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Hoy Family History

My grandfather was Charles Ross Hoy, his wife was Mary Rowe Kerr Hoy. Mary Rowe Kerr's first husband was Rollie Kerr who died at a young age in a fire. Their children were Tossie Kerr Solem, Ethel Kerr Sweeter, and Roleda Kerr Hines. Charles Ross Hoy's first wife was Avis Keebles who died and left no children. Charles Ross and Mary Rowe Kerr married in 1910 and had 3 children: Charles Armond in 1915, Helen Janice in 1917 and Samuel Alden in 1920. These children all grew up in the Gary vicinity. Their farm was north of Gary.

Mary Rowe Kerr Hoy's parents lived in Gary also. They were William and Ellen Rowe.

At least 2 of Charles Ross Hoy's 9 siblings lived and reared their families in the Gary vicinity. Sarah Malinda Hoy Bereman, (Mrs. Seward), and Myrtle Hoy Allinson (Mrs. Ed).

My grandfather's sister, Myrtle Hoy Allinson and her husband Ernie Allinson, owned the farm which has in recent years been the home of a retired couple from the twin cities who were Bible translators. The large old home still stands but has been renovated. It was vacant and for sale last summer as the husband had died and his wife had moved away to be near a daughter I was told.
The home of my grandfather is 3 miles straight north of Gary, right on the county line I believe. I cannot recall the name of the fellow who lives there now. The house on the property was the Gary home of Mary Rowe Kerr Hoy's parents, William and Ellen Rowe, and once stood across the road from the school for the blind in Gary. It was moved to its current site in the 1930's by my grandparents after their other farm was lost due to the depression. I visited the farm many times in the 1950's when I was a child and my grandfather lived there.

Susan Janice Dean Arnott
Wessington Springs