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George and Celeste Jane (Little) Foland Family
George FOLAND was the tenth and youngest child of Michael and Elizabeth (SOWERWINE) FOLAND.
George FOLAND was born April 21, 1866, Richland Twp. of Decatur County, Iowa, on the FOLAND homestead located east of Westerville. George and Celeste Jane LITTLE were married on January 23, 1893.
Celeste was born on September 26, 1871, Mercer County, Missouri. She was the second of six children born to Stephen Nolan LITTLE (1840-1922) and Samantha Ann (McKEE) LITTLE (ca. 1848- ). [Note: Some records give Celeste's birth year as 1870.]
With Sanford and Martha FOLAND living in the 'weaning house,' George and Celeste resided with his parents, Michael and Elizabeth FOLAND. Sanford and Martha bought their own farm in 1893, leaving the 'weaning house' vacant and ready for George and Celeste to move in. After Elizabeth (SOWERWINE) FOLAND'S death on August 25, 1896, George and his family moved in with his father, Michael FOLAND, taking care of him during his declining years.
After Michael's death on April 18, 1904, George and Celeste purchased 160 acres of the original homestead.
George and Celeste rented out the farm in 1920 and moved to Osceola, Iowa so that their three youngest children, Nolan, Albert and Thelma, could attend high school there. During this time, Celeste died of pneumonia on February 27, 1923.
After Celeste's death, George sought employment with the railroad shops, Burlington, Iowa.
George moved back to the FOLAND homestead in 1929 and Nolan ran the farm operation.
George, who played the violin, suffered a stroke six weeks after a gland operation, dying on April 18, 1946 at Clarke County Hospital, Osceola, Iowa. He was buried on his 80th birthday.
Nolan later went to southeastern Colorado where he farmed and raised wheat for six years. George and Celeste's youngest son, Albert, assumed operation of the farm, residing there until he retired and moved to Osceola, Iowa. Albert sold the farm to Stanton BECKER, great-great-grandson of Michael and Elizabeth (SOWERWINE) FOLAND, great-grandson of Samuel "Sam" FOLAND. Thus the farm has remained in the FOLAND family since Michael and Elizabeth first arrived and constructed a little log cabin on the property in the Spring of 1860.
George and Celeste were were interred at Grand River Cemetery, Grand River, Iowa.
George and Celeste FOLAND Family, Reflections of Grand River, Iowa: 1881 - 1981
George's funeral card
Norma F. (FOLAND) BECKER commented, "Uncle George was a sweet person and I really loved him. I can 'see' him walking through the fields to come and visit us. He used to come down quite a bit. I was at the Iowa School for the Deaf (Council Bluffs) when he died. I was so upset and wanted to come home for his funeral."
George and Celeste were the parents of five children:
1) Hoyle "Van" Dorn FOLAND, born Nov. 20, 1894, FOLAND farm
Van fell from the hay mow which caused his death on Sept. 20, 1902.
Interment was made at Wheelis Cemetery, Richland Twp., Decatur Co. IA
Hoyle "Van" Dorn FOLAND
2) Esther FOLAND, born May 24, 1900, FOLAND Farm
died Nov. 21, 1984, Lucas Co. Hospital, Chariton IA
Married Feb. 23, 1919 to Ralph Virgil PALMER
son of Samuel O. "Sam" PALMER (1871-1943) and
Bertha P. (JONES) PALMER (1875-1960)
Ralph was born in Richland Twp., Decatur County, Iowa, on May 24, 1900. During World War I, Ralph was drafted and received 5 months of military training at Camp Dodge northwest of Des Moines, Iowa. The war was over before Ralph saw any action.
Esther and Ralph purchased a farm located 4 ½ miles northeast of Osceola, Iowa, where they raised black Angus cattle. They were members of Cavalry Baptist Church, Osceola.
Ralph died while tending to his garden on July 11, 1978, Clarke County, Iowa.
After Ralph's death, Esther moved to an apartment in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa.
Esther died on November 21, 1984.
Esther and Ralph were interred Maple Hill Cemetery, Osceola, Clarke Co., IA.
Esther and Ralph were the parents of three sons:
1) Cleo Van PALMER, born June 22, 1920, Clarke Co. IA, died Dec. 9, 2003, Longview TX
married Glida Maurine MARQUIS, born March 16, 1920, Clarke Co. IA, died Oct. 22, 1985, Chariton IA.
daughter of Oscar Freeman MARQUIS (1983-1957) and Mamie (McKNIGHT) MARQUIS (1896-1978)
Cleo served during World War II as a mechanic with the Air Corps, entering into service in March of 1942 and receiving an assignement with the 394th Bomb Group in England and France. After his discharge from service, Cleo and Glida purchased a farm along Highway 34 located one mile east of Chariton. They were active members of the First Baptist Church of Chariton. Glida, a schoolteacher prior to her marriage, was a Youth leader and enjoyed sewing clothing for her daughters, herself, and for friends.
Cleo and Glida were interred at Chariton Cemetery, Chariton IA.
Cleo and Glida were the parents of three children:
1) Gary Dean PALMER married Camelia Dell BAKER
Gary and Camelia were the parents of two children:
1) James Dean PALMER
2) Jill Marquis PALMER
Gary received his engineering degree from LeTourneau (Christian) College in Longview, Texas. He established a foreign car repair shop in Longview, then on August 20th of 1970, Gary was severely burned in a gas explosion at the shop. While recovering from his injuries, Gary resumed studies at LeTourneau College, majoring in Aviational Mechanical Technology. Camelia was employed as a telephone operator.
2) Majorie Joyce PALMER, RN, married Gerald Kenneth MacDICKENS, parents of one son:
1) Shane Kenneth MacDICKENS
3) Marilyn Jane PALMER married Michael Wayne FLETCHER
2) Carl Lavere PALMER, US Air Force Veteran, married Bette Rose BENTLEY
Carl farmed with his father prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force at Des Moines, Iowa, in August of 1951. Carl was assigned to the 301st Air Refueling Squadron based out of Barksdale Air Force Base at Shreveport, Louisiana, serving at air bases in Texas, Oregon, Illinois, and Louisiana stateside; and, overseas at bases near Oxford in England, Casablanca in French Morocco, and Goose Bay in Labrador. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, Carl and Bette moved to Ames, Iowa, where he attending Iowa State University, obtaining his degree in Science and Civil Engineering in February of 1960. The family moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, where Carl was employee for the Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company of Davenport. Carl worked on the planning and construction of three natural gas pipelines, one of which crossed the Mississippi River.
In August of 1964, Carl became a registered professional engineer and was employed by Missman, Stanley, Farmer and Associates, consulting Civil Engineers in various surveys, studies, and construction projects. Bette purchased and operated a bait and tackle store in Rock Island, Illinois.
Carl and Bette were the parents of four children:
1) Tara Lynn PALMER married Jeffrey NOBLE, parents of one daughter:
1) Rachel Lynn NOBLE
2) Randall Karl PALMER, USMC Veteran, married Judy CARTER
3) Dirk Steven PALMER
4) Kelli Patrice PALMER married Raymond HUGILL, JR, parents of one daughter:
1) Kathryn Rose HUGILL
3) Cecil Dean PALMER married Marilyn Joyce FORD
Cecil taught at Russell High School, 1960-1962, where he met Marilyn FORD, the bookkeeper at First State Bank of Chariton. Upon their marriage, the couple moved to Fort Dodge. Cecil was employed as a scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, spending January 17, 1965 to April 10, 1965 in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands studying foreign soils. Cecil was elected president of the High Plains Chapeter of the Soil Conservation Society of America, 1967-1968. Marilyn was a bank teller at the First National Bank.
Cecil and Marilyn were the parents of three children:
1) Melissa Sue PALMER
2) Dennis Dean PALMER
3) Debra Lynn PALMER
Esther & Ralph
Palmers, 1918 The Palmer Family celebrated Ralph's First Furlough, 1918
Carl Palmer &
Glida & Gary
3) Nolan Paul "Nokie" FOLAND
born Feb. 5, 1904, Richland Twp., Decatur Co. IA
died Jan. 7, 1987, Osceola IA
married Jan. 31, 1931 Wilma Gertrude RAMSEY,
daughter of John T. RAMSEY (1877-1949) and
Lefa (BRAMMER) RAMSEY (1877-1984)
After his graduation from Osceola High School in 1925, Nolan returned to the Michael FOLAND original homestead and farmed the land with his father George from 1926 until 1929, when he went to Baca County, Colorado to farm wheat. He married Wilma Gertrude
RAMSEY who had been teaching at rural schools in the Grand River, Iowa, vicinity. [Wilma's sister, Rosamond RAMSEY, taught at the
Drought and severe dust storms forced Nolan and Wilma to sell out, returning to Iowa in December of 1935.
Nolan returned to Colorado, working fruit orchards and coal mines around Paonia, and at a lumber camp near the top of Black Mesa. He returned to Iowa in December of 1937 to work the EVANS farm near Grand River. In 1940, Nolan and Wilma moved to a farm located about three miles west of Van Wert. They purchased this farm in 1946, making it their home until Nolan and Wilma retired in 1980 and moved to Osceola.
Wilma, ever interested in family genealogy, completed two books in the late 1950’s – The EDWARDS-RAMSEY Family Record and The FOLAND Family Record. She also compiled three subsequent supplements for The FOLAND Family Record. A large portion of the FOLAND family information for these Michael and Elizabeth (SOWERWINE) FOLAND pages has been derived from Wilma’s books and research.
Nolan played the violin and harmonica. Wilma played the piano.
Nolan died on January 7, 1987, Osceola IA. Wilma was born near Grand River IA on September 17, 1908, and died on January 5, 1995, Osceola IA.
Nolan & Wilma's 50th Wedding Anniversary
Nolan and Wilma were interred Grand River Cemetery, Grand River IA.
Nolan and Wilma were the parents of two sons:
1) Don Richard FOLAND, born Dec. 20, 1936, near Grand River IA
died August 16, 2004, Des Moines IA, Inter. I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens, Indianola IA
Married Dec. 18, 1955 Verda Ione STUBBS,
daughter of Arthur "Gerald" STUBBS (1906-1957) and
Cora (BRYANT) STUBBS (1910-1957)
After Cora's death in November of 1957, Verda's eight-year-old sister, Kathy, lived with Don and Verda.
Don and Verda were the parents of two children:
1) Pamela Ione "Pam" FOLAND, born Dec. 6, 1956, Osceola IA
died Feb. 3, 2013, Des Moines IA
Married Dewey Lee MILLER, parents of three children:
1) Patricia Dawn MILLER
2) Bradley Thomas MILLER
3) Dustin Lee MILLER
Pamela married 2nd ____ BEACH.
2) Danny Joe "Dan" FOLAND
2) Darel Duane FOLAND, US Army Veteran, mMarried Phyllis Ann MILLS,
daughter of Garould Andrew and Juanita Louise (VANDERFLUTE) MILLS
Darel volunteered for the Airbourne as a paratrooper. He received his wings and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, then served in Korea from March of 1964 until his discharge from the serived April 29th of 1965.
Darel and Phyllis were the parents of four children:
1) Laura Kay FOLAND
2) Rhonda Rae FOLAND married Steven TINKHAM
3) Michael Duane FOLAND married Amber Marie FERRIS, parents of Alexis Marie
4) Richard Lee FOLAND
4) Albert Lyman "Ab" FOLAND
born April 5, 1906, Richland Twp., Decatur Co. IA
died Nov. 18, 1997, Osceola IA, Inter. Grand River Cemetery.
Albert never married. He took over the farming operations on the FOLAND Homestead in 1929 until he moved to Osecola, Iowa a few years before his death. Albert spent a lot of time fishing with his first cousin Homer FOLAND and neighbor Roy CLAWSON.
Once, while fishing, Ab was upstream from Roy CLAWSON and sitting on the limb of a dead tree. Suddenly, without warning, there was a loud pop. Ab hollered out to Roy, “You thought I fell in.” Ab laughed, but not for long. Roy heard a second loud pop followed by a splash. Then Ab’s straw hat came floating down the river.
In his eulogy, Pastor Brian HARDEE said, “Albert lived a very simple life. Modern conveyances were not necessities to him. He didn’t own a computer. Why, the home place was without indoor plumbing even. He had a color TV but primarily because black/white was no long available. This is not in any way to suggest that he was a miser or a hermit. Alber never shied from company except perhaps eligible
ladies, and he was generous with what possessions he had. It is just
that Albert didn’t live for wordly things.
“I saw him smile many times, but two particular times I want to relate to you today. The first was a hot August evening I stopped by to see him and he was alone in the garden weeding his watermelons. It was a beautiful patch. He had counted them all and told me so. I wondered later if maybe he hadn’t named them as well. He was delighted to see the produce. Someone has told me he raised a good patch every year and had sold them at times. Another time he smiled was when we went out on a ride after a great blizzard a few years back. I had stopped by to visit Albert and our conversation had drug some. I asked if he would like to take a drive to see some of the snow drifts. His eyes lit up, he agreed and immediately began to scurry for his coat. While out on the drive he smiled and spoke of nature, storms, animals and the outdoors. It was only a car ride, but when I left Albert, he was satisfied, and so was I for having been with him.”
5) Thelma Elizabeth FOLAND
born 13 Mar 1908 Richland Twp., Decatur Co. IA
died Aug. 3, 1991, Huntington Beach CA
Married March 15, 1930, Des Moines IA, Harold Clifton SIMBRO
Harold was born Sept. 2, 1904, Des Moines IA, the son of Marshall A. SIMBRO (1879-1928) and Lettie (RIDGEWAY) SIMBRO. He served in the National Guard.
Thelma and Harold met in Des Moines where she was working. Harold and Thelma moved to Los Angeles in 1937 where he was a material review inspector at the Santa Monica Douglas Plant. Harold’s hobby was playing and tuning pianos. Thelma was active in the P.T.A. and sang in the Westchester Christian Church choir.
Harold died Jan. 20, 1969. Thelma & Harold were interred at Inglewood, Los Angeles Co. CA
Thelma and Harold were the parents of two sons:
1) Dale Dean SIMBRO married Arleen Frances FLOOD, parents of two children:
1) Laurie Ann SIMBRO
2) Randall Brian SIMBRO
2) Dennis Eugene SIMBRO married Joy Adrian MASH, parents of three children:
1) Shelley Dennee SIMBRO
2) Darryl Eugene SIMBRO
3) Sherry Denise SIMBRO
Genealogical Sources: Reflections of Grand River 1881 - 1981, Leon Journal-Reporter articles and obituaries; Down 100 Years; family documents & records; photograph albums and genealogical scrapbooks of Pearle Veva (BRAMON) FOLAND and Norma G. (FOLAND) BECKER
FOLAND, Wilma G. (RAMSEY). The Foland Family Record 1960; The Foland Family Record, Supplement One July 1960 to July 1965; The Foland Family Record, Supplement Two 1965 to 1971; The Foland Family Record, Supplement Three 1971 to 1982
Written, complied and submitted by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2013
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