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John Franklin Russell

John Franklin Russell

Male 1882 - 1967

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  • Name  John Franklin Russell  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born  9 Sep 1882  Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  14 Sep 1882  [7
    • The information on his twin's headstone calculates to a birth of September 14, 1882, not September 9, 1882, which is considered his actual birth date.
    Iowa State Census  1885  Colfax Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • John Russell, 90 Township, Range 83, Section 6, Address NW of NW; age 2, male, born in Pocahontas County, Iowa, father's nativity: foreign, mother's nativity: native
    Iowa State Census  1895  Emmet County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Residing with his mother and stepfather, Sarah and Henry Bentz, and his siblings William, Elijah, and Mary F. Hodge:) John F. Russell, male, born about 1882
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Living at the home of his stepfather and mother, Henry and Sarah Bentz:) John P. Russill (sic), son, white, male, born in September 1882, age 17, single, born in Iowa, father born in England, mother born in Illinois, occupation in school, attended school 3 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (John Russell was listed with his wife, Flossie:) Card #: 865, John Russell, Post Office: Wapello Route 2
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (John Russell was married to Flossie, lived with her and cousin Byron "Earnest" (Byron Ernst, was raised within the family as a foster child of theirs, he was a son of John's aunt, Louise née Lovering, ergo he was also a first cousin once removed):) Line number 26: dwelling number: 81, family number: 82: John Russell, head of household, male, white, age 27, married (once), years of present marriage 7, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace England (spoke English), mother's birthplace Illinois, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry farm, employer, not out of work April 15, 1910, number of weeks out of work in 1909: no (0), could read, could write, rented home, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 75
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Card Number: 263, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 32, John F. Russell, age 32, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, occupation farmer, months unemployed in 1914: 12 (probably 0, sometimes the census taker took it to be 'months employed'), total earnings in 1914: $1200, extent of education in the common schools: 6, birth place: Iowa, owned home or farm, church affiliation none, father's birthplace: England, mother's birthplace: Illinois, signed by assessor: T. A. Dotson
    Miscellaneous  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The signature of John Franklin Russell as found on his draft registration 
    The Signature of John Franklin Russell
    The Signature of John Franklin Russell
    The signature of John Franklin Russell, as he signed the draft registration form of September 12, 1918, at the time of World War I.
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Serial Number: 844, No.: 502; Name: John Franklin Russell; age: 36 years; address: Morning Sun, Iowa; date of birth: September 9, 1882; native born; present trade: farm laborer; employed by: Guy Jamison; employed at: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; nearest living relative: Flossie Zella Russell, wife, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa; race: white; height: tall, build: medium, eye color: blue, hair color: brown, lost an arm, leg, hand, eye, or seems to be physically disabled: no; city or county: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; date of registration: September 12, 1918
    Census  1920  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (John "Russel" was married to Flossie "Russel," living with her:) Line number 19: farm, dwelling number: 73, family number: 77: John Russel, head of household, rented home, male, white, age 37, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace England, father's mother tongue English, mother's birthplace Illinois, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, number of farm in schedule: 52
    Iowa State Census  1925  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • (J. F. "Russel" was married to Flossie Z. "Russel," living with her:) Line number: 130, J. F. Russel, head of household, male, white, age 42, married, rented, amount of rent: $8, number of years in the U.S.: 42, number of years in Iowa: 41, attended grade school, state highest grade (1-8): 7, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: John Russel, father's birthplace: England, name of mother: Sarah Stacy Lovering, mother's birthplace: Illinois, mother's age at last birthday: 70, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: none
    Residence  Mar 1925  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence  Nov 1925  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Census  1930  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • (John Russell was married to Flossie Z. Russell, lived with her:) Line number 73: dwelling number: 43, family number: 43: John F. Russell, head of household, rented home, lived on a farm, male, white, age 48, married, age at first marriage 21, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace England, mother's birthplace Illinois, state code: 65, country code: 00, nativity: 1, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, occupation code VVVV, own account, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran, number of farm in schedule: 28
    Census  1940  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • (J. F. Russell was married to and lived with Flossie Russell, informant for the family census information:) Line Number: 10, household no.: 46; rented the home, value of house/rent: $9, residence was a farm: J. F. Russell, head of household (code 0), male, white, age 57, married, did not attend school since March 1, 1940, highest grade of elementary school: 8 (code 8), born in Iowa (code 65), lived in the same house in 1935, residence was a farm (code 1), occupation farmer, industry farm, working on own account (code 866) (code VV 1), 52 weeks worked in 1939, $500 earned in 1939, did not receive more than $50 from sources other than wages/salary, farm number: 34
    Residence  Oct 1962  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Died  3 Nov 1967  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: a heart attack 
    Obituary  5 Nov 1967  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • Wapello (IA) -- John Frankling (sic) Russel (sic), 85, suffered a fatal heart attack at 6:30 p.m. Friday (November 6, 1967).

      Most of his life had been spent in this area.

      Mr. Russel was the son of John and Sarah Loveling (sic) Russel (sic), and was born at Fonda on September 9, 1882.

      Mr. Russel is survived by his wife, the former Flossie Walker. Five brothers and two sisters died previously.

      Services: Dudgeon-McCulley funeral home Monday at two with burial in Bethel cemetery near Newport.
    A Second Obituary of John Franklin Russell (Burlington Hawk-Eye)
    A Second Obituary of John Franklin Russell (Burlington Hawk-Eye)
    John was a "lifelong resident" of Louisa County, though born in Pocahontas County. There are several misspellings in this obituary.
    Obituary  5 Nov 1967  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    the Davenport Times-Democrat 
    • Wapello (IA) -- Services for John Franklin Russel (sic), 85, of Wapello, will be at 2 p.m. Monday (November 6, 1967) at Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home.

      Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. today.

      Mr. Russel died at 6:30 p.m. Friday of a heart attack.

      He was born September 9, 1882, at Fonda, Iowa, and was a lifelong resident of Louisa County.

      His wife, the former Flossie Walker, survives.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • John Russell; born: 9 September 1882; died: November 1967; last residence: 52653 (Wapello, Louisa, Iowa); state where issued: Iowa
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [23
    • Name: John F. Russell; Sex: M; Born: 1882; Died or Buried: 1967; Age: 85; Buried: Bethel (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC ©1990 - page W-10; Notes: 1882-1967
    Buried  6 Nov 1967  Bethel Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 23, 24
    Person ID  I223  All Families
    Last Modified  2 Mar 2014 

    Father  John Russell,   b. 1839, Hackness, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1889 
    Mother  Sarah Stacy Lovering,   b. 17 Jun 1854, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1925, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1873  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 17
    Alt. Marriage  13 Feb 1877  Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25, 26
    • Iowa Marriage Records at Family Search report a marriage date of February 13, 1877, in Pocahontas County, Iowa (which they apparently obtained from a list of Pocahontas County, Iowa, vital records). As this was a few years after the birth of son, Arthur, it seems possibly to be in error. Sarah Russell's obituary stated she and John Russell were married in 1873.
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: John Russell; Groom's Birth Date: 1842; Groom's Birthplace: (nothing); Groom's Age: 35; Bride's Name: Sarah Lovering; Bride's Birth Date: 1855; Bride's Age: 22; Marriage Date: 13 February 1877; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I02002-7; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1401832; Reference Number: 26; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992

      Note: Judging from son Arthur's birthdate late in 1874, this marriage date (at least the year) is probably incorrect Sarah's obituary listed a marriage year of 1873.
    Biography  1904  [27
    The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa 
    • Russell, John, brother of Henry, in 1870 built a sod house on his own homestead and occupied it alone for several years. In 1876 he built a frame house and married Sarah Lovering. He continued to occupy the homestead until 1883 (sic: 1889), when he died, leaving a family of five children, Arthur, William, Elijah, John and Mary. Two years later (1891) their mother became the wife of Henry Bentz, and they now live in the southern part of the state.
    Family ID  F162  Group Sheet

    Family  Flossie Zella Walker,   b. 18 Apr 1884, Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1968, Wapello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Dec 1903  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    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.
    Residence  1911  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Residence  Mar 1922  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • 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.
    Residence  Feb 1933  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [31, 32
    Residence  Mar 1939  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    Newspaper Article  18 Oct 1951  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    A Walker Family Dinner in Morning Sun
    A report of an extended dinner at the home of Samuel Nathaniel Walker's residence in Morning Sun, Iowa. It is particularly interesting for me because it indicates my mother and father, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel and William Lett "Bill" Brumm, were dating by this time. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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  Dec 1953  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper 
    • 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.
    Golden Anniversary
    Golden Anniversary
    The 50th Wedding Anniversary Announcement of John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. They were married December 24, 1903, at the home of Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker near Morning Sun, Iowa.
    Newspaper Article  24 Dec 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [37
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    A Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal
    This article from December 1953 reports on a family meal and gift exchange at the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, which was on Sunday, December 20, 1953. The following extended family were at this meal:

    William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and sons, Steven William and Gary Lynn Walker; Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, probably with Jerry Dean Walker (misidentified as a "nephew."); Mazie Ella (Walker) Belles, Carol Sue and Mark David Belles; Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) and John W. "J.W." Virden; Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, also likely and inferred were Doris Idella Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas and Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas; Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and their granddaughter, Sylvia Elaine Dotson; William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm and Dennis William Brumm (now I know where I was); George Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker; Arnold Deaneen "Arnie" and Jean Louise (Walker) Brunk, and Jeffrey Arnold and Connie Jean Brunk; Virginia Mae (Walker) Lox and Scott Alan Lox; John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell; Thomas "Tom" Walker; Norton Lawrence "Larry" and Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith; Wallace Ernest "Wally" and Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker; Trevor Motzart Sr. and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, and Gerald Wayne (Sr.), Trevor Motzart Jr. and Becky Ruth Kimble. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Residence  Mar 1956  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [38
    Newspaper Article  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [39
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    The 87th Birthday Party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker
    A newspaper account reporting on the 87th (and final) birthday party for my grandfather, Sam Walker. He died the following year in March 1957. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    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."
    The Headstone of John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    The Headstone of John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    Children 
    >1. Byron Robert Ernst,   b. 6 Jan 1898, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1975
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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.)
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    Family ID  F161  Group Sheet

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    John Franklin Russell
    John Franklin Russell
    John Russell was born in Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa, to John and Sarah (Lovering) Russell. His father was a native of England, his mother of Illinois. He was one of eight children, and a twin of James Russell (who died in early childhood). John's father died several years after he was born, and after his mother remarried, the family ended up in Louisa County, Iowa. In 1903 John married Flossie Zella Walker, the daughter of Charles Pearsey and Ruth Ellen (Fox) Walker. They spent their life in together in Louisa County. John died there in 1967, Flossie in 1968. They're both buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Wapello Township. (This photo was added to our family Christmas card from John and Flossie in 1961.)
    Tom Walker and John Russell in Beekeeping Garb
    Tom Walker and John Russell in Beekeeping Garb
    Marge (Walker) Kimble provided this photograph and identified the beekeepers as Thomas "Tom" Walker and his brother-in-law, John Franklin Russell. I believe I was told that Uncle Tom (my granduncle) was a family beekeper, so perhaps they were visiting his hives.
    Lela Frizzell, John Franklin Russell, and Doris Daisy Frizzell
    Lela Frizzell, John Franklin Russell, and Doris Daisy Frizzell
    Taken in about 1925, John F. Russell is standing with his two nieces, Lela on the left, and Doris on the right. Lela seems to have her own camera.
    John Franklin Russell and His Canid Pets
    John Franklin Russell and His Canid Pets
    Hunting for Iowa farmers well into the 20th century was usually not just for sport, but to supplement family food stocks. John Russell, in this photograph taken sometime close to 1940, has befriended a fox (who has the best deal of the lot, casually taking a nap) and is hunting with his fox and hound dog. When I was young the major game hunted in Iowa was squirrels, rabbits, quail, and pheasant, but other species were in abundant supply earlier in the state's history.
    John Franklin Russell and Hal R. Jamison After a Hunt
    John Franklin Russell and Hal R. Jamison After a Hunt
    I cannot tell for sure what the birds are that John Russell and Hal Jamison managed to shoot in this photograph probably taken in the 1930s. Hal was a Wapello native, who, at the time of the 1930 federal census, was living in West Brulington, working as a carpenter at the West Burlington railroad shops. He was born in 1891 and died in 1975.
    Hunting With Albert 'Ross' Walker, John Franlin Russell, William David 'Bill' Walker, and an Unknown Young Man
    Hunting With Albert "Ross" Walker, John Franlin Russell, William David "Bill" Walker, and an Unknown Young Man
    Due to the fact this photograph is not in the best condition, there was some earlier discussion over the exact order of the people in the picture. I originally had Bill Walker on the left and Ross Walker on the right, but the late Ralph Walker, Ross's son, provided the following corrections on the picture several years back: "...Ross is the one looking at the picture, on the left, and has the double barrel shot gun. That gun was tricky, you didn't want to load the right barrel and cock it. You never knew when it was going to go off. Should have broken the hammer off and solved the problem."

    The original photograph also had the boy in the front labeled Paul Walker, but Paul was older than Bill Walker (on the right) and the boy looks little or nothing like other photographs of Paul Moyers Walker. Who it was is presently a mystery.

    (The most common game in Iowa, at least when I was a child about 25 years after this photograph was taken, included rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, quail, and deer.)
    John Franklin Russell's Automobile and a Contented Dog
    John Franklin Russell's Automobile and a Contented Dog
    This automobile has been identified by Marge (walker) Kimble, who kindly provided a scan of it, as most probably one owned by family member, John Walker Russell. It is, as far as I can tell, likely to be a model produced in the 1920s. Judging from the photograph, evidently man's best friend adapted quickly to the convenience of the horseless carriage.
    Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey Sr., Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey, and John Franklin Russell With a Horse
    Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr., Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey, and John Franklin Russell With a Horse
    At first look, the horse in this photograph looked to me like a "miniature camel." That would have been a local topic of conversation, if it were true. John Russell is obviously showing Tubby and Tommy Umphrey the ins and outs of the young horse's behavior.
    John Franklin Russell, Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker, William David 'Bill' Walker, and Frizzell Family Members
    John Franklin Russell, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, and Frizzell Family Members
    John Russell is sitting in the front in this photograph likely taken in about 1930. Bill Walker is standing in the back row, and his father, Sam Walker is slightly behind him. The Frizzell children are too young to be those of Eli and Vernie (Walker) Frizzell (except for the oldest boy in the back row, who possibly could be Charles Frederick Frizzell, born 1913). They apparently are the next generation of the Frizzell family, and are not identified.
    John Franklin Russell and His Sister-in-Law, Everna Ida 'Vernie' (Walker) Frizzell
    John Franklin Russell and His Sister-in-Law, Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell
    This photograph of John Russell with Vernie Frizzell may have been taken during one of the family reunions held in Ottumwa, Iowa. I guess the date was about 1930.
    John Franklin Russell and His Horse, Beauty
    John Franklin Russell and His Horse, Beauty
    John Russell was a farmer of an earlier, unmechanized era, who apparently never accepted the trappings of modern life. At least that would have been my opinion of him and his wife, Flossie, as well as I knew them as a young boy.
    John Franklin Russell and Jerome White
    John Franklin Russell and Jerome White
    This photograph of John is with an unknown friend, Jerome White, who is identified, but not a known family member of the Russell family, and not a Walker relative of John's wife, Flossie, to the best of my knowledge. A 1930 look for Jerome White turned up one in Pocahontas County, Iowa, which was John Russell's birthplace, so possibly it was an old friend. It could be an unknown family member of the Russells, too, whom I have not found in any research to this point.
    Thomas 'Tom' Walker, John Franklin Russell, and Tom's dog, Rusty
    Thomas "Tom" Walker, John Franklin Russell, and Tom's dog, Rusty
    Relaxing on the landing of what I believe was the Russell's home at the time are Tom Walker, his companion, Rusty (the dog), and John Russell.
    William David 'Bill' Walker and John Franklin Russell Going Hunting
    William David "Bill" Walker and John Franklin Russell Going Hunting
    Bill Walker and John Russell seem to be holding a dead dog, or perhaps a contented and still living dog in this picture. The placement of the animal makes it difficult to figure out.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of John Franklin Russell (Davenport Times-Democrat)
    The Obituary of John Franklin Russell (Davenport Times-Democrat)
    John Russell was buried in Bethel Cemetery in Louisa County, Iowa.

  • Sources 
    1. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William.

    2. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 110-111 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 549-550 (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S337] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (ancestry.com and Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S8186] Russell, John Franklin - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, November 5, 1967; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa).

    6. [S8187] Russell, John Franklin - Obituary (Davenport Times-Democrat), (originally published in the Davenport Times-Democrat, November 5, 1967; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S8188] Pocahontas County, Iowa - Birth, Cemetery, and Death Records, (100 pp.), page 78 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Colfax Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa, page 128; Roll: IA1885_246

    9. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Emmet County, Iowa; Film Number: 1020349, Digital Folder Number: 4235329, Image Number: 237, Page: 267

    10. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 90, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 21A, page number: 140; enumeration date: June 22, 1900

    11. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA_96

    12. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; supervisor's district: 1, enumeration district: 101, sheet number: 8A, page number: 174; enumeration date: May 9, 1910

    13. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa, Post Office: Wapello; Roll: IA1915_310

    14. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 105; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4A, page number: 267; enumeration date: January 21 and 22, 1920

    15. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    16. [S8189] Russell, Elijah - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, March 18, 1925; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S385] Russell, Sarah Stacy (Lovering/Bentz) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 2, November 25, 1925; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-21, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 2B, page number: 121; enumeration date: April 4, 1930

    19. [S1377] 1940 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa, supervisor's district: 1, enumeration district: 58-23, sheet number 3A, page number 153; enumeration date: April 6, 1940

    20. [S8190] Russell, Arthur George - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, October 7, 1962; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S8186] Russell, John Franklin - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, November 5, 1967; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

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

    24. [S381] Russell, John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Bethel Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy) (Reliability: 3).

    25. [S383] Pocahontas County, Iowa, GenWeb (Reliability: 3).

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

    27. [S384] Pocahontas County, Iowa - (1904) The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa, Robert E. Flickinger, A. B., B. D., Pastor of the Presbyterian church, Fonda, 1886-1902; and George Sanborn, Editor and proprietor of the Fonda Times 1879-1900, (The Times Print, 1904; Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa), pages 554-555 (Reliability: 3).
      Colfax Township

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

    29. [S370] Walker, Charles Pearsey - Obituary (Wapello Republican), (originally published in The Wapello Republican, March 16, 1922; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    30. [S42] Frizzell, Everna "Lela" - Honored at Walker Family Dinner, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 14, August 29, 1929; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    31. [S152] Walker, Rosalie Reil - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald page 5, February 2, 1933; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    32. [S153] Walker, Rosalie Reil - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk, page 2, February 1, 1933; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    33. [S155] Broeker, Ruth Rebecca (Walker) - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, March 23,1939; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    34. [S2] Walker Family Dinner at the Home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker Home, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, October 18, 1951; front page; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    35. [S6] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Funeral Attendance, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, April 30, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    36. [S380] Russell, John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) - 50th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper, December 1953) (Reliability: 3).

    37. [S7] Walker Family Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal, 1953, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 2, December 24, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    38. [S198] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - Obituary, (originally published in an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper, probably in the Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, about March 17, 1957; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    39. [S8] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - 87th Birthday Party Article, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 3, July 26, 1956; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    40. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William (Reliability: 4).