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Ray Redfern

Male 1880 - 1937


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  • Name  Ray Redfern  [1, 2
    Born  24 Dec 1880  Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • Ray signed his World War I draft card with the surname "Redfern" rather than "Redfearn." It seems he and his family group dropped the "a" from the name, as did some others.
    Iowa State Census  1895  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Ruy (sic) Redfern, age 14, born in Des Moines County Iowa, white
    Census  1900  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Ray Redfearn, son, white, male, born in December 1880, age 19, single, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, occupation farm laborer, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Iowa State Census  1905  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Listed with Hannah Redfern:) Ray Redfern, Card Number: 800; Post Office Address: New London: Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa
    Census  1910  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married to Hanna, living with her and children "Karo," Bessie, and Francis (enumerated as "male" and "daughter), and hired hand Cabel B. Gittings, age 20:) Line number 7: dwelling number: 41, family number: 42: Ray Redfern, head of household, male, white, age 29, married, years of present marriage 6, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, employer, could read, could write, owned home, mortgaged, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 38

      Cabel B. Gittings, hired man, male, white, age 20, single, birthplace Illinois, father's birthplace Illinois, mother's birthplace Illinois, could speak English, occupation farm laborer, nature of industry working out, wage earner, not out of work April 15, 1910, number of weeks out of work in 1909: 0, could read, could write, did not attend school since September 1909
    Newspaper Article  16 Jan 1913  Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    The Nashua Reporter 
    • General News of Iowa Collected and Condensed from Many Sources that will Prove of Interest to Our Readers.

      Ames -- The big job of judging the thousands of ears of corn in the annual show of the Iowa Corn Growers association has been finished and hundreds of ribbons have been awarded. For corn, more than 200 ribbons were given out; for oats, barley and wheat, 75 or 80. The cash and other prizes given represented a total value of more than $4,000.

      This year's display indicates that more men than ever are giving attention to corn breeding in Iowa. Secretary H. L. Bichling of the association, says that the supply of seed with good breeding back of it will be larger than ever in Iowa. While here and there in the exhibits were ears not up to standard, the judges united in saying that in this year's show there is less of it than ever before. "We're making progress in Iowa," said one of them; that's the gratifying thing about this year's exhibit."

      The small grain show was also better than ever. Every year interest grows and some of the displays this year were of unusual merit. The best bushel of oats, winning grand championship, was shown by Fred McCullock, of Iowa county; he also won second honors in winter wheat and first honors in the any variety wheat class. The best bushel of winter wheat was grown by W. F. Atchek of Jasper county. This same man had the best bushel of barley. The best ten bushels of barley were shown by Frank Kouba of Benton county. The best peck of timothy seed was shown by J. H. Burgy, of Iowa county.

      The attendance and interest a the show is justifying its return to Iowa State college, where it started nine years ago. Hundreds surround the exhibits every day, all of them students of corn.

      Some of the awards by classes follow: [...]

      Class E (30 ears any variety sweepstakes) -- Ray Redfern, Roscoe, Des Moines county.
    Iowa State Census  1915  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Card Number: 763, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 34, Ray Redfern, age 34, Des Moines County, post office address: Yarmouth, Washington, occupation farmer, total earnings in 1914: $910? (it may be "g/o"), extent of education in grammar school: 10, extent of education in high school: 1, extent of education in college: 1, birth place: Iowa, owned home or farm, incumbrance on farm or home: $5000, value of farm or home: $14,000, church affiliation Babtist (sic), father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: C. C. Featherby
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  12 Sep 1918  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Serial Number: 345, No.: 92 556, Ray Redfern; Age: 37; Address: RFD No. 1, Yarmouth; Des Moines County, Iowa; Date of birth: December 24, 1880; native born; Present trade: farmer; Where employed: RFD No. 1, Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa; Nearest relative: Hannah Redfern; Nearest relative's address: RFD No. 1, Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa; Race: white; Height: medium; Build: medium; Eye color: brown; Hair color: black; Des Moines County, Iowa, Date of registration: September 12, 1918
    Census  1920  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Married to Hannah, living with her and children Carroll I., Bessie, Francis, Kenneth B., and Lola L. Redfern. Also in the household was Geral or Genel O. Oakley (apparently known as Ollie Oakley), a hired man, age 25, from England. The family was spread on two (non-consecutive) census images:) Line number 97: farm, dwelling number: 93, family number: 93: Ray Redfern, head of household, owned home, mortgaged, male, white, age 39, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, employer, number of farm in schedule: 84
    Census  1920  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • (The second image of Ray Redfern's family, with children: Francis, Kenneth B., and Lola L. Redfern, and hired man, Geral O. Oakley.)

      Geral? O. Oakley, hired man, male, white, age 25, single, year of immigration to the US: 1913, naturalized, year of citizenship: 1918, could read, could write, born in England, mother tongue English, father's birthplace England, father's mother tongue English, mother's birthplace England, mother's mother tongue English, could speak English, occupation farm laborer, nature of industry working out, wage earner
    Newspaper Article  19 Jan 1921  Greene, Butler County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The Iowa Recorder 
    • Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention

      The second annual convention of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation was held at Des Moines on January 5th and 6th. The total attendance exceeded twelve hundred farmers, many bringing their wives. They came from all parts of the state. It really was larger than was anticipated by those who had the arrangements in charge, and this gave the officers great encouragement, inasmuch as it caused them to feel that the Federation was filling a place at this time which is measuring up to the farmer's needs and expectations, and showed to them that he wanted to come and consult with those in charge in order that the activities of the Federation might be so conducted as to meet the present day situation. [...]

      Iowa is entitled to six members as directors to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The state was divided into five districts, [as] President Hunt [is] automatically going as one of the directors because of his position. The northwest district elected O. H. Martin of Spencer; the northeast district E. H. Cunningham (home address Cresco); southwest district W. W. Latta, Logan; central south deistrict Isaac White, Albia, and southeast district, Ray Redfern, Yarmouth. [...]
    Iowa State Census  1925  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • (Married to Hanna, living with her and children: Carroll I., Bessie, Frances, Kenneth B., and Lola L. "Redfern" (unsure of how this family chose to spell the surname). The family was enumerated on two sets of images:) Line number: 27: Ray Redfern, head of household, male, white, age 44, married, owned, home was free of mortgage, amount of insurance on the home: $4000, attended college/university, number of years in college: 3, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: John L. Redfern, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 74, name of mother: Alice Miller, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 65, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: Baptist
    Iowa State Census  1925  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • (The second image of the family of Ray and Hannah Redfern in 1925 listed children Frances, Kenneth B., and Lola L. Redfern.)
    Newspaper Article  1 Feb 1927  Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    the Iowa City Press-Citizen 
    • Registration for Home Week Sets Record

      Ames, Iowa, February 1 [1927] (AP) -- Registration for the annual farm and home week, which opened yesterday, totaled 707, or a 20 per cent increase over the opening day in 1926.

      Three hundred exhibitors displayed a total of 10,446 ears of corn at the show of the Iowa Corn Growers' association.

      Ray Redfern of Yarmouth, Iowa, exhibited a peck of oats and took first prize.

      Ninety trophies and more than $2,000 will be awarded tomorrow.
    Newspaper Article  21 Dec 1927  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Premium List for Corn Show Is Announced
      Ray Redfern of Yarmouth to Be Judge of Exhibits January 11 to 14.

      Special to the Democrat

      Muscatine, Iowa, December 21 [1927] -- The fourth annual community corn show will be held January 11, 12, 13, and 14 with Ray Refern (sic) of Yarmouth, judge. A special feature of the premium list this year will be a silver cup given to the exhibitor of sweepstakes 10 ears of corn by R. B. Murray, publisher of the Farm Gist. This trophy cup if won by the same exhibitor three times in succession will become his personal property.

      The premium list for the corn show will be the same as last year. The show is open to all farmers of Muscatine county, also Illinois farmers within 15 miles radius of the river toll bridge.

      Entries to the show will be closed at 9 p.m. January 13 and judging will begin at 8 a.m. January 12. Corn will be released from the show at 2 p.m. January 14. A $25 award will be paid to the township having the most number of points from winnings of individual entries from the township.

      The premiums and classification of entries are the same for both amateur and professional exhibitors.
    Newspaper Article  28 Jan 1928  Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    The Nashua Reporter 
    • E. E. Tracy a 'Master Farmer'; One of 16 Selected from 140 Nominated from Different Communities Over the State

      Sixteen Iowa farmers -- community leaders and expert agricultural managers and craftsmen -- were given the honorary title of "Master Farmers" at Des Moines Tuesday night of last week, and Mr. Elmer E. Tracy of Nashua, was one of the sixteen, according to the following story published on the farm page of the Des Moines Register of January 11.

      The sixteen winners are: Carl T. Anderson, Wellman; H. D. Backhus, Manly; Frank Beath, Corning; A. J. Blakely, Grinnell, R. R. Clampitt, New Providence, E. L. Hill, Milburn, John M. Hunt, Ackley; Oscar Johnson, Le Grande; Geo. V. Leffler, Stockport; A. B. Myhr, Thompson; Roy T. Pullen, Spencer; Ray Redfern, Yarmouth; Adoph Schultz, Silver City; John M. Smith, Center Junction; E. E. Tracy, Nashua, and Geo. R. Steen, Muscatine.

      Announcement of the awards was made at a dinner given in honor of the men by Wallace Farmer.

      The "Master Farmers" live in fifteen counties, scattered well over the state. Their ages range from 36 to 68 years. Three of the older men are retiring on the farm, and each have taken a son into partnership. One is a tenant farmer, and the other 15 owners.

      Ten are interested in beef cattle, five are primarily dairymen. All are good hog raisers and have flocks of poultry.

      During the contest, 140 men were nominated from different communities, and after eighty with outstanding records had been personally visited by representatives of Wallaces' Farmer, the sixteen were selected by Dr. H. C. Taylor of Northwestern university, Dr. C. L. Holmes of Iowa State college, and the editors of the farm paper.

      In a similar contest last year 14 men were designated as "Master farmers." Another contest for 1928 has been announced.

      In discussing the basis of award, H. A. Wallis said:

      Ability to raise good crops and livestock was not sufficient; intelligent planning and financing was not enough. Farming efficiently and making money were important, but a 'master farmer' must likewise have the qualities that make a good husband and father in the home and also the right attitude toward his neighbors and an interest in community activities of the young people in his neighborhood. In brief, he must be an all-around man, intelligent in his farming operations, planning wisely the handling of his finances, active in farm organizations, working with his neighbors in building the kind of community in which he would like to live."

      Judging was based on a special scorecard, with points given for comfortable homes, for crop production, for soil fertility maintenance, for machinery equipment and efficiency and appearance of fields and buildings.

      The men chosen give time to work with community enterprises such as the church, schools, farm organizations and co-operative projects.

      Mr. Tracy has owned his 320 acre farm for thirty-eight years and is now in partnership with his son, F. E. Tracy. The specialize in Red Polled cattle.
    Newspaper Article  24 Jan 1929  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Naumann Wins High Honors In Corn Show
      Redfern Lists Classification of Entries; Grosjean Best Amateur.
      Special to The Democrat

      Muscatine, Iowa, January 4 [1929] -- Awards for best exhibits at the Muscatine Community Corn show being held at the Horst & Strieter garage building, were announced today by Ray Redfern, judge. Judging continued today. The show will close Saturday when a banquet for the exhibitors will be held. [...]
    Census  1930  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • (Married to Hannah, living with her and children Kenneth and Lola L. Redfern, Kenneth's wife, Pauline, and a widowed lodger/farm laborer, Lewis C. Winslow, age 20, from Indiana:) Line number 1: dwelling number: 81, family number: 81: Ray Redfern, head of household, owned home, owned a radio set, lived on a farm, male, white, age 49, 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, occupation farmer, nature of industry farm, occupation code VVVV, own account, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran, number of farm in schedule: 41

      Lewis C. Winslow, lodger, male, white, age 43, widowed, age at first marriage 20, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Indiana, father's birthplace Indiana, mother's birthplace Indiana, state code: 60, could speak English, occupation laborer, nature of industry farm, occupation code VIVV, wage earner, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran
    Died  11 Nov 1937  near Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 21
    Funeral Notice  13 Nov 1937  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Funeral services of Ray Redfern of Yarmouth, Iowa, who died at his home near there Friday night (November 12, 1937), will be held at Yarmouth Baptist church Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with private burial rites in Trinity cemetery. The body is now at Elliott mortuary, New London, Iowa, where it may be viewed this evening. It will be taken to the Redfern home Sunday at 9:30 a.m., and taken to the Baptist church, Yarmouth, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, one hour before services there.
    Buried  14 Nov 1937  Trinity Cemetery, Mount Union, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Newspaper Article  7 Feb 1952  Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    the Iowa City Press-Citizen 
    • 20 Years Ago Today
      February 7, 1932

      In the course of the annual conference of the Farm and Homemakers' week, held under the auspices of the State agricultural college at Ames, the Iowa Corn and Small Grain Growers' association also meets, and elects officers for the ensuing year. George Stein, of West Liberty, is named president, to succeed Ray Redfern, of Yarmouth, retiring.
    Person ID  I5921  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  John Lee Redfern,   b. 22 Feb 1850, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1940, Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Alice "Alice" Miller,   b. 1860, Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1940, Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1880  Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • According to the Trinity Cemetery book, the surname was spelled "Redfern" on John and Alice's headstone(s).
    Family ID  F2322  Group Sheet

    Family  Hannah Broeker,   b. 8 Mar 1880, Prairie Grove, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1964, Metz Nursing Home, Donnellson, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Jan 1904  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 15, 21
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Ray Redfern; Groom's Birth Date: 1881; Groom's Birthplace: Yarmouth, Iowa; Groom's Age: 23; Bride's Name: Hannah Broeker; Bride's Birth Date: 1881; Bride's Birthplace: Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa; Bride's Age: 23; Marriage Date: 27 January 1904; Marriage Place: Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: J. L. Redfern; Groom's Mother's Name: Alice Miller; Bride's Father's Name: Frederick Broeker; Bride's Mother's Name: Minnie Winsel; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02689-0; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1682868; Reference Number: #1682868, #19; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Children 
     1. Carroll Irwin Redfern,   b. 25 Mar 1905, near New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1993, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Bessie Redfern,   b. 3 Jul 1906, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1991
     3. Frances Redfern,   b. 13 Apr 1908, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1993
    >4. Kenneth Broeker Redfern,   b. 29 Dec 1911, Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1966, near Yarmouth, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lola L. Redfern,   b. 19 Dec 1918, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1977
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F6848  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S266] New London, Iowa - New London Journal Centennial Edition Newspaper, M. Ruth (DeLong) Peterson, (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa), page 199 (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S613] Grandfield, Dianne Lynn (Mathews) - Email (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      (at ancestry.com)

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

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

    6. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa

    7. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 24, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 2B, page number: 347; enumeration date: June 7, 1900

    8. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA_84

    9. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 25, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 3A, page number: 191; enumeration date: April 19, 1910

    10. [S9162] Redfern, Ray - Best Ten Ears, (originally published in The Nashua Reporter, page 7, January 16, 1913; Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA1915_144

    12. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 27; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4B, page number: 262; enumeration date: January 10, 1920

    13. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 27; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 5B, page number: 263; enumeration date: January 10, 1920

    14. [S9163] Redfern, Ray - Delegate to National Farm Bureau, (originally published in The Iowa Recorder, page 4, Wednesday, January 19, 1921; Greene, Greene County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1696

    16. [S9164] Redfern, Ray - Peck of Oats First Prize, (originally published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, page 7, Tuesday, February 1, 1927; Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S9165] Redfern, Ray - Judge at Corn Show 1927, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 16, Wednesday, December 21, 1927; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S9166] Redfern, Ray - Master Farmer, (originally published in The Nashua Reporter, page 1, January 28, 1928; Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S9167] Redfern, Ray - Judge at Corn Show 1929, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 11, Friday, January 24, 1929; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washginton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 29-31, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 4A, page number: 213; enumeration date: April 18, 19, and 21, 1930

    21. [S2783] Redfern, Hannah (Broeker) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 11, December 28, 1964; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S9161] Redfern, Ray - Funeral Notice, (originally published in The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 9, November 13, 1937; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    23. [S9168] Redfern, Ray - Retirement as President of Corn Growers, (originally published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, page 7, Thursday, February 7, 1952; Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    24. [S1051] Canaan Township, Henry County, Iowa - Burials (Sheridan and Trinity Cemeteries), (published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, 1987, publication #0236; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).