Children of Andrew and Mathilda (McDonald) Bigelow, all born at Farmer, OH:
1555E.551t Clara Caroline, b 24 Nov 1861; d 11 Mar 1946; m 30 Dec 1880 Madison Blosser; 4 children.
1555E.552t Laura Noble, b 27 April 1863; d 30 Dec 1949 San Franciseo, CA; m 09 Nov 1881 Emory Edgar Martin; 5 children.
1555E.553 Andrew Craig, b 07 Nov 1866; d 29 April 1869 Farmer.
1555E.554t Peter Clarence, b 18 Sept 1868; d 31 Oct 1942 Jackson, Jackson, MI; m 10 Sept 1890 Anna Luberta Green; 7 children.
1555E.555 Ernest Erwin, b 31 July 1871; d 22 Feb 1872 Farmer.
1555E.556t Artie Madison, b 28 Oct 1881, a twin; d 15 Nov 1959 Leslie, Ingham, MI; m 1905 Edith Hatfield.
1555E.557 Gertrude Mabel "Belle", b 28 Oct 1881, a twin; d _____ ; m 07 Jan 1909 William Markell. (see below)
1555E.558 Cora, b 20 Nov 1885; d 31 Dec 1891 Farmer.
Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol II, pg 113;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America; pg 201 child;
Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I ; pg 258-259;
correspondence with family descendants.
Obit: James Warren Markell - son of Belle Bigelow IA,SD,IL,IA,WI
Posted by: Susan Larson Date: April 25, 2006
Obituary for James Warren Markell
James Warren Markell died on Sunday, October 20, at Lakeland Nursing Facility in Elkhorn, WI, at the age of 100 years and 1 month of natural causes. He had lived in Elkhorn in the two years prior to his death. He is survived by his daughter Ora Markell Larson of Rockton, IL, and sons James Warren Markell, Elkhorn, WI, and John DeWitt Markell, Rockford, IL, as well as 11 grandchildren and 17 great grand children. He was preceeded in death by his wife Maxine Ruth Pike Markell, parents Ruel DeWitt and Mabel "Belle" Bigelow Markell, older brothers Frank and Harry Markell, a younger brother Keats Coe Markell, and infant sister. His daughters Arden Ann McLaughlin and Alice Kay Markell Plager Dyslin also preceded him in death.
Warren, as he was known to family and friends throughout his life, was born in Salix, Iowa on September 20, 1902, the third of five children. He grew up on farms in Salix and Oto, Iowa and in Wessington Springs and Elk Point, South Dakota. Warren worked in many family enterprises including farming, livestock and milk drayage. He was the only one of his brothers who was not present when the family milk truck was ambushed during South Dakota’s Milk Wars; his father, R.D. Markell, was killed in the attack and his brothers were all injured. Warren was eager to see the world riding the rails, working in threshing crews as well as becoming one of the first paper products salesmen for the Fort Howard Paper Company. During Prohibition he worked briefly for Al Capone, delivering liquor from Chicago to Sioux City, IA. A handsome man and an immaculate dresser, he was said to have been mistaken for the famous outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd on several occasions.
After marrying Maxine Pike in 1929 and working in livestock sales in Salix and Thief River Falls, MN, he found employment with a Sioux City firm that made parts for the new aerospace industry. When WWII broke out, Warren and his family moved to work for Lockheed in Glendale, California. Shortly after arrival in 1941, he was mistakenly diagnosed with a fatal heart ailment and sent home to Sioux City to spend what were assumed to be his few remaining months. The family later moved to Rockford, IL, where Warren was employed by Barber Colman for many years. After a short time selling cars for American Motors, Warren and Maxine retired to a farm in rural Harrison, IL, where he raised sheep. After his wife became ill, they moved to Rockton, IL, in 1971 and remained there until her death in 1978.
At the age of 76, when most of his contemporaries were very much retired, Warren relocated to Berkeley, CA, and embarked on a successful new career as the manager of a large apartment complex. He remained there until moving to Clear Lake, IA, with his second wife, the former Alpha Ritter in 1983. Faced with increasing ill health, he then moved back to Rockton, IL, to live with his daughter Ora until his condition precluded care in the family home.
Warren was a good husband, a loving father and grandfather and a kind and faithful friend. He was known for his wonderful storytelling, his fine voice and natural musical ability, his love of animals and cribbage, and his warm and friendly manner, which won him friends easily. He took each day as it came and seldom worried about the future. He came from a line of longevity: both of his grandfathers lived to be 86 and 94 years of age. Warren attributed his own longevity neither to genetics or clean living, but to having enjoyed the care and love of good women. He is loved and missed by all who were privileged to know him.
Warren will be not be buried in the Markell family plot in Graceland Cemetary in Sioux City, but in Willwood Cemetery in Rockford, IL, beside his wife Maxine and daughter Arden. A private graveside service will be held for the family.