Born: 14 Oct 1857 in Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL
Died: 31 Dec 1935 in Cylinder, Palo Alto, IA
Theodore Frank DeMouth:
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery 8
Civil War 39th NJ Infantry, Co K
After Civil War he moved west with brother Cornat (Frank). They owned businesses in Deadwood, SD.
Theodore and Lucinda lived in Palo Alto Co., Iowa and Cook Co, IL per Marsha Bybee note on Gensearch Forum from 20 Apr 2000.
The following is from "Taped Interview with Harry K. Hartley, age 86, 410 Adams Block, Deadwood, South Dakota, July 12, 1969" as reported by Lois Wells Wilson and sent to me by Lonnie Demouth McManus in January 2006.
The De Mouth Family
July 12, 1969
We went to the Museum in Deadwood, seeking background information on Carnot and Theodore De Mouth, my great-grand-uncles. The curator, Kathryn, said that the oldest resident lived across the street. She telephoned and he came over to talk with us. He turned out to be Uncle Carnot's son-in-law. What luck! Harry Hartley talked and we taped his memories:
Mr. Frank De Mothe. I knew his name was really Carnot De Mouth but "Frank" was easier to say and he used that name here. Everybody called him Frank De Mothe. He and his brother Theodore, came out here before the Civil War and had the only store in town, and ran the stagecoach line, and supplied the miners, and brought in the gold to the assay office. They both went back home and served in the war of 1861-1865. They then went to Chicago and were in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. And I guess they came back here right afterwards, before 1876 at least. I don't know the dates now, I don't have them in mind anyway.
And he had this store; as far as I know it was, well, a general store - had furniture and everything else - kind of a bazaar. And the front porch was the stage-coach depot. It was on the first floor of that building across the street. It was called "De Moth's Ark". He did some placer mining and one thing and another at first. Everything in Deadwood dates back to '76. Frank grubstaked a lot of miners. He told me about the little mining claims and how closely they were guarded. People would hear a rumor that some unidentified neighbor was going to start out to a new opening that he had in mind. So they would all watch one another very cautiously and jealously and get ready to follow the other fellow and find out where he was going. Mr. De Mouth said most of these rumors were false. But they would watch one another for weeks at a time, camping beside one another, hoping to find out where gold was to be found. A favorite place was Bear Butte, but they never found any trace of gold there.
That's just a little incident about the mining. I don't think he was connected directly in any mining, financially or anything. Many years later he had a feed store, feed and flour, and was affiliated with the Tri-State people, millers in the locality. Tri-State was, and sti11 is, a large milling concern, now mostly located in Rapid City.
Frank was a Civil War veteran. I believe he was pretty young at the time of the war. But that's about all I know of his early history. He didn't talk about the past very much even as well as I knew him.
He and his wife were buried in Mount Mariah Cemetery. Mrs. De Mothe was. Perla Gilman. The Gilmans came out, not in '76, but maybe '77. And he's the one who engineered and built a great part of the road between Sturgis and Deadwood - the road you may have come over, up through Boulder Canyon. And that was a toll road. He operated that as a toll road there for years.
Now Mr. Gilman's buried up at Mount Mariah, and his wife, Mrs. Gilman, and two brothers of his, all originally in the Gilman lot up there. And when Mr. De Mothe died we buried him in the same lot. And then Mrs. De Mothe, we buried her beside him. Then when Maybelle, my wife, the De Mothe's only child, died, I asked our son and daughter where would be the best place for us to have her buried, and they both wanted her to be buried in the same lot - the lot's rather crowded but she's there. So then, the four Gilmans are up there and Mr. and Mrs. De Mothe, and my wife, my previous wife, Maybelle De Mothe, are all up there in that lot, pretty crowded. Mrs. De Mothe was Episcopal. She belonged to St. John's Guild.
They had perpetual care up there but it was abandoned when they started building a road for tourists down below it. It is actually part of the Homestake mine up there. That hill over there to the right used to be a bald spot but they found a way to grow trees on it. Maybelle got five deeds for houses. Frank and his wife both had a lot of them.
I previously had been very anxious to show friends and distant relatives around the Hills because I like the Black Hills and think a lot of them. I have been in Deadwood since 1910, but last year they wouldn't let me have a license anymore, so it just broke me up, and I said, "If they take my license away, I don't care to live here anymore." Anyway, I had the car, a Buick, which I was very proud of, and gave it to my daughter-inlaw. Our son, Archie Hartley, is now at Colorado Springs, or anyway, in Cheyenne Mountain, where he has his office. He's a representative of the Western Union of NORAD, Combat Operations Center for NORAD. And from his desk out there he has wires directly to the President's office, when he is there. Archie's wife liked the car and would drive us around some, through Colorado, especially. Instead of, well, he always had to go to the mountain every day with the Chrysler, so I asked her if she would like to have my car, and she was very pleased to get it.
I don't know what more to tell you about Mr. De Mothe. The Gilmans' home was directly across the street from our home on Lincoln Avenue. We lived in one of the De Mothe houses up there he had five right there. She died in one of those houses, right across, which has since been torn down. Mrs. Gilman and, I suppose, other Gilmans were born there.
Now that pretty near winds me up. I can't think of anything more. There are little things here that belonged in the De Mothe family. I put them in the museum because people think more of them there.
One is a big copper kettle about bushel size and that is the last thing I brought over here, and I asked Kathryn, who runs this museum if she wanted this old kettle. I don't know of what value it is to a museum. She said yes. I don't know where it is, maybe downstairs in the vault - rather a store room place to chuck things when she doesn't know just where to put them. . . .
Margaret De Muth, eldest child of Jirah and Malinda Carhart De Muth, had her granddaughter, Fay Elsie Lindley, living with her for many years. Fay was overjoyed when Uncle Theo, Margaret's brother came back East from South Dakota on a trip. He had been in Deadwood for many years with his brother, Carnot, who had settled there permanently. Fay asked him all about the wild, wild West and wanted to know if Buffalo Bill had really done all that wild stuff that she had heard' about. Theo said, "Cody was out there a spell, and, being a showman, he had to make things sound exciting, of course." She asked Theo if he had ever had to use a gun. He answered, "I never had to shoot a gun but once." By the time she realized that a good story must have lain hidden behind that answer.. Theo had gone back west to Deadwood and she never saw him again.
Carnot De Moth had sent his sister, Margaret, some commemorative china with scalloped pink borders and, at the center of each plate, an engraving of the Deadwood Stage Coach. On that slim basis, coupled with a few family stories of Carnot's life out there, her great grandchildren convinced themselves and their schoolmates that their greatuncle had been friends with Buffalo Bill and had driven the stagecoach in the picture and had been a pony express rider with Kit Carson. They were sure that he had had to fight off Indians every day of his life. They felt clothed in glamour by the possession of such an exotic relative. When, one day, their great-grandmother told them that greatuncle Carnot was only a quiet businessman, they were stunned and felt quite denuded. It was small consolation to learn that he had genuinely known Kit Carson and that his general store in Deadwood was the stagecoach station.
Lucinda May Foster:
Cause of Death: heart trouble
(04) Clarence Leroy DeMouth:
"Leroy" is per WWI reg. card. Also, as of June 1917 he lived at 122 S. Adams, Mason City, Iowa. He is working as an auto machinist for George Kinderbuscht in Mason City, Iowa. He is tall, of medium build with blue eyes and lt. brown hair. He is single.
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Theo. Demouth, 80 Passes Quickly
Drops Dead in His Garage. Civil War Veteran. Was a Sterling Citizen
Our citizens were painfully surprised to learn of the sudden death of Theo. DeMouth, which occurred at his home at Cylinder Friday afternoon of last week. He was about as usual and was doing some work in his garage when death came. A number of neighboring ladies had called on Mrs. DeMouth to spend the afternoon. The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kliegl, a granddaughter of Mr. DeMouth, came into the house and told her mamma that her grandfather had fallen on the floor. She repeated the statement and her mother made an investigation. Her father was found lifeless. Heart failure had taken him. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Services were conducted at the M. E. church at that place. Rev. Stevens officiated. He paid a well deserved tribute to the worth of Mr. DeMouth as a Christian gentleman and as a neighbor and citizen. The burial was in Evergreen cemetery south of this city. There was a large assemblage of relatives and old neighbors. The pall bearers were L. N. Sprout, Geo. Wright, Henry Dresach, Arley Chism, Gay Larson and Mark Frederick.
Mr. DeMouth was born at Boonton, Morris County, New Jersey, Oct. 28, 1847. He had almost reached his 80th year. He was married at Harlan, Illinois, May 24, 1974 to Lucinda Foster. Mr. and Mrs. DeMouth celebrated their golden wedding a few years ago. Mr. DeMouth is survived by his widoww, one daughter and three sons. The daughter is Mrs. Mabel Kliegl of Emmetsburg. Another daughter, Mrs. Edith Wells, passed away January 21, 1903. The sons are Frank of Ankeny, Walter of Storm Lake, and Clarence of Atlantic. Mr. and Mrs. DeMouth came to this county in 1887. They settled on a farm a mile east of Cylinder. In 1900 they moved to Cylinder where they subsequently resided. When the rural mail route was established at that place Mr. DeMouth was appointed carrier. He held the position until 1920. He was an active an valued member of the I.O.O.F. He also served in the U.S. army during the Civil War.
Mr. DeMouth was one of the most upright, dependable, patriotic citizens of Palo Alto county. His record during the Civil War was one of heroic service and high honor. He fought bravely in several battles in the vicinity of Washington and Richmond for several months before the end of the great engagement. Stronghold after stronghold was blown up by the Confederates and the situation for the Union soldiers was at times very hazardous. He visited the historic battlegrounds a few years ago on his way to Florida to spend the winter. He was in the graqnd review at Washington after the close of the never-to-be-forgotten struggle. As a private citizen Mr. DeMouth was farseeing, energetic, frugal and successful. He and Mrs. DeMouth were the parents of an excellent family. The deceased was warm hearted, genial, kind, hospitable and neighborly. He was enterprising and supported warmly up-to-date undertakings. He was liberal and broad-minded in his views on public matters and he was willing to give and take. The writer often met him and conversed with him about his trips from place to place after he retired from the active affairs of life. We admired him for his many fine traits and we learn with profound regret of his sudden taking off. Our sympathy goes out to Mrs. DeMouth and to the deserving sons and daughters in their bereavement.
[From an unknown newspaper. Posted on Ancestry.com.]
[Mike gives death date 31 Dec 1935
Marsha's was 1 Jan 1936]
United States Census, 1920 for Frank A Demouth
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Name: Frank A Demouth
Residence: , Polk, Iowa
Estimated Birth Year: 1876
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: New Jersey
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Film Number: 1820507
Digital Folder Number: 4300824
Image Number: 00179
Sheet Number: 1
Household Gender Age
Frank A Demouth M 44y
Spouse Daisy E Demouth F 43y
Child Lester E Demouth M 21y
Child Ruth M Demouth F 16y
Child Melvin R Demouth M 10y
Child Velma I Demouth F 6y
Former Local Mailman Dies at Boone
Frank DeMouth, former resident of Cylinder and Emmettsburg died Saturday at Boone, Ia. Services were held Tuesday at the Foy Funeral home in Emmetsburg, with Rev. M. C. Thompson officiating. Pall bearers, all nephews, were Cecil, Donald, Merle, and Leo Jones, Bennet Thoreson and Everett Kliegl. Burial was in Evergreen cemetery. The Foy Funeral home was in charge of arrangementss.
Frank Arthur DeMouth was born at Rockford,Ill., March 24, 1875, and was 67 years and 10 months old at the time of death. He was married Oct. 14, 1896 to Miss Daisy Jones at Cylinder. Surviving are the widow and four children, Lester of Boone, Melvin of Cheyenne, Wyo.., Ruth of Des Moines and Velma of Boone. There are nine grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Henry Kliegl of Mallard, and two brothers, Clarence DeMouth of Waterloo, Ia., and Walter DeMouth of Seattle, Wash.
The deceased moved from Chicago in 1889 to Cylinder where he farmed for a few years after which he came to Emmetsburg. He served as rural mail carrier here forr 13 years and then moved to centrral Iowa where he lived until death. Mr. DeMouth operated a service station at Boone since 1930. Sympathy is extended to the surviving relatives.
Mrs. F. H. Wells Is Dead
Mrs. F. H. Wells died at her home in this city Thursday after an illness of some duration. She went to Wisconsin some time ago, hoping that the change would help her, but the journey was useless and she was soon obliged to return to her home in this city. The funeral was helf Saturday forenoon. Services were conducted at the M. E. church, Rev. Wm. E. Moyer officiating. There were several beautiful floral offerings. The funeral was largely attrended. The interment was in Evergreen cemetery.
Edith E. Demouth, daughter of Theodore and Lucinda Demouth, was born at Chicago January 12, 1878. Her age was 29 years and 12 days. She was one of five children and was the first of the family to be called away. In 1887 her parents moved to Palo Alto county and settled on a farm near Cylinder, at which place they still reside. December 30, 1896 she was married to Frank H. Wells, who survives her. Three children were born to this union, two daughters and one son. The daughters are nine and two years of age and the boy is seven. Mr. and Mrs. Wells became residents of Emmetsburg in January, 1903, Mr. Wells having been chosen county recorder. They subsequently made this their home. In October, 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Wells embraced the Methodist Episcopal faith and continued active and interested members of that strong and influential religious body. She had abiding confidence in divine guidance and sustenance and, while she scarcely realized that the end was so close at hand, she felt ready to answer the last summons when she would be called. Her career was comparatively brief, but it was filled with the noble aspirations and acts of kindness, love and duty so characteristic of the faithful wife and the fond, devoted mother. Her influence as a Chrisitan lady and her zeal as a helpful member of society will survive in the lives of the husband and the children who mourn her untimely death. All have the sympathy of our citizens in the domestic affliction that has come to them.
[from the Emmetsburg Democrat of that date, p. 5]
[per EMail 7FEB2002]
Revised: November 26, 2016