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Eldon E. Boone Family

Photo page 346 & 347

Eldon E. Boone is the fifth generation of the Squire Boone family, and a descendant of the pioneer and explorer, Daniel Boone. Squire Boone was the son of Daniel Boone, who also had another son, Nathan, after whom Boone County was named after he settled in the area. Nathan earlier lived in Missouri. The Squire Boone Cemetery located north of Madrid is named after this ancestor.

Squire Boone is the son of Daniel Boone. Tyler Boone is the son of Squire Boone. Lewis Boone is the son of Tyler Boone. George R. Boone is the son of Lewis Boone, and Eldon E. Boone is the son of George R. Boone. Both Squire Boone and. Tyler Boone are buried in the Squire Boone Cemetery.

Eldon E. Boone was born in Madrid on March 9, 1909, and lived there for most of his life. He was named "Eldon Ernest" after Dr. Shaw, who delivered him. Eldon's parents did not live long in Madrid after his birth. When he was about two years oid, they left him with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Boone, who raised and educated him. He attended the Madrid schools, and graduated from Madrid High in 1927. One of his favorite teachers was Edith Norris, who not only taught academics, but helped mold character of the young people with whom she worked. She was loved by all who knew her.

Eldon became a Boy Scout at about 12 or 13. When he was 14, he played the horn, and became a part of the first Boy Scout Band in the State of Iowa. The story of this remarkable band and their accomplishments is included in the story of Madrid's Boy Scouts, in another chapter of this book.

After graduating, Eldon went to Wyoming and worked for over a year with the Burlington Railroad. The Great Depression arrived, and he returned to Iowa. He first went to Cedar Rapids, where he met and married Julia Armon. The couple's first child, Julie, was born in Cedar Rapids on June 15, 1932. Eldon brought his wife and daughter back to his home town, where they established a home in the Oakleaf Addition. They were glad for the size of their home, which afforded room for gardening, for the Depression had a hard grip on the country by that time.

Mrs. Boone writes of these Depression years: "The Depression brought lean years. But our garden supplied us with all sorts of fresh vegetables and the surplus was canned. Fish, squirrel, and pheasant put meat on the table. A pig was raised, and butchered, and the meat was canned and lard rendered. There were no jobs to be had, except WPA, which paid a mere pittance. There was plenty of work at home to keep busy from morn to night, though.

"But all was not dismal. There were times when people, after working all day at never-ending chores would gather on Saturday nights in town. Farmers came into town to do their 'trading.' Their families accompanied them. The stores were open and business was brisk. Townspeople mingled with friends and neighbors, and the children darted back and forth, laughing and chasing each other. Older ones attended the movie (usually a 'cowboy and Indian' picture) and tried the patience of Louie Lepovitz, who managed the theatre. Women chatted in the aisles of the stores as well as on the street, while their husbands visited with their friends over a glass of beer, while waiting for the womenfolk to finish the trading. It was a great night to socialize.

"The weekly band concert was held every Wednesday night during the summer in the little park. It provided entertainment for the townspeople, playing old favorites and stirring marches. One evening stands out to me above all others. It was a soft, calm evening with a moon moving through soft, white fluffs of clouds. After the band had played a few numbers, one of the young Madrid fellows stood up, and raised his voice in song. His voice was clear and beautiful as he sang an old favorite: 'Moonlight and Roses.'

"The soft music in the background, and the voice of the singer lingered over the moon-drenched park, and everyone was quiet. Then, the applause. It had been a magic moment. The memory of it lingers on.

"The reservoir at the west edge of town was another popular place, especially for young people. It was a body of water that provided water for the steam engines for the Milwaukee Railroad. It was also a gathering place for people to skate in the winter, and a 'swimmin' hole' in the summer for the boys. It provided fishing for young and old alike.

"After the demise of the steam engines, the reservoir was not needed, and it was left to die, too. The diesel engine had replaced those big iron steam engines.

"Softball games were played every night. They were popular with all of the people. It was a place to relax, and games were played at Edgewood Park, people rooting for their favorite team or player.

"All these were simple diversions, but they provided the people of Madrid much-needed entertainment and diversion from their hard work and lean pocketbooks during the Depression years of the '30s and '40s. People also attended their respective churches, lodges, and social clubs."

During those years, six more children were born to the couple.

Billy, born April 9, 1934, now drives a PIE semitruck cross country. He makes his home in Omaha. Carol, born January 7, 1937, remains in the Madrid area, and is a homemaker and nurse to her handicapped son, David. She married Jack G. Long, and they have seven children: Laurie, Michael, John, David, Alan, Melanie, and Scott.

Eldon E. Boone, Jr., was born March 28, 1944. He remains in the Madrid area, and is employed by the John Deere Company.

Merris, born January 17, 1946, is a homemaker in Bondurant, Iowa. She married Fred Mcintosh, who is an executive with the Valley Bank of Des Moines. They are the parents of three children: Leisl, Lochlan, and Tyler. A twin to Lochlan, Lance, died in infancy.

Danny, born August 27, 1949, remains in the Madrid area, and has been employed by the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. He and his wife, Patti (Shearer) have two children: Nathan and Squire.

Diane, born August 27, 1949, is a beautician in Beaverdale, Iowa. She is married to Stewart Walmsley, who is from Blackburn, England. They have one child, Ian.

Julie, the eldest, is an assistant in the pharmacy owned and operated by her husband, William A. Burke. They live in Davenport, Iowa. They have six children: Carol Lynn, Bill, Ann, Joy, Lisa, and David.

Eldon was a member of the Congregational Christian Church for many years, and he was baptized in the Des Moines River, which was the custom at that time. He is a Past Master of Star Lodge in Madrid, and Julia is Past Matron of the Occidental Chapter No. 160 O.E.S. of Madrid.

The senior Eldon Boones now live in Bondurant, since his retirement from the John Deere Des Moines Works, after 20 years. They have 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and celebrated their 50th wedding annivesary in 1979.

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