Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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    The three Vannordstrand brothers, Charles Edward (1882-1950); William Arthur (1885-1970) and Herbert Harvin (1887-1949) came to Elliott in the early 1900ís after the death of their father, John (1847-1895) in LeRoy, Kansas. In 1907 they moved their mother, Mary Elizabeth (1852-1929) and sister, Lucy Belle (1894-1920) from Kansas to Iowa.

    C. E. and H. H. married sisters, Grace A. and Emma, daughters of Fred and Sarah Reed of Elliott. W. A. married Esther, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Platz of Elliott. Lucy Belle married Lloyd L. Silkett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Silkett of Elliott.

    C. E. and Grace are parents of two daughters, Verle (Mrs. M. E. Landess) of Des Moines and Verda (Mrs. Fred Luithle) of Concord, Calif.

    W. A. and Esther are parents of two sons, Merle A. of Red Oak, and Paul A. of Savannah, Ga., and a foster daughter, Virginia (Mrs. Stephen Isbell) of Illinois.

    H. H. and Emma were blessed with two sons, Vertice M. (1913-1955) and Ross R. of Emerson, Iowa and a daughter, Lucile D., now living on her maternal Century Farm.

    Lucy Belle and Lloyd Silkett had one son, Marvin (1913-1960). Belle lost her life as a result of a fire caused by an explosion of the gas iron that she was using. While trying to save the home, her clothing caught fire and she was severely burned, before neighbors arrived and extinguished the blaze in her clothing. The home, one mile south of Elliott, burned down and nothing was saved.



~ Lucile Oster