Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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    Robert Wallace became a naturalized citizen on Sept. 21, 1859, while a landowner in Douglas Twp., Montgomery Co., Ia. In 1861, he bought Sec. 19, Douglas Twp. Montgomery Co. In 1861 he is reported to be a 3rd Corporal in the Montgomery Rangers, a group of Union supporters who volunteered but were never mustered to active service. In 1866, he purchased the Wallace Century Farm located in Waveland Twp., one mile west and three miles north of Elliott, Iowa, from Fred an Isaac Richardson for 500 dollars. The first tax receipt, dated 1867 was for $13.52. Four generations of Wallaces have farmed the land. Of the original 160 acres, 100 acres remain, as 60 acres were sold in 1883 to J. C. Perley and also in 1883, Robert Wallace purchased another 40 acres from Margaret H. White, to make the farm 140 acres.

    Robert Wallace (b. Mar. 3, 1828, d. June 18, 1900) was born in County Down, Ireland, and was married on July 1, 1848 to Martha Gibson. (b. Aug. 2, 1826, d. Dec. 11, 1894). Twelve children were born and the seven who lived to maturity were: Elizabeth Wallace Cocklin, Melissa Wallace Cocklin, Maria Wallace Smith, Andrew Jackson Wallace, Tilda Wallace Wilson, William John Wallace, and Peter Samuel Wallace. In approximately 1882, Robert Wallace moved on West, where he homesteaded near Kalispell, Montana. He was later joined by son, William, who operated a sawmill there and daughter Tilda, who farmed. Robert died at Kalispell and is buried in Fairview Cemetery nearby. Martha is buried in Waveland Cemetery near the Wallace farm.

    Andrew Jackson (Jack) Wallace (b. Jan. 8, 1861, Waveland Twp., d. Nov. 28, 1936) was married on Mar. 4, 1890 to Rachel Caroline (Callie) Wielenman (b. Aug. 21, 1871, d. Sept. 21, 1897). Both are buried at Waveland Cemetery. Four children were born in Waveland Twp. to this union: Florence Wallace Frazier (b. Aug. 7, 1891, d. Mar. 3, 1962); Elmer Jay Wallace (b. May 29, 1893, d. Sept. 22, 1960); Millard Raymond Wallace (b. April 26, 1895); Elsie Wallace Mendel (b. Aug. 28, 1897, d. March 13, 1928). Callie Wallace passed away when the youngest child was less than one month old.

    Jack Wallace bought his first land (40 acres) in Pottawattamie Co. from Henry Persons in March 1883. On the death of his mother in 1894, he bought land from other heirs to increase the farm size to 180 acres. He moved the building site approximately ¼ mile south to its present location.

    On June 18, 1924, at Creston, Iowa, Elmer Jay Wallace was married to Georgia Bernita Fluckey, Afton, (b. Jan. 26, 1897, d. July 15, 1970). Georgia graduated from Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, and taught school in Elliott and Marne. One son, Dean Harlan Wallace was born June 14, 1928. Elmer operated the Wallace farm for 33 years before moving to Elliott in 1952. In 1937 Elmer followed his father’s lead when he bought the farm from the other heirs. Elmer and Georgia are buried in Waveland Cemetery.

    Dean Wallace was married to Alice Davis at Griswold, Iowa, Sept. 25, 1949. One son, Jack Lynn Wallace was born June 15, 1953. Jack graduated from Drake Univ. with a B. A. degree in May 1975, and received a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from Kentucky State Univ., May 1977. He is presently employed as a Health planner for the State of Missouri.

    Dean moved to the farm in 1952 and assumed ownership upon the death of his mother in 1970 and has purchased another 240 acres, all located in Waveland Twp. 80 acres were bought from Merle and Arlene Riepe in April 1964. 120 acres were bought from Harlan Saint and Pearl Duncan in March 1973. 40 acres (known as Inez Carey “40”) were bought from Philip and Elsie Mellott in March 1975.



~ Alice Wallace