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Ralph Thomas "Tommy" Dotson

Male 1899 - 1978


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  • Name  Ralph Thomas "Tommy" Dotson  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Nickname  Tommy 
    Born  30 Dec 1899  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Christened  Orleans, Harlan County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Ralph T. Dotson, son, white, male, born in December 1899, age 5/12, single, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Card #: 244, Tommy Dotson, Post Office: Wapello RD 2
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Ralph T. Dotson, son, male, white, age 6, 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  [10
    • Card Number: 292, male, white, single, 8 months in public school in 1914, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 15, Ralph T. Dotson, age 15, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, extent of education in the common schools: 6, 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  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Serial Number: 147, No.: 26; Name: Ralph Thomas Dotson; age: 18 years; address: RFD#2, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; date of birth: December 30, 1899; natural born; present trade: farm laborer; employed by: George Dotson; employed at: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; nearest living relative: George Dotson, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; race: white; height: tall, build: slender, eye color: gray, hair color: black, lost an arm, leg, hand, eye, or seems to be physically disabled: no; city or county: Wapello, Iowa; date of registration: September 12, 1918
    Census  1920  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Thomas Dotson, son, male, white, age 20, single, attended school since September 1919, 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  [13
    • (Married to "Marion," living with her and daughter "Lucil" Dotson:) Line number 17: R. T. Dotson, head of household, male, white, age 26, married, owned, home had a mortgage, value of home: $24,000, amount of mortgage: $10,000, amount of insurance on the home: $3500, number of years in the U.S.: 26, number of years in Iowa: 26, 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, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: none
    Census  1930  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Married to "Marion" L., living with her and children: LUcille M., Mable E., Donna M., and Goerge Jr. Dotson:) Line number 44: dwelling number: 13, family number: 13: Ralph T. Dotson, head of household, rented home, lived on a farm, male, white, age 30, married, age at first marriage 23, 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 not a veteran, number of farm in schedule: 3
    Residence  1939  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Residence  Jan 1958  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  Oct 1959  Le Grand, Marshall County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Died  12 May 1978  Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Obituary  14 May 1978  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Wapello (IA) -- Ralph Thomas Dotson, 79, of Seattle, Washington, and formerly Wapello, died May 12, in Seattle.

      Born December 30, 1899, in Wapello, he was the son of George and Mary Moyers Dotson. He married Marion (sic) Callahan November 15, 1923, in Newport. He farmed in the Newport area, retiring in 1958. He lived in Wapello until 1970 when he moved to Seattle.

      Surviving: The wife, Seattle, Washington; a son, George, Charlevoux, Michigan; three daughters, Lucille Poggemiller, Wapello, Mabel Kelly, Mediapolis, Donna Cooper, Seattle, Washington; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, S. D. Dotson, Wapello; two sisters, Iva Dotson, Burlington, Velda Mullins, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

      Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday, Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home, Jerrold Swinton; Wapello cemetery.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Ralph Dotson; born: 30 December 1899; died: May 1978; last residence: 98126 (Seattle, King, Washington); Last Benefit: 98126 (Seattle, King, Washington); state where issued: Iowa
    Washington Death Records 
    • Name: Ralph T Dotson; Place of Death: Seattle; Date of Death: 12 May 1978; Residence: Seattle; Age: 78 years; Gender: M; Certificate: 010707
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [18
    • Name: Ralph Thomas Dotson; Sex: M; Born: 1899; Died or Buried: 1978; Age: 79; Buried: Wapello (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page W-42; Notes: 1899-1978
    Buried  15 May 1978  Wapello Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 18, 19
    Person ID  I3876  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  [21
    Residence  1911  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    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  Marian Louise Callahan,   b. 31 Jan 1902, Kirkwood, Warren County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1991, Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Nov 1923  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 19, 24
    Marriage Announcement  25 Nov 1923  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Miss Callahan of Newport is Bride of Ralph Dotson

      Oakville, Iowa, November 24. -- A wedding of much interest was that of Thursday evening at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Callahan. near Newport, when their daughter, Marian Louise, was united in marriage to Ralph Thomas Dotson. Reverend Frank Young performed the ceremony in the presence of immediate relatives and friends. Proceeding the ceremony, musical numbers on the piano and violin were rendered, with a vocal solo, "Just Because," sung by Miss Yera Campbell. The home was beautiful in its color scheme of yellow and white, and during the ceremony the couple stood under a large bell. A two-course luncheon was served. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dotson have a multitude of friends who extend congratulations.
    Miss Callahan of Newport is Bride of Ralph Dotson
    Miss Callahan of Newport is Bride of Ralph Dotson
    The marriage announcement of Ralph "Thomas" Dotson and Marian Louise Callahan. They were married November 15, 1923, near Newport, Iowa.
    Residence  Feb 1947  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Residence  Jun 1947  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Residence  Nov 1948  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Residence  Jul 1955  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    Residence  Jul 1956  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    Newspaper Article  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    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 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.)
    Residence  Feb 1974  Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    Children 
    >1. Lucille May Dotson,   b. 1 Mar 1924, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 2007, Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Mabel Ellen Dotson
    >3. Donna Marian Dotson,   b. 16 Jul 1926, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 2009
    >4. George Junior "Junior" Dotson,   b. 17 Aug 1927, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1998, Big Lake, Holt County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F1649  Group Sheet

  • 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.)

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of Ralph Thomas 'Tom' Dotson
    The Obituary of Ralph Thomas "Tom" Dotson
    Tom Dotson (1899-1978) married Marian Louise Callahan They were the parents of four children: Lucille May Poggemiller, Mabel Ellen Kelly, Donna Marian (Rich/Cooper) Jonas, and George Junior Dotson.

  • 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. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb).

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

    4. [S1306] Rich, Carol Marian - Email (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S776] Social Security Death Index.

    6. [S955] Dotson, Ralph Thomas "Tommy" - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 25, May 14, 1978; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [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

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

    9. [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

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

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

    12. [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

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

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

    16. [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).

    17. [S8551] Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

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

    19. [S956] Dotson, Marian Louise (Callahan) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 7A, July 1, 1991; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

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

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

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

    23. [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).

    24. [S949] Dotson, Ralph Thomas "Tommy" and Marian Louise Callahan - Marriage Announcement, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 4, November 25, 1923; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    25. [S950] Dotson, Mabel Ellen and James L. Kelly - Marriage Announcement, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 5, February 21, 1947; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    26. [S951] Dotson, Donna Marian and Bruce Paul Rich - Marriage Announcement, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 6, June 5, 1947; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    27. [S952] Dotson, George "Junior" and Gladys Mary Kwiatkowski - Marriage Announcement, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 6, November 19, 1948; Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    28. [S953] Callahan, Frederick Martin "Fred" - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, July 7, 1955; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    29. [S954] Devore, Merle DeEtta (Callahan) - Obituary, (originally published in the Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 12, July 26, 1956; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    30. [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).

    31. [S935] Dotson, Lee Earl (Sr.) - Obituary, (originally published in the Muscatine Journal, page 3, February 4, 1974; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).