Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

Page 96 -97





   Lyman Jasper Botts married Mardula Lucy Blair, daughter of Alonzo and Mildred (Coke) Blair of Plymouth, Ill. Mardula was a teacher at the Botts school and Lyman was one of her students. The couple was married at Carthage, Illinois September 18, 1889. Lyman farmed east of Elliott until 1909 until they moved to another farm, south of Red Oak, Iowa. They then moved to Red Oak where Lyman ran a garage and an Auburn Automobile Dealership. The family moved to the farm east of Elliott in 1918.  The basic 120 acres had been given to Madula Blair by her father as a wedding present in 1889.  In 1903 they purchased 40 acres more and in 1906 another 80 acres. Lyman lived on the farm until his wife died in 1934.  He then moved to Red Oak.  The children of Lyman and Madula are Beryl, who died in infancy, July 26, 1897, and Blair Lyman Botts, born at Elliott, Iowa Sept. 22, 1903.

   Blair Botts was married to Ethel Josephine Curry, daughter of Riley William and Carrie Delia (Embree) Curry of Grant, Iowa. Six children were born to this marriage. 

   1. Lyman Eugene, born Feb. 3, 1928, at Grant, Iowa. He was named for his grandfather. He married Doris Gloria Palmer, daughter of George and Dina (Bakke) Palmer of Walnut, Iowa. Five children. Served in the Army Air Borne during the Korean Conflict. Severely injured in a parachute jump. Citation: Battle Star.

   2. Sidney Jasper, named for his Great Grandfather, was born at the farm home at Elliott, Iowa, Jan. 26, 1930. He married Joanne Joyce Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Wheeler of Red Oak, Iowa. One child. He was a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict. Killed in Action at Heartbreak Ridge, Oct 15, 1952. Received the Purple Heart. Buried at Hillside, Elliott.

   3. Mildred Ocea, named for two cousin's of Blair's, Mildred Myers and Ocea Rawlings. She was born at the farm home at Elliott Aug. 23, 1934. Married William W. Miller, son of Dale and Alva (Bolten) Miller, Macedonia, Iowa. Four children.

   4. Helen Louise, named for Helen Botts, Blair's cousin, was born at the farm home, Elliott, Iowa, Dec. 30, 1936. married Howard Gene Hinemeyer, son of Howard and Agnita (Erickson) Hinemeyer. Four children.

   5. Betty Jeanne, born Aug 11, 1944, Red Oak, Iowa. Married Wayne LeRoy Ireland, Griswold, Iowa. One child. Second marriage, Robert Streit, Omaha, Nebr. Two children.

   6. Randall Lee, born Aug. 27, 1951, Red Oak, Iowa. Married Susan Lynn Tibben, Adair, Iowa. Two children.

    Blair Lyman Botts attended Red Oak high school and graduated in 1922.  He attended Iowa State College at Ames until he became ill.  He came back to Elliott where he began farming with his father, and continued to farm until his death as the results of a farm accident. He died Nov. 30, 1978.    



 ~ Eugene Botts