Public Sale, Guthrie County, Iowa, 1905

Daniel R. Wilson was the father of Clabe Wilson. This was in 1905, so Clabe would have been 17 years old. The year before, the local newspaper noted that Dan Wilson had been a “very sick man.” Did that lead to his having a sale in October?


I will sell at my residence 5 miles south of Panora, and 5 miles west of Linden, and 1 1/2 mile west of Ed Stott’s place on


at 10 O’CLOCK a.m. SHARP



Bay mare 8 years old, in foal, wt. 1700; black mare 8 years old, in foal, wt. 1400; these mares are bred to the English Hackney horse in Panora and have two spring colts sired by the same horse that will be sold with them, black colt 4 years old, wt. 1000

65 CATTLE 65

40 high grade Shorthorn cows, 15 giving milk and several will be fresh soon, these cows are all young, only 2 that are over 4 years old and are all in good flesh; 1 good Hereford bull wt. 1700; 25 spring claves (13 steers and 12 heifers.)



30 yearling sows and 50 nice gilts, the balance are fall pigs and barrows, these barrows are just right to put after cattle. These hogs are bred from the best herds in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Come and get a start of the best hogs on earth. These hogs are all eligible to be recorded. The yearlings are sired by Big Roy 24644; Col. H. 9969; All O.K. 9967; Pipestone 16375; Red King O. 17425; St. Louis 23267; Ohio Boy 26021. All young hogs are sired by Sandy Sampson 33819. Their dams are equally well bred.

One Cream Separator new, 2 wood heating stoves.

Hardenbrook’s Lunch Wagon will be on the Grounds.

ROBT. KING, Auctioneer. M. M. Reynolds, Clerk,

TERMS: All sums of $5.00 and under cash  On sums over $5.00 12 months time will be given without interest if paid when due, purchaser giving note with approved security. Notes to draw 8 per cent interest from date if not paid when due.  6 per cent. discount for cash on credit sums


Vedette Press, Panora.

But the next year, Dan Wilson was in the Duroc Jersey hog business again. He bought LaFollett, “an aristocratic fellow” with a fancy pedigree.

Dan Wilson died at the Clarinda State Hospital just four years later, in 1909. He’d thrown a corn knife at his son Clabe, and hospital records showed that their homelife had been unpleasant. By the time of Dan Wilson’s death, both sisters close to Clabe’s age had married, at ages 19 and 17, and escaped the turmoil. Clabe and two small sisters were left at home, born in 1903 and 1907.

Leora’s Early Years: Guthrie County Roots


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