WILLIAM and EDITH THOMAS
Satchwell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manley Satchwell. Her
father was killed in the battle of Vicksburg, Miss. during the Civil
War, when she was 6 months old. The mother was left with three
daughters and one son to raise. The family lived in Eastern Iowa at
that time. After several years, the mother remarried to a Mr.
Schoonover, who had several children; one of whom was the Will
Schoonover who later lived in Griswold, Iowa.
The family came to Pilot
Grove township from Dyersville, Iowa by covered wagon. Will Thomas
drove one of the wagons. The only child born to the Schoonover union
was the O. E. Schoonover who lived at Elliott and Red Oak, and in
his later years dealt in Real Estate.
Thomas and Edith Satchwell were married and had one daughter, Lulu
Annette Thomas, born Jan. 18, 1882. Lulu was married to Warren
DeVoss on March 11, 1902.
Will and Edith Thomas
purchased 80 acres of land, and erected a small home on it. Part of
this was native sod, and was not cultivated until the farm sold in
1962. The first house was added on to, later; and when Lulu was
married in 1903, an addition was made to the home to accommodate Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas and their daughter and her family. Each family had
their own living quarters. Lulu died in Dec. 1924, leaving a husband
and two children in addition to her parents.
continued to farm the place for a number of years after his wife’s
death, later moving to another farm.
Will Thomas died in 1932, and
Mrs. Thomas continued to live on the farm until the last few years
of her life. The granddaughter, Lucile (DeVoss) England lived on the
farm from 1950 until 1962, when the farm was sold after the death of
her husband. W. R. England.
earlier days, people neighbored more, held singing bees, sewing
bees, etc. and depended on each other for entertainment, help when
needed, etc. They were often snowed in for days, and if necessary to
go to town, cut the fences and went by bobsled across fields to get
there. Another memory, is the old time threshing crews. One had 26
men for dinner and supper sometimes for 2 or 3 days. But each one
helped the other, and made the task lighter.
Much more visiting was done
then among neighbors than is done today. And a trip to Red Oak was
only occasional when travel had to be done by horse and carriage.