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Louis and Marie Douglas

Louis A. Douglas, son of Benjamin Douglas and Flora Williams Douglas, was born in Lebanon, Missouri, on March 24, 1912. When Louis was eight years old, he moved with his parents, two brothers, and two sisters to Iowa, settling near Waukee. He attended schools in Lebanon, Missouri, Waukee, Des Moines, and graduated from Polk City High School, in Polk City, in 1932. Louis married Edna Marie Clark, daughter of Frank S. and Caroline (Boganwright) Clark on October 2, 1935.

Marie was born in Polk County, on October 1, 1916, and lived with her parents, two brothers, and one sister on a farm south of Madrid, where her lather was born. She attended Hopkins Grove School through the eighth grade, then went to Madrid High School, from which she graduated in 1934.

After their marriage, Louis and Marie moved to Des Moines, where their son, John Clark Douglas, was born on April 15, 1936. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Washington, D.C where Louie worked for the U.S. Government Printing Office. They lived in Washington for three years before moving back to the Clark family farm, south of Madrid. The Clark family farm six miles south of Madrid was maintained in the Clark family from 1877 until 1979.

Louie worked for Railway Express for several years before going to work for Skelgas, where he worked until his retirement in 1974. After retirement, Louie went into business for himself, hauling sand, gravel, and rock. Marie was employed by the McRay's Company for 25 years before retiring in January, 1982. The Douglas' have one grandson, Darren Lee Douglas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Douglas of Madrid.

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