NameLloyd Hayden Durham
Birth21 Mar 1897, Jacksonville, Randolph Co., Missouri
Death12 Jan 1929, Miner's Hospital, Albia, Monroe Co., Iowa
BurialHayden Chapel Cemetery, Pleasant, Iowa
FatherGeorge Daniel Durham (1868-1930)
MotherEmma Eliza Townes (1872-1942)
Misc. Notes

How he met Hazel: Although he was employed in the coal mines he was looking for extra work. It was for this reason he came to the Johnson farm and Swan hired him on a part-time basis. Hazel was smitten and they eventually married. Swan complained about this saying that everytime he hired an extra hand they up and married one of his daughters.

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Ruth’s rememberences of Lloyd and his family:

I wrote some about our  Dad....he was a fine outstanding man in Melcher.  His strength was always mentioned.....he was known as an excellent worker....his cars of coal were always the 1st loaded each day of his life. He could shovel coal equally with his right or left arm. He  was assigned to choose the place dynamite should be set each time.....to open new rooms for coal to  be mined...and fortunately.....he chose correcty...as each time he chose.....he had no slate fall on anyone to be  injured. He was one of 4 men selected by the  Melcher mine to go to open the new mine  at....Williamson....and you know that part of our life.....as we  lived there only about 6 months until the needed surgery for appendix came.....and no antibiotics took his life at 31 years of age.

The  Durham  family  all  enjoyed  being  together......and  so  we  gathered  together  at  Grandpa  and....Grandma  Durham's  in the evening.....and they were  never  together  much  unless  music  was  being sung.   Aunt  Opal,  Aunt  Bessie  played  the  organ  in  their  home in  Maple and  then  the youngest  girl, Aunt  Pearl  actually  received  piano  lessons.   Her  hands  were  long....she  did  not live  very  long...she died  when  her  2nd daughter  was  born....so  that  left  Aunt  Opal  to  keep  the  music  alive.....and she could  really  play....we  loved  to  hear  her.   She  was  a  beauty  operator.....with  a  shop  in  the  front  room of  their  home  (with  Grandad  Durham  and  Grandmother  Durham.)

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He is listed in the 1920 census (Iowa > Monroe > Pleasant > District 109) as living with Hazel and working in a coal mine. They appear to live next door to the Johnson’s (they are listed next to them in the census).


DEATH: 2 Dec 1929, Albia, Monroe Co., IA
Spouses
Birth6 Jul 1901, Rose Hill, Iowa
Death15 May 2003, Knoxville, Marion Co., Iowa
BurialGraceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion Co., Iowa
FatherSwan John Johnson (1871-1942)
Marriage24 Dec 1919, Oskaloosa, Iowa
ChildrenGolda Lucile
 Ruth Luella (1920-2011)
 John Hayden (1926-1977)
 Infant son (1922-1922)
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