Harry Trafford married Otellia Szitnick

~Married: LeMars, Iowa, August 29, 1898

On one of these machines is the late Harry Trafford. Harry was born in England and arrived in America at the age of seven years. He married Otellia Szitnick and the couple had three daughters.

The daughters are:  Mrs. Louis Haack, Remsen; Mrs. Edith (Lawrence) Masuen of LeMars; and Emma Trafford, who died January 20, 1964. Two daughters died in infancy.

Do You Know What Town In the County This Picture Was Taken In?

The above picture which has been in the Trafford family all these years, was taken in 1904 or earlier. Shown in the picture are a Case steam engine, a water and tender thresher.  To become a separator man, one had to graduate from the water tender to become a threshing machine specialist.

The picture has been lying at the Emma Trafford residence at 400 6th Street SW for many years. Those who have seen the picture do not know which building (in which town) is shown or which man is on which machine? The Trafford family knows that one of the men in the picture is the late Harry Trafford. Which one?

~Source:  LeMars Globe-Post, April 23, 1964

[linked names lead to posted obituary]

Children of Harry & Otellia:

Agatha; born 1899; died 28 Nov 1899 age 6 wks. (Beely Funeral Home record)
Gladys Agatha; born 1902; died 14 Aug 1902, age 6 mos. (Beely Funeral Home record)
Edith; born 6 Jan 1905; died 10 Apr 1997; married Lawrence Masuen on 4 Jan 1934 in Yankton, S.D.
Louise Elizabeth; born 18 Jul 1906; died 16 Aug 1999; married Adolph Haack on 14 Feb 1928 in LeMars, IA
Emma Etta; born 19 Jan 1908; died 21 Jan 1964; never married
Emma worked as a LeMars Central Telephone Operator.....seated 4th from the left in the photo below:


Harry Trafford
b. 23 Mar 1863 (per his tombstone)
d. 05 Jan 1952

His Obituary


Otellia L. (Szitnick) Trafford
b. 14 Apr 1874
d. 28 May 1960

Her Obituary

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



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