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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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