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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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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. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

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 - /August 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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Ben Bower
Max Hollander's stone picture
Thank you, for your very nice picture of Max's stone.
It is such a very good time of year to take pictures with all the flowers.
I removed the other photo.
Added by Ben Bower on May 26, 2017 8:30 AM
Juelette Fadness
Copeland Family
Thank you so much for the lovely photos of the Copeland family markers. i appreciate your efforts so much. Best wishes, Juelette Fadness
Added by Juelette Fadness on May 25, 2017 6:22 PM
cheryl drummond
cassa jones
thank you so much. have been searching for Cassa McAlister Jones soooo long. Put her family history on the flowers for others to read. Her husband was Wm F Jones, son of John Jones 1806 england, and lydia Fisher jones bn ohio. they are also in Find A Grave in Winchester cem, Van buren co iowa. with the Jones plot , which makes perfect since she and wm F. Jones were married such a short time. Many McAlister people married and died in Appanoose co iowa and cassa was not there, but actually with the jones family. again thank you. anyone researching the Charles patrick McAliste line please email me.
cheryl drummond
Added by cheryl drummond on May 22, 2017 1:13 PM
Thank you!
Thanks for all the great photographs and memorials I have been finding at Evergreen Cemetery! You have put a lot of work into these! Your work is very much appreciated. Best regards, RC
Added by RC on May 21, 2017 8:05 PM
c kennedy
Marcella F Burke McClure
I do believe that Richard Lorenz (Lawrence) BURKE is the father of Marcella. Iowa County Death records and the Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registration, say he died on 21 October 1920. The day before Marcella was born. Her mother married (in 1922) and divorced a Charles William Still. Then in 1951 married Arvel Cullum.
Added by c kennedy on May 20, 2017 2:42 PM
Thank you!
Thank you for the transfers of my family.
Added by Aimee on May 10, 2017 2:18 PM
Amanda Roe
Vylanta Forisha
Hi Richard! I came across Vylanta Forisha listed under you. Is she a relation of yours? If so, I may have some stuff to send you. If not, do you mind passing her to me? She was my Great Aunt. Thanks!
Added by Amanda Roe on May 09, 2017 6:57 PM
Lyle Fulton
Karl Nichols Memorial
Hi Richard. Thank you for the information you sent about updating this memorial. Glad to know that Karl is alive and well. I don't remember photographing this grave stone, probably just taking random photos.
Added by Lyle Fulton on Apr 24, 2017 11:43 AM
Memorial #131652805
Any additional information for this person was asked for on the memorial page. This is not a stillborn son but rather the date listed is the birthdate. He is the son of the adjoining couple, Carl and Lois Nichols. See the obituary for Carl W. Nichols at:
Added by Familyhunt on Apr 24, 2017 7:49 AM
Myrna Wilson
Mem# 136934785
You requested information on Blanches first marriage. In Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 marriage of Lyle M. Anderson and Blanche Swanson 31 Dec 1939 in Scott, IA. He was b.19 Apr 1905 in Crawfordsville, Washington, IA son of Charles E. Anderson and Pearl June Dunbar. If you wish further information please request.

M. Wilson
Added by Myrna Wilson on Apr 20, 2017 2:17 PM
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