Thomas W. Grier married Viola Browning

~Married: October 12, 1876 at Clinton, Iowa

~Moved to Kingsley, Iowa, before 1887

**These 2 photographs are available at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Are there any descendants of this GRIER family out there interested in the photos? Anyone able to help with identification of the children in the pictures? To respond, please email the Museum Registrar in LeMars, IA.


Above photo taken apparently before the younger children were born.

Children of Thomas W. & Viola Grier:

Laura L., b. 1878, Clinton Co. IA; married Harry Stacey Hixon, 18 Apr 1900, Kingsley IA; d. unknown
Florence B., b. 09 Sep 1880, Clinton Co. IA; married Archie Morgan; d.1967
Ada May, b. May 1881, Clinton Co. IA; married Aaron Turner; d. May 1949
Cora Golda, b. 06 Oct 1883, Sac Co. IA; married Harry L. Gotham, 24 Feb 1904, Kingsley, IA d. 18 Oct 1931, Princeton, CA
Alice Amelia, b. 03 May 1887, Plymouth Co. IA; married Lindley Ray Chapman, 21 Dec 1915; d. 28 Oct 1977, Alameda, CA
Hazel Helen, b. 23 Aug 1891, Plymouth Co. IA; married Frank Stamp, 24 Feb 1914; d.15 Mar 1973 Her Obituary
Robert, b. 28 Mar 1893, Plymouth Co. IA; married Opal Malcom, 16 Jan 1929; d. 07 Feb 1995 His Obituary


***Per the obituary for Viola (the mother) there is 4 daughters that preceded her in death before June 1950. In the family group photograph taken in front of the house, there appears to be seven daughters, not six. The baby is assumed to be the son, Robert born in 1893. Unsure of the correct name of the missing daughter. Any help is much appreciated.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
January 27, 1950

Mrs. Alice Chapman of Sioux City and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grier of Anthon, Iowa, have returned to their home after being called to LeMars because of the serious illness of Mrs. Viola Greier.  Mrs. Grier is suffering from a broken hip.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
February 3, 1950

Mrs. Viola Greier observed her 93rd birthday at the Sacred Heart Hospital Tuesday. A taper lighted birthday cake was a special feature. During the afternoon neighbors and friends called to congratulate her. She received many lovely cards and flowers. Out of town guests were Mrs. Grier’s son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grier of Anthon, and her granddaughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brooker from Cherokee.

~Source for names, dates, detail -- public family trees, census records & courthouse docs


Thomas W. Grier
b. 18 Mar 1849, Pennsylvania
d. 07 Oct 1933, Kingsley, Iowa

His Obituary


Viola (Browning) Grier
b. 31 Jan 1857, DeWitt, Iowa
d. 14 Jun 1950, LeMars, Iowa

Her Obituary

**If anyone has any INFO regarding photos and/or family data they would like to submit for this family please notify the Plymouth County Coordinator.



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