Georgia Wilson’s House at Panora Still Stands

Among the papers of the mother of Clabe Wilson, was the address of her house in Panora, where she lived with her younger daughters after she was widowed.

One one of our family history excursions, in 1996, Mom and I started at the City Hall in Panora.  A large map of the original town hangs on one wall, with the old addresses. The woman there determined that the new address of the house, which is still standing.

Its address is 105 W. Lane, Panora, Iowa.

Clabe and Leora Wilson, probably the year they were married (1914) in front of his mother’s house in Panora. This photo is on the cover of Leora’s Early Years: Guthrie County Roots.
The house in Panora, Iowa, taken August 1, 1996. A vehicle was parked in front of the house, so I took the best photo I could that day.

Leora’s Early Years: Guthrie County Roots

Georgia Wilson’s Panora house is on the cover of the book.


    • Thank you, Kellye. Mom and I also spent time copying old newspaper articles in the State Historical Society (with pizza at Noah’s afterwards), drove through Guthrie County looking for the railroad grade of the Liza Jane branch train, and hunting for places Grandma Leora (Mom’s mom) wrote about in her memoir. Precious days.

  1. Your grandparents were married the year my father was born. Great to see the house, I bet. Your mother must have been thrilled!

    • I might have been more excited because of the “hunt” for answers. Great Grandmother Georgia died (at a state hospital) three years later. By then, Clabe and Leora had two sons (the two who joined the navy in 1934) in 1915 and 1916. Mom was born in 1918 (on her uncles’ popcorn farm since they’d been drafted and sent to France). When Georgia died, Fonnie and Verna were orphaned, ages 14 and 10.

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