Upton Shefford Peck (1920 - 1989)

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Upton Shefford Peck
1920 - 1989
January 3, 1920
Winneshiek, Iowa United States
May 24, 1989
Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa United States 52162
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Upton S Peck
Upton Shefford Peck was born on January 3, 1920 in Winneshiek, Iowa United States. He died on May 24, 1989 in Postville, Iowa United States at 69 years of age.
Updated: August 5, 2022
His parents were Daniel (1878-1921) and Alice Maud (Van Wey) Peck (1890-1986) - he had sibling Roland Daniel (1918-1989) and half-siblings, Ruth, Hartley and another half-brother. In the 1930 federal census, Upton was age 10 and living in Frankville, Iowa with his parents Halvor (49) and Maud (39) Myren and siblings Roland (12) and Ruth (1). Upton's stepfather, Halvor, was a farmer who owned his own farm. Upton married Goldie Lillian Barrett (1923-2007) on May 22 1940 in Decorah Iowa when Goldie was 18 and and Upton was 21. They had children Harold, Margie, Larry, Morvin, Alice, Sheryl, and Lori, according to their headstone (See Gravesite of Upton Sheffeld Peck.) and to his obituary at Upton Shefford Peck: Obituary On his World War 2 draft card which he registered on July 1st, 1941, Upton stated that he was white, age 21, born in Winneshiek, Iowa and living in Frankville Iowa. He was self-employed as a farmer, 5 ft 10 inches, had a dark complexion, black hair, brown eyes, and his next of kin was Mrs. Halvor Myren. He had a tattoo on his left arm of a Skull and crossbones. In the 1950 federal census, Upton was 30 and his wife Goldie was 26. They were living in Frankville Iowa with their children Harold (9), Margie (7), Larry (5), and Marvin (2). Upton worked for REA Electric at the time and was employed to "cut trees and brush for line clearance."
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Upton Peck was born on in Winneshiek, Iowa United States
Upton Peck died on in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa United States 52162
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Frankville Cemetery in Frankville, Winneshiek County, Iowa
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Upton was Caucasian.

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Upton was born in Winneshier, Iowa and was a United States citizen. He lived in Winneshier, Decorah. and Frankville Iowa and seems to have been a life-long resident of Iowa.


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Upton's funeral service was held at Community Presbyterian Church, Postville, Iowa.


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Upton was a farmer according to his draft registration card, World War II, dated 1941. In the 1950 federal census, Upton worked for REA Electric. He was employed to "cut trees and brush for line clearance."

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Upton had a Masonic service at Schutte Funeral Home.

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The Courier (Waterloo Iowa) 25 May 1989 Thu Upton A. Peck Postville - Services for Upton S. Peck, 69, of rural Postville, will be 2 pm Saturday at Community Presbyterian Church, Postville; burial in Frankville Cemetery, rural Postville; he died Wednesday (May 24) at his home after a lengthy illness; survivors include his wife, Goldie; three sons, Harold of Postville and Larry and Morvin, both of Waterloo; four daughters, Margie Kunkle of Oelwein, Alice Harberts of Waterloo, Sheryl Schulte of Denver and Lori Peck of Postville; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Allen; he was preceded in death by a brother and two stepbrothers; friends may call after 2 pm Friday at Schutte Funeral Home, Postville, wher a Masonic service will be at 8 pm Friday.

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In 1920, in the year that Upton Shefford Peck was born, on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

In 1938, he was 18 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1944, by the time he was 24 years old, on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

In 1953, at the age of 33 years old, Upton was alive when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1989, in the year of Upton Shefford Peck's passing, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

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