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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 8 years, 10 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible.
Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /October 15, 2015 (profile updated)

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Cora Jane Barker Harwick--memorial #128256032. She was born June 6, 1878 Forest City, IL. Married Robert Moreland Harwick. He was born 1875. Their daughter is Gladys Harwick Shafranek--memorial #114993494.
Added by mildred on Jan 24, 2016 9:45 AM
Sandra Kozlowski
RE: Caroline Baldwin spouse edit update
Thank you Richard for your dedication.
Added by Sandra Kozlowski on Jan 23, 2016 2:24 PM
Sandra Kozlowski
RE: Caroline Baldwin spouse edit
Hi Richard,

It's not the Caroline Willeford to Lemuel Baldwin that I am disputing. It is the Caroline Willeford to John H Dingman. Now that I'm looking at it, it could have been Myrna Tuning who made the link. If it wasn't you could you let me know so that I can ask Myrna to delete the link.

Thanks, Sandy
Added by Sandra Kozlowski on Jan 23, 2016 5:47 AM
Mrs. Daniel Walmer
The marriage date is confirmed by Sarah's obituary
January 30, 1896.
Added by tmacdee on Jan 22, 2016 2:56 PM
Mrs. Daniel Walmer
Jefferson County Republic
Friday January 24, 1902 4-2
Mrs. Margaret Stanley of Unionville, Iowa, is here visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dan Walmer. She will also visit her sister Mrs. John Bishop of Liberty Tp.
Added by tmacdee on Jan 22, 2016 2:50 PM
Sarah Elizabeth Stanley Walmer
From the Fairfield Journal, Dec 27, 1916, 4-1
Mrs Daniel Walmer dies the morning. Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Walmer died this morning at her home 402 E. Washington Street....Evergreen.
Born Oskaloosa, IA, March 28, 1853, daughter of Moses and Barbara STANLEY. About 19 years ago she came to this city where she has since resided. Jan 30, 1896 married Daniel Walmer who is left to mourn. Also survived by two sisters, and one brother: Mrs Ruth Buckmaster of Unionville; Mrs. Anna Ward of Udell, and Wm. STANLEY of Unionville..

This should help establish definitely that Sarah Elizabeth was a STANLEY, not a Scranton.

You can get the full article in the newspaper microfilms at the Fairfield Library.
Added by tmacdee on Jan 22, 2016 2:46 PM
Elton Cunningham
Thank you for the transfer. I appreciate it very much
Added by cjgriffith on Jan 20, 2016 10:37 AM
Memorial# 74907375 - Leah Ridinger
Could this be the missing wife of Samuel Ridinger - Memorial# 27389263?
Added by LSJRJT on Jan 16, 2016 11:28 AM
Donna Fitch
Charles Stanton
Thank you for the transfer and the extra information you put into these memorials.
Donna Fitch
Added by Donna Fitch on Jan 13, 2016 7:18 PM
Denby Brown
RE: Fred Schamp story
Yes, I knew exactly what it was, it had his picture on it, plus it gave some history on him
Added by Denby Brown on Jan 12, 2016 3:49 PM
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