Lenox Time Table
Lenox Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, October 26, 1944
OBITUARY ~ ALVA B. PARKER
Alva B. Parker was born in Ringgold county, Iowa, April 3, 1860 and passed
away October 10, 1944 at the home of his daughter, Dr. Portia Parker Hancock
of Indianapolis, Ind., at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 7 days. He was the
son of C.E. and Harriett Parker.
At the age of 18, he helped lay the first tracks in the Creston railroad
yards. He attended Drake University, returned home and taught school in the
community for two winters. He then continued his education at Keokuk, taking
penmanship and drawing and was awarded a scholarship. Upon returning home, he
taught school for eight winters, with penmanship classes at night, for the
small sum of $.30 a month. The daily attendance was 40 to 45 people ranging
from five to twenty-one years of age.
He remained in this community until 1894, when he went to Oklahoma,
participating in the opening up of that state. He was united in marriage to
Edith M. McAuley at her home in Union county, Iowa, in May 1897, taking his
bride to his home in Oklahoma, where they resided for five years and during
which time three children were born to them. One child died in infancy.
In 1902 he and his family returned to Ringgold county, he having bought the
old home place, where two more children were born.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife, Edith M. Parker of the home and four
children: Dr. Portia Parker Hancock of Indianapolis, Ind., Milo A. Parker,
Archibald M. Parker and Mrs. Velma R. Bolte, all of Diagonal, Iowa; two
brothers, John G. Parkers of Kansas City and Calvin E. Parker of Quincy, Ill.,
also eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were conducted at the home Saturday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. by the
Rev. Homer Mott. Song services by a quartet - Mrs. C.M. Brown; Mr. B. W.
Brown; Ellis Wiley and B. W. Goodale, Mrs. Flay Young, pianist. Interment was
in the family lot in the Rising Sun cemetery, Ringgold county.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, May of 2011
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