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GEORGE FRANKLIN BURCHETT
LIBBIE MAE MONROE
George Franklin was the second child born to Franklin and Margaret Jane (Grimm) Burchett. He was born on a farm in Clarke County northeast of Grand River on March 18, 1884.
Libbie Mae was the eleventh child born to James Thomas and Matilda Frances (Perdue) Monroe. She was also born on a farm in Clarke County on November 2, 1885.
In their early years, they attended country school and went to Sunday School and Church at Gregg Chapel. After their marriage on July 17, 1905, they lived on the Monroe farm where Mabel Lola was born on June 10 1906 and Clarence Raymond on November 22, 1908. In 1909, they homesteaded 160 acres near Gregory, South Dakota. They returned to the Monroe farm before their third child Harold Woodrow was born on August 15, 1912.
They lived in Osceola, Iowa briefly before moving to Winner, South Dakota where Dale Monroe was born on September 16, 1916. In the winter of 1916-1917, they again returned to Iowa and moved to the town of Grand River where they lived the rest of their lives. Three more children were born in Grand River: Helen Louise on July 12, 1920, Pauline May on April 17, 1923, and Hazel Marie on December 19, 1925.
George owned and operated a threshing machine around Grand River for many years. He was a carpenter by trade and built many homes and farm buildings in and around Grand River. He was also a mayor of Grand River. Libbie was a faithful wife and devoted mother to the children. She attended the Dorcas Club regularly.
George passed away on Februry 26, 1963 at the age of 78. Libbie passed away on May 4, 1970 at the age of 84.
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handwritten on newspaper clipping "1955"
Mr. and Mrs. George Burchett Honored
A basket dinner was held in the Grand River park July 17 honoring the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mr. George Burchett. A host of relatives and friends enjoyed the dinner and many pictures were taken. The crowd adjourned to the Burchett home for open house at 2:30 p. m. until 5:00. Over 100 guests registered at the home in the afternoon. There are seven children and 15 grandchildren and all were present.
Those attending the basket dinner were Mr. and Mrs. George Burchett of Grand River; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Burchett and Raymond, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Webster, Renee and Tommy, of Indianola; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Cain, Paula and Donna, of West Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Burchett and Marla of Adel;
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Burchett and Judy of Riverside, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moran (sic, should be Moren), Dianan, Danny, Jean, Janet and Joan (sic, should be Jodie), Mr. and Mrs. Geral Hewlett and Larry of Grand River; Miss Catherine Hewlett of Sioux Falls, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Geral Hewlett, Jr., of Des Moines;
Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Robbins of Perry; Mr. and Mrs. Rees Burchett, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gill of Murray; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howk (sic, should be Hawk) of Beaconsfield; Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Stinson of Creston;
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Grimm of Afton; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Foland and Mrs. Sade (sic, should be Sadie) Burchett of Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Rich Warnstaff of Centerville; Mr. and Mrs. E. Floyd Grimm and grandchildren, Linda and Billy Cochran,
Mr. and Mrs. Wade Burchett, Allen, Ricky, Marshall and Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Boles and Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burchett and Emery, Mike and Sant Burchett, Willie Jones, all of Grand River.
Prepared by Pauline Cain, July 01, 1975; revised Sept. 01, 1980; updated July 01, 1988
Submission by Paula Cain Staska, June of 2016