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Harlan, Edgar Rubey. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol III.
Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931 p. 70

HARRY F. CARLON is manager of the Carlon Construction Company, a business that was established by his father, the late George H. Carlon, at Oskaloosa nearly half a century ago. This is one of the largest firms of its kind in the Middle West, and was a pioneer in the use of cement in the building industry. The Carlon family came to America from the North of Ireland. There were four brothers of the name who crossed the Atlantic to America in Colonial times. One of these brothers was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The ancestor of the Oskaloosa family was Robert Carlon. Little is known of his brothers and their descendants. Robert Carlon settled in Pennsylvania. His son, B.F. Carlon, was born in that state and married Zenebia White, a native of Pennyslvania and of Scotch ancestry. She died when her son, George H. Carlon, was four years of age, and B.F. Carlon subsequently moved with his family to Monmouth in Western Illinois, where he married Elizabeth Stubbs. B.F. Carlon was a mechanic and builder, and that has been a traditional occupation of members of the family for three generations or more. B.F. Carlon died in 1902, at the age of seventy years. George H. Carlon was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, July 20, 1850, and was reared in Monmouth, Illinois, where he attended public schools. He learned the trades of machinist and engineer, and did some building work at Monmouth and later at Bloomington, Nebraska. It was in 1881 that he established his home at Oskaloosa and entered upon the business of a building contractor. In 1884 he began the manufacture of paving and building cement, at a time when comparatively little use was made of the material, which his now so universally a factor on all kinds of building construction. It was the enterprise of George H. Carlon, started in Oskaloosa in 1881, that proved the foundation of the present Carlon Construction Company, which for many years has been more than a local organization, its activities extending well over the West. The first work in his line of business which George H. Carlon did at Oskaloosa was assisting in the construction of the present county courthouse. He remained a figure in the commercial and civic life of Oskaloosa for nearly half a century, always willing to exert himself in behalf of some movement for the general welfare of his home city. For a period of fifteen years he was a member of the Oskaloosa school board and he gave freely of his time and money to social, civic, educational and church matters. He was from 1887 an active member of the Oskaloosa Methodist Episcopal Church and served on the building committee when the new Central Church was erected. He was a member of the Masonic bodies, including the Lodge, Knights Templar Commandery, Shrine and Eastern Star, and the Knights of Pythias. George H. Carlon died April 8, 1927, at the age of seventy-seven years. He married, March 17, 1874, Miss Arrah Margaret Sweger, daughter of Samuel Sweger. Her father was a contractor and builder at Kirkwood, Illinois, and sided January 30, 1906, at the age of eighty-two years. George H. Carlon and wife had a family of six children; Charles H., who is married and lives at Saint Louis, where he is a manager of the branch office of the Carlon Construction Company; Harry F.; Minnie, who died at the age of thirteen; Trixie, who died when four years old; Bessie F., the wife of Arthur E. Smith, of a pioneer family of Oskaloosa, and they reside in Canada; and Nina R.; wife of Blair Haun, a druggist of Des Moines. Harry F. Carlon was born at Oskaloosa January 2, 1880, and since early manhood has been regarded as one of the most progressive business men of his native city, exemplifying his father's worthy characteristics in his generous support of civic, educational and religious movements. He attended public schools at Oskaloosa, graduate from high school in 1897, and has given thirty years to the business founded by his father. When he entered the firm the name was changed from George H. Carlon & Son to the Carlon Construction Company. He is now manager of the home office at Oskaloosa, and gives a general supervision to the work of the firm in many cities and other localities throughout the Middle West. Mr. Carlon is a veteran of the Spanish-American war. He enlisted in Company F of the Fifty-first Regiment of Iowa Infantry, which was mustered into the Federal service as the Fifty-first Iowa Volunteers. In October, 1898, he accompanied his regiment to the Philippines, and returned home in November, 1899. He spent ten months in the Philippines, and altogether was with the colors for twenty-two months. Mr. Carlon at the present time is president of the Oskaloosa school board. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, is affiliated with Tri-Luminar Lodge No. 18, A.F. and A.M., and other Masonic bodies, including the Shrine, and is a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Iowa State Historical Society and is a trustee of the First Congregational Church, of which his family are members. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees of the Y.M.C.A. Mrs. Carlon shares with him his interest in church and educational affairs. Mr. Carlon married Lulu May Evans, daughter of Benjamin and Delilah (Cox) Evans. Her people were early settlers of Oskaloosa, where her father was a coal operator. Mr. and Mrs. Carlon have two sons, George Benjamin, born in 1910, a graduate of the Oskaloosa High School, now attending Grinnell College; and Robert Franklin, born in 1912, attending high school.

CROM, Margaret
Margaret CROM, 106
"known as one of the oldest 4-H volunteers in the United States" Club leader in 1955. Died at Campbell, NE.
Extract from Los Angeles Times (CA), page B13
Friday - 11 Oct 2002

DAVIS, Oscar
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Wauneta Breeze, May 15, 1947
Services For Mrs. Emma Davis Held Here Last Monday

Emma Davis on her wedding 
A large number of friends and relatives gathered at the Methodist church Monday afternoon to pay respect to Mrs. Emma Davis whose death occurred Thursday following a short illness.
A flower banked chancel was silent tribute to this quiet refined little lady who for many years had been a lovable factor in the community.
Mesdames Glenn Nicklas and Louis A. Grimm and Messrs Arnold Cowles and Bert Dimick sang Going Down the Valley and The Old Rugged Cross accompanied by Mrs. Fred W. Olmsted. Rev. Walker C. Kelly delivered the sermon. At the grave the Order of the Eastern Star had charge of the burial service, an organization in which the departed was vitally interested, being the first Worthy Matron when the chapter was instituted twenty-five years ago.
Those who bore the casket were Clarence Jones, Walter Aman, Forest Hanna, H. C. Brown, Leland DeHart and Glen Fye. Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery with the V. B. Johnston Mortuary in charge.
Emma Lucretia, daughter of Henry and Lucretia Carpenter was born in Kankokee County, Buckingham, Ill., June 14, 1881. At the age of two years she with her parents, moved to Franklin County, Nebraska. In 1901 she was united in marriage to Oscar W. Davis, who preceded her in death June 19, 1940. To this union was born two sons, Clair of Holbrook, Nebraska and Cletis of Washington, D.C.
In 1921 they moved to a farm northeast of Wauneta where they resided until the death of her husband, after which she made her home in Wauneta. In early life she joined the Congregational church and later transferred the membership to the Methodist church in Wauneta. She was very active in church and social activities, was a charter member of the ocal [sic] chapter of the Eastern Star.
She passed away May 8, 1947 at the age of 65 years, 10 months and 24 days. She leaves to mourn their loss two sons, and their wives, two granddaughters, Esta and Beverly and one great granddaughter Sherilan. Two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Anderson and Mrs. Bert Anderson of Hildreth, Nebraska, two brothers, Bert Carpenter of Omaha, Nebraska and Elviro Carpenter of McCook, Nebraska, two step sisters Mrs. Frank York of Alliance, Nebraska and Mrs. Arthur Carpenter of Hildreth, Nebraska and a host of other relatives and friends, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
She was a devoted wife and mother and dearly love [sic] by all who knew her. Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Anderson, Mr. And Mrs. Bert Anderson, Mr. And Mrs. Art Carpenter, Mr. an [sic] Mrs. Murl Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Merideth Anderson all of Hildreth, Nebraska, Bert Carpenter of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Elba Hadley, Sidney, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hollenberger, Benkelman, Mr. and Mrs. Marian Sangor of Culbertson, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carpenter of Arapahoe, Mrs. Frances Carpenter of Bartley, Mr. Everal Carpenter of Bartley. Mrs. Fahrenbruch of Culbertson, Mrs. Ethon Mason of Palisade, Mrs. Orpha Schluckabeir of Palisade, Mrs. Howard Jones of Hastings and Mrs. Roy Jones of Hastings, Mr. Elviro Carpenter and Colleen Carpenter of McCook, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Carpenter and Mrs. and Mrs. Ralph Carpenter of Stratton, Mrs. Lulu VanPelt of Hamlet, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Theobald of Imperial and Mrs. and Mrs. Long of Beverly, Nebraska.

DAVIS, Oscar
Wauneta Breeze, June 26, 1940

Heart Attack Fatal To Oscar Davis
Services For Popular Farmer Held Friday At Methodist Church.
Oscar Davis on his 
wedding day
The community was shocked Wednesday when news was spread that Oscar Davis had passed away in his home northeast of town. Apparently well Mr. Davis had gone about his daily tasks and was in town only that morning. Mrs. Davis was alone with him at the time and summoned help at once, but his physician found that death came instantly. Mrs. Davis was one of those citizens who was respected by all who knew him and his friends were counted by his acquaintances. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church with Reverend Milo W. Rose reading the last rites.
A flower banked chancel rail formed a background for the casket that bore all that remained mortal of a man who meant much to family and friends. Music was furnished by Mesdames D. C. Harvey, L. A. Grimm Messrs G. L. Dimick and Fay Hatch, with Mrs. O. E. Walker at the piano. The songs were No Night There, Crossing the Bar and Abide With Me.
Pall bearers were relatives of the deceased, Elviro Carpenter, Bert Anderson, Ernest Anderson, Murl Anderson, Oscar York, and Howard Jones.Oscar William Davis was born in Hildreth, Franklin County, Nebraska, February 21, 1880. On June 19, 1940 he passed away at his home north of Wauneta at the age of 60 years 3 months and 28 days. His death being caused by heart failure.He was united in marriage to Emma Lucretia Carpenter, February 19, 1901. To this union were born two sons, Clair Henry and Cletis Albert both of Wauneta.At the age of 16 years he joined the Methodist church at Hildreth, Nebraska and at the time of his death was a member of the Methodist church at Wauneta, Nebraska and always lived the life of a true christian.He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1902 and was a just and upright Mason.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, two sons and their wives, one granddaughter, Esta LaVon Davis, two sisters, Mrs. Frank York, Alliance, Nebraska and Mrs. Arthur Carpenter, Hildreth, Nebraska; one half brother, Elviro Carpenter, Wauneta; Two step sisters Mrs. Ernest Anderson and Mrs. Bert Anderson, Hildreth and one step brother Bert Carpenter, Oxford, Nebraska and many other relatives and friends.

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