JOHN L. MOORE
John L. Moore family originated near Tarrytown, New York. He made the
decision at the early age of 23, to migrate to the west. He left New York
State in the spring of 1868 and had St. Joseph, Missouri as his
the country, in a covered wagon, he met Dr. DeWitt, who was headed for
Montgomery County. A friendship developed, and in a short time he had
convinced John Moore to stop off in Montgomery County also.
settled on an 80 acre farm, S.E. of Elliott and became a farmer. In 1880
he married Clara Thomas, daughter of John Thomas , who had migrated here
from England. To this marriage, there were eight children born. Lettie,
died at three months. LeRoy married Cora Hinman. Clyde married Ethel
Lowman. Howard married Emma Berner. Criss married George DeWitt. Tess, my
mother, married Ora (Mike) Ploghoft. Guy married Ada Werner. Winifred
married Dene Reynolds.
John Moore died
in 1912. Clara Moore had a farm sale, and moved to Elliott where she lived
in the same house alone until 1959, when she passed away at the age of 98
years, 2 months, 20 days. John and Clara Moore were buried at the Lowman
Cemetery. The family farm home was destroyed by a cyclone in 1928.
Mike Ploghoft and Tess
Moore were married July 1, 1914. Mike had learned the butcher trade and
Tess was a school teacher. She had graduated from Elliott High School in
1911, the first class to be graduated from a four year high school.
marriage they moved to Macedonia for a short time, then to Lewis, Iowa.
Mike worked in a butcher shop for Davis and Palmer of Griswold. Cecil was
born in Lewis, in 1915, and Dick in 1917. In 1919 Mike decided to
farm and moved to Grant for a year. Then to the Hal Ploghoft farm, 1 1/2
miles north of Elliott, and now owned by Paul Ploghoft. Harry Ploghoft was
born here in 1921. In 1924 they moved to Waveland Center and farmed for
four years. Mike bought a butcher shop in Griswold in 1928, and on July
5th he died of a stroke and enlarged heart. Tess moved to Elliott in
September 1928, bought a home and the three boys entered school.
married Alice Mills, from Graettenger, Iowa in 1941. He served with
Company M throughout World War II. They moved to Oregon in 1946. They have
three children: Sharon, has two girls, Jennifer and Debra; Vickie is
married to Scott Sherwood, and lives in Kirkland, Washington; Mike, lives
and works in Portland. All attended Oregon Colleges.
In 1940 Dick
married Rita Nelson, of Red Oak. He served with the Seabee's during World
War II. They have three children: Susan has two girls, Ericka and
Margaret; Connie has one boy, Justin; and Richard (Ricky). They all
attended college and live in Iowa.
Rosemary Hagglund of Red Oak in 1942. They moved to Portland, Oregon,
where their daughter Marsha, was born in 1943. She attended school and
college in Oregon. She married Bert Pollitt in 1964 and they have three
children, Christopher, Leslie and Jeffery. They now reside in Lansing
Michigan. Cecil and Rosemary moved to California in 1961 and presently
reside in Hemet, California, where they are now retired.
In 1975, Tess
Ploghoft, who had lived in Red Oak many years, married Glendon Streepy and
moved to Mesa, Arizona. She enjoyed 2 1/2 years with Glendon before
passing away on June 13, 1977. She was buried at Lowman Cemetery.