JOE and EDITH DEVOSS
family of Edith (Collins) DeVoss originally came from Vermont.
Joseph and Edith DeVoss came to Waveland Township in Iowa, and
lived a mile north of Elliott. They were the parents of five children,
Blanche, Lela, Warren, Winona and Merle. When they left Iowa,
they moved to Mankato, Kansas; and later moved to Siloam Springs and
Heber, Arkansas. While living in Ark. they adopted Donald DeVoss,
who attended school in Elliott, when they had later moved to a home in
Warren was 15 years of age, he returned to Elliott and worked by the
month for several farmers. One of these was W. L. DeWitt, where he worked
for and lived with them a number of years.
11, 1903 (his birthday) Warren was united in
marriage to Lula A. Thomas, daughter of Will and Edith
Thomas. To this union two children were born - Warren Keith
who was born on Aug. 26, 1905 and died Dec. 26, 1973; and Edith
Lucile who was born Aug. 21, 1907. who makes her home in Red Oak, Iowa.
Warren was born March 11, 1877 and died July 18, 1976 at the age of 99
years and 4 months. His wife Lulu was born Jan. 18, 1882 and died Dec. 16,
Warren farmed most of
his life in and around Elliott, with the exception of a few years when he
was a partner in the Meat Market in Elliott. Most of his farming
years were on the W. J. Thomas farm.
was active in community affairs, the Methodist Church, and a long time and
active member of both the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star. He also was
President of the Telephone Company for several years.
few years, he resided in the Griswold Nursing Home, where he was still
able to get around, take daily walks, and take part in all the activities
there. He could recall many interesting events of the past. Some of
these were taped and are on file at the Elliott Library.
Warren's parents lived past the age of 90, and were residing in
Elliott during the 1915 to 1925 years. Later, they helped with the
housekeeping on Warren's farm, and when they were no longer able to
do this, they made their home with a daughter.
will always be remembered for his kindness to others, his willingness to
help with community affairs, his generosity, and for the many, many
friends he had.