Information submitted by Sharon McClurg, October, 1999, is from photocopies of newspaper clippings from the Jefferson Star-Herald or the Jefferson Bee, both of Jefferson, Iowa, handed down to me by other relatives.
She married William Caleb McClurg on 29 Oct 1870.
Source 1: From an undated newspaper clipping of The Jefferson Herald:
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. McClurg, pioneer residents of the community who have lived in and near Jefferson all their lives, celebrated their fifty-eighth wedding anniversary at their home in Jefferson Sunday, Oct. 28.
A family gathering of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren came as a suprise to Mr. and Mrs. McClurg. They went to church Sunday morning, knowing nothing of plans for a reunion. When they returned they found a group of thirty-eight relatives assembled and the table set for a family dinner.
This was the first family reunion held since 1920, when Mr. and Mrs. McClurg observed their golden wedding anniversary. Of their six living children, twenty-four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, all were present except their oldest son, John McClurg of Spencer, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, who were unable to be present. Two of their children are dead.
Mr. McClurg is 79 years old, and his wife is 72 years old. They lived on a farm five miles northwest of Jefferson until ten years ago when they moved to town. Mrs. McClurg was born within half a mile of the farm where she and her husband lived for so many years. He was born in Davis county, moving to Greene county in 1864. They were married by a justice of the peace in Jackson township Oct. 29, 1870.
The following relatives were present at the reunion Sunday: Mr. and Mrs. I.F. McClurg of Princeton, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pease and son Douglas of Trenton, MO; C.C. McClurg of Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Black and son of Fort Dodge; Mr. and Mrs. John F. McClurg of Des Moines; Edna Hartwigsen of Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. O. H. McClurg and family of Scranton; Mrs. Elmer Gibson and children of Scranton; Mrs. Mary Wright of Scranton; Mrs. John H. Wright of Jefferson; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lewis and son of Jefferson; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hartwigsen and family of Jefferson; Elda Hartwigsen of Jefferson; Mr. and Mrs. Byron Hayes of Jefferson.
Source 2: From an unlabeled newspaper clipping:
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. McClurg
Observe Great Occasion at Their Home in the South Part of Jefferson Today.
Congratulations of a special sort are due to Mr. and Mrs. W.C. McClurg, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today.
They will have an "open house" today between the hours of one and five o'clock this afternoon, and all their friends are invited to call.
Mr. and Mrs. McClurg were wedded October 29, 1870, at the home of her father, Erwin [Ervin] Wright, in Jackson township. Mrs. McClurg's maiden name was Eliza [Louisa] Jane, and the wedding was performed by Frank Stokes, justice of the peace. They went to housekeeping upon what was known as the David Wright farm, but a few years later purchased and moved to the farm four miles northwest of Jefferson, which they still own. They resided there until about twelve years ago, when they came to Jefferson for a home.
Of the original company attending the wedding only two survive besides the principals. These are: Mrs. Sarah Empie of Des Moines, and Will Gibson, of Scranton.
On the wedding day the bride, 15 years of age, was sweet and winsome in her homespun dress. William was 21, and he was a mighty fine young man. They are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living, as follows: Ira of Trenton, MO; John of Okoboji; Clem of Emmetsburg; Mrs. Lewis of Grand Junction; Ora of Scranton; and Mrs. Elsie Hartwigsen, who now resides upon the home farm in Bristol. The honored couple also have 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Today all of the relatives will be among those who come to pay their dearest respects and love to this honored couple.
It is interesting to not[e] a little history in this connection. Mrs. McClurg's father, Erwin [Ervin] Wright, came to Greene county in 1857. With him came three of his brothers, and also they had four cousins, also of Wright name, who settled in the region west of Jefferson. The McClurg family came shortly after the Civil war and located in the Wright community. So, to the Wrights and the McClurgs great honor is due for the early strivings they made in the pioneering of this county, and their part in bringing Iowa to a fine modern commonwealth.
Source 3: From "Special Dispatch to the World-Herald" newspaper, not dated:
Photo of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. McClurg [Photo not available]
Jefferson, IA., Oct. 29. - Sixty years ago today, William C. McClurg of Davis county, Iowa., and Miss Louisa Jane Wright of Jefferson, IA., were united in marriage by Frank Stokes, a justice of the peace of Greene county. The bride was then a timid girl of 14 years, while the groom was a few months more than 21.
The following spring the couple took up farming on a Greene county farm and in 1880 they purchased their first farm home of 80 acres, and eight years later added another 80-acre tract thereto, and there they lived and reared their large family until 1918, when they moved to Jefferson to enjoy the fruits of their labors and spend the declining years of their lives.
Of their eight children six are still living and are: John E., McClurg, Arnolds Park, IA.; Ira F. McClung [McClurg], Trenton, Mo.; Mrs. Thenia Lewis, Grand Junction, IA.; C.C. McClurg, Emmetsburg, IA.; Mrs. Elsie Hartwigsen, Jefferson, IA., and Ora H. McClurg, Scranton, IA. They have 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren who add greatly to their happiness.
There are but two parties now living who were present at the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. McClurg, and they are William Gibson of Scranton, IA., and Sarah Wright Empie of Des, Moines, IA.
Source 4: Newspaper clipping hand-labeled "1940"
Saturday, March 16, Mrs. W.C. McClurg celebrated her 84th birthday. Friends called throughout the day and extended congratulations and best wishes. In addition to a large number of cards, letters, and gifts, she was presented with three birthday cakes. She was born in the neighborhood of the Rockyford bridge in Jackson township. She was Louisa Wright, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Wright, who came to Greene county from Indiana before Greene county was organized. When she was four years old she went to Indiana in a covered wagon for a visit with relatives in the Hoosier state.
She was married to W.C. McClurg on October 29, 1870, at the home of her parents and went to housekeeping in the same locality. She was the mother of eight children, four of whom are dead. Those who are living include: C.C. McClurg, who lives on the old home farm of Mr. and Mrs. McClurg; O.H. McClurg of Scranton, I.F. McClurg of Trenton, Mo., and Mrs. George Hartwigsen of Jefferson. Mr. McClurg died about eight years ago. She has 26 living grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She, with her descendents and their families, number 78, nearly all of whom reside in Greene county. With the exception of the time she went to Indiana when she was four years of age, she has been out of the state two times. One trip to Nebraska and the other was when she visited in Missouri. [Missouri is crossed out and "KANSAS" is pencilled in.]
She well remembers the Indians, the storms, and interesting events of pioneer days in Greene county. Her father and brothers assisted in building the old Highland church about a quarter of a mile beyond the Wright cemetery.
Source 5: From newspaper clipping hand-labeled "Jefferson Herald, March --, 1944"
Mrs. W.C. McClurg has been celebrating her 88th birthday today at her home on 605 West Madison street. She was formerly Louisa Wright, the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Ervin Wright who served the Highland Christian church for many years. She was born on the old Wright farm near the Rocky Ford bridge. She and her brother Oliver Wright of Jefferson are the only living children of that well known couple. Mr. McClurg died more than ten years ago.
She has four living children including her son Ira of Trenton, Mo., Clem who lives on the old farm which was her birthplace, Mrs. Elsie Hartwigsen of Jefferson, and Orie McClurg of Scranton. In addition to the above named children she has 26 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Because of the weather and her general health, a large celebration was not planned so she has been spending the day quietly with only the nearest relatives calling and extending congratulations.
Source 6: Newspaper clipping hand-labeled "Jefferson Herald Aug.3. 1944"
One of Greene county's oldest native residents, Mrs. William C. McClurg, 88, died at 11:30 Wednesday evening, Aug. 2, at her home at 605 W. Madison in Jefferson. Mrs. McClurg was Louise [Louisa] Jane Wright , a member of one of the earliest pioneer families of this county. She was born March 16, 1856 in Bristal [Bristol] township. The funeral rites have been arranged for 2:30 P.M. Friday, Aug. 4, at Slininger's funeral home in Jefferson, and burial will be in the Wright cemetery near here. The Rev. R.C. Yadon of the Church of Christ, of which Mrs. McClurg was a member, will officiate.
Source 7:Newspaper clipping hand-labeled "Jefferson Bee 8-8-1944" (This clipping appears to be photocopied from a memorial book and was incomplete. Have not contacted paper for complete reprint.)
MRS. W.C. McCLURG FUNERAL ON FRIDAY
NATIVE OF GREENE COUNTY
Well Known Jefferson Woman Born In Bristol Township; Died Wednesday, Aug.2
Mrs. W.C. McClurg, who was born March 16, 1856 in Bristol township, died Wednesday, Aug.2, at her home in Jefferson, after spending her entire 88 years within a radius of seven miles of Jefferson.
The funeral was at 2:30 P.M. Friday, Aug. 4, at the Slininger funeral chapel in Jefferson. The Rev. R.C. Yadon, pastor of the Church of Christ in Jefferson, was in charge. Soloist was Oral Black [Blake], who sang the hymns "Some Day the Silver Cord Will Break" and "Not Now, But in the Coming Years".
Interment was in the Wright cemetery and pallbearers were Ira Hartwigsen, Thaine McClurg, William Gibson, V. Hartwigsen, Buford McClurg and Mahlon McClurg.
As Louisa Jane Wright, she was the daughter of Ervin and Delila Wright and her father was pastor for many years of the Highland Church of Christ. The five Wright brothers, including Ervin, and their families came from Indiana to Iowa early in 1855, and shortly after that Ervin was ordained to the ministry of the church.
Mrs. McClurg was born a year (clipping ends here)
Source 8: Funeral program read:
March 16, 1856
Bristol Twp, Greene Co, IA
Entered into Rest
August 2, 1944
88 years, 4 months, 16 days
Crossing The Bar
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