Josephus Kirby was born
March 19, 1858 at Roseville, Illinois. Clara Belle Yoho was born
November 25, 1862 at Vermont, Illinois. They were married at
Smithshire, Illinois, May 30, 1882. Mr. Kirby had come to Iowa
earlier and bought 80 acres four miles west of Griswold. Immediately
after the wedding they came by train to Griswold. They lived there 8
years, then traded with Mel Talbott for 160 acres, four and one-half
miles northwest of Elliott, where they lived until December 1918, at
which time they moved into Elliott. They were the parents of 13
children, 9 boys and 4 girls. George M., Orlaff R., William I., Fred
L., Edgar E., Jesse H., Effie E., Harold L., Lyra L., E. Loraine,
Mildred I., Harry V., and Joe C.
George was rural mail
carrier on Route 2, west of Elliott for 41 years. He married Edna
Potts and they lived in Elliott. George passed away in 1961, and is
buried at Hillside, Elliott. Mrs. Kirby is still living.
Orlaff (Orley) Kirby was
also a rural mail carrier on Route 1, east of Elliott. For several
years he carried mail to Grant, but they were later changed to
Villisca. He retired in 1947 after 38 years as a mail carrier. He
passed away in 1969 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery.
William I. helped with
the farming. He married Leona Reed and they farmed west of Elliott
for many years. Both have passed away and are buried in Waveland
Cemetery, north and west of Elliott.
Fred L. was born April
17, 1888. He helped his mother with the cooking for several years.
He left home later and worked other places. He was in Chicago when
he entered the service in World War I. He was wounded in action in
July 1918 and passed away in August 1918. The body was returned a
year later, and is buried at Hillside.
Edgar E. helped with the
farming at home. He married Estella Ireland and they farmed in Cass
and Montgomery Co’s. He passed away in 1956. Estella lives in
Jesse H. learned the
watch repairing trade of L. E. Burris and worked several years in
Atlantic. He was working in Waukegan, Ill. when he entered the Navy
in World War I. He married Roxa Simpson. When he was discharged from
the service they moved to Gillette, Wyoming and homesteaded. They
have both passed away. Jesse is buried in Custer National Cemetery
at Hardin, Montana. Roxa is buried at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Effie married Ray
Williams in 1914. They lived a year in Kansas and moved back to Iowa
and have lived in or near Elliott. Ray passed away in 1955. Effie
still lives in Elliott. She was Librarian for 34 years.
Harold I. helped his
father with the farming. He went into service in World War I in June
1918. He died of the flu in France in October 1918. His body was
shipped back and he is buried in Hillside Cemetery.
Lyra married Clare Acree
in 1917. They lived in Kansas several years and moved back to Iowa
and farmed around Elliott. Both have passed away and are buried at
Loraine married Zearl
Hallcock in 1918. They farmed several years and then moved into
Elliott. They operated the Elliott Cafe for a few years. Loraine was
noted for her pies. They have both passed away and are buried at
Mildred worked as
telephone operator for six years and worked in the Houghton State
Bank at Elliott for 18 years. She is retired, and still lives in
After Harry graduated
from High School he attended the University of Missouri, Columbia
for one year. He went to Wood River, Illinois where he worked for
Shell Oil Company until retiring. He is married and still lives at
Joe set type at the
Elliott Graphic office for several years. He later bought the
Graphic and operated same until it passed out of existence. He
worked in the Griswold American office for a number of years. He
married Pearl Estes. Because of Joe’s health they moved to Apache
Junction, Arizona, where they still live.
The children were all
born in Pott. Co. Iowa. They were all members of the Elliott
Methodist Church, until later when some transferred to other
churches. There were 21 grandchildren. Two have passed away, Lois
Morgan and Lorena Peterson. There are 43 great-grandchildren and 32