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L D Norris


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/21/2010 at 15:21:52

The late L D Norris was one of the best known and most beloved citizens of Madrid and Boone counties. He was born in Brown township, Vinton county, Ohio, on February 7, 1847, and died in South Dakota, February 27, 1909, at the age of sixty-two years. His parents were Daniel Johnson and Martha (Coe) Norris, the former born in New Hampshire, March 6, 1816, and the latter in Connecticut in 1818. The father died in Arkansas in 1896 and the mother in Nebraksa in 1881. They were among the pioneers of Iowa, having come overland in 1854. They first located at Salem in Henry county. The father as a school teacher in that place and for a number of years followed the profession in Iowa. From Henry county the family removed to Nevada, Iowa when this territory was as yet all prairie and there were but a few log cabins in Nevada. Thence Mr and Mrs Norris and family went to Monroe, Jasper county, where they remained for two winters during the war, in 1862 and 1863, and from there they made their way to Dallas county, coming in 1864 to Boone county. Members of the family have made their home in this county since. Mr and Mrs Norris Sr had four sons and one daughter. The latter was Mrs C H Hayes who died in Arkansas. The sons were: L D, of this reivew, Jacob Chester, born February 1, 1851, who resides in Madrid, H R who lives in Oakwood, Oklahoma, and Johnson who died in infancy. The three eldest children were born in Vinton county, Ohio, H R Norris is Salem, Iowa and the youngest in Nevada this state. All were reared and educated in Iowa.
L D Norris of this review married in Boone county, March 13, 1870, Miss Elizabeth Hubby, who was born in Cass township, Jones county, Iowa, May 24, 1852. her parents settled there in 1851, entering land. In 1867 the Hubby parents came to Boone county, and here her father resided until his death. Her paresnts were John and Hannah (Jones) Hubby, natives of Canada, the former having been born in the Dominion in 1800. He died near Madrid in 1879, having survived his wife but a short time, the latter passing away in September 4, 1878. To Mr and Mrs Hubby were borb thirteen children, of whom seven are living: Mrs Lois Kelley-McCapes, residing in California, John of Lynch, Nebraska, Mrs Helen Wagner of Des Moines, Mrs Elizabath Norris, Mrs Harriett William of Boone county, Mrs Clara Huffman of Douglas township and George a resident of Boone county.
Mr and Mrs Norris became the parents of eight children, all of whom are living. They are: Mrs Lillian Mills born January 7, 1871 of Madrid, Mrs Hannah Johnson born December 1, 1872, of Des Moines, Edward C born February 18, 1875 of Minnesota, George H whose birth occurred March 12, 1877 and who is a resident of South Dakota, Mrs Dollie Stinehouse, born July 31, 1879 and residing in Madrid, Iowa, Edith born in 1881 who is teaching school in Madrid, and Duroc born February 5, 1888 who makes his home with his mother. All these children were reared in Madrid and received their education in the public schools of that city. The daughters have all followed the profession of teaching and the second son was also engaged along that line.
Mr Norris was a republican but he never entered public life, although he was deeply interested in the welfare of his nation and the progress of his locality. He was a member of the Christian church of Madrid to which the widow yet belongs. All members of the family with the exception of one brother own claims in South Dakota and secured the same by locating on them and improving them, Mr Norris stood high in the estimation of his fellowmen, who appreciated in him a man of character and one who was always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. His memory is venerated by all who knew him. Not only did he leave his family a competence but an honored name, a name which stood for truthfulness in friendship, loyalty in citizenship and the faithful discharge of all obligations of life.

1914 Boone County Hitory Book


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