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A Special Place in Council Bluffs

Charles Edward Appleby


    As a young man, Charles Appleby attended a very special school.  The School was first established 

in 1855, long before Charles was born to Homer and Isabella (Sour/Sauer) Appleby  in Sandsprings, 

Iowa,  in 1871.  This unique school was moved to Council Bluffs,  Iowa in 1870.  

  Today (1991), the campus is a park like setting of over one hundred acres, and welcomes the 

hearing impaired from birth through the age of twenty-one.  In the beginning, the school was  named 

the Iowa School for the Deaf and Dumb, a stigma that was removed when, accurately,  renamed the 

Iowa School for the Deaf.

    It was believed a fall from a chair, while still an infant, caused Charles' deafness. There is little 

known of how the accident may have affected his childhood, but it seems to have been a wise decision 

to enroll him in a school that taught the students how to live and communicate in a  hearing world.

    Charles met Nellie May Price, another student, while attending the School in Council Bluffs.  

Nellie's deafness may have been caused by a childhood illness.  Insensitivity in other children 

brought her great distress when they teased and taunted her because of her deafness and her 

speech pattern.  The trauma was severe enough for Nellie to decide never to speak again.

Nellie  was born 13 April 1874, North Branch, Gutherie County, Iowa to William and Louise

(Goldsmith)  Price.

   Charles and Nellie made their home in Monticello, Iowa where Charles worked in a 

Harness Repair Shop.  Nellie died 18 May 1947 and Charles died 17 April 1958,  both in   

Monticello and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery.



Children of Charles and Nellie May Appleby:


1.  Clarence Homar Appleby

Born: 15 Sept 1898  Manchester, Iowa

Died:  May 1979, Manchester, Iowa

Occupation:  Shoe Repair Shop


Margarite Chapman

One researcher gave last name of

Margarite as Cooper, daughter of 

Ernest Cooper and Alice Fisher.


2.Evaline Mae Appleby

Born: 23 Sep 1899  Manchester, Iowa

Married: 15 December 1917 to

Ralph Lambert

children:  Glenn Lambert


3.  Waldo Edward Appleby

Born:  16 Jan 1901  North Branch, Iowa

Died:  Oct 1979  Iowa


4.  Valentine Appleby

14 Feb 1903   Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Died: Childhood


5.  Floyd B. Appleby (a twin)

Born:  27 Feb 1904  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Died:  28 Mar 1931


6.  Lloyd Appleby (a twin)

Born:  27 Feb 1904  Cedar Rapids, Iowa


7.  Aubrey Henry Appleby

Born:  1 Sep 1906  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Died:  May 1984  Iowa

Married:  Eunice Grover

daughter of Ira Grover and Josephine Starks


8. Rebecca Appleby

Born: 25 Dec 1907

Hopkinton, Delaware Co. Iowa

Married:  Clarence Griffith


9.  Claude Appleby

Born:  7 Sep 1910  Monticello, Iowa

Died:  26 June 1989  Monticello, Iowa

Married:  20 Apr 1933 to:

Augusta Henrietta Gerdes

Born: 13 Jan 1913 Anamosa, Jones Co., Iowa

Died 18 May 1947  Montecello, Iowa

Father:  John Anton Gerdes

Mother:  Catherine Anderson

Children:  Donald, Bruce Charles, Elaine Catherine


10.  Robert John Appleby

Born: 30 Apr 1912  Iowa

Died:  30 Dec 1969  Iowa City, Iowa

Veteran's Hospital

Buried:  Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello, Iowa


Click here for Charles Parents' Chart


  Other than basic research, Appleby Heritage has not documented the material for 

Homer and Isabella or their children except where noted.  Thanks to the various 

descendents of Charles and Nellie for sharing their memories....back in 1989-91.


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page: 27 January 2003

revised:  7 March 2005