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Albert Porter Cox Family
|Title||Albert Porter Cox Family|
|Author||Mercer County Pioneer Traces Vol I, Page 206, Submitted by Beverly (Coffelt) Cox|
Albert Porter Cox Family|
Albert Porter Cox was the fifth child born to Jasper Alexander Cox and Aliza Augusta (Duncan) Cox. He was born February 1, 1903, in Mercer County, Missouri.
Albert was called "Dolly" by his three older brothers and older sister. He continued being called "Dolly" by family and friends around Mercer until his death at age 80. He was the baby of the family for seven years before the twins Dora and Maggie were born. He wasn't too thrilled about having babies that cried all the time. He stated loudly, "I'm not going to ruin my voice singing to my ol' cryin' baby sisters."
Albert attended the Ilia School in Mercer County. As was usual at the time, he did not go on to high school. He was needed at home to help with the farm.
On March 18, 1928, Albert and Mabel Belle Watson were married at the Baptist Church in Princeton, Missouri. Mabel's parents were John Elias Watson and Lillie Belle Lauderbaugh. At first, they lived with Mabel's parents and then moved to the Cox home place. It was there that their daughter Rosemary was born. Sherril was also born while they lived there. Later, Wendell was born on another farm in Mercer County.
The family, along with Andrew and Dora Mostert and family, moved to Arkansas where they lived for about a year. They returned to Mercer County and lived there until they moved to Davenport, Iowa, in 1937. Jolene was born in 1938.
Albert worked at the Bettendorf Co. which later became J. I. Case Co. He was a welder and retired in 1969.
Albert and Mabel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1978 with friends and relatives in Davenport, Iowa, and Mercer, Missouri.
An Open house was held for Albert for his 80th birthday on February 1, 1983. All of his children and most of his 12 grandchildren and nine Great-grandchildren helped him celebrate. Many friends and relatives from Mercer, Missouri, came to enjoy the occasion and reminisce about past times.
Albert Porter Cox died of a heart attack on Thursday, April 28, 1983, at St. Luke's Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. He is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa. Mabel lives in their home in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Submitted by Beverly (Coffelt) Cox