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John LUKE Sr.
Katherine "Kate" SHREEVE
Anna Catherine ANDERSON
John William LUKE
Johannah "Hannah" JOHNSON
John Elvin LUKE


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John Elvin LUKE
  • Born: May 6, 1898, Keb, Wapello, Iowa, USA
  • Marriage: Doris ERICKSON on January 10, 1921 in Albia, Monroe, Iowa, USA
  • Died: November 6, 1967, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA at age 69 1
  • Buried: November 9, 1967, Aurora, Kane, Illinois - Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

bullet   Another name for John was Jack.


bullet  General Notes:

John worked in the mines in Iowa along side John L. Lewis. They worked together until John Lewis started organizing the miner's union. John left Iowa for greener pastures around 1928 and relocated to Aurora, Illinois.

John worked for the West Aurora School District #129. He started his career on August 19, 1929 and retired as the Head Custodian on June 13, 1964. His starting pay in 1929 was $95.00 per month

Stories of the John Elvin & Doris Luke family.

Then there was the time/times that.....

...the boys would take turns locking mom out of the house and the other two boys would chase her around the house on the outside and laugh at her.

...they were going to have a family portrait done and dad sent the boys to get haircuts. Johnny, being the oldest had the money and was in charge. When they got to the barber shop Johnny told the barber they wanted their hair cut just like his (he was bald). They all went home with shaved heads and the family portrait was never taken.

...the boys once prettied up their dog with laundry bluing. He was the best looking dog in the neighborhood. Unfortunately the bluing got in his blood stream and he met his untimely but pretty death.

...Lark decided she was going to give Grandpa a taste of his own medicine (he was always teasing someone). Lark asked him if he had gotten the letter she sent him. He said "No, as a matter of fact I didn't". Lark replied with "the BECAUSE I FORGOT TO STAMP IT!" and at the same time stomped his foot which had an ingrown infected toenail. Grandpa came up swearing and started after Lark but Grandma intervened, saved Lark from certain doom and told Grandpa he got exactly what he deserved for all his teasing.

...King would go to their house to watch TV. He would usually lay on an area rug to watch the tube. Grandpa would come along and roll him up in the rug and leave him there screaming until someone would come and unroll him.

...Grandpa would come over with either watermelon or ice cream. When he arrived he would proclaim to the neighborhood that there was a party for all. By the time the party was over the place was always a total mess but nothing that a hose and a little water couldn't clean up.

...Grandma would make peanut brittle and pull taffy during the winter. While the peanut brittle was outside chillin' in the snow Grandma would be inside pullin' hot taffy with her bare hands.

...on every Christmas eve there was always hot boiled shrimp with butter and beer or pop depending on your age and taste.

...many Saturday nights were spent at their house as they had a BIG (probably 26 inch) TV. They were also one of the first families to own a color TV when they became available. We all watched Lawrence Welk, Sea Hunt, Have Gun Will Travel and Gun Smoke. Grandma would serve buttered popcorn with lots of butter.


bullet  Noted Events In his Life:

  • Census, June 2, 1900, Jackson, Lucas, Iowa. picture

    The following Luke family members are listed on this page:
    John W. Luke, Head, Born Oct 1873
    Hannah, Wife, Born Dec 1875
    Mary, Daughter, Born Jan 1894
    Ruth E., Daughter, Born Feb 1896
    John E., Son, Born May 1898

  • Census, May 20, 1910, Delaware, Polk, Iowa. picture

    The following Luke and Lane family members are listed on this page:
    Johnie, Son, Age 11
    Willie, Son, Age 9
    Edwin, Son, Age 3 (Should be Irvin)
    Bert Lane, Son-In-Law, Age 25
    Ruth Lane, Wife, Age 14
    (Note: Bert was actually married to Mary, not Ruth. However, Mary is listed as living with her parents in the 1910 census so this census info must have gotten confused somehow.)
    Andrew Johnson, Boarder, Age 32
    Floyd Lane, Boarder, Age 18
  • Census, January 10, 1920, Wayne , Monroe, Iowa. picture

    The following Luke & Hooper family members are on this page:
    J. W. Luke, Head, Age 46
    Hannah, Wife, Age 44
    John, Son, Age 2?
    Willie, Son, Age 19
    Irvin, Son, Age 13
    Harold, Son, Age 9
    John Marlin Hooper. Uncle, Age 58
    Joseph Smith Hooper, Nephew, Age 20
  • Census, April 16, 1930, Aurora, Kane, Illinois. picture

    The following Luke family members are on this page:
    John E. Luke, Head, Age 31
    Dorothy, Wife, Age 33
    Johnnie A., Son, Age 9
    Charles I., Son, 8
    Leslie ?, Son, Age 6

  • Newspaper Article: a Luke family reunion with four generations present at the gathering, August 9, 1932, Chariton, Iowa. picture

  • Obituary: Aurora Beacon News, November 7, 1967, Aurora, Illinois. picture

  • Memorial Card, November 9, 1967, the Dieterle Memorial Home. picture

  • Cemetery: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, November 9, 1967, Aurora, Illinois. picture


John married Doris ERICKSON, daughter of Andrew J. ERICKSON and Agnes WEST, on January 10, 1921 in Albia, Monroe, Iowa, USA. (Doris ERICKSON was born on October 21, 1896 in Hiteman, Monroe, Iowa, USA, died on December 31, 1981 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois, USA 3 and was buried on January 4, 1982 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois - Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.)



  1. Social Security Death Index, Name: John Luke SSN: 361-18-8844 Last Residence: 60506 Aurora, Kane, Illinois, United States of America Born: 6 May 1898 Died: Nov 1967 State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951 ).
  2. Death Certificate,
    Acute Myocardial Infarction due to coronary Arterioscleroses.
  3. Social Security Death Index, Name: Doris Luke SSN: 338-34-6118 Last Residence: 60538 Montgomery, Kendall, Illinois, United States of America Born: 21 Oct 1896 Died: Dec 1981 State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (1957-1959 ).