Charles Lemon Clifford

Charles CliffordCharles Lemon Clifford (1861-1931)

This biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com.

I just found more newspaper articles about the court cases that led Charles Clifford to be committed to Osawatomie Mental Hospital. I have the whole story here:

The story Charles L Clifford in Osawatomie

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Marie Margaretha Brocksen Reimers

Marie Brocksen ReimersMarie Brocksen Reimers (1859-1922)

This biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com.

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My husband and I visited Holstein & Ida Grove in October 2018. We found many real estate transactions by Claus and Marie Reimers at the Ida County Courthouse. Marie, especially, seemed to be the one that speculated in real estate. Included here is what we found with other information for context. We also found out from the librarian in Ida Grove that the local newspaper archives are searchable for free on the internet. I found several articles about our family when I got home. Following is a summary of the real estate transactions, businesses that they owned and places they lived:

The Reimers in Holstein

 

 

Claus Johann Reimers

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This biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com.

(It is a fairly large PDF file. It may take a little while to load, depending on the speed of your connection.

My husband and I visited Holstein & Ida Grove in October 2018. We found many real estate transactions by Claus and Marie Reimers at the Ida County Courthouse. Included here is what we found with other information for context. We also found out from the librarian in Ida Grove that the local newspaper archives are searchable for free on the internet. I found several articles about our family when I got home. Following is a summary of the real estate transactions, businesses that they owned and places they lived:

The Reimers in Holstein

Here is a conversation his sons: my dad, Dean Kelley, had with his brother Warren Kelley reminiscing about family stories. Claus Reimers was their grandfather:

Andrew Alfred Kelley

A A KelleyAndrew Alfred Kelley (1850-1914)

This biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Kelley was a poet. He wrote several poems about his early life in Ireland and in the United States. We were lucky that a neighbor saved the original book of poems after the death of my dad’s cousin, Ida Martens Brus. Unfortunately, many of the family photos were sold for their frames at and estate sale. Here is a scanned copy:

Fugitive Pieces by A. A. Kelley

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Marie Reimers Kelley

Marie ReimersMarie Reimers Kelley (1891-1965)

This biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com.

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The Kelleys in Holstein This file contains more information including the birth records of her sons and the places the Kelleys lived in Holstein.

Here is a conversation his sons: my dad, Dean Kelley, had with his brother Warren Kelley reminiscing about family stories:

When my dad was growing up his mom would make these German Doughnuts. An aunt, I think, watched her make them and wrote the recipe down. My mom started making them, as well. I have continued the tradition. My dad included the recipe in a family recipe book he made for his kids from Christmas 1996. Here is that recipe:

In my attempt to reduce gluten, dairy and refined cane sugar for my anti-inflammatory diet. I have been making them gluten-free. This year (2017), I made the following substitutions and additions:

  • Goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk.
  • Coconut oil instead of Crisco.
  • (I soak the raisins in water to soften them for a little while.)
  • I added 3 eggs instead of 2 this year.
  • Flours used: a generic Gluten-Free flour blend, Premium Gold Flax & Ancient Grains All-purpose flour, almond flour, sorghum flour. In a ratio of 2:2:1:1. (I think I used: 1 cup : 1 cup : 1/2 cup : 1/2 cup, maybe more.—It is important add the flours a little at a time (1/2 cup-1/4 cup) using a sifter to prevent clumping. The consistency of the batter should be like a very thick pancake batter: thick, sticky, but still a liquid, that doesn’t hold its shape.
  • Coconut sugar instead of cane sugar.
  • I added 1 tbsp. lemon juice with the moist ingredients.
  • I added 1 tbsp. xanthan gum and 1 tsp. baking soda to the dry ingredients.

It works best if the spoonfuls of batter are fairly small. I kept the oil about 360°F. You can sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

William Walter Kelley

William Walter Kelley (1890-1958)

William Walter Kelley was born on July 11, 1890, in Arcadia, Iowa. The son of Andrew Alfred Kelley, who immigrated from Ireland at the age of 16 and Ida Geerdina Auen who immigrated from East Friesland in Germany at the age of 4 with her parents.

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In 1900, William W. Kelley was 10 years old and lived in Arcadia, Iowa with his father, mother, and 3 brothers. He attended school. His father was a carpenter. (His half brother John G. Kelley was the enumerator for this census record).

1900 United States Federal Census

1905 Iowa State Census

In 1905, William Kelley lived in Arcadia, Iowa. He would have been about 15.

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William Walter “Bill” Kelley left home at the age of 15 or 16: My cousin wrote this story: “William Walter “Bill” Kelley started out on his own by age 16, not by choice. We are not sure whether this is an Irish custom, or just his father’s way. The boys of this family on their 16th birthday would find their clothes waiting for them on the porch and the house would be locked. This was a way to say, tis time for you to be on your own.”  My father, his son Dean, however, remembered the story as follows: The family was out in the garden and Bill’s father was talking about going to Mass for some long dead person. Bill complained “why do we have to pray for that old so & so”–soon after an ear of corn went whizzing by his ear, pitched by his father. Bill left home (and the catholic church) the next day. –He traveled around Iowa in Dr Linden’s Medicine Show. He took tickets, acted on stage, sang and sold medicine, ca. 1907; he had traveled through Holstein, Iowa where he met his wife and eventually settled down.–(You can listen to brothers Warren and Dean discussing this story in the interview below.)

In 1910, William W. Kelley was 19 years old and lived in Hayes, Iowa, which is just south of Westside, Iowa, and southwest of Arcadia…not far from relatives. He worked as a hired hand on a farm.

1910 United States Federal Census

William Kelley as a young man.

From my cousin: “”Bill” Kelley settled in Holstein, Ida Co., Iowa, in 1910, since having worked in the area since 1907 as a Singer in Dr Lindens Medicine Show. Bill was known by his family to sing Irish songs in German and to have an Irish twinkle of fun in his eyes.”

“In 1910 he took a job with Drews Drayline as drayman. A drayman hauls heavy loads with a special high boarded wagon pulled by horses. Since all freight had to come into Holstein by way of trains a good occupation was to be a drayman to make deliveries to all businesses in the community, you always had work. During this period, Holstein had two trains a day each way that ran between Wall Lake and Sioux City Iowa. After the streets of Holstein, Ida Co., Iowa, were paved in 1923 dray trucks were used.”

I figured out that this photo was taken on 2nd St., just west of Main St. in Holstein. The livery stables would have been across the street.

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William Walter Kelley married Marie Reimers on 11 Jul 1912 in Carroll, Carroll, Iowa, USA

Ida County Pioneer, Ida Grove, Iowa, Wednesday, July 17th, 1912, Page 7.

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His oldest son, Warren William Kelley, was born 26 Sep 1914 in Holstein, Iowa.

Birth Record of Warren William Kelley
1915 Iowa State Census

In 1915, William W. Kelley was 25 years old and lived in Holstein, Iowa.

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World War I Draft Registration Card June 1917

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A truckload of freight

In 1920, William Kelly was 29 years old living in Holstein, (Griggs Township), Iowa with his wife, Marie, and son, Warren (on the next page). He worked as a manager of a rooming house/cafe. They lived on Main St, probably in an apartment above the Restaurant owned by Marie’s parents, Claus and Marie Reimers.

1920 United States Federal Census

His 2nd son,  Keith Dale Kelley, was born 18 Oct 1923:

Birth Record of Keith Dale Kelley

The Reimers Cafe and Boarding House

On January 1, 1925, William Kelley was 34 years old and lived in Iowa with his wife, Marie, and 2 sons. They lived on Kiel St. This census states that 11th grade was the highest grade he completed. It also lists their parents and where their parents were married.

1925 Iowa State Census

His 3rd son, Dean Darrell Kelley, was born 5 Aug 1927:

Dean Darrell Kelley Birth Record

In 1930, William W. Kelley was 39 years old and lived in Holstein (Griggs Township), Iowa with his wife, Mary, and 3 sons. They lived on Hamburg St. He worked as an Oil Station Operator. His son Dean was known as
“Bob” by his family (here he is enumerated as Robert D.)

1930 United States Federal Census

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Hermecke’s Morningside Oil Company” (Sinclair Gas Station)

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(This older biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com.)

The Kelleys in Holstein. This file includes more information about the Kelley family in Holstein, including Birth records of Williams’s sons and where he lived and worked.

Here is a conversation his sons: my dad, Dean Kelley, had with his brother Warren Kelley reminiscing about family stories:

Alice Christina Cornett Clifford

This biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com:

AliceAlice Christina Cornett Clifford (1905-2001)

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Here is an interview of my grandmother, Alice Cornett Clifford. by my father, Dean Kelley:

Walter Lemon Clifford

Walter CliffordThis biography was created using the old “Story View” from ancestry.com:

Walter Lemon Clifford (1897-1986)

 

 

 

 

Also, here is an excerpted transcript I prepared of an interview my dad did of my grandfather. It tells about the time he worked building airplanes for Alexander Aircraft in Colorado. I submitted copies of these to the archives at the Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Walter L. Clifford at Alexander Aircraft Company–transcript

Walter L. Clifford at Alexander Aircraft Company–Audio (This is the excerpt for the transcript. I will work at getting the full interview in a form that I can upload.)

I now have the full audio of the interview my dad, Dean Kelley did of my grandfather, Walter L. Clifford:

 

 

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Dean Darrell Kelley

I completed this picture biography of my Dad just after his death:

Dean Darrell Kelley

Dean Darrell Kelley (1927-2012)

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Dean Kelley in the news from Ida County, Iowa

Dean Kelley in the news from Omaha, Nebraska

Here is an interview I did of my dad on Memorial Day 2005, my son Sky was in Kindergarten: