Harry’s Estate: Harry and Frieda Spracklin’s Children

What follows is more information on the children of Harry and Frieda Spracklin.  I am sharing just the highlights of this family because I think it is an example of triumph over some hard times.

At the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I sought out the estate of Harry Spracklin but found instead a huge guardianship, which involved the care of George, Bertha, Florence, Harold and Alice. This guardianship lasted from about 1927 through to 1943 when Alice got married, a total of about 15 years. During that 15 year time frame there were three guardians to administer the account of which two who died during the process. The guardianship was funded by Harry’s Spanish War Pension.  This guardianship is very involved with many pages and took a long time to photograph from the film.

Source:  Harry Spracklin Probate Packet #1543779, 1928, 2nd Series #12989-13048, 1928-1938 FHL#1493218, Probate Index 1834-1958 Nebstedt-Zwickey FHL#1479397 Item 1, Scott County, Probate Court, Iowa. 

Dorothy had married and Leroy was old enough so they did not get involved with the guardianship.

No. 1 – Dorothy Elizabeth Spracklin, born 15, May, 1909 in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa. She married on 3 July, 1926 in Davenport to Donald Lee Sievert born about 1901 in Iowa. They had Delores E. Sievert born about 1936 and William Donald Sievert who died 9 December, 1927 in Davenport and was buried on the 11th of December, 1927.

Source: “Sievert Spracklin Wedding,” Davenport Democrat & Leader, July 6, 1926, pg. 14, 2nd column, Microfilm (7/1/1926-8/31/1926), State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. 

Sievert-Spracklin Wedding – The wedding of Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Spracklin, daugther of Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Spracklin of 321 Gaines Street, Davenport to Donald Sievert of 121 Brown Street son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward McCarthy, took place Saturday, July 3. The young people were married by John J. McSwiggen, assistant county attorney in his office in the early afternoon. The bride’s mother and father witnessed the ceremony. Mr. Sievert is an automobile salesman.

Something happened and Dorothy remarried on 21 June, 1943 in Davenport to Andy Patrick Heffernen who was born 17 October, 1917 in Buchanan Co., Iowa to Patrick Heffernen and Margaret Carr. Dorothy and Andy had about 4 children together: Patrick, Kathleen, Thomas and James.

Dorothy died on 6 May, 2007 in Jessup, Buchanan Co., Iowa and is buried in the Saint Athanasius Cemetery there. Her husband Andy died in 1990. Find A Grave has a memorial with links and good information on this family.

I found Dorothy with Donald in the 1940 census living in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa.

Line 76, 1433, 18, R, 6, 76, Sievert, Donald Lee, Head, M, W, 39, M, no, 4, 30, Iowa, Same home, yes, 48, Auto Salesman, Wabuck Auto, PW, 298, 69, 1 , 52, 1200, no. Sievert, Dorothy E., wife, Fe, W, 30, M, No, 4, 9, Iowa. Sievert, Doleris E. daughter, F, W, 4, S, No, 0, born Iowa.

Source: Donald Lee Sievert Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, Roll T627_1176, Page 1B, ED 57-58.  

2.  Leroy Herman Spracklin, was born 22 May, 1911 in Davenport. Leroy and his brother George got into trouble regarding petty thievery per an article in the Davenport Democrat and Leader of August 12, 1925. He must have turned this around because in April of 1929 the local paper states that he was one of three accepted for service in the Navy. They passed an examination at Des Moines and will proceed to San Diego for two months for preliminary training.  From what I have seen Leroy made the Navy his career for 19 years.

In June of 1949 Leroy filled out an Application for State of Iowa Military Pension form #162073 for about $500.00.

Summary of form: Name: Leroy Herman Spracklin,  Residence: Interlachen, Putnam Co., Florida, born May 22, 1911 Davenport, Iowa. Entered the Navy April 4, 1929 and separated December 1, 1948. WWII: U.S.S. Aaron Ward, Leary, Upshur, Ingraham, O’Bannon, Radford. Foreign Service: June 30, 1940 to November 1, 1947. 

So Leroy served during World War II and was on a series of ships during that time.  Leroy married on 15, December, 1943 in Solano, California to an Elaine Audree Clifford.

3. Herbert Spracklin was born 15 July 1912 in Davenport, and died in a tragic accident on 8 February, 1920 in Davenport. See the last post for more information about the death of little Herbert.

4. George Wilbert Spracklin was born 20 August, 1914 in Davenport. George got in trouble along with Leroy regarding petty theft in 1925.  George’s was part of the guardianship from 1927 to about 1935 when he was given his final payment.

Here are some highlights from the guardianship which was many pages long:

In 1927 George W. was living with his mother Frieda according to the guardianship. The Second Report given to the court by Mr. Schroder was dated between Jan 1, 1933 to Feb 25, 1934 and it states that George W. was shifting for himself in Davenport, Iowa and he has been asking for money for room and board and had subsequently disappeared.

Final Report from the guardian for George W. Spracklin came on 21 August 1935 states George was confined to the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison for stealing an automobile. On 9th of March, 1936 – 4th Annual Report from the guardian and it released the guardian from George W. Spracklin in duty and liability.

Go back in time a little we find in 1930 that George is the census and he is in the Iowa Training School for Boys, in Eldora City, Hardin Co., Iowa.  Line 69, Spracklin, George W, Inmate, M, W, 15, S, yes, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa, 65, Engineer, no, yes. George W. Spracklin, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Eldora, Hardin Co., Iowa, Iowa Training School for Boys, ED#42-10, SD#6, Sht#5b, enumerated April 5, 1930, Mrs. Helen Hayes. 

In the 1940 Census we find George in the State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

Line 56, Spracklin, George #17072, W, 24, S, H-4, born Iowa, Iowa State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, County of Lee, Iowa SD#1, ED#56-23, Sht#5B, enumerated 20 April, 1940 by Oscar Stephen Neal. 

Things were not going well for George but events turned around when he entered the military during World War II and served. He married a Lily M. and had a family. He died on 24 March, 1985 in Hiawatha, Linn Co., Iowa.

George W. Spracklin

George W. Spracklin

In 1949 he applied for his pension: George W. Spracklin, Application for WWII Service Compensation, May 16, 1949

George W. Spracklin, 606 C. Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, 1433 Mt. Vernon Ave. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, DofBirth Aug 20, 1914 Davenport, Iowa, #37 039 151, Date of entry Feb. 20, 1941, Date of Separation March 18, 1944, 56 months, $500.00 due. Army, Discharge, honorable yes, no military discipline, Co. C 9th BN Camp Gordon, Georgia, Notary Ralph W. Mock, Linn Iowa.
Date of entry to active duty, Feb 20, 1941
Place of entry Ft. Crook, Nebraska
Discharge July 15, 1945
Dated 3, May 1949 Ralph W. Mock Notary

What was happening with the other children of Harry and Frieda:

In the 1930 Census we find something very interesting happening, three of the children are living in the Iowa Soldier’s Orphan Home in Davenport:

Line 9, Spracklin, Bertha, Inmate, No, F, W, 13, S, yes, yes, born Iowa, parents born in Iowa, 65, yes, none.
Spracklin, Florence, Inmate, No, F, W, 11, S, yes, born Missouri, parents born in Iowa, 66, yes, none.
Spracklin, Harold, Inmate, No, Ma, W, 7, S, yes, born Iowa, parents born in Iowa, 65, none.

Source: Harry Spracklin Children: Bertha, Florence, Harold Spracklin, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Iowa Soldiers Orphan Home, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa, Ward #5, Block 2700 to 2800, ED#82-43, SD#11, Sht# 7A, enumerated April 7, 1930, Walter A. Swanson.

Why did Frieda give up her children. Well I would have to study court records to determine what was the true cause of the break up of the family. I think it may have had something to do with alcohol or the behavior of her two sons. Before Harry’s death an article appeared in the Davenport Democrat and Leader:

GOT JOYFUL ON WEDDING DATE: Haled to Court, March 30, 1925, page 16.  In the article Harry and Frieda got drunk celebrating the 18th wedding anniversary.  They weren’t arrested.

After Harry’s death Frieda got in trouble on her own: MOTHER OF SIX CAUGHT IN RAID, January 15, 1928, page 15.

Mrs. Freda Spracklin, who gave her address to police as — Jackson avenue, mother of six children, was arraigned in police court Saturday morning and fined $1 and cost and given a ten day suspended jail sentence when she was found guilty of being an inmate of a disorderly house. She was arrested…Friday night by Officer Fisher and Police woman Inger Estes. A drinking party was in progress, officer testified…Police found more than 50 bottles of beer at the house. Probation Officer Byron Ramsey said in police court that complaints made against Mrs. Spracklin were to be made to a judge in juvenile court.

5.  Bertha Sophia Spracklin was born on 6 April, 1916 in Davenport. She testified in the rape case in 1923 that I have mentioned in the last post.  The man was sentenced to prison so she didn’t have to suffer fear of his finding and hurting her but it was still a traumatic event in her very young life.

In 1930 we have seen that she was one of three of her siblings at the Iowa Soldiers Orphan Home n Davenport.  She also was part of the guardianship that was established after her father Harry’s death.

Bertha Sophie Spracklin was involved with the guardianship from 1927 to about 1939. She was adopted in about 1932 by a family named Hall in Marion, Iowa but they returned her to the home in 1933.

Here are some highlights from the guardianship:

Good news came from Iowa Soldier’s Orphans’ Home dated May 22, 1935 about Bertha Spracklin and recommending that she be adopted by her Aunt who lives in New York City at 525 West 169th St. The Aunt is a widow and her name is (Bertha M.) Hoyt. The Superintendent of the Orphan’s home feels that Bertha has been at the home for most of her life and the chance for her to have a good life with her Aunt is greater than with them. He recommends the move for Bertha and it is approved by the Bureau of Child Welfare in Des Moines.

In October of 1936 Bertha S. Spracklin was at Beech, Iowa working for a family by the name of C.H. Knox having been placed there by the Superintendent of the Soldier’s Orphans Home apparently the adoption by her Aunt was not going well.

Sept. 21, 1936 – Order from the guardian is seeking to have funds released and bonds sold so that Bertha Spracklin can be sent to her Aunt in New York. The 1st Successor Guardian Report of April 19, 1937 says that Bertha Sophia is making her home with her aunt in New York and has reached the age of 21 and all monies are released to her in 1937.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to track Bertha and find out what happened to her.  There is a possibility that she married a man named Florence.

6.  Florence Margaret Spracklin was born the 6th of October, 1918 and it is said she was born in Montana. We do know that Harry had land there as stated in the last post.  Florence was also involved in the rape case.

In 1930 she was with her other siblings at the Home in Davenport.  Here are some highlights from her part in the guardianship.

1936
Florence M. Spracklin is in the Girl’s Training School at Mitchellville, Iowa having been sent their by the District Court of Polk Co. She ran away from the Orphan’s home.
1937
Florence M. Spracklin has been released from the Girls’ Training School of Mitchellville, Iowa and placed on parole to Mrs. Luther Porter, Mitchellville, Iowa and is now attending the Mitchellville High School.

Harold and Florence are over the age of 14 and they approve Nic LeGrand. Nic LeGrand is officially guardian as of Oct. 7, 1937.

Order July 12, 1937 – Florence has graduated from the Mitchellville High School and is being allowed to attend the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines to take a 1 year course. The guardian is asking to supply Florence with monthly funds for necessities, some entertainment and spiritual needs. The court approves the action in order to assist Florence in obtaining an education and earning her own living.

About 1939 her guardianship was ended.

On 7 August, 1944 Florence got married to a James B. Oliver in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa. James was born 30 January, 1913 in Vinton, Iowa. They had several children. He died May 1980 in Cedar Rapids. Florence lived a long time and passed on 14 August, 2002 in Cedar Rapids. She and James are buried in the Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids.  Find A Grave has memorials with links but no tombstone photos at this time.

7.  Hanna Spracklin born 1919 in Montana. No further information.

8.  Harold Leslie Spracklin was born 22 December, 1922 in Davenport.

In 1925 Harold got hit by a car, dashing into the street.  CHILD DASHES INTO STREET; HIT BY AUTO, June 30, 1925, Page 15 Davenport Democrat & Leader.

Harold Spracklin, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Spracklin, 324 Gaines street, was injured at 11:05 this morning when he was struck by an auto driven by Julius Geertz, 637 Clark street.

He was rendered unconscious by the blow and suffered cuts and bruises about the head and face. He was taken to Mercy hospital by Geertz. His injuries are not considered serious.

Mr. Geertz, in his report to police, said he was driving west on Fourth street at a speed of from 15 to 20 miles an hour. The child had been playing in the playground on Fourth street between Brown and Gaines street and suddenly ran from the curb into the street and directly in front of the car.

Harold was involved in the guardianship and his part covers about 1927 to about 1943.

1936:  Harold L. Spracklin is still at the Orphans Home and Alice H. Spracklin has been adopted by the Hall family who live in Marion, Iowa. He was also in the home in the 1930 Census with his siblings. 

1937: Harold Lester Spracklin is still at the Iowa Soldier’s Orphans’ Home in Davenport, Iowa.  

Harold and Florence are over the age of 14 and they approve Nic LeGrand. Nic LeGrand is officially guardian as of Oct. 7, 1937.

Application for Authority to Pay for Tuition etc for Harold L. Spracklin at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Second Report of Successor Guardian – Harold L. Spracklin – financial statement since last report and problems with the ward being caught with two other boys from the Orphan’s Home robbing several schools in Davenport. He was brought before the Juvenile Court and the guardian obtained his parole while the others were sent to Eldors. The guardian spent 3 days with the Judge of the District Court, Probation Officer and Superintendent of the Orphan’s home and contacting the Board of Control to get permission to place Harold in Loras College (Same college just new name) in Dubuque, IA. 

January 24, 1942 – Order to Sell Remaining Assets for Schooling for Harold L. Spracklin. Dec. 18, 1942

Final Report for Harold L. Spracklin – Guardian states that minor has now joined the Navy..Monies have been expended to pay for tuition at the Loras College. Asking for authorization to turn all the assets for Harold over to him and terminate the guardianship. Harold signs his receipt Harold Spracklin and someone writes the name “Leslie” in between.

Jan 18, 1943 – Guardian states that Harold is now 18 years old and no more income is forthcoming. Receipt is signed by Harold Spracklin stating he received $40.10 from Mr. LeGrand.

In August of 1949 Harold applies for his military service pension. Harold Leslie Spracklin, 228 3 W 29, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1133 Glass Road NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, born Dec. 22, 1922 Davenport, Iowa, Entered Dec. 15, 1942 separated Dec. 15, 1945, 2 months, six days. $402.50, 38, 380.00 9 months etc. #217424, Warrant #143879

Harold married a Catherine Mae Kirkendal. Catherine was born 5 November,1928. Harold died on 21 February, 2013 in Beggs, Okmulgee Co., Oklahoma. Catherine had passed on 29 December, 2009. Both are buried in the Beggs Cemetery in Komulgee Co., Oklahoma. Find A Grave has a memorial for Catherine but no tombstone photo.  Harold is listed under Spraklin for his memorial at Beggs per Find A Grave.

9.  Alice Margaret Spracklin, was born 17 May, 1925 in Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa. In the 1930 census she is in Marion Co., with the Hall family. So the reason she was not listed in the 1930 census with the other siblings was because she was adopted.  The people who adopted Alice also took in Bernice but it apparently didn’t work out.

Alice was also involved with the guardianship.  She was adopted and her name was changed to Bernice Helen Hall.

1927-1933
Florence Margaret, Harold Lester and Alice S. are still at the Iowa Soldier’s Orphans Home in Davenport, Iowa.
1933
Alice M. has been adopted out (no name given).
1936
Alice Martha was adopted by the Halls and lives in Marion, IA.

In 1930 we find Bernice living with the Hall family.

Line 38, 440, 206, 216, Hall, Gilbert Lawrence, Head, 0, $5000, R, No, N, W, 41, M, 29, No, Yes, born Iowa, parents born Pennsylvania, yes, Manager, Billiard Hall
Hall, Libbie, Wife, H, F, W, 60, M, 16, No, Yes, born Iowa, parents born New York,
Hall, Bernice, adopted daughter, F, W, 4, S, yes, yes, born Iowa, parents born USA,
Line 41, Talor, Clyde, Head, R, 30, No, M, W< 45, M, 29, No, Yes born Iowa, born Virginia, Canada English, Express messenger railway
Taylor, Leona, Wife, H, F, W, 49, M, 32, No, Yes, born Wisconsin, born Germany
Taylor, Jack, Son, M, W, 11, S, yes, yes, born Iowa, born Iowa and Wisconsin

Source: Gilbert L. Hall Family, Bernice Helen Hall, (formerly Alice M. Spracklin), 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Marion, Linn, Iowa, Ward 1, ED#57-23, SD#10, Sht#8A, enumerated April 8, 1930, Mrs. John A. Clay

Bernice is with them still in 1940.

Line 14, 5, 0, 750, yes, Hall, Lawrence G, Head, M, W, 49, M, No, 8, All born Iowa, all same place, manager, cafe.
Hall, Pansy I, wife, F, w, 44, M, No, H4
Goodenough, Leonard, A, step son, M, W, 20, S, No, H3, farm worker, farm
Goodenough, Norma D, step daughter, F, W, 18, S, No, H3
Hall Bernice, H, daughter, F, W, 14, S, yes, H1, 9

Source: Alice Martha Spracklin (Bernice H. Hall), 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Jackson, Linn Co., Iowa, SD# 2, ED#57-20, Sht#1A, enumerated April 2, 1940 by J. Aura Correll.

Final Report of Guardian March 9, 1945 – Alice M. Spracklin has married to an Allen Bush on 5th Sept. 1943, she is now known as Bernice Helen Hall and lives in Long Beach, California. Because of her marriage she is now considered reaching her majority and all monies from the guardianship are to be paid to her and the guardian released from his responsibilities to her. The adopted parents are named Mr.& Mrs. G. L. Hall.

She is mentioned in 1985 in the obituary above of her brother George and she is living in Pine Valley, Utah.  So she was still in contact with her siblings. What happened to her after that I do not know.

With Alice being released from the guardianship it came to an end.

What Happened to Frieda:

Frieda Hilda Ackermann Spracklin remarried to a Mr. Fred Simons on 6 June, 1928 in Davenport. He was the son of R.T. Simons and Martha Townsend.

Source: Iowa Co. Marriages: Fred Simons, Date of Marriage, 05, June 1928, Scott, Iowa, age 45, born about 1883, father R.T. Simons, Mother Martha Townsend. Spouse Frieda Hilda Spracklin, age 41 born about 1887, father Herman Ackerman mother Anna Waller.

At first Frieda disappeared out of the guardianship papers, but I was determined to find her.  She appears in the 1930 census with Fred living in Chicago. The Martha Fessler listed in the census is Frieda’s sister.

Hanson St.] Line 3, 30, 110, 152, Fessler, John, Head, R, $80, R, No, M, W, 43, M, 37, no, yes, born Illinois, parents born Illinois, 61, yes, laborer, parks, 7893, W, yes, No.
Fessler, Martha, wife, F, M, 53, M, 21, no, yes, born Iowa, parents born Germany Eddelock, 65, 13, 0, yes, none, 829V, 0, yes,
Simons, Fred, brother-in-law, M, W, 46, M, 45, no, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa, 65, yes, dump man, construction, 78X1, W, yes, no.
Simons, Freda, sister-in-law, F, W, 42, M, 19, no, yes, born Iowa, parents born Germany – Eddelock, 65, 13, 0, yes, none.
Tallman, Jerome,Lodger, M, W, 47, M, 29, no, yes, born PA, father NY, mother PA, 56, yes, painter, 28X1, W, no, 02, no.
Hudgens, Medrith, Lodger, F, W, 19, M, 18, no, yes, born Indiana, father Indiana, mother Alabama, 60, yes, none.
Vitito, Lois G., Lodger, F, W, 24, M, 16, no, yes, born Indiana, parents born Indiana, 60, yes, none, 60, yes, none.
Tallman, Nellie, Lodger, F, W, 47, M, 28, no, yes, born New York, parents born New York, 56, yes, labeler, factory, 7769, W, yes.
Tallman, Marion, Lodger, F, W, 17, S, no, yes, born New York, father PA, mother NY, 56, yes, Telephone operator, 9979, W, yes.
Tallman, Richard, Lodger, M, W, 7, S, yes, born Illinois, father PA, mother NY, 61, yes, none

Source: John Fessler Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Chicago, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, Precinct #30, Ward 27th PT, Block#246, ED#16-739, SD#6, Sht#12A, (269/3565) enumerated 24 April, 1930, Marion Forbes.

Frieda and Fred Simons didn’t say in Chicago, they returned to and settled in Cedar Rapids Twp., Linn Co., Iowa by 1940.

Line 3, [Glasses Rd.] 1133, 69, 63, 5, No, Simons, Fred, Head, M, W,56, M, No, 6, born Iowa, all same place, no, no, yes, 32, WPA laborer, clerk at store, 30, 350, no
Simons, Freda H., wife, F, W, 52, M, no, H1, born Iowa, no, no, no, no, no, o, o, no
Sifert, Dorothy, daughter, F, W, 31, M, no, H4, born Iowa, no, no, no, no, no, o, o, no
Sifert, Donald, son-in-law, M, W, 40, M, no, 5, born Iowa, no, yes, 72, salesman, retail automobile, 52, 800, yes.
Sifert, Delores E. granddaughter, F, W, 4, S, no, 0, born Iowa
Spracklin, Charles, stepson, M, W, 17, S, not at school, 8, no, no, no, no, no

Source:  Fred Simon Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Cedar Rapids, Rapids Twps, Linn Co., Iowa, Block#91-92, SD#2, ED57-42B, Sht#4A, enumerated on 18 April 1940 by ________.

This to me is good news because Frieda is back in Iowa and near her children. We see that Dorothy is with her.  The Sieverts are actually enumerated twice in this 1940 census – see above.  However, I still don’t know where she or Fred are buried, I suspect in Cedar Rapids.

In spite of the tragedies and difficulties in this family, the children grew up, rallied and went on to live their lives and it looks like they all did well and kept in touch with each other. Of course, more research could be done on these individuals such as finding there final resting place, studying court records, obituaries and more.  At this time I feel that I have done all I can or should on this family of Harry and Frieda’s.

The Death of Harry Spracklin, son of Henry Spracklin 1927.

The year 1927 would be a sad year for Amarilla because she lost several of her 1/2 siblings and a nephew. Daniel Goss Spracklin passed in August 1927 and Virda Huston Spracklin passed in November 1927.

On the 8th of August, 1927 Harry Spracklin, a nephew of Amarilla’s, died after being sick three weeks. He left a widow and seven children behind.

Spracklin
Harry LeRoy Spracklin, 51, passed away at his home, 731 1/2 West Second street, at 5:30 a.m. today following an illness of three weeks duration. The deceased was born January 4, 1876, at Sigourney, Iowa. He moved to Davenport with his parents when a small boy and has since resided here. Mr. Spracklin was a Spanish-American war veteran, and served in Cuba. He is survived by his wife, Frieda Spracklin; three sons, Le Roy, George and Harold, four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Sievert, Bertha, Florence and Alice, all of Davenport; two sisters and five brothers. The body was taken to the Stapleton Funeral Parlors, from where services will be held Wednesday morning at 8:15 o’clock, with services at 3:30 at St. Anthony’s church. Interment will be made in Fairmont cemetery. 

It is not clear if Amarilla kept track of her older full brother Henry’s family.  Henry had died in 1893 from a tragic accident? I have featured Henry Spracklin’s story on this blog.  You can find him at the top of this blog on the PAGE devoted to his father Daniel D. Spracklin’s life. There you will find a listing of the posts published about Henry and his life.

Harry Leroy Spracklin was Henry and Elizabeth’s oldest child. He was born 1 June, 1876 in Sigourney, Keokuk, Iowa. Harry is buried in the Fairmount Cemetery in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa. The grave is unmarked just like his father’s.

Newspaper: The Davenport Democrat and Leader
Date: August 24, 1927
Page 17

Headline: The Spracklin Funeral

Article Excerpt:

The funeral of Harry LeRoy Spracklin was held this morning at 8:15 o’clock from the Stapleton funeral parlors with services at 8:30 at St. Anthony’s church. The Rev. J.J. Hopkins celebrated requiem high mass, pronounced the burial absolution, preached the sermon, and conducted the committal services at the grave in Fairmount cemetery.

The casket bearers were H. Sterling. W.A. Dohoney, H. Relider, Albert Steinecke, D. Pars, and D. Sievert.

We go back in time and take a look at the life of Harry L. Spracklin:

After the death of his father Henry in 1893, we find that Harry was living with his mother Elizabeth in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa. He continued to reside in Davenport till about 1897 per city directories of the time.

Spracklin, Elisabeth, age 41, Widow, Born in Pennsylvania, Keep House, Catholic
— Harry, age 17, Single, born in Scott Co., Cigar Maker, Catholic
–Maggie, age 16, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic
–Flora, age 12, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic
–Bessie, age 8, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic
–Elmer, age 6, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic
–Raymond, age 4, born in Scott Co., Catholic
–Elroy, age 2, born in Scott Co., Catholic

Source: Elisabeth Spracklin Family, 1895 Iowa State Census, Davenport Twp., Scott Co., Iowa, Microfilm #99, 4th Ward in Davenport, Line 23, Dwelling 6, House 6, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, IA.

Taking a look at the above information.  Several of the children are not listed:  Edward Oliver Spracklin born 1877, John Daniel Spracklin born 1884, Wilbur Spracklin born 1885.  Sophia died young.  This makes eleven children for Henry and Elizabeth Spracklin.

In 1900 Harry appears in the U.S. Army Register of Enlistments 1798 to 1914. He was no. 171 and he enlisted in Cuba.

Harry L. Spracklin, Enlisted 28 Matanzas Cuba, Lt/Bt, period 8 years, born Sigourney, Iowa, 26, eyes brown, hair, a, color, complexion fair, height 5 ft. 6 inch. 2 Cavalry, [H] 2 G 8 Cav, Date of discharge, 10.9,99, Discharged Feb 13, 08 at Fort Myer, VA, End of Ser, Cook, Good, [Ret etc.] page 62. 

The 1900 Military and Naval Population Census has Harry in Cuba at the Hamilton Barricks, Company F, Regiment [Sand], Cavalry, Sht #3, enumerated 6 June, 1900, [Ina S, Winna 18th & Sq. etc. Company F, Regiment [Sand], Cavalry, Sht #3.

Harry married Frieda H. Ackerman on 28 March, 1907 in Davenport.

Groom: Harry L. Spracklin
Residence: Davenport, IA
Occupation: Cigar marker
Age at next birthday: 30, Color: White, Race: Cauc
No. of Groom’s marriage: First
Place of birth: Sigourney, Iowa
Father’s Name: Henry Spracklin
Mother’s Maiden Name: Elisabeth [nee] Downey
Full name of the Bride: Frieda H. Ackermann
Place of Residence: Davenport, Iowa
Age at next Birthday: 20, Color: White, Race: Cauc.
No. of Bride’s first marriage: First
Place of Birth: Davenport, Iowa
Father’s name: Hercuam Jacob Ackermann
Mother’s Maiden Name: Anna [nee] Waller
Married at Davenport in the County of Scott, State of Iowa
March 28, 1907
Witnesses were [ ] Sophy Mec and Wm. Ackermann

Source: Spracklin & Ackermann Marriage, March 28, 1907 Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa, Iowa, Clerk of the District Court, Iowa State Board of Health, State Historical Society, Iowa City, IA.

We find Harry and Frieda living in Davenport, Iowa in the 1910 census:

Line 89, 607, 124, 188, Spracklin, Harry, Head, M, W, 33, M1, 3, born Iowa, father born England, Mother born PA, English, Cigar Maker, Shop, W, No, 0, yes, yes, R, H

Spracklin, Freda, wife, F, W, 22, M1, 3, 1 child alive, one living, born Iowa, father parents born Germany, English, none.

Spracklin, Dorothy, born Iowa, parents born Iowa.

Huppendorf, Fritz, Lodger, born Germany, parents born Germany, 1870, NA, English, Mason, House.

Rear March, Joe, Lodger, born Germany, parents born Germany, 1885, NA, English, Laborer, odd jobs.

Source: Harry Spracklin Family, Davenport, Iowa, SD#2, ED#134, Sht#7B, Ward part of 3, enumerated 19 April 1910, Henry Huss.

In the Iowa State Census for 1915 they are still in Davenport, Iowa

B866 – Harry Spracklin – Sex Male, Color White, Married, can read and write, age 38, P.O. 920 Vine, Ward 3 of Davenport, Cigar Maker, earnings $720, 8th grade, birth Iowa, Military Spanish, church Catholic, father born Iowa, mother Penn., 38 years in US, signed by Hy Huse

B868 Dorothy Spracklin age 6, Scott Co., 920 Vine – all the children at this address see below. Lutheran, parents born in Iowa, female, white, can’t read and write, years in US 6.

B867, Frieda Spracklin, age 27, 9th grade, born Iowa, church Lutheran, father and mother born in Germany, Female, White, can read and write, years in US 27.

B871, White, single, 5 years in US and Iowa, George Spracklin, age 5m, born Iowa, father and mother born Iowa, Male, White, Single, 5 mos in US.

B890 white, single, 2 years in US and Iowa, Herbert Spracklin, age 2, born in Iowa, Lutheran, father and mother born in Iowa, white, single, male, years in US 2.

B869 Leroy Spracklin, age 3, born in Iowa, Lutheran, father and mother born in Iowa, male, white, single, in us 2 years.

Source: Harry Spracklin, 1915 Iowa State Census, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa, Cards #B866, B868, B867, B871, B890 and B869. 

On August 21, 1919 Harry L. Spracklin was issued a land Patent #039057 in Miles City, Montana: North half of Section eleven in Township eighteen north of Range thirty-vie east of the Montana Meridian, Montana, containing three hundred twenty acres. In Testimony Woodrow Wilson, Authority May 20, 1862 Homestead Entry, in Garfield Co., MT.  What happened to this land I do not know and would probably have to consult the courthouse in Miles City or the Scott County Registrar of Deeds to see what turns up.

Harry and Frieda Spracklin’s family is growing as shown in the 1920 census:

Line 36, 1509, Dwelling 33, House 36 – lines 30 to 43, Spracklin, Harry, Head 42 yrs. married, read and write, born in Iowa, parents born in Iowa. Occupation: cigarmaker.
Frieda, wife, 22 yrs., married, read and write. Born in Iowa, parents born in Germany.
Dorothy, daughter, 10 yrs. old, school, read and write, born in Iowa.
Leroy, son, 8 yrs., school, read and write, born in Iowa
Herbert, son 7 yrs, school, read and write, born in Iowa
George, son, 5 yrs. old, not in school, born in Iowa
Bertha, daughter 3 yrs. old, not in school, born in Iowa
Florence, daughter, 1 2/12, not in school, born in Montana?

Source: Harry Spracklin Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa, SD#2, ED#150, Ward 2 (part of), Sht# 2A, enumerated 2 January, 1920 by James M. Cunningham.

Things started to get a little rough for Harry and Frieda in the 1920’s. There son Herbert was killed in a tragic accident.

Coroner’s Jury to Investigate Spracklin Case
A coroner’s jury will investigate the case of Herbert Spracklin, age 6, living at 1509 West Sixth street who was crushed to death under the wheels of a Vander Veer park car last Sunday at West Second street and Western avenue. The inquest will be held at 7 o’clock tonight.

Source: “Coroner’s Jury to Investigate Spracklin Case,” Davenport Democrat & Leader, Feb 12/13, 1920, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Herbert's death

Herbert’s death

Their daughters Bertha and Florence were involved in a rape case, where they were part of a group of kids attacked by a man. A series of articles appeared in the Davenport Democrat and Leader newspaper in 1923 about this case.

Think Many Children Fell into Snare of Man Held by Police, Date: October 21, 1923
Page 15

Attacker of Little Girls to be Tried, December 22, 1923.

Farrell Bound Over on $5,000 Bond By Wells, October 24, 1923 Man Charged with Alleged Assault on 7-Year-Old Girl Asks $2,500 Bond, Page 14.

Headline: Mother Threatens to Kill Witness if Jury Finds her Boy Guilty Date: December 16, 1923, Page 15.

Farnell Found Guilty, Faces Life Sentence Jury Convicts Man Accused of Attacking 7-Year-Old Girl. December 16, 1923.

While the little girls were struggling with the court case, their father got into trouble with drunken driving. Harry was part of: Five Drunk Drivers Arranged in Court; Three Held for Jury, July 2, 1923, page 14.

In 1925 Harry and Frieda’s family appears in the Iowa State Census which has a great deal of information contained on this census.

119-128, 324, Spracklin, Harry L., head, M, W, 48, M, R, 20, 1, 8, yes, yes, born Iowa, father Henry Spracklin, born Ohio, mother Downey, Elizabeth, born Penna, 75, Iowa, marriage Iowa, yes, Army, No, yes, yes, Catholic.

Spracklin, Frieda H., wife, F, W, 37, M, 2, 2, yes, yes, born Iowa, father Ackermann, Herman, Germany 77, Waller, Anna, Germany, 76, married Germany, Catholic.

Spracklin, Dorothy E., daughter, F, W, 16, S, grade 9, 9 mos, yes, yes, born Iowa, farther Harry L. Spracklin, born in Iowa, 48, mother Ackerman, Frieda H, born Iowa, 37, marriage Iowa, Lutheran all children.

Spracklin, LeRoy H., son, M, W, 13, S, grade 6, 9 mos, yes, yes, born Iowa, father Harry L. Spracklin, born Iowa, 48, mother Ackermann, Frieda H, born Iowa, 37, married Iowa.

Spracklin, Geo. W., son, M, W, 10, S, grade 3, 9 mos, yes, yes, born Iowa, father Harry L. Spracklin, born Iowa, 48, mother Ackermann, Frieda H, born Iowa, 37, married Iowa.

Spracklin, Bertha S., daughter, F, W, 8, S, grade 2, 9 mos, yes, yes, born Iowa, father Harry L. Spracklin, born Iowa, 48, mother Ackermann, Frieda H, born Iowa, 37, married Iowa.

Spracklin, Florence M., daughter, F, W, 6, S, infant, father Harry L. Spracklin, born Iowa, 48, mother Ackermann, Frieda H, born Iowa, 37, married Iowa.

Spracklin, Harold L., son, F, W, 2, S, infant, born Iowa, father Harry L. Spracklin, born Iowa, 48, mother Ackermann, Frieda H, born Iowa, 37, married Iowa.

Source: Harry L. Spracklin Family, 1925 Iowa State Census, Davenport Ward 3, Scott Co., Iowa, Roll IA1925_1934, Line 1.

We are missing Alice born in May of 1925.  We have nine children for Harry and eleven for his parents Henry and Elizabeth.

In the next post, I will summarize Harry and Frieda’s family listing the children and what I know about them.

Daniel D. Spracklin and Sarah’s Children – A Summary

I have come to the end of my research on Daniel D. Spracklin, Elizabeth Keller his first wife and Sarah Blacketer Allgood his second wife.  I have also presented posts about his children, his migration from Ohio to Iowa, his estate and his lands. Daniel and Elizabeth are my 2nd great parents.  Of course, research is never done, I could do more on Daniel’s life like study the deeds, court records and more and dig more into the lives of his childred.  I am fairly content at this time.

Daniel and Sarah Spracklin courtesy of a cousin

Daniel and Sarah Spracklin courtesy of a cousin

Let me review Daniel’s two families:

First marriage to Elizabeth Keller in December 1852 in Morrow Co., Ohio.

  1. Henry Franklin Spracklin 1853 to 1893, resided in Davenport, Iowa.
  2. Olive Solomon Spracklin – 1854 to 1855 buried with his mother in Titler Cemetery near Marengo, Iowa.
  3. Mary Ellen Spracklin 1856 to 1861 buried with her brother and mother in Titler Cemetery.
  4. Amarilla Grace Spracklin 1858 to 1942 – Iowa to Minnesota. My great grandmother.
Amarilla about 1911 in Pine River, MN.

Amarilla about 1911 in Pine River, MN.

Second marriage to Sarah Blacketer Allgood in 1863 in Iowa:

  1. Lydia Marie Spracklin Ross 1864 to 1931 – Stayed mostly in Iowa.
  2. Virda Huston Spracklin 1866 to 1927 – Migrated from Iowa to South Dakota.
  3. Reed Andrews Spracklin 1868 to 1938 – Migrated from Iowa to Montana
  4. Daniel Goss Spracklin – 1870 to 1927 – Iowa to Oklahoma and back to Iowa.
  5. Peter George Spracklin – 1872 to 1957 – Iowa to Nebraska and other parts of the country and then finally settling in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  6. Charles Edward Spracklin – 1874 to 1946 – Iowa to Minnesota.
  7. Alfred Marion Spracklin – 1876 to 1893 – He stayed in Iowa with his parents.
Daniel and Sarah's Children about 1915

Daniel and Sarah’s Children about 1915, courtesy of a cousin.

There is a cousin who does not agree with the labeling of the above photograph, she thinks that Daniel on the far right and Reed on the far left are switched because Daniel was a big man? I believe that it is correct. You can go and looked at the posts I have written on each of these individuals on this blog and study the photographs yourself. I think that Reed must have grown a mustache later on. I wanted to share these comments because it doesn’t hurt to question things.  Have fun and let me know what you think.

LtoR: Reed Spracklin, Charles Edward Spracklin, Virda H. Spracklin, Peter George Spracklin, Lydia Spracklin Ross and Daniel Goss Spracklin.  One thing for sure is they look cold.

Unfortunately I don’t have photos of Elizabeth Keller she died in 1859.  I don’t have a photo for Henry or the babies Oliver and Mary.

There is a PAGE at the top of this blog with a table of contents for the posts I have published on Daniel, Elizabeth, Sarah and families on this blog.  The Solomon Goss Blog has a page at the top covering the posts published on that blog as well about the Daniel and his ancestors covering the Spracklin Families. You can use those PAGEs by printing them out and then following my suggestions for finding the information.

Below is a handwritten list of the Spracklin family that came from a cousin.

Births of the Family per Lydia Spracklin Ross.

Births of the Family per Lydia Spracklin Ross’s papers.

It is time to return to Amarilla and find out what happened to her after her father Daniel’s death.  When Daniel died Amarilla was known as Amarilla Dawes and she was on her own.  She would live another 27 years.

Daniel D. Spracklins Estate: Revisiting the Partition Deeds of his heirs…

I promised I would share about the partition deeds that were part of the estate of Daniel D. Spracklin in each of the posts about his children but I ended up getting to involved with the writing of each post about Daniel’s 2nd family and didn’t have the room.

So let me share the deeds for some of the heirs of Daniel and I think they are really wonderful.  These are not the originals but typed copies of the deeds by the court clerk.

Here is the post that I wrote in August titled: Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate: The Partition Deeds, August 29, 2015. This post referred to a Referree Deed as well which I will not share here.

Here is the list of those who participated in the partitioning of Daniel’s land in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa and these deeds helped me to find where the they all went.

1. Spracklin, V.H. & wife (Mae) Co. of Sanborn, So. Dakota – 1/23/1917 – $149.50.  This is Virda Huston and his wife Mae.

2. Spracklin, E.S. & wife (Mrs. E.G. Spracklin) Co. of Shelby, IA – 9/23/1916 – $150.50 – This person is Elmer George Spracklin son of Henry Spracklin, brother to Amarilla and of the first family.

3. Spracklin, P.S. – Single…his wife, Co. of Iowa, IA. – 1/13/1917 – $150.50 – I think this is Peter George Spracklin who is a son of Daniel and Sarah Spracklin.

4. Spracklin, C.E. etal (wife is Arminda V. Spracklin & Ammarilla Dawes, single) – 12/22/1916 $152.50 – This is the one in which Amarilla Barclay Dawes and Charles Edward Spracklin came together to release their claim on their father Daniel’s land.  It is done in Minnesota.

5. Spracklin O.R., single Co. of Sanborn, So. Dakota – 1/18/1917 – $153.50  – Based on the Heir-at-Law form that I have featured on this blog in my posts about Daniel’s Estate, I think this is Raymond Ortha Spracklin another son of Henry Spracklin and Elizabeth Bendon.

Partition Deeds for Daniel Spracklin's Estate 1915

Partition Deeds for Daniel Spracklin’s Estate 1915

Partition Deed for Daniel Spracklin

Partition Deed for Daniel Spracklin

These deeds were together in order in the book at the courthouse on my trip to Iowa in 2003 and I do not understand why there were only these individual’s listed.  Based on the Heirs-at-law form from Daniel’s estate there should be more?  Reed Spracklin, was the Administrator of the estate so he had an agreement with Daniel.

Source:  D.D. Spracklin, Register of Deeds, Iowa Co., Iowa, Marengo, Iowa, Book 73, pg. 88, Iowa County Courthouse. 

Daniel Spracklin’s Estate: Heirs-at-Law

In Daniel D. Spracklin’s probate/estate file there was an Heirs-at-law form filled in with the names, and addresses of the heirs.  I was thrilled to get this document, not all probate/estate files have them.  I would just love to have one from John A. Spracklin’s estate packet, Daniel’s father, that would be great but so far I have not been so lucky.

The most important part is that it shows that Amarilla is Daniel’s daughter, and that the others are her siblings, nieces and nephews. I have yet to find a bible or church record showing the births of the children of Daniel and Elizabeth, as well as Daniel and Sarah.

Heirs-at-law Daniel Spracklin

Heirs-at-law Daniel Spracklin

It reads as follows – all of full age

Mrs. Lydia M. Ross, daughter, Somers, IA,

Description N.E.1/4, Section and Lot 19 78, Range 12.

V.H. Spracklin, son, Woonsocket, S.D.

R.A. Spracklin, son, Deep River IA

D.G. Spracklin, son, Deep River, IA

P.G. Spracklin, son, Estherville, IA

C. E. Spracklin, son, Pine River, MN

Mrs. Amarilla Dawes, daughter, Pine River MN

Children and heirs-at-law of Henry Spracklin deceased, son of said deceased:

Maggie Parks (Parke) – (Margaret Evalina), Davenport, IA

E. F. Spracklin (Elroy Franklin), Davenport, IA

H.L. Spracklin (Harry Leroy), Davenport, IA

E.G. Spracklin (Elmer George), Portsmouth, IA

J.D. Spracklin (John Daniel) _________, CA

O.R. Spracklin (This is probably Raymond Otha?), Woonsocket, SD

Bessie Burford (Elizabeth Ann), La Gloria, Cuba

Wilbur Spracklin, unknown location

Ed. Spracklin (Edward Oliver), unknown location

State of Iowa, signed by R.A. Spracklin Adm. of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin

2nd of April, 1915 R.W. McKnight Clerk D.C., by R.E. McBride Deputy Cleark

Source: Estate packet #5964, 6-525, Iowa County Courthouse, Marengo, Iowa of Daniel D. Spracklin, Iowa County, Iowa March 9, 1915 – Heirs At Law affidavit. 

Based on the above form you can see why it was so difficult to find information out about Daniel’s children, they had all scattered to different locations of Iowa and even other states.

In past posts on this blog, I have written about Henry Spracklin’s death and end of life and have given a brief amount of information about his children. See the post dated August 24, 2012, Henry and Elizabeth Spracklin’s Family.

Traveling to Iowa in 2003 in Search of Spracklins…

Over Iowa 2003

Over Iowa 2003

Back in 2003, my research on my family was pretty new, I had been to Washington D.C and Minnesota but I was still searching for family.  I decided to travel to Iowa because I had been in contact with a Spracklin cousin who emailed me.  Jerry is a descendant of Henry Spracklin, Amarilla’s older brother from the first marriage of their father Daniel. He lives in Iowa.

Over the years, I have learned that my genealogical research trips are just as important as putting together the research and scrolling through sources.  I learned this from Paul H. Goss who did research on the Goss family.  He didn’t journal his research visits to cousins to learn about the Goss family history back in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.  If you read his manuscripts you will see that he hints at these visits but he doesn’t elaborate on them.  Paul’s visits to cousins or Goss descendants was very important and needed to be reported and sourced.  I have a lot of respect for my cousin Paul Goss.  It would have been nice to know where he obtained some of his information.

In reviewing my journal from my trip to Iowa, it brought back the whole trip and reminded me of my time in Iowa.

Here is a summary of that trip that opened the door on my research of the Daniel D. Spracklin families which included Amarilla my great-grandmother and her origins.

My trip to Iowa started on Friday, April 25, 2003 and ended on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.  I flew into the Cedar Rapids Airport (Eastern Iowa Airport). I flew first to Chicago and then walked that airport from one end to the other to get to my connection to Iowa. Always check out an airport’s website they have great information to help plan your trip.

This airport was a small airport so it was not hard to find the car rental desk and my car for the trip. Once I had settled into the new car, I made my way south to the Amana Colonies Holiday Inn east of Williamsburg.  It doesn’t seem to be there anymore and is probably under another name.

My goal was to visit courthouses, societies, libraries and cemeteries in and near Marengo and Blairstown, Iowa in search of the Daniel D. Spracklin families and Amarilla’s origins.

When I prepare for a trip like this, I make an itinerary that is extremely detailed for each day of the trip.  I know exactly what I plan to do that day after studying the websites of different repositories I want to visit. I add the addresses of repositories, their phone numbers, times they are opened and write all that information on the itinerary so I don’t have to search for it if I get lost or there is a problem that occurs, or I have to reschedule. My itinerary is there to guide me and can change.  The journal is what really happened on the trip.

Later I started using Microsoft’s Streets and Trips (now discontinued as of 2014 and support ending 2015) to prepare a road trip itinerary. I like this software because it will break the route down by each day. The map is not always detailed enough so I do use GPS either in the rental car or on my cellphone.  Cellphone GPS when traveling Internationally would be too costly. So I still need maps to help guide me. Before the trip I go to Google Earth or Google Maps to see the road using the satellite version.  Areas of the route I am unclear about I drill down so I know what might happened.  Still there are always surprises. I then make copies of my S&T maps and make sure I have a good state and or county map.

Armed with my itinerary, research goals, research papers, maps, and routing information, I head out on my adventure.

Marengo Public Library

Marengo Public Library

Once settled into the my hotel after the airplane flight, I prepare for my day. My first stop was Marengo, Iowa. I spent time in the Marengo Public Library using its newspapers and going into the basement where the Iowa County Genealogical Society was housed at that time. They were very helpful.  ICGS has moved to North English. Don’t confuse them with the Iowa Genealogical Society which is the state society located in Des Moines. The ICGS volunteer was very kind and kept the society open longer than was posted. She helped me locate cemeteries to view, found books, microfilm and more.  I was very impressed with this society.

The most significant items found where the Atlases for Iowa and Benton County showing Daniel’s land. Most of what we did was eliminate history books and other sources.  Daniel was proving to be difficult to find.

Marengo Courthouse town in distance...

Marengo Courthouse town in distance…

My biggest outing was to the courthouse for Iowa County in Marengo and it was there I obtained copies of the Probate/Estate packet for Daniel D. Spracklin. The county website has a much better picture of the courthouse. County websites are tough to get around in, so just be persist till you find what you are looking for, call and ask.

http://www.marengoiowa.com/index.php?pageid=636f6d6d756e6974795f69643a30

I waited patiently while the clerk copied the file and had my money ready to pay for the copies. She was not necessarily happy with me. I agreed not to make her copy all of the creditor receipts and instead I look at them and made my choices.  It was well worth the wait to obtain this file and see Amarilla listed as an heir-at-law of Daniel D. Spracklin along with her brothers and sisters.  Oh yes, the floors did creak…

Loy's B&B in the distance

Loy’s B&B in the distance

After a couple of days, I moved from the hotel to Loy’s Bed & Breakfast which was closer to Marengo.  It was really a farm-house where they were renting out the lower floor to visitors like myself.  I wanted to see what it would be like to stay on a farm in Iowa.  The proprietors were very nice. The man who was the owner of the farm, worked for the farm cooperative and was kind to study the estate papers of Daniel’s especially the inventory.  He said that Daniel was a general farmer and had many items that indicated this.  I was grateful, I am city girl.  He was very knowledgeable and told me how the farming was done today.

While staying at the farm B&B there was a storm and the sky got really black and I mean black and hung low to the ground. There were reports of tornadoes to the south. It slowed me down a little and made me a little nervous.  I am a city girl you know.

While in Marengo, I found a lovely cafe to the left of the park where the locals gathered.  The seats were a little worn but the food was good comfort good. It looks like its probably gone now. Sigh!

Oh, I did experience a traffic jam in Marengo.  The train that goes through the town to the south blocked my progress for about 20 minutes, giggle.

Marengo's Park in the town Center

Marengo’s Park in the town Center

I also drove from Marengo up to Blairstown to get a feel for the land and see the area. It is a little more rugged along that road and flattens out when you get to Blairstown. The public library at the time was going through construction so they had a prefab building housing the collection.

The Benton County Genealogical Society holdings were not there at my visit, they were at another location for safety. Now that the new library has been built they are housed there.  It is really a nice library from the pictures and they have a genealogy room.

http://www.blairstown.lib.ia.us/use-the-library/genealogy2

Blairstown, Iowa Sign

Blairstown, Iowa Sign

The road to Blairstown

The road to Blairstown

I did not go to Vinton to see the Benton County Historical Society holdings which would be of interest for Spracklin research.

http://iagenweb.org/benton/bchs/bchs.htm

I did make it to Belle Plaine but my search for Peter Spracklin’s grave, a brother of Daniel, failed because there was some confusion about where he was buried.

Blairstown's Water Tower

Blairstown’s Water Tower

I had to reschedule to the next day to go and study that collection which was in a bank in Blairstown.  The librarian was very helpful and kind.  I did do a search of the newspapers in the time frame of 1858-1859.  There were obituaries but I did not find anything about Elizabeth Keller Spracklin’s death or any Spracklins.  I found others with familiar names from the Titler cemetery.  Apparently you had to have money to appear in the newspapers which were mostly about farming and politics at the time.

Titler Cemetery

Titler Cemetery

I visited the Titler Cemetery which is northwest of Marengo on the road to Blairstown.  It is where Elizabeth Keller Spracklin, Olive and Mary are buried.  It was not in good shape and I could not find the graves on that visit.  (See below for the results of another visit.)

Once I was done with my visiting in the Marengo area, I did a little backtracking and headed east to Iowa City. My next goal was the State Archives of Iowa Branch which is located in Iowa City on the campus of the University. I stayed at the Haverkamp Bed and Breakfast up the street from the Archives. It was very convenient to the Archives and I could walk to it.  It looks like they are closed now.  It was a great area of the city where there were a lot of old houses.  My room was up on the 3rd floor and very nice and cozy.

State Archives for Iowa in Iowa City

State Archives for Iowa in Iowa City

I spent a wonderful several days at the Archives getting all kids of information about the Spracklins of Iowa. I searched cemetery records, vital records, and more at this location.

Once all my research at this location was done, I took the car back to the airport and shuttled back to Iowa City to await the arrival of my cousin Jerry who was coming to pick me up.  I would be staying with him and his family in Des Moines. My goal was to visit the Iowa Genealogical Society, and the main branch of the State Archives of Iowa and Historical Society in Des Moines.

Jerry came to Iowa City and we drove back to the Titler Cemetery north of Marengo. He found the stones for the Spracklins piled under a tree.

Piled under a tree

Piled under a tree, sigh…

The cemetery as in bad shape and I didn’t want to leave Elizabeth and the babies there. The stones were not on the graves put piled under trees.  See my BJM Cemeteries blog for a more thorough description of the Titler Cemetery and all my photos of tombstones (not necessarily complete.) Here is the starting post there are many more about this cemetery, so scroll to the cemeteries on the right side and find Titler.

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/2010/07/lets-get-started-with-little-cemetery-i.html

Elizabeth, Mary and Oliver’s post:

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/2010/09/stones-of-titler-cemetery-spracklinlen.html

Millersburg's sign

Millersburg’s sign

We also stopped at the Community Cemetery was near Millersburg. I usually like to visit a cemetery several times before I leave. We found the graves of Daniel, Sarah and Alfred Spracklin.

Community Cemetery near Millersburg

Community Cemetery near Millersburg

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/search/label/Community%20Cemetery

We stopped at more cemeteries for his mother’s side of the family and then headed west to Des Moines. I spent a lovely fives days with Jerry’s family. He was extremely generous and shared his research of Henry Spracklin’s family with me. Henry is Amarilla’s older brother.

We visited the state genealogical society, Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines and just as they were closing I found some information about Peter and Solomon Goss Spracklin. There are two publications of the Titler Cemetery and you need both to get a total picture.  I got copies of these publications.

Iowa's state archives and historical society

Iowa’s state archives and historical society

We later went to the main State Archives in Des Moines and that is where I found the obituaries of Daniel and Sara Spracklin and did deed research on Daniel, his brothers Peter and Solomon Goss Spracklin.  I really should have been there for two days not just one.

I am referring to the State Historical Archives housed as part of the State Historical Society of Iowa.  http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/

On May 7th a Wednesday, Jerry took me to the airport in Des Moines and said goodbye to me and it was sort of sad but we have kept in touch over the years and I have shared my findings with him.  I helped him find Elizabeth Downey Spracklin, Henry’s wife.  We now what happened to her after his tragic death.  I have written about his death on this blog.

As you can see my trip to Iowa focused on Iowa City, Marengo, Blairstown and Des Moines.  There was not enough time to visit other areas of Iowa. So maybe another trip is in order.  We will see.

I am very glad I did visit Iowa in 2003 because I learned that the reason I could not find the Spracklins was because they all left Iowa County by the time Daniel died in 1915 and had scattered to other parts of Iowa and other states mainly going north to Minnesota and west to the Dakotas. So by 2003 you had to dig for information. Once I knew where they all went, that opened the door to more research.

Dedication:  I dedicate this post to the memory of Netha Meyer’s whom I met on my trip there, she was very helpful and enthusiastic and even offered to look up more obituaries and go to the courthouse with me. See her memorial on the Iowa County IA Genweb page.