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Family: Robert George Elder/Cora Helen Groat (F1607)
m. 20 Nov 1889


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  • Father | Male
    Robert George Elder

    Born  12 Feb 1860  Clarion County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  31 Oct 1935  Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married  20 Nov 1889  Garfield, Whitman Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  John Elder | F6081 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Nancy K McMunn | F6081 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Cora Helen Groat

    Born  30 May 1862  IA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Oct 1935   
    Buried     
    Father  Elon Galusha Ostrom Groat | F6091 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Fidelia Dove | F6091 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    > Elizabeth Sickler Elder

    Born  19 Sep 1890  Garfield, Whitman Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 Feb 1922  Czar, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Bartlett Yancy Couch | F1608 
    Married  22 Apr 1916   

    Child 2 | Male
    Robert Groat Elder

    Born  16 Jul 1893  Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Buried     

    Child 3 | Female
    Cora Ann Elder

    Born  18 Sep 1897  Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Buried     
    Spouse  ???? Sickler | F6090 
    Married     

    Child 4 | Male
    Alice Claire Elder

    Born  26 Jul 1900   
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Buried     

    Child 5 | Female
    Blanche Elder

    Born  15 Jul 1906  Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Buried     

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    • Bio of Robert George ELDER and Cora Helen GROAT

      Robert George ELDER, born Feb. 18, 1860, Clarion Co Penn - died Oct. 1935, Garfield [Whitman County] Wash.
      Cora Helen GROAT, born May 31, 1862 in Iowa - died Oct. 1935, Garfield, Wash.

      Cora Helen GROAT, daughter of Rev. E.G.O. and Delia GROAT was born in Iowa.
      As a child she was a pianist and a soprano soloist in her father's Baptist Church and
      lived in various towns in Iowa. Cora moved with her parents to the Territory of Washington
      in the 1890's. She obtained a teaching job in a newly built school in Garfield, Wash.
      The school was a two-room school and she taught the 4 lower grades.

      Robert George Elder, son of John and Nancy Elder was born in Clarion Co., Penn.
      His life was a struggle for at the age of 5 his father died.
      Robert started work in his Grandfather's sawmill at the age of six
      carrying bales of shingles on his head. As a child he was called Robbie and as
      an adult he went by Bob. He always made his own living and at one time worked on a
      farm for room and board and 50 cents a month. Through all of this he
      managed to educate himself and go onto put himself through Edinboro in [Erie County] Penn.
      He also helped his younger sister get an education.
      At the age of 19 he came out west to Washington Territory and taught
      school for one year. Realizing he needed more education he returned to Penn.
      In his late 20's he returned to the territory and settled in Garfield where he
      became Principal and taught the four upper grades in the two-room school.
      Five months after he met Cora Helen Groat, they were married in Garfield on Nov. 27, 1888.

      Robert and Cora Elder saved their money and bought 160 acres of wheat
      land from the railroad for $8 an acre. This land layed at the foot of
      Steptoe Butte, which is the highest, treeless butte in the U.S.
      The Butte is a National Monument named after Col. Steptoe who fought the
      Indians from this vantage point. About 1898 Robert rented the land out and
      moved into town again where Robert became owner-editor of the Garfield Enterprise,
      a weekly newspaper. Many of his editorials were picked up and reprinted in the
      Portland Oregonian, Seattle Times, and the Spokane Review.

      Robert Elder, who had great patience, a splendid sense of humor, was a
      very conservative Republican and a great lover of justice. These interests
      led him into county politics where he was on the Garfield School Board and
      some State Agricultural Offices and Vice-Pres of State Bank.

      Cora Elder died of cancer at the age of 72. A week later Robert at the age of 75
      was killed in an auto accident when a semi-truck crashed into him while trying
      to avoid a boy on a bicycle.