Monday, January 23, 2012

Charles Rupalo [Kazimierz Rupalla],1893-1976

Charles Rupalo [Kazimierz Rupalla], 1893-1976
  Charles Rupalo (Kazimierz Rupalla), son of John Rupalo and Mary Helmen, was born in Jaworzno, Galicia Province, Austria, 2 March 1893, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  He was raised in this area which later became part of independent southwest Poland.  He departed this life at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa on 28 December 28 1976: aged 83 years, 9 months and 26 days.   
  At the age of 19 he came to America, naturalized at Ellis Island on 12 December 1912.  He settled in Appanoose County Iowa and spent a majority of his life coal mining.  At the age of 52 he left the coal mines and began farming near Numa in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, IA.   
  On 8 September 1918, he was united in marriage to Maggie Gorman, making their home near Diamond, Iowa. Upon his retirement from farming in 1966, they moved to Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa to make their home. 
  Besides his widow, he is survived by six children:  Mrs. Wanda McFarland (Cecil) of Longmont, Colo., Walter Rupalo (Donna) of Seymour, Wilbur Rupalo (Fern) of Centerville, Mrs. Louise Newby (Kenneth) of Donnellson, Mrs. Carolyn Inman (Wendell) of Corydon, and Mrs. Eleanor Ferren of Austin, Texas.  Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, one great grandchild, one nephew, and three nieces. 
  Funeral was Thursday, 30 December 1976  at the Liggett-Randolph Funeral home in Seymour with Rev. Louis Schaffner officiating.  Milton Albertson sang requested hymns, accompanied by Mrs. Iris Merritt.  Pallbearers were Harold McElvain, Dan Jones, Roger DeVore, Dr. A.W. Cooper, Roger Park and Stanley Cooper. Burial was in Southlawn Cemetery, Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa. 
Card Of Thanks
  The Charles Rupalo family wishes to express sincere thanks to friends and neighbors for food, flowers and expressions of sympathy in the recent death of our father, husband and grandfather. 
Family of Charles Rupalo
  Obituary of Charles Rupalo emailed to the editor of The Jerome Journal on 16 January 2012 by Lauretta Newby [], granddaughter, and edited by Bill Hawkins.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bruce Clark & Ruth A. Cox Clark

Lange Funeral Home Obituary
Bruce Clark, 1939=2011
  Bruce Clark, age 71, of Centerville, Iowa died February 10, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa.
  Bruce was born September 5, 1939 in Centerville, Iowa the son of William and Ruth Hixenbaugh Clark.  He graduated from Centerville High School.  He married Ruth Cox in 1958 in Clio, Iowa.  Bruce served in the United States Navy, retiring after twenty years of service.  After retiring from the service, he was a mechanic and drove a rock truck.  His hobby was collecting and restoring toys and was an avid enthusiastic collector. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church.  Bruce was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Fleet Reserve.
  He is survived by his wife Ruth, 3 children, Debra (Mark) Kauzlarich of Centerville,  Diana (Max) Baethke,  Owasso,  OK,  Richard Clark of Jerome,  Iowa,  5 grandchildren  Melissa (Clint) Hedrick of Edmond,  OK,  Brad (Lindsey) Kauzlarich of Oskaloosa, IA, Ashlee (Hardy) Gunsalus, Oklahoma City, OK, Sandi Kauzlarich of Centerville, Mariah Clark of Jerome; four great grandchildren; one brother Roger (Jill) Clark of Centerville.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother William (Joe) Clark.
  Visitation:  Sunday, February 13, 2011, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
  Service:  Monday, February 14, 2011, 11:00 AM, Highland Cemetery, Mystic, IA.
  Special Services:  Graveside Military Services.
Daily Iowegian - 21 February 2012
Ruth A. Clark, 1939-2012
  CENTERVILLE — Ruth A. Clark, 72, of Centerville, passed away Thursday,  Feb. 16, 2012 at her home.

  Ruth was born Oct. 16, 1939 at Allerton, the daughter of Ernest and Elnor Michael Cox. Ruth grew up in Seymour and graduated from Seymour High School. She married Clyde Bruce Clark in Clio in 1958. For the next 20 years, Ruth spent her life as a Navy wife, moving from Coast to Coast. She enjoyed the moves to new places, especially meeting new people along the way.  During those years she made many lifelong friends. After Bruce retired from the Navy, the family settled in Centerville. For the next 25 years Ruth worked for Union Carbide, retiring from Curwood in 2004. She enjoyed caring for her home — always had some sort of project underway.  She loved her flowers and the colorful displays in her yard. Ruth loved her family, especially her grandkids. She was a member of the Drake Avenue Christian Church, Centerville where she was baptized in 1992.
  Ruth is survived by three children Debra (Mark) Kauzlarich of Centerville, Diana (Max) Baethke of Owasso,Okla., Richard Clark of Jerome, five grandchildren Melissa (Clint) Hedrick of Edmund, Okla., Brad (Lindsey) Kauzlarich of Oskaloosa, Ashlee (Hardy) Gunsalus of Englewood, Colo., Sandi Kauzlarich of Centerville, Mariah Clark of Jerome; four great-grandchildren, Logan Hedrick, Audrey Kauzlarich, Hudson Hedrick and Kellen Kauzlarich. Also surviving are six brothers and sisters William (Eleanor) Cox of Okarche, Okla., Marge Brandeburg of Delmar, Gene Cox of Peoria, IL, Tom (Linda) Cox of Unionville, Mo., Kathy (Gary) Lord of Tucson, Ariz. and Butch (Shirley) Cox of Ft. Dodge.
  She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Clark and her parents.
  Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Highland Cemetery, Mystic with Pastor Ken Mehrhoff officiating. Friends may call all day Monday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Lange Funeral Home, Centerville. A memorial has been established to either Hospice of Central Iowa or Drake Avenue Christian Church and may be left at the funeral home.  Condolences may be left at

Monday, January 9, 2012

Ocie Ola Moore Huston, 1894-1967

St. Joseph News-Press - 6 October 1967
Mrs. Ira Huston
  Mrs. Ocie Ola Huston, 72, 1010 Ellsworth avenue, died at 10:35 a.m. at a hospital here, where she had been a patient since Sept. 22.
  A native of Jerome, Iowa, Mrs. Huston had lived her 40 years. She was a member of the North St. Joseph Taberacle. Her husband, Ira Huston, died May 5, 1964.
  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Anna Mae Richardson, St. Joseph; two sons, Ervin Huston, of the home, and Glen Huston,m St. Joseph; two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Hudson, St. Joseph, and Mrs. Etta Phillips, Cincinnati, Iowa; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
  The body is at the Stamey mortuary.
  Ocie Ola Moore was born August 1894 in Appanoose County, Iowa, daughter of Joel E. Moore and Mary Van Dorn and married 11 April 1909 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, Ira Huston who was born 24 Jun 1883 in Appanoose County, Iowa, son of Jamison Huston and Ada Hunt, and died 5 May 1964.  In 1918 Ira and Ocie Huston lived in Jerome and Ira was employed at the Harkes Coal Company in Jerome.
  To this union was born four sons and three daughters, including: (1) Ansel Otis Huston, son, born 7 May 1910 in Appanoose County, Iowa, died 20 December 1910 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried 21 December 1910 in the Jerome Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa  (2) Virgie V. Huston, daughter, born c1912; (3) Anna Mae Huston, daughter, born c1915, married to Everett Richardson; (4) Ira Verl Huston, son, born c1919; (5) George Irvin Huston, son, born 10 June 1924 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and died 14 September 2010 in Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri; and (6) Glenn W. Huston, son, born c1927. 
Sources for Information
--Calvin Lyman Smith Family Tree owned by sdgrange on
--Census Records on  
   1895-IA Census-Appanoose-Mystic-Image 73.
   1900-US Census-IA-Appanoose-Mystic-District 24-Image 1.
   1905-IA Census-Appanoose-Mystic-Image 7.
   1910-US Census-IA-Appanoose-Lincoln-District 21-Image 10.
   1920-US Census-IA-Wapello-Ottumwa Ward 5-District 157-Image 40.
   1925-IA Census-Wapello-Ottumwa Ward 6-Image 187-188-189.
   1930-US Census-MO-Buchanan-St Joseph-District 20-Image 19.
--Ocie Ola Moore's and Ira Huston's marriage record on Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 on
--Ira Huston's registration card on World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 on
--Ira Huston's birth and death dates and Social Security number on Social Security Death Records on
--Ansel Otis Huston's death record on Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990 on
--Ansel Otis Huston's gravestone record in Jerome Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa, Cemeteries: Lincoln Township published by the Appanoose County Genealogical Society. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lost and Found

The Weekly Guernsey Times 
Cambridge, OH - 15 June 1905
From Google News Archive on 8 January 2012
  A true life story comes from Seymour, Iowa. Thirty-four years ago one George M. Wilson, living near Delphos, Ohio, disposed of his farm, pocketed the cash and with the hired girl went west to seek his fortune and a little seclusion. His wife and his eight children were left to get along as best they could. They got along somehow without the help of the father or the hired girl.
  Recently to (sic) deserted wife applied for a pension as the widow of her old soldier husband. The pension office investigated and found her supposed dead husband much alive and living at Seymour, Iowa; with the hired girl, now a woman of mature years, with a daughter approaching the old maid point of thirty years. The married daughter of the original and only wife travels from Ohio to Iowa to see her long lost dad. Was he glad to see her? Did parental love break out afresh? Hardly. For now it is stated the daughter has commenced suit against her father claiming the sum of $4,000 for services and money expended for the care of her mother.
  And this is not the only mix up. The father during his long life in Iowa has been conveying real estate, the erstwhile hired girl signing the deeds as his wife, while in law, if in deed, she was not his wife. The deserted wife may yet retain her one-third interest under Iowa law. The present owners of these lands will want to clear their titles. Old man Wilson will have to compromise on the best settlement he can make, or stand a chance of losing all in attorney fees, court costs, and other proceedings.
  Moral:  Draw it yourself.

Iowa Charivari Party Victims of a Grade Crossing

Iowa State Bystander - 20 October 1899
From on 8 January 2012
Members of an Iowa Charivari Party
Victims of a Grade Crossing
  Seymour, Iowa, Oct. 20: --One person was killed and nine others were injured, several probably fatally, in a grade crossing accident here Wednesday. A wagon in which ten young men bound across the country to charivari a newly married couple was struck by an east-bound meat train on the Rock Island road and knocked from the track. Will Cupples was killed outright and the following were injured:
  Arrison, Norlan, bruised and cut on head; severe.
  Arrison, Orin, two scalp wounds.
  Bueler, Asa, injured in spine and hip.
  Darrah, David, shoulder, spine and hip.
  Gunter, Harlin, scalp wound, injured in spine; severe.
  Handlin, James A., slight injuries.
  Hostutler, Earl, struck on head; unconscious.
  McReynolds, J. L., slight injuries.
  Peers, J. M., slight injuries.
The Daily Star, Fredericksburg, VA - 20 October 1899
From Google News Archive on 8 January 2012
Fatality Prevents a Charivari
  Seymour, Ia., Oct. 19.--An accident occurred here last night in which one person was killed and nine others injured, several of them probably fatally. A crowd of young men had started to the country to charivari a newly married couple, and as they drove across the Rock Island track, in the eastern limits of the city, they were struck by a train and knocked from the track. Will Cupples was killed outright and his body was found upon the pilot of the engine. The other members of the party were thrown promiscuously along the track, the wagon completely demolished and the harness torn from the horses.
Warsaw Daily Times, Warsaw Indiana - 19 October 1899
From Google News Archive on 8 January 2012
Wagon Load of Young Men Who Were 
Going to a Charivari
  Seymour, Ia., Oct. 19.--A frightful accident occurred here at 7:45 o'clock yesterday evening, in which one person was killed and nine others injured, perhaps several of them fatally. A crowd of young men had started to the country to charivari a newly married couple and as they drove across the Rock Island track in the east limits of the city they were struck by the east bound meat train and knocked from the track. Will Cupples was killed outright.
  List of casualties:  J. W. Cupples, dead; Asa Bueller, injured in spine and hip; David Darrah, shoulder, spine and hip; Harlin Gunter, scalp wound, injured in spine, probably serious; Norlan Arrison, bruised and cut on head, bad; Orin Arrison, two scalp wounds; Earl Hostutler, unconscious; J. M. Peers, slight injuries; J. L. McReynolds, slight injuries; James A. Handlin, slight injuries.
Kendallville Standard, Kendallville, Indian - 27 October 1899
From Google News Archive on 8 January 2012
One Killed and Nine Injured
  One person was killed and nine others were injured, several probably fatally, in a grade crossing accident at Seymour, Iowa. A wagon in which were ten young men bound across the country to charivari a newly married couple was struck by an east-bound meat train on the Rock Island road and knocked from the track. Will Cupples was killed outright.