Heir Mail article honoring George A. Barclay, Civil War Soldier…

In 1998, The Crow Wing County Genealogical Society Newsletter in Brainerd, Minnesota published an article about George Angus Barclay.  This article appeared in their Heir Mail newsletter. The editor kindly sent me a copy and I thought it was well done considering he was not her ancestor.

Heir Mail Newsletter excerpt

Heir Mail Newsletter, a portion

  • George A. Barclay
  • 1844 to 1898
  • Wagner, Company, I, 9th MN Infantry
  • Enlisted 15 Aug. 1862,
  • Discharged 24 Aug, 1865
  • Resident about 25 years.
George A. Barclay Article

George A. Barclay Article a portion of…

George Barclay operated a hotel and store in Pine River for a number of years. He was also engaged in lumber operations in the areas.

The following quotation is taken from Down the Mississippi written by Captain Glazier in 1881. Capt. Glazier describes his trip to Pine River and his pleasant surprise in finding George Barclay’s place. “Sometimes in the road and sometimes out of it; now driving along the shore of a lake and again over huge logs and boulders, it was voted that our ride to Pine River was unlike anything we had ever else where experienced. The ranch of George Barclay, the only white habitation between Gull and Leech Lakes, was reached at five o’clock in the evening. Here we were most agreeably surprised to find very good accommodations for both man and beast. Barclay is a decided favorite with the Indians, and his prosperity in this isolated corner of Minnesota is largely due to his friendly relations with them.  He is always supplied with guns, knives, beads, tobacco and such other goods as are in demand by his dusky neighbors, for which he received in exchange furs, game, snake-root, and such other products of the forest as find a ready market at Brainerd or St. Paul.”

Later Brainerd historian, Sarah Thorp Herald added, “In 1894 Barclay’s establishment had lost all resemblance to a trading-post and had become a lumberman’s hotel of some pretensions. It was a two-storied structure with the inevitable “false front” of frontier towns, and stood in a grove of jack pines near the newly-laid Brainerd and Northern Railroad tracks. 

Newspaper accounts of 3 Nov. 1898 describe Mr. Barclay’s death: “Mr. Barclay was shot about seven-thirty on Sat. evening. When the fatal shot was fired, he was sitting in a chair, smoking a cigar, and talking to four or five men, about five feet away from a window in the barroom of the hotel. The assassin fired through the glass, the ball passing through Mr. Barclay’s neck from side to side, probably cutting the carotid artery of the jugular vein.”

After authorities were notified the remains were brought to Brainerd for burial. The Pap Thomas Post of the BAR handled the arrangements. The funeral services were conducted from the Episcopal Church with Rev. C.F. Kite officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery (Current records do not list his burial.) (Note:  There is not death certificate for George only the Coroners records.) He was survived by his wife and a married daughter, Mrs. R.A. McDonald.  (Note: Should be R.S.) 

From what I’ve been able to determine from my research, no one was ever convicted of shooting George Barclay. Those on the scene saw no one, the killer apparently was able to escape into the darkness of the nearby forest and escape being brought to justice. Her Mail, Fall. 1998. (Note: There are several posts on this blog describing the murder, coroner’s report, grand jury and trial regarding the murder of George A. Barclay.)

I have visited the Crow Wing Genealogical Society in Brainerd located in the Family History Center near the Church.  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mncrowwi/gs/  Researching George Barclay and Amarilla required extending my search beyond Cass County.  I thank them for this nicely done article on my great-grandfather.

I wrote a post on this blog about George’s service as a Wagoner in the Civil War.  It is really difficult to find information about men who served in the support part of the Civil War. The focus is the battles and the officers.  It has turned out to be one of the most popular posts on this blog.  A quick Google search reveals a little more information about this valuable service to the war effort now appearing online.

Centennial of Pine River, 1973 looking forward to 150+ years!

The city of Pine River has been good to me.  On my first visit they gave me my own copy of their book: Logsleds to Snowmobiles and I am happy to say that it has fallen apart because I used it so much.  I have it safely cared for in a binder.

I celebrate Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota.  I thank them for honoring my great-grandfather George Angus Barclay and great grandmother Amarilla Spracklin Barclay as the founders of the town. In honor of the preservation of the Train Depot, I had a plaque created, dedicated to the memory of my great grandparents and their descendants.  Hopefully it is on the wall of the museum there or the Visitor Center.

Family History Library has this book in its library in Salt Lake City.

Logsleds to Snowmobiles

Logsleds to Snowmobiles

I was also given a copy of the Pine River Journal Newspaper 1873 to 1973 Centennial Vol. 37, Number 22.  The newspaper has received a bit of wear but is still in pretty good shape.

Pine River Journal - Centennial 1873 to 1973

Pine River Journal – Centennial 1873 to 1973

Both of these historical items have been of immense help to me in my research on my family.  They have given me a base from which to build my research on my great grandparents George and Amarilla Barclay.

Thank you Pine River, and I look forward to 150 years more.

The Park and the Hospital in Pine River in 1949

Amarilla had given land for the Pine River park and on 15 December, 1949 her granddaughter Miriam received a letter from Mr. Lundrigan regarding a question of land use near the park.

Map of the Park and area in question

Map of the Park and area in question

The portion of land was deeded to the village of Pine River a long time ago by your grand-mother, Ammarilla Urton, with the provision that it be used only for park purposes. The whole tract so deeded extended along the river front, which has been used as a park and converted and improved into an excellent bathing beach, picnic grounds etc., and continually used.  The portion of land which we are interested in is part of the tract so deeded…but located back, away from the river, and has not been actually under use for anything… the city is in need of a hospital…Across the river is another large tract also used as a park.  He requests the heirs release the land for use by the hospital. 

The part that interests me is he goes on to say: I am very sure that your grand-mother, Ammarilla Urton, were she alive, would more than gladly make such a release. I knew her quite well. Sigh…the stories he could have told.

The letter was very well written, however, again he does not reference the deed or deeds in question.  I was all over the deed registers for Amarilla and George Barclay and beyond. There was a lot in both Crow Wing and Cass County.  I am sure I did not find it all.

When I visited Pine River in 2000 and 2001 I went down to the park area and took a few pictures and looked the area over.  It was very nice, clean, with picnic tables, an a covered area with tables and a wooded area. The steps go down to the water. There is a bridge there where you can cross over and check out the other side of the river.

Pine River park

Pine River park

Looking north - Pine River Park with picnic tables and a covered picnic area

Looking north – Pine River Park with picnic tables and a covered picnic area

Pine River's park

Find A Grave has a memorial with tombstone picture for Mr. Lundigran in the Pine Ridge Cemetery he died in 1990.

Amarillla’s Legacy and Estate 1942…

Amarilla passed on 10 August, 1942 and it took a good two years to probate her estate.

Her granddaughter, Miriam, filed a petition with the court for the probate of the will of Amarilla Dawes Urton and Oscar Dahl was appointed the executor.  Claims would be heard on January 4, 1943 at 10 o’clock at the Probate Court in Walker.

Pine River Journal - Portion of the Petition by Miriam

Pine River Journal – Portion of the Petition by Miriam

Back in 1939, Gordon became Amarilla’s guardian based on notices I have found in the newspaper.  On July 25, 1939 Gordon (R.G. McDonald) Filed a Citation for Hearing on Petition to Mortgage Land and Guardianship of Amarilla Urton in Probate Court.

So on August 31, 1939 he filed for record in the Probate Court and Order of License to Mortgage Land, in the matter of the estate of Amarilla Urton – Incompetent. Petition of R.G. McDonald for license to mortgage land to be published in the Pine River Journal.

The mortgage was necessary to pay the debts of the said Amarilla Urton and taxes against her property, costs of administration, medical, nursing expenses and maintenance of said ward. Remember the Civil War Pension of George had been denied to her.

What follows is a detailed description of the land to be mortgaged.

Mortgage of the land 1939

Mortgage of the land 1939

The  Judge rules that the mortgage was not to exceed $500.00

The Petition of R.G. McDonald as guardian of the above named guardianship, being duly filed in this court representing that it is necessary and for the best interest of said estate and of all interested therein that certain lands of said ward described therein be mortgaged and praying that a license be granted to mortgage the same. They were to appear on 21 day of August, 1939 to show cause if necessary.

Returning to her estate process, an auction was to be held in Pine River for household goods of the estate on October 17, 1942 at the Urton Residence.  Well, I can just see them throwing out history and memorabilia and I now know why there is nothing left of my great-grandmother’s estate. Sigh!

Auction to sell household goods for the Urton Estate

Auction to sell household goods for the Urton Estate

July 10, 1943 Citation for Hearing on Petition to Sell, Mortgage or Lease Land, Estate of Amarilla Urton in Probate Court.  The heirs are listed and told they are to show cause if any at the Probate on the 9th day of August, 1943.

On the May 31st, 1943 at Walker, MN an Order to Sell Land by Private Sale was filed with the court.

Lots Nine (9), Ten (10, Eleven (11) Twelve (12) and Sixteen (16) of Block Two (2) of the Original Plat of the Village of Pine River. Block A of the Dawes Fifth Addition to Pine River, Minn.

Pine River Journal sale of Real estate 1942

Pine River Journal sale of Real estate 1942

Urton Estate Sale of Lands and Lots

Urton Estate Sale of Lands and Lots

On the same day the 24 of May, 1944 Order of Confirmation of Sale of Land Under License at Private Sale. On the 9th of October 1943 to George E. Durkee and Rachel M. Durkee, husband and wife etc. at Pine River, Minnesota for $3500.00.

Durkee Purchase 1944

Durkee Purchase 1944

Also sold on 1 July, 1944 to a Virginia Ingraham Lot No. Sixteen (16) Block Two (2) Original Plate of Pine River, Minn.

On the 14 of June, 1943 the representative sold to the Pine Ridge Cemetery Association Block A Dawes 5th Addition to Pine River, Minn for $25.00.

Rausel Miller on the 24 May, 1944 was sold Lots Nine (9), Ten (10), Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) of Block Two (2), Original Plat of Pine River, Minn.

Final Account

On November 30, 1944 Miriam received a letter from Oscar Dahl, on Pine River State Bank stationary, about the Final Account and Petition for Hearing and Allowance was filed on 27th of October 1944 and saying that checks were sent to the heirs. The heirs listed on the formal papers were Vivian McKanna, granddaughter, Gordon McDonald, grandson, Miriam McDonald, granddaughter, Edna McDonald, granddaughter, Keith McDonald (my father), grandson and Jean Davis, granddaughter.

This would not be the end of great grandmother’s estate, there would be several more communications to my father’s family regarding the Lutheran church (1945), and land by the park in Pine River for the hospital (1949).

I was curious about Mr. Dahl and learned the following, Oscar Dahl was born 20, December 1875 and he died 29, August 1966 in Pine River. He knew my great grandmother and I missed the opportunity to talk to him. He was a banker and president of Farmer’s and Pine River State Banks and more. There is a memorial at Find A Grave, with photo, tombstone photo and links. He is buried in the Prosper Cemetery in Fillmore Co., Minnesota.


Amarilla’s Final Resting Place…Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, MN

In 2000 and 2001, I visited Brainerd on my trips to Minnesota.  I was stunned to learn that there was no tombstone for my great-grandmother Amarilla. She was buried in the plot with George Angus Barclay, their son George Alexander Barclay, and the first baby of daughter Grace and husband R.S. McDonald.

The large tombstone, in the photo below, that I am standing by is for George Barclay. To the front left is the smaller Civil War foot stone.  The tombstone to the right is for little baby George Alexander.  It has the lamb on the top. There was no stone for Amarilla. I checked with the Evergreen Cemetery Office, who are very helpful, to confirm that she was buried there. They have a diary of the dead at their website: http://www.brainerd.net/~evergreencem/dotd.html

Barclay Plot Evergreen Cemetery 2000.

Barclay Plot Evergreen Cemetery 2000.

I set about getting a tombstone for my great-grandmother and by the next visit in 2001 it was in place. Nothing fancy just a stone that gave her information. Her tombstone is in the forefront of the picture below. Much better, only problem is it reads as her birth year 1859, it should be 1858.  Darn!  I don’t understand how that happened but apparently it is not unusual for mistakes to be made on tombstones.  Sigh!  I do have my records and the paperwork asking me to check the information.  The form says 1859, but I did not make note of any changes so I could not go back and complain to the company who did the stone.  So my advice, if you create a stone for an ancestor keep careful notes.  It is not easy to do it from afar.

In the following picture you can see the new tombstone in the foreground.

George's, baby George and Amarilla 2001

George’s, baby George and Amarilla 2001


Amarilla should be 1858 for her birth year. Well it is only two months off.

Amarilla should read 1858 for her birth year. Well it is only two months off. Sigh!


Amarilla's new tombstone and her great granddaugher 2001

Amarilla’s new tombstone and her great granddaugher 2001

We visited again in 2007 before heading up to Pine River.  At least great grandma has recognition now.

Find A Grave has memorials to the Barclay’s with information, links, tombstones and more. The people who had created the memorials where kind to transfer the management to me and in some cases added new information. The memorials continue to evolve as I add links and information.


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.

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.
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.

Florence Margaret, Harold Lester and Alice S. are still at the Iowa Soldier’s Orphans Home in Davenport, Iowa.
Alice M. has been adopted out (no name given).
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.