Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee


Page 138-139





    Frank Hubert Mercer was born 15 Nov. 1888, at Elliott, Iowa, the son of Jesse "Bud" Thornton and Mary Elizabeth (DeWitt) Mercer.

    He received his education in this area graduating from Elliott High School in 1906. He attended Iowa State College in Ames from 1906 through 1909, at which time he had to leave college to go home to assist in caring for his ill father.

    Mr. Mercer taught school for one year at the Plowman School, where he had attended school as a child. In 1912-1913 he taught the eighth grade in Elliott. He was principal of this same school from 1914 through 1917. After this time he devoted his full time to farming.

    Frank H. Mercer married Lucy Cassandra Rosencrans who was born 8 Oct. 1888, Mortons Mill, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin Talbot and Eliza Jane (Bliss) Rosencrans, at the home of Wm. L. DeWitt 3 Jun 1914. They lived in Elliott until the Spring of 1924 when they and his brother Charles Mercer and his family moved to western Nebraska to join their brothers Geo. E. and Lan Mercer in Big Springs. Later in 1939 Mr. and Mrs. Mercer moved to Sidney, Nebraska.

    In 1946 Mr. and Mrs. Mercer returned to the old home, friends and neighbors of Elliott. They were active in the community, both were members of the Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. Mr. Mercer became a member of the Summitt Masonic Lodge No. 493 of Elliott in 1909. In 1956 be became a member of the Za-Ga-Zig Temple of the Shrine in Des Moines. Most of his life and interests were centered around farming and education. He served as a member of the Elliott School Board for several years after their return to Elliott.

    Mrs. mercer was a member of the WSCS of the Methodist Church, Birthday Club and the Embroidery Club.

    Frank and Lucy Mercer had two daughters, Elizabeth Lucille (Mrs. Sam H. Adams) b. 14 March 1917, and Agnes Marie (Mrs. Erling Pederson) 24 May 1921. Both born in Elliott, Iowa and now living in Columbus, Georgia.

    Frank H. Mercer died 18 April 1964 in Alexandria, Virginia and his wife Lucy died 21 Aug. 1963 in Columbus, Georgia. Both are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Elliott, Iowa.




~ Elizabeth Mercer Adams