updated July 2020
George Fletcher Hickman & Minnie Alice Showalter are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandmother Edna Louis Hickman.
George Fletcher Hickman was born November 3, 1887 in Mound City, Missouri. His parents were Abner Clift Hickman and Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan. He was the middle child of 3, and the only boy. I wrote about them here.
Minnie Alice Showalter was born August 21, 1891 in Craig Missouri. Her parents were David Showalter and Edee May Baker. She was the youngest of their 7 children. I wrote about them here.
On the 1900 US Census, the Showalter family was farming in Holt County, Missouri. Minnie was 8, her father David was 50 and widowed. Minnie’s mother Edee had died the year before. Brother Joseph was 19, and sister Edee was 15. Also living in the house was Harry Barrickman, age 22, a farm hand. The Hickman family was also farming in Holt County, Missouri. George was 12. His father Abner was 44 and his mother Mollie was 36. They had been married for 16 years, and Mollie had given birth to 3 children, all living. His sister Letha was 16, and his sister Laura was 9.
George & Minnie were married on February 16, 1910 in Craig, Missouri at the Presbyterian Parsonage. Minnie was 18 years old and George was 21. On the 1910 US Census they were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Daughter Geneva was born later that year.
In 1912, George’s sister Laura died. Also in 1912, their son David Clift was born. In 1913, their daughter Edna Louise was born.
In 1917, George filled out a WWI draft registration card. It indicates that he was tall and slender with gray eyes and dark brown hair. He was a clerk who was “not able to work at present.”
In 1918, George’s mother Mary died.
On the 1920 US Census, George and Minnie and their 3 children lived with George’s father Abner Hickman. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Abner was 62, George was 31, and Minnie was 27. Their children were Geneva, age 9; Clift, age 8; and Edna (Todd’s grandmother), age 7.
Minnie’s brother Joseph died in 1922. Daughter Georgia Grace was born in 1924. Minnie’s father David died in 1927.
The family moved to California, and were listed in the Redlands, California City Directory in 1927 and 1929. Edna later recalled seeing the Spirit of St. Louis in California before Lindbergh’s famous flight.
George died on September 10, 1929 in Holt County, Missouri. He was 40 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
On the 1930 US Census, Minnie was 38 and widowed, farming in Holt County, Missouri. Geneva was 19, Clift was 18, Edna was 16, and Georgia was 5.
In 1933, Minnie’s brother Ezra died.
On the 1940 US Census, Minnie was 48. Her children Georgia, age 15, and Clift, age 28 & widowed, lived in the home, along with granddaughter Shirley, age 1. Clift was farming.
In 1944, Minnie’s brother Abraham died. Minnie married Thomas C. Scrutchfield on April 24, 1944 in Jackson County, Missouri. They divorced in less than a year.
In 1957, Minnie’s brother William died. In 1964, Minnie’s last living sibling, sister Edee, died.
Minnie died November 7, 1965. She was 74 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
The children of George Fletcher Hickman & Minnie Alice Showalter:
Geneva Mae Hickman – Geneva was born November 28, 1910 in Craig, Missouri. She married Donald Davis Gray and they had three children. (Her sister Edna Louis married Don’s brother Ralph Richard.) She died on November 5, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was 61 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
David Clift Hickman – David was born March 11, 1912 in Mound City, Missouri. He married Mabel Hollander and she died giving birth to their second child on November 1, 1939. He married Illah Mae Lutterloh on June 12, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They had eight children. David died on January 19, 1995 in Muskegon County, Michigan. He was 82 years old.
Edna Louise Hickman – Edna was born June 6, 1913 in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri. She married Ralph Richard Gray on August 10, 1932 in Atchison County, Missouri. They had three children. Edna died on January 26, 2000 in Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri. She was 86 years old. You can read more about her here.
Georgia Grace Hickman – Georgia was born on August 25, 1924 in Mound City, Missouri. She married John Vokits and they had five children. John served in World War II and lost a leg. Georgia died on October 12, 1981 in Muskegon County, Michigan. She was 57 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.