Sunday, April 2, 2023

Arthur Pearle Couser

4th Generation: Arthur Pearle Couser

Arthur Pearle Couser, born on Feb. 8, 1877, was the third son of John Burns Couser and Rachel Alice Guthrie Couser. He was born in Mondale, Harrison County, Iowa. In 1889, by the time Arthur Pearle was 3 years of age, John Burns Couser and Rachel Couser moved to a farm in Lincoln township, Story Co., Iowa. Arthur P. received his early education through the 8th grade in a country school located northwest of Zearing, IA. He later received further education at Iowa State Normal School in Cedar Falls, now known as University of Northern Iowa. Arthur Pearle Couser married Daisy Lois Fleming on March 26, 1902 at the Christian Church of Zearing. Arthur and Daisy attended the same country school but only knew of each other. Arthur P. and Daisy were married by Rev. Simon Skogsberg. Arthur was a member of the Evangelical Church, which was the planned site for the wedding, but this church burned down days prior to the wedding date and the wedding was shifted to the Christian Church at Zearing. 

Arthur Pearle and Daisy Wedding
Arthur Pearle and Daisy Wedding
Arthur and Daisy Couser celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 26, 1967 at a large gathering of family and friends at a dinner held at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Zearing, IA. The event was covered by a local newspaper and reporter. The report covered their courtship, noting that they met after Arthur Pearle’s father, John Burns Couser, hired Daisy Fleming as a hired hand on the farm. Shortly thereafter, they developed the beginning of a life-lasting relationship, where they took long walks and discussed their future plans for their life together, their plans for a home on a farm, where they would live and raise their family.

65th Wedding Anniversary, 1967
65th Wedding Anniversary, 1967

Arthur Pearle Couser was a life-long member of his church of Zearing, IA and held many positions and offices in the church. He was a well-known and versatile farmer, pioneering in soybean production. He was also an avid gardener, school teacher, amateur artist, sorghum maker, 4-H leader, and a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. Arthur Pearle Couser passed on August 20, 1976 at the age of 99. Daisy Fleming Couser passed on September 30, 1969 at the age of 89. Both Arthur P. and Daisy Couser are interred at the Zearing Cemetery Mausoleum in Zearing, Story Co., Iowa.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much!
    Looking forward to learning more.
    Jill Couser Christensen