Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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    GEORGE RUSSELL STAYER was born on January 17, 1899 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Calvin Stayer and Clara Belle Russell both parents were from Bedford County, Penn. George Stayer attended school in Jeannette, Pennsylvania through the 8th grade. He later attended Barber College in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating in 1927.

    FLORENCE MILDRED LOWMAN was born October 16, 1904 in Cass County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Emory Arthur Lowman of Polk County, Iowa and Mae Elizabeth Patterson of Muscatine County, Iowa. Florence Lowman graduated from the Pacific Junction, Iowa school in 1922 and attended Boyles Business Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating in 1923.

    George Stayer and Florence Lowman were married at the Christian Parsonage in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 12, 1924. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska from 1924 to 1927, where George was an automobile tire worker. In 1927 they moved to Elliott, Iowa, where George barbered until his death in January 15, 1958. Florence predeceased him having died on July 9, 1951. While in Omaha Florence worked for Patton Music Company was a homemaker in Elliott and for the last few years of her life worked in the Elliott High School office. Both George and Florence are buried in Lowman Cemetery as well as her parents Emory and Mae Lowman.

    George and Florence had two children: DONNA MAE STAYER WALTER, born in Douglas County (Omaha), Nebraska on March 24, 1925 and HARRY RICHARD STAYER born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 23, 1926. Donna is now living with her husband Edward Walter, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Harry lives in Omaha. Edward and Donna Walter have one daughter, Jacqueline Sue Walter, born on July 9, 1952 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She married Vel Garnett of Lincoln and they now have a son named Matthew Dane Garnett, born on January 21, 1979.

    Florence was for many years the First Christian Church pianist and accompanied many special services performed at that church. She gave very unselfishly of herself in this capacity and was particularly gratified to be able to make this contribution to her Church and Elliott.




~ Donna Mae Walter