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Clarence W. and Ida (Rosier) Douglass

, 3 North 44 West
In 1880 Buchanan County, Iowa, Horace B. Douglass and Salome are both 58, with Augusta 27, William 23, Herert 21, and Clarence 18.

Clarence Warren Douglass is in the 1882 catalogue of the Upper Iowa University.
So are Esther Jane Rosier, Ida Ellen Rosier, and Myrta Belle Rosier, all of Maynard.

Horace 1821-1891 is buried in Iroquois, South Dakota # 84855852, with Salome 1821-1896 # 84855789.

Frank Rosier was born 23 January 1829 in Ohio, probably Logan County. He died 19 June 1889 near Maynard, Fayette County, Iowa, as the result of a gun wound inflicted by his wife at the time, Barbara Scott. He married 1st) Julia A. Joseph, born about 1829, and died 15 April 1873 in Fayette County, Iowa, and is buried at West Union Cemetery, West Union, Iowa. As far as we know, Julia was the mother of all children of Frank Rosier. Information presumably taken from the tombstone of Julia Joseph Rosier indicates that she died at age 43 years, 10 months, and 4 days.

West Union Gazette, Friday April 18, 1873:
"The announcement of the death of Mrs. Frank Rosier, Tuesday morning, was a surprise to many who had not heard of her illness, the nature of which we have not learned. She was a good woman who had much tribulation, but hwo is now where the weary can rest, with none to molest or make afraid. Her children will sadly miss the care and sympathy of so kind a mother."

Death notice published in West Union Gazette on Friday, 25 Apr 1873, "Died in West Union Township, Fayette Co, Iowa, April 15, 1873, Mrs. F. P. (Frank) Rosier, aged 41 years."

The WPA listing of Fayette County graves lists Frank Rosier as buried in Lot 5, West Union Cemetery, and shows the dates as 1829 to 6-19-1889.

West Union Gazette
June 21, 1889
"Frank Rosier has long been a noted character in this county, at one time owning one of the best farms north of West Union, the place now belonging to Wm. Alcorn. Whiskey was directly the cause of his notoriety, his downfall and his death. For several years past he has lived on a farm about three miles northeast of Maynard, and only at times, when he would overflow with strong drink, or take to himself a new wife, would he be heard of this far from home. Last November he met the widow Scott, of Wadena, and within a week they were married. Last Wednesday morning she killed him with a revolver. Two lads gathering cream called at the house. The can not being in its accustomed place, one of the boys entered the house. Finding no one but Rosier there, and he lying on the floor, the boy returned to the wagon with the remark that they would get no cream there, as Frank was dead drunk. The other boy went in and soon satisfied himself that the man was dead. They hastened to Maynard and told their story. Several citizens went out, and the coroner, Dr. McLean, was summoned from Fayette, and D. W. Clements, county attorney, with Sheriff O'Neal, went down from here. They found Mr. Rosier dead from a pistol wound in the back of his head. For a week or more the neighbors had been aware of an almost continual row in the family and none were particularly surprised at this termination of it. Mrs. Rosier called up their nearest, Milo Dewey, about 4 o'clock in the morning, in an excited half crazy condition, and remained there till arrested. When confronted with the evidence gathered by Mr. Clements in conversation with her and others, she weakened, and finally admitted that they had a quarrel and she shot him. She voluntarily accompanied the sheriff to jail, and now awaits the action of the grand jury. The temptation is strong to comment, but the man is dead, and we know of none who mourn, or who would care to call him back. He lived a turbulent life and his death by violence surprises none who knew him. Further words are unnecessary."

Clarence W. Douglass, 26, son of H. P. and S. Douglass, married Ida E. Rosier in Fayette County, Iowa on January 5, 1887.
She was 24, born in West Union, Iowa to F. P. Rasier and Julia Ann Joseph.
West Union Gazette; Jan 14, 1887: "Fayette Letter: Wednesday evening, January 5th, a quiet wedding took place at the hospitable house of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Strong, where Rev. McCormack united in marriage Miss Ida Rosier and Mr. C. W. Douglass, a young druggist of Greely. Four or five years ago both the bride and groom were students in Fayette, Mr. Douglass in the Commerical Department and Miss Rosier in the regular course. The attachment was formed then and has been regarded with constancy ever since. After leaving school Mr. Douglass entered a drug store at Calmar where he remained some time, afterward settling at Greely. Ida passed some time teaching in Illinois and made a good record in Iowa in her profession. She has two sisters attending school here, having rooms at the house of Mrs. Strong, who invited them to come there for the celebration of the ceremony. They left directly for a short wedding tour when they will return to Greely for permanent settlement. Miss Rosier was a young lady of excellent qualities and, united to the man of her choice whom she kept without a rival in her heart so long will not fail in any respect in the higher responsibility as a wife. We have heard Mr. Douglass spoken of by business men as a man of integrity and fixed character, and unite our congratulations with friends of both parties on this happy consumation of the greatest event in the lives of the young."

Ida Ellen Rosier and Clarence W. Douglass had Arthur Clarnece Douglass on April 24, 1893 in West Union, Iowa.

In 1900 Fayette County, Iowa, Clarence is a traveling salesman, born January 1862 in Wisconsin, with Ida March 1862 Iowa, with Arthur C. April 1893 Iowa.
In 1910 Council Bluffs, Iowa, Clarence W. Douglas is a novelty distributor, 48, born in Wisconsin, married 23 years to Ida 48 Iowa. They have Arthur E. 17, born in Iowa.

June 1912 "C. W. Douglas from the vicinity north of Wray was in town Saturday tranacting business with our merchants."

October 1914 Wray "C.W. Douglas of north of town shipped one car of 27 head to the omaha market."

Clarence proved up 320 acres in sections 23 and 24, 3 North 44 West, in 1916.
In 1920 Yuma County, Clarence 57 and Ida 56 are ranching in Yuma County.

In 1930 Yuma County, Clarence is a ranch manager, 68 born in Wisconsin, with Ida 65 Iowa.

C.W. is in the 1934 directory of Yuma County in section 23, 3N 44W, with Mrs. Ida E. Douglass.
1939 Newspaper: "C. W. Douglas Dies in Pueblo: Burial Here: Clarence W. Douglass, 77, died May 20 in a hospital at Pueblo, Colo. The remains were brought to West Union, and services were conducted by a minister from Waterloo Thursday morning at the Burnham funeral home. Burial was on the Rosier family lot. Mr. Douglas was a druggist in West Union for several years about thirty-five years ago or more, the firm of Stiles & Douglas being succeeded by C. J. McLaughlin. He went from here to Omaha, then to Colorado, where he was a farmer. Mrs. Douglas, a member of the pioneer Rosier family, survives him, residing in Waterloo. His son Art is in Minneapolis."

Clarence is buried in West Union # 46449531.

May 21, 1939 Pueblo, Colorado

Thanks to the Pueblo County Library for the obituary.

In 1940 Ida is in Iowa City, Iowa, on East Jefferson Street, widowed, 75. She was in Wray Colorado in 1935.

She's living with her sister Anna M. (Rosier) Rush born Oct 30, 1856. "Married: Sunday, Oct. 11, 1874, at the residence of the bride's father, F. P. Rosier, by Rev. J. R. Berry, Mr. Charles Rush and Miss Anna Rosier, all of West Union.""
Anna is buried in West Union, Iowa 1881-1961, with Harry A. Rush 1878-1963.


Arthur Clarence Douglass registered for WWI in Yuma County, born April 24, 1893 in West Union, Iowa.

January 1918 "Arthur Douglass, son of C. W. Douglass, north of town, who was a student in tho agricultural college in Iowa and graduated this last fall, and who enlisted in the army, was home over the holidays, he being called to the colors the first of the present month. He left last Thursday evening for the training camp at Camp Dodge, Iowa."

March 28, 1918 "Arthur Douglass, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Douglnss, who left in the early winter to enter the officers training camp at Camp Dodge, Iowa, is home on a furlough. Arthur has been very sick the past fow weeks, and is just convalescing from his confinement in tho hospital."

June 12, 1919 "Arthur Douglass left Sunday evening for Lincoln, Neb., to be in attendance at the state convention of government vocational education instructors. He has been urged to take up the work and has several good positions offered him. His mother, Mrs. C. W. Douglass, accompanied Mr. Douglass to Lincoln and will spend the week there."

Arthur proved up 320 acres in sections 1 and 12, 3 North 44 West, in 1921.

August 16, 1923 "Mrs. Arthur Douglass and Miss Mary Klein, from out near the Wauneta neighborhood, were shopping in Wray Wednesday."

Arthur is in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1930, teaching school, with Selma born in Wisconsin, both 36.

In 1940 Minneapolis, Minnesota, there's an Arthur Douglass 46 born in Iowa, married to Selma 46 Wisconsin. He's a relief investigator.

Arthur registered for WWII in Minneapolis, living at 4453 5th Avenue South, working for the city welfare department.
He died September 1980, last residence Minneapolis.

Selma M. Douglass, born May 27, 1891, died in May 1975, last residence Minneapolis.

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