CHARLES W. MERCER
Mercer served in the Army during the Civil War. When he returned
home to Morganstown, West Virginia; his father decided to dispose of
his property and come west. In Sept. 1864, Charles, his father, and
a sister started overland by covered wagon,
driving four horses, making the trip to Quincy, Illinois in 40 days. They
stayed there a short time,
then came to Grant, Iowa.
Georgia Stipe and they lived with the Stipes' for a short time. Then
they moved to a farm 1 1/2 miles north of where Elliott is now. Ida,
Frank and Jennie were born there. In 1874 they moved to the farm one
mile north and one mile east of Elliott where William, Jess and
Carrie were born.
In 1901 Charles
and Georgia moved to a home in Elliott. Their son William married
Ruth Howard, they started farming on the home farm, where Leota,
Helen, Howard and Carl were born. In 1950 William and Ruth moved to
Elliott. Daughter Leota and husband Don Gammell moved to the farm
from a farm near Red Oak. Their children are Paul, Earl, Ruth and
Dorothy. In 1967 Don and Leota moved to Elliott. Their son Paul and
wife Mildred are now living on the farm.