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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 364


Ephraim H[ubble]. LONGACRE, section 4, Riley Township, was born in Monroe County, Ohio, July 11, 1851, a son of Daniel and Octavia LONGACRE. In 1866 his parents moved to Iowa and located on section 3, Riley Township, Ringgold County, on the farm now owned by M. BENEDICT. In 1874 they moved to Decatur County, and settled near Van Wert, where the father died in 1882, and the mother still lives. Their family consisted of four children - Fanny [1850-1868], deceased; Ephraim H.; Mrs. Jane A. COOK [1858-?]; and Mrs. Susan Elvira BENEDICT [1860-1894] [Family records list two other siblings, Thomas, born in 1849, and Ezra, born in 1856, probably died in either infancy or early childhood].

Ephraim H. LONGACRE left the home roof when nineteen years of age, and has since been acting for himself and adding to his material prosperity year by year. He is a young man of good habits and fine business ability and is considered one of Riley Township's most substantial citizens. He owns 420 ares of valuable land, all but twenty acres being under cultivation. His homestead is one of the best in Ringgold County, and contains eighty acres of choice land.

Mr. LONGACRE was married April 3, 1876, [in Ringgold County, Iowa] to Miss A. S. FOSTER (sic, should be America Zerelda FOSTER), who was born in 1856, a daughter of Andrew FOSTER. They have six children - Merritt, Grace, Daniel W., Walter, Eveline and Ray.

In politics Mr. LONGACRE affiliates with the Republican party.

NOTE: Ephraim's father Daniel Webster LONGACRE was born September 30, 1814, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, and died on at the age of 67 years, 9 months and 22 days on July 22, 1882, Kellerton, Iowa. Ephram's mother, Daniel's second wife Octavia (WATKINS) LONGACRE was born February 1, 1820, Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ephraim WALKINS (1797, CT - 1882, OH) and Fanny B. (PALMER) WATKINS (1794, VT - 1878, OH). Octavia died in 1893 near Kellerton, Iowa. Ephraim Hubble LONGACRE died February 9 1948, Merced, Merced County, California. Ephraim's wife America "Zerelda" (FOSTER) LONGACRE was born September 1, 1856, Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa and died April 6, 1942, Kellerton, Iowa. The LONGACRES were interred at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, Ringgold COunty, Iowa.

According to family records, Ephriam and Zerelda were the parents of nine children:

Merritt Ephriam LONGACRE, born 30 Jul 1877, Kellerton IA; died 20 Jun 1967
  married 16 Oct 1900 Olive HAMM, born circa 1881, Kellerton IA
  Children: daughters Olive and Ethel LONGACRE

Grace LONGEACRE, born 24 Dec 1878, Kellerton IA; died 06 Dec 1975
  married 17 Dec 1906 Fletcher PETERSON, born circa 1874, Kellerton IA
  Children: Ruth, Worth, and Lynn PETERSON

Daniel "Webster" LONGACRE, born 27 Feb 1880, Kellerton IA; died 17 Apr 1956
  married 10 Jun 1915, Maude MOSIER, born circa 1884, Kellerton IA
  Children: Ida and Daniel LONGACRE

Walter A. LONGACRE, born 22 Oct 1881, Kellerton IA; died 28 Spe 1936, Brush, Morgan Co. CO
  married02 Apr 1911 Harrisburg NE Myrtle Agnes JONES, born 10 Mar 1892 OK; died 07 May 1975 CO
  Chidren: Velma and Cleo LONGACRE

Evelena or Evelyn N. LONGACRE, born 02 Jul 1883, Kellerton IA
  married 08 Mar 1902 Charles PATRICK, born circa 1879, Ringgold Co. IA
  Children: Geneveive and three other children.

Kenneth "Ray" LONGACRE, born 03 Apr 1885, Kellerton IA; died 28 Mar 1961
  married 09 Mar 1910 Olive REYNOLDS, born circa 1880
  Children: Wilma and Trula Delight LONGACRE

Florence Octavia LONGACRE, born 04 Dec 1887, Kellerton IA; died 14 Dec 1919
  married 05 Jun 1912 John PATTON, born circa 1883
  Children: Richard and Dorothy PATTON

Charlene LONGACRE, born 04 Sep 1894, Kellerton IA; died 15 Nov 1954, Midvale UT
  married 07 Sep 1916 Walter Eugene PENFOLD, born 03 Aug 1895, Burlington CO
  Charlene and Walter interred Sandy Cemetery, Salt Lake Co. UT
  Charlene and Walter were the parents of eight children.

Bea Anna LONGACRE, born 11 Nov 1896, Albany, Gentry Co MO; died 1983 Portland OR
  married 15 May 1918 Denver CO Joel "Ray" BROWN, born 28 Jun 1888; died Oct 1966 Portland OR
American Flag.jpg   Child: William Ephraim BROWN, M.D., born 04 Mar 1919 CO; died 12 Jun 2006, CA
  pharmacist mate, U.S. Navy, WWII; orthopedic surgeon;
  interment Rose Hills Memorial Park, Los Angeles CA
  married 11 Feb 1943 Wilma Elizabeth HAUSE, born 08 Oct 1923, CA; died Oct 2005 CO
  Dr. William and Wilma BROWN were the parents of three children.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 364, 1887.

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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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