Oscar Eastman Biography

Oscar Eastman was the son of Norman F Eastman and Cornelia Pratt. And the brother of my ancestor Charles L. Eastman, whose daughter Nellie Mae Eastman was my great-grandmother. Nellie Mae married William Alfred Ralston. My great-grandparents were originally from Jackson County, Iowa.


Oscar Eastman, one of the earlier settlers of Lyon

county, and whose history is largely the story of the

settlement of that part of the county where he is

found to-day, located on section 32, Lyon township, in

1887. He was born in Jackson county, Iowa, July 28,

1862, a son of Norman and Cornelia (Pratt) Eastman,

natives of New York and Vermont. The father, who came

to Iowa in the very early days, was a life-long

farmer. When he died in 1893 he had reached the age of

seventy-six years. His wife, who died in 1884, lived

to be sixty-two years. They had a family of eleven


Oscar Eastman was educated in the common schools, and

in his earlier manhood worked by the month at farm

work until his marriage, when he bought his present

place. He was married March 27, 1892, to Miss Minnie

Schoen, a resident at that time of Fairview, South

Dakota. Her parents, John and Mary Schoen, were

blessed with a family of ten children, of whom Mrs.

Eastman was the fourth in order of birth. To Mr. and

Mrs. Eastman have come the following children: Irvin

O., Chester N., Clarence and Agnes M., all of whom are

living and form a most charming family.

Mr. Eastman is becoming largely interested in stock,

and upon his place now has twenty-five head of cattle,

sixteen horses, and one hundred and fifty hogs. For

breeding purposes he has a stallion, Don Arno,

registered No. 25,-564, which is very highly regarded

in the neighborhood. Mr. Eastman is a member of the

Fairview Camp of Modern Woodmen of America, and

attends the Methodist church. He is one of the bright

and progressive young men of the neighborhood.


NOTE:  For more information on Lyon County, Iowa

Please visit the Lyon County, IAGenWeb page

at http://iagenweb.org/lyon/


Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of

Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer

Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach

Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO.,

Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

Estella Eastman Flynn (1879-1965)


Maquoketa Community Press, Maquoketa, Iowa, Monday, August 2, 1965
Saturday Rites


Funeral services for Mrs. Estella Flynn, 86, of Maquoketa were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Haylock-O’Hara funeral home. The Rev. Arthur Holtry, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in the Esgate cemetery. Mrs. Flynn died Wednesday evening in a local nursing home.


Estella Eastman was born July 12, 1879, in Jackson county to Charles and Charity (Welch) Eastman. On Dec. 1, 1898, she was married to Dennis Flynn in Maquoketa. She lived her entire life in Maquoketa.


Surviving are one son, Milford Flynn of Baldwin; and one brother, Frank Eastman of Greenwich, Ohio.


Her parents, her husband, six sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Charles L. Eastman (1846-1928)

Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, January 24, 1928
Aged Jackson County Resident Laid to Rest

After an illness of several days caused by pneumonia and complications, Charles L. Eastman, an aged and well known resident of Jackson county, died Wednesday night at Andrew at the age of 81 years.

Charles Lester Eastman was born Dec. 17, 1846, in Illinois and came to Iowa when a young man and located near Maquoketa. He was married to Charity Welch at Maquoketa in 1866 and they resided on a farm north of town until the failing health of both him and his wife compelled them to leave the farm several years ago and they moved to this city. He also lived for a time in Clinton and at Andrew, where he passed away.

Besides his sorrowing wife he is survived by six daughters, Mrs. James Bradley of Maquoketa, Mrs. Edson Hogg of Fulton, Ia., Mrs. Janie Smith of Clinton, Mrs. Will Ralston of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. C. C. Merritt of Clinton, Mrs. D. M. Flynn of Fulton and three sons, I. E. Eastman of Fulton, Frank and Orville of Clinton. One son, William, died at the age of three years. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, four brothers, John Eastman of Hawarden, Ia., Albert of Portland, Ore., Oz, of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Dick of Dubuque, and four sisters, Mrs. Dennis Merrick of Baldwin, Mrs. Neal Summers of Wisconsin, Mrs. Jesse Parmer of Portland Ore., and Mrs. Mary Bronson of Council Bluffs, Ia.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Friday at Buchner’s chapel, Rev. E. G. Hunt officiating. Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Staack sang consolingly. Burial was made in the family lot in Esgate cemetery.