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Fred C. Strong, sister Susie Belle (Strong) Deering

May 1906 Yuma "Miss Strong and Miss Emma King left on No. 14 Monday for Nebraska City. "
"Miss Belle Strong, of Nebraska City made a visit to her homestead north of town the last of the week."

Emma cash-claimed a quarter in 6, 3N 48W in 1907, witnesses Fred C. Strong, Henry Deering, Jr., Lee Halverson, and John Deering.

November 1905 "Miss Belle Strong of Blue Hill, Nebraska, was in town this week, and while here took a homestead."

S. Belle Strong Deering cash-claimed a quarter in 8, 3N 48 in 1912, and Fred C. Strong one in 7 in 1911. These touched, and Belle's claim touched Emma King's

In 1900 Otoe County, Nebraska, Sophia and ?? Strong have been married 22 years, with Lula 21, Fred 18, Susie 17, Alta 13, and Ruth 12.

Among the farming community of South Branch Precinct the subject of this sketch occupies a good position socially and financially. He has one of the most attractive homesteads in this region, finely located on section 28, and embracing 160 acres of land. He has acquitted himself as an enterprising farmer and good business man, one largely devoted to the interests of his home and his family, living quietly and unostentatiously, and preferring the comforts of his own fireside to mingling with the busy world. Although by no means advanced in years, he served in the Union Army during the late war, and preserves a vivid recollection of many of the experiences of that terrible time, in which he endured in common with his brother soldiers the hardships and privations of army life. He belonged to the home guards.

The parents of our subject, David B. and Betsey (Kagie) Strong, were natives respectively of New York and Pennsylvania, whence they removed in their youth with their parents to Trumbull County, Ohio, where they were married. The mother died many years ago. Both David B. Strong and his father, the paternal grandfather of our subject, are still living. The parental household included three sons and one daughter; the latter, Mary H., died when about thirteen years old. The other sons, John A. and Henry A. are living in Ohio and Wisconsin. George A. Strong was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, May 12, 1846 (sic), and soon after the death of his mother, which occurred when he was seven years old, began life for himself. He worked on a farm until the spring of 1862, and then, although but a youth of sixteen years, enlisted in a regiment called the Trumbull Guards, being mustered in at Gallipolls, and at the close of the war was mustered out at the same place. He had participated in several skirmishes.

After the close of the war young Strong began an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade, at which he worked three years in the Buckeye State. In the spring of 1868 he resolved to seek the farther West, and came to this county homesteading the quarter-section of land from which he total transformed a valuable and productive farm. He has put up most of the buildings which he now occupies, and for the last nine or ten years has operated a blacksmith-shop on his farm, which has not only been the source of a great convenience to himself, but his neighbors also. His fields are divided by beautiful hedge fences, and he has planted fruit and shade trees, having an apple orchard of 200 trees, besides the smaller fruits.

Mr. Strong after coming to the West was married in the town of Syracuse, this county, Sept. 12, 1877, to Miss Sopha, daughter of T. J. and E. J. (James) Edwards, who were natives respectively of Kentucky and Ohio. They removed with their parents to Missouri and were married in that State, where the father for a time followed his trade of mason. In 1873 they came to this county, lived for a time in Nebraska City, and then on a farm in Fremont County, Iowa. Finally returning to Syracuse, they lived there a short time, then changed their residence to Johnson County, where they still make their home. Of their children, twelve in number, seven are living, namely: Amelia, Susan, John, Sopha, Thomas, Josephine and Frank. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Strong are residents mostly of Nebraska.

The wife of our subject was born in De Kalb County, Mo., July 28, 1856, received a good education, and taught school four terms before her marriage. She is a very intelligent lady and a favorite in the social circles of her neighborhood. Of her union with our subject there have been born five children, viz: M. Luella, Fred C., Susie B., J. Alta and E. Ruth. They are all at home with their parents. Mr. Strong is a Republican, "dyed in the wool," and an uncompromising Harrison and Morton man. He has been a member of the School Board of his district for the past three years, and Road Supervisor six years.

Susie Belle Deering 1883-1973 is buried in Akron Colorado, # 74682479, with Henry R. Deering 1884-1962.

November 8, 1962

May 1, 1969

February 8, 1973


Fredrick Strong is in Yuma County in 1910, 30, with Madge, no age listed, born in Iowa.
In 1920 Yuma County, Fred C. is farming no age, with Madge E. 31 and Meda 9.

1923 "Mrs. Fred C. Strong and daughter went over to Julesburg, this state, the latter pat of last week, to visit at the home of the former's sister."

1924 Yuma

"Mrs. Madge E. Strong, 91, a resident of Torrington, Wyoming since 1927, died at her home Saturday evening, March 22, 1980. Mrs. Strong was born May 24, 1888 in Elma, Iowa, daughter of Isaac J. and Minnie Ostrander Elwood. She moved to Minnesota with her family and later to Colorado. She was educated in Iowa and Minnesota schools and was married to Fred C. Strong in June 1909 in Yuma, Colorado. He preceded her in death in 1958. The couple moved to the Glendo area in 1924 and to Goshen County in the Lingle area in 1927. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Meda Hollman of Torrington; one sister, Mrs. Mae Foster in Torrington; five grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. "

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