Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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    Samuel Day Shires, son of Thomas and Sarah Shires, was born in Montgomery Co. on October 31, 1872. He attended a country school. He married Addie Grace Smith on April 25, 1894. Grace was the daughter of Robert and Sydna Smith. She was born near Muscatine, Iowa on April 21, 1873. She attended country schools and later taught in one. Day was a farmer and their first home was a log cabin in Pilot Grove Township. Later they moved 2 miles south of Elliott, where they lived until retirement and moved into Elliott. Day won many prizes on his seed corn. He served several years on the Elliott school board. Day passed away Feb. 27, 1961 and Grace on October 21, 1957. Both are buried in Elliott Cemetery.

   Their children were:

     Ethel Mrs. Marion Morgan died in 1944.

     Blanche Mrs. Gail Wright.

     Lola Mrs. Hazen West.

     Maurice married to Louise Selby.

     Oren married to Laura Trimble.

     Harlen married to Olove Isom.

     Helen Mrs. Claude Hamlin.

     Mildred Mrs. Edward Selby.

     Elizabeth died at age of 1 years.

  The Shires Hill was where many people tried out new cars, to see if they could make it on high or at all. Many coasting parties were held on that hill. The Shires farm had one of the finest springs that provided water for the stock in every pasture or enclosure. It is still active today.




~ Helen Hamlin