life of Edna and clarifying some of the events.

Edna was born 7 July, 1911 in Jordan, Dawson Co. (Garfield), Montana and died 1 December, 1960 in Jordan. She is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, Montana. Find A Grave has a picture of her tombstone.

Death and Services – Mrs. Jerome Saylor
Mrs. Jerome (Edna) Saylor, 40 of Brusett died at a Miles City hospital Thursday morning. She had been admitted on Nov. 14. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Presbyterian church in Jordan with burial in the Pioneer Cemetery the Rev. Archie McPhall will officiate. Graves Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Saylor was born at Jordan and had spent all of her life in the Jordan and Brusett communities. She attended Snow Creek Schools and was married to Jerome Saylor in 1950. Mrs. Saylor was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband; her parents, William and Carrie Williams; the following sons and daughters; Chester Spracklin of Garden Valley, Idaho, Frances Hawkinson of Jordan, Arthur F. Hawkinson of St. Paul, Minn. Mrs. Charles (Caroline) Schweers of San Antonio, Texas, and Mrs. Harlan (Dorothy) Krinkle, Minneapolis; and five grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Joe and James Williams of Jordan; John Williams of Tacoma, WA.; Mrs. Morris. Source: Miles City Daily Star, Friday, Dec. 2, 1960 pg 2.

Obituary – Hawkinson Rites to held Saturday at 2 pm at Jordan, Announced. Funeral services for the late Clifford G. Hawkinson of the Jordan community will be held on Saturday tomorrow afternoon from the Presbyterian church at Jordan, commencing at 2p.m. The Rev. William G. Johnson, minister of the congregation will officiate at the final rites and have charge of the committal services in the Jordan Cemetery where burial will be made. The late Mr. Hawkinson met death by drowning on Wednesday in Snow Creek, an arm of Fort Peck Lake.  Source: Miles City Daily Star July 25, 1945, pg. 8.

5. Harley Grover Spracklin was born 12 February, 1906 in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa. He died 2 July, 1964 in Garfield Co., Montana.  He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan.

Harley's tombstone in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, MT.

Harley’s tombstone in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, MT.

He married Elizabeth Susanna Heiss on 16 February, 1925 and they had six children.

Elizabeth was a sister to Iva, wife of brother Amos. Elizabeth was born 26 September, 1908 in Bismarck, Burleigh, North Dakota and died in 2001. Elizabeth is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Stevensville, Ravelli, Montana. Find A Grave as a picture of her tombstone.

Source: Harley Grover Spracklin Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, School Dist. No. 1, Garfield, Montana, ED#17-1, SD#7, Sht#7-B, enumerated 30 April, 1930 by Thomas L, Harvey.

Line 51, 172, 172, Spracklin, Harley, Head, R, 12, No, M, W, 24, M, 19, no, yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Nebraska, Tractor service man, retail farm [mchy], employed yes, vet no

Spracklin, Elizabeth, wife-H, F, W, 21, M, 16, no, yes, born North Dakota, father born PA, mother born Minnesota

Spracklin William, son, M, W, 3 10/12, S, no, born Montana

Spracklin, Robert, son, 1 10/12, S, no, born Montana

Spracklin, Ruth, daughter, 2/12, S, no, born Montana

Spracklin, Rose, daughter, 2/12, S, no born Montana

Note:  Harley and Elizabeth may have two more children: Donald D. and Ronald K.

Harley had an unfortunate end to his life.  He was killed in an auto accident.

Harley Grover Spracklin killed in auto accident.

Harley Grover Spracklin killed in auto accident.

A transcript of the article above:  Accident: Jordan Man 114th Highway Fatality:
A one-car roll-over five miles north of Cohagan about mid-day Thursday took the life of Jordan mechanic and house mover Harley Grover Spracklin 58. Spracklin was traveling about 60 MPH according to investigating patrolman E.H. Metzenburg when his vehicle went off the east side of the road and traveled for about 350 feet. The car went back on the roadway, traveled for another 120 feet and went into the west barrow pit and rolled another 130 feet. Spracklin who apparently was killed instantly, was thrown from the vehicle, which rolled over him, about half-way through the last roll. The car was traveling toward the Garfield County seat and was on a straight and level stretch of road when the mishap occurred. — Photo by Mitzenberg. (Miles City Star Friday-Sunday, July 3-5, 1964. There is also a picture of the destroyed car on its head.)

Spracklin Killed in car mishap – Miles City Star
Harley Grover Spracklin, 58 of Jordan was killed Thursday afternoon in a one-car accident (shown above) five miles north of Cohagan on Highway 22. According to the Montana Highway Patrolman Ernie Metzenberg, the car was heading toward Jordan when it went off…..same as above article….Mr. Spracklin was born in Calhoun County, Iowa, Feb. 12, 1906 and moved to the Jordan area with his parents in 1914. He attended schools in Garfield County and was married Feb. 16, 1925 in Miles City to Elizabeth Heiss. He was engaged in construction and mechanical work. Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth; four sons, William of Glendive, Robert and Donald of Montclair, Calif., and Keith, who is serving with the U.S. Navy; twin daughter Mrs. Ruth Slabbekorn, Montclair, Calif. and Mrs. Rose Gehlen, Anchorage, Alaska; four brothers, Leroy and Amos of Jordan, Clifford of Forsyth and Forrest of Washington State; one sister Mrs. Clara Derenberger of Cohagen, and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian Church in Jordan, the time to be announced after relatives are contacted. Graves Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

From the Miles City Star Tuesday, July 7, 1964, Buried 6 July 1964
Harley G. Spracklin – Funeral services for Harley Grover Spracklin of Jordan where held Monday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church in Jordan with the Rev. John B. Fitz of Miles City officiating. Verna Schmidt and Tudy Newland san duets with Mrs. Laura Patterson as organist. Mr. Spracklin was killed Thursday afternoon in a one-car accident five miles north of Cohagen. Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth; four sons….Glendive….etc. same as above article. Active pallbearers were Pete Ritter, Phil Fellman, Fred Hinther, Marvin Haliberg, Floyd Osborn, and Thomas Graham. Honorary pallbearers were Jack lee and Ray Schillreff. Burial was in the family lot in the Pioneer Cemetery at Jordan. The Graves Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Elizabeth Suzanne Spracklin
Elizabeth Suzanne Spracklin 92, of Stevensville, died at her home on Sunday, May 6, 2001. She was born in Bismark, N.D., on Sept. 26, 1908, to Kafer and Mary (Yunger) Heiss. She married Harley Spracklin in 1925. He preceded her in death in 1964, as did two sons Robert in 1986 and Donald in 1995 and one great great grandchild. Elizabeth moved to Stevensville in 1989. She had worked as a cook many years and at one time owned her own restaurant in Jordan. Survivors include two sons, William (Rita) Spracklin of Glendive and Keith (Irene) Spracklin of Denver City, Texas; two daughters, Ruth (Bill) Maynard of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Rose (Gene) Gehlen of Stevensville. Also surviving is a brother Art Heiss, 22 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Community Baptist Church in Stevensville with Pastor Earl Hargis officiating. Burial will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery. The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.  Source: Ravalli Republic, Monday, May 7, 2001 and the Missoulian, Monday May 7, 2001 B3.

6. Clifford Ray Spracklin was born 6 January, 1911 in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa and died 23 January, 1986 in Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana.

He married Viola Christine Rose (Long) on 10 November, 1936 in Jordan, Montana and they had four children together. She had been married about three times before and brought several children to the marriage.  Adam T. Hieb married April 2, 1918 in Miles City, one child Adam T. Heib. Albert Jack Long, married 6 December, 1920 in Miles City two children: Marie and Warren. A possible Hugo O. Bougaty was another marriage, no children?

Source: Marriage License, State of Montana, County of Garfield, Clifford Spracklin, white, residing Jordan, Montana, age 25, born in Desmoine I, not previously married, father Reed Spracklin mother Julia A. Silver. To Viola Long, white, residing Jordan, MT, age is 34 years, born Lakeville, Iowa, father is George F. Rose, mother Heneriatta Rudolph, 10 November 1936, Geo. H. Heatherington, Clerk of the District Court. 

Viola was born on 23 August, 1902 in Lakeville, St. Joseph, Indiana and she died on 28 June, 1977.  Her parents were George F. Rose and Henrietta Rudolph.  I believe that Clifford’s name was confused in the 1930 census and was written as Everett R.

Brothers Amos, Clif, Oliver and Harley

Brothers Amos, Clif, Oliver and Harley

Source: 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Clifford Spracklin Family, School Dist. #34, Sartwell, Garfield, Montana, SD#5, ED#17-25, enumerated 24, April, 1940, Sht#1.

Line 31, 6, R, 5, yes, Spracklin, Clifford, Head, M, W, 29, M, No, 8, born Iowa, same house, 48, farmer, farmer, farm, OA, 52, 0, yes, 6. 

Spracklin, Viola, wife, F, W, 25, M, No, 5, born Illinois, no, no, no, no, H, o, o, no.

Spracklin, Clifford, Jr. Son, M, W, 6, S, yes, o, born Montana

Clifford Joe Spracklin

Clifford Joe Spracklin

Spracklin, Mabel, Daughter, F, W, 1, S, No, born Montana

Spracklin, Marcella, daughter, F, W, 10/12, S, no, born Montana

Clifford is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, Montana:

Clifford's Tombstone in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan.

Clifford’s Tombstone in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan.

7. Leroy Dare Spracklin was born 8 December, 1913 in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa and died 9 September, 1994 in Miles City, Custer Co., Iowa.

He married Elizabeth Jane Cooper on 16 January, 1942 in South Mills, Camden Co., North Carolina.  They had one son Stewart O. born in Massachusetts.  Elizabeth was born about 1922 in Plainsville, Massachusetts and was the daughter of H.W. Cooper and Caroline.

He later remarried to a Lorraine Dolly Normandy.

Leroy was in the Navy from 1938 about 1947.  He muster in on 31 Mar 1939, BB-41, Mississippi, also 30 June, 31 Aug, 30 Sep, 31 Dec., Naval Receiving.

Leroy's tombstone in the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City, MT.

Leroy’s tombstone in the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City, MT.

Leroy's Obituary and remembrance

Leroy’s Obituary and remembrance

8. Forest Irvin Spracklin was born 21 March, 1917 in Jordan, Dawson Co., Montana. He died 28 November, 1988 in Tacoma, Pierce Co., Washington.

Obituary for Forest I. Spracklin
Forest I. Spracklin, 71, of Puyallup, died November 29, 1988. Mr. Spracklin was a resident of Puyallup since 1960. He was a retired accountant at the Rainier State School in Buckley (State Mental School). Survivors: sons, Charlie, Tacoma, Jerry, Larry and James Spracklin, Puyallup, August Grein, Anaheim, CA, Leroy Grein, Kent, daughter, Lorraine Canham, Arizona, one brother and one sister in Missouri; numerous grand and great-grandchildren. Memorials to the Tacoma Masonic Lodge. Funeral services Monday 2pm, Hill Funeral Home Chapel, Interment, Woodbine Cemetery. Tacoma. SourceThe Morning News Tribune. (Dec. 1, 1988 B-4).

He married a Josephine Alma L. Schultze 17 September, 1942 in Spokane, Washington.  They had four children.  She had been previously married to an Albert Grein (1901 to 1978) and brought several children to the marriage. Josephine was born 19 September, 1912 in Kalispell, Montana and died 20 August, 1982 in Puyallup. Find A Grave has memorials and a photo of their tombstone at the Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup, Pierce Co., Washington.

9. Clara Ellen Spracklin was born 28 March, 1919 in Jordan, Garfield Co., Montana and she died in 2006.

Clara Ellen Spracklin

Clara Ellen Spracklin

She married Martin A. Derenburger on 23 December, 1934 in Jordan, Montana.  Martin was born 25 November, 1910 in Sugar Creek, Jackson Co., Missouri and died 25 December, 1972. Clara is buried in the Calvery Cemetery in Miles City.  They had four children together.  She remarried about 1977 in Miles City to Stanley Monger born about 1918 and died 3 June, 1989.

From the location of births and dates of birth you can see that Reed and Julia started in Calhoun Co., Iowa, moved to Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa and then to Jordan, Montana.

The research on Reed Spracklin and his family is a little of my own and a great deal of my cousins who descend from this family. They have kindly shared their findings with me and pictures as well.  I had the opportunity of meeting them in 2003 and then again in 2010 when I visited Miles City, Montana, it was quite the reunion in a Jordan, Montana restaurant.  Of course, as always, more research can be done on the above families.  If you are interested in any of these families please feel free to leave a comment and I will get in touch with you, I do have more information about each family to share.

Iowa to Jordan Montana – Reed and Julia Spracklin’s migration

Daniel D. Spracklin passed away on the 9th of March, 1915.  I have written about the end of Daniel’s life in past posts on this blog.  So I won’t review that here.

Sometime around or after Daniel’s death Reed and Julia headed to Montana.  In 1915 Reed was 47 years old.  Julia was about 37 years old.  They were not young and they had several children with them.

It must have been an epic journey. Dayton Twp., Iowa County, is on the eastern side of Iowa.

Map of the States - Iowa to Montana

Map of the States – Iowa to Montana

According to his granddaughter, Reed took the cattle and other items to Montana by train. Now it was probably a mix of driving the cattle and then getting on a train, exactly how he did it would have been a very interesting story.  If you look at the RR map below you see that he probably had to go east and then northwest and through North Dakota if he did the train.  It would stop above Jordan and then he would go south.  This is all speculation of course, the actual story of how they migrated to Montana is shrouded in time.

Deep River, Poweshiek Co., Iowa to Jordan, Montana is 1000+ miles

Deep River, Poweshiek Co., Iowa to Jordan, Montana is 1000+ miles

The Great Northern RR in 1920.

The Great Northern RR in 1920. How did he take all the animals to Montana?

My understanding is that they lived in a tent the first winter in the Jordan, Montana area, brrrrrr…..!  I do have to admit Spracklins are a hardy bunch.

Near Jordan Montana, 2010

Near Jordan Montana, 2010.  It even looks cold in August.

Montana is a beautiful state, I have traveled across it twice. The first time in September of 2003 and then again in late August of 2010.  It takes 5 hours to drive from Seattle to Spokane.  Traveling through Idaho is very quick because I-90 travels through the neck area of that state.  The western part of Montana is very mountainous and there is one very big pass among several that you travel through to get to Missoula, Butte then Billings.  From Billings it takes about 2 hours to get to Miles City.  From Miles City it is another 2 hours to drive to Jordan, Montana which is northwest of Miles City. I could have flown to Billings and then driven to Miles City but by driving the state I was able to get the feel of Montana and, of course, follow the Yellowstone River and explore Lewis & Clark’s route west.

It would take 13 hrs and 46 minutes if you drove straight through from Seattle to Miles City and 962 miles.  On my first trip we went south to Wyoming stopping at the Battle of Little Big Horn park (it is haunted) and down to Sheridan (Spracklins lived here) and up through the Big Horn Mountains and if you are a Longmire TV show fan it is about the area where the story takes place on the western side of the Big Horns as you exit the mountains, beautiful country and area.  Our goal was Yellowstone, my traveling companion was bored crossing Wyoming till we got to Cody where a wonderful museum is located.  I almost lost her there.

This PDF Titled How the West was Settled is very good:

https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2012/winter/homestead.pdf

Distinctly Montana has a great article about homesteading in Montana.  The 160 acres was not enough in that state.  Reed had challenges and you will note that one individual quoted mentions stock farm.  Eastern Montana is cattle country.

http://www.distinctlymontana.com/montana-history/04/04/2007/frontier-homestead

Seattle to Miles City, MT

Seattle to Miles City, MT

Yellowstone River west of Billings

Yellowstone River west of Billings and along the way are places to stop and explore Lewis & Clark’s route.

Reed’s land in Montana.

BML Summary of Land of R.A. Spracklin

BML Summary of Land of R.A. Spracklin

Reed A. Spracklin Patent 24 September 1919 Garfield Co., Montana Land Office.

Land Office: Miles City, MT. #039055, AS#708105, 320.33 acres.
SW, 2/, 18-N, 35-E, No., Montana PM, MT, Garfield
W1/2SE, 2/, 18-N, 35-E, No, Montana PM, MT, Garfield
SWNE 2/ 18-N, 35-E, No, Montana PM, MT, Garfield
2, 2/, 18-N, 35-E, No, Montana PM, MT, Garfield

Reed's Land Patent

Reed’s Land Patent

 

Reed's Land in Montana, northwest of Jordan maybe 30 minutes or less to the land from Jordan

Reed’s Land in Montana, northwest of Jordan maybe 30 minutes or less to the land from Jordan:  Twp 18-N, Range 35-E

 

Reed and Julia Spracklin's Home near Jordan, MT.

Reed and Julia Spracklin’s Home near Jordan, MT.

What is left, back in 2003, of Reed and Julia's home.

What is left, back in 2003, of Reed and Julia’s home, now owned by another family.

Reed's Barn, built of rock and wood

Reed’s Barn, built of rock and wood, a special tour by the granddaughter.

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We find them in Montana in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census:

Source: Reed Spracklin Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census School Distr #41, Garfield Co., Montana SD2, ED 122, Sh#5a, enumerated by Joseph Jarrett, Mar 22-24, 1930, #T625-971. Reed was under the name “Bud” when I searched for this census.

FM 145, 145, Spracklin Reed head 1 O.M. M, W, age 51, M, ues. yes, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana, farmer, general farm. Julia A. wife, F, W, age 41, M, yes, yes, born in Nebraska, father born in Indiana and mother born in Iowa.  Amos son, M, W, age 20, S, born Iowa. Harley G., son, M, W, age 13, S, born Iowa. Clifford R. son, M, W, age 8, S. born Iowa. Leroy son, M, W, age 6, S, born Iowa. Forest J. son, M, W, age 29/12, S, born Montana. Clara E. daughter, F, W, 9/12, S, born Montana. 

In 1930 they are still residing in Montana. There is a mystery because the name Everett is written below and I think it is really Clifford Ray who was born in 1911. I cannot find anything about this Everett that makes sense.

Source:  Reed A. Spracklin and Amos Spracklin Families, 1930 U.S. Census for Montana, School Dist. 41, Sheldon, Garfield Co., Montana T626-1256, ED 38, 12/30/02, sht 1A, enumerated on 9 April, 1930 by George H. [         ].

Line 3, 2, 2, Spracklin, Amos E. Head, yes, M, W, 30, M, 24, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Nebraska, farm laborer, farm, no, 2. Spracklin, Iva, M, Wife-H, F, W, 23, M, 17, No, Yes, born North Dakota, father born Iowa, mother born Minnesota. Spracklin, Margaret R, daughter, F, W, 3, S, born Montana. Spracklin, Alice M, daughter, F, W, 1, S, born Montana. 

Line 7, 3, 3, Spracklin, Reed A. Head, yes, M, W, 61, M, 29, no, yes, Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Indiana, farmer, farm, no, 3. 

Spracklin, Julia A. Wife-H, F, W, 51, M, 29, no, yes, Nebraska, father born Indiana, mother born Iowa. 

Spracklin Roy, son, M, W, 16, S, yes, yes, Iowa

Spracklin, Everett R (Ab), son, M, W, 19, S, no, yes, Iowa, born in Iowa. (probably Clifford Ray Spracklin). 

Spracklin Forrest E., son, M, W, 12, S, yes, yes, Montana

Spracklin, Clara L, daughter, F, W, 10, S, yes, yes, Montana

Reed died on 18 July, 1938.  He was buried  in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan.

Reed's Obituary 1938

Reed’s Obituary 1938

Obituary – Spracklin Rites Held in Jordan
Jordan – July 21 – (Special to the Star) – Reed A. Spracklin died Monday evening at the Good Samaritan hospital in Jordan. Mr. Spracklin was born Aug. 24, 1868. His early life was spent in his native state where in 1896 he married Miss Julia Siler. In 1915 with his family he moved to Garfield County settling on a homestead seventeen miles west of Jordan where he continued to make his home until failing health compelled him to move to Jordan. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Spracklin. Six survive all of whom were with him when the end came. Amos E., Harley, Clifford, Forrest and Mrs. Clara Derenberger, all of Jordan and LeRoy with the U.S. Navy. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church on Wednesday at 2:30p.m. the Rev. William G. Johnson officiating. Burial took place in the Pioneer Cemetery. Mr. Spracklin died on the evening of July 18, exactly three years from the time his son, Oliver, was killed at Fort Peck. Source:  Miles City Daily Start, Thursday, July 21, 1938, pg. 10.

Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, MT.

Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, MT.

Julia followed in 1942 and she is also buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan.

Julia Spracklin's Death 1942

Julia Spracklin’s Death 1942

Obituary – Mrs. Julia Spracklin of Jordan Community Dies here Thursday – Mrs. Julia Spracklin, widely known matron of the Jordan community passed away in Miles City at a local hospital on Thursday evening following a brief illness. Mrs. Spracklin was born in Nebraska on Sept. 30, 1878, where she grew into young girlhood. She had been a resident of the Garfield Co. region since 1914. Surviving in the immediate family circle are the children, Amos, Harley and Clifford Spracklin of Jordan, LeRoy now in the U.S. Navy, Forest Spracklin of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Clara Derenberger of Jordan and the following brothers and sisters: Henry Siler and Alfred Siler of Snohomish, WA, Albert Siler of Colfax, Wis., Mrs. Ida Grover of Maumee, Ohio, Mrs. Olive Reid of Moracco, Ind. and Mrs. Eva Amundson of Colfax, Wis. The final rites for the late Mrs. Spracklin will be held in Jordan on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, where interment in the Pioneer Cemetery will also take place. The remains will be taken on Sunday morning to Jordan by the local Graves Funeral Home. 

Source:  Miles City Daily Star, Friday, August 14, 1942, pg. 8.

Reed and Julia's gravesite in Jordan, Pioneer Cemetery

Reed and Julia’s gravesite in Jordan, Pioneer Cemetery

Reed and Julia’s burial is also listed on Find A Grave.  I am their sponsor.  I see I need to get more children connected to them.

I have a special place in my heart for Reed.  He has helped me in so many ways to learn about my great-grandmother Amarilla’s full and half families, and to learn more about the father and mother Daniel and Sarah Spracklin.

I dedicate these pages to his granddaughter Bertha, who welcomed me into her home and took me under her wing.

Daniel and Sarah Spracklin’s Children: Reed A. Spracklin and Julia Ann Siler!

Reed Spracklin

Reed A. Spracklin

Reed was born on 24 August, 1868 in Benton Co., Iowa.  He was living with his parents, Daniel and Sarah, up until the 1885 Iowa State Census but after that he left home and went to live with his sister Lydia in Calhoun Co., Iowa.

In August of 1894, Reed got into a little bit of trouble. He was accused of rioting?

Three toughs names Ed Stacy, Riley Metcalf and Reed A. Spracklin are under bonds to appear before the Calhoun County grand jury at its next setting, to answer complaints made by Bonheur Bros., for attempted riot. These fellows had laid a plan to throw eggs at the tent of the Bonheur Bros, after their entertainment at Muddy, and purchased three dozen eggs at Rice’s store for the purpose. No reason was manifest for the action of the roughs except the failure of a talking machine to work, and as this was a very unimportant feature of the show, the respectable portion of the audience expressed indignation, just after the races closed in Webster.

Source: News from Over Iowa: Three toughs named Ed. Stacey, Riley Metcalf and Reed A. Spracklin are under bonds, Pocahontas County Sun, Laurens, Iowa, Front page news, 1st column, No. 10. 

Maybe Reed started behaving himself because he got married in 1897 to Julia Ann Siler.

Source:  Marriage of Reed Spracklin to Julia Annie Siler, Iowa Marriage Records 1880-1937.  Reed Anamin Spracklin born about 1867, age 30. Marriage date 29 December 1897, Calhoun, Iowa. Father David D. Spracklin and mother Sarah Blaesher.  LH Siler gave approval 1/277. 

Note:  There are several things to notice in this marriage record, the middle name of Reed. I have no idea what the recorder was thinking. His father is Daniel instead of David and his mother’s last name should be Blacketer not Blaesher?

Julia was born 30 September, 1878 in Nebraska to William Henry Siler and Anna B. Kibbee.

Her father, William Henry, was born 6 July, 1851. He died 2 February, 1939. He is buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery in Calhoun Co., Iowa.

The funeral of Julia's father Wm. H. Siler

The funeral of Julia’s father Wm. H. Siler

SOURCE:  Cemeteries of Calhoun Co., Iowa, Cedar Township Cemetery, page 20, Published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa.

Row 4, Siler, Anne B. Died Dec 3, 1896 39 yr 8 mo. 29 days

Alta M. Died Aug. 31, 1898 11 mo. 8 da

William 1851 to 1939

W.M. Edward s/o W.H. & A. Died Dec. 24, 1891 l yr 1 mo 14 day

Alta M. No Dates

William Henry Siler married Anna B. Kibbee on 2 May, 1875 in Linn, Washington Co., Kansas.

Source: Kansas Marriages 1840-1835, Marriage of Wm. Henry Siler born 1852 in Linn Co. age 23, to Ann Kibbee born 1857 in Linn Co. age 18. Date of marriage 6 May, 1875, Linn Co., Kansas. 

William’s father was Henry Siler (b. 1824 in Ohio) and his mother was Romanza Garrett (b. 1828, Kentucky).

Source: Henry Siler Family, 1875 Kansas State Census, Potosi Twp., Linn Co., Kansas, PO Pleasanton, by John Edwards. 

Line 35, 1, 6, Henry Siler, 51, M, Farmer, $1000, $554, Born Ohio, came from Indiana. 

Siler, Romanza, 47, F, Farmer, born Kentucky

Siler, Thomas E., 16, M, Farmer, born Indiana

Siler, Ledia E., 12, F, born Indiana

Siler, Eliza A., 2, F, born Indiana

page 17: Siler, Wm. H., 23, M, W, Farmer, born Indiana, from Indiana

Siler, Ann, 18, F, W, born Iowa, from Iowa

Anna B. Kibbee was born 5 March, 1857 in Tama Co. Iowa and died 3 December, 1896 in Webster Co., Iowa. See above Cemetery information.

Her parents were Lucius Kibbe born about 1812 in Indiana and died 7 November, 1880. He married Letitia (Lettie) Boucher about 1846 probably in Delaware Co., Iowa.  Lettie was born 4 March, 1825 and died 11 May, 1860 in Traer, Tama Co., Iowa.

Find A Grave has Lucius Kibbee at the Morsett Cemetery in Royal, Antelope, Nebraska. Another Find A Grave memorial has Lettie buried in the Bakers Grove Cemetery in Traer, Tama Co., Iowa.

Source: 1856 Iowa State Census, Lucius Kibbe Family, Howard, Tama Co., Iowa, page 188/487

71, 1 Lucius Kibbe, 40, M, 1, 20, [Ind], Letta Kibbe, 30 F, 1, 9, Ill, Randolph B, Kibbe, 9, M, 9, Iowa. Alonzo B. Kibbe, 8, M, 8, Iowa, Enos B. Kibbe, 5, M, 5, Iowa, Jane B. Kibbe, 3, F, 3, Iowa, Margrett B, Kibbe, F, Iowa.

Here they are again in the 1860 census.

Source: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Lucius Kibbe Family, Carroll, Tama Co., Iowa, PO Toledo, page 114, enumerated on 24th day of July 1860 by Chas W. Irish. 

Line 1, 888, 817, L. Kibbe, 45, M, farmer, $3200 $800, Ind.
R.B. Kibbe, 12, M, All born Iowa
A.B. Kibbe, 11, M
E.B. Kibbe, 9, M
J.B. Kibbe, 7, F
M. B. Kibbe, 5, F
A.B. Kibbe, 3, F
L.B. Kibbe 1, M
M.B. Kibbe 4/12 F
A Hawley age 38, F, born NY

The Kibbe children are: Randolph 1847-1922, Alonzo 1848-1935, Enos 1851-1930, Jane 1853-1883, Marietta 1855-1892, Anna B., Lucius 1858-1954, Mariah 1860-1951.  This is a very large family with more details than what I can share here.

Find A Grave has a memorial and tombstone picture for Lucius Kibbe at the Morsett Cemetery in Royal, Antelope Co., Nebraska.  Letitia Boucher Kibbe is buried in the Bakers Grove Cemetery in Traer, Tama Co., Iowa.

Lettie’s parents were John Boucher 1790-1854 and Margaret Shook. Margaret (Rachel) was born about 1791 in Hardy Co., Virginia. She died 4 October, 1866 in Monticello, Jones, Iowa. They had the following children: John Vincent, Letitia, Flora B., Mariah Jane, Margaret Ann, and Thomas.

John and Margaret (Rachel) Boucher are buried in the Bowens Prairie Cemetery in Jones Co., Iowa.  There are memorials at Find A Grave.

Margaret’s father was Solomon Shook born about 1763 in Frederic Co., Maryland and died before 1830 in Monroe Co., Illinois. The Shook family was very large with about ten children. The mother is not known. Their children are: Solomon, Samuel, Mary Polly, Catherine, Michael, Amos, Lucretia, Rhoda, William, Margaret (Rachel).

Find A Grave has a memorial and tombstone to Solomon Shook at the Miles Cemetery in Monroe Co., Illinois.

Solomon’s father was Lawrence Shook born 1733 and died before 11 November, 1822 in St. Clair Co., Illinois.

Julia had several siblings:  Lucius Henry 1876-1954, Ida Jane 1880-1974, Eva Belle 1882-1959, Alfred Sherman 1885-1969, Albert Sherman 1885-1968, Olive May 1888-1973, W.M. Edward  1890-1891 and Alta Mariah 1892-1893. The last two are buried in the Ceder Township Cemetery in Calhoun Co., Iowa.

Olive Siler, Julia's sister

Olive Siler, Julia’s sister

When I visited Montana a second time, I made an effort to get two cousins together who are descendants of this family.  I was successful.  One of the cousins brought a along a genealogy book about the Kibbe Family.

Book:  Kibbe genealogical notes on some descendants of Edward Kibbe and his wife Mary (Partridge) Kibbe, by Hanna, Dorren Potter, 1899, published 1972.

https://archive.org/details/kibbegenealogica72hann

There is also a website at Rootsweb titled: The Davis Family of Stafford, Connecticut where you might find more about Julia’s side of the family.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mollard&id=I11842

Julia Annie Siler Spracklin is a member of a very interesting and old family.  I feel I have just touched the tip of the iceberg on her rich family history. There are others who probably know more about her lineage than me. My focus has been on Spracklin/lens, concentrating on Reed’s side of the family, which is no less colorful.

Reed continued to live in Calhoun Co., Iowa and we find him near his brother Virda in 1900.  I have already posted about this connection in my post about Virda and Lilly. I present Reed’s part here in which Reed gets the birth location of his parents mixed up.

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Reed A. Spracklin Family and Virda H. Spracklin Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, SD#10, ED#30, Sht#2, enumerated 6 June, 1900 by Ira E. Babcock.

Line 56, 30, 31 Spracklin, Reed A. Head, Aug. 1868, 31, M, 2, born Iowa, father born Indiana, mother born Ohio, farmer, yes, yes, yes, R, F, 27. Spracklin, Julia A. Wife, F, Sept 1858, 21, m, 2, 2 born, 1 living, born Nebraska, father born Indiana, mother born Kansas, yes, yes, yes. Spracklin Amos, E., son, W, M, Aug, 1899 9/12 S. born Iowa.

Something event must have happened about this time.  The parents, Daniel and Sarah were aging. Daniel was 70 in 1900 and Sarah was 64 years old.  In the 1900 census, brothers Daniel and  Charles were living at home with Daniel and Sarah in Iowa County.

Apparently it was decided that Reed would move in and take over caring for the parents. It would have been very interesting to know the story about how Reed came to be the caretaker of his parents and what the discussion was between him and his siblings.

In 1905 we see that Reed took his family from Calhoun County east to Iowa County to help run the farm until his mother and father passed.  Reed was to become the Administrator of his parent’s estate.  They had an agreement. Reed would get 2/3’s of the farm and estate and the other 1/3 would be divided up with the remaining family.  In 1905 C.E. Spracklin was probably brother Charles Edward.

Source:  1905 Iowa State Census, D.D. Spracklin Family, 1905 Iowa State Census,Dayton Twp., Iowa County, Iowa, Lines 424 to 430, #1026383, Iowa County Genealogical Society, Marengo, Iowa. 

  • R. A. Spracklin, PO Deep River.
    Julia Spracklin, Deep River,
  • Amos Spracklin, Deep River
    Oliver Spracklin, Deep River
    D.D. Spracklin, Deep River
    C. E. Spracklin, Deep River
    Sarah Spracklin, Deep River

The agreement between Reed and Daniel has been featured in a past post written on November 11, 2014, on this blog.  You can find it by using the archive box on the right of this blog.

Amarilla’s Father Daniel and half-brother Reed form a partnership.” 

It was only two years later that Sarah Jane Blacketer Allgood Spracklin, Reed’s mother passed away.  She died 22 April, 1907.  Sarah’s death has also been featured in a past post on this blog.  Sarah had not been feeling well for over a year. The funeral was held in Deep River at the M.E. Church of which she was a member.

Reed is listed as R.A. in this 1910 Census and he is also the head of the family and Daniel is now 80 years old.

Source:  Spracklin Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa V#23, F#23 ED 39, Pg. #3, Lines 18-21.

Line 16, 23/23, Spracklin, Reed. A., Head, male, white, 41 years old, married, 12 years married, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio and mother born in Iowa. He speaks English, is a farmer and has a general farm, owns it and is able to read and write, has a farm-house and the farm is #23 on the schedule.

Julia A. Spracklin: Wife, female, white, 31 years old, married, 12 years married, born in Nebraska, father was born in Indiana, mother in Iowa, she speaks English, no occupation, can read and write.

Amos E., son, male, white 10 years old, single, born in Iowa, parents see above, can speak English, no trade, going to school and can read and write.

Oliver M., son, male, white 7 years old, single, born in Iowa, parents see above, speaks English, no trade and he is going to school.

Harley G., son, male, white, 4 years old, single, born in Iowa, parents see above, no trade and is not yet in school.

Spracklin, Daniel D., father, male, white, 80 years old, widow, born in Ohio, father born in England and mother born in Ohio, he has his own income and can read and write.

Iowa has State Census and the 1915 is a series of individual cards, so it is very important to make sure you get the whole family.

Source: 1915 Iowa State Census, Spracklin family, 

Amos Spracklin, card [57], male, white, public school, 15 years in Iowa, age 15, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Dayton, born Iowa, Father born Iowa, mother Nebraska. 

Daniel G. Spracklin, card 52, male, white, widowed, private 1, read, write, years in Iowa 40, age 44, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, farmer, 4 mos without work, $200, 10 yrs common school, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother Indiana. 

Opal Spracklin, card 55, female, white, public, six years in Iowa, age 6 years, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Iowa, parents born Iowa. 

R.A. Spracklin, card 56, male, white, married, read, write, in Iowa 46 years, 46 yrs, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Indiana.  

Julie Spracklin, card 57, Married, in Iowa 22 years, age 36, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Nebraska, Methodist, father born Indiana, mother born Iowa. 

Daniel Spracklin, card 58, male, white, widowed, read, write, in Iowa 46 years, age 84, County Iowa, PO Deep River, Twp. Dayton, retired farmer, 8 common, born Ohio, incumbrance on farm or home $1600, value of farm $14,000. Father born England, mother Ohio. 

Oliver Spracklin, card 60, male, white, public school 8, read, write, in Iowa 11 years, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother Nebraska.

Clifford Spracklin, card 62, male, white, read, write, years in Iowa 4, age 4, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother Nebraska. 

Harley Spracklin, card 61, male, white, public school, read, write, in Iowa 8 years, 8 years old, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother Nebraska. 

Roy Spracklin, card 65, male, white, 1 year in Iowa age 1, County Iowa, P.O. Deep River, Township Dayton, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother Nebraska.

The 1915 census implies that brother Daniel G. was living with them or nearby. Opal is brother Daniel’s daughter. This is good news. Son, Charles Edward Spracklin had gone to Minnesota by 1915 as we will see in a future post. It is good to know that Reed was not alone in caring for the father. Daniel D. Spracklin, just barely made the 1915 Iowa census. He died in March of 1915.  Once Daniel had passed there would be big changes for Reed and his family.

A mystery solved…A Niece visits Pine River for their Tall Tales Play…1985

When I traveled to Minnesota in 2000 and 2001, I was told that a niece of Amarilla’s had visited when the play “Tales from the Tall Pines…!” had been presented. Knowing what I did about my great-grandmother Amarilla, I was puzzled as to who it was.

So I was told about this play that had been presented in February of 1985.  The play was about the lives of my great grandparents Amarilla and George Barclay.

In early 2014, I was contacted and told that the niece who visited Pine River was Beulah Spracklin Harris, a daughter of Virda and Lillie. She was the guest at the presentation of the play.  I was not aware that Beulah and her family lived in Minnesota, until just recently.

There is a video of the play and it used to be housed at the Pine River Public Library. I visited the library when it was very small.  Since then they have built a new library. I did a search for the video but it is not coming up in their catalog.

Here are some newspaper photos shared by a cousin and I am so very grateful to receive these.  Just click on the photo and it will open in a larger window, then click your back button to return.

 

Tales from the Tall Pines

Tales from the Tall Pines

 

Beulah Spracklin Harris, niece to Amarilla and daughter of her 1/2 brother Virda and Lillie Spracklin

Beulah Spracklin Harris, niece to Amarilla and daughter of her 1/2 brother Virda and wife Lillie Spracklin

 

Tales from the Tall Pines begins with a narrator...

Tales from the Tall Pines begins with a narrator…

Various residents of Pine River participated in the play, taking on the roles of George Barclay, Amarilla and other characters. It was written by Kathy Fraser whom I talked to on the phone from the Visitor Center in Pine River one year.  She was going to share with me some information about the play, but so far it appears that she is still looking for it?  It is okay, by the time I came on the scene it has been awhile since this topic had been revisited. I am content to see these photos from the newspaper.

The character of Amarilla is the one in the dark dress and shawl.  George is the tall man with the stove top hat, which I find rather amusing.  My great grandfather was short, and small in stature. He did have a beard or rather goatee.

Scenes from the play

Tales from the Tall Pines

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Apparently a linch party was organized

Apparently a lynch party was organized…

Who knew for sure who was Barclay’s killer…neither of the culprits served time for the murder…so who knows for sure?” – the Narrator…

Once again thanks to my cousin for sharing these wonderful photos of this event and solving my little mystery.

The Children of Virda H. and Lillie Spracklin…

Virda H. Spracklin was the son of Daniel and Sarah Spracklin.  In the last post I wrote about Virda and Lillie Spracklin and their life.  In this post I am sharing what I know of their children:

1.  Joella Edith Spracklin was born 25 May, 1887 and died 7 March, 1890 in Calhoun Co., Iowa. She is buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery in Calhoun Co., Iowa. This cemetery is near Rinard.

Source:  Calhoun County Iowa Cemeteries, pg. 3, 19, Cedar Twp. Cemetery, Published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa. Row 13, Spracklin, Joelle E. Died Mar. 7, 1890 2 yr 9 mo 11 days a daughter of Virda Spracklin. 

Note:  Find A Grave has a picture of the tombstone and it seems to verify the dates.  My Legacy date calculator, and using the age given, says that she was born in 1887.

Iowa Counties

Iowa Counties

2. Daniel Dair Spracklin was born 14 September, 1890 in Calhoun Co., Iowa. He died 3 November, 1975 in South Dakota.  He married Minnie May Schlund on 11 March, 1914 in Sanborn, South Dakota.

Daniel Dair and Minnie Spracklin

Daniel Dair and Minnie Spracklin

Source:  South Dakota Marriages, 1905-2013, Daniel D. Spracklin, Male, age 23, born about 1891 residing in Woonsocket, Sanborn, married 11 March, 1914 in Sanborn #41272, Spouse Minnie May Schlund.

In 1920 Daniel and Minnie are living in Alpena Twp., Jerauld Co., South Dakota:

SD-county

 

Source: Dais D. Spracklin Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Alpena Twp., Jerauld, South Dakota, SD 1, ED 110, Sht 9A,T625-1721, Image 17.

Dais D. Spracklin, age 29, born in Iowa, parents born in Iowa. General Farmer. Under him is Minne M., wife who is 25 years old, born in So. Dakota, parents born Iowa and Ohio.

Sadly Minnie died on 7 October, 1929 in Sanborn Co., per the South Dakota Death Index.

In 1930 Daniel is living on his own as a lodger with a Burt Swenson. It is interesting that it does not give a first name.

Source:  1930 U.S. Federal Census, Daniel D. Spracklin, Franklin Twp., Jerauld Co., South Dakota, Town of Lane, ED#37-11, SD#5, Sht#2B, enumerated April 19, 1930, by S.H. May. 

Line 79, Leland Street, Spracklin, boarder, M, W, 39, Widowed. No, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa, yes, Manager, Standard Oil Co., 8989 W, yes, no.  

On July 5, 1930 he remarried to Adah Kanger.

Source: A second marriage for Daniel Dair Spracklin is listed in the South Dakota Marriages 1905-2013, male, age 39, born about 1891 residence Lane, Jerauld, marriage 5 July 1930 in Beadle, South Dakota #138787, Reg#5702, Spouse Adah Kanger. 

Daniel and Adah are living in Woonsocket, Sanborn, South Dakota in the 1940 U.S. Census.

Source:  1940 U.S. Federal Census, Woonsocket City, Sanborn, South Dakota, Ward 2, Block 12-13-15-19-20-21, SD#5, ED#56-18, Sht#8A, enumerated April 1940, by Birdie T. Kogel. 

Line 27, 185, 9, 1000, 5th Ave., Spracklin, Dair D. Head, M, W, 49, M, No, 8, 8, born Iowa, Same place. no yes, truck driver, road construction, GW, 33, 514, yes. Spracklin, Adah B, wife, F, W, 50 M, No. 8, 8, So. Dakota, same house, no, no, no, no, H, 0, 0, no. 

It looks like Daniel did not have any children with either wife.

Find A Grave has a picture of his tombstone that includes his two wives. It is in the Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket, South Dakota.

3. Lola Isabelle Spracklin was born 29 December, 1892 in Calhoun Co., Iowa and died 29 December, 1975. She married Guy Randerson on 22 December, 1915 in Woonsocket, South Dakota. They had four children: Ruby M., Orval A., Opal A. and Fay A.

Guy and Lola Randerson

Guy and Lola Randerson

Source: South Dakota Marriages, 1905-2013, Lola L. Spracklin to Guy Randerson, #50478.  Lola L female age 22, born about 1893, residence Woomay D, Sanborn, marriage 22 December 1915, Sanborn, SD to Guy Randerson. 

Lola and Guy Randerson

Lola and Guy Randerson

Guy and Lola appear in Warren Twp. in the 1920 U.S. Census:

Source:  Guy Randerson Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Warren Twp., Sanborn Co., South Dakota, SD#312, ED220, Sht#2, enumerated 27-28 January 1920, by ____Ray.

Line 59, ____29, 30, Randerson Guy, Head, O, M, M, W, 30, M, yes, yes, born South Dakota, father born Ohio, mother born Missouri, farm, general farm, ___, 30. Randerson, Lola I., wife, F, W, 27, M, yes, yes, born Iowa. Randerson, Ruby, M. daughter, F, W, 2 6/12, S, born South Dakota. Randerson, Orreal A., Son, M, W, 1 2/12, S, born South Dakota. 

Ruby daughter of Lola and Guy Randerson

Ruby daughter of Lola and Guy Randerson

 

Lola Spracklin Randerson

Lola Spracklin Randerson

In 1930 they are still living in Warren Twp.

Source:  Guy Randerson Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Warren Twp., Sanborn Co., South Dakota, ED#56-17, SD#5, Sht#2A, enumerated 5 April, 1930, by Edwin R. Newcomb.

Line 24, Far 7, 31, 32, Randerson, Guy, Head, O, yes, M, W, 40, M, 26, no, yes, South Dakota, Father Ohio, mother Missouri, Farmer, general, O, yes, no, 30. Randerson, Lola I, wife-H, F, W, 37, M, 22, no, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa. Randerson, Ruby M, daughter, F, W, 12, S, yes, yes, born South Dakota. Randerson, Orval A, son, M, W, 11, S, yes, yes, born South Dakota. Randerson, Opal A., daughter, F, W, 9, S, yes, …., born South Dakota. Randerson, Fay A, son, M, W, 6, S. 

Lola and Guy Randerson with their children: Opal and Fay

Lola and Guy Randerson with their children: Ruby and Orval

 

Lola and Guy's children

Lola and Guy’s children: Opal, Orval, Fay and Ruby

 

Lola and Guy's family

Lola and Guy’s family

4.  Mabel Sarah Spracklin was born 16 September, 1895 in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa. She married Peter Henry Lund 4 July, 1914 in Sanborn, Jerauld Co., South Dakota. They had one child.

Source:  South Dakota Marriages, 1905-2013, Mabel Spracklin to Peter Henry Lund #42760, Mabel female, age 18, born about 1896, residence Alpena, Jerauld, marriage date 4 July 1914, in Sanborn, SD.  

Henry and Mabel appear in Story Co., Iowa in the 1920 U.S. Census:

Source:  Henry Lund Family, Lafayette Twp., Story Co., Iowa, SD#7, ED#194, Sht#18G., enumerated on the 5th and 9th of January 1920 by Lew Johnson. 

Line 48, Fm, 36, 37, Lund, Henry,  Head, R, M, W, 30, M, yes, yes, born Iowa, parents born Norway, yes, farmer, general farm, Emp., 36. Lund, Mabel, Wife, F, W, 23, M, yes, yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Missouri, yes, none.

Something happened to the marriage to Henry for in the 1930 U.S. Census Mabel is now Mabel Frye with a daughter named Fern Lund.  They have migrated to Nebraska.

Nebraska-county-map

Source: Frank Frye Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census,  Perry Precinct, Emerson, Thurston, Nebraska, ED#87-13, SD#3, Sht#1B, enumerated on 2 April, 1930 by Stanley [Piebitt].

Line 51, 11, 11, Frye, Frank, head, R, 10.00 Vo, M, W, 31, M, 23, No, yes, born Nebraska, father born England, mother Nebraska, yes, laborer, steam railroad, yes, yes. Frye, Mabel, wife-H, V, F, W, 34, m, 19, No, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa. Lund, Fern, step-daughter, V, F, W, 13, S, yes, yes, born South Dakota. 

Here is Mabel’s marriage record to Frank Frye.

Source:  Record of Marriage, Frye to Lund, July 26, 1922, #88389, Reg#30, Mabel Lund, Residing Woonsocket, S.D., age 26 divorced, married Frank Frye, residing in Alpena, SD, age 24, W.R. Hinds, Justice of the Peace. South Dakota Division of Vital Statistics. 

Find a Grave has memorials for Mabel Frye and Frank Frye in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson, Dixon Co., Nebraska. Ferne Lund Combs also has memorials and tombstone pictures in the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior, Knuckles Co., Nebraska with pictures, obituaries and links to other family.

5. Solomon (Saul) McKinley Spracklin born 7 January, 1898 in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa and died 20 August, 1974 in Omaha, Nebraska.  He married Helen Bronson on 11 March, 1919 in Jerauld, South Dakota. They had seven children.

Source:  South Dakota Marriages 1905-2013, Saul Spracklin to Helen May Bronson, #67207, Reg#130. Saul male, age 21, born 1898, residence Woonsocket, Sanborn, marriage date 11 March 1919, Jerauld, SD to Helen May Bronson age 17. 

Saul was refusing to be found in the 1920 census so I moved ahead to the 1930 and found him with Helen in Omaha, Nebraska.

Source:  1930 Census, Saul Spracklin Family, Dunee Precint, Douglas Co., Nebraska, ED#28-144, SD#7, Sht#7B, enumerated April 17, 1930, by Mrs. J.M, Stafford. Omaha City is crossed off.

Line 99, Alamada, 6309, 876, 190, Spracklin, Saul, Head, O, 3500, R, No., M, W, 32, M, 21, No, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa, yes, painter, motor, 2922, W, yes, no. Spracklin, Helen M, Wife-H, F,W, 29, M, 16, No, yes, born Iowa, father born Norway, mother born Nebraska, none. 

Next page: Spracklin, Eleanor A., daughter, No, F, W, 10, S, yes, yes born South Dakota. Spracklin, Eugene G, son, M, W, 8, S, yes, born South Dakota. Spracklin, Helen B, daughter, F, W, 5, S, yes, born Nebraska. Spracklin, Darla M, daughter, F, W, 2, S, no, born Nebraska. Spracklin, Donald, son, M, W, 1/12 S, no, born Nebraska. 

Saul and Helen are in the 1940 Census in West Benson, Douglas, Nebraska with their family.

In searching for the burial for Saul, I stumbled on newspaper articles about his death.  He was killed in a parking lot in Omaha by some young kids in July 1974 and died on 20 August 1974 of the wounds from what I can make out. More information is available if you contact me by leaving a comment.

6. Beryl Edna Spracklin was born 4 April, 1901 in Calhoun Co., Iowa. She married Bertyl Andrew Lillehaug on 2 July, 1919 in Jerauld, So. Dakota.  Bertyl was born 24 January, 1897 in Lane, Jerauld, South Dakota. They died in Pierce County, Washington. Bertyl and Beryl had five children: Arlene B., Verda Mae, Alvin B., Bonnie R, Betty A.

1917 Beryl mother of Verda Mae.

1917 Beryl mother of Verda Mae courtesy of a cousin.

Source:  South Dakota Marriages 1905-2013, Beryl Spracklin, #68945, Reg #144. Peryl Spracklin female, age 18, born about 1901 resident Woonsocket, marriage date 2 July 1919, Jerauld, SD. to Bertel Lillehaug.  Summary index it is spelled Peryl no Beryl, on the actual card it is correct. 

In 1920 Beryl is living with Bertyl’s brother’s family in Viola Twp., Jerauld Co., South Dakota.

Source:  Sunan Lillehaug Family, Viola Twp., Jerauld Co., South Dakota, SD#312, ED#112, Sht#3-A, enumerated 11-12 March 1920, by A.D. McRay.

Line 15, Fam, 41, 42, Lillehaug, Suiian, Head, R, M, W, 27, M, yes, yes, born South Dakota, parents born Norway, farm, general farm, Em, 38. Lillehaug, Ellen, Wife, F, W, 19, M, yes, yes, born Illinois, parents born Sweden. Lillehaug, Bertel, brother, M,W, 19, M, yes, yes, born Illinois, farm laborer, sam fm, OA. Lillehaug, Beryl, Wife, F, W, 18, M, yes, yes, born Iowa. 

Beryl and Bertyl Lillehaug

Beryl and Bertyl Lillehaug

1930 the Lillehaug family is living in Nebraska.

Source: Bert Lillehaug Family, Omaha City, Douglas, Nebraska, Ward 11, Block#365, ED#28-122, SD7, Sht#77A, enumerated April 18, 1930, by William E. Conkling.

Line 12, 5635, 828, 851, Lillehaug, Bert, Head, R, 25, R, No, M, W, 33, M, 21, no, yes, born South Dakota, parents born Norway, yes, Mechanic, automobile, yes, no. Lillehaug, Beryl, Wife-H, F, W, 29, M, 18, no, yes, born Iowa, father Iowa, mother Ohio, yes, none. Lillehaug, Arline, daughter, F, W, 10, S, yes, yes, born South Dakota, yes, none. Lillehaug, Verda M., daughter, F, W, 6, S, yes, born South Dakota, none. Lillehaug, Alvin, son, M, W, 5, S, yes, born South Dakota, none. Lillehaug, Bonnie R, daughter, F, W, 2 9/12, S, no, born South Dakota, none.

Bert and Beryl Lillehaug are still in Omaha, Nebraska in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Bertel is working in a Planing mill as an odd jobs worker.  The family consists of Bertel 43, Beryl 39, Verda 16, Alvin 15, Bonnie 12 and Betty Ann 1-year-old. So this means they made their migration to Washington State after 1940.

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Find A Grave has a memorial of their tombstone and son Alvin’s at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor, Pierce Co., Washington.  There are obituaries listed on the index for Bert and Bertyl at the Tacoma Public Library which require a fee to purchase copies.

7. Howard Alfred Spracklin was born 14 September, 1903 in Lane, Jerauld Co., South Dakota and died 19 October, 1977.  He married Pauline Kruse on 9 June, 1928 in Jerald.

Source:  South Dakota Marriages 1905-2013, Alfred Spracklin #124948, Reg#494, Alfred male, age 24, born about 1904, residence Woonsocket, Sanborn, marriage date 9 June 1928 in Jerauld, SD to Pauline Kruse. 

Alfred and Pauline are living in Alpena in the 1930 census.

Source:  Alfred Spracklin Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Alpena Twp., Jerauld Co., South Dakota, ED#37-2, SD#5, Sht #1-A, enumerated 14, April, 1930 by John J. Feish. 

Line 9, 3, 3, Spracklin, Alfred H., Head, yes, M, W, 26, M, 25, no, yes, born South Dakota, parents born Iowa, manager farm, W, yes, no, 3. Spracklin, Pauline E., wife-H, F, W, 18, M, 17, No, yes, born Nebraska, father born Nebraska, mother Illinois, yes, none. Spracklin, Howard A., son, , M, W, 1 5/12, S, no, born South Dakota, none. 

Alfred was attacked, according to newspaper reports, by two men who stormed into his apartment, stole from him and hurt him in October of 1974.  More information will be shared by leaving a comment and I will get in touch with you.

8.  Beulah Elsie Spracklin was born 1 May, 1906 in Lane, Jerauld Co., South Dakota. She married 27 September, 1927 to Elmer Ernest Harris. They had  five children.

Source: South Dakota Marriages 1905-2013, Beulah Spracklin #119950, Reg#471, Beulah, female, age 21 born about 1906, residing Lane, Jerauld, marriage date 26 Spt. 1927 in Jerauld, SD to Elmer E. Harris. 

Beulah and Elmer are in Rose Hill Township in South Dakota in the 1930 census.

Source:  Elmer E. Harris Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Rose Hill Twp., Hand Co., South Dakota, ED#30-39, SD#4, Sht#2A, enumerated April 29, 1930, by George Welch. 

Line 7, 24, 24, Harris, Elmer, E. Head, R, yes, M, W, 26, M 23, No, yes, South Dakota, father born US, mother Ohio. yes, labor, farm, yes, yes, ___. Harris, Beuleh E, Wife, F, W, 23, M, 21, no, yes, South Dakota, parents born Iowa, yes, none. Harris, Daryl JM, adopted son, M, W, 5, S, yes, no, South Dakota, yes, none. 

In 1940 they are living in Bay Lake, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota. Elmer is 36, Beulah E. is 24 and children. Elmer is working as an operator on a farm.

Beulah Spracklin Harris was the mystery niece that attended the Pine River, Minnesota presentation of the play “Tales from the Tall Pines…” in 1985. When I visited Pine River on my three trips there, I was informed of a niece who came to this event. I finally know which of Amarilla’s nieces was involved. Sadly I did not realize that she actually had lived in Minnesota or I would have learned more.  See the next post for more about Beulah and this event in Pine River.

There is an Elmer E. Harris at Find A Grave with a memorial and tombstone photo. He was born 1904 and died July 15, 1977 in Crow Wing Co., Minnesota and is buried at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Beulah was living in Bay Lake in 1985 and that is east of Brainerd, Minnesota.  It might be her husband but so far I have no burial for her.

9.  Gerald Huston Spracklin was born 20 December, 1908 in Lane, Jerauld Co., South Dakota. He married Helen Wilson in 1930 in Moody Lake, South Dakota. They both died within months of each other in 1998.

Source:  South Dakota Marriages 1905-2013, Gerald H. Spracklin #141484, Reg#258, Gerald male, age 21 born about 1909, residence Madison, Lake, marriage date 18 Nov 1930, marriage place Moody, SD. to Helen Wilson. 

Gerald was apparently a man of clever industry as this newspaper photo shows:

Gerald Spracklin Tin Can Man

Gerald Spracklin Tin Can Man

Jerry and Helen Spraklin (note spelling) are living in Madison, Lake, South Dakota in the 1940 census with [Nihla J.) daughter.

Find A Grave has a memorial and tombstone photo for both Gerald and Helen at the Graceland Cemetery in Madison, Lake Co., South Dakota.

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FamilySearch has school census for the Spracklin family in South Dakota and it looks like most of the children attended either in Alpena or Woonsocket from 1911 to …South Dakota School Records 1879-19700.  They have the actual census pages which could me of value to a descendant.

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1389778

There is more to do and share about this family. I am not up on Nebraska or for that matter South Dakota genealogy but I do wish to caution you about the names of the locations and to verify them.  As always please check the other information found above and make sure it is correct.  I am more familiar and knowledgeable about Iowa, Washington State and Minnesota genealogy.

I have documents and more collected by cousins that I am happy to share. If you would like to know more about these families, just leave me a comment and I will get in touch with you.

My thanks to all those cousins who have helped with me with this family and for the wonderful photos.