The Early Years - Willow #3, Greene Co, IA


Bill and Nancy Smith Family
Family School Pictures

Willow # 3 School, Greene Co, Iowa

1946-1952 Photo Gallery

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Notice building and cars and background - Spring 1949

Back row (left to right): Donnabelle Shirbroun, Bernice Pevestorf, Joan Bowman, Beverly Woods, Pat Thomas, Bill Smith

Middle row: Wilson Thomas, Jim Tolsdorf, Dick Hunter, Judy Tolsdorf, Bob Hunter, Charolette Shirbroun, Shirley Woods

Front row: Jane Lovell (?)(blonde girl), Gary Hunter on right, in front of Shirley

Note edge of school building; farm (Christiansen?) in background

License Plate is 1947 Iowa - assume this is Fall 1947

Jessie Shirbroun, Teacher (See Obit, below)

Jimmie Smith, visiting (b. 4-20-44), 3 1/2

Billie Smith (b. 7-1-39), 7

Probably Summer 1949 or 50

Robert (Bob) Hunter driving his pony and wagon with

Jim Tolsdorf and Gary Hunter standing in wagon,

Bill Smith sitting in front, Jim Smith sitting in back of wagon,

in front of Smith farm, headed toward Willow #3, one mile north.

Top row: Mrs. Phelps, Jim Smith, Ruth Ann Christiansen, Tom Tolsdorf, Charlotte Shirbroun, Wilson Thomas

Middle row: Robert Hunter, Shirley Shirbroun, Jane Lovell, Jim Tolsdorf

Lower row: Dick Hunter, Judy Tolsdorf, Dick Hunter, Bill Smith

Wilson and Robert were eighth grade

Bill, Charlotte and Jim T. were seventh grade

This was the last class at Willow #3 before consolidation into Coon Rapids and Scranton schools

Wilson, Charlotte, Shirley, Bill and Jim went to Coon Rapids, the rest to Scranton (I believe!)

Services for Jessie Peckham - Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, October 5, 1989

Funeral services were held for Jesse Shirbroun Peckham Tuesday, September 26, 1989 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Coon Rapids. Reverend Glenda Dietrich officiated at the services. Music was provided by Lois Shirbroun and Eileen Olson.

Casketbearers were Neal Shirbroun, Dewain Shirbroun, Darrell Shirbroun, Dale Shirbroun, Joe Shirbroun and Ronald Carlson. Interment was in the Orange Township Cemetery, Coon Rapids.

Jessie, daughter of Franklin and Mary Jane Beatty Shirbroun, was born March 26, 1908 in Orange Township, Guthrie County, Iowa. She was graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1925 and attended College at Iowa State Teacher's College at Cedar Falls. At an early age Jessie joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church south of Coon Rapids. Her church was an important part of Jessie's life.

Jessie taught rural schools near Coon Rapids and later in the Coon Rapids Community School System. For a short time she served as a house mother and teacher at a boys school near Des Moines. Jessie also was willing and able to help her family in times of need, when a baby was expected or when there was a sickness. On March 31, 1960 Jessie was united in marriage with Rev. Keith Peckam at Oshkosh, WI. She spent her married life in Wisconsin where she was a member of the Free Methodist Church at Richland Center. After Mr. Peckham died in 1985 Jessie returned to Coon Rapids and made her home at the Thomas Rest Haven. She died there early Sunday morning, September 24, 1989 at the age of 81 years, 5 months, and 29 days.

Besides her husband, Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, and by the following brothers: Charles, Fred, Raleigh, George, and Perry Shirbroun. She is survived by three brothers and one sister: Frank Shirbroun, of Coon Rapids; Mildred Calrson, of Webb, Iowa; Henry Shirbroun, of Coon Rapids and Emmett Shirbroun, of Joshua Tree, California; and by four stepchildren: Crystal Peckham, Richland Center, WI; Beatrice Jewett, Janesville, WI; Genevieve Flowers and Maynard Peckham of Mobile, AL; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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