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djtruitt (#47746502)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I have lived here all my life. Pictured here is my cat and findagrave assistant, Dolley Madison, sitting in my childhood dolly high chair, and listening intently to me talk about findagrave. On October 12, 2015, Dolley and I accepted management of several thousand memorials in Shaul Cemetery here in Ottumwa. I would like to thank my findagrave friend cemgems, who originally created these memorials. Cemgems spent several months entering Shaul Cemeteryís database into findgrave and also made two cross-country trips to photograph gravestones in Shaul, in an effort to help others find their family membersí graves.

I am updating these memorials as time permits, using information available both on the internet and in our local resources here in Wapello County. I would also like to thank my friend Bill Haseltine who has researched and helped me update several hundred memorials since January 2016.

If you are a findagrave member, and you have edit suggestions, please send them through the regular findagrave edit system. If you have not provided a way to get in touch with you to discuss a discrepancy I might have with your edit suggestion, please understand if I don't feel I can accept it. I will provide the best explanation I can in the space provided if this happens.

If you are not a findagrave member, and you have questions about or information on any of the memorials that are for your family members, feel free to let me know. If you contact me by e-mail, please include a link to the memorial you are writing about.

Also, keep in mind that a person's last known address on their Social Security Death Record may not be where they died. Many people who lived in Ottumwa died in Des Moines, Iowa City, or VA Hospitals around the state. Also, many of them went to stay with their children in another state during their last illness and died there. I will research the places of death when I receive edit notices to verify what is correct, as I know everyone wants accurate information.

For those who might still be reading this, I would like to mention another helpful hint: If you believe that someone died between census years because a husband or wife stated that they were a widow or widower on the next census, that does not necessarily mean that was the case. I have found that years ago, many divorced people gave their marital status as widow or widower rather than state they were divorced. I have spent hours looking for people who allegedly died and found that they actually had remarried and still lived here or had moved away. I imagine at the time it was easier just to tell the census taker that their spouse had died, as it probably didnít seem like it really mattered. Who would have guessed that 100 years later, there would be such a thing as an internet where their records would be available for all to see, and descendants would be frantically searching for a spouse that had not passed on yet!
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Messages left for djtruitt (446)[Leave Message]
Doris Christensen
RE: Thank You!
No problem, glad I could get them for you!
Added by Doris Christensen on Sep 09, 2017 12:01 PM
Ben Bower
Glasgow Cemetery, Wayne & Verna Wright
Thank You for your past help on the Wright's.

I have two more for you. The brother and his wife:
Wayne A. Wright, b:11/16/1913 - d: 9/7/1998
Verna (Hamilton) Wright,b: 1/ 3/1913 - d:12/9/1998.
Do you happen to have the Obituaries for these two?

I believe they had a son Stephen F. Wright, but I do not have his E-mail or address.

I thought you might be able to help or point me in the right direction.

Ben Bower
Added by Ben Bower on Aug 28, 2017 9:51 AM
Lynnea (Bullock) Dickinson
Brenda Schweighart
Thank you for the transfer of Skippy.
Added by Lynnea (Bullock) Dickinso... on Aug 23, 2017 3:01 PM
Lynnea (Bullock) Dickinson
Find A Grave Memorial# 153106344
Brenda K. Schweighart

Hi - Could you please transfer Find A Grave Memorial# 153106344, Brenda K. Schweighart, to me, please? She was not only my cousin, but my best friend. Thank you.

Lynnea Dickinson
Added by Lynnea (Bullock) Dickinso... on Aug 23, 2017 7:35 AM
Rebecca Vaughn
John Henry Eakins
Can you connect John Henry 15071740 to his parents John Fred 14953953 and Fannie 14953936.

thank you
Added by Rebecca Vaughn on Aug 17, 2017 10:34 PM
Olin & Alice Michael - Shaul Cemetery
Thank you for the photos you took of Olin and Alice Michael's headstone's. I regret it took me this long to acknowledge it! I appreciate your time and all you do for Find A Grave. Thank You!! -Caroline
Added by Caroline on Aug 17, 2017 10:19 AM
Jim C.
RE: Carl Schworm
You are very welcome. One office administers both cemeteries and they know me well. I have sent you an Edit with the plot information. Best wishes in your research.
Added by Jim C. on Aug 10, 2017 6:49 PM
Velma and Raymond Miller

Thank you for fulfilling my photo request. You are an awesome treasure to!

Added by M M on Aug 09, 2017 5:14 PM
Hillard Fowler
Thanks for the assistance. The changes have been made as suggested. Thanks again
Added by YellowRoseTX on Aug 08, 2017 5:09 PM
RE: Mabel Coughlin
Thank you for processing the edit & thank you also for ensuring that your memorials are accurate.
Added by Scott on Jul 29, 2017 9:37 PM
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