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John and Nellie Bennett

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John Bennett was born April 8, 1866, and is listed in the "Early Boone County Settlers" Iowa Census of 1855. He was born in Scotland, and his Scottish ancestry can be traced back to 1692 in Scotland. He married Nellie Farr Jones on March 18, 1896, in Boone County. Her family was of Welsh descent. John and Nellie resided in Boone County all their married life, and were primarily farmers in the Luther area, where he is known to have farmed on three different farms. Between 1910 and 1913, John interrupted his farming career to operate a coal mine near Rippey, but he later returned to the Luther area to farm. In connection with his farming, John is remembered by many for the milk route which he drove during the 1940s between Madrid, Luther, and the Boone Dairy.

They were members of Garden Prairie Congregational Church, near Madrid, and on Easter Sunday, 1915, they joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Luther. John was also a member of the Luther Lodge.

John is remembered as an accomplished musician, playing the piano, the violin, the organ, and harmonica. Nellie crocheted, and the family remembers her work well with various pieces which she created.

John and Nellie were the parents of 10 children: Myrtle, Margaret, John W., Ellen, Vivian, Grace, Mildred, Donald, Leonard, and Florence (who died in infancy). They attended the Luther school and seven graduated from Luther High School.

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