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The James and Elizabeth Brownlee family, date and location unknown.  They farmed awhile in Plymouth County.  Back row:  William James (Will), Florence Jenny/Jennie (later O'Connor then Rosberg), Robert Edward (Bob).

This is one of my favorite photos of Jim Brownlee.  He and wife Elizabeth (Lizzie McNeil) were born in Antrim, Northern Ireland and came to the U.S. after their marriage.  They first lived near his brother and family in Ida County, then near Cushing then farmed in Plymouth County, I believe in Liberty Twp where I believe this photo was taken.  They eventually retired to Sioux City.  They had three children:  William James, Robert Edward and Florence Jenny.

Wedding photo of Florence Brownlee and Michael O'Connor. I don't know much about Mike except his death during the flu epidemic.  He was Irish Catholic.  Florence's parents were North Irish Protestants who felt strongly about NOT marrying Catholics.  I suspect that created some interesting times within the family, though Mike was apparently well liked.  I have never been able to find Mike in a census report.  He died 16 Feb 1919.

1895 Iowa Census, Woodbury County, Iowa:  

Name: Florence J. Brownlee
Age: 7    Race: W    Birthplace: Iowa  7 June 1900 Census of Floyd Township, Woodbury County, Iowa
Brownley James  Head ?? Born April 1858 in Ireland; parents born Ireland Farmer renting land
-- Lizzie  Wife ?? Born February 18?? in Ireland; parents born Ireland
-- William J.  Son 11 Born February 1899 (should be 1889) in Iowa
-- Robert E.  Son   9 Born February 1891 in Iowa
-- Florence J. Daughter 7  Born April 1893 in Iowa
Unable to read dates of immigration of James and Lizzie.  Lizzie had borne 3 children and all 3 were still living. 

1910 census of Liberty Township, Woodbury County, Iowa, 10 May 1910:
Robert E. Brownlee, head Age 19 Born Iowa, Parents born Ireland, spoke English general farming
Florence J. Brownlee, sister Age 17 Born Iowa, Parents born Ireland, spoke English housekeeper for brother
James Brownlee, father Age 37 Born Ireland, parents born Ireland, spoke English    general farming
Lizzie Brownlee, mother Age 43 Born Ireland, parents born Ireland, spoke English    no occupation listed     Mother of  5 children, 3 living  

May 1930 U.S. Federal census 8th or 9th precinct, block 7 Myrtle Street, Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa
O'Connor Florence Head 36 Born Iowa, parents born Ireland, Free State Widow  Servant in a private home
-- Lucile Daughter 18 Born Iowa, father born Ireland, Free State, mother born Iowa Biller for a wholesale drug
-- Leone Daughter 11 Born Iowa, father born Ireland, Free State, mother born Iowa
Rosburg Martin Boarder 42 Born Iowa, parents born Germany    Hail insurance agent
  Florence rented the home for $30 per month.  Martin owned the Perry Creek Garage, RFD Hinton, Iowa and sold Kent seed and feed.  Advertisement in Lemars Globe Post (Le Mars, Iowa) > 1951 > June > 25.
  Real estate transfer: found online from the LeMars (Iowa) Globe Post, 1 January 1952:  "Lucile A. Briggs to Martin J. and Florence J. Rosburg, W1/2 NW 1/4  NW14 SW 1/4 NW 1/4 31-90-47. $1.00"
  "The Perry Friendship Club will meet in the home of Mrs. Martin Rosburg, Thursday afternoon, January 17th.  The meeting will be in the Rosburgs new home which is known as the Horto farm.  To get there take highway No. 12 and go 1 mile from end of pavement and turn right on first road and go to the first house."   Perry Center News in the LeMars Globe Post, 14 January 1952. [This was near Sioux City.]

  (from same paper 3 weeks later.)
  "A large crowd of friends and neighbors attended the funeral of Mrs. Martin Rosburg in Sioux City Thursday at Perasso Bros. funeral home at two o'clock with Rev. M. L. Metcalf officiating.  Burial was in Memorial Park cemetery.  Pallbearers were John Bock, William Angove, Harry O'Connor, George Kovarna, Walter Berger and A. G. Hatt."  Lemars Globe Post (Le Mars, Iowa) > 1952 > February > 25

This is my grandparents' wedding photo. Lillian May Poradek married Robert Edward Brownlee on 3 February 1913. The attendants were her siblings, Anne and Joseph Poradek. Anne later married A. L. Armstrong and lived mostly in Sioux City. Joe moved to the Minneapolis area where descendants still live. In 1913 all were residents of Plymouth County, though I do not know the exact location of the wedding itself, either in the Hinton/Merrill area or possibly Sioux City.   Grandpa was a Plymouth County Supervisor in the 1940s.

This is a collage of information on my grandfather, R. E. Brownlee.  Other than the last driver's license, all was in Plymouth County.  Grandpa had asthma which was very limiting and I assume made him ineligible for the draft.  It also required an early retirement and contributed to an early death at age 63.



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