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Landphair, Viola Florence (Graham)


Posted By: Lisa Walden (email)
Date: 7/29/2021 at 09:56:38

Mrs. Landphalr and Mrs. Willis Were Among Early SettlersóBoth Were Highly Respected Citizens."

Two pioneer women of Lamoni were taken by death during the past few days when Florence Viola Landphair and Carrie P. Willis passed away.

Both women had resided for many years in Lamoni, had seen the scattered community develop into a thriving town, and watched with interest the educational and commercial advancements made. They and members of their families gave much to the early history which surrounds the town.

Mrs. Willis came to Lamoni with her parents, John and Sarah Scott from Plano. Ill., when she was a child six years of age.

While living in Plano, Mr. Scott was connected with the Herald Publishing House, and when the Herald was moved to Lamoni in the fall of 1881, the Scott family took up their residence here. For some time Mr. Scott continued to work at the Herald Office, however, at a later date he and W. H. Deems established a newspaper which is now the Chronicle.

Coming from a family who was vitally interested in public affairs, the progress of the town was important to Mrs. Willis.

Florence Viola Landphalr came to this community when a girl 11 years of age in the year 1868. The family traveled to Iowa from Illinois in a covered wagon and settled some four miles south of Davis City. For the past 40 years, Mrs. Landphair was a continuous resident of the Lamoni vicinity where she was active and ever interested in the achievement of her friends and community.

Source: The Lamoni Chronicle, published in Lamoni, Iowa on Thursday, August 29th, 1935, pg 1


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