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Walpole, John 1856-1921 & Mary Doherty Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 4/9/2022 at 07:23:01

Walpole, John 1856-1921 and Mary (Mamie) Doherty Family

This story was taken from page 177 of the Rock Valley St. Mary’s Catholic Church Book written for the centennial of the church in about 1982(?). The story was transcribed for this BIOS by Beth De Leeuw of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society. Some research notes were added.

JOHN WALPOLE was born in January, 1858 at Manchester, Iowa. He married MARY DOHERTY (MAMIE) on June 10, 1902. Mamie was born February 1879 at Maquoketa, Iowa.

John and James were in partnership, farmed and raised and sold “Short Horn Cattle.” Mary was the daughter of John and Mary Doherty who were members of St. Mary’s Parish. They had four children, Ellen, Florence, Horace and Loretta. John died November 1921 and Mary died May, 1951, both are buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rock Valley.

1. ELLEN married in 1928 to Dr. Fred Hambrecht, a surgeon. Dr. Fred Hambrecht died in an auto accident in Monmouth in June, 1955. He is buried in Iowa City. They had two children:
Dr. Howard Hambrecht was born in Iowa City in November of 1936. He married Judy Hutchcroft in June, 1960. Dr. Howard Hambrecht is an Orthopedic Surgeon in Van Nuys and Burbank, California. He is a faculty member at the University of Southern California and on the Staff of Hollywood Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California. They have four children; Laura is 20 years old and in her second year at college. Lisa is 18 years old and in her first year of college. Scott is 17 and a junior in high school. Julie is 14 and in Junior High School.
Dr. Terry Hambrecht was born August, 1939. He married Gina Nichols on December 4, 1965 at Bethesda, Maryland. He is the Program Chairman for Neural Prothesis Programming. They have two children: Chris, 15 years old, and Kevin, 11 years old.

2. FLORENCE was born September 6, 1905 in Rock Valley. She attended St. Mary’s Convent for ten years and Rock Valley Public for two years. St. Mary’s did not have an eleventh and twelvth grade at that time. She graduated from Iowa State College in 1929. She then worked in a Publishing Company in Chicago. While there she lived with her aunt, Irene Doherty Ryan. She married Dr. Louis Ruppert on July 4, 1936. Louis died June 9, 1956. He was 47 years old. Florence went back to work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the business office. She worked there until retiring in 1975. She now donates two days a week to St. Clements grade school. She did work with the kindergarten but is now working in the library. She belongs to the Senior Citizens in Chicago. Florence and Louis had two daughters, Sharon and Lynn.
Sharon was born October 11, 1939. She attended St. Clements grade school, Immaculate High School and Mundelein and Northwestern University where she received her Master’s Degree in Speech. She worked for the U.S. Army and the Air Force and taught school in the Philippines and Germany. She traveled extensively while teaching and has been in almost every country in the world. She is teaching Public Speaking in one of the junior colleges in Chicago. Sharon married A. Johnston and they have two children, Johanna 5, and Matthew, 2˝. He is a comptroller for the company he works for, and was in the Armed Forces for two years.
Lynn was born July 9, 1941. She attended St. Clement Grade School and Immaculate High School. She graduated from DePaul University and received her Master’s Degree from Northeastern University. She is a medical technologist. She has one child, Maribeth, 11 years old. She lost her little three and a half year old son on September 5, 1981. He was thrown from a ride at a county fair, and died the next day. They lived in Greenwich, Connecticut for four years and now live in River Forest, Illinois. Her husband is a partner with the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell.

3. HORACE was born in Rock Valley on January 24, 1907. He went to grade school and high school in Rock Valley and then attended Iowa State College for one year. He graduated from Iowa University with a degree in Commerce. He worked for the Goodrich Tire Company in Galesburg. While in college he worked in Yellowstone National Park in the summer driving a jitney. He became ill and entered Oakdale Sanitorium near Iowa City. He died on October 22, 1938 at the age of 31. He is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rock Valley.

4. LORETTA was born May 8, 1910 in Rock Valley. She spent two years at Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois. She graduated from Washington University in the school of Occupational Therapy. On October 2, 1937, she married Lawrence Arnott. He was born November 8, 1910 in Seattle, Wash. and was a 1933 graduate of Purdue University. He is now retired. They had two children. Judith was born September 24, 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Indiana University as a Dental Hygienist. Loretta’s son was born August 10, 1943 in Defiance, Ohio. He graduated from Purdue University in Animal Science. He now works for Ely Lily.

RESEARCH NOTES: added by Wilma J Vande Berg
From a report on ancesty.com (done by other family members)
John Walpole was born Sep 1857 IA died 1921, the son of James Walpole 1832-1974 and Julia Murphy 1832-1892. He married Mary ‘Mayme’ Doherty born 27 Feb 1879 Maquoketa, Iowa and died May 13, 1951 Rock Valley IA. She was the daughter of John Doherty 1851-1924 and Ellen O’Conner 1858-1883.

From the Rock Valley Bee, November 18, 1921:
John Walpole passed away at his home in Rock Valley Tuesday afternoon [Nov. 15] at about 6:00 o'clock, following an illness of but three days. Altho he had not been in the best of health for several years, and during that time had passed through several sick spells, he had always survived them and kept at work at his daily tasks. This fall he suffered a severe case of blood poisoning, but had apparently recovered from that. He was down town Saturday, and Sunday morning he arose as usual. During the day Sunday he was taken sick, and from that time he failed rapidly until the final summons came.
Mr. Walpole was one of the pioneers of Rock Valley, having lived here for nearly thirty-five years. He was a hard working man; was a good neighbor and friend, a kind husband and father, and one who will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where he had spent so many years of his life.
The subject of this sketch was born near Manchester, Iowa, Sept. 29, 1857, and departed this life Nov. 15, 1921, aged sixty-four years one month and sixteen days. From Manchester, his parents moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1873, and fourteen years later, he and his brother James came to Rock Valley where he had since resided. He was united in marriage June 10, 1902, to Miss Mame Doherty. To this union four children were born, Ellen, Florence, Horace and Loretta, all of whom are living.
Besides his wife and children, he leaves four brothers and four sisters, Tom Walpole, Thompson, Ia.; James and Mat, of Rock Valley; Emmett, of Hancock, Minn.; Mrs. Mary Howell, of Rock Valley; Mrs. Ellen Relyea, Atlantic, Iowa; Miss Elizabeth Walpole, of Storm Lake, Iowa; and Mrs. Julia Irving, Fairbury, Nebraska.
Funeral services were held Thursday morning from St. Mary's church in Rock Valley, and the remains were taken to St. Mary's Cemetery for burial. The bereaved family have the sympathy of many friends in their great sorrow.
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An obituary in the Alton Democrat, November 19, 1921, Rock Valley news, gives additional details:
John Walpole, one of the pioneers of Northwest Iowa, and one of Rock Valley's estimable citizens, departed this life at his home Tuesday evening Nov. 15th, after a brief illness due to nephritis, or what is known as inflammation of the kidneys.
The deceased was born on a farm near Manchester in Delaware County, Sept. 29, 1857.... In 1873 he moved with his parents to Storm Lake, where he grew to manhood and acquired his education in the common schools of that day. In 1887 he came to this vicinity and engaged in farming in Garfield township, and in 1890 he moved to Rock Valley, and for several years was associated with his brother James in raising blooded shorthorn cattle, which was known all over northwest Iowa.
He was married to Miss Mary Doherty June 10th 1902, in which he found a congenial companion. To them were born three girls and one boy who survive him. The latter years of his life his health was not the best [but] amid his physical ills he never murmured or complained but bore his afflictions patiently. He led a reserved and quiet life, and was courteous and genial to all with whom he associated in social and business affairs. He was neighborly, kind and considerate. A kind and indulgent parent, and a faithful companion. He was a member of the Catholic church and the Knights of Columbus.
[Lists his survivors, giving two of his sisters as Mrs. C. S. Relyea and Mrs. W. H. Erving; and gives funeral information.]

Last Rites For Pioneer Resident Here Wednesday
Funeral services for Mrs. Mayme Walpole, 72, were held at St. Mary's church at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, with FT. David McGoey officiating. Burial was made in St. Mary's cemetery. Rosary was said over the remains at the Greiner home at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Mrs. Walpole died in. the Hull hospital Sunday evening, following a week's illness of virus pneumonia. She was born February 27 1879, at Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of John and Mary Doherty. At an early age she moved, with her family, to Rock Valley, where she received her
education. She was married to John Walpole June 10, 1902. Left to mourn her death are three daughters: Mrs. Loretta Arnott of Monticello, Ind.; Mrs. Florence Ruppert of Chicago,Ill. Mrs. Ellen Hambrecht of Galesburg, Ill.; two brothers: Jack Doherty of Rock Valley and Mike Doherty of Inwood; two sisters: Josie Doherty of Sioux Falls, and Mrs. Lester Ryan of Kansas City, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1921 and a son, Horace, in 1928.
Pallbearers were Emmet Scanlan, Frank McGill, Henry Kaskie, John Kearns, Hein Kosters and Frank Achalz.
Source: Rock Valley Bee 5/17/1951


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