Louis Lillibridge and Cora Olive (Gappen) Medefesser

In 1870 Des Moines County, Iowa, "Lewis" "is 5, born in Iowa, with John 40, Mary 30, Ada 9, Laura 8, and WInnar 2.

In 1880 Des Moines County, Louis is 14, a farmer, boarding with the widow Mary Melcher.    Joining household is the Gapen family, Elisha and Nancy M, -- Cora O. is 12, John W. 16, Della B. 6, Arthur four months.

Married Mar 19, 1891 in Danville, Des Moines County to Cora A. Gapen, daughter of Elisha Gapen and Lucinda Williams.  His parents were J.R. Medefesser and Mary Dawson.

Louis proved up a quarter in 23, 6N 48W in 1894.

In 1900 Des Moines County Louis born June 1864 in Iowa, married 9 years to Cora Sep 1867 Iowa.  They have Laura D. May 1893 in Colorado, then Helen Jan 1895 Iowa, Harold R. Feb 1897 Iowa, and George Jun 1898 Iowa.  So Cora, at least was in Colorado in Colorado for probably a couple of year.

In 1915 Des Moines County he's farming,  earned $800 in 1914, owned a $10,500 property  owing $6,000 on it.  Married, affiliated wtih the Church of God.

In 1925 Des Moines County Lewis L. is 59, Cora O. 57, Helen M. 30, Harold R. 28, Ralph E. 19, Glen D. 17, and Ruth E. 14.

FindAGrave 82324201 has Louis -1865-1950 buried in Long Creek Cemetery, Des Moines County, with Cora O. (Gapen) Medefesser 1867-1928.

In the same cemetery FAG has Laura Delle Noss - 47380217  - born May 23, 1893.  Laura Dell Medefesser married Harvey David Noss Feb 17, 1916, and was killed in 1961 when a tractor overturned.

In Lot 2 -space 1 is an "infant Noss - of H.D. Noll" that has to be Harvey David.

Space 2 and 3 don't have a record

Space 4 is Harold R. 1897-1946

Space 5 is George - 1899-1917

Spaces 7 and 8 are Louis and Cora

Space 9 is Helen Jan 29, 1895 -1977.

In another lot are Harvey D, and Laura Delle Noss, with son John M. born and ided in 1934 and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Noss born in the 1840's


Helen Mae Medefesser was born Jan 29, 1895 in "Rural near Danville, Henry County, Iowa"


Harold Rea Medefesser was born Feb 17, 1897 in Des Moines County.


Glen Dawson Medefesser was born July 22, 1907 in Danville Township, Des Moines County. The record says Louis was born in Oskaloosa County, Iowa, Cora Olive Gapan in Danville County.

Ruth Elizabeth Medefesser was born Jan 26, 1911, christened Sep 4, 1913.

Ruth Kelley Chandler, 82, of 1024 S. Avenue B, Washington, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1996, at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Born Jan. 26, 1911, at Danville, she was the daughter of Louis and Cora Gappen Medefesser. She married William Dale Kelley on July 23, 1930, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He died in 1975. She later married J. Wilbur Chandler June 4, 1988.

She was raised in Danville and graduated in 1927 from Danville High School.