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Nancy Arvilla HANLEY
Winfield Scott WICKHAM
Harry Joseph GREENLIEF
Anna Eudora (Dora) WICKHAM

Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF


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1. Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH

Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF 2

  • Born: 8 May 1906, Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, IA 3
  • Marriage (1): Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH on 12 Sep 1926 in Rockwell City, Calhoun Co, IA 1
  • Died: 30 Aug 1951, Ft. Dodge, Webster Co, IA at age 45 3
  • Buried: 1 Sep 1951, Steamboat Rock Cem, Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, IA 4

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PHOTO: submitted by Marty Greenlief

STATE OF IOWA, Marriage Certificate for Irwin Wickham Greenlief and Eleanor Ainsworth, "This is to Certify that on the Twelfth day of September in the Year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred Twenty-Six, Mr. I. W. Greenlief of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Miss Eleanor Ainsworth of Fort Dodge, Iowa were by me united in Marriage at Rockwell City, Iowa according to the Ordinance of God and laws of the State of Iowa. Witnesses Kenneth Cooper - Wm Acklin - Signed Lloyd Scheerer."
(Submitted by Marty Greenlief.)

1930 IA CENSUS, Webster Co, Ft. Dodge city, 629 11th Ave N.: Irwin W. Greenlief, own home $7,000, 23, 1st marriage age 20, b. IA, parents b. IA, secretary, Retailers Bureau: wife Eleanor A., 21, 1st marriage age 18, b. IA, parents b. IA; dau. June E., 1-10/12, b. IA, parents b. IA.

OBIT: Tuesday, September 4, 1951: FINAL RITES for IRWIN GREENLIEF ATTENDED BY MANY - An overflow crowd of friends and relatives attended final rites for Irwin W. Greenlief, held Saturday afternoon at the Guenther funeral home.
Mr. Greenlief, well-known in Fort Dodge business circles and active in civic affairs, died Thursday at Lutheran hospital following a lingering illness.
During the service the Rev. Leonard E. Deaver, pastor of the First Evangelical and United Brethren church, read a statement, written by Miss June Greenlief as a tribute to her father.
In part, the Rev. Deaver read, "This man was neither 'great' nor unnecessarily 'good'. He left no books, no songs, no legends. Neither a saint nor a martyr nor a hero, he was, like the great majority of us, absorbed in the economic struggle for existence, sometimes beaten by it, sometimes transcending it, sometimes circumventing it, in those robust sports in which he delighted: hunting, fishing, trapping. He enjoyed life, and he occupied a meaningful effective place in society. Meaning "The meaning that you may learn from his death is to live, as fully and completely as possible; to seize the day - as he did - and attempt to be happy in it. And - as he wanted to do - to hurt as few, and to help as many people as possible."
Six close friends, C. A. Sampson, Ewald G. Trost, R. J. Fisher, J. H. Fitzgerald and Elmer Kirchner, all of Fort Dodge and Joe G. Nelson of Cherokee were pallbearers.
Mrs. B. G. Marchi arranged the floral tributes.
A group of Boy Scouts from several troops in the city, under the direction of Mark Perkinson, scout executive of the Prairie Gold council, and John Myers, assistant, served as an honor guard at the funeral home.
Members of the Lions club, of which Mr. Greenlief had been a member, attended the services in a group. Other groups represented were the Fort Dodge Real Estate board, the Prairie Gold council of the Boy Scouts, the public school administration and the Izaak Walton League.
At Steamboat Rock - Burial was in the Steamboat Rock cemetery where Lyle Smith, Marcie Smith, Jack Smith, Melvin Perkins and Clarence Wickham, all cousins of Mr. Greenlief, and Robert Ruppelt, a close friend, served as pallbearers.
Coming from away for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Joe G. Nelson of Cherokee; Mrs. and Mrs. A. E. Goes, Mrs. Minnie Hamilton of Marshalltown; Mrs. Gretchen McCulloch of Los Angeles, Calif; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Ainsworth, De Tour, Mich; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Harris, Sioux Falls, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Eilers and son, Minneapolis, Minn; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Baird, Waverly; Mrs. Fay Adey, Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Laffler, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ver Steeg, and Mrs. F. W. Eilers, Des Moines; and Mr. and Mrs. Ben J. Eilers of Clarion. (Submitted by Marty Greenlief.)

ALL 48 CEMETERIES IN HARDIN CO, IA, Steamboat Rock Cem, Clay Twp.:
Irwin Greenlief 1906 - 1951
ss Eleanor Greenlief b. 1908 - d. ____.


Irwin married Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH, daughter of Porter Lester AINSWORTH and Amy Adel DERSHAN, on 12 Sep 1926 in Rockwell City, Calhoun Co, IA.1 (Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH was born on 9 Aug 1908 in Decorah, Winneshick Co, IA,5 6 died on 1 Nov 1990 in hospital Draper, Salt Lake Co, Utah 6 and was buried in 1997 in Young Lake, Ontario, Canada 7 8.)



1 Marriage Certificate of Irwin Greenlief & Eleanor Ainsworth.

2 1920 IA Census.

3 Descendants of Peter & Mary Hallenbeck Greenleaf.

4 Obituary of Irwin Greenlief.

5 Letter from Eleanor Ainsworth Greenlief Baird.

6 Obituary of Eleanor Ainsworth Greenlief Baird.

7 Steamboat Rock Cemetery Records.

8 Info from Marty Greenlief.

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