It was said Austin was "a man of dry wit and practical common sense."
6/14/1880 Lincoln Twp, Nodaway Co, MO. The newlyweds lived alone at census time, being listed as Austin, 24, and Mollie, 22. He was a farm laborer without property. Brother George lived in Nodaway Twp, same county.
Late "gay" 1890s Bliss Van Gundy visited Austin "at the farm home in the edge of Iowa about three miles from the little town of Blanchard."
From the Atchison Co, MO web site:
"The map shows an east/west road going from left to right in the photo and this would be the state line. Iowa to the north or top and Missouri to the south of this road. There is also a north/south road shown and south of the state line road and west of the north/south road would be Atchison County. East of the state line road would be Nodaway County."
6/2/1900 Lincoln Twp, Atchison Co, MO. County lines may have shifted rather than the family actually moving before the next census. Austin, 43, had been married 20 years to Mary B, 42, who had birthed 5 children, all living: Pearl, 19, Frederick L, 17, Samuel B, 14, Sally L, 10, and Ruth R, 3. Austin was a farmer, Pearl was a school teacher.
4/15/1910 Grant Twp, Page Co, IA. The census taker recorded Austin, 53, married 30 years to Mary B, 52, with 5 children. The last 2 children were still at home, Sallie L, 20, and Rutta R, 13. Austin apparently had retired as he had his own income.
1/5/1920 Grant, Page Co, IA. That year the census listed Austin at 63 while Mary B was 62. Austin had no occupation but they did own their home free of mortgage. They lived alone between the Moffetts and Leacocks.