Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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       The 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 Elliott.

    When 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.

    On March 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, 1924.

   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.

    Warren 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.

    His last 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.

    Both of 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.

    Warren 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.



~ Lucile England