Monday, July 19, 2021

Sarah E. "Sallie" Stover 1848-1926 My Great Grandaunt on My Father's Side - Part 1

I believe this is a photo of Sarah E. Stover
If anyone seeing this bio can confirm my
identification I would like to hear from you
Sarah E. Stover[1] was the eldest child of David Lincoln Stover and Joanna Gaines. She was born on November 15, 1848 in Elizabethton, Tennessee.[2]  Sarah was one year old when her brother William “Win” was born and two when the 1850 census was taken. Sarah was three when my great grandmother, Carrie Brooks Stover was born, five when their sister Mary was born, seven when David “Bud” Gaines Stover was born, and ten when her youngest sibling, Elizabeth was born. That same year their father died on November 28, 1858 of an unknown cause.

According to the Lincoln Family Magazine Sarah spent time at the White House as a young girl when Andrew Johnson was president. She and her siblings apparently visited regularly to play with their cousins, the children of their uncle Daniel Stover who had married Mary Johnson, daughter of Andrew Johnson. According to Sarah’s obituary “She lived in the White House at Washington during President Johnson’s Administration, living with her aunt, Mrs. Mary Stover, daughter of the President. She was a young woman in her teens at the time and was popular with the White House fold, friends here said…. The days she spent in the White House were exciting ones, according to Mrs. A.G. Wilmore, Oklahoma City, Mrs. Tipton’s daughter.” [3]

When the 1860 census was taken the family was living in the same place in Elizabethton – on the family farm and next door to Sarah’s aunt, uncle and four of her cousins. Sarah was 11 and her mother, now a widow, was 35 years old. Her brother Win had died thus was not listed on the census.

Elizabethton covered bridge draped in snow

Ten years later, Sarah now twenty-one was still living at home, with her mother who mysteriously had only aged 8 years according to the census record that showed her as being 43. The youngest child, Elizabeth was not listed on the 1870 census – presumably she had died as well.

Marriage, Children and Move to Handley, Texas

Later that same year, Sarah married Winfield “Wynn” Scott Tipton on November 15, 1870.[4] Wynn was the son of Isaac Perry Tipton and Ann Pricilla Powell. He was born in Elizabethton on April 25, 1847. Prior to marrying, he served in the Civil War with the Confederates.

Sarah and Wynn had three children – Maude P. Tipton born on December 12, 1871, Eugene Tipton born March 14, 1873 and Robert Wheeler Tipton born July 11,1874. All three of their children were born while they were living in Elizabethton. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Handley which is in Tarrant County, Texas in 1877, one year after the Texas and Pacific Railway extended a line to the town.[5]  They built the first home in Handley and Wynn established a mercantile business.[6] Wynn’s obituary noted that he and his brother-in-law, David Gaines Stover had gone to Tarrant County prior to having the rest of the family join them.[7] According to the obituary they “were held up in  a stagecoach robbery … believed to be by the outlaw Sam Bass.” A separate obituary explains that part of the reason the Tiptons chose to move to Texas was to avoid the disputes that arose in Tennessee after the Civil War.[8]

West Handley Train Station

According to the Handley website, the town was a thriving community settled when the Texas and Pacific railroad came to town. It was named after James Madison Handley who was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and owned a very large plantation east of Handley. Handley is located east of Fort Worth and is now part of Fort Worth. They chose Handley in part because they guessed that it would eventually outgrow Fort Worth but such was not the case. Today, Handley is a small community within Fort Worth.

Sarah’s sister Carrie either went with them or joined them in Handley about the same time because she married James W. Pattillo in Handley in November of 1879. The Tipton family moved ninety miles west to Stephens County, Texas in 1879, so that Wynn could start a ranching business with his brother-in-law David Gaines but after a three-year drought Winfield gave up ranching and returned to Fort Worth in 1886.[9]

Stephens County, Texas

On the 1880 Stephens County census Wynn was listed as 33 years of age and a farmer. Included in the household along with Sarah were their three children, Sarah’s mother and brother David, who was shown as a “stock raiser”, and a boarder named William Morrel who helped on the farm. James Pattillo was also involved with cattle when he was in Tarrant County, so I wonder if Carrie was introduced to her future husband by her brother David. During the time they were in Stephens County their sons attended school  there and their daughter Maud was a teacher in the Albany School District.

Stephens County, Texas 1890

In 1887, when Sarah was 39, her household was directly impacted by a major event that likely disturbed everyone in the household. On January 23rd the people riding on the Texas-Pacific Railroad were victims of a daring train robbery. It was a well-executed theft that began with two men approaching the engineer with pistols and demanding that he stop the train on a high trestle bridge where six more masked men were able to board. They forced the engineer to give them the key to the train’s safe and stole the contents which was reported to be worth between $10,000 and $15,000. From there they moved to the mail car on the train where Winfield and his colleagues H.M. Price and Richard Griffin were busy hiding pieces of register mail among the mail bags. They estimate that there were 66 pieces of such mail of which all but 25 they succeeded in keeping from the thieves. The news reports include a detailed account of the thieves’ brazenness, “They (the train’s mail staff) had only one revolver among them, and the command, "open up" given in an elevated animated tone, was promptly obeyed. As the door flew open the tall, thin man remarked: "Boys, you might as well give up: I have been in two or three affairs of this kind, and while I never killed anybody, I'll be G___d d___d if I am afraid to do it. The order was quickly obeyed, and the tall, thin man held up his hand for a light, at which Price remarked: "See here, don't you think it is a little tough to have to pull a man into your car to rob it?" "That's all right," replied the robber, "Pull me in," and he was pulled in, Mr. Tipton as he entered taking off his hat and remarking: "How do you do, Sir?" As the robber was going through the car he was asked, "You do not seem to be much afraid. Why do you not work with a mask?" One of his companions replied: "You see, the captain don't live around here, and he is not in danger of being recognized." The tall, thin man was then asked if his gang proposed to rob the passengers, and he replied: "No, the sons of B-----s have had time to hide away everything.”[10]

Albany park and courthouse, Stephens County, TX

Thanks to the Portals of Texas History website and the intrepid reporters for The Albany News, I can report that Winfield paid a visit to his family living in Albany, Texas on June 27, 1889. That would have been his brother-in-law, David “Bud” Gaines and his wife Nancy “Nannie” Williams Stover who owned a ranch in Stevens County, Texas. There were similar snippets of news about family visits on October 17 and November 14th in 1890.

Also found on the Portals website were multiple promotional ads for McAllister's Red Front Shoe Store. They ran several large print ads promoting their give-away programs. Each of these ads stated that Mr. W.S. Tipton had already won a Wheelock Piano valued at $500 with his winning ticket number 17,981. The ads also noted that Mr. Tipton was an employee of the Railway Service.[11]

McAllister's Red Front Shoe Store Ad

At the 1891 Railway Postal Clerks Convention, held in Fort Worth, W.S. Tipton was elected Vice President of the organization.[12] A July 3, 1891 article in the Fort Worth Gazette noted that Winfield’s salary as a Clerk in Charge for the Railway Mail Service on the Texarkana and El Paso line was $1300. In 1891 I presume that was their annual salary – not monthly.

Sarah and Winfield's marriage record

[1] Some family trees show her as Sarah Murray Stover but I think they are confusing her with her grandmother, Sarah Murray Drake Stover. She was listed as Sarah E. on the 1850 census, Sarah E.M. in 1860, just Sarah in 1870,1880 and 1910, and on her death certificate, Sallie S. in 1900, and Sarah S. in 1920 – where the “S” probably refers to “Stover”.

[2] Sarah’s birth year is consistent on the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses as being 1848. Her death certificate shows 15 November, 1848 as her date of birth but her engraved headstone shows 20 November 1848.

[3] Obituary for Mrs. W.S. Tipton “Grandniece of Ex-President Buried Here”, 14 April 1926 p.8

[4] Tennessee Marriage Records Dec 1796-Feb 1879 found on Ancestry.

[5] W.S. Tipton Obituary, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 31 Dec 1941 p.15.

[6] The year they moved to Texas is from Mary Wallace, a descendant of Sarah Stover Tipton. Ms. Wallace believes that Sarah’s brother David and their mother moved to Texas with the Tiptons in 1877. This date is also noted in Wynn’s obituary, and the obituary for Mrs. W.S. Tipton “Grandniece of Ex-President Buried Here”, 14 April 1926 p.8

[7] I believe that Winfield and Sarah as well as Sarah’s siblings David and Carrie and their mother all moved to Texas at the same time. The only other living child of David and Joanna Stover, Mary Stover left Tennessee and moved to Los Angeles in about 1900.

[8] Albany News, Jan. 8, 1942, Vol. 57 “Former Resident Dies at Ft. Worth”.

[9] Winfield’s obituary.

[10] Galveston Daily News, Jan. 24, 1887, p. 2 and The Dallas Herald Vol. 2 same date.

[11] Fort Worth Gazette, May 2, 1890, Vol. 14.

[12] Fort Worth Daily Gazette  “The Postal Clerks: A Division Association Formed Here Yesterday”, 2 Sept 1891, p. 2

Sarah E. "Sallie" Stover 1848-1926 My Great Grandaunt on My Father's Side - Part 2

This is the Tipton home at 3800 Mattison in the 
Arlington Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas

On September 18, 1891 the Fort Worth Gazette ran a short article announcing that Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Tipton had moved from Albany, Texas to Fort Worth three weeks earlier. This article mentioned that Mrs. Tipton was a cousin of City Attorney Powell. It also mentioned her time spent at the White House during President Johnson’s administration noting that she was known as the “Little Fairy of the White House”. The piece described Sarah as, “refined and modest, but proud of her White House days.”

This home is at 3804 Mattison - the address given
on some of the Tipton documents

Sarah visited her brother Bud Stover at his Stephen’s County ranch the week of August 25, 1893.[1] Several similar visits were reported by The Albany News in 1898, 1899  and 1900. During these trips she sometimes went alone and on other trips she took one of her sons with her or both she and Winfield went together.

An 1895 directory shows Sarah and Wynn living at 1101 Burnett Street in Fort Worth. Wynn and their son Eugene were both working as clerks for the Railway Postal Service.[2] When the 1900 census was taken, they were at the same location. On this census Sarah was listed as “Sallie S. Tipton”. Their son Robert was living with them – he was 24 and still single. They had two black female servants. Grandville Nelson, age 20 was from Mississippi, and Beatrice L. Snooker of Texas was 22. There were also two white boarders in the household – Clinton J. Taylor and Frank H. Hurt. Wynn was employed as a clerk for R.M. Sevier as was Clinton. The other boarder was a railroad postal clerk, and their son Robert was listed as a stenographer.

Also in 1895, I found an article headlined “The South was Slighted” that reported that few southerners were represented in the Republican caucus. In the article it reported the group would support Gen. Henderson of Illinois for the position of clerk and W.S. Tipton of Tennessee as sergeant-at-arms.[3] It is hard to know for certain that this reference is of our W.S. Tipton. A similar topic was covered in 1900 with the headline, “The Split Occurred – Tennessee Republican Convention Followed Time Worn Precedent”. In that article W.S. Tipton was nominated for railroad commissioner. [4]

Article describing the Tipton's move 
to Fort Worth from Albany, Texas
I found an article from 1898 promoting the Washington Hotel in Galveston, Texas that described how it had undergone a major renovation costing $5000 and now boasted of having “one of the handsomest dining rooms in the state with excellent service. Rates $2.00 a day.” One of the recent arrivals at the hotel was none other than W.S. Tipton.[5]

There was a short snippet in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1904 that noted that Sarah had “returned home from a trip to Chicago, St. Louis and Niagara Falls.” It included no explanation for why she apparently made the trip alone. Given that Niagara Falls was part of her itinerary suggests that this was a vacation rather than a trip to visit family. In 1906 Sarah’s son Robert move to Los Angeles, California to take a position with the Illinois Central Railroad.[6] He left his position with the Fort Worth and Denver Railway where he had served as Passenger and Ticket Agent for four years and was Secretary of the Fort Worth City Passenger Agents’ Association.[7]

On August 3, 1900 The Albany News reported that “Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Tipton spent last Friday in Albany on their way home after spending two weeks at their ranch near Crystal Falls.”[8] A separate article explained that when they moved to Fort Worth, they retained their ranch property in Stephens County until Winfield died. Three months later in November of 1900 Sarah and her son Eugene spent time at her brother’s ranch which was also near Crystal Falls.

Sarah would have been 52 in 1900 when her daughter Maude married Arthur G. Wilmore. Amazingly, this event did not seem to make the newspaper – at least I have not found anything about it which I imagine was well celebrated at the time. The following year Sarah’s son Robert married Jennie Emerson Pearson. In March of 1902 Sarah’s mother, Joanna Gaines Stover died and was buried in the Tipton Family Cemetery. In December of 1905 son Eugene married Emily Caroline Colston.

Eugene Tipton is on the left in this photo
from the Fort Worth Sun-Telegram, 1953

Winfield was part of a week-long fishing party in 1904. He went deep sea fishing with a group of railway mail service men in Galveston, Texas. Their objective was to catch tarpon and sharks.[9]

The Tipton family moved to the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth in 1907 and that is where they were when the 1910 census was taken. They were shown living at 175 Arlington Heights Road on the census. Wynn was 62 and working as a Superintendent for the railroad. His son Robert was living with them and was an auditor for the railroad. Sarah was 61. Robert’s wife Jennie P. and their three children Winnie R. 7, A.W. (Arthur Wilmore Tipton Jr.) 5 and J.P. (John Pearson Tipton) 2 were also living with Wynn and Sarah. According to the Fort Worth directory they had a telephone at this home.

While they lived in Fort Worth Sarah was actively engaged in community affairs. She was mentioned in the society column of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on November 10, 1912 as having been a guest at the T.A.G. Club.

Mrs. Eugene Tipton, second from the right
Fort Worth Sun-Tribune, 1928

In 1916 Sarah suffered the loss of her younger sister Carrie, my great grandmother, who died in Los Angeles, California. Sarah was 67 at that time.

On January 6, 1920 Wynn and Sarah were living with their son Robert and grandchildren at 1108 W. 5th Street in Fort Worth. At that time Robert was widowed and there were four children in his household – a daughter Wynne 17, Wilmore 14, John 12 and a daughter Sarah L. age 8.

A city directory lists Winfield S and Sarah residing on Mattison Avenue in Arlington Heights in 1923. According to Wynn’s obituary, their home was one of the first three homes built in the new neighborhood. In 2021, Arlington Heights is still considered one of the nicest neighborhoods in Fort Worth. Their son Robert, who was working as a carpenter, was living with them and their son Eugene, a clerk at RMS, and his wife Emily were living nearby in Arlington Heights. When the 1925 directory was published it showed their street address as 3804 Mattison Avenue. That is where they were living when Sarah died on April 12, 1926 from stomach cancer. She was 77.

Sarah was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, having lived in Texas for 49 years and in Fort Worth for 40 years. Services were held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.[10] At the time of her death her sons were living in Texas and her daughter Maude was residing in Oklahoma City. “Mrs. Tipton’s four grandsons and two nephews were pallbearers. They are Wilmore, John, Colston Tipton , and John L. Cassell, grandsons and Howard and Sidney Oates nephews, all of Fort Worth”.[11]

Sarah S. Tipton Nov. 20, 1848-Apr 12, 1926

Sarah’s daughter Maude died five years later. She was 60 years old and died while living at 3800 Mattison Avenue, so at some point she apparently had returned to Fort Worth from Oklahoma City.

Maud P. Wilmore, Dec. 12, 1871-May 22, 1931

Fifteen years later Sarah’s husband Wynn was laid to rest with her at Greenwood Cemetery. Winfield Scott Tipton died on December 30, 1941 at the age of 94. According to his obituary Winfield was “survived by two sons, Eugene Tipton of Fort Worth, assistant division superintendent of the Railway Mail Service, and R.W. Tipton of Breckenridge.” He had six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

W.S. Tipton, Apr 25, 1847 - Dec 30, 1941
Sarah Tipton's death certificate

Winfield S. Tipton death certificate

Stover Sisters. I am confident of the identification of Mary and Carrie
Stover. The question is whether the third image is of their sister Sarah.
I would be grateful to anyone who can confirm this.

[1] Albany News, Vol. 10.

[2] On 20 February 1915, Eugene and eight others filed a suit against the Railway Postal Clerks’ Investment Association in the District Court of Tarrant County. The case was appealed in 1914 – Tipton v. Railway Postal Clerks’ Investment Company, but the appeal was denied.

[3] Fort Worth Gazette, Nov. 29, 1895, Vol. 20.

[4] Houston Daily Post, April 21, 1900, vol. XVI.

[5] Galveston Tribune, July 4, 1898, p. 4

[6] “Tipton in California”, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 13 July 1906.

[7] “Passenger Men Esteem Tipton: City Ticket Agents Present Letter to Former Associate”, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 June 1906.

[8] Albany News, Aug. 3, 1900, p. 6

[9] Galveston Tribune, May 26, 1904, Vol. 24.

[10] Tipton – Mrs. W.S. Tipton obituary Fort Worth Star-Telegram 13 April 1926.

[11] Obituary for Mrs. W.S. Tipton “Grandniece of Ex-President Buried Here”, I 14 April 1926 p.8



Monday, May 17, 2021

Lottie's Photos: Chris 1950


Anna and Lewis Pattillo holding Chris,
Christening Day

This photo is from volume two of Lottie’s ninety-four photo albums. It covers the period April 1950 to August 1957. Volume one started in January of 1938 and stopped in October of 1949. So, there is no photographic evidence of what happened during the two months before my birth until three months after I was born. Sadly, Mom’s written journals also stopped in 1947, so we’ll probably never know how she felt about my conception or birth.

The photo was taken on April 1, 1950 – the day I was christened. I love the hat my grandmother Anna is wearing and that four-inch-wide tie looks like something Grandpa might have purchased at the San Francisco World Fair. Grandpa Lewis has a pocket watch on a chain that is looped over a button and hanging down from that is what looks like a mechanical pencil or a plumb bob. Anyone know what that is?

Emma & John Thornally, my
maternal grandparents

Here I am with my maternal grandparents Emma and John Thornally. Grandpa seems to be bursting out of his pants and Gramma is wearing the pair of glasses I had remade and wore during the 1970s while attending college at UC.

Just three months after I was born and mom is looking very slender in her glamorous dress – no doubt one of her own creations. Dad looks pretty spiffy in his white shirt and suspenders. Mom was 30 and Dad nearly 37.

These are my godparents – Dorothy Menge and her husband Bill McTigue. Mom was very close to all her cousins – particularly Dorothy and Marion. In her diary she wrote about going out dancing with Dorothy, they're having a fight that lasted several days, Dorothy asked Mom to be one of her bridesmaids, then she threatened to elope but instead had a church wedding on November 5th 1937. When Dorothy was pregnant Mom hosted a baby shower. Mom wore Dorothy’s veil when she was married and after she and Dad were married, they continued to socialize with Dorothy and Bill and spent time with them at Ben Lomond.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Mary Lincoln Stover 1796 - 1859 My 3rd Great Grandaunt

Daniel Stover Sr. home where Mary grew up
Mary Lincoln Stover was the second child of Daniel Stover Sr. and his wife Phoebe Ward. She was one of seven sisters of my third great grandfather, William Ward Stover. Mary was born on January 20, 1796 in what was then considered the Southwest Territory and today is part of Carter County, Tennessee.

When Mary was nineteen, she married John Teter Bowers on February 3, 1815[1]. John was also born in the Southwest Territory on January 27, 1792. He was the son of John Leonard Bowers and Rebecca Nave. John enlisted in the Tennessee militia on January 5, 1814 and was discharged on May 18, 1814. This was during the War of 1812. He served as a private with Captain Adam Winsel’s Company.

Pension application for War of 1812 service

Mary and John had ten children. They were Mary Lincoln Bowers born ca. 1815, Daniel Stover Bowers b. ca 1817, David B. Bowers b. 1820, William Carter Bowers b.1823, Teter Nave Bowers b.1826, Jemima Bowers b.1829, Rev. John Leonard Bowers b.1830, Christian Nave Bowers b.1836, Isaac Stover Bowers  b.1839 and Samuel Murray Stover Bowers b. ca. 1841.

In 1850 Mary appeared on the census for Carter County. She was fifty-four at the time and was living with John 58 and four of their children. The children were listed in this order on the census form: Christian 14, Isaac 11, and Murry 7, followed by John 19, Mary 21 and Isaac N. one month. Since their daughter Mary Lincoln Bower would have been 35 in 1850, I believe the Mary listed below their son John Leonard was his wife and the one-month-old Isaac N. was John L. and Mary’s son – John Teter and Mary L. Stover’s grandson.

John T. and Mary Bowers on the 1850 census
 John Tater was identified as a “Collier” in the occupation column whereas every other male aged 15 or older on the page was identified as a farmer. A collier is a coal miner.

According to Robert Nave, a Carter County historian, Mary and John were divorced  - a somewhat unusual occurrence for the time. Then on April 20, 1856, John Bowers married a second time to Mary Jane E. Crawley, the widow of Griffin Pearce. John T. Bowers and his wife Mary (Crawley) applied for a pension based on John’s service during the War of 1812. John died sometime before 1870 in Carter County.[2]

Bond for John's marriage to Mary Crawley

Most records suggest that Mary Lincoln Stover Bowers died in Elizabethton in Carter County in 1859 at the age of 64.

[1] Tennessee US Marriage Records 1780-2002, TN State Library and Archives shows this marriage date as 3 Feb 1811. Other sources show 1814. The 1815 date comes from Robert Nave’s book on Teter Nave whom I trust.

[2] Dale Jenkins, a descendant of Solomon Hendrix Stover, one of Mary’s brothers, says John died after 1871 but Nave says before 1870.

John Bowers and Mary Lincoln Stover marriage record

John Bowers and Mary Pearce (Crawley) marriage record

David B. Bowers and his wife. Two of his brothers below
Sources for this Post: 1850 Census, Teter Nave East Tennessee Pioneer His Ancestors and Descendants bu Robert T. Nave and Margaret W. Hougland, War of 1812 Pension document, Carter marriage records, FamilySearch, Ancestry, Google, Watagau Historical Association,  a family history of Phoebe Ward, a page from the family bible of Daniel Stover Sr. (given to me by Robt. Nave), and correspondence with Dale Jenkins.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Christian Wilhelm Menge My third Great Grandfather on my Mother's Side

Alfeld City Hall from Google
Christian Wilhelm Menge is my third great grandfather. I estimate that he was born about 1779 in Germany, probably in Alfeld, but have yet to prove either of these suppositions. Wilhelm was the son of Casper Heinrich Ludolph Menge. According to a note on his son’s marriage document, Wilhelm was a white tanner in Alfeld. A white tanner works with high-quality soft leather, which would have been suitable for making gloves. Wilhelm’s son Heinrich Christian was a glove maker, so I think it is likely that Wilhelm also made gloves and possibly other products from his leather. Historically, the profession of tanner had a negative connotation, because the processing of leather involved working with animal hides and various chemicals to treat the leather. These were odoriferous and potentially harmful to workers’ health. But by the 19th century, power-driven machines were being used to complete most of the noxious tasks, and less toxic chemicals were being used, so the profession was more well regarded.

Tanning is a multi-step process that starts with receiving hides from the butcher, scraping off the fat and blood, tanning with chemicals, drying, smoothing, dressing and applying oils and color All this is completed prior to cutting and stitching each pair of gloves.

According to the FamilySearch tree, Wilhelm married Johanna Sophia Vos, the daughter of Ernest Friedrich Vos. Sophia was born in Bad Pyrmont, Niedersachsen, Germany. They had at least one child, Heinrich Christian Menge in 1809.

Wilhelm lived during the American Revolution when Germany sent troops to America to support the British, and during the French Revolution when France invaded Germany. Wilhelm was a young man at the end of the Holy Roman Empire during the Napoleonic Wars. The Holy Roman Empire existed from 962 to 1806. During that time the Kingdom of Germany was the largest territory.

Old Latin School in Alfeld, now a museum

Alfeld is 20 miles southwest of Hildesheim on the Leine River and is the second largest city in the District of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony. The town was founded in 1214 and for many years was a small village. It prospered from trade in beer, hops, linen and yarn, and grew `before the Thirty Years’ War in the 1600s. The town is known for the octagonal tower on its town hall, which was built in 1586; the Church of Saint Nicolai; the Fillerturm, a medieval watchtower; and the Fagus Factory, which was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011. 

Sources for this Post: Wilhelm's son's marriage record, FamilySearch tree, and online research.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Lottie's Photos: Cute Photos of Terry and Kathy 1946

Terry and Kathy holding hands in the garden

Taking photographs was a life long hobby and pleasure for my mother. It all began when my father gave her a camera for their first Christmas together in 1938. That was when Mom started to document our family life. Not only did she take the photos and have them developed, she dutifully pasted them into photo albums and annotated each volume with captions and later she added stories that explained what was happening in our lives. She gave detailed accounts of holidays and family trips – where we went, when and what we saw.  

All the photos I’ve used to illustrate this blog series so far have been from volume one of her massive collection of albums. This photo of Terry and Kathy is one of very few in the album that is in color. This photo is one of the images she captured on her first roll of color film. It was taken in 1946.


This album includes several photos of my two siblings as infants and toddlers and includes many wonderful shots of the two of them together looking incredibly cute and angelic. I scanned nearly 200 photos from volume one. Terry and Kathy are the stars of 33 of those shots and most notable to me is that in ten of those shots – nearly one third the two of them are holding hands. Now, how cute is that?


Volume one covers the period 1938 to 1949 and is my favorite of all my mom’s photo albums despite the fact that I’m not included in it. I cherish this book because it depicts my ancestors and many of my parent’s friends during the earliest years of their marriage. Volume two covers 1950 – 1957 – a seven-year period compared to eleven years in volume one. Volume three covers 1957 – 1961 – only four years. That pattern continues and in later years some volumes are devoted exclusively to one major trip that took place during a single year.


Working on her photo albums gave mom a lot of pleasure. Sometimes she took an album with her on a motorhome trip when she would have time to sit beneath a tree by some California lake and put her latest batch of pictures in her album. Near the end of her life, she would ask my brother Terry to retrieve one of her older books and then she would enjoy looking at her photos and reminiscing about all the things that she and my father enjoyed together. Now, these albums give me pleasure and hopefully, they will continue to delight Lottie’s descendants via this blog.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Vetter Wallace 1890 - 1965 My Grandaunt on my Father's Side

Elizabeth Vetter as a young woman
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Vetter was the fourth daughter born to George and Katherine Vetter. Lizzie
also known as Rosie was born on February 22, 1890 when her family was living at 1328 W. 20th Street in Chicago, Illinois. She had two older sisters Kate and Mary, one having died at 5 months, and two younger sisters Emma and Anna, my grandmother.

When Lizzie was ten, she appeared on the 1900 census with her family. At that time, they were living at 409 21st Street in Chicago and Lizzie was attending school. About four years later they left Chicago and moved all the way across the county to settle in Los Angeles. Shortly after arriving in California Lizzie’s mother Katherine died at the age of 57 leaving Lizzie, age 14, and her sisters alone with their father George. Apparently, George struggled as a single parent because, as my grandmother told it, she was mostly raised by her older sister Kate. Each of the girls left school early and went to work or got married and their father remarried in 1910.

L-R Anna, Elizabeth, Emma and Mary Vetter
Lizzie attended elementary and two years of high school – leaving school when she was sixteen. At nineteen she married Paul Clifford Wallace in Los Angeles on June 5, of 1909. Her sister Emma was a witness at their wedding. Paul was the son of George W. Wallace and Mary Adella McGuire. He was born on July 20, 1884 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a machinist working in Los Angeles at the time they were married. The following December their first child was born – a son named Robert Leroy Wallace, followed by Helen Pauline Wallace born in 1911, and Paul Wilbur Wallace in 1917. All three children were born in Los Angeles.

Paul Clifford Wallace

Lizzie’s son Robert married Helen McCollum and they had six children. In 1940 they were living in Oakland on Melrose Avenue. Robert died in Tracy which may be why his mother is buried there. Helen married George Wellman, had at least two sons and died in Calaveras County, California. I don’t know much about their youngest son Paul Jr.

When the 1910 census was taken the Wallace family was living at 3851 N. Broadway in Los Angeles. Paul was employed as a machinist at an ironworks plant – the same type of work that my grandfather John Roger Thornally did.

In 1920 the family was still in Los Angles living at the corner of Arthur and Orchard Streets. Lizzie registered to vote as a Republican in 1922 at which time she was living at 3032 Tom Street and identified herself at a housewife.

By 1930 they were living at 3816 High Street in Oakland in a rented home. Paul was identified as being employed as a Chief but it did not say in what industry. The census showed that Lizzie’s daughter Helen was 18 and employed as a saleslady and Paul Jr. was 15. In 1938, Lizzie’s voter registration showed that she was living at 2916 Courtland Avenue in Oakland.

Birth record for Rosie Elizabeth Vetter
When the census was taken in 1940 Lizzie and Paul were living with their son Paul in Castro Valley, California at 19185 Center Street which is very close to where my parents lived starting in 1949. Paul senior was working on a goat farm and their son was employed as a mechanic. In the mid1960s Lizzie was living in Oakland again at 3844 14th Street. She died at Stockton State Hospital – a psychiatric facility on July 21, 1965 at the age of 75, and is buried at Tracy Memorial Cemetery in San Joaquin County, California.

Lizzie's Death Certificate

Historic postcard depicting the Stockton State Hospital
found on Google

2916 Courtland home in Oakland

19186 Center Street, Castro Valley

3816 High Street in Oakland