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Joseph Franklin and Ceola Vienta  (Johnston) Sylvester, sons Guy Sylvester, John Sylvester, Ceola's brother Will and Myrtle Johnston, Ceola's sister Clara Sprague

Ethel C. Sylvester, 21, married Eugene Massey, also 21, January 31, 1900 in Decatur County, Iowa.

In 1900 Guy, 16, and John 14, are with  parents Joseph F. and Ceola V. in Decatur County, Iowa.

Guy, Christie Ethel, and John - thanks to Nelda Massey

In 1910 "Frank" Sylvester was a Republican candidate for justice of the peace in precinct #5, Yuma County.

 Joseph F. Sylvester proved up two quarters in 22 and 27, 5N 47W in 1913.

  Thanks to AprilWay03  - This must be Joseph and Ceola seated, with Guy and John and Ethel standing.

John J. Sylvester proved up a quarter in 3, 4N 47W in 1918.  He registered with a Yuma address, saying he was born May 3, 1886.

In 1910 Clare W. Bradburn is a boarder, 15, in the Michael Weekly family.

October 27, 1911 Yuma Pioneer - Ford vicinity news - "Mr. Guy Sylvester and Miss Clara Bradburn were married in Wray last week.  Their many friends all join in wishing them a happy wedded liie (sic).""

  Thanks again to Aprilsway

"Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Sylvester left this week for an auto trip to Oxford, Nebr., where Mr. Sylvester has a brother.  From there they will visit at points in Iowa and Kansas."

Guy proved up a homestead in 27, 5N 47W in 1915.

Aprilsway posted this photo of Guy's homestead 

1915 "Dr. Bilsborrow reports the arrival of a baby boy at the home of Guy Sylvester, twenty-two miles north of Yuma, on Tuesday, August 3rd."

He registered in Yuma, saying he was born October 9, 1883, and his nearest relative was Clara. 

He's probably the Sylvester playing third base for the Ford team in 1911

In 1920 Yuma County Guy, 36 and Clara E. 25  Indiana have Ethel R. 7, and Loyd G. 4, both Colorado.

In 1930 Guy, Clara, Ethel, Loyd are in Crook - Logan County - about forty miles straight north.  They've added Dorothy J. 5,

In 1940 Ethel is gone, and Guy, Clara, Lloyd, and Dorothy Jean, with Stanley, 8, are in Buffalo County, Nebraska,  where Guy is operating a filling station. and Lloyd is a "case visitor for county assistance."

Guy died in 1958, Clara in 1966

  Denver Post April 1966


In 1920 Yuma County Joseph F. 66 and Ceola 61 Sylvester are living alone.

In 1930 Joseph F. 76 and Ceola V. 71 Sylvester are in Franklin County, Nebraska.

In Franklin County, Nebraska - Greenwood Cemetery are "Leola" Sylvester, buried December 4, 1931, and Joseph F. Sylvester 1945.  The note in the cemetery records for Joseph says "Shipped from Hastings Hospital."


Joseph Franklin Sylvester, son of Joseph and Susannah Sylvester, was born in Indiana on June 27, 1853, and passed away Nov. 28, 1945, at the age of 92 years, 5 months and one day.

When a small child he moved with his parents to Decatur County, Iowa, where he spent the earlier half of his years.

On November 17, 1877, he was united in marriage to Ceola Johnston.  They were the parents of three children, one daughter and two sons.

In early manhood he, with his wife became a member of the Christian Church at Woodland, Iowa, later transferring their membership to the United Brethren Church at Pleasant Valley, Colorado.

In 1905 he and his wife moved to Franklin, Nebraska, where his wife preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 1931.  The daughter, Mrs. Eugene Massey of Garden Grove, Iowa, passed away in October, 1937.

In September 1938, he was married to Joseie E. Prather, of Yuma, Colorado, who survives him.  Others surviving are two sons:  Guy of Gibbon, Nebraska, and John J. of Loveland, Colorado.  Twelve grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also survive him. 

 He was an amiable man, respected by all who knew him.  His steadfast faith in his religion is summed up in the words of his favorite hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul".

Funeral services were conducted last Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Gibbon Methodist church with Rev. E. Staley in charge.  Burial was made in the family plot at Franklin, Nebraska.


John J. Sylvester, son of Frank Sylvester and Ceola Johnson,  married Sylvia Jane Petty May 5, 1907 in Woodland, Decatur County, Iowa..  She was the daughter of "All" Petty and Rosea Ward.

John and Sylvia, married two years, are in Magee precinct in 1910.

John and Sylvia are in Magee precinct in 1920, with Zelma J. 9.

They're in Franklin County, Nebraska in 1930, with "Thelma", now 19.

John J. 1886-1970 and Sylvia J. Sylvester are buried in Loveland Lakeside.

Thelma J. Schaefer, born Dec 20, 1910 in Colorado - father Sylvester, mother Petty, died May 29, 1995 in Shasta County, California.


There were two William H. Johnston land claims in Yuma County, one north of Wray, this one in sections 1 and 2, 4N 47W - a mile west of the Pleasant Valley church, where William, Myrtle, and their children Jennie, Wayne, Dwight, and Ella (Johnston) Kipp are buried.

In 1880 Wayne County, Iowa, A.W. Johnson is 46, Elisabeth 42, Flora L. 15, Leroy D. 13, Clara E. 11, Roda G. 9, Mary A. 7, Addie E. 4, and William Henry six months.

William Johnston  - Thanks to Nelda Massey

  Myrtle Casey Johnston - thanks to the Massey family

In 1900 Wayne County, Martinus H. Sprague is 36, Clara E. 31, with Golda F. 2, brother William H. 20, and William Sprague 66.

 In 1910 Wayne County H.M. 45 and Clara 41 have Ferm 12 and a servant Ottis Smith, 16.

M.H. Sprague died in 1917, and is buried in the Clio cemetery, Wayne County.

In 1920 Clara, 51, widowed, born in Ohio, is living with daughter Goldie F. 22, and her husband Charley G. Bracewell, 26,  and daughter Levena 3, all three born in Iowa.

Clara, born 1868, died 1927, and is buried in Clio cemetery, Wayne County.

Charley and Fern have moved back to Iowa in 1930, where Charles is a salesman for a dairy.


Calvin was a witness for the 1909 land claim of Elma Roberts.

In 1910 Calvin is 35, Elizabeth H. 34, both born in Ohio, with Walter H.3 and Calvin C. 1.

1912  "C.H. Casey butchered four fine hogs Monday, being assisted by Messrs. Eyestone and Cabeen."

1913 Christmas entertainment at Waverly Hall included recitations by Walter Casey and Carl Casey.

Calvin H. Casey proved up a quarter in 11, 3N 47W - a few miles from the William Johnston and Sylvester claims, in 1914.

1914 "Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Casey returned last evening from Hot Springs, South Dakota, where Mrs. Casey had been for several weeks receiving treatment in a hospital"

Elizabeth H. Porter was born in Perry, Pickaway County, Ohio on Sept, 18, 1875 to Joseph H. and Francis F. Porter.
In 1903 Elizabeth "Lizzie" Porter was united in marriage to Calvin H. Casey. To this union four children were born, Walter H., Calvin C., Marjorie M. and Hubert R. Casey.
On April 10, 1914, after a long illness, Lizzie passed away at home, in Yuma, Colorado.

April 10, 1917

   April 17,1914

April 1914 "Card of Thanks - We want to express our thanks to the kind neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness shown us during the sickness and death of our beloved wife and sister. - Calvin Casey, Mrs. Monna Darby."

Calvin Casey married Anna Pagel Dec 27, 1914, recorded in Yuma County.
Anna M. (Pagel) Casey 1890-1917 is buried in Yuma.

1915 Waverly news items "Cal Casey is picking corn for F.G. Dunkin."

Calvin Herman Casey registered in Yuma , born June 10, 1874, farming by himself, nearest relative son Walter.

In 1920 Yuma County Cal is widowed, 46, born in Ohio, with Walter H. 13, Carl C. 11, Marjorie M. 9, Herbert H. 7, and Esther M. 3.

August 10, 1922

1924 Waverly items "Cal Casey is hauling gravel for a new house."

In 1930 Yuma Ester is 13, with grandparents Albert and Mary Pagel.

December 1936 "Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Csey of Loveland spent the week end with Cal Casey and Jim Brophy." "Carl Casey, who has been employed at Satsop, Washington, the past few years, came home for a visit with his father and other relatives."
March 1937 "Cal Casey left via bus Monday for a visit with his daughter Mrjorie and relatives at Columbus, Ohio."
This must be Daisy E. (Atkinson) Casey 1877-1958 buried in Eustis, Nebraska.

July 7, 1966 "The relatives and friends of Cal Casey, a former resident of the Waverly community, received word that he had passed away at the age of 82 years in a nursing home in Nebraska, Wednesday."
1940 Yuma Ester M. Casey, 23, is with grandmother Mary Pagel, 72. 

Hubert /Herbert died 1943

Esther M. Frenzl - Feb 1, 1917 - May 9, 1989 is buried in Saint Joseph, Akron, Colorado, on a stone with Frank J. 1912-1985.



In 1900 Wayne County, Iowa, Addie born May 1876, G. July 1875, and Ivan O. Dec 1899 are farming.  Ivan Oral Casey was born Dec 3, 1899 in Jefferson township, Wayne County to Geo A. Casey and Addie E. Johnston.

On the same page is widowed Esther Casey, born Feb 1846 with three kids, and John Casey Dec 1841 Pennsylvania and Ella Apr 1859 Iowa,  with a lot of kids.  They include Myrtle, Guy, and Gerald - all names in the Johnston / Sylvester families.

In 1910 Wayne County Iowa, George A. Casey is 34, born in Iowa, with Ella 33 Iowa, and Ivan O,., 10 Iowa.

George Arrowsmith Casey registered in Yuma, born July 5, 1876, a clerk at Farmers Implement in Yuma, with nearest relative Ivan Oral Casey, son, of Yuma.

Ivan Oral Casey also registered in Yuma, born Dec 3, 1899, and was working for Hoch Lumber in Yuma, with father George as his nearest relative.

Adda Ellen Johnston was born on May 26, 1876 in Wayne County, Iowa.  The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Johnston.

Ella was united in marriage to Mr. George A. Casey, on December 12, 1895.  To this union was born one son, Ivan.

Mrs. Ella Casey died at Keota, Weld County, Colorado on Monday, June 12, 1916.  Her death was caused by a stroke of lightning which she received while on the way to attend the wedding of her niece.

She gave her life to Christ when but a girl of 13 and united with the Christian Union Church.  After her marriage she went with her husband into the Highland Baptist Church and was a true and faithful worker unto the end.

Her home had always been in Wayne county until March 8, 1916, when she left here to make her home in Yuma, Colorado, where she made many new friends, for all that know her loved her.

She leaves to mourn the loss besides her husband and son, five sisters and three brothers:  Mrs. Ceola Sylvester and Will Johnston of Yuma, Colorado;  Mrs. Lillian Jones, Seattle, Washington;  Mrs. Flora Hutchins, Keota, Colorado;  Leroy Johnston, Millerton, Iowa;  and Mrs. Clara Sprague of Allerton.

Pall bearers were selected from ladies of the Friday Club.  Those acting were Mrs. Nettie Richie, Mrs. Alice Grimes, Mrs. Margaret Duncan, Mrs. Maggie Duncan, Mrs. Alice Duncan, and Mrs. Verda Casey.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. P. Thomas of Sidney, Iowa on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.   Interment was made in the Clio Cemetery.

George A. Casey -1875-1955 and Ella "his wife" 1876-1916 share a tombstone in the Clio Cemetery, Wayne County.  So is Ivan O. 1899-1967 and Mary L. 1888-1973.

Obituary for Garld Short - taken from the Leon Journal-Reporter, Leon, Decatur County, Iowa   October 2002

Garld Short of Flippin, Arkansas, formerly of Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at Twin Lakes Nursing Center in Flippin.  He was 90 years old.  Mr. Short was born March 9, 1912, in Beaconsfield, Iowa.  He was the son of Stephen A. Douglas Short and Cora Myrtle Hall Short.  He attended the First Methodist Church of Grand River and was a 1930 graduate of Grand River High School.  He met Ardna Massey of the Woodland community on a blind date.  They were married in Leon, Iowa, on April 17, 1938.  They attended the Leon Brethren Church where he professed his faith in Jesus and was baptized.

Mr. Short was preceded in death by his parents;  two brothers, Hallie Short and Roy "Bill" Short;  two infant sisters, Alma and Flossie May Short;  and a sister and brother who both died on the same day of their births.

Except for two brief moves, one to Des Moines and one to Torrington, Wyoming, Garld lived the first 45 years of his life in the Decatur County area.  He was a farmer and also worked in the farm machinery business.

Business opportunities and warmer winter temperatures motivated Garld to move his family to Arkansas in 1957.  He loved to barter and trade.  Over the years he owned numerous businesses in Marion and Baxter counties where he could use those skills, including a resort, a dirt and gravel hauling business, a gas station, several farm machinery and used car dealerships, a furniture store, and a mobile home park.  After retirement, he earned his real estate license and was an agent with Pioneer Realty for several years.

Mr. Short was a member of Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church where he seved over the years as Sunday School superintendent and elder.  He was a faithful member of the choir for over 40 years until deteriorating helath prevented his participation.

He was a regular patron of the Marion County Senior Center.

Garld served on the school board of Flippin Public Schools and on the Flippin City Council.

Mr. Short especially enjoyed returning to Iowa each year around Memorial Day to attend the Grand River High School Reunion.  He was a faithful attendee since the inception of the event until illness made travel impossible.  He wrote an article on the history of the Grand River community that was published in one of the reunion commenorative books.

He enjoyed swimming at Bull Shoals Lake and playing pool, checkers, dominoes, and various card games.  He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and taking Sunday drives.

Garld is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ardna, of the home, and his children:  Tarla Kilgore and Coyla Hudson and husband Karldon of Flippin, Arkansas;  Roger Short and wife Jeri of Trussville, Alabama;  and Jill Hardin and husband Richard of Conway, Arkansas.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Jeff Kilgore and Kelvin Hudson of Flippin;  Gina Riggs of Midway, Arkansas;  Devin Kilgore of Bull Shoals, Arkansas;  Stephen Short and Chris Short of Trussville, Alabama;  and Amy Hardin and Emily Hardin of Conway, Arkansas.  In addition, he has six great-grandchildren:  Kristen Kilgore and Mandy Kilgore, Kalen Hudson and Trevan Hudson, Hannah Davis, and Morgan Kilgore, and one step great-grandchild, Corrina Riggs.  Mr. Short is also survived by his niece, Hallie Short Dale and husband Charles of Flippin.

Survivors from this area are cousin Dale Short of Decatur, great nephews Herman Short, Randy Short and Robin Short of Osceola, and great-niece Judy Dale Short of Osceola and many extended family members.

Memorials may be made to Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church, Box 687, Bull Shoals, Arkansas 72619.



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