by Mary Foster Dodson


Floyd was born on the family farm in Liberty Township on 13 February 1893 to Robert Newton McQuern and Amanda Alma Twyford MeQuern. He inherited a farming background and a love of the land and was engaged in farming for many years.

Floyd was inducted into Battery D, 339th Field Artillery at Camp Dodge on 21 February 1918. On 2 July 1918, Floyd became a Corporal. He served in France from 5 September 1918, to 23 January 1919. Because the field artillery pieces were pulled by horses and mules, it was helpful to have experience working with these animals! The time spent in France was filled with training and waiting to be sent to the front.


However, little action was seen and Floyd returned to America in January 1919. He was discharged at Camp Dodge on 12 February 1919.

On 25 November 1920, Floyd married Daisy Ellen Swain, daughter of Thomas and Jane Hallowell Swain. Their first home was their farm nine miles northeast of Osceola. Floyd and Daisy were the parents of three daughters, Mary Ellen, Carolyn Madge and Amanda Jane. Along with farming, Floyd's other occupations included being a construction foreman with the REA (Rural Electric Association), Deputy Sheriff and six years as Clarke County Sheriff. For many years he worked for Kale Funeral Home.




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