Thomas Jefferson BLEVINS 2270
- Born: 26 Mar 1896, Saltville, Virgina 115,2270,2992
- Marriage: Jennie Elizabeth BOWMAN on 15 Oct 1919 2992
- Died: 4 Nov 1972 at age 76 115
- Buried: Nov 1972, Oaklawn Cemetery: Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA 186
Noted events in his life were:
• Residence, 1900, Silver Creek Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2270 living with his parents.
• Residence, 1910, Grove Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2271 living with his parents.
• Residence, 1920, Belknap, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2993
• Occupation, 1920, Belknap, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2993 where he worked as a farm hand.
• Religion: Pottawattamie County, Iowa. 2992 where he was a member of the Methodist Church.
• Residence, 1930, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2990
• Occupation, 1930, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2990 where he was the proprietor of a freight trucking company.
• Military Service, 26 Jul 1918, Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 186,2992 He was a bugler in World War I. He went by train to Camp Pike with several carloads of men. He was honorably discharged July 18, 1919. He spent eight months in France mostly on guard duty as the war ended November 11, 1918.
• Cemetery, Nov 1972, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 186 at the Oaklawn Cemetery: Inscription: Bugler US Army
Note: World War I
• Biography, 1978, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA. 2992 THOMAS JEFFERSON BLEVINS
Thomas Jefferson Blevins was born in Saltville, Virginia 3/26/1896, the oldest of ten children born to Felix B. Blevins and Luella Pennington Blevins. The parents with two young sons moved by train to Macedonia, Iowa when Tom was 4 1/2 and settled near Macedonia. Tom received his education in the Macedonia school and surrounding country schools. He left home at an early age earning his own way.
His brothers were Luther, William, Raymond, and Nelson. William and Raymond preceded him in death.
His sisters were Ella who married Walter Parker and after his death, married Tom Hardiman, Ila, who married Jim Overman, Cena who married Simon Rattenborg, and Minnie who married Marvin Dreyer.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, the American Legion, and was a WWI veteran. He entered service July 26, 1918 leaving Avoca by train for Camp Pike with several carloads of men. He was honorably discharged July 18, 1919. He spent eight months in France mostly on guard duty as the war ended November 11, 1918 and caught him hospitalized.
He married Jennie Bowman October 15, 1919. Two daughters were born to this union. Luella Norine November 30, 1920 and Emma Jean August 28, 1922. Luella married Norman E. Dreyer in 1937 and to this union two daughters and a son were born--Shirley Lee April 10, 1938--Donna Rae Dec. 20, 1940--Norman E. Dreyer, Jr. December 3, 1942. Emma Jean married Chet Taylor 4-27-40 and a daughter Vickie Dianne was born April 13, 1941. Later she married Charles L. Edie July 6, 1941 and to this union were born two sons and one daughter. Thomas David, 5-3-43, Roxanne Kaye 11-10-45 and Michael Charles 1-19-49.
After his marriage he worked as a farm hand until 1922. He tried his hand at many things later--unloading carloads of sand and coal, junking, always watching for something to do.
With bonus money received from service, he bought a used truck and started "draying." First dray in Oakland to use a truck and not horses. Hauled coal all day and with a rack he made for his wagon-size truck, hauled hogs etc. to Omaha at night. Sometimes he wouldn't have his shoes off for a week at a time.
Eventually he owned a fleet of trucks--could move three carloads at one time--and for years hauled grain and livestock. Also moved large motors for the Northern Natural when they located east of Oakland.
He bought and sold stock and grain. His trucking policy was to be where he's promised to be on the "dot" or to phone if he saw he'd be late.
Trucking wasn't easy--mud roads, keen competition, many individual truckers with one truck who cut prices below cost. He finally sold to Wendell Turner and built a new sale barn which he operated five years or longer, holding night sales there thru the summer.
He had always wanted to farm but was almost fifty before he was able to purchase one and move in 1944. After five years his health was failing and he decided to try grass farming near Villisca as it sounded easier. Moved there in 1949 and sold in 1967. Between farming and being a night attendant at Clarinda MHI from age 60-65 he at last retired. While at Clarinda MHI he earned a certificate which qualified him as a psychiatric attendant. This was quite an accomplishment because of his scanty education, he had to take oral tests.
In 1964 he bought a small place in Oakland we called our "camp-out." Since he was hospitalized often, it was handier and we enjoyed it too, traveling between Villisca and Oakland a few days at a time. In 1970 we locked our home he'd bought in Villisca in 1966 since he was no longer able to farm and stayed in Oakland as he'd sold our "camp-out" and bought a larger home. I did not move from Villisca till early summer 1973 after he died.
He was a strong man, a hard worker, an honest loving husband and father. If he were living today, he'd have his two daughters, 7 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
Thomas married Jennie Elizabeth BOWMAN, daughter of Charles P. BOWMAN and Maude Avis ANDRESS, on 15 Oct 1919.2992 (Jennie Elizabeth BOWMAN was born on 11 Oct 1902 in Missouri Valley, Harrison County, Iowa, USA 2992 and died in Dec 1987 115.)