Marengo I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Iowa County, Iowa
Uploaded 7/26/2003

A tall monument documents the resting place of Rosa (Farley) Allum at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa.

Engraving reads, “In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions,” beneath which is “Rosa A., wife of J. B. Allum, Born Jan. 16, 1854, Died Oct. 20, 1897, Aged 43 Ys 9 Ms 4 Ds”

Born in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois Rosanna (“Rosa”) migrated to Iowa with her parents, Ephraim and Margaret (McReynolds) Farley about 1866 settling in Marengo in Iowa County. Second eldest of nine children, Rosa married John Banks Allum in 1868. The youngest of her four children died in infancy and another, Lewis Rex Allum, died at age 30 in 1908 from typhoid, the same affliction as his mother, but eleven years after his mother’s death and in a different state.

Rosa and her husband “J. B.” are buried on the southwest corner of the Allum plot, baby Walter Francis Allum is buried on the northwest corner, and son Lewis Rex Allum, is near the northeast corner. There is no marker for “Rex,” nor an inscription on the tall monument on which Rosa and baby Walter Francis are documented.

Rosa had the distinction of being an aunt of Cal Farley, founder of Cal Farley’s Boys’ Ranch at Amarillo, Texas whose likeness appeared in 1996 on a U. S. postage stamp with the appropriate notation “Humanitarian.” Cal was the son of Rosa’s younger brother Frank Farley (1861-1934)and his wife, Mary Jane “Jennie” Meenach (1856-1947).

Photo taken by DeeAnna in 1964

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