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Sarah Alice Pallister [p.]

Our thanks go to Norm Willis of Canada for much helpful information on this page

Sarah Alice Pallister was the fourth child of John (Augustus) Pallister & Sarah Vachon born March 28th, 1862 in New Liverpool, Quebec, Canada & was christened June 29th, 1862 in Quebec.

In the 1885 census of Iowa Sarah (known as Alice) was living at West Maine St, Ottumwa, Wapello  with her parents & brothers John A, Thomas A & William H.  All 3 boys were described as ‘candy makers’ & are known to have set up a confectionery business in Ottumwa.  In the early 80s the Pallister Bros had the largest confectionery & ice cream business in Ottumwa.  Their store was the first in Ottumwa to install electric light.  Four sisters were also living at home – Victoria (18), & Mary (16) both born in Canada, & Matilda (13) & Anna (Joanna) (10) both born in Iowa.

In 1895 Alice & her sisters Mary, Matilda & Annie were living at home in Ottumwa with their widowed mother & all 4 girls were confectioners.  Alice’s 3 brothers were also still at home & all described as cigar manufacturers.  Also living with them at the time of the census was sister Victoria Johnson with her 3 year old daughter Susie.

The Ottumwa census of 1900 shows Alice living were her brother William Henry, a cigar manufacturer.  Their mother was also living there as were Alice’s sisters Anna & Victoria & her daughter Susan.  Alice was working as a hair dresser.

By the time of the 1910 Ottumwa census Alice had married William Edwin Cook & was living In Ottumwa Ward 6, Wapello with William’s son from his first marriage, Harold Cook (18).  William was born April 23rd, 1861 in Iowa.

Alice & William were living in Ottumwa at the time of the 1920 census.

The 1930 census of Ottumwa lists Alice & William living at 129 Vogel Avenue, Ottumwa, & living next door at number 125 were Alice’s sisters Anna & Victoria Johnson.  William was a part owner in a lumber mill.

In 1940 Alice & William were still living in the centre township of Ottumwa at 129 Vogel Avenue & they had a 30 year old lodger, Theodore Nelson.  William, aged 78, was described as manager of a mill & contruction.

William died on September 24th, 1951 & was buried in Ottumwa cemetery.

Sarah Alice died on March 27th 1952 & was buried in Ottumwa cemetery. 





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