Godfrey, the youngest of ten children was born April 1, 1887.
Clarkson Godfrey, her father, was born ten miles west of La Fayette,
in Tippecanoe Co., Indiana, July 17, 1836; deceased in Waveland
Twp., Pott. Co., Ia., Apr. 11, 1916. His parents had come from Ross
Co., Ohio to Ind., making the trip on horseback and carrying some
household goods and two children on pack horses. Clarkson Godfrey
was married in Warren Co., Ill., Mar. 4, 1868 to Ellen E. DeHart,
born in Brown Co., Ind., Mar. 23, 1844; deceased in Wav. Twp., Pott.
Co., Ia., Jan. 30, 1931.
feature by Emma Godfrey:
after the Civil War, Clarkson and Ellen Godfrey moved from Monmouth,
Illinois, to Wav. Twp., Pott. Co. They bought 160 acres of
choice land for $8.00 an acre and five acres timberland near
Wheelers Grove. They cut and hauled the logs home to be used for
fuel. They used a range for cooking and heating the kitchen. There
were three small rooms and one room upstairs. In 1894, I started to
attend Rose Hill School. My older brothers and I went in the winter
and we walked a mile and three-fourths. At the east corner we met
the Corderman children and together we walked the mile.
Corderman and Bess Hemsted and Charles Bolton were some of the
teachers. Bess Hemsted's father was a country doctor. One day Evan
Corderman got a marble stuck in his throat. He was choking and they
called Doctor Hemsted. He picked Evan up by his heels and shook him
until the marble flew out. They were all so grateful to the doctor.
Later the Hempsteds moved to Canada.
When I was
sixteen, I went to Elliot High School. In three years we graduated
from the eleventh grade. Mabel Thompson and I roomed together in the
Will Fortune home. Mr. Fortune was the principal. George Kriselmeyer
worked at the lumber yard. George Kirby was a mail carrier. George
Alliband was a country doctor. They all roomed there.
Kriselmeyer had a funny looking top stiff hat. He bet me two pounds
of chocolate candy I would not wear it to school; so I took him up
and won the candy. When we graduated we had to compose an oration
and give it. The name of mine was "Solitude". I told of Beethoven
composing his most beautiful Sonatas after he became blind. I
graduated in 1906, thanks to some very fine teachers.
~ written by Emma Godfrey, April 1, 1979 at age 92 yrs.
School Emma has lived in Elliott and this area. Her interests have
been many. Young people have known her for the special things she
has done with and for them. Emma is the only surviving member of her