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Fred Zahrt, 1900-1957


Posted By: Clay County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 1/15/2011 at 08:07:22

Fred was born two miles north of Rossie, Clay County, Iowa, 20 September 1900, where he was a resident all of his life. He attended country school ad Rossie Consolidated School. His early youth was spent in farming with his parents. He was a mechanic for the Hjelm Implement Co. from 1926 until 1948 and the Herrig Implement Co. from 1948 until 1956, the Smith Implement Co. from 1956 until 1957.

At one time, the newspapers reported that Fred narrowly escaped more serious injury when he lost part of his right-hand thumb, while assisting in the repair of a windmill on a farm near Royal, Iowa. "His thumb was cut off at the first joint. He was rushed to a physician for medical treatment." It was later told, by relatives, that Fred didn't actually lose his thumb in that accident.

He married Rachael Violet Roberts, born 22 January 1904, in Linn Grove, Iowa on 24 February 1924, the daughter of John and Susie (Brown) Roberts. Rachael Zahrt was raised on a farm near Linn Grove, Iowa. She attended the Zion Church School and later, went by bobsled to the Rossie School. After her marriage to Fred Zahrt, Sr. they lived in Rossie, Clay County, Iowa. Rachael lived there for 59 years before moving to Spencer, Clay County, Iowa.

They had: Fred, b. 14 Oct 1927, married 29 May 1948 to Kathryn Sonius ; Beverly, b. 25 February 1931, Rossie, Clay County, married 18 September 1949 to Merle Duane Jeppeson; Darwin Charles, b. 24 August 1932, Rossie, Clay County, married 8 July 1951 to Ann Marie Lauritson; Roger, b. 19 October 1935, Rossie Clay County, married 3 February 1957 to Beverly Seirck; Gary, b. 22 May 1938, Rossie, Clay County, married 21 August 1960 to Marge Dirksen; Suzanne, b. 23 Apr 1940, Spencer, Clay County, married 20 June 1965 to Frank Edington; Sandra, b. 24 October 1943, married to James Dotson.


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