“Uncle Pink” and his wife at Family Video site

August 19, 2011

Uncle Pink's home where Family Video now stands.

Photograph taken ca. 1910, captioned “Uncle Pink Hilton’s house in Fairfield, Iowa.” Leonard P. Hilton and his wife Louisa M. (Gasaway) moved to 803 W. Burlington between 1900 and 1910 from Prescott, Adams Co., Iowa, where he had been a farmer. Here in Fairfield Leonard worked as a carpenter at a machine shop, perhaps the Louden Company.

Leonard and Louisa both came from farming families. Though Louisa was born in Kentucky (January 18, 1848) and Leonard was born in Ohio (November 14, 1838, the youngest of five children of Leonard and Sarah Merryman Hilton of Maryland), they were already familiar with Jefferson County, having been married here on August 14, 1870 by C. G. Milnes, V.D.M. Louisa had moved from Bullitt County, Kentucky to Black Hawk Township in Jefferson County, Iowa in 1854 with her parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth (Holtzclaw) Gasaway. She was the fifth of eight children. At the time of her marriage Louisa was working as a domestic in the household of W. W. Junkin, publisher of the Fairfield Ledger.

Leonard and Louisa’s daughter, Elizabeth Sarah Hilton, was born in Iowa on September 14, 1874 and died on January 10, 1904. Louisa died here on April 29, 1918. Leonard was still boarding here as a widower in 1925, and died on November 17, 1929. Leonard, Louisa, and their daughter Elizabeth were all buried in Fairfield’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Their home at 803 West Broadway was where Family Video now stands. Here is a before and after photo:

Family Video, Fairfield, Iowa before and after.

Then: Photograph taken ca. 1910, captioned “Uncle Pink Hilton’s house in Fairfield, Iowa.” Leonard P. Hilton and his wife Louisa M. moved to 803 W. Burlington between 1900 and 1910 from Prescott, Adams Co., Iowa, where he had been a farmer. In Fairfield he worked as a carpenter at a machine shop, perhaps the Louden Co. He was still boarding here as a widower in 1925.

Now: In 2011, the old house at 803 W. Burlington has been replaced by the modern Family Video building. To the right, the house next east at 801 W. Burlington retains much of its earlier look, though the roof of the rear addition has been raised to match the rest of the house.

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