Norman D. and Mary E. (OFFILL) WILSON
Continuing with my wife's family: Two weeks ago, we looked at Glenn and Ruth BOLGER, her parents, then, last week, her grandmother Hazel F. (WILSON) BOLGER.
This week, it is her great-grandparents, Norman D. (1844-1914)and Mary E. (1854-1934)(OFFILL) WILSON. They are the family who from the east to western Iowa in a covered wagon in the 1870s to make their home near Coon Rapids, Iowa. Actually, their families had been living in Jasper County, east of Des Moines, for 20-30 years, and Norman had traveled to their new home, by train, several times before they "traveled by covered wagon" to their new home on the western prairie! [Of course they used a "covered wagon," they needed to transport the wagon and horses as well as themselves and their household goods to their new home.] Norman was a Civil War veteran, he wrote diaries of his experience, and was very active in GAR activities, including playing in a band, in his later years in Coon Rapids.
Families are Forever! ;-)