WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER PLOGHOFT
William C. Ploghoft, came from Holstein, Schleswig, Germany, near
Hamburg in 1863 at the age of 17. Five years after arriving in Iowa,
William married Harriett Doty of Sabula, Iowa. They lived here for
six years before they settled on 80 acres 1 1/4 miles north of
Elliott. William was the only Ploghoft that came to the United
this marriage ten children were born:
Frank died at Omaha, Nebraska in 1933 at the age of 62. He had three
children, Selma, William, and Paul.
married Kit Donnelly, and spent his life in business in Elliott. Hal
died in 1966, age 86, and Kit died in 1977, age 90. They had two
children, Bernice and Paul. Bernice married Art Corrigan and he died
in 1969. They had a son William, he died in 1977; and a daughter,
Beverly Stefani. Bernice taught first grade for many years, and now
lives in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Paul and his wife Mary, have lived on
a farm 1 1/2 miles north of Elliott, but have moved to Boulder City,
Nevada. Paul has three children, Hal, Frank, and Michael.
Belle married Frank O'Conner in Red Oak in 1892. They later moved to
Wyoming, and then to Idaho. Frank died in 1912, leaving a wife and
twelve children, seven boys and five girls. Belle raised her family
on their homestead by hard work and long hours. She was postmistress
at Forney, Idaho for 27 years, and also operated the forest service
telephone switchboard for 26 years. Their son, Frank, died in 1923,
Tom in 1946, James in 1963 and Sue Hammond in 1977. Wayne and wife
Velma live in Salmon, Idaho; Maude Alley in San Jose, California;
Walt in Spokane, Washington; Mary Pritchett, Dillion, Montana;
Nellie Means, Salmon, Idaho and Hemet, California; Dan and wife
Norma in Challis, Idaho; and Ann Johnson, Grass Valley, California.
never married and lived on the home place, with his mother, until
his death in 1937.
Ploghoft married George Redding and had four children, Ralph, Glen,
Russel and Ruth.
Ploghoft, unmarried and spent his lifetime in Minneapolis,
Ploghoft, married Sue Winterstein in 1909, and had four children,
Dale at Bellingham, Washington; Lester, died 1978 at Portland,
Oregon; Hazel died 1938, and Gladys of Griswold, Iowa. Sue died in
1917, and Grover married Ora Freeman in 1918. They had seven
children, Maxine Rhodes, Lewis, Iowa; Dorothy Brand, Arleta,
California; Dr. Eugene Milton, Athens, Ohio, has written several
books, travels and lectures. Helen Boldrey, and Bonnie Greenleaf of
Phoenix, Arizona; Betty Williams, Salinas, California; and Ronald of
Lewiston, Idaho. Ora passed away in 1956. Grover at this time is the
only surviving member of the Ploghoft family. He is in a rest home
in Phoenix, Arizona; and will be 93 years old Sept. 8, 1979.
Ploghoft, married Oliver (Nute) Smith in 1906 and died in 1956. Nute
had a large fruit farm west of Griswold and died in 1974 at age 96
George Ploghoft married Bertie Pace, lost an infant son. Merle was
born in 1908, and died in 1963. Merle had three children, Susan,
Sarah and George.
(Mike) youngest of the family, married Tessie Moore July 1, 1914.
they had three sons; Cecil, born 1915, married Rosemary Hagglund in
1942. They live in Hemet, California. Dick, born in 1917, married
Rita Nelson in 1940, still live in Red Oak, Iowa. Harry born in
1921, married Alice Mills in 1941. They have lived in Portland,
Oregon since 1946.