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Albert and Mary (Speedling) Abbott


Posted By: Peggy Webster Volunteer (email)
Date: 4/10/2014 at 20:31:01

Albert Vernon Abbott was born June 17, 1884, and died if a cerebral hermorrhage at the age of 57, November 21, 1941. He was a farmer and a stockman, owning lots of cattle and hogs. He worked in a rock quarry in early years. He was a veterinarian to his own cattle and others in the area. They ad a big room on the farm where they kept the medicines. He became known as "Doc Abbott." He was a prankster and had a lot of fun with his hired help. He would take them on snipe hunts and leave them standing in the field while he would run the snipes in or until Leona or someone would rescue them. One time the hired man came in and went to Vern's bed, and when he didn't report in by the middle of the night, they went looking for him and he was in his bed the entire time. Vern was also a horse trader. They shipped horses by freight cars to Chicago. He broke horses on muddy days and trained them to be hitched to a wagon which was termed "green broke." The horses were used in the city for milk wagons.

Albert married Leona Speedling (June 17, 1884- September 2, 1974) on January 30, 1907, at the Stephen and Chloe (Campfield) Speedling home near Greenfield. Leona worked at the telephone office where she met Vernen. Vern saw her at a dance and said he was going to marry that girl. The Speedling girls were nice looking and religious girls. Leona's father was a minister. They built the Canby Friends Church.

To this union, six children were born.
Submitted by Billie Dean Abbott

Source: Adair County, Iowa Sesquicentennial Edition 1851-2001, Pg.184


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