First on today's agenda is West Liberty, Iowa, to find the graves of Frank and Retta (Gladfelter) Lair. Frank was the much younger brother of my gr-gr grandmother, Nettie Belle Lair of Princeville, Peoria county, Illinois, being 16 years younger than Nettie. Frank and Nettie were two of the nine children of Lawson Fuller Lair and his wife, Margaret Nickeson, who farmed just outside of Princeville. As a young man, Frank spent some time living with Nettie and her husband, Tom Graves, before marrying Retta Gladfelter in 1901. Frank and Retta moved to a Muscatine county, Iowa, in 1907, and there lived on several different farms before moving into West Liberty about 1919. His bride, Retta, was the daughter of Frederick and Julia (Bane) Gladfelter, and born in 1882, also in Princeville. They lived out the remainder of their lives in West Liberty, having no children. Frank died in 1945, at the age of 67, and Retta in 1959 at the age of 77.
We learn our lessons fairly easily - this time we called ahead and checked with the city clerk, who told us exactly where the graves were located, and exactly where Oakridge cemetery could be found -
and we located their former home...
Misson #2 Complete. On to Mission #3, and The Land of Lincoln!