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Ira B. Day, Orville F. Day

In 1900 Ringgold County, Iowa Ira B. Day, Jun 1853 in Illinois, is a day laborer.  He and Ida D. Jan 1860 Ohio have Orvil , Edna G. Aug 1896, and an infant son , all born in Iowa.

Ira B. Day 1853 Birthplace: Ill

Bride's Name: Ida D. Abrams 1861 Ohio
Marriage Date: 25 Jan 1881 Mt Ayr, Ringgold, Iowa
Groom's Parents Russell G. Day  Martha M. Barnum
Bride's Parents: Wesley Abrams: H. M. Longwell

In 1910 Ira, Ida, Orval, and Edna are in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.  They told the census taker they had only two children.

Edna married F. O. Jonson August 1, 1917. - he must be the Frank Oscar Jonson who filed for land in 14 and 23, 3N 45W in 1915..

Orville registered for WWI, saying he was born July15, 1888 in Mount Ayr, Iowa

Ira proved up 320 acres in 15 and 22 in 3N 45W, and Orville two quarters in 21, both in 1919.

A February 8, 1918 notice says that Edna G. Jonson, "one of the heirs of Ira B. Day, deceased (wife deceased)"

Mary E. Detamore married Eugene Caloway November 14, 1886, Mary E. Fitch divorced William S. Fitch November 17, 1904 in El Paso County, and Mary E. Detamore married Orville Day May 7, 1910

In 1920 Yuma County, Orville and Elizabeth F. 32, born in Colorado  have Mabel L. 8, Cecil F (daughter) 6, Bryce O. 3, and Ira B. fourteen Months - Mabel was born in Nebraska, the other three in Colorado.

In 1920 Frank O. Jonson, 37, born in Sweden, naturalized in 1914. , is a carpenter in Wray.  Edna G, 24, born in Iowa.  With them are Francis R. 14, Helga K. 12, and Forest M. 10 - the first two born in Nebraska,, Ida in Arkansas, all three with a mother born in Nebraska.  Also Oscar E. seventeen months and Ernest J. one month, both born in Colorado and mother in Iowa.

Rose Lee SUEY Jonson, born 1874, died March 5, 1915, and is buried at Superior, Nebraska.  Parents Michael and Emily Suey are in the Superior cemetery.

Helga "Jackie" Atkins, 85, died Tuesday  September 7, 1993 at the Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital, Superior. Services will be Saturday 10:30 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, Superior, with the Rev. Jerry Dean officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Atkins, the daughter of Frank and Rose Suey Jonson, was born Jan. 5, 1908 on a farm in Nuckolls County Neb.

She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, the Rebekah Lodge, 35 year member of the Hospital Auxiliary, all of Superior, and The Volunteer Red Cross.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Herbert Atkins, Superior; brothers, Francis Jonson, Canon City, Colo., and Forest Jonson, Olympia, Wash.; and a sister, Ida Southwell, Denver

JULY 1972 Superior, Nebraska

Francis had a service station in Superior, Nebraska in 1930, dying April 6, 1999 in Canon City, Colorado.

In 1930 Wray Edna G. is widowed, with Oscar E. 11, J. Ernest 10, Ida P. 8,  Frank O. 4, and Carl R. 2.

In 1930 Jerome County, Idaho, Elizabeth is a housekeeper for James Bowman and his seventeen-year--old son.  They have Hazel L. 18, Orvill B. 14, Ira B. 11, Kenneth G 8, Eleda E 5, and Frank W. 2..  Eleda was born in Olorado, Frank and Carl in Wyoming, so they must have left Colorado around 1926.

Carl returned to Yuma County - living in Yuma for many years with a career as a highway patrolman.


In 1940 Jerome County Orville and Elizabeth have Bryce 24, Ira 21, Kenneth 18, Eleda 15, and Frank 12.  Orville and the oldest sons are farm workers.

Eleda worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise at age 19.

Orville Bryce Day, born in Colorado April 3, 1916, died in Blaine County, Idaho July1, 1944.

Ira Barnum Day, born Nov 8, 1918, served in the WWII Navy, died September 20, 1952

Frank Wayne Day, born January 19, 1928, died February 21, 1998

Orville Fredrick "Barney" Day  July 15, 1888 - August 23, 1953 and Mary Elizabeth Fitch Day - Feb 19, 1887 - July 27, 1973 are buried in Jerome, Idaho.

A Life Sketch of Mary Elizabeth Fitch Wickersham Day by her daughter Cecil Frances Wickersham (Day) Kersey -
My mother's name is Mary Elizabeth Fitch Wikersham Day. She was born on February 19th at Muddy Creek, Kremmling, Colorado. Her father's name is Frank George Fitch and her mother's name is Effie Eliza Holly Fitch. The following is a brief outline of my mother's life. Her father died when she was eight years old and her brother was one year older. So they spent a lot of time at her grandparent's (Holly) home.

My grandmother was a teacher also Grandpa Fitch was a teacher and mother was too. She married Fred Wickersham. After she had Hazel, she and my father were separated and eventually divorced. I was born eight months after their separation. In fact, she didn't know she was pregnant with me at that time. She ran a boarding house and took care of the both of us. She then taught school.

She was teaching when she met "Barney" Orville Fredrick Day. They ranched. He always kept horses and plowed gardens. After they moved to town he dug basements and worked on roads, etc. After he couldn't work anymore, she went back to teaching and made a living for herself after he passed away. She taught in Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.

After retirement, she lived on her Social Security and teachers' retirement. She lived in Heritage Homes in an apartment for several years and then in a nursing home for about two years, where she died July 27th, 1973 in Jerome, Idaho and is buried in the Jerome Cemetery. 

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