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The Brockways of Eastern Iowa:
Generations 8-11


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Eighth Generation

18. ELIZABETH B.8 BROCKWAY (Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Ainsworth, Washington Co., IA July 25, 1866. Elizabeth died 1953 at 86 years of age.

She married FRANK DARROW.

Elizabeth graduated from the Eastern Iowa Normal School. Elizabeth B. Brockway and Frank Darrow had one child

26 I. JEAN9.

19. JAMES (JIM) MADISON8 BROCKWAY (Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born in Ainsworth, Washington Co., IA January 22, 1879. Jim died September 18, 1943 in Des Moines, IA, at 64 years of age. His body was interred September, 1943 at Grandview, IA (Louisa County), Grandview Cemetery.

He married MARY MILNE HORTON in Marshalltown, IA, October 12, 1910. Mary was born in Muscatine, IA November 21, 1879. Mary was the daughter of Col. Charles Cummins Horton and Isabella Ogilvie. (Click here to go to Horton Family Journal.) Mary died June 15, 1967 in Des Moines, IA, at 87 years of age. Her body was interred June, 1967 at Grandview, IA, Grandview Cemetery. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a charter member of the Iowa State Ladies Legislative Auxiliary.

Jim graduated in Iowa City, IA, in 1901 from the University of Iowa. He played the position of guard for the Iowa football teams of 1897, 1898, 1899 and 1900. The 1899 and 1900 teams were undefeated, and the 1900 team was the Big Team Champion. After graduation from the University of Iowa, he also took a year of agricultural studies at Iowa State College in Ames.

The Undefeated Iowa Football Team of 1900

 Read Iowa's Rosy Football  History by Irving Weber

Read "A Description of Football"  printed in an 1900 Iowa Football Program

Jim was a farmer and a truck operator in Muscatine, IA, 1902 - 1943. He began farming in Louisa Co. with his father until his father's death in 1909. The farm grew to 860 acres, involving Duroc hogs, beef and Holstein dairy cattle and grain. He also produced cottage cheese and butter for shipment to Chicago and shipped Duroc sows as far away as Mexico and South Africa.  Jim owned one of the first tractors in the State of Iowa. (Click here for a magazine article about him and his early tractor).

 

 

In 1922, with the failure of the Letts Bank, the "Homestead Farm" was lost. Moving his family to Muscatine, he was awarded a contract with the H. J. Heinz Co. to raise several hundred acres of tomatoes and horseradish. He also became a owner truck operator, and later in his career founded the Iowa Motor Truck Association, which exists to the present day.

Brockway Farm around 1920.  Jim Brockway is on the right with his son John.  Alice Brockway is in the center.  2 farmhands are on the left.

"Jim Brockway waged a continuous fight for the improvement of Iowa truck laws, especially weight provisions and reciprocity. He developed a continually improving mutual understanding between truckers and the various state agencies having control over truck operations. But his especial effort was to achieve unity amongst the operators in Iowa. This ambition was realized in the fall of 1942, when the then existing truck groups united into the Iowa Motor Truck Assn." (Taken from an article in the D. M. Register & Tribune at the time of James' death).

Jim was elected in 1910 as the Louisa County, representative to the Iowa State Assembly, and served there for the 34th and 35th sessions. He was chairman of the Roads   & Highways Committee, and joint author of the "Balkema-Brockway Bill"   that created the modern Iowa highway system.

 

 

The following was written by a friend and colleague in his honor shortly after his death:

"In Memoriam" -- James Madison Brockway (1879 - 1943)

- - - - - - - - - - - We have lost a friend - - - - - - - - - - - - -

'Jim' Brockway was a strong, rugged man - one of Iowa's great athletes; he was a true, loyal friend - one of nature's noblemen; he was a devoted servant of the cause in which he believed - a dauntless fighter; he was a model husband and father - he was a man!

It is symbolic that 'Jim' was joint author of the law that created the great highway system of Iowa. It is a fitting climax to his long fight for unity that he lived to launch the Iowa Motor Truck Association as the representative of the entire industry.

The impact of 'Jim' Brockway upon the times through which he lived so actively and fully, is left in Iowa laws he helped to make, in the lives of his family, and friends which he so constructively influenced, in the betterment of the communities in which he lived; and finally, in the Iowa Motor Truck Association.

The long, courageous, up-hill fight which Jim Brockway made for unity amongst Iowa truckers, leaves his association as a living monument and memorial to our friend Jim.

- Lee H. Forsyth

James Madison Brockway and Mary Milne Horton had the following children:

27 I. JOHN HORTON9 was born 1914.

28 ii. CHARLES EDWIN was born 1917.

20. CORA ESTELLA8 LETTS (Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Letts, Louisa Co., IA March 1, 1860. Cora died 1915 at 55 years of age. Her body was interred Grandview, IA, Grandview Cemetery.

She married BEN FRANK MARICLE May 19, 1885. His body was interred Grandview, IA, Grandview Cemetery.

Cora Estella Letts and Ben Frank Maricle had the following child:

I. PAUL9 .

21. JAMES DWIGHT8 LETTS (Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Letts, IA February 9, 1866. James died June 14, 1949 at 83 years of age. His body was interred Letts, IA, Letts Cemetery.

He married LILLIE RUNYON January 30, 1901. Lillie was born 1872. Lillie died 1954 at 82 years of age.

James Dwight Letts and Lillie Runyon had the following children:

29 I. ROGER RUNYON9 was born 1902.

30 ii. HELEN was born 1903.

31 iii. HENRIETTA was born 1906.

32 iv. JAMES EDWIN was born 1909.

v. HARRY was born 1911. Harry died 1912 at 1 year of age. His body was interred Letts, IA, Letts Cemetery.

vi. ISABELLA was born 1913. Isabella died 1927 at 14 years of age. Her body was interred Letts, IA, Letts Cemetery.

vii. LUELLA was born 1916.

22. EMERY CLINTON8 LETTS (Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Letts, Louisa Co., IA December 30, 1867. Emery died 1938 at 70 years of age. His body was interred Letts, IA, Letts Cemetery.

He married JANE ELLEN BUSHEY. Her body was interred Letts, IA, Letts Cemetery.

Emery Clinton Letts and Jane Ellen Bushey had the following children:

i. JAMES CLINTON9 .

ii. ARTHUR .

iii.  MAY ELLEN

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Brockway-Letts Reunion, Letts, Iowa  1919

23. ARTHUR ROBINSON8 LETTS (Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Letts, Louisa Co., IA March 23, 1869. Arthur died November 8, 1963 at 94 years of age.

He married ALICE WINKLER.

Arthur Robinson Letts and Alice Winkler had the following children:

I. MARIAN9 .

ii. EUGENE .

24. FAY ROYDON8 LETTS (Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Letts, Louisa Co., IA March 1, 1874. His body was interred Grandview, IA, Grandview Cemetery.

He married JESSIE DICKERSON June 4, 1896.

Fay Roydon Letts and Jessie Dickerson had the following children:

I. KATHERINE was born in August 1901.

ii. LLOYD was born in 1902 and died in 1917. His body was interred at Grandview, IA, Grandview Cemetery.

iii. CHESTER was born in 1908.

iv. FRANCES was born in July of 1911 and died in 1997.

iv. IRENE was born in 1913.

v. CORA  was born in 1917.

25. FRANK BROCKWAY8 LETTS (Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Letts, Louisa Co., IA May 11, 1877. Frank died April 14, 1955 at 77 years of age.

He married ELSIE STAPP January 12, 1907.

Frank Brockway Letts and Elsie Stapp had the following children:

I. MILDRED9 .

ii. MARGARET .

iii. FRANK JR. .


Ninth Generation

26. JEAN9 DARROW (Elizabeth B.8 Brockway, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) birth date unknown.

She married FRED TOMFELD.

Jean Darrow and Fred Tomfeld had the following children:

I. MADISON10 .

ii. MARION . She married GEORGE MICHAEL .

27. JOHN HORTON9 BROCKWAY (JamesMadison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born in Chicago, IL 1914. John died November 13th, 2008 in Des Moines. His body was interred at Grandview, IA, Grandview Cemetery


John Brockway being held by his
grandfather, Col. Charles Horton

He married twice. He married MARY LOUISE HAYWORTH Sioux City, IA, June 22, 1940. Mary was born Lemmon, SD March 25, 1917. Mary was the daughter of D.A. Hayworth and Mabel King. Mary died March 6, 1949 Rochester, MN, at 31 years of age. Her body was interred March, 1949 Grandview, IA (Louisa County). He married MARY DAVY Des Moines, IA, January 27, 1951. Mary was born in Pomeroy, IA December 11, 1919. Mary died November 9, 1980 Iowa City, IA, at 60 years of age. Her body was interred November, 1980 Fonda, IA.

Following high school in Muscatine, he enrolled in Muscatine Junior College where he played basketball and was named 1st team "All State Center" by the Cedar Rapids newspaper, and 2nd team by the Des Moines Register & Tribune. He later enrolled in Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Dairy Plant Management in 1938.

He served in the military during WWII from Sept. 1943 to Dec. 1945 with the US Navy Sea Bees, C.B.M.U.#591 and was stationed in the Marshall Island. His Dog Tag number was  859-57-94.

John was Executive Vice-President of the Iowa Dairy Foods Assn. in Des Moines, IA from 1946 -1985. In addition, he took on the duties of Exec. Dir. of the Iowa Hotel/Motel Association from 1972 to 1980. He was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines for many years. He served in various positions within the church, including deacon, trustee and elder.

Mary Louise Hayworth
(1917 -1949)

John was a charter member of the Central Iowa Sales Executives Assn. and Executive Secretary of that organization for 17 years. He was also chairman of former Governor Erbe's Tourism Committee and vice-president of  the Iowa State Society of Association Executives.

In retirement, he is a charter member and former President of the Des Moines Golden K Kiwanis Club. John served on a committee that worked to restore the Civil War Soldiers and Sailor Monument on the Iowa State House grounds. Funds were raised by grade school students who started the project by contributing their pennies and dimes, and also from State funds. The restoration work on this project has now been completed and the monument is again in excellent condition.  Read about the Iowa Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.   John is a member of the "Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Grandville M. Dodge Camp #75.  He is also a member of a committee who combined with the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Iowa Historical Society are restoring 263 Iowa Civil War battle flags. The work is well underway as of November 2002. John is also a member of the Hoover Chapter of Sons of the American Revolutionary War.

Read about the work being done at the Iowa Historical Building to preserve Iowa's Civil War Battle Flags

View work being by the Iowa Historical Society to preserve Iowa's Civil War Battle Flags 
 

He is a member of the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution, and past Historian of the Iowa Hoover Chapter #147280. His sons James Craig, John Davy and William Allen are also members. His daughters Judith Ann, Kathleen Rose and Mary Teresa are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is also a member of the Ohio Society of the War of 1812, Iowa does not not have a chapter. He is also a member of the Urbandale Chapter of the Iowa American Legion

 


Mary Irene Davy
(1919 - 1980)

John Horton Brockway and Mary Louise Hayworth had the following children:

33 I. JUDITH ANN (JUDY)10 was born 1942.

34 ii. JAMES CRAIG was born 1947.

John Horton Brockway and Mary Davy had the following children:

35 iii. JOHN DAVY (DAVE) was born 1952.

iv. WILLIAM ALAN (BILL) was born Des Moines, IA 1954. William graduated Davenport, Iowa, 1977, from St. Ambrose College. He is currently the Vice President, Credit Card Div., for the Quad City Bank in Davenport, IA.

36 v. KATHLEEN ROSE (KATE) was born 1957.

vi. MARY TERESA (TERRY) was born Des Moines, IA 1959. Mary graduated in 1981 from St. Ambrose College in Davenport. Terry is a Regional Sales Manager for Westlink Paging in Des Moines, IA.

28. CHARLES EDWIN9 BROCKWAY (James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Muscatine, IA  1917.

He married DOROTHY ELIZABETH NUNEMAKER in Des Moines, IA., October 12, 1947. Dorothy was born Columbus, Ohio 1926. Dorothy is the daughter of Joseph Paul Nunemaker and Dorothy Helen Handley. 

Charles graduated in 1942 from the University of Iowa. He served in the military 1942 -1946. He was in the Army in the 328th Harborcraft Company. His career with Firestone Co. took him and his family to live for a number of years in Argentina, and later in India. He returned to Akron, OH in 1966 as Controller of the Firestone Golf & Country Club. They retired to Florida in 1982.

Charles Edwin Brockway and Dorothy Elizabeth Nunemaker had the following children:

37 I. ROBERT LAIRD (BOB)10 was born 1951.

38 ii. JANIS KAY was born 1954.

29. ROGER RUNYON9 LETTS (James Dwight8, Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born 1902. Roger died 1955 at 53 years of age.

He married CLELLA COIL 1935.  Clella died in 1983.

Roger Runyon Letts and Clella Coil had the following children:

i. JUDSON C. was born 1937 and died in 1988.

ii. JAMES D. was born 1938 and died in 1996.

iii. DAVID D. was born in 1940.

iv. LILLIE E. was born in 1941.

v. EMORY A. was born in 1943.

vi. MARION L. was born in 1944.

vii. TERRY EUGENE was born in 1945.

viii. BETTY was born in 1948.

ix. FAYE was born in 1950.

x. Mary was born in 1952.

30. HELEN9 LETTS (James Dwight8, Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born 1903.

She married HAROLD HAZLETT 1927. Harold died 1958.

Helen Letts and Harold Hazlett had the following children:

I. PHYLLIS MAY10 was born in 1928.

ii. SHIRLEY ANN was born in 1929.

iii. LAWRENCE LETTS was born in 1931.

iv. VERNON CLARK was born in 1934.

v. LESTER HOWARD was born in 1939.

vi. JANET RUTH was born in 1943.

vii. JOYCE LOU was born in 1946 and died in 1953 at 7 years of age.

31. HENRIETTA9 LETTS (James Dwight8, Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born 1906.

She married ARTHUR PETERS 1925.

Henrietta Letts and Arthur Peters had the following children:

I. MILDRED LEONA10 was born 1927. She married DONALD OBERG 1948.

ii. WARREN JAMES was born 1928. He married TERRY NERANGO 1951.

32. JAMES EDWIN9 LETTS (James Dwight8, Albina Murilla7 Brockway, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born 1909. James died 1967 at 58 years of age.

He married EUNICE KESLER 1936.

James Edwin Letts and Eunice Kesler had the following children:

i. JAMES O.10 was born 1938.

ii. RODNEY B. was born 1939.

iii. CLAUDINE KAY was born 1941.

iv. CAROL LEONA was born 1947.

33. LUELLA LETTS was born in 1916.   She married CHARLES TUCKER in 1935.

Luella Letts and Charles Tucker had the following children:

         i. JOY LYNN was born in 1938.  She married WILLIAM BROWN     in 1957.

        ii. JUDITH ANN was born in 1945 and married DAVID WIEDERHOLD in 1963.

 

Tenth Generation

33. JUDITH ANN (JUDY)10 BROCKWAY (John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born in Des Moines, IA 1942.

She married DENNIS HARRISON MADIGAN February 11, 1967. Dennis was born in Omaha, Nebraska 1942. He is the son of Robert Patrick Madigan and Lillian Harrison Madigan. Dennis is a sales executive for McLeod USA in Omaha, NE.

Judith graduated in 1965 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids.   She is a teacher in the Plattsmouth, NE School District.

Judith Ann (Judy) Brockway and Dennis Harrison Madigan had the following children:

 

          1962

I. I. DAVID MERLE11 was born Chicago, IL 1967. David graduated Lincoln, Nebraska, 1992. Institution: University of Nebraska. David received a "Bachelor of Architecture" degree in 1990 and a "Master of Architecture" degree in 1992.  He currently works for an architectural firm in San Diego, CA..

39 ii. MARY LISA was born 1968.

 

34. JAMES CRAIG10 BROCKWAY (John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Des Moines, IA 1947.

He married JILL ANN KRAUSMAN Iowa City, IA, September, 1967. Jill was born Dubuque, IA 1947. Jill is the daughter of James Krausman and Beverly Halleck. They were divorced in 1977.  Craig married DONNA MARIE O'MALLEY in Toronto, Ontario on June 18, 1983. Donna was born in Toronto on March 1, 1949. Donna is the daughter of Lloyd O'Malley and Carmel Seeley.  Donna is VP of Operations for MCA in Charlotte, NC.

Craig graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969. He is currently a Realtor with Allen Tate Company in Charlotte, NC. Craig has also lived in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. 

 

 

               

 

 

 

James Craig Brockway and Jill Ann Krausman had the following child:

40 i. CHRISTOPHER JAMES11 was born 1968.

 

35. JOHN DAVY (DAVE)10 BROCKWAY (John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Des Moines, IA 1952.

Dave & Kathy Brockway and Family

He married KATHY JO WHEELER Des Moines, IA, January 15, 1977. Kathy was born Des Moines, IA 1957.  Kathy is the daughter of Robert G. Wheeler and Johann E Towsley. She is a graduate of Baker University and is a sales representative for WW Grainger Inc.

Dave graduated in Davenport, IA, from St. Ambrose College.  Dave is currently National Account Manager for Hantover, Inc. in Kansas City, MO.

Dave Brockway and Kathy Jo had the following children:

I. JAMES MICHAEL11 was born Des Moines, IA 1979. He married Amy Elizabeth Ochs on November 27, 2004. Amy was born in 1977. Jim is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and is a Teacher in Gardner KS. Amy is a graduate of the University of Kansas and is a Teacher in Olathe, KS.

ii. JENNIFER LEE was born Des Moines, IA 1983. She Married Bryan Marshall Hayes on May 28, 2005. Bryan was born in 1979. Jenny and Bryan are graduates of Pittsburg State University. Jenny is a Teacher in Leawood, KS, and Bryan is employed with Commerce Bank in Kansas City, MO.

 

36. KATHLEEN ROSE (KATE)10 BROCKWAY YOCOM (John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Des Moines, IA 1957.

She married CURT YOCOM Urbandale, IA, May 6, 1990. Curt was born Chariton, IA 1950. Curt is the son of Curt Sr and Shriley Yocom . Curt owns Yocom & Co., an insurance and finance agency in Des Moines, IA..

Kathleen graduated Davenport, IA, 1978. Institution: St. Ambrose College. Kate is Regional Sales Manager for Genentech.

Kathleen Rose (Kate) Brockway and Curt Yocom had the following children:

i. TESS ANN was born Des Moines, IA 1992.

ii. TAYLOR ELIZABETH was born Des Moines, IA 1992.

iii. CLAIRE ELISE was born Des Moines, IA 1995.

 

MARY TERESA (TERRY) BROCKWAY HOLDREN (John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born in Des Moines, IA  on 1959.  Terry graduated in 1981 from St. Ambrose College in Davenport.  She is an Account Executive with BAX Global in Des Moines, IA.

On July 1, 1999, Terry married W. Phillip Holdren of Des Moines.   Phil was born in Omaha, NE on 1949.  He owns DeAlby Design, Inc. in Des Moines.  Phil has the following children:

        i.  JOHN PHILLIP (JACK) was born in Des Moines on 1985.

        ii.  GRANT OLIVER was born in Des Moines on 1988.

        iii.  CHARLA was born in Des Moines on 1989.

 

37. ROBERT LAIRD (BOB)10 BROCKWAY (Charles Edwin9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Des Moines, IA 1951.

He married KATHLEEN FIESIL May 5, 1979. Kathleen was born 1952.

Bob graduated  from Akron University, Akron, OH. and owns a business in Pompano Beach.

Robert Laird (Bob) Brockway and Kathleen Fiesil had the following children:

I. DEREK PAUL11 was born Florida 1985.

ii. JUSTIN JAMES was born Florida 1988.

38. JANIS KAY10 BROCKWAY PETERSON (Charles Edwin9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Des Moines, IA 1954.

She married JOHN PETERSON. John was born 1955 and is a pilot for Continental Airlines.

Jan graduated from Kent State University and is a school teach in Florida.

Jan and John Peterson had the following child:

I. JOHN MICHAEL11 was born Florida 1989.


Eleventh Generation

39. MARY LISA11 MADIGAN (Judith Ann (Judy)10 Brockway, John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born in So. Acton, MA 1968.

She married LOEL SCHETTLER Columbus, Nebraska, June 25, 1992.   Loel was born Columbus, Nebraska 1968.

Lisa graduated Lincoln, NE, 1992. Institution: University of Nebraska and received a degree in education.  She is a  teacher in the Ralston School District in Omaha.

Mary Lisa Madigan and Loel Schettler had the following children:

I.   ANDREW JAMES12 was born Omaha, NE 1997.

II.  PAIGE ELIZABETH was born in Omaha, NE  1999.

40. CHRISTOPHER JAMES11 BROCKWAY (James Craig10, John Horton9, James Madison8, Edwin Franklin7, James Maine6, Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Iowa City, IA 1968.

Christopher graduated Lincoln, Nebraska, 1991. Institution: University of Nebraska.  Chris is a winemaker for J.C. Cellars Winery in Oakland, CA.

Christopher James Brockway and Leslie Armstrong had the following child:

I. SYDNE12 was born Lincoln, Nebraska, 1992.

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