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Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 8/9/2017 at 19:29:00

In Response To: Gifford (Burton Everist)

I located several items for you which should be of interest.

Rev. Charles Tabor Gifford [C. T. Gifford]

April 3, 1836 ---- May 18, 1911
Buried in Sheppard Cemetery, Gifford, Hardin County, Iowa

Rev. Charles T. Gifford

One of the most familiar figures of Union township is that of the Rev. Charles T. Gifford, who has been for many years a resident of the town which bears his name, and who during that time has been serving the people of the community as a minister of God's word, sharing in all its activities which lead to good, sympathizing with his people in their troubles, and comforting their sorrows, in all things their friend and brother, a man highly and most deservedly loved by those who know him, one whose full reward can never be received in this life, but shall later come from his Master.

Charles T. Gifford was born in Otsego county, New York, on April 3, 1836, the son of Henry and Clarissa (Robinson) Gifford. His father and mother were both born in Albany county, New York. In 1797 his grandfather, Elihu Gifford, came to Otsego county from Albany county, and there spent the remainder of his life. The parents of Charles Gifford both died in Otsego county. Charles lived in his native county until he was twenty. At the age of seventeen he began to teach school, and took his first charge in the ministry at Smithville, New York, in 1857, when he was not yet twenty-one. He taught several terms of school along the Susquehanna river. In 1875 he came to Hardin county, Iowa, and laid out and named the town where he now resides, which bears the name of Gifford, and erected the first building, a store, which was burned the same year. In 1876 he erected his present store building and has since kept a general store at Gifford. He takes an active interest in the doings of the old settlers of Hardin county, and has served charges and preached at several different places in the county, while he has married and buried more people than any other person in the county. His career as a minister has been long and varied, and full of usefulness. In politics Mr. Gifford has been a staunch Republican, with the exception of one year when he voted with the Greenbackers. He has been a notary public for many years, and for some time served as justice of the peace, and was postmaster at Gifford.

Rev. Charles T. Gifford was married first to Martha A. Morris, on September 29, 1857, who died on October 19, 1890. He was married a second time, on August 3, 1891, to Harriett D. Rowen, who was born in Union township. Mr. Gifford is the father of six children, Charles R., J. Luverne, Rhoda L., Mary M., Vivian Ruth and H. Beatrice.

Of strong and upright Christian character, the Rev. Mr. Gifford has stood unflinchingly in his life for the right, and has been steadfastly loyal to his convictions. Widely known in Hardin county, he is held in high favor by all.

Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, 1911, pp. 822-823

Union Township --
C. T. Gifford the founder of Gifford village, was born in Otsego county, New York, on the 3rd day of April, 1836. He is a son of Henry and Clarissa (Robinson) Gifford. He was one of a family of six children, five of whom are living. He was reared on a farm, and received a limited education, being what might be termed a self-educated man. In 1856 he commenced preaching the gospel. In 1857 he married Miss Martha A. Morris, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Morris, of Washington county, New York. She was born in Ontario county, New York, October 19, 1834. In 1875 Mr. Gifford came to Hardin county, Iowa, where he laid out the original town, giving it the name of Gifford. The family are members of the Society of Friends, and also the temperance organization. When Mr. Gifford came to the county he began in the mercantile business, but was burnt out in 1876, losing from $1,600 to $1,800.

History of Hardin County, Iowa, Springfield, Ill.: Union Publishing Company, 1883.

Mary Mabel Faye (Gifford) Everist
March 17, 1903 ---- April 2, 1999

Mrs. Roy (Mary M.) Everist, 96, 309 E. Francis, La Habra, Calif., formerly of Mason City, died April 2, 1999, in Whittier, Calif. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, in Anaheim United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Shannon Conklin Miller, the Rev. Dr. Robert Shepard and the Rev. Mary Hibbard officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego. A memorial fund was established in her memory at the Anaheim United Methodist Church.

Mary Mabel Faye Gifford, daughter of the Rev. Charles Tabor and Harriett Direxa (Rowen) Gifford, was born March 17, 1903, in Gifford. Her father, who operated Gifford General Store and pastored the Gifford Methodist Church, died in 1911. In 1913 Mary moved with her family to Marshalltown, where she attended the Marshalltown schools and graduated from Marshalltown Business College. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for several local merchants.

On July 15, 1925, Mary married Sidney LeRoy (Roy) Everist, and they moved to Eldora, where they operated the Everist Oil Company until 1927, when they moved to Marshalltown to operate Roy's father's service station. On July 4, 1928, they moved to Mason City, where they operated several different businesses until September of 1950, when they moved to Ocean Beach, Calif. In 1962 she completed her high school education. Roy died May 12, 1958. Mary moved to Anaheim in 1968 and in 1994 she moved to her daughter Billie's home in La Habra.

Mary was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Mason City, and of Point Loma Methodist Church in San Diego from 1950 to 1968. She became a member of Anaheim United Methodist Church on Sept. 22, 1968. She was Women's District treasurer for many years. She was a member of Morning Squares. She made many items for the church bazaar. She was also a member of Anaheim Senior Citizens Center and Partners in Chime. She made many Christmas stockings for family members as well as friends. She operated a computer and sent e-mail to all her children and other family members.

Mary had several hospitalizations beginning November 1998 and had a stroke on Jan. 19, 1999. On January 21, she entered Berryman Health East Whittier, where she passed away April 2. Happy to have shared Mary's life are her daughters, Lois Everist Harder, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wilmyth (Billie) Crowder, La Habra; her three sons and their spouses, Kempton and Margaret Everist, LaGrange, Calif., the Rev. Carroll and Dixie Everist, Mulvane, Kan., and the Rev. Burton and Norma Everist, East Dubuque, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; an infant daughter, Harriet Winona Everist; three grandsons, Sidney LeRoy Everist, Guy Carroll Everist, and Emmett Kenneth Crowder Jr.; two great-granddaughters, Jennifer Joy Cooper and Don and Dee Harder's baby girl; three sisters, Rhoda Stewart, Vivian Hicks and Beattrice Shaffer; and two brothers, Charles Gifford and Jasper Luverne Gifford.

Mason City Globe Gazette --- Mason City, Iowa
June 20, 1999

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