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John Franklin Russell/Flossie Zella Walker (F161)

Family: John Franklin Russell/Flossie Zella Walker (F161)

m. 24 Dec 1903

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  • John Franklin RussellFather | Male
    John Franklin Russell

    Born  9 Sep 1882  Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  3 Nov 1967  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  6 Nov 1967  Bethel Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  24 Dec 1903  [1]  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  John Russell | F162 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sarah Stacy Lovering | F162 Group Sheet 

    Flossie Zella WalkerMother | Female
    Flossie Zella Walker

    Born  18 Apr 1884  Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  11 Jun 1968  Wapello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  13 Jun 1968  Bethel Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Charles Pearsey Walker | F8 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Ruth Ellen Fox | F8 Group Sheet 

    Byron Robert ErnstChild 1 | Male
    > Byron Robert Ernst

    Born  6 Jan 1898  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Jun 1975   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Harriet Anna Timmerman | F12259 
    Married  16 Feb 1917  Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Clara Elizabeth Walker | F500 
    Married  2 May 1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Photos

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    The Wedding Photograph of Flossie Zella Walker and John Franklin Russell
    The Wedding Photograph of Flossie Zella Walker and John Franklin Russell
    Flossie and John Russell were married Christmas Eve 1903 near Newport, Iowa, at the home of Flossie's father and stepmother, Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann (Houseman/Edger) Walker. She was 19 and he was 21 years old. Her father's home was new and had recently been completed, the work done by carpenter, Sam Dotson (1858-1931).
    The Russells in the Corn Field
    The Russells in the Corn Field
    The farmer on the tractor in this photograph is John Franklin Russell. Back a ways with either a large hat on her head or else a basket on her back is his wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. They had no children, but raised a foster child, Byron Robert Ernst (1898-1975), who probably was the boy behind Flossie in the photograph. Byron later married Clara Elizabeth Walker.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    One of a series of photographs apparently all taken the same summer day in 1912, this includes several family members who can be almost certainly identified and children who can be surmised. This photograph is from the back yard of the home where Charles Pearsey Walker and wife Sarah lived.

    Standing, left to right in this photograph are: John Franklin Russell, Elsie Ella Walker, Maude Mae Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" Walker holding Hattie "Leota," and Flossie Zella Russell. Kneeling on the ground is Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, holding a son who is probably Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker (age two at the time, and known as "Sammie" when he was young).
    John and Flossie Russell in About 1925
    John and Flossie Russell in About 1925
    John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. The attire was dark, possibly indicating they were attending or had attended a funeral. Alternatively, these may have been church clothes.
    A Group of Men at Frank Walker's Farm
    A Group of Men at Frank Walker's Farm
    The farm of Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker was on the Iowa River. This photograph has been identified as having been taken at his farm. Frank was the son of Charles Francis Walker and Jessie Deborah Vaughn. Marvin Walker, Frank's son, has helped identify some of the people in the photo. Some were also identified by Marge (Walker) Kimble. The photograph is estimated to have been taken between 1938/43.

    The two children in the back are unidentified. Otherwise, in the back row, left to right: Dale H. Walker, Unknown (possibly Carl Vaughn Walker or Byron Ernst), Earl Leander Walker, Unknown. Front row left to right: Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, Frank Walker, Charles "Cecil" Walker, John Franklin Russell. On the far right sitting on the grass is Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell

    It seems likely the man second from the left in the back row would be Carl Vaughn Walker (Frank and Earl's brother) or Byron Ernst (John and Flossie's foster child and the husband of Clara Walker Ernst who was Frank and Earl Walker's sister); he also somewhat resembles George Percy Walker. The children playing in the background shadows could be Frank's two younger sons, Marvin and Dean Walker, but it is just too dark to tell whether or not that is the case. This photo was most likely taken after the start of World War II, although it is possible Cecil was in the service before the outbreak of that conflict and I based the earlier 1938 date upon how old Dale Walker seems to me.
    The Children of Charles Pearsey Walker and Their Cousin, Francis Isaac 'Frank' Walker
    The Children of Charles Pearsey Walker and Their Cousin, Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker
    This is a reunion of some of the children of Charles Pearsey Walker and their spouses, and additionally the family of Charles P. Walker's grandnephew, Frank Walker.

    Within this group of people, Millie was Jim (James G.) Walker's wife, Hazel was Frank Walker's wife. John Russell was Flossie's husband and Jennie Reil Hannah was Samuel Nathaniel Walker's wife. Sam, Everna (Frizzell), Flossie (Russell), Lee (Charles Leander), and Jim were Walker siblings. Frank Walker's father, Charles F. Walker, who was Francis Samuel and Catherine Pearsey Walker's nephew, was raised by Francis S. and Catherine because his own mother Olive died when he was only two weeks old. Therefore, the Frank Walker in this photograph was part of the immediate family even though he was a "first cousin once removed," and not technically another sibling.

    In the very back: Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. The two front rows, left to right: Thomas "Tom" Walker, James G. "Jim" Walker, Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker, Mildred Jane "Millie" (Beauchamp/Feldman) Walker, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, Aleta Marie (Hewitt) Walker, Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell, Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker, John Franklin Russell, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.
    Everna Ida 'Vernie' (Frizzell) Walker, with John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    Everna Ida "Vernie" (Frizzell) Walker, with John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    Vernie Frizzell is with her sister and brother-in-law, Flossie and John Russell, in this photograph probably taken about 1945, possibly as late as 1950 (Everna died in 1951). It was sent to my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, by Everna Frizzell, probably at Christmas. On the back there is some writing from Everna that says: "Just the once happy trio on the Short art. I am not able to write a letter. Everna"
    John Franklin Russell and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    John Franklin Russell and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    John Russell was born September 9, 1882, in Fonda, Iowa; Flossie Walker was born April 18, 1884, in Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas; they were married Christmas Eve, 1903, and lived their entire lives in or near Wapello, Iowa.

    In the 1950s and 1960s they lived in the town of Wapello in a house that still had no indoor plumbing. A small pump provided water from the kitchen sink, and there was an outhouse behind their house.
    John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    This photo of my great uncle and aunt, John and Flossie Walker, was likely taken in about 1950.
    John Franklin Russell and His Wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell on their Couch
    John Franklin Russell and His Wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell on their Couch
    This is a photograph taken by Robert Walker in about 1956. John and Flossie Russell lived in Wapello, Iowa.
    John and Flossie Russell On Their Couch, Summer of 1961
    John and Flossie Russell On Their Couch, Summer of 1961
    This photograph was apparently including in Flossie's Christmas card to our family in 1961. According to the back side it was developed in August of that year. John Franklin Russell was 78 years old, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell was 77 at the time of the photograph.

    Birth Records S. N. Walker, 80, Honored By Family
    A newspaper account reporting on the 80th birthday party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. (Published in Morning Sun, Iowa, courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    General Newsprint
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    An item in the Morning Sun (Iowa) news published in the Burlington, Hawk-Eye (Iowa) mentioned a dinner attended by an assortment of Walker family members in honor of visitor and family member, Lela Frizzell. It may have been the summer after she graduated from high school.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals The Funeral Report from Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey's Funeral
    Those who attended Margretta's funeral came from Detroit, Michigan, Marion, Fort Madison, West Burlington, Wapello, and New London, Iowa, and Oquawka, Illinois. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

  • Notes  Issue:
    • John and Flossie Russell's foster son was Byron Ernst, who was a first cousin once removed of John's. Byron's birth parents were Walter Carl Ernst (1875-1955) and Lila M. "Lily" Barrett (born 1878). Lily was a daughter of Orville and Louise Morse (Lovering) Barrett, and her mother, Louise, was a sister of Sarah Stacy (Lovering) Russell, who was John Franklin Russell's mother.

      Byron Robert Ernst was one of three (known) children in his family. His brother Fred W. Ernst (1896-1975), and sister Gracie (Ernst) Schossow (born 1895) were the other children. Their birth parents, Walter and Lily Ernst, were married in 1894 and divorced before 1900. Walter remarried to Ella "Belle" (surname unknown), worked for the railroad, and lived in the western part of United States (Nevada, California). Lila remarried to J.M. Downing of Bloomfield, Indiana.

    Personal Recollection:
    • (Personal memories of family researcher, Dennis Brumm:)

      When I was young, Flossie and John Russell lived in the town of Wapello, Iowa, where they moved when they retired from their farm which also had been in Louisa County, Iowa. They had no electricity or running water, even into the 1960s when this was considered quite unusual for the region. The sink in the kitchen of their house had a hand pump which got water directly from their own well, and there was an outhouse in their back yard. For me, quite young at the time, this lack of modernity created a sense of adventure. I don't know what it might have been like living without the "modern" conveniences on a daily basis, but imagine I might have left my sense of awe behind rather quickly.

    Headstone Photograph:
    • John Franklin Russell and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell are buried at Bethel Cemetery, near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Russell - Flossie Z. 1884 - 1968, John F. 1882 - 1967."

    Newspaper Article:
    • ZEPPELIN OVER MORNING SUN
      Huge Dirigible Skirts Southeast of City -- Schools Are Dismissed

      [...] The following from this vicinity attended a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, near New London Sunday, in honor of Miss Lela Frizelle (sic): Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. George Dotson, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dotson and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Humphrey (sic) and family, of New London, and Mr. and Mrs. John Russel (sic) of Newport.
    • Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and granddaughter, Sandra Umphrey, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Driscoll, Winterset; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. William William Walker, Gary and Steve all of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris, and granddaughter, Threasa (sic) Thomas, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Leota Krekel and Bill Brum (sic) all of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family and Tom Walker all of Morning Sun.
    • Called to Morning Sun to funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic) Howey were David Howey and son, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Umphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Umphrey and Paul Jr., all of Detroit, Michigan; Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, all of Marion, Iowa; Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Elaine Dotson and Sylvia, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Arm(?) (sic: Arnold) Brunk, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Doris and Wilda, Mrs. Bill Brumm, all of New London; Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello.

    Anniversary Announcement:
    • Golden Wedding

      Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello, Thursday marked their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married December 24, 1903, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Walker, Morning Sun.

    Newspaper Article:
    • Taking part in a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange Sunday (December 20, 1953) at the home of Mr. and Mrs, S. N. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and nephew, all of Marion; Mrs. Ted Belles, Carol and Mark, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and Sylvia Dotson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm and Dennis, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Brunk and children, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox and Scott Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Tom Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family, all of Morning Sun.
    • Relatives and friends of S. N. Walker gathered in Locust Grove here Sunday to observe the 87th birthday of Mr. Walker. Present for the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. (Aleta Hewitt) Lee Walker, Ainsworth; Mr. and Mrs. (Caroline Moyers) Charles Bailey and family, Keokuk; Mr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth Moyers) Arthur Long and sons, Lockridge; Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel Moyers) Haines and son, Fairfield; Mrs. Ruth Moyers and Ethel, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox (Virginia Dotson) and Scotty, Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. (Maude Walker/Umphrey) Roy Fortner, Dennis Howey, Mr. and Mrs. (Thelma Umphrey) Lloyd Allen and Pamela, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Lesher) William Walker and Steve and Sam Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. (Leota Walker/Krekel) Bill Brumm and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Wyerman) Clifford Walker and Terry Thomas, New London; Mr. and Mrs. (Verona Dotson) George Walker and Mr. and Mrs. (Myrtle Walker) Ted Dotson, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly Broeker) Elwood Marshall and Karen, Fort Madison; Jim Walker, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. (Nellie Owens) Bert Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. (Flossie Zella Walker) John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. (Marian Callahan) Tommy Dotson, all of Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pickard, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Wheeler) Wallace Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. (Marjorie Walker) Trevor Kimble and family, Tom Walker, Mrs. Willa (Umphrey) Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. (Reil Hannah) Sam Walker, all of Morning Sun.

  • Sources 
    1. [S382] Russell, John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) - 50th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in an unknown Iowa newspaper, 1953).