(MRS. VICTOR) DOROTHY GODFREY
father, P. H. (Bogue) Weidman was born five miles south of Red Oak,
Iowa, on one of the first homesteads taken in Montgomery Co. He was
born Dec. 14, 1880 - deceased Jan. 30, 1953. He was the sixth
son in a family of eleven; seven sons and four daughters. My mother,
Allie Florence Davis was born in Benton Co., Mo., Sept. 21, 1884
deceased Sept 14, 1977. Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Red
Weidman and Grandpa Davis had a joint interest in Benton Co., Mo.,
called "The Ranch". My parents met there and were married Oct 25,
I was born
at The Ranch, July 3, 1905. When I was about three years old we came
to Iowa and lived on the Weidman homestead. My brother Dean and
sister Myrle were born there, also a sister Nina, who lived only
nineteen days. Brother Lloyd was born later at Alvo, Nebr., where we
lived three years while papa operated a general store. Papa and most
of his brothers were not cut out to be farmers, but because that was
the family occupation they were expected to be farmers, and aptitude
tests were unknown.
farming, merchant and carpentry. His greatest love was working with
wood. When I remember the penmanship pictures and carvings he did, I
am sorry so few were preserved. We moved to Elliott from Alvo, Nebr.
the summer of 1918.
graduated from Elliott High School in May 1921 and married Victor
Godfrey Sept 6, 1924. Vic was born Dec 9, 1901 in Waveland Twp.,
Pott. Co., Iowa; and died Aug 29, 1976 at Red Oak, Iowa, and is
buried in Hillside Cemetery, Elliott. His parents were Franklin
Godfrey, born Nov. 10, 1877 in Wav. Twp., Pott. Co., deceased
Nov 22, 1971 at the Murphy Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. Mother
Maggie Ellen Brown, born at Indianola, Iowa April 1, 1878, and did
on Nov., 5, 1948 at their home in Elliott. Vic's parents, brother
Harold and maternal grandfather are buried in Wav. Twp. Cemetery.
Vic's brother Harold was born in Wav. Twp., Dec 2, 1903, deceased
Sept. 28, 1978 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa.
Vic's father too was a square peg in a round hole. He would have
been much happier as a chemist.
To us were born
three daughters; Elzene and Ilene, Dec. 10, 1926 and Eleanor, March
28, 1930. We farmed one year east of Grant and then moved to a
Godfrey farm five miles west, 2 3/4 miles north of Elliott, where
the twins were born. After the crash of 1929 we sold our farming and
household equipment, expecting to go to California. We waited for
Eleanor's birth and decided to stay in Iowa. We rode out the "Great
Depression", Vic doing whatever he could and came through with an
old truck which he built up into a four truck grain and livestock
hauling business. We owned and operated the general store, now known
as Gord's Grocery, from July 4, 1949 until March 1955. After
recovering from a severe heart attack Vic decided to try the real
estate business, and together we took the Iowa broker's test and
worked in that as long as he lived. I still have my license. I have
been bookkeeper, answering service and salesman these many years
for our own business and also operated my own income tax service for
daughters are: Mrs. J. S (Elzene) Mitchell, Decatur, Ga., with three
daughters and one grandson; Mrs. J. E. (Ilene) Gladson, Miami,
Florida, with a son and daughter and two granddaughters; and Mrs. L.
D. (Eleanor) Carlisle, Bellevue, Washington with three sons, (one
deceased), two daughters and one granddaughter.
the tales of the depression. It left an indelible print upon those
of us old enough to be responsible for a family. Most of us are
hoarders. Waste tears us apart. Every family could write a book of