John Marian SLOSSON, Jr.

Male 1876 - 1963  (86 years)


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  • Name John Marian SLOSSON  [1, 2
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 27 Oct 1876  Kensett Twp., Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Birth Abt 1877  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1880  living with parents in Kensett Twp., Worth Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1900  Living in Kensett, Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1900  [6
    Farmer 
    Census 1910  Living in Northwood, Worth Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 12 Sep 1918  [4
    Self employed 
    Census 1920  Living in Northwood, Worth Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1920  [8
    Agent - Real Estate 
    Census 1930  Living in Northwood, Worth Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Death Feb 1963  [10
    Died 09 Mar 1963  Northwood, Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • J.M. Slosson

      SLOSSON, SAVRE

      Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall
      Date: 4/13/2005 at 05:48:15

      J.M. Slosson
      Senator from the Forty-first district, composed of the counties of Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth, was born in Kensett township, Worth county, Iowa, October 27, 1876. His parents were pioneer settlers of Worth county. He attended the rural schools, Northwood High school and Nora Springs Seminary. Was married June 1, 1899, to Sophie Savre. Served six years as county recorder of Worth county. He is engaged in farming and the buying and selling of farm lands. Represented Worth county in the thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth General Assemblies. Elected senator in 1920. A republican in politics.

      -source: Official Register, State of Iowa 1921-1922, Twenty-Ninth Number, Biographies of State Senators, pg. 330

      -transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall (not related to subject)

      "George Slawson: An American Pioneer" by Harold D. Slosson - John, Jr., the optimist, was a successful realtor - a "land merchant", his advertisements read Aided by his wife, Sophie, he ehlped his hometown, Northwood, Iowa, conquering troubles during the Great Depressin. In public service he had been mayor, state assemblyman, and state senator.....
      John was a cheerful person, seemingly the most lighthearted of the family. He was even something of a humorit, a number of his pleasantries being remembered to this day...
      John was a popular young man in the town of Northwood. Thus, in the course of time he found favor with an attractive town girl, Sophie Savre, oldest daughter of Ed Savre, sherriff of the county....
      John had a serious as well as a fun-loving side. On his father's passing he took over the farm management, doing most of the physical labor himself...working early and late, plowing, feeding stock, repairing buildings or doing whatever was required to keep things going.
      The hard work showed on his person, making him a slender, muscular man at that thime, possibly a little above average in height...in later years John became rather heavy, a rounded endomorph in appearance....
      "In the summer of 1904, John had concluded to make a canvass for the Republican nomination to the office of County Recorder. Though there was a large field of contestants, he was chosen by a safe margin, and duly elected. In 1906 he was re-elected without opposition having proven himself a capable and obliging official."....
      He remained in this public office until 1911. During that time he had enlarged his acquaintance with people in the area.....He became a partner with a realtor by the name of Emory who had an office on Northwood's main street.
      Emory and Slosson, "Earth Merchangs," became an active realty sales firm. Wirtten on their letterhead was "Our Motto is a Square Deal to both Buyer and Seller."...
      Although Mr. Emory passed on after a time, John continued this interest in real estate through the rest of his life. At times, he took time off for public duties. In 1916 he was elecgted representative from that district to the Thirty-seventh General Assembly of the Iowa State Legislature. This was the same public service as given by his father some thirty years before. Furthermore, it resembled the public contribution made by the first family member, George Slawson, who for six years, starting in 1657, was the Stamford deputy to the General Court in New Haven, Connecticut....
      While John disclaimed being a politician, he seemed to have been an effective one in that area. With a friendly nature, local business experience, farmer and townsmen alike. Thus, it is not surprising that John served two terms (1917-1921) as an assemblyman. Therefore, he served as a state senator (1921-1925). These legislatie sessions were held in the state capital, Des Moines, where for the interim he lived with his wife, Sophie....After the 1925 session, John never ran for state office again, taking on only local duties...
      John's realty business, to which he returned after having been a state senator, was described in a Northwood "Anchor" news release for August 16, 1951 - "John Slosson, President of the Farmers' Loan and Investment Company, is the pioneer real estate and loan man in this section of the state." Further, that in the thirty-eight years of his business he had sold thousands of acres of farmlands in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota....While Farmers' Loan and Investment Company was the firm name then used, for a longer period it was called the J.M. Slosson Investment Company...
      John served as president, 1939-1946 to the Worth county Co-op Oil Company....Was also president of the Worth county Agricultural Society..He also served as Mayor..
      Sophie Slosson had been a good helpmate to John. She kept their home attractive, a comfortable place for John's return after his business and public affairs. Meanwhile, she helped her church and the good causes in the town. Gifted with artistic talent , she painted in oils, producing creditable landscapes, rural scenes about the town...She also was a good raconteur....
      Sophie belonged to a large family of brothers and sisters, most of whom soon moved to larger cities elsewhere. but two sisters, Rose Hanson and Ella Johnson, remained in Northwood, being attentive to the Slossons in their senior years...
      Unfortunately, Sophie and John were not blessed with children. But they did adopt a young girl, Norma, who brought great joy to thier life. With a pleasant disposition, she became a schoolteach, helping young children get started in life. But Norma was not strong passing away in her early thirties despite the best medical care obtainable at that time.
      At the time of their sixtieth anniversary, John was nearly eighty-three years old, but fairly active. Finally, on March 9, 1963, at the age of eighty-six, he left his beloved wife, Sophie, his Northwood friends, and the Shell Rock River, passing on to the great beyond.
      Sophie remained in their Northwood home until, with increasing infirmity, she moved to a nearby convalescent home. There she lived until april 21, 1969, when she passed away at the age of ninety-two. John, Sophie, and Norma, remaining with their hometown to the end, are buried in Sunset View Cemetery, Northwood, Iowa.
    Person ID I52829  Main Tree

    Father John Marian SLOSSON,   b. 29 Mar 1835, Maine, Broome County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1900, Grove,Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Jennie Roxy FINCH,   b. 19 May 1840, Broome Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919, Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F05458  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sophie SAVRE,   b. Mar 1878, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1969, Northwood, Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Married 01 Jun 1899  Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 11
    Children 
     1. Norma SLOSSON,   b. Abt 1903, Northwood, Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Northwood, Worth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F10700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Oct 1876 - Kensett Twp., Worth County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1877 - Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Living in Kensett, Worth County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - Living in Northwood, Worth Co., Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Living in Northwood, Worth Co., Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1930 - Living in Northwood, Worth Co., Iowa Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S00650] 1880 Census Kensett Twp., Worth County, Iowa.

    2. [S03336] Slason-Slauson-Slawson-Slosson Family by George C. Slawson dated 1946.

    3. [S03664] Worth County, Iowa Biographies.

    4. [S01837] Ancestry.com: U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

    5. [S03691] "George Slawson, An American Pioneer" by Harold D. Slosson.

    6. [S00876] 1900 Census Kensett, Worth County, Iowa.

    7. [S01124] 1910 Census Northwood, Worth County, Iowa.

    8. [S01331] 1920 Census Northwood, Worth County, Iowa.

    9. [S01563] 1930 Census Northwood, Worth County, Iowa.

    10. [S01818] Ancestry.com: Social Security Death Index.

    11. [S03519] USGenWeb-Archives: Worth County Iowa Marriages.