Marcus Historical Society

Marcus Historical Society  Up Coming Events
by Arlene Hollenbeck

The Marcus Historical Society will once again present our Annual Cemetery Walk.  A change has been made from our usual Saturday evening time to Sunday afternoon October 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  We will meet first at the Marcus/Amherst and Holy Name cemeteries to begin our presentation of family histories.  Following the presentations at the cemeteries,  we will move to the Methodist Church for more detailed histories.  JR Pearson’s trolley, pulled by Rus Hansen’s tractor, will again be available to those wishing to ride around the cemetery.  Meet the trolley at the Methodist Church parking lot. 

We have five presenters this year with extensive family histories.  
Phyllis Rapagnani will present the history of her parents Frank and Kathryn Delaney Burch and grandparents Michael Edward and Julia  Carey Delaney.  

Marsha Heaston will present the history of her grandparents Fred and Grace Knox and a long line of ancestors who have lived in Marcus.  Names such as Nield, Jungers, Barwick, Miller, Pool, and Patton have connections to the Knox family.
Another presenter, Teresa Neff states, she and her family will present the history of their great grandparents Adam Pfeifer & Agatha Mary Umhoefer and their nine daughters who grew up in the Marcus and Maryhill area.  The girls married into families with familiar Marcus names such as Wilberding,  Dietz,  Brady, Carey, Peppersack and finally, Wilhelmina to Floyd Simmons, their Grandparents.
Brenda Springer-Halseth has done extensive genealogy research of her ancestors and their descendants in the Marcus area.  Over 350 descendants make up the family that is today the Family names of Kinzel, Springer, Prunty, Halseth, Kilvington, Smith, Miller, Ducommun, Davis, Carris, Goodrich, Sitzmann, Milner, Johnson, Birch, Childs, Hempel, Osterling, Williams, to name just a few.  Brenda and Teresa Neff also have ancestral connections.
Some of our presenters are coming for a great distance to be a part of our Cemetery walk so let’s give them a big Marcus welcome by attending this event on Sunday October 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
The day following the Cemetery Walk, October 7th at 9:30 a.m.;  the Marcus Chamber Coffee will be held at our new building.  A Ribbon-Cutting ceremony will be held at that time.  We hope you will attend this event also.
On a further note,  we are looking for stories, 500-1000 words, of your life or experiences in the Marcus Community.  If we can acquire enough stories, with pictures, to make a small book of about 150 pages, we will publish it to be a fund-raiser for the historical society.  All stories must have a Marcus area connection.

Everyone has a story of some kind to tell.  A memory of school days, working in a store, a sporting event, your former neighborhood, life as a farm kid, or townie.  The, Who, What, When, Where and Why, type of story with details such as the weather, what you were wearing. Etc., not so many details to be boring but enough to paint a picture and make the story interesting. 

Stories are to be e-mailed to or sent to the Marcus Historical Society,  Box 321, Marcus, Iowa 51035,  along with 1 or 2 pictures of yourself at the time of the story or a picture connected to the story.  A one paragraph biography of yourself also needs to be included.  We hope to have enough stories by Nov. 1st to begin the work of editing and organizing a book.