|LINGO, Selkirk S.|
|Submitted by: Glenda Frank Moser) on 01 September 1997|
|Source: I believe this was submitted for a fairly recent published HISTORY OF PAGE CO, IOWA. I received a copy of text from Martha Gamble BORDERS of Los Alamitos, CA, (Gr. dau. of S. S. LINGO & my 1st cousin once removed - GFM)|
|Other Surnames mentioned: LINGO, BOLEN, MARTIN, WHITE, COLE, DENNIS, GAMBLE, GRIFFEY, THOMPSON, BORDERS|
"SELKIRK S. (S. S.) LINGO FAMILY --- Selkirk S. LINGO bought in Section 9, Lincoln Township, Page County, [IA] in February 1875. He was a native of Belmont County, Ohio. His parents were Gideon and Naomi (BOLEN) LINGO, parents of 13 children. Five children came to Page County: Selkirk, John, Emma LINGO CHESHIRE, Eunice and Charley. The last two were teachers and both died very young. The LINGO family were early settlers in Sussex County, Delaware, as early as the mid-17th century. The BOLEN family were pioneers in Virginia.
"After purchasing land in Lincoln Township, Selkirk returned to Ohio where he married Martha Ann MARTIN, [b. 1849 Belmont Co, OH] the daughter of Amos & Mary Ann (WHITE) MARTIN on March 9, 1875. The MARTIN family had early roots in southeastern Pennsylvania, dating back into the 1600's.
"Four children were born to Selkirk and "Mattie" -- Walter, Earnest, Mabel, and Otis (see picture). All but Otis married. Walter married Bartie DENNIS of Villisca [IA]; Earnest married Lillian GRIFFEY of Clarinda [IA]; and Mabel married Chester GAMBLE of Coin [IA] (See Chester Gamble Family account).
"S. S. engaged in farming and livestock. At the time of his death in 1916, S.S. owned 1200 acres of fertile land. Selkirk and Martha saw the building of the Humeston and Shenandoah railroad which cut through their farm passing between the house and the barn and implement sheds. Thus it was that Selkirk was the first man to ship a load of stock on the H and S railroad, loading from his own farm.
"The LINGO family was active in the community. Selkirk served in many township offices. S.S. was a staunch Republican who took prominent part in primary elections and conventions. Governor Cummins appointed him a delegate to the National Farmers' Congress in Richmond, Virginia. Mattie belonged to the Christian Church. Both were charter members of Shenandoah Chapter No. 81 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Selkirk was also a member of Mt. Lodge, No. 360, AF and AM of Essex. Martha Ann died June 1895 at the age of 45.
"Five years later, Selkirk married Hattie COLE [dau. of Archibald COLE], a school teacher in Belmont County, Ohio. Hattie was often called on for panel discussions.
"The LINGOS were willing to defend the right. Getting a good education was fundamental to their beliefs. Walter attended Western Normal School in Shenandoah, and the University of Iowa where he met Bartie. They were the parents of 5 children: Samuel Elmer, Sedley, Alice, and Florence and Forrest (twins). The 3 brothers [Walter, Earnest & Otis] eventually moved to South Dakota where Walter served 2 terms in the State House of Representatives.
"After her mother's death, Mabel attended several schools: St. Francis Academy in Council Bluffs, Western Normal in Shenandoah, and Amity College at College Springs, Iowa. The latter 2 institutions later burned. In December 1903, Mabel married Chester GAMBLE, the son of another pioneer family. Mabel and Chester had 3 children: Martha, Florence [died young], and Lowell.
"After graduation at Tarkio College, Martha taught school in Torrington, Wyoming, and in California where she married Everett E. BORDERS. Lowell graduated from Torrington High School and University of Wyoming. He worked in Goshen County Assessor's Office in Wyoming State Department and finally as Assistant Treasurer of Montana, Dokota Utilities. He and wife Melva (THOMPSON) are the parents of 3 children: Reverend Robert, James, and Maryanne. Submitted by Martha Gamble BORDERS, Grandaughter."