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Strange, Jack

STRANGE

Posted By: Volunteer
Date: 7/22/2019 at 13:23:00

From "Cabin in the Clothesline: A Saga Of The North Fork High Country And Its People" by Laura S. Clock. Copyright 1983 - Second Printing 1984. Birline

Publishing Co.

JACK STRANGE

Jack Strange and his family lived at Midway near the Shaeffer ranch where

Jack was hired to work from time to time. Mrs. Strange took the children and

departed with an itinerant "fruit glommer" one day. She never returned nor

did she reveal her whereabouts to her husband. From that time, in about 1916

until 1925 or '26, Jack was with the Fred Shaeffer family much of the time as

a hired ranch hand or just living there between jobs.

He was a hard worker and would outdo himself when left on his own on the

ranch. He loved to surprize my father at the "incredible" amount of work he

had gotten done during his employer's absence. Jack loved children and

always bought gifts for my sister and me when he got his paycheck. He was a

teller of tall tales, which we heard many times - each time with a new twist

- and he liked to sing. I still remember a 24-verse ballad he taught me when

I was about 10 years old.

Jack worked for A.C. Botsford at harvest time some years and one summer,

probably in 1923, he leased the IX ranch from Fred Toland. The following

summer he was one of the crew who finished the Forrest Service road between

East Muddy and Colbran.

We missed Jack when, aging and afflicted with health problems, he

returned to Leon, Iowa, where he had lived as a boy.

Bill Strange, Jack's brother, came with his wife, Bertha, and 10 year old

daughter, Nina, to Ragged Mountain one spring (about 1922) and took up

residence in the John Goding house. Fred Goding commented that the family

would get up in the morning and play cards all day. Bertha and Nina didn't

like the Muddy country because we had no movie house. Bill Strange worked

for A.C. Botsford, my father and maybe other ranchers on the Muddy. The

family lived there for one summer and the following winter.

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FAMILY DIAGRAM:

Descendants of Eliza Ann Clark Strange

1 Eliza Ann Clark Strange b: Oct 09, 1839 Jackson Co, OH d: Mar 10,

1906 Leon, Decatur Co, IA

. +Isaac Strange b: Mar 26, 1831 Jackson Co, OH d: Mar 16, 1876

Chillicothe, Wapello Co, IA m: Sep 17, 1854 Wapello Co, IA

..... 2 William Jefferson Strange b: 1858 Iowa d: Unknown

......... +Bertha Hampton Strange m: Feb 15, 1899 Decatur Co,

IA

............. 3 Nina Strange

..... 2 Minerva I. Strange b: 1862 Iowa d: Unknown

..... 2 Mary Ann Strange Martin b: Mar 22, 1864 Ottumwa, Wapello Co, IA

d: Dec 17, 1960 Leon, IA

......... +Everett Lee Martin b: 1865 d: Sep 14, 1933 Leon, IA m:

Jul 04, 1888

............. 3 Bessie Martin Carper

............. 3 Guy Martin

............. 3 Isaac Martin

............. 3 Grant Martin

............. 3 Louis Martin

............. 3 Dorothy Martin Bennett

............. 3 Edith Martin Gumm

............. 3 Dartle Hester Martin Cox b: Jan 14, 1896 Decatur Co,

IA d: Jun 09, 1966 Decatur Co, IA

................ +Fred Cox m: Jan 21, 1920 Decatur Co, IA

..... 2 Eliza Alice Strange Smith b: Dec 23, 1867 Wapello Co, IA d:

Jun 15, 1926 Leon, Decatur Co, IA

......... +Charles Albert Smith b: Jan 22, 1862 Leon, Decatur Co, IA

d: Jul 09, 1931 Woodland, Decatur Co, IA m: Mar 30, 1886 Iowa

............. 3 Lavina I. Smith Main b: 1888 d: 1930

................ +Lewis Cleveland Main b: May 09, 1885 Polk County,

IA d: Jun 23, 1961 Leon, IA m: 1919

............. 3 Nancy 'Ann' Smith Dale b: Jun 14, 1885 Leon, Decatur Co,

IA d: Apr 12, 1971 Leon, Decatur Co, IA

................ +John Everett Dale b: Nov 29, 1880 Pleasanton, IA

d: Aug 07, 1959 Davis City, IA m: Mar 16, 1910 Iowa

............. 3 Nora Edith Smith b: Aug 1894 d: Feb 1895 Decatur Co,

IA

............. 3 Albert Strange Smith b: Nov 28, 1897 Decatur Co, IA

d: May 11, 1960 Decatur Co, IA

................ +Opal M. Bennett Smith b: 1903 d: Unknown m: Oct

05, 1918 Decatur Co, IA

............. 3 William Smith b: Unknown d: Bet. 1961 - 1971

............. 3 Carlton Smith b: Unknown d: Aft. 1971

................ +Veta Smith

............. 3 Wilma Smith Smith b: Unknown d: Aft. 1971

................ +Robert Smith

..... 2 Andrew Jackson Strange b: Sep 11, 1874 Wapello Co, IA d: Jul

07, 1960 Leon, Decatur Co, IA

......... +Ada Mabel Strange b: Mar 1880 d: Unknown m: Abt. 1898

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In a message dated 9/18/2001 6:11:43 PM Mountain Daylight Time,

iggy29@scican.net writes:

<< Decatur County Journal

March l5, l906

ELIZA STRANGE was born in Ohio October 9, l839, and died at the home of

her son, JEFFERSON STRANGE, two miles northwest of town, on Saturday,

March l0, l906, aged 66 years, five months and one day. She moved with

her parents to Wapello County when fourteen years old and was married to

ISAAC STRANGE, September l8, l854. To this union nine children were

born, of whom four died in infancy. She became a member of the U.B.

Church in l876 and ever lived a blameless, Christian life. On Sunday,

funeral services ere conducted by Elder D.F. Sellards, after which the

remains were laid at rest in the Palestine Cemetery to await the

resurrection morn. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of the

entire community.


 

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