Tombstone Tuesday – July 2, 2019 – Madge Louise Hainer Buchner


Madge was born on March 21, 1894 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Edward and Harriet Louiza (Griffin) Hainer. Charles and Harriet had seven children; Zora Meryl (1888), Verva Irene (1890), Madge Louise (1894), Helen Hannah (1899), Ford Albert (1902), Sybil Elizabeth (1904), Maxine Claire (1908). In the 1900 Federal Census, Madge is 6 years old and attending school. Charles, Harriet and four of their children are living in Fairfield, Iowa. Charles is a farmer. Allen Fowler is also living with the family and is listed as a servant. In the 1920 Federal Census, the Hainers are listed in Waterford, Iowa. Madge is sixteen. Charles and Harriet have six children living with them. They also list Henry Lockey who also lives with them. He is listed as a servant.

Madge married Harold G Buchner on August 26, 1914 in Clinton, Iowa. In the 1915, Iowa Census, Harold lists his occupation as furniture salesman. And both Madge and Harold list that they are married and live in Maquoketa, Iowa. Harold lists his total earnings for 1914 as 720.00. Madge is a housewife. Each of them filed an individual census card with the State of Iowa.


She and Harold are found in the 1920 Federal Census in Maquoketa, South Fork Township, Iowa on Niagara Street. They have two children; George (1915) and Betty(1916). They also list Rosanna Schafer who lives with them and is working as a servant. She is twenty years old. Harold is selling insurance. In a 1922 death record, Harold and Madge lost a daughter who was born prematurely on January 4, 1922 and lived just a few hours.


Death Certificate of a daughter born on January 4, 1922 to Harold and Madge Buchner


Madge, George and Betty about 1924

In the 1925 Iowa Census, Harold and Madge are listed in Maquoketa, Iowa. The have three children; George, Betty and Ann (1920) who must have been born after the 1920 Census was taken. They have Bertha Schay living with them and is listed as a servant. Ann died in 1926 at the age of six.

Anna Louise Buchner

In the 1930 Census, they live in Maquoketa, Iowa on Niagara Street. Harold and Madge have two children listed George and Betty who are now teenagers. Harold is an undertaker. In the 1940 Census, Madge is divorced. Madge remains in the Niagara Street residence. She and her son George are living there with two boarders; John Johnson and Joiner Fredricks.

Madge Louise Buchner died sixty nine years ago on July 2, 1950. She was fifty six years old. She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa, Iowa.


Rest in peace, Madge!

Love, Jan

Madge is my third cousin two times removed.

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