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Gerald and Lorna Barrow Carlson

Gerald Eugene Carlson was born January 2, 1929, near Madrid. He attended the Pleasant Hill country school and Kelley High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, and then started farming He is the son of Oscar Edward Carlson and Grace Ringgenberg Carlson. His grandparents were Alfred and Emma Swanson Carlson, and Harry and Matilda Harmon Ringgenberg. Gerald has one brother, Marvin, and five sisters: Irene, Evelyn, Margaret, Doris, and Donna. He is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Lorna Jean Barrow Carlson was born October 28, 1927, near Madrid. She attended White Hall country school, and graduated from Madrid High School. She was employed as school secretary, and at the City State Bank, as bookkeeper and teller. She was elected as Treasurer of the City of Madrid in 1949. Gerald and Lorna were married January 24, 1951. Lorna was employed by the U.S. Government at the Atlanta General Depot, Atlanta, Georgia, where Gerald was stationed from 1951-52. She was a leader of the Madrid Rockettes 4-H Club for 10 years and the Madrid Do-Ettes 4-H Club for two years. She presently is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council, is chairman of the finance committee, is president of Lutheran Church Women, and is treasurer of the Centennial Memorabilia Committee. Her hobbies include sewing, quilting, gardening, fishing, and reading.

Lorna is the daughter of William and Pearl Snider who were married August 22, 1921. Her brother is William John Barrow, and half-brother is Roland Richard Reckseen, retired conductor of the Milwaukee Railroad, with over 40 years of service. Her grandparents were John Joseph and Dorothy Alice Wearing Barrow, and John Fred and Elnora Purdy Snider.

William Barrow was the oldest son, born in Daltonin- Furness, Lancashire, England, on August 21, 1890. He came to the U.S. in 1892. His sister and brothers were Anna, who was wife of Clifford Luther; Robert; Charles; Edward; and John. The Barrow family spent many years working for the CM. St. P & P Railroads. John J. Barrow worked at the coal dock, filling coal buckets for steam engines to take on coal. After he retired, his son, Bill, took over the yards. He filled the coal buckets and kept the yards clean and mowed in summer. In the winter, he filled the coal buckets, kept the switches clean and free of ice and snow, and filled the switch lamps and kept them burning. He loaded and unloaded mail from trains and patrolled the track at times. Robert (Curley) serviced the engines and was engine watchman on weekends. He serviced the steam engines by emptying ash pans and scooping cinders from between the tracks. Charles was the depot agent's clerk. He did all of the billing of cars and handled all of the paperwork for the agent. Ted worked on the bridge gang until about 1930. John worked on the bridge gang until he died in 1925 from appendicitis. William, Edward, and John all worked on the bridge gang when the first railroad bridge, west of Madrid over the Des Moines River was built, saving fourteen miles of track.

Pearl Snider Barrow, was born May 31, 1897, near Madrid. Her grandparents were Christopher and Josephine Giltnerine Snider, who moved to the U.S. from Germany, settling first in Ohio, and then in the Woodward area. Her parents were John Fred and Elnora Purdy Snider. John Snider served as section foreman on the Milwaukee Railroad in 1910. Pearl had two brothers: Earl, now deceased; and Glen, of Winter, Wisconsin.

The children of Gerald and Lorna Carlson are: Gerald Eugene; Debra Jean; Susan Ann; Carol Lynne; Linda Kaye; Paula Jo; and Joyce Marie. Gerald Eugene was born December 7, 1953. He attended the Madrid schools, and graduated from DMACC in the auto mechanics program. Presently, he is the owner of Jerry Carlson's Auto Repair at 117 South Water Street, and has donated the use of his empty service station building for the Centennial General Store. He is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and his hobbies include drag racing and fishing.

Debra Jean Carlson Hassebrock was born November 16, 1954. She attended and graduated from the Madrid Community Schools, and graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Food Science and Dietetics, interned at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and is now a registered dietician. She married an Ames farmer, David Scot Hassebrock, June 27, 1981. They are members of Collegiate Presbyterian Church, in Ames. Her hobbies include cooking, needlework, gardening, quilting, fishing, and stamp collecting, besides being a 4-H club leader and member of the Story County Porkettes.

Susan Ann was born November 18, 1955. She attended and graduated from the Madrid Community Schools and DMACC She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in science and also as a medical technologist. Presently, she is employed at the University Hospitals in Iowa City as a medical technologist in the microbiology laboratory. Her hobbies include gardening and needlework. She is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, in Madrid.

Carol Lynne Carlson Truckenmiller was born January 1, 1957. She attended and graduated from Madrid Community Schools as class valedictorian. She married David Lynn Truckenmiller on June 19, 1976. They are the parents of two daughters: Olivia Lorna, born August 10, 1977, and Mary Pearl, born July 13, 1981. Carol and her family are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, Iowa. Her hobbies include sewing, needlework, gardening, quilts, rug weaving, and fishing.

Linda Kay Carlson was born October 27, 1958. She attended and graduated from Madrid Community Schools, attended DMACC, and graduated from the Secretarial Program. She is presently employed as a secretary by the Iowa Farm Bureau at their home office in West Des Moines, in the word center. Linda bowls on the late league, is secretary of the Centennial Memorabilia Committee, and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Her hobbies include sewing, needlework, and fishing.

Paula Jo was born November 5, 1962. She attended and graduated from Madrid Community Schools as class valedictorian. She graduated from DMACC as an accounting specialist, and is presently employed by Yonker Construction and Grimes Asphalt and Paving Corporation of Des Moines as a cost accountant. She is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, teaches a Sunday School class, is on the advisory committee for the Madrid Schools, and helps with summer softball and 4-H activities. Her hobbies include needlework, quilts, sewing, fishing, and stamp collecting.

Joyce Marie was born March 11, 1970, and attends the Madrid Community Schools in the seventh grade. She attends St. John's Lutheran Church, is active in school activities such as basketball, and Junior High Band (where she plays the clarinet). She works in the K-3 library and is president of Madrid Do-Ettes 4-H Club She helped the memorabilia committee by riding the publicity floats.

Gerald, Lorna, and family lived on a farm owned by Oscar' Carlson and located one and one-half miles north of Madrid from 1953 until 1981. In 1981, they built a new home at 802 South Kennedy, in Madrid, and they now commute to the farm.

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