Eusebius R. and Jennie (Talbott) Fortner, father James Fortner, mother Matileda Fortner , 6 North 51 West



In 1880 Marshall County, Iowa, James Fortner is farming 40, with Matilda 32, Doar 7, Eusebius 6, Linneaus 4, Attil A. 2,a nd Cecil two months.

In 1885 Marshall County, Jennie Talbott is 6, with Marcus 3 and Mary E. 33. Mary A. is 10, George 8, Jennie 6, Jessie 5, and Gourney 1.
Next family is Josiah Talbott 72 and Harriet 67.

Marcus Talbott 1851-1901 is buried in Marshall County, # 55061975. So is Mary E. Tallbott 1853-1928 # 55062005.


Eusebius claimed a quarter in 8, 6N 51W in 1903.
In 1910 Sterling, Eusebius is a real estate agent, 36, married eight years to Jennie 31, both born in Iowa. Gerald 6, Raymond 4, and Ruth 3 were born in Colorado.

August 20, 1911 " The sad intelligence was received here Sunday that death had just ended the earthly career of James F. Fortner at Sterling, Colo., following a brief illness, although his health had been on the decline for years. Mr. Fortner was so well known to the people of this community and to most of our readers that comment on his life seems superfluous. He was a man of strict integrity, high ideals and a most useful citizen. His influence was cast on the side of the good and true, the pure and noble, and the world is better for his having lived in it.

James Franklin Fortner was born in Clay County, Indiana, August 29th, 1839 and grew to manhood near the Bee Ridge Christian church, of which his parents were members and of which he became a member at the age of fourteen years. He came to western Illinois in 1857, and on to LeGrand, Iowa, in the spring of 1865. He became identified with the Christian church work of the state of Iowa, and also that of Palmer college at LeGrand of which he was for many years a member of the board of trustees, and was at the time of his death a deacon of the Christian church of LeGrand. His father, Hiram Fortner, was a minister of the Christian church, well known throughout western Illinois and central Iowa.
He was married to Matilda C. Hilsabeck on August 24th, 1871. They established their home on a near LeGrand, Iowa, where they resided until the fall of 1910, when they moved to Colorado. They raised six children, all of whom are now living, and all of whom were with him during his last illness.
He died August 20th, 1911, aged 71 years, 11 months and 22 days. The funeral was held Tuesday at 10 o'clock at the residence, ith burial in the Sterling cemetery.

-LeGrand Reporter, August 25, 1911."

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Mrs. Matilda Catherine Fortner, 81 years of age, a resident of Sterling, Colo., since 1910, died at 7:50 o'clock Sunday evening at her home, 109 Lincoln street. She has been in poor health for some months. Mrs. Fortner was born in Indiana, moving with her parents to Marshall county when she was a girl 5 years old. There was then no town nearer than Davenport. As a girl she underwent the adventures and hardships of pioneer life. When she was married to James Fortner, she moved to LeGrand, Iowa; where she resided until 1910, when she came to Sterling. Her husband died at Sterling in August, 1911. Mrs. Fortner is survived by two daughters and four sons: Mrs. Leora F. Naugel of Sterling, Colo., E. R. Fortner, A.A. Fortner and C. B. Fortner of Sterling, L. A. Fortner of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Austa Strom of Marshalltown. Two sisters and a brother survive: Mrs. Lydia E. Hooven of Ferguson, Mrs. Isabell Manning of Tacoma, Wash., and David Hilsabeck of Phoenix, Arizona. In Iowa, Mrs. Fortner was identified with the Christian church. Upon coming to Sterling she joined the Methodist church. She was a devout Christian. The funeral was held at the residence, 109 Lincoln street, Sterling, with burial at Riverside cemetery, with Rev. Rufus D. Baker. -The LeGrand Reporter, August 2, 1929

Eusebius Raymond Fortner registered for WWI in Sterling, born November 27, 1873, a real estate agent in the 1st National Bank Building, with Jennie at 216 Denver Stereet .

In September 1925 Eusebius born at LeGrand Iowa, and Jennie born at Laurel Iowa August 1, 1876, with Gerald ASept 15, 1903 and Raymond Talbot Fortner born June 10, 1905, arrieed in Boston from Liverpool.

E. Raymond 1873-1962 is buried in Sterling, with Jennie T. 1878-1978.

Ruth 1907-1915 is buried in Sterling # 45474934.


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