THE ARTLIP FAMILY AND ELLIOTT
year of 1907, Frank Walker brought his family from Randolph, Iowa to
Elliott to live. He and his brother, John, ran a grocery store for a
while. Frank was also affiliated with the Benshoofs in their cement block
and brick yard. Doris Walker (one of the daughters) was seven
years old. Doris still lives in Elliott and often talks about her first
view of Elliott from the train.
Artlip and Belle Perce were married January 28, 1884. They moved on some
land near the Lowman Church. They lived the greater part of their lives in
the Elliott vicinity.
land for many many years that is located two miles north of Elliott. Some
of this land is still in the Artlip family.
(Reuben's youngest son) was born in 1893 and lived in Elliott and this
vicinity most of his life. Delbert Arlip and Doris Walker were
married December 4, 1917.
marriage, Delbert ran a model T oil truck for the Collins Oil Company for
a short time. He barbered for a while. While still a barber, he
gradually worked into the used auto parts and salvage business. He worked
this operation for more than 25 years, and made a thriving business out of
it. In 1958 his youngest son, Bob, took over and still operates the
marriage came seven children. In order they are: Fay, Dean, Maree, Charles
"Buzz", Edith, Betty, and Bob.
Of the six
surviving children, three still live in Elliott, namely:
and wife (the former Nettie Belle Braden), two daughters,
Sandy and Cathy.
and husband Bob; daughter Kay and husband Marvin
Keeton, and son Rick.
and wife, (the former Sharon Cable), two Daughters:
Amy, and Rachelle and husband Randy Ireland.
There is a
complete family tree of the Walkers and Artlips gathered and recorded by
Mrs. Charles (Buzz) Artlip.
that we had when we celebrated our 50th year was a sight to
behold; teams of oxen pulling covered wagons, a handful of Civil War
Veterans, made quite an impression on a boy of nine years.
time many changes have come to our town. The large families are no more.
For the record, I would like to mention a few that were very much in
evidence while I was growing up: the Bill Lewis family, the Bill Nelson
family, the Jay Askey family, the Dr. Jennings family and of course the
Delbert Artlip family.
Some of the
changes that have occurred are depressing to me. The prairie sod and
timber that used to surround us have disappeared and given way to farm
land and the loss of our giant elm trees to dutch elm disease was a
In spite of
the tornado of ’28 and the great depression of the’30’s, our town still
survives and thrives.
To me, it is
the greatest place on earth, and we, the Artlips, are proud to have been
and to still be a part of it.