An American Family History

Augusta Lena Smith Larson


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

Augusta Lena Smith Larson was born on June 8, 1898  in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa. She was nicknamed Gus or Gussie. Her parents were Josiah Smith and Eliza Fox. She attended Red Oak High School. 

Augusta never enjoyed good health. She suffered from asthma, stomach problems, and bladder trouble. She loved to read light romances and poetry. Many written memories of Gus are in the Wind in the Willow.

She married Raymond C. Larson on December 9, 1921 in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. Raymond was born on October 5, 1901 in Iowa. Gus was 23 and Raymond was only 20 when they married. His parents were Ole T. Larson and Ellen Marie Colby. Gus met him while he was attending a school for mechanics in Sioux City and she worked in a dime store.

Gus and Ray had one daughter, Twyla Mae Larson King. In the early years of their marriage they farmed. 

They moved to town in the 1930s. The family appeared in the 1930 census in Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa. The family consisted of Raymond age 28 who was a farmer, Agusta (sic) who was also listed as age 28, and Twyla M. who was four years old.

Her mother, Eliza, lived with Gus at the time of her death. 

Ray died in January, 1970 and Gus died in Loring Hospital on October 24, 1972 of a severe stroke at age 72.

Children of Josiah Smith, Jr.
and Eliza Fox
  • Mary Grace Smith White Hanley
  • John Elmer Smith
  • Bertha Edna Smith Kimsey
  • Harry William Smith
  • Ethel Edith Smith Taylor
  • Bryan Sewell Smith
  • Augusta Lena Smith Larson
  • Andrew Jack Smith
  • Twyla May Smith White
  • Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.

    Red Oak is the county seat of Montgomery County, Iowa.




    Ole T Larson [December 4, 1858-February 7, 1936] would be Ole Larson Tokle born on the Tokle Farm, Grytten Hen Parish, More og Romsdal, Norway. Ole was the 9th of 10 children born to Lars Haagenson Brattespe and Begga Knutsdtr Maakestad. Although Ole T was born in More og Romsdal all of his ancestry is from the Ullensvang Parish, Hordaland, Norway as his family moved from there in 1849 with 6 of his oldest siblings. 

    Of the 10 children I think 7 of them died in USA, at least 3 of them are buried in Sac County Iowa. The 3 I am sure of are a brother Sjur Larson (S T Larson) lived in Cook Twp, Sjur his wife Mary and at least 3 of their children are buried in the Cook Cemetery. He also had a sister who died in Sac County. I know his brother Lars was also there for a period of time.

    Ole also had a sister Anna who is buried at Grinnell and most of her kids were there, but she had one daughter Olinia married to Tobias Olson who was in Sac County. Then there were 2 sisters Lassina and Beret who were in Sac County for a few years, before they moved to Kingsbury South Dakota. (from Charles Berg)

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

    The farm where Lars Brattespe was born in 1811.
    This photo is courtesy of Håkon Brattespe who currently occupies the farm.


    Funeral Friday for Augusta Larson,
    Longtime Sac Resident

    Funeral services for Augusta Larson, 72 of Sac City were held Friday, October 27, at Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City with Rev. James Dendler officiating.

    Larry Hecht, accompanied by Mrs. Dean Marshall, provided music for the services. Flowers were cared for by Mesdames Duane Fort, Richard Martin, Wm. Musselman and Marjo Florist. Attendants were Keith Hines, Hubert Perry, Robert Martin, Gerald Hines, Richard Martin and William Musselman. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

    Augusta Larson, the daughter of Josiah and Eliza Fox Smith, was born at Chariton, Iowa on June 8, 1900. She passed away at the Loring Hospital on October 24, following a severe stroke. Early in childhood, Augusta moved with her parents to Red Oak, Iowa where she attended high school.

    On December 9, 1921, Raymond C. Larson and Augusta were united in marriage in Sioux City. Mrs. Larson has lived in Sac City for 51 years where she has been a member of the United Methodist Church. Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death in January, 1970. She is survived by her daughter Twyla, Mrs. Robert King, a son-in-law, Robert King; two grandsons, Robert Scott King now serving with the U.S. Army in Germany and Raymond Michael King, a student at ISU. Two sisters and two brothers also survive: Ethel Taylor of Sheridan, Wyo.; Twyla Mae White of Spokane, Wash., Bryan Smith of Morecroft, Wyo. And Jack Smith of Portland, Ore. A large number of Nieces and Nephews also survive.

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