Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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       Benjamin Franklin Craig was born August 31, 1831, at Cheviot, Ohio, The son of Edward and Elizabeth Gaines Craig. He served in the U. S. Navy from January 13, 1864 to November 4, 1865.  He was married to Vilena Cooper at Blue Grass, Iowa. They were the parents of three children: Anna, Franklin Curtis, and Rhoda who died at age two. Some time after the death of his wife he came to Montgomery County and lived in Elliott where he was Justice of the  Peace.  He died March 23, 1892 and is buried in Soldiers Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois.

     Franklin Curtis (better known as Dick), son of Benjamin Franklin and Vilena Cooper Craig, was born October 19, 1861 at Blur Grass, Iowa. Due to the death of his mother when he was ten years old, he made his home for a while with his uncle Perry Cooper.  His education was limited to grade school, as he started to make his own way very young. When grown he came to Iowa and located in Pilot Grove township, where he lived the rest of his life, with the exception of three years in Sherman township.  He was married at Red Oak, Iowa on February 21, 1887 to Laura Ellen Bailey; daughter of Henry Frailey and Minerva Jane [Cook] Bailey. They were definitely pioneers, hard working farmers who struggled through raising a family of nine children on the same farm they started out with. Laura Ellen died at their farm home August 7, 1921, and Franklin died in Elliott August 28, 1932.  Both are buried in Pilot Grove Cemetery.

       Children of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Curtis Craig:

  1. Florence Vilena born February 6, 1888 in Pilot Grove. She married Alfred Elmer Hallcock at Red Oak, December 27, 1905.  They lived their entire married life in Pilot Grove.  Elmer died December 16, 1935. Florence married Riner Meyer December 24, 1941. She died September 13, 1967. All are buried at Pilot Grove. Alfred and Florence were parents of six daughters and two sons, all born in Pilot Grove Twp.; Nora Myrle Hamlin, Pearl Chrisman, Stella Izola Inman, Lester Earl Hallcock, Elsie Leola Zimmerman, Alma Ellen Fitzloff, Elvin Ellsworth Hallcock and Doris Elaine Camp. They had 20 grandchildren.

   2. Franklin Henry born September 17, 1916. Married Ethel Lucille Selser at Council Bluffs, Iowa December 13, 1916.  They have a son Glee and a grandson Curtis in California. Franklin died October 28, 1966. Ethel died September 7, 1978. They are buried at Red Oak.

   3. Nora May was born June 22, 1891 in Sherman township. She married Ealy Pogue November 28, 1921 in Council Bluffs.  The have a daughter, Frances Burton.  Ealy died January 26, 1975 at the Red Oak Hospital.

   4. Lela Jane, was born in Sherman township February 1, 1893.  Married June 12, 1943 in Red Oak to Harry Seder, who died July 12, 1948.  Lela died June 27, 1957 at the Ealy Pogue home.  They are buried at Red Oak.

   5. Curtis Franklin born January 19, 1896. Died April 1, 1904. Buried in Pilot Grove.

   6. Wilbur Frailey, born August 31, 1898.  Married Hazel Juanita Stedwell June 12, 1920 at Red Oak.  They have two daughters, Phyllis Lewis and Bernice Dutcher, and three grandchildren.

   7. Wilbur Fred, born August 31, 1898. Married Ethel Rosina Hubbard at Elliott May 1, 1919.  She died December 5, 1935. They had two children: Charlene Hoover and Bernard Fred. Wilbur died July 7, 1972 in Twin Falls, Idaho.  They are buried at Hillside Cemetery, Elliott.

   8. Howard Arthur was born December 12, 1903. He married Vada Gammell August 4, 1926.  They were the parents of three sons: Harley, Garvin, and Arvid. Howard died October 24, 1970 at Twin Falls, Idaho and is buried there.

   9. Delbert Cleo was born March 10, 1908. He graduated at Elliott in 1928. He married Eleanor Frances Slyter October 14, 1929. They were the parents of Lauretta Margaret, Laureen, and Larry.  Delbert's second marriage September 30, 1956 was to Novis May Runkle.





~ Nora Pogue