Lena Bessie Nafus (McGregor)

Born: September 5, 1885 in Spirit Lake, Iowa
Parents: Ferson and Mary Elizabeth (Fritcher) Nafus
Married George McGregor (1882-1951) on March 15, 1906 in Plainfield, Iowa
Died: November 8, 1969 of a massive coronary in Valley City, ND
Buried: Litchville, ND

Lloyd Lauren January 10, 1907
Merwin George May 26, 1908
Robert Ross May 20, 1909
Gladys Oct 14, 1910 - July 15, 1911
John Percival May 25, 1912
John changed his middle name from Ferson to Percival ("Percy")
male child stillborn March 13, 1915
Rex Eugene March 9, 1916
Marjorie Eloyse May 14, 1918
Irma Lois January 22, 1922
Maryland Bessie April 26, 1923 - June 15, 1923
Mayvis September 28,1924 - Dec 14,1924
Maxine Leone October 22, 1926 - Nov 1, 1989 (cancer)
Harlan Leroy October 4, 1928 (living)
Joyce Ann November 23, 1929 (living)

Notes: Bessie's mother died when she was 8 years old. Her father Ferson later moved to Minneapolis in hopes of finding work but was unsuccessful. However, he did meet his second wife, Clara Randall, there. Bessie helped take care of her step brother and sisters after her father married again. Bessie, her brother Ross, (and probably Ivadelle) were sent to live with relatives because there were so many children in the family. Bessie went to a Catholic school for awhile. Then her Aunt Mary Nafus-Granger helped her get to Horton, Ia where she lived with her Uncle Dennis Fritcher. Ross came to Horton also and lived with Dennis Fritcher's son's family. Fritcher had Bessie take piano lessons and at the end of 8th grade went to Waverly to teachers' college. She received a 3rd grade teacher's certificate, but married George after a short courtship.

Bessie Nafus baby photo

Ferson Nafus's Children

Bessie (Nafus) McGregor Adult Photos

Bessie (Nafus) McGregor 80th Birthday Party

In 1900 Iowa Census of Polk Township, Bremer County Bessie Nafus is age 14 and listed as living with Martin Fritcher, wife Maude M. Fritcher and their son John. Bessie is identified as a cousin. Also, Ross Nafus is noted as living in the neighboring household with Clarance Fritcher and wife Clara.

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