Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Visiting the land of my Great Grandfather,  George E. Loghry land in Page County, Iowa

George Eldredge and Nancy Jane (Roumans) Loghry family. Back row: John Harvey, James Edward, Ralph Earl and George William; Middle row: Nancy Jane, George Eldredge, Nancy Jane (Roumans) and Lettie Florella; Front row: Joseph Lecious and Orville Earnest. It might be hard to tell from this picture, but there is a man's face in the trees behind the family.

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of walking the land my great-grandfather, George Eldredge, settleld north of Hepburn in Page county in 1868.

Dennis Loghry (g-grandson of John Harvey, grandson of Ray Loghry) researched where the land was and contacted the landowner for permission. The landowner initially was agreeable but with limitations--one time only visit, four individuals, no hunting, no metal detectors, no camping, and no taking of Indian artifacts.

The property is very hilly and sits between two ridges, known as the Hepburn Ridge. It is covered with trees (and ticks but that is another story). The current landowner uses the 40 acres as a little retreat property and have cleared paths and high on a ridge has a clearing with fire pit, picnic tables and chairs. In a lower valley is a bond with more chairs and another fire pit. Unfortunately there were no signs of any dwelling, windmill, etc.