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Important Update T0 Glendale Cemetery Data File
January 2014


I just received an email from Florence Gupton who is the Secretary of the Le Claire Cemetery Association (Glendale Cemetery). Florence was kind enough to supply an updated data file for the Glendale Cemetery and asked me to publish it on this site.


Now a little information about the data file Florence provided. It includes all burials through December 2013. Florence has stated that she hopes to update the file every six months and this is the second data file she has supplied. If you want to make sure you keep up to date with my post and information use the RSS link on the sidebar or check back often.


Florence has used "Blue" to indicate which information she added to my original file. She has added a new column to show which obituaries have been found. I am greatly impressed with her changes and I am sure you will be also.

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Photographing and Indexing Cemeteries is a lot of work
part 2

It you haven’t read part one yet you can do so here.


A point of interest to some of you would be a little of the "Trivia" associated with that cemetery. The oldest recorded burial in Glendale Cemetery was Malinda Chamberlin in 1835. The person with the earliest recorded date of birth was Judith Danforth who was born in 1778. There are about 2558 people buried in the Glendale Cemetery. I thought this was interesting; there is one animal officially buried in the Glendale Cemetery. It was Waltimore Rathmann's dog. It is listed as buried in the plot next to him. Waltimore lived from 8/3/1858 to 9/18/1944.


Now, on with the indexing of the Glendale Cemetery. I had found at least three types of records in the cemetery; the old records (which I didn't use) the typed file cards and the compiled book. The first process was kind of easy (when compared to the rest) and I simply used one of their books which I scanned into my computer and used an OCR (optical character recognition) program to convert it to a Excel 2003 file. Now came the work. OCR programs do a good, but not perfect, job so I compared person by person, line by line, the Excel file to the original book.

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Photographing and Indexing Cemeteries is a lot of work


I have been attempting Genealogy (notice I said attempting not doing) for a number of years. One thing I noticed when looking at information other people had put together was the differences from one to the other for the same family member. I think this must be due to records that other people created from word of mouth information or inaccurate records in things like family Bibles and note books. I’m sure that the people compiling the data did the best they could with the information they had to work with.

A few years ago I was trying to think of a way I could help others get the correct information for people that had lived in this area. One of the requirements would be to supply them with a copy of the actual records. You know how things go, the important ones get put off and the fun stuff gets done. I'm no different, until about three years ago. About three year ago I decided to locate the records for the cemeteries in Le Claire, Iowa (the town I live in) and put them on the Internet along with documenting photographs. That was a lot easier said than done, let me tell you.

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Important Update T0 Glendale Cemetery Data File

This is Replaced by January 2014 Update

I just received an email from Florence Gupton who is the Secretary of the Le Claire Cemetery Association (Glendale Cemetery). Florence was kind enough to supply an updated data file for the Glendale Cemetery and asked me to publish it on this site.

Florence has worked in conjunction with Darlene Suiter from Princeton, Iowa. They have done a great deal of work looking up information relating to people that are buried in the Glendale Cemetery.  Florence asked me to give credit to Darlene but I know they both have worked very hard for years on this project. They have used a number of sources for the data, to include obituaries, Ancestry.com; Davenport Library and visitors to the Cemetery, to obtain information that was missing in my original file.  Florence also wishes to give credit to Marie Spinsby, a Cemetery Board Member,  for her help in supplying numerous obituaries;  and Eldon Kitchen, President of the Cemetery Board, for numerous trips out into the Cemetery to verify and correct records.

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Charlie Chandler 1886 to 1943


I thought for today I would tell you a couple of interesting stories about my Great Uncle Charlie Chandler. Uncle Charlie's full name was Charles Franklin Chandler and he must have lived a very interesting life. I don't actually remember him, since he died when I was two years old. However, the stories about him were always very interesting. I thought you may like to read about the two that I remember best.

First, I want to tell you a couple of facts about Uncle Charlie. Charlie was born in Princeton, Scott, Iowa on 3 March 1886 and he died in Douglas County, Oregon 16 January, 1943. Charlie’s mother was Elsie Jane (Danson) Chandler 1867 – 1929 and his father was Frank Linn chandler 1864 to 1947. His siblings were Ivah Leona, Nellie Lee, Alpha Mae, Lelia Bell, Lorene Della (my grandmother) and Edith Lucille Chandler. Charlie’s grandparents were Charles Chandler who died in 1873 and Mary (McCann) Chandler 1839 to 1924, and Thomas Danson 1834 to 1893 and his wife Caroline Mariah (Fullmer) Danson 1843 to 1920. I have additional information on Charlie’s family. If you are researching this family, contact me. Charlie’s death is one of the interesting stories I remember but first things first.

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Fessler Cemetery Princeton IA


About 5 miles North of Princeton, Scott County, Iowa is an ancient cemetery. It is known as the "Fessler" Cemetery and it isn't easy to find. When I first heard of it I looked it up on the USGenWeb Project for Scott County, Iowa. This is located at www.celticcousins.net/scott/. I located it on their Driving Instructions/maps for Scott Co Cemeteries and knew just where it was. After about two hours of searching I went back to my computer and started searching for it on Google. After a while I located the coordinates for it. Yes, right where I thought it was. Why can't I find it? I located a site that shows the area from the air and allowed me to enter the coordinates. OK, back to the search. At last I found it. The cemetery is behind a farmhouse that is a long distance from the road. It is very small and I'll come back to it later.

Later turned out to be two years later. My Beautiful and Usually Charming Wife and I returned to take a closer look. Fessler Cemetery has twelve headstones. The stone with the earliest date of death was Norman Morgan who died on August 5, 1853. The headstone with the last date of death was Magdalena M. Faessler (Rudolf) who was born on August 22, 1823 and died on September 10, 1884.

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Nowlin Cemetery Princeton IA


About 5 miles North of Princeton, Scott County, Iowa is an ancient cemetery. It's known as the "Nowlin" Cemetery and it is kind of hidden away down a dirt, one lane road. I knew exactly where to find this cemetery since I went to a one room school right across the road from it way back about 1952. I was the smartest kid in my class. I was the only kid in my class.


This is another one of the "I'll do it someday" projects that finally came to pass. This one however was a problem from the very start. A young lady named Darlene had volunteered to assist me and on her day off we went out to clean and photo the thirty one headstones. The first thing that happened was a BIG Black Lab from the house across the road decided he wanted to say "Hi" and jumped on the side of my new Dodge Grand Caravan. He was so friendly I couldn't get him to stay down. He left one or two scratches on the side of my door. I didn't even have 2000 miles on it yet. Not a good way to start a day. No sooner did we get started and a light rain began. We stood under a tree and waited for it to clear up and every time it stopped we got one or two more stones done. After about three tries we gave it up and I would have to come back later.

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Nye Cemetery Muscatine County Iowa


About 7.5 miles West of Buffalo, Muscatine County, Iowa is an ancient cemetery. It is known as the "Nye" Cemetery. It's the final resting place of the first white settler in Muscatine County. To get to the Nye Cemetery start at the intersection of Highway 22 (W. Front St.) and Clark Street, Buffalo, Muscatine Co., Iowa. Note: there is a Casey's store at this corner. Travel West on Highway 22 for 7.5 miles to Wildcat Den Road. Turn North (Right) and go 0.5 miles to the Cemetery which is on the right side of the road.

There are most likely graves that have no headstones. This is a list of names of people buried here. I am listing them in hopes that search engines will provide them should anyone do a search. I hope it helps someone find a long lost relative. Comelia C. Davis, D.L.C., Adeline Kidd (no marker), Azubah Nye, Azubah A. Nye, Benjamin Nye, Benjamin F. Nye, John O. Page, Mary Shelley, Nancy M. Shelley, A. Webster, George Whittier, William Raymond Whittier, William C. Whittier, Edward Wright, Haveyriah Wright, Lucinda Wright (no marker), Mary E. Wright (no marker), and Rachel Wright.

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Why Can't MS Excel Handle Pre 1900 Dates


I have searched Googled and a number of other things trying to find a way to get Microsoft Office Excel to allow me to input dates prior to 1900 as dates. I want to be able to sort them and do everything with pre 1900 dates that I can with post 1900 dates. I even gave in and thought about it myself, instead of trying to find what other people had already done. That was a real chore. :-) I can't find any way to enter pre 1900 dates and be able to manipulate them using MS Excel.


Why is this important to me? I am into genealogy and a lot of the dates I deal with are pre 1900. Also, I photo headstones and index cemeteries. You can imagine how many pre 1900 dates there are there. So, as you can see, this poses a problem for me.


What I have found is that Microsoft Excel simply will not do what I need it to. Therefore, I have to enter the dates as text and can't sort them. What to do, what to do. That's simple, use OpenOffice. It handles the pre 1900 dates just the same as it does the post 1900 dates. The problem here is if I give my data file to anyone that uses MS Excel they can't use it.

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Problems With OpenOffice


I have been using OpenOffice for years. In the past I used MS Office 1997 (I think that was the version) and liked it. When I got MS Office 2007 I got rid of the 97 version and then found that I had problems learning the Office 2007 interface. It was easier to use OpenOffice, which had a interface very much like Office 97, than learning to use Office 2007. OpenOffice will read and write MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other formats as well as it's own. Since I create files that other people need to access, like my cemetery data files, I always save them in the MS Office format. When doing this I would get a message that says some formatting may be lost. I never seemed to have a problem, so that is what I always did.


A while back I realized that some cemetery data files I had edited with OpenOffice didn't display the dates correctly. I thought that I had forgotten to format them as "date" and went back in with "Excel" and corrected a large number of them. It was certainly my fault so I put it out of my mind.


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