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Monday, June 18, 2018

William Stewart...A bit of a breakthrough

Here are links to the prior posts for William Stewart and family:

The breakthrough involves the death of William's son, Wesley James Stewart.

I've been buried in newspaper research for two or three years now and I've been updating all of the Find A Grave memorials with all that I find so that the information is in the public domain. I've just submitted an update for Wesley's Find A Grave memorial because I've located an obit for him. Here it is.

Iola Daily Register And Evening News, Iola, Kansas, 7 Jul 1922, Page 3
Mr. James Wesley Stewart passed away last evening at six o'clock at his home 508 East Monroe street after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. E. W. Spencer officiating. Burials will be made in Highland.

This interesting thing is that a few days later a Card of Thanks is published that indicates that Wesley's father William is still living and I'm guessing he's in Iola, Allen, Kansas.

Iola Daily Register And Evening News, Iola, Kansas, 11 Jul 1922, Page 3
Card of Thanks.
--We wish to express our thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy, also for beautiful floral offerings, during the sickness and death of our husband and son.--Mrs. W. J. Stewart, William Stewart and family, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Eshelman. 

William's wife's death in Iola in 1910 lends additional support to the notion that William is in the Iola area.

I've search the Kansas State census and the U.S. Federal Census (1910, 1920) to see if I can pick up any trace of William in the Iola area but found nothing. I've also searched (and searched some more) for a trace of William in Iola newspapers using Newspapers.com. No luck other than the one mention noted above. 

So, at this point, my working theory is that William Stewart lives past the 1922 death of his son Wesley when William is 67/68 and that he is living in the Iola area. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ella Jane McKinley Stewart, 1863-1910, Illinois, Kansas

Update to Stewart post.

While browsing for info in Newspapers.com, I came upon an obituary for Ella. Here it is.

The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, 8 Jan 1910, Page 3
Death at Sanitarium.
Ella Jane Stewart died early this morning at the Sutcliffe Sanitarium of tuberculosis. The body will be shipped on the evening Missouri Pacific to Tilden, Ill., for interment. The deceased was 47 years of age and had lived here for some time. Death at Sanitarium.

Find A Grave memorial = 142200676

Ella's youngest son, Wesley James Stewart, is living in Iola at the time. I'm assuming that Ella was living with him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ocie Lee (Nelson) Johnson, 1912-1982, Texas, Arizona

Ocie Lee Nelson (d/o Fred Walter Nelson and Cora Maude Burns)
b. 12 Jul 1912 Vasco, Delta, Texas
d. 29 Nov 1982 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
m. 25 Aug 1928 Texas
Vester Gale Johnson
b. 16 Aug 1908 Paragould, Greene, Arkansas
d. 1 Apr 1986 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 29 Nov 1982, Page 42
Ocie Johnson
Ocie Lee Johnson, 70, former manager of the Stouts Hotel in Gila Bend, died Nov. 27, 1982, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.
Mrs. Johnson, 726 E. Mountain View Rd., retired as manager of the hotel in 1978 after 11 1/2 years. She was born in Vasco, Texas and moved to Arizona 53 years ago.
She is survived by her husband, Vester; daughter Barbara Neal; son, Norman; two sisters; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 27 Apr 1986, Page 34
Vester G. Johnson
Vester G. Johnson, 77, a retired hotel manager, died April 25, 1986, at a Phoenix hospital. Mr. Johnson, of Phoenix, was born in Arkansas and moved to Arizona 57 years ago from Cooper, Texas. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Neal; a son, Norman; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with services at 2 p.m. Monday, at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. Seventh St.

Bessie Florence (McMillan) Orr, 1896-1988, Illinois and North Carolina

Alfred Byron Orr
b. 22 Apr 1890 Mattoon, Coles, Illinois
d. 14 Jun 1960 Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois
m. About 1911
Bessie Florence McMillan
b. 25 Oct 1896 Tilden, Randolph, Illinois
d. 25 Jul 1988 Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina

Child 1:
Francis Earl Orr
b. 12 Sep 1912 Illinois
d. 9 Dec 1995 San Jose, Santa Clara, California
m. About 1936
Mary Louise Morrison
b. 25 Feb 1916 Illinois
d. 12 May 1991 San Jose, Santa Clara, California

Child 2:
Florence Lee Orr
b. 1916 Illinois
d. 1 Sep 1950 Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
m. About 1938
Merritt Lee Mitchell
b. 16 Dec 1915
d. 27 Jun 1969 Illinois

Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois, 27 Jul 1988, Page 5
Bessie Orr
TILDEN -- Bessie F. Orr, 92, of Charlotte, N. C., formerly of Tilden, died Monday, July 25, 1988 in Charlotte.
Services will be at 11 p.m. Friday in Tilden Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Orr was a homemaker.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Belleville and the Order of the Eastern Stars in Quincy.
She was born Oct 20, 1895, in Tilden to Randall and Nancy (McKinley) McMillan.
Survivors include one son, Francis Orr of San Jose, Calif.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
One daughter and three brothers preceded her in death.
Finger-Heil Funeral Home in Marissa is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Ann (Moore) Johnson, 1937-2002, Arkansas, Arizona

Norman Ray Johnson
b. 16 Nov 1932 Cooper, Delta, Texas
d. 28 Jun 2008 Peoria, Maricopa, Arizona
m. 30 Apr 1954 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Betty Ann Moore
b. 13 Dec 1937 Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas
d. 1 Oct 2002 Peoria, Maricopa, Arizona

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 15 Apr 1954, Page 18
Staff Sergeant Norman Ray Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vester Johnson, 7514 N. Central is returning to the U. S. after serving in the air force on Okinawa for nine months. He is a bomber mechanic. During his stay here, Sergeant Johnson and Miss Betty Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Moore, 2223 E. Harrison, will be married.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 4 Oct 2002, Page 34
Betty Ann Johnson, 64, of Peoria, died Oct. 1, 2002. Visitation from 5-8 pm on Sun., Oct. 6, 2002 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phx., AZ. Services at 11 am on Mon., Oct. 7, 2002 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phx., AZ 85020. Contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phx., AZ 85014.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 16 Jul 2008, Page 24
Norman Ray Johnson, 75, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away June 28, 2008. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Katheryn Mae (Hughes) McKee, 1904-1989, St. Louis, Missouri (and surrounding area)

I let my doctor talk me into having a colonoscopy. The prep is brutal. So, I decided to treat myself to a short-term subscription to Newspapers.com. Yikes! Have they added lots of newspapers! A month may not be enough to do a complete examination of what's available. I'm going to try to start reporting some of what I'm finding starting with Katheryn, whose maiden name has eluded me for a long time.

Katheryn Mae Hughes
b. 30 Jun 1904 Illinois
d. 20 Dec 1989 St. Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri
m. Oct 1929
Lemuel Leslie McKee, Sr.
b. 9 Sep 1891 Willis Station, Perry, Illinois
d. Mar 1968 St. Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, 18 Aug 1929, Page 50
Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Hughes of Kirkwood have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Mae Hughes, to Lemuel McKee of Maplewood. The wedding will take place in October.

More to come...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Marjorie Fletcher Robertson 1921-1989 England and Canada

Marjorie Fletcher, the daughter of Percy Vincent Fletcher and Mabel Bradley, married M. E. Robertson per Percy's obituary. Here's what I've been able to track down so far.

Melvin Edward Robertson
DOB: 8 Nov 1924 (Where?)
DOD: 17 Sep 2007 Ontario, Canada (Click here for Find A Grave memorial)
DOM: 29 Mar 1944 (Where? Most likely Ontario, Canada)
Marjorie Fletcher
DOB: 26 Jun 1921 Stalybridge, Cheshire, England
DOD: 18 May 1989 Canada (Click here for Find A Grave memorial)

Click here to find Melvin's obituary online. The obituary includes a lovely photograph of Melvin and Marjorie and a complete list of family members.

I'm pursuing an obituary for Mabel Bradley Fletcher for confirmation of this info. However, without a complete date of death, it could take a while to track down the obit.