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N2N Communications, Inc. in Cedar Rapids where they reside. Joyce is a member of the Ambassadors. Joyce and Joseph III are members of First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and serve on several committees.

Casterton, Bernard and Martha (Hovey)

(Myrtle Noecker)

Bernard Wayne Casterton was born at the Casterton farm, with Dr. Lanin of Mabel, MN attending. Edna, the oldest child, had been put in charge of her siblings and undoubtedly was told she must keep everyone upstairs. When almost asleep, Myrtle said “Edna, I think I heard a baby cry". Edna told Myrtle it was just a little pig. It was, indeed, a baby brother!

Bernard attended school at Highland #2 and was a member of the Highland Church. He was fortunate in having a school bus to ride to Decorah High School; but as is true of so many students, he preferred a private vehicle. He worked at the Texaco Station and Garage and stayed part time with his sister, Myrtle, and her family at 1015 South River Street.

Bernard married Martha Hovey 4 Jun 1955. They lived at 309 First Street in Decorah before moving to Martha’s home farm near Decorah in 1957 where they still reside.

Bernard and Martha had 4 children: Charles Bernard; Stephen Neil; Judith Lynn; and Paul Hovey.

Bernard has been a representative for Pioneer International Seed Company since 1963 and enjoys working with his many good customers. Bernard and Martha purchased Noecker’s Jewelry 1 Apr 1983 from Bernard's sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and Melvin Noecker. Martha operates the business, known as M. G. Jewelry.

Charles owns and operates the Decorah Furniture Store. He has 2 children: Justin Josiah and Kelly Ann.

Stephen is the owner and operator of the Mane Event Hairstyling Salon in Decorah.

Judith married Kevin Lansing 26 Nov 1988. They live on a farm near Ossian, IA where they specialize in sheep farming. Judith teaches fifth grade at South Winneshiek Community Schools in Ossian. They have 3 children: Danan John; Darah Leigh and Nicole Ann.

Paul is employed by Camcar. He married Patricia Cook of Decorah 6 Nov 1993. They live in Bondurant, IA. Patty is an accountant coordinator for Solutions, Inc. Results Through Creative Marketing.

Casterton, James and Shirley (Thompson)

(James Casterton)

James Henry Casterton was born on the family farm in Highland Twp. , the eighth child of Josiah and Augusta Casterton. He was named after a brother who died at the age of 6 in 1925. James attended the Kjome School, Decorah High School and Luther College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from Jul 1949 until Jan 1953. While teaching at Decorah High he also served as the director of the Decorah Kilties.

On 25 Jun 1961 James married Shirley Ann Thompson, daughter of Richard and Lillie Mae Thompson, at the Ridgeway Lutheran Church, Ridgeway, IA. Following their marriage the couple resided in Des Moines for one year while both were students at Drake University.

James and Shirley had 4 children: James Stuart, Stephanie Jane, John Richard and Joel Thomas.

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James S. graduated from Luther College and Minnesota Law School. He and his wife, Debra, live in Taylor Falls, MN. They have 2 children: Josiah and Noah. James is with a law firm and Debra is a teacher.

Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She married James Rollin. James is a pharmaceutical representative and Stephanie is a dental hygienist. They have 1 child: Julia Ann, born 2 Jan 1993.

John Richard is a Luther graduate. He is employed as a counselor at Boy's Ranch, Ft. Dodge, IA.

Joel graduated from Iowa State. He is an industrial engineer with Ford Motor in Connersville, IN. Joel married Lori McCabe on 30 Dec 1995.

James spent 37 years in the field of education, teaching for 4 years, serving as a principal for 5 years and the other 28 years as superintendent. He is enjoying retirement on the farm he and Shirley have near the Highland

Partial OCR transcription, some sensitive personal information such as birth dates of people that maybe living was not transcribed. See the associated scan to compare with the published information.

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