|Robert John Mack And Family
Robert John Mack was born Sept. 30, 1921 in Corning, Iowa. He is the
oldest son of Lewis B. and Isabelle (Curry) Mack. He attended schools at
Corning and always lived in Corning except for three and a half years in
the Army during World War II.
While in grade school, Uncle Leo Curry, kept Bob supplied with ponies
and as he grew older he rode gaited horses in local horse shows in
Southwest Iowa. His dad sold his horse when he went into the service
August 24, 1942. He attended Creighton University one semester until the
Army draft stopped his education. He trained at Leavenworth, Kan., Camp
Roberts, Calif. and Camp Phillips, Kan. He drove heavy tow and cargo
trucks on the Alcan Highway for two severe winters. Next sent to Camp
Crowder, Mo. where he served out his duty as motorcycle patrolman.
After discharge Dec. 16, 1945, he helped in the family hardware store
until brother, Frannie returned from service. He then went to work for
Campbell & Tindall Garage driving a lime truck. He upset the truck
due to a broken front spring, only thing hurt was his feelings but he
then bought his own truck in 1946.
In 1948 Bob and Russell Lundquist bought Pattison's Beer and Billiard
Parlor and Russell sold out to him in 1950 and brother Ray ran the
business for him so he could get back to truck driving. Ray bought Bob
out in 1951 and renamed the business the "Red Bull."
Robert and Patricia Ann (Johns) were married Aug. 19, 1952 at St.
Patrick's Church. Patricia, daughter of Earl and Alice Johns was born at
Newcomerstown, Ohio, Nov. 5, 1930, moving to Corning with her parents in
1938. She attended school in Corning and always lived here except for
two years at Iowa Teachers College. She has driven a Corning community
school bus since 1973. They had three children: Josetta Ann, still-born
in 1953; Anthony Robert born Aug. 4, 1955 and Anne Louise, born May 19,
1959. Tony graduated from Drake University and U of Iowa physical
therapy dept. and married Patty Boswell Oct. 30, 1982 and now resides in
Jefferson, Iowa. Anne graduated from U.N.I. and worked for the State of
Iowa in social services and recently moved to Orlando, Fla. working for
the State of Florida.
Bob and Pat resided at 308 Grove for 11 years and purchased a farm in
1962 where they now live. This provides a side income plus area for
truck parking and maintenance. Submitted by Pat Mack
(History of Adams County Iowa, 1984, p. 374)