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Harry Lawrence Dotson

Male 1893 - 1959


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  • Name  Harry Lawrence Dotson  [1, 2
    Born  27 Dec 1893  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Harry Dotson, age 2, male, single, born in Louisa County Iowa
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Harry Dotson, son, white, male, born in December 1893, age 6, single, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, occupation in school, attended school 3 months during the previous year
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Card #: 241, Harry Dotson, Post Office: Wapello RD 2
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Harry L. Dotson, son, male, white, age 16, single, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, could read, could write, attended school since September 1909
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Card Number: 289, male, white, single, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 21, Harry L. Dotson, age 21, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, occupation laborer, months unemployed in 1914: 12, total earnings in 1914: $500, extent of education in the common schools: 6, extent of education in college: 8 months, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: T. A. Dotson
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  5 Jun 1917  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Serial Number: 924, No.: 79; Name: Harry Lawrence Dotson; age: 2? years; Wapello, Iowa; date of birth: December 27, 1893; natural born; where born: Wapello; Iowa; nation of birth: USA; present trade: farmer; employed by: self; employed at: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; does not have a relative dependent upon him; marital status: single; race: Caucasian; previous military service: no; rank: no; branch: no; number of years: no; nation or state: no; claims exemption from the draft: no; height: medium, build: medium, eye color: gray, hair color: black, not bald; lost an arm, leg, hand, eye, or seems to be physically disabled: no; city or county: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Census  1920  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married to Inez, living with her at the home of his parents, George and Lucy Dotson:) Harry Dotson, son, male, white, age 26, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation farm laborer, wage earner
    Iowa State Census  1925  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Married to "Inas" M. Dotson, living with her and daughters Dorothy Marie and Harriet Maxine Dotson:) Line number 13: Harry L. Dotson, head of household, male, white, age 30, married, owned, home had a mortgage, value of home: $20,000, amount of mortgage: $10,000, amount of insurance on the home: $3050?, number of years in the U.S.: 30, number of years in Iowa: 30, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 8th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Geo. W. Dotson, father's birthplace: Iowa, name of mother: Mary L. Moyers, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 51, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, World War (I) veteran, branch of service: Army, state where enlisted or drafted: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: none
    Newspaper Article  30 Aug 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Dotson Family Reunion Held; 86 Are Present

      Wapello (IA), August 30. -- The tenth annual reunion of the Dotson-Davison families was held Tuesday, August 28, at the Mediapolis chautauqua grounds, with 86 relatives present. Shortly after the noon hour a short program was given. Prof. Ware Stephens, of St. Louis, was to have given a talk but since he was unable to be present, he sent a very enjoyable paper which was read by Dev. C. E. Coggeshall. Professor Stephens paid tribute to the pioneer familes, the ancestors of those present at the reunion. This paper was followed by a talk by Reverend B. G. Hankins, of Wapello. He too, spoke of the earlier day and of the flood of recollections that each reunion brings.

      The program was followed by a business meeting at which time the following officers were elected for the coming years: President, T. A. Dotson; vice president, Harry Dotson; secretary and treasurer, Miss Martha Peters.

      Those present from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barns and daughter, Esther, of Burlington; Mr. George B. Hamilton of Chicago, Illinois; Edith Barns, Blair and husband, of Crete, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dotson, Max, and Virginia, of New London; Verona Dotson Walker and children Maizie and Vera, of New London; Ina Jamison Willson and children, Robert and Mary Louise, of Muscatine, Iowa.
    Dotson Family Reunion Held; 86 Are Present
    An article reporting on the tenth annual Dotson-Davison family reunion, held August 28, 1928, in Mediapolis, Iowa. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Census  1930  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Married to "Innes" M., living with her and daughters "Dorthy" M. and Harriet M. Dotson:) Line number 40: dwelling number: 12, family number: 12: Harry L. Dotson, head of household, owned home, lived on a farm, male, white, age 35, married, age at first marriage 25, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, occupation code VVVV, own account, actively employed at time of census, was a veteran, ww, number of farm in schedule: 3
    Residence  Jan 1958  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  21 Oct 1959  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 15
    Obituary  23 Oct 1959  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Wapello (IA) -- Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran church at Mediapolis for Harry L. Dotson, who died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at his home near Newport.

      Mr. Dotson, 65, was active in community affairs, and at the time of his death was a director of the Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran church at Mediapolis, and served as deacon for a number of years.

      Mr. Dotson had spent his entire life on the farm on which he was born, except for Army duty during World War I. He was born near Newport, December 27, 1893, the son of George W. and Mary L. Dotson.

      He was married September 17, 1919, to Inez M. Johnson.

      Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Marie Baird of Wapello and Harriet M. Kennedy of Yarmouth; three brothers. Lee E. Dotson of Phoenix, Arizona, S. D. [Samuel David] Dotson of Wapello and R. T. [Ralph Thomas] Dotson of LeGrand; two sisters, Mrs. Velda D. Mullins of Corvallis, Oregon, and Iva M. Dotson of Burlington; five grandchildren, and one great grandson.
    Research 
    • Harry was very active in the Louisa County, Iowa, Farm Bureau.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Des Moines County, Iowa, Cemetery Information  [3
    • Harry L. Dotson; Born: 1893; Died: 1959; Age: (none); Line Number: 2097; Kossuth Cemetery; Yellow Spring Township
    Buried  24 Oct 1959  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 16
    Person ID  I3875  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  George Workman Dotson,   b. 16 Nov 1867, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1920, south of Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Lucinda "Lu" Moyers,   b. 12 Feb 1873, Tamatown (Historical), Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1958, Harmony Nursing Home, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Dec 1891  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Dotson, George W.; Spouse: Mayer, Mary Lucyndia; Marriage Date: 24 December 1891; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Marriage Fact 
    • Email note from researcher, Marge Kimble, regarding marriage as found in Louisa County marriage book: December 24, 1891; George W. Dotson, age 25; Mary Lucyndia Mayer, age 17
    Officiant  Reverend Robb  [18
    Residence  1911  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    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.
    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.
    Family ID  F484  Group Sheet

    Family  Ines Marguerite Johnson,   b. 5 Oct 1898, Green River, Henry County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1980, rural Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Sep 1919  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 21, 22, 23
    Newspaper Article  19 Sep 1929  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Women of Spring Run Entertain Tuesday at an Antique Party; Many Dress in Old Costumes

      Morning Sun, Iowa, September 19 - [...] Neighbors, 40 in number, gave Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dotson, south of Newport, a surprise Monday evening, the occasion being their tenth wedding anniversary. The evening- was spent in playing rook.[...]
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Harry Lawrence and Ines Marguerite (Johnson) Dotson's grave is located at the Kossuth Cemetery in Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Dotson: Harry L. 1893 - 1959; Ines M. 1898 - 1950"
    The Headstone of Harry Lawrence and Ines Marguerite (Johnson) Dotson
    The Headstone of Harry Lawrence and Ines Marguerite (Johnson) Dotson
    Children 
    >1. Dorothy Marie Dotson,   b. 1 Jan 1921, near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 2005, Prairie Ridge Care and Rehabilitation, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Harriet Maxine Dotson
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F1648  Group Sheet

  • Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of Harry Lawrence Dotson
    The Obituary of Harry Lawrence Dotson
    Harry Dotson was one of four sons and six children born to George Workman and Mary Lucinda "Lu" (Moyers) Dotson. Harry was born December 27, 1893, near Newport, Iowa. He was married to Ines Marguerite Johnson (1898-1980) September 17, 1919. She was the daughter of John Johnson and Amanda Letsch. Harry and Ines had two daughters, Dorothy Marie Baird and Harriet Maxine Kennedy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S408] Dotson, Mary Lucinda "Lu" (Moyers) - Obituary, ((originally published in a southeast Iowa newspaper, probably the Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, about January 14, 1958; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa).

    2. [S540] Dotson, Timothy Ray - Web Site, Timothy Ray Dotson (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S947] Dotson, Harry Lawrence - Obituary, (originally published in The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 11, October 23, 1959; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Wapello Township; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California; Sutro Microfilm Roll #553, Reel 67 of 121

    6. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 90, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 23B, page number: 142; enumeration date: June 27, 1900

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

    8. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 101, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 13B, page number: 179; enumeration date: May 14, 1910

    9. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa, Post Office: Wapello; Roll: IA1915_309

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

    11. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 105; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 3A, page number: 266; enumeration date: January 19 and 20, 1920

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

    13. [S167] Davison-Dotson Families Reunion - Mediapolis August 1928, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, August 30, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Newport village, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-21, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 1A, page number: 120; enumeration date: April 2, 1930

    15. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois).

    16. [S946] Dotson, Harry Lawrence and Ines Marguerite (Johnson) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Marge (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

    18. [S397] Moyers, Samuel Nelson "Sam" and Lucinda Hopkins "Lucy" (Deen) - 60th Wedding Anniversary Program, (1906) (Reliability: 4).

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

    20. [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).

    21. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Wapello Township; Sutro Library Microfilm #2128, Roll 666; Enumeration Date: April 2, 1930 (F. M. Busher); Supervisor's District Number: 15; Enumeration District Number: 57-21; Sheet Number: 1A; Page Number: 120 8001; Line Number: 40.

    22. [S945] Dotson, Harry Lawrence and Ines Marguerite (Johnson) - 10th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 2, Thursday, September 19, 1929; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    23. [S948] Dotson, Ines Marguerite (Johnson) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 9, November 28, 1980; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).