John Quincy Werts

Male 1855 - 1953


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  • Born  25 Jun 1855  Zanesville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  13 Apr 1953  Canton, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1761  Virts
    Last Modified  25 Sep 2015 

    Father  John Jackson Werts,   b. 6 Feb 1831, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1901, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Esther Ann Wymer,   b. 18 Sep 1837, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1912, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Aug 1854  Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F926  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Melviana Davies,   b. 15 Nov 1855, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1906, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Apr 1879  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Pearl Edith Werts,   b. 1 Sep 1882, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1908, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Orval Glenn Werts, Sr.,   b. 7 Oct 1885, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1981, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Stella Werts,   b. 28 Jun 1889, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1974, Altadena, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F933  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary McClellan,   b. 15 Nov 1857, Edinburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1936, Canton, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Jul 1907  Edenburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F934  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts
    Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts
    left to right: Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts

    Sons of John Jackson Werts and Esther Ann Wymer

    John Quincy was born June 25, 1855 in Zanesville, Ohio and died April 1, 1953 in Canton, Wisconsin. He married Melviana Davies April 2, 1879. She was born November 15, 1855 in Russell, Iowa and died April 9, 1906 in Russell, Iowa. He then married Mary McClellan on July 4, 1907. She was born November 15, 1857 in Edinburg, Virginia and died January 20, 1936 in Canton, Wisconsin. All three are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Alfred Riley was born August 17, 1860 in Muskingum County Ohio and died July 30, 1935 in Russell, Iowa. He married Ida Goble on June 17, 1885. She was born December 19, 1867 and died August 15, 1942 in Russell. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Jacob Leonard was born March 3, 1862 in Muskingum County, Ohio and died March 16, 1944 in Garland, Wyoming. He married Margaret Jane Robinson on March 26, 1884. She was born September 21, 1862 in St. Charles, Iowa and died November 21, 1943 in Garland, Wyoming.

    Clifton Elmer was born October 12, 1868 in Russell, Iowa and died December 11, 1943 in Bartow, Florida. He married Clara Mae McCoy on March 14, 1889. She was born November 17, 1869 in Lagrange, Iowa and died March 26, 1950 in Chariton, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Charles Martel was born October 18, 1876 in Russell, Iowa and died January 4, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa. He married Mary Grace Clark on June 21, 1902. He then married Helen Lee Garner. She was born September 2, 1888 in Ashland, Illinois and died November 5, 1973 in Coos Bay, Oregon. Charles is buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.
    Oliver Osmond was born November 17, 1878 in Russell, Iowa and died December 20, 1956 in Russell, Iowa. He married Grace Imogene Prather on January 8, 1902. She was died on July 20, 1957 in Russell, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Photo courtesy of Sharon Lyn Amore


    Albums
    John Jackson Werts and Margaret Maple
    John Jackson Werts and Margaret Maple (6)

  • Notes 
    • The Russell Union-Tribune, April 23, 1953

      John Quincy Werts was born June 2, 1855 at Janesville, Ohio, the oldest of 13 children in the family of John Jackson and Esther Ann Werts and passed from this life April 13, 1953 at the age of 97 years, 10 months and 11 days.

      Mr. Werts was married to Melvina Davis on April 2, 1879 and she passed away on April 9, 1906. To this union were born Mrs. Pearly Farber who passed away June 2, 1908, Orval G. Werts of Canton, Wis. and Mrs. Stella Cogill of Altadena, Calif.

      On August 24, 1907 he was married to Mary McClelland of Harrisburg, Pa. In 1913 they moved from Russell, Iowa to a farm five miles east of Canton, Wisc. where Mrs. Werts passed away on Jan. 20, 1936

      Mr. Werts took much interest in Agricultural and world affairs. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church from his youth, uniting with the Methodist Church after moving to Wisconsin and was always interested in the affairs of the Church to the last.

      Beside his two children Mr. Werts is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mable Allen and one brother, Oliver Werts, both of Russell, Iowa and five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

      Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Canton Methodist Church with the Rev. B. J. Rohan officiating. The body was then taken to Russell, Iowa where final services and interment were held Thursday afternoon.
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      At the age of 9 he helped his parents and younger siblings move their belongings, including a rail carload of sheep to their new home in Lucas County, IA. Much later in life he wrote an account of the move that was published in the Russell, IA, Union Tribune Newspaper. His memory of that experience is the basis for much of the story on the lives of his parents. He was reared in Lucas County, attending the public schools and learning farming from his father. He also took courses at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa. With this preparation he taught school for a while. Then for many a long year he was a leading farmer in Benton Township, Lucas County, farming large tracts of land and specializing in raising beef and dairy cattle. He was a man of influence and weight and served in many offices in town and school district. John Q. married Melvina Davis at Russell, IA, on April 2, 1879. They raised three children in Lucas County, but Melvina died April 9, 1906 at Russell and is buried there. On July 24, 1907 at Edinboro, PA, he married again, to Mary McCelland of Harrisburg, PA. After winning a good measure of success in Iowa, he determined to try his fortunes in a newer country. John Q. had seen the advantages of opening a new enterprise and moved his family in 1913 to northern Wisconsin, 5 miles east of Canton, where he purchased land and started a dairy farm that came to be called the Moose Ear Ranch, 800 acres in section 23 and 24. This is one of the best farms in the country. Their son Orval and his family joined the operation within a year. The land was forested with only three or four acres cleared around the house and barn. The modern home is equipped with comforts and conveniences, including an electric light plant. In addition to the principle residence, there are also two other dwelling houses on the place. There are also numerous barns and outbuildings, almost a village in themselves. The equipment in the way of machinery, implements and tools is unusual, and includes facilities for cutting and finishing lumber, grinding feed, repairing and sharpening, and general carpenter work. Over the next 20 years or so they acquired almost 1100 acres of land, cleared some 200 acres of it, and operated a dairy of up to 70 or 80 cows. Most of the land was left in timber - hardwoods as well as pines. The cleared land was rocky and rough, not well-suited for tillage, but good for the grasses and hay for the cattle. During the first several years they had to milk the cows by hand, a big job every morning and evening, but in the early 1920s they became among the first in the area to use milking machines. The milk was collected daily by trucks and taken to be bottled, cream separated, or made into cheese. John Q. and Orval used some of the area s stones to build a large attractive house so each family had a place to live. John Q. enjoyed using an axe, so therefore with wood he built the machines needed to clear land. Both men were skilled at woodworking and built both the inside trim for the house and much of the furniture. John Q. inherited his father
      s taciturn nature and slow speech, but when he spoke it was with considerable wisdom. He is at the head of the vast activities which the operation of the farm entail. With all his busy life, however, he found the time to take the same interest in Barron County affairs that he took in the affairs of his community in Iowa. Since coming to Wisconsin he has served as a member of the town board, and has a member of various delegations and committees. He favors actively every move which means progress for the county and township, he is always willing to give of his influence and personal aid to every cause which he believes to be for the betterment of the community. He is an excellent type of the modern extensive farmer, versed in agricultural and all phases if its development, a good judge of marketing conditions, a keen businessman, and possessed of a faculty of securing the best results from the men whom he employs. He had a great interest in agriculture and world affairs. They were always active members of the Methodist church. Mary died January 20, 1936 at Canton and is buried there. John Q. continued to live and work on his farm, even though deaf in later years, until his death April 13, 1953 at Canton. He is buried at Russell, IA.