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Clara May Long Lane Posekany

Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.


Clara & Viola
Clara & Viola

Lucas County is in south central Iowa. It was founded in 1846 and the county seat is Chariton.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

Clara May Long Lane Posekany was born on September 14, 1877 in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. Her parents were Thomas Long and Louisa Taylor.

She appeared in the 1900 census. At that time she was living with her parents in Webster County. She was 22 and had given birth to one living child.

She married Torrence (Todd) Lane of Chariton, Iowa on March 18, 1901. Todd was born on September 22, 1876 in Lucas County, Iowa and he was the son of Henry William Lane and Clarissa Godlove Tatman.

Married, Saturday, March 16, 1901, at 7:30 o'clock p.m., at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Joseph Bertrand, Miss Clara Lane and Mr. Torrence Long. Rev. P. J. Vollmar performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate family and Jacob Taylor of Somerset, an uncle of the bride. After the ceremony dainty refreshments were served.

The bride came here about one year ago from Pilot Mound, Iowa, and has been employed in the family of Dr. T. P. Stanton ever since. She is a pleasant, congenial young woman, and by her happy manner has won many friends. The groom came here from Ottumwa about one year ago also, and has been working on a farm north-west of town. He is spoken of as an energetic, honest young man. They will go to housekeeping on a farm about three miles northwest of Chariton, where they will be at home to their friends, who wish for them a long life of happiness and prosperity. Chariton Patriot, March 21, 1901.

Todd had been married before to Jennie Miller on October 4, 1895. Jennie was born in 1867 in Pennsylvania. Her parents were William Miller and Eliza J. Searight. In August, 1897 Todd was "laid up with a lame leg, the result of having a tree fall on a cross cut saw so as to bury the teeth in his flesh." Jennie died in Nebraska of tuberculosis in October, 1899.

Clara sent many notes to her niece, Emma Bertrand Smith, which Emma saved in her postcard collection.

In 1905 Todd drove the feed wagon for Elkenberry & Co. and was involved in "An Exciting Runaway."

Todd Lane, who drives for McKiveen & Elkenberry, was delightfully surprised by a company of his friends on last Friday evening, it being his twenty-eighth birthday anniversary. His wife had invited them to come and eat a seven o'clock dinner with them. When he came home in the evening and oped the door to enter the house, he was grasped by the guests, before he had time to retreat. The dinner was a decided success, as Mrs. Lane is a number one cook. The remainder of the evening was spent in a social manner and all had a happy time. Mr. Lane received several gifts. September 28, 1905 H

Mr. and Mrs. Tood Lane, whose birth anniversaries were Friday and Sunday were given a surprise Saturday evening by their neighbors in honor of the event. Their friends presented them with many gifts. September 23, 1909

In 1910 they were living in Chariton and Todd was a driver in a lumber yard.

At the time of the 1920 census, Todd and Clara were living in Chariton on 1st Street. Todd was employed as a teamster.

At the time of the 1930 census they were living in Lincoln Township, Lucas County and Todd was farming.

Todd and Clara apparently divorced before 1936.

Todd married Floy Hazel Hallihan Jones in 1936. She had been married to Charles Luther Jones and had four children. Todd died in 1944 in Lucas County, Iowa. He was laid to rest in Chariton Cemetery.

Clara married August David Posekany in October, 1938. August was born on August 27, 1872 in Austria. His parents were Joseph and Marie Posekany. He had been married before to Alvina Grunewalt who died in 1925.

Clara died in 1950 and buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Grundy County, Iowa with August who died in 1954 in Los Angeles.

Children of Thomas Long
and Louisa Taylor
  • Viola Belle Long Bertrand O'Dea
  • Franklin Monroe Long
  • Lura Alzada Long Shafer
  • Emma Eldora Long Vie
  • Clara May Long Lane Posekany
  • Clara Lane

    Logan County is in central Illinois and was established in 1839.

    In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.




    October 2, 1945

    Todd Torrence Lane, 69 was born at Oakley, Iowa, September 22, 1876, and died unexpectely of a heart attack September 29, 1945.

    He was married to Floy Jones December 3, 1936.

    Funeral services in charge of the Rev. E. F. Partridge were, held Monday at 1:00 p. m. at the Beardsley Funeral chapel. Burial was in Chariton cemetery.

    Those who survive Mr. Lane in addition to his widow are one brother, Homer Lane of Des Moines, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Lowe, of Des Moines, and Mrs. Ben Frazier of Chariton; two stepsons, Charles Jones and Daryl Joes and two stepdaughters; Mrs. Maxine Jennings and Mrs. Nadine Hickman.

    A kind father and thoughtful husband, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


    July 20, 1905

    An Exciting Runaway.
    Quite a destructive runaway occurred on Main street last Monday forenoon, but fortunately no one was seriously injured. Todd Lane, who drives the feed wagon for Elkenberry & Co., was going north on Main Street, and just as he arrived at the conjunction of Main street and Roland Ave., his team became frightened at an automobile which was being driven by Corry Wlton. Mr. Walton promptly turned down Roland Ave. away from the team. Mr. Lane had them well under control, however until unfortunately one of the lines broke, which caused the team to turn completely around in the direction the auto had gone, and then continue south down Main street. The line being broken, Mr. Lane was unable to control the team, but he clung to the remaining line and did his best to stop them. When on the west side of the square they turned toward the hitch rack, where a number of teams were tied, and crashed into a horse and buggy which was hitched there, belonging to C.O. Erickson, of Lincoln township, completely demolishing the buggy, but the horse excaped uninjured. The feed wagon was turned over, throwing Mr. Lane onto the pavement and across into the court house park but fortunately he escaped with slight injuries and in a few moments was on his feet and attending to his team. One of the Elkenberry horses was cut on the left hind foot and both horses were bruised.


    Mrs. Todd Lane died last week at the home of her mother in Chase county, Nebraska after a number of months sickness with consumption, where she went a short time ago hoping it might improve her health. A few days ago Mr. Lane was sent for, but the most that could be done was of any benefit. Mr. Lane is still in the west to whom his friends extend their sympathy.
    November 2, 1899

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

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