Monday, May 24, 2010

My Hometown on Monday - More Baseball in Coon Rapids

My Hometown on Monday - More Baseball in Coon Rapids

Last week, I shared some commentary from the 1963 Coon Rapids Centennial book on Baseball in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

One person featured was Arthur Parkinson, noted as "one of the earliest enthusiasts" - an Englishman and a blacksmith.

Nancy did some census research on Arthur, and found a few interesting supporting sets of information.

He first appears in the Iowa State Census in 1885, in nearby Guthrie County, as a 19 year old blacksmith. It says he was born in England in 1866.

The 1900 United States Census finds Arthur, age 33, born Sept 1866, At sea, both parents born in England. He is shown at home in Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa, with his wife, Lydia, age 28, and two children, Anna, age 6, and Ethel, age 3, both born in Iowa.

By 1910 United State Census, Arthur, Lydia and family were living in Missoula, Montana, age 42. Children are listed as Anna, 17, Ethel, 12, and Jessie, 2.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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