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Katie Lou (#46950342)
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Bio Photo Of course I'm not related to all these memorials!
Help me link all these memorials in Polk County, Iowa. All info I have added come from census's, SSI, cemetery records, and YOUR info. I do not keep records of where this info comes from. Please send obits, etc by CLICKING ON THE EDIT TAB IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL. You can do a lot of corrections yourself now! Send transfer requests, obits, etc. by clicking on the "Suggest..." button & I'll do those ASAP. And remember... EVERYBODY is adding corrections!
Please, Please, Please do the corrections that you can do yourself, because my cable provider is now charging by the mile, so help me out!

Feel free to ask me to transfer. Even though my goal is to link everybody to everybody else, I'll need your help! And if I transfer it to you, be sure to add stuff! You must be a member of FAG to maintain a memorial. See instructions on the left under "Help with Find A Grave."

Please be patient! My e-mail is pretty heavy. Most e-mails are straight forward. Do this, transfer that, but then there's those ones that get me scurrying around in the files trying to find a trail, a connection, a vague memory of something, someone. The more memorials I add, the burieder I get.

Also remember, there are mistakes on gravestones. Mistakes on marriage records, death certificates, birth records, census records. Recent records appear to be more accurate, but people have told me of engravers making mistakes on very recent stones. Whatever info is on a memorial, it's the LATEST info provided.

And remember-I make typos all the time. Let me know or correct it yourself. Lots of my info comes from 1925 Iowa census. If you see "s/o Joe Blow & Bibbity Boo", I'm just copying it straight from the census and they've got terrible spelling & transcription mistakes.

I have a challenge for those of you who do not live in Iowa. Snoop around in Find-a-Grave & find obits or look for them by Googling a name. (easiest way: Full Name followed by city) As more & more memorials are added here, it becomes easier to link children to parents, wives to husbands.
I'm finally getting better at taking photos. At first, the max was 50k. Very bad photos! Now it's 8M. What a difference!

So here's what I know:

Sunny, Sunny, Sunny. Early morning, you can get light under the trees. Late afternoon, you can get light under the trees. Summer's full of plants, decorations & grass clippings. Fall's full of leaves & mud. Spring's full of mud & peonies. Winter light is poor but no leaves! You need to go in the morning & in the afternoon, every season. The hardest is the north facing stones. Iowa is not known for its north sun. Luckily there are not many such stones. You may have to go back several times to get a good shot. I use a 2" paintbrush to clean stones. A nice one for grass clippings, an old one for dirt & mud. Scissors for clipping grass. If you are doing very old stones, remember shadows. You can create them by using a 4' mirror, the kind you tack to the closet door & it costs around $5. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
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Larry Hart
Charles William Smith
My name is Larry E. Hart. I live in Des Moines, Iowa, and seem to be the "Master of Finding Dead Ends". Charles William Smith was my Uncle (married to my mother's sister). The dates in "Find A Grave" are correct. He was born 02 August 1903 in the town of Norwalk, Iowa (a suburb of Des Moines). He moved into Des Moines proper in the early 1920s. He worked as as an "over-the-road" truck driver for Gateway Transportation for many years. He died of an apparent heart attack 28 August 1963 in Quincy, Illinois while on "a run". I knew "Bill" very well. He is buried at Highland Memory Gardens just north of Des Moines.
I grew up firmly believing (according to relatives) that the man and wife who are buried at Avon Cemetery southeast of Des Moines were "Bill's" parents.
Now that I am of the age to think and draw conclusions of my own, I realize that this cannot be true. The Percy Smith (supposedly "Bill's" father)'s dates on the tombstone are 1897 - 1948. This won't work, because that would mean that he was SIX (6) years of age when his son ("Bill") was born. His wife, Silvia's, dates are 1900-1950. She would have been only THREE (3) at the time "Bill" was born.
Trying to make sense of all this, I surmised that maybe instead of Father and Mother, PERCY and SYLVIA might have been Brother and Sisiter-in-law. It sounds good, but I can't sind any names that fit that either.
I have chased, through "Find A Grave" PERCY's family back to his Grandfather, WILLIAM GORDON SMITH (Born in Pennsylvania and Grandmother, CATHERINE LOGAN (born in Illinios), but could use a "ton" of help locating anything regading my Uncle "Bill". His wife, MABEL and both his sons, DONALD and DICK are all deceased. On rare occasions, I communicate with DICK's widow, JACQUELINE here in Des Moines, but her health does not permit her much of any activ- ity. She knows even less than I do about this "stuff".
If you might be able to help me, I would love to hear from you. Mr E-mail address is: Being as near to computer "illiterate" as I am, I still prefer "snail mail". If you could drop me a note (even to tell me that you have no info- I might be interested in), my address is as follows : LARRY E. HART, 6606 S.W. 15th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50315-5429.
At any rate, "Thanks" for taking the time to read through all this rambling.

Hope to hear from you soon !
Added by Larry Hart on Aug 01, 2014 7:25 PM
Randy Hoch
Gottlieb Toepfer
You inaccurately posted my great-grandfather's name as "Charles Gottlieb Toepfer". He was born in Bavaria as Gottlieb Toepfer and migrated to the US as a young man. He is is listed in all US and Iowa Census rolls as Gottlieb Toepfer. He is in the 1900 Des Moines City directory as Gottlieb Toepfer. How the alleged first name of "Charles" showed up is beyond me. Ancestry shows a "Charles G. Toepfer" living in Michigan around the same time. No where near Des Moines Iowa.
Added by Randy Hoch on Aug 01, 2014 3:35 PM
Beverly Smith Harker
Pat Harvey
Thanks Katie for a very nice grave photo.
Added by Beverly Smith Harker on Aug 01, 2014 1:36 PM
Beverly Smith Harker
Pat Harvey
Added by Beverly Smith Harker on Aug 01, 2014 1:35 PM
Thanks for all you do...
I just left a transfer request, but forgot to thank you for all you do for Find A Grave. It's folks like you, with a generous, giving spirit who make this website so dynamic and valuable. I particularly loved the suggestions for getting better headstone shots.
Added by Carole on Aug 01, 2014 7:01 AM
Mary Russell
Raymond Neasham
Do you mind if I add a picture of him that I have? It is a old class picture in 1910 so it is in the public Domain.
Added by Mary Russell on Jul 28, 2014 6:00 PM

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