Biographies of Elliott Residents

Elliott Centennial History, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

Page 157-158





   Ealy Pogue was born near Stennett, Iowa, Nov. 19, 1879, son of Geo. W. and Mary Jane Reese Pogue.

   Stella Frances Smith, daughter of A. W. and Carrie Adelia Smith was born near Elliott May 24, 1885.

   They were married at the Smith home March 8, 1905.

    They started farming on the Hartman place, where they lived until the spring of 1907, when they moved to the Pogue place in Pilot Grove and operated in partnership with his father, who had retired.

    Their son George was born November 27, 1906.

    Fannie, as she was called, began failing in health in May 1905 which gradually grew worse until her death Dec. 16, 1917.

    With hired help Ealy continued there until 1919 when he bought, and moved to, a farm west of Elliott. He disliked it, so sold it and bought a farm near the Pogue place and moved there in 1920.

    On Nov. 28, 1921, he was married to Nora M. Craig, in Council Bluffs by Rev. W. V. Crewdson, a former minister of the Elliott Christian Church where both Ealy and Nora were members.

    A daughter Frances Ilene was born to them Oct. 8, 1924.

    Ealy bought the farm in 1920 at the peak of the "boom", paid half of it at the time of purchase, did fencing and extensive outside necessary improving as the place had been neglected. It was an expensive operation which couldn't carry its self with the 160 acre operation, so outside land was rented, hoping to meet the situation, but conditions grew constantly worse and the real depression began. After 12 years of diligent effort; with loss of money for no one but ourselves, we returned the place to the former owners, the L. B. Fuller's in 1932, in much better condition than when bought. We rented it for two years, then moved to the Houghton place northeast of Stanton in 1934, where we entered into partnership with him. Feb. 22, 1943 we had a dissolution sale, bought a farm just south of Emerson, and moved there March 1, 1944. We lived there until Aug. 29, 1965, when we moved to Red Oak.

    Ealy died at the Red Oak hospital Jan. 26, 1975, is buried at Hillside, Elliott.

    Our son, George, was married Dec. 24, 1930 to Mary Edith Kneedy at the Kneedy home. They have a son, George Richard, and two grandsons, Alan and Jerry.

    Our daughter, Frances, was married to Robert L. Burton, Jan. 14, 1942 at Rockport, Missouri. They have four children: Diane, Dixie, Dennis and Donald; and seven grandchildren.     



~ Nora Pogue