Paul Lathrop was born July 19, 1887 near Lawrence, Kansas, the son
of William Henry Lathrop and Suzie Laura Wadsworth. He
attended rural and Elliott High School and an engineering school in
Omaha. He married Mabel Blanche DeWitt at the home of her parents in
Pilot Grove Twp. on April 12, 1916. She was the daughter of Emery
Allison DeWitt and Alta Saphronia Spicer. Mabel was born July 16,
1891. She attended rural school and graduated from Elliott High
School in 1909.
They farmed in
Pilot Grove Twp. - first on the Ollie Hallcock farm then moved to
the Alvin DeWitt farm in 1919 and to the Emery DeWitt farm in 1936.
In 1951 they bought this farm where their grandson, Curtis Peterson
and his family live and farm now.
They were the
parents of three daughters, Mary Helen (Mrs. Maurice Peterson),
Frances Lucille (Carlson), and Lois Pauline (Keener).
Mary Helen, born
August 24, 1918 graduated from Red Oak High School in 1936 and then
taught school in Douglas Twp. for two years. On June 4, 1938 she
married Maurice Peterson-born Jan. 4, 1917, the son of John Emil and
Emma Otelia Peterson. They were the parents of three children,
Richard Delaine born Oct. 18, 1940 married Norma Jean McCunn on
Sept. 24, 1960. They are the parents of four children, Kimberly Dawn
(1961), Robert Delaine (1967), John Maurice (1970), and Nicole Rae
(1971). Richard is a partner in a Phillips 66 Oil business in
Elliott where they now live. Curtis Leroy born May 6, 1944 married
Linda Sue White on Dec. 14, 1968. They are the parents of three
sons, Scott Christopher, Michael James, and Curtis Leroy, Jr. They
farm in Pilot Grove Twp. Mary Ann born Oct. 15, 1948 married Dennis
W. Smith on May 11, 1968. They are the parents of three children,
Brian Jeffery, Amy Marie, and Carl Jean. Mary Anne graduated from
Griswold High School and Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing.
Dennis is a minister with the Church of Christ. They live in Oakley,
was killed in a farm accident in 1959. He is buried in the Evergreen
Cemetery in Red Oak.
born September 11, 1920 graduated from Red Oak High and Junior
College. She was a teacher in Montgomery Co. schools before working
for Union Pacific in Omaha. She married Glen L. Carlson
of Red Oak on March 20, 1946.
They are the parents of three
Lee, a graduate of ISU, married Richard Johnson in August 1976. They
are the parents of one daughter, Lisa Anne, born in Zaire, Africa
where they are Missionaries. Peggy Louise married Robert Blackburn
of Des Moines. They have three sons, Timothy, Todd and Paul. They
live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Bob is a computer
programmer. Roger L. married Kathy Scott, they live and farm near
Red oak, Iowa.
born November 22, 1922 graduated from Red Oak School, attended Jr.
College and graduated from Immanuel Lutheran School of Nursing. She
served 9 months in the Philippines as an army nurse during World War
II. In December 1946 she married Robert L. Keener and they moved to
Oregon and later to California. They are parents of three daughters.
Linda Lee is a Home Ec teacher in Montana, married William McGregor.
They are parents of three sons, Robb, Ian, and Liam. Shawnee Arlida
is an airline hostess, she married Bob Lupin. They have one son,
Jeremy. Paula Lucille is a college graduate. She married Stuart
Weedn. They live in California.
Paul and Mabel
were active members of the Pilot Grove Methodist Church. He was
superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He also served
on the Pilot Grove school board. They left three daughters, nine
grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She passed away in 1953
and Paul in 1963. They are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red