Porter Lester AINSWORTH

Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH


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1. Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF

2. Rodney Thomas BAIRD

Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH 1

  • Born: 9 Aug 1908, Decorah, Winneshick Co, IA 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF on 12 Sep 1926 in Rockwell City, Calhoun Co, IA 1
  • Marriage (2): Rodney Thomas BAIRD on 16 Nov 1963 in Nashua, Chickasaw Co, IA 2
  • Died: 1 Nov 1990, hospital Draper, Salt Lake Co, Utah at age 82 4
  • Buried: 1997, Young Lake, Ontario, Canada 5 6

bullet  General Notes:

PHOTO: submitted by Marty Greenlief

1910 IA CENSUS, Winneshiek Co, Decorah city: Lucretia E. Ainsworth, 108/12, b. IA, parents b. IA. She was living with her parents, Porter L. & Amy Ainsworth, and siblings.

CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE, State of Iowa, Chickasaw County: On 16 November 1963 at Nashua, Rodney Thomas Baird & Eleanor A. Greenlief were married by Rev. Loyal H. Marx, Pastor First Baptist Church, Waverly, Iowa. Marriage was solemnized in the presence of Earl H. Crawford & Mrs. Earl H. Crawford. (Submitted by Marty Greenlief.)

ELEANOR AINSWORTH GREENLIEF BAIRD'S STORY OF HER LIFE, 1987: (excerpts) "I was named after an aunt, my father's only sister, Lucretia Eleanor Ainsworth. Didn't like the name Lucretia, so dropped it when I entered school.
Eleanor Baird (Lucretia Eleanor Ainsworth Greenlief Baird) was born Aug. 9, 1908 at Decorah, Winneshiek County, Ia., the fifth of six children born to Porter Lester (Toke) Ainsworth and Amy Adel Dershan. The Ainsworth's and the McCools (Margaret Eliz.) were of English and Scotch descent. The Dershans were Pennsylvania Dutch."
"Your grandfather and I met when we were sophomores in High School." " After graduation I worked at the Mason City Brick & Tile Co., Mason City, Ia. for a year, then returned to Fort Dodge and worked for Those. M. Healy, an excellent attorney."
"Your grandfather and a friend, Kenneth Cooper, took a barnstorming trip to the west coast (after our secret marriage), sailed on a Standard Oil Tanker to Baltimore and then sailed on a cattle boat to England, where they jumped ship, bought bicycles and cycled through the lake country of Scotland, and then back to the States. We announced our marriage in May 1927, and went to school at Grinnell College."
"After a year at Grinnell, we returned to Fort Dodge, where Irwin was Sec'y of the Fort Dodge Credit Bureau." "We then went to Calif. and operated the Huntington Park Credit Bureau for two years (1936-1938). Sold it" - - " and returned to Fort Dodge and operated the Logan Hotel from then until your grandfather's death." (summarized: Eleanor reports they also bought the Butler & Rhodes Abstracting Co., an apartment building and built/sold 10 houses on lots they bought. After Irwin died, she sold all the business, and lived in several different places in the US and Canada. She later returned to West Union, IA.) "Next appeared Rodney Baird on the scene. I had known him for some 30-40 yrs. at the gathering place at the cemetery at Steamboat Rock. His wife, Neva, had died in 1960. We were married in 1963. I worked for the library in West Union, but it interfered with our fishing, so I stopped that foolishness (I mean, the library work), and concentrated on fishing, more or less. After Rodney's death in 1977, - - - " (Submitted by Marty Greenlief.)

FAYETTE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: - IN LOVING MEMORY - Eleanor Ainsworth Baird, one of six children of Porter Lester and Amy Dershan Ainsworth, was born in Decorah, Aug. 9, 1908, and died Thursday, Nov. 1 (1990) at a hospital in Draper, Utah, near her son, Joe Greenlief.
At the request of the deceased, there was no funeral service. Her body was donated to a University in Utah for medical and scientific purposes. Mrs. Baird and her second husband, Rodney (Mike) Baird retired in West Union in 1960. Mrs. Baird's older sisters, Gretchen and Margaret lived with them.
Mrs. Baird, a skilled office worker, was a faithful volunteer at the Fayette county Historical Society/Genealogical society for many years. She was instrumental in typing the 1850-1925 census. This involved helping to read and copy the microfilm, then typing, organizing and filing some. Many genealogical researchers throughout the nation have profited from her many hours of volunteer work. The people associated with Eleanor miss her inimitable sense of humor.
She is survived by a daughter, June Greenlief Kessler; a son, Joe A. Greenlief; three grandchildren Amy, Martin, and Eric Greenlief; and a great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and two husbands. (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. ____.


Lucretia married Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF, son of Harry Joseph GREENLIEF and Anna Eudora (Dora) WICKHAM, on 12 Sep 1926 in Rockwell City, Calhoun Co, IA.1 (Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF was born on 8 May 1906 in Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, IA,7 died on 30 Aug 1951 in Ft. Dodge, Webster Co, IA 7 and was buried on 1 Sep 1951 in Steamboat Rock Cem, Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, IA 8.)


Lucretia next married Rodney Thomas BAIRD, son of Leon L. BAIRD and Sara C. (---), on 16 Nov 1963 in Nashua, Chickasaw Co, IA.2 (Rodney Thomas BAIRD was born on 1 Apr 1899 9 and died on 1 Nov 1977 in West Union, Fayette Co, IA 3 9.)



1 Marriage Certificate of Irwin Greenlief & Eleanor Ainsworth.

2 Marriage Certificate of Eleanor Greenlief & Rodney Baird.

3 Letter from Eleanor Ainsworth Greenlief Baird.

4 Obituary of Eleanor Ainsworth Greenlief Baird.

5 Steamboat Rock Cemetery Records.

6 Info from Marty Greenlief.

7 Descendants of Peter & Mary Hallenbeck Greenleaf.

8 Obituary of Irwin Greenlief.

9 Social Security Death Index.

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