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