Ira Ackerson came into this world on June 7, 1873 in New Hartford, Iowa. He was the first of seven children born to Joseph Ackerson and Lucy May Card, pictured front and center in the picture above. Both the Ackerson's and the Card's came from the New York area but the Ackerson's via several generations in Ohio and the Card's via a brief layover in Wisconsin. That is Ira in the back row on the left in the photo above standing next to siblings Edith Deliah and William. In the front row to the left of Lucy is Julie Maude and to the right of Joseph is Lizzie May, James Allen and Emma Jane.
Sometime prior to 1895, Ira married Byrd "Birdie" Bertha Ingalls. I haven't done any research on her mostly because she isn't my 2nd great grandmother. Seven years after they were married and three children later, she evidently ran away with another man leaving him and the kids behind. The book written by my great grandmother simply stated that she ran away.
24 Jul 1903
Ira was the son of a doctor though he himself was a blue collar worker. However, Ira evidently had enough money to hire a young housekeeper by the name of Maria Buchholz, daughter of Frederick Buchholz, the last ancestor to immigrate to the United States. I mention his name because four years later, my 2nd great grandfather married Maria and bore him four more children including my great grandmother.
14 May 1907But then my 2nd great grandfather's lack of luck really began to take hold. What follows are a string of articles from local newspapers and written accounts from my great grandmother's journal detailing his clumsiness.
While living in Charles City, IA, a team of horses Ira was driving started up suddenly and Ira fell against the side of the wagon and fractured his neck.
12 Aug 1917
While they were living in Cedar Falls, Ira and son Clarence were in an auto accident and Ira fractured his neck a second time. When he recovered from the second accident, he couldn't turn his head to the side anymore.
25 Aug 1925
Ira's lack of luck eventually got the better of him and on March 9, 1952, he died at home due to kidney trouble.