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Oscar Eastman Biography

4 Dec

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.

EASTMAN, OSCAR

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

children.

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.

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NOTE:  For more information on Lyon County, Iowa

Please visit the Lyon County, IAGenWeb page

at http://iagenweb.org/lyon/

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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

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William Alfred Ralston Family Photos

30 May

Cousin Karen was kind enough to send me some photos of my great-grandparents William A and Nellie Mae Ralston. Much thanks to Karen!

Top Photo: William A. Ralston, daughter Gladys, son Harold and wife, Nellie Mae.

Bottom Photos: Left ~ Nellie Mae Ralston  Right ~ William Alfred Ralston, Richard A. Ralston (my father) and Nellie Mae Ralston

Nellie Mae Eastman Ralston:

Nellie Mae Ralston

This photo was found recently by my family. Richard Arlen Ralston born Jan 8, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

Richard Arlen Ralston

From Richard’s baby book as written by his mother, Marjorie Butler Ralston and found recently in my family’s possession:

Richard A. Ralston Baby Book

 

 

 

 

 

William A & Nellie Mae Ralston’s Death Certificates

9 Nov

Nellie Mae Ralston died 16 JAN 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Lester Eastman and Charity Welch.

William Alfred Ralston died 9 DEC 1953 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was the son of Millen Ralston and Eliza Sinkey. Millen and Eliza had gone to Jackson County, Iowa from Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1850. Ralston male DNA has shown Cherokee Indian markers and Sinkey male DNA has shown Shawnee Indian markers. I do believe that Millen’s mother was mixed-blood Cherokee from her father. Someday, if we find out who Millen’s maternal grandparents were and find a direct male descendant from that line, we may know for sure.

Wm A Ralston & Nellie Mae Eastman Marriage License

9 Nov

William Alfred Ralston and Nellie Mae Eastman were married 23 OCT 1898 in Jackson County, Iowa. They had met at the dances at the Maquoketa Caves. They are my great-grandparents through their son, Ivan W. Ralston.

William A Ralston Family Items

9 Nov

 

 

 

Donald P. Ralston’s obituary as saved by my father. My grandfather Ivan was still alive when Donald passed away. Unfortunately, my father did not save the entire obituary.

Below is a copy of records from Shiloh Cemetery in Monroe Township, Linn County, Iowa on the Ralston family.

 

Ivan W. Ralston was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The photographs were sent to me a couple of decades ago by Al Ralston, Ivan’s nephew.