Orpha A. Higgason

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Orpha A. Higgason

Death: Died in Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, USA
Place of Burial: Zearing, Story County, Iowa, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Wallace B. Higgason and Josephine Higgason
Wife of James Allen Ruxton
Sister of Ina Leona Higgason; Walter Bruce Higgason; William Higgason and Hazel Higgason

Managed by: Robert Fahey
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About Orpha A. Higgason

From the 1956 book 'Community History, Zearing, Iowa' by Donald H. Grimm:

Zearing Telephone Association

We do not have the exact date the local telephone company was organized. The first office was a small booth in the Ingledue drug store. Elwood C. Ingledue died in 1902. So we know that there was telephone service in Zearing before that date.

Orpha Higgason worked in the drug store. A part of her duties was to take care of the switchboard. Orpha said that there was little activity at first. She said that when the bell rang it always startled her.

The first rural line was constructed northwest from Zearing. James A. Ruxton joked about that. He said that the reason was his interest in the telephone operator, Orpha. James and Orpha were married but we do not know how great a part the telephone played in the romance.


Ames Daily Tribune; Ames, Iowa; Friday, Nov. 11, 1966; Page 2:

Ortha Ruxton died today

Mrs. Ortha Ruxton, 82, Zearing. died early today at Evangelical Hospital, Marshalltown. She was a lifetime resident of the Zearing community. Mrs. Ruxton is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eva Reese, also of Zearing; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Sebert. Sioux Falls, S.D.; nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Zearing Christian Church, with the Rev. Phillip Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Zearing Cemetery.

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Orpha A. Higgason's Timeline

July 6, 1904
Age 21
November 11, 1966
Age 83
Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, USA
Zearing, Story County, Iowa, USA