John Grouse was born 8 Sept 1827 in Germany. In the 1870 US Census, his place of birth is listed as Hesse Darmstadt; in the 1880 US Census, it is listed as Wurtemburg, Germany. John was a farmer. He immigrated to the United States sometime prior to the birth of his first child, Christena, in 1855. He married Barbara Londenberg, born 23 Jan 1828, also in Hesse Darmstadt/Wurtemburg. John and Barbara had ten children: Christena, Mary, John and Goodlou were born in Ohio; George, Rosa, Katherine, Charlie, Elizabeth and William were born in Missouri. The family moved from Ohio to Sampsel Township, Livingston County, Missouri around 1861. John died 23 Dec 1894. Barbara died 26 Feb 1907. Both are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Springhill, Missouri.
Goodlou Grouse, the fourth child of John and Barbara, was born 5 Nov 1859 in Nashport, OH. He married Mary Girdner on 20 Feb 1882. Mary was born 28 Jan 1864 in Chillicothe, Missouri, the daughter of James Madison Girdner and Martha Emily Stith. Mary died on 27 Mar 1941 in Chillicothe. Goodlou died on 19 Oct 1949, also in Chillicothe. His obituary appeared in the Chillicothe Constitution Tribune:
Goodlou Grouse, well-known retired Livingston County farmer, died at 11:15 0'clock last night at the Chillicothe hospital. He would have been 90 years old in November. He had been a hospital patient since Monday morning. He was born Nov. 5, 1859, at Nashport, O., son of John and Barbara Lundenberg Grouse. He came to Livingston County with his parents when he was two years old and lived here the balance of his life. Mr. Grouse attended the Raulie school west of Spring Hill. He was united in marriage to Mary E. Girdner in 1883. She passed away in 1941. To the union four children were born, of whom one daughter, Mrs. Lena Grouse Anderson of Denver, Colo., survives. Other survivors are one brother, George Grouse of Chillicothe, two grandsons, Gene W. Anderson, Aurora, Ill., and Capt. John J. Anderson, U.S. Army Air Forces, Dayton, O., and four great-grandchildren. There are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. He was a member of the Baptist church and of the I.O.O.F. No. 91 of Chillicothe. The body will lie in state at the Gordon Home for Funerals until 11 o'clock Saturday morning, when it will be removed to the First Baptist church. Services will be held there at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. A. S. Day. I.O.O.F. services will be held at the church following the regular service. The casket will be closed at 1:45. Mr. Grouse had made his home in Chillicothe the last several years.
Lena Barbara Grouse was born 1 April 1886 in Chillicothe, Missouri and was brought up in that city. She was a professional piano player. In 1910, she went to Colorado where she homesteaded on a claim near Kit Carson. On July 7, 1913, she married William Whitfield Anderson, also a homesteader in Kit Carson. The Andersons were known as prosperous young ranchers owning one of the largest ranches in the area. Two sons, Gene and John, were born to the Andersons. Lena was divorced from William Anderson around 1945. She died in Chillicothe, Missouri on 1 Oct 1974 and is buried in Edgewood Cemetery.
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