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Robert George Elder
Male 1860 - 1935


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  • Birth  12 Feb 1860  Clarion County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  31 Oct 1935  Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I16468  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  30 Oct 2009 

    Father  John Elder,   b. 28 Jan 1821, Center Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1865, Asbury, Clarion Co PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Nancy K McMunn,   b. 20 Jan 1826, Clarion Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  2 Sep 1847  Washington, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F6081  Group Sheet

    Family  Cora Helen Groat,   b. 30 May 1862, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1935 
    Married  20 Nov 1889  Garfield, Whitman Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 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.
    Children 
    >1. Elizabeth Sickler Elder,   b. 19 Sep 1890, Garfield, Whitman Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1922, Czar, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Robert Groat Elder,   b. 16 Jul 1893, Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Cora Ann Elder,   b. 18 Sep 1897, Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Alice Claire Elder,   b. 26 Jul 1900,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Blanche Elder,   b. 15 Jul 1906, Spokane, Spokane Co. , WA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  30 Oct 2009 
    Family ID  F1607  Group Sheet