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Viola S. Courter

Viola S. Courter

Female 1870 - 1950

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  • Name  Viola S. Courter  [1
    Born  19 Jan 1870  Winfield, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Birth  17 Aug 1870  Winfield, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census  1880  Scott Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Viola Courter, daughter, single, female, white, age 10, born in Iowa, father's birthplace New Jersey, mother's birthplace Kentucky
    Diploma  23 Mar 1888  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    The Public Schools of Henry County, Iowa 
    • Public School Diploma
      Henry County, Iowa

      To whom this may concern: It is Hereby Certified, That Viola Courter has completed the course of study in the Public Schools of Hnery County, Iowa, and has passed a satisfactory examination in the branches of said course. Given at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, this 23rd day of March, A.D. 1888.

      John F. Riggs, County Superintendent.
      Pickett Davison, Teacher.
    The Public School Diploma of Viola S. Courter, 1888
    The Public School Diploma of Viola S. Courter, 1888
    Issued March 23, 1888, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, awarded by the Henry County, Iowa, public school system. (Document provided courtesy of Marge Kimble.)
    Iowa State Census  1895  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Viola S. Hannah, age 25, born in Henry County Iowa, white
    Census  1900  Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Viola S. Hannah, wife, white, female, born in January 1870, age 30, married, married for 8 years, mother of 4 children, 3 of these children living, born in Iowa, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Kentucky, could read, could write, could speak English
    Iowa State Census  1905  Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Card #: 169, Viola S. Hanna, Post Office: Mt. Pleasant
    Census  1910  Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Viola S. Hannah, wife, female, white, age 40, married (once), years of present marriage 18, mother of 6 children, 5 of those children living, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace New Jersey, mother's birthplace Kentucky, could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write
    Iowa State Census  1915  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Card Number: 338, female, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 45, Viola S. Hannah, age 45, Louisa County, post office address: Morning Sun, Morning Sun, occupation housekeeper, extent of education in the common schools: 12, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, church affiliation Presbyterian, father's birthplace: New Jersy, mother's birthplace: Kentucky, signed by assessor: D. D. Brodie
    Census  1920  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Viola S. Hannah, wife, female, white, age 49, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace New Jersey, mother's birthplace Kentucky, could speak English, occupation none outside of home
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Viola S. Hanna, wife, female, white, age 54, married, number of years in Iowa: 44, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 5th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Peater (sic) Courter, father's birthplace: New Jersey, name of mother: M. Belle Lee, mother's birthplace: Kentucky, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, occupation involved with domestic/personal services, church affiliation: M. E.
    Census  1930  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Viola S. Hannah, wife, female, white, age 60, married, age at first marriage 21, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace New Jersey, mother's birthplace Kentucky, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation none
    Residence  Apr 1947  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Residence  Oct 1949  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Died  17 Aug 1950  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  20 Aug 1950  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 17
    Obituary  24 Aug 1950  [5
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • MRS. VIOLA HANNAH FUNERAL SATURDAY

      Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church here for Mrs. Viola S. Hannah who died suddenly at her home on Wednesday evening, August 16. Last rites were in charge of Reverend O. L. Byrns and interment was in Elmwood cemetery.

      Mrs. Hannah had suffered a light heart attack about two weeks before her death but had recovered and was about to be about the house. Her death follows that of her husband, John W. Hannah, who died here on January 30.

      From 1913 until 1940 Mr. and Mrs. Hannah operated a grocery and variety store in Morning Sun and in this business they became known to many people in this community.

      Viola S. Hannah was the daughter of Peter and Belle Lee Courter. She was born in the Winfield community on January 17, 1870. On July 2, 1891, she married John W. Hannah and for a number of years they lived on farms in the Mt. Pleasant area. In 1913 they moved to Morning Sun and lived here the remaining years of their lives.

      Mrs. Hannah was a member of the Presbyterian church in Winfield. She is survived by five daughters; Mrs. S. N. Walker, Morning Sun; Mrs. Bertha McDowell, New London, Mrs. M. J. Hickenbottom, Alameda, California; Mrs. Ollie Oakley, Morning Sun; Mrs. Robert Richardson, Crawfordsville. Also surviving are two brothers, Oscar and Harlan Courter, Winfield, and two sisters, Mrs. Imo Ogg, Mt. Pleasant, and Miss Ruth Courter, Frenchburg, Kentucky. Fifteen grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren also are living. The husband, parents, five brothers, and two sisters are dead.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [17
    • Name: Viola S. (Courter) Hannah; Sex: F; Born: 1870; Died or Buried: 1950; Age: 80; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page MS-21; Notes: born 19 January 1870; died 17 August 1950; [LCC 1991 Correction]
    Person ID  I184  All Families
    Last Modified  20 Feb 2014 

    Father  Peter Courter,   b. 9 Feb 1843, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1916, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret Bell "Bell" Lee,   b. 28 Nov 1845, near Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1896, Winfield, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Mar 1866  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 18
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Peter Courter; Bride's Name: Margaret B. Lee; Marriage Date: 6 March 1866; Marriage Place: Henry, Iowa; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02530-9; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 965926; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Family ID  F135  Group Sheet

    Family  John Warren Hannah,   b. 30 Jul 1870, Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1950, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Jul 1891  Salem, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 19
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: John W. Hannah; Groom's Birth Date: 1871; Groom's Birthplace: Henry County, Iowa; Groom's Age: 20; Bride's Name: Viola S. Courter; Bride's Birth Date: 1870; Bride's Birthplace: Henry County, Iowa; Bride's Age: 21; Marriage Date: 2 July 1891; Marriage Place: Salem, Henry, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: John Hannah; Groom's Mother's Name: Catherine Seaton; Bride's Father's Name: Peter Courter; Bride's Mother's Name: Bell Lee; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02531-3; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 965932; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Officiant  Reverend T. S. Poole  [20
    Residence  Feb 1916  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Anniversary Announcement  30 Jun 1926  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary

      Morning Sun (IA), June 30 -- The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah of this place planned a pleasant surprise for their parents at Saunders Grove at Mt. Pleasant Sunday, June 27, in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. A fine cafeteria picnic dinner was served after which there was an afternoon of visiting among kinsfolk. The children and grand children present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richardson and Dorothy Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walker; Mr. and Mrs. Mathew (sic) Hickenbottom, James, Ella Mae, and Harlan, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, John Henry, Viola Belle, William, Ruth, Leota, and Sammie of Morning Sun; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. McDonald (sic) and Ruby Lea, Rex and Bobby Lee of Mt. Hamil. Besides these there were a number of other relatives present.
    Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary
    Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary
    An article reporting on a surprise party given on the occasion of the 35th wedding anniversary of John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) Hannah. They were married July 2, 1891, in Salem, Iowa.
    Newspaper Article  1 Aug 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Map Chautauqua at Morning Sun; Personal Items

      [Several paragraphs about a town celebration and who's visiting whom]

      Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah, Sam Walker and family and Matt Hickenbottom and family attended a farewell diner in Winfield, Sunday, for Mrs. Hannah's sister, Miss Ruth Courter, who left Monday for New York City and will sail for Cairo, Egypt.

      [More chat]
    Anniversary Announcement  3 Jul 1941  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • HANNAHS OBSERVE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY
      Happy Event Celebrated at Family Dinner.


      Wednesday, July 2d, was the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah of this city, so the event was celebrated with a wedding dinner on Sunday last, which was attended by forty-six relatives.

      The dinner was planned by Mr. and Mrs. Hannah, aided by their five daughters and served by the grandchildren. Preceding the two-course dinner a Tom Thumb wedding took place, with Doris Hickenbottom as the bride, Floyd Richardson us the groom, Robert Walker as the minister, and Helen Richardson as the ring bearer; Lois McDowell presided at the organ. During the afternoon a program was enjoyed consisting of a short sketch of Mr. Hannah's younger life by his sister, Mrs. Jennie Pichard; Miss Ruth Courter, sister of the bride, read a poem of her own composing telling of the bride's courtship; playlets were given by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and music interspersed the program.

      Miss Courter presented the happy couple with numerous gifts from the guests. The oldest guest present was an uncle of Mrs. Hannah, Henry Lee of Winfield, and the youngest was Jimmie Hickenbottom, Jr., a great grandson.

      Those present at this happy celebration were: Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Hannah, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hannah, Mrs. Jennie Pichard (sic), Mrs. Catherine Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. S. Ogg, all of Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Courter, O. E. Courter and son Wayne, Henry Lee and daughter Ruth of Winfield; Miss Ruth Courter of Frenchburg, Kentucky, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. McDowell, Rex, Robert and Lois McDowell of New London; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richardson, Dorothy, Helen and Floyd Richardson of Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, Johnnie, Margery and Robert Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Verle Van Houten and Ronald; Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Hickenbottom, Ella Mae, Harlan and Agnes Hickenbottom, Mr. and Mrs. James Hickenbottom and Jimmie, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Oakley, and the guests of honor.

      Mr. and Mrs. Hannah went to housekeeping near Mt. Pleasant and resided near that place until they moved to Morning Sun about twenty-eight years ago, where they engaged in the grocery business until several months ago when they retired from active business life.

      The Hannahs have five daughters, seven grandsons, nine granddaughters and two great grandchildren.
    Hannahs Observe Fiftieth Anniversary
    Hannahs Observe Fiftieth Anniversary
    The 50th wedding anniversary announcement of John and Viola S. (Courter) Hannah. John and Viola were married July 2, 1891, in Salem, Iowa.
    Children 
    >1. Jennie Reil "Reil" Hannah,   b. 20 Jul 1892, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1958, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Bertha Lee Hannah,   b. 2 Apr 1894, Winfield, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1990, Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Mary Catherine Hannah,   b. 3 Jan 1896, Salem, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1975, Alameda County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Harold Hannah,   b. Bef 1900,   d. Bef 1900
     5. Cora Belle "Belle" Hannah,   b. 23 Nov 1900, Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1974, Morning Sun Manor, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Esther Ruth Hannah,   b. 11 Feb 1903, rural Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1994, Henry County Health Center, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
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    The Daughters of John Warren Hannah and Viola S. Courter
    The Daughters of John Warren Hannah and Viola S. Courter
    John and Viola Hannah were married July 2, 1891, in Salem, Iowa. He was a son of John Hannah and Catherine Seaton; she was a daughter of Peter Courter and Margaret "Bell" Lee. John and Viola had six children. A son, Harold, died in infancy or very early in his life. The other five children were daughters, who later became Jennie "Reil" Walker (1892-1958), the wife of Samuel Nathaniel Walker; Bertha Lee McDowell (1894-1990), Mary Catherine Hickenbottom (1896-1975), Cora "Belle" (Hannah/Walker) Oakley, and Esther Ruth Hannah.
    John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) Hannah
    John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) Hannah
    John and Viola Hannah were Quakers who were born and married in Henry County, Iowa. They were both born in 1870, he on July 30 in Jackson Township, and she on January 19, in Winfield. John's parents, John and Catherine (Seaton) Hannah, were natives of Ohio. Viola's were Peter Courter of New Jersey and Margaret "Bell" Lee of Kentucky, relatives of the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee. John and Viola had six children, five girls who grew to adulthood and a son who died in infancy or childhood. As both John and Viola were born in the same year, they both died in 1950, he on January 30, she on August 17.

    This photograph was kindly provided by their granddaughter, Marge (Walker) Kimble. I have estimated that it was taken in about 1925.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F134  Group Sheet

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    Viola S. (Courter) Hannah
    Viola S. (Courter) Hannah
    Viola S. Courter, born January 19, 1870, in Winfield, Iowa, was the third of twelve children of Peter Courter (1843-1916) of New Jersey and Margaret "Bell" Lee (1845-1896) of Kentucky. Viola married John Warren Hannah in 1891 in Salem, Iowa, and was the mother of Jennie "Reil" Walker, Bertha Lee McDowell, Mary Catherine Richardson, and Cora "Belle" (Hannah/Walker) Oakley. A son, Harold, died in infancy or early childhood.

    General Newsprint
    Ruth Lee Courter to Visit Egypt
    Ruth Lee Courter to Visit Egypt
    "Map Chautauqua at Morning Sun; Personal Items," the news from Morning Sun, Iowa, included a report on a farewell party for Ruth Lee Courter upon the occasion of a voyage she was about to take to Egypt.

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker).

    2. [S327] Conover Family Genealogy, David Kipp Conover.

    3. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 32, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 6B, page number: 88; enumeration date: June 13 and 14, 1900

    4. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S8128] Hannah, Viola S. (Courter) - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, August 24, 1950; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      From LDS Familysearch.org, online. Source Information:

      Source Information:
      Census Place
      Family History Library Film: Scott, Henry, Iowa
      NA Film Number: 1254343
      Page Number: T9-0343 217D

    7. [S8129] Courter, Viola S. - Diploma, (earned in the Public Schools of Henry County, Iowa; given at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on March 23, 1888) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      (at ancestry.com)

    9. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Jackson Twp, Henry County, Iowa; Roll: IA_90

    10. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa; supervisor's district: 1, enumeration district: 34, sheet number: 8B, page number: 104; enumeration date: May 3, 1910

    11. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa, Post Office: Morning Sun; Roll: IA1915_309

    12. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 102; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4B, page number: 230; enumeration date: January 5, 1920

    13. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun, Louisa County Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    14. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Morning Sun town, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-15, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 3A, page number: 74; enumeration date: April 3, 1930

    15. [S8130] Hannah, Mary Ellen (Courter/Hannah) - Obituary, (originally published in The Mt Pleasant News, page 2, April 14, 1947; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S13048] Courter, Alexander Lee - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, October 13, 1949; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S328] Henry County, Iowa - Early Marriages.

    19. [S326] Hannah, John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) - 50th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, July 3, 1941; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S44] Hannah, John Warren - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, February 2, 1950; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S325] Courter, Peter - Funeral Notice, (originally published in The Lawton Constitution, front page, February 1, 1916; Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S39] Hannah, John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) - 35th Wedding Anniversary Party, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, June 30, 1926; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    23. [S41] Courter, Ruth Lee - Making Trip to Egypt, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, August 1, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).