Thursday, January 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #4 Ruby Pearl Poundstone

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/


Ruby Poundstone age 5 and Virgil Poundstone with Richard and Suzanna Zeck Poundstone 
Ruby Clark nee Poundstone
Ruby Pearl Poundstone was born on 3 Apr 1908 in Cerro Gordo, Piatt , Illinois, United States.14  She was the daughter of Pearl Ora Poundstone and Stella Ann Adams.  Ora and Stella had ten children - Edna Bell, Vernon Earl, Herbert L., Ival Ward, Judson, Lewis Erwin, Ruby, Virgil, Susannah Beatrice and James. Census records indicate that in both 1910 and 1920 she was living in Bement, Piatt, Illinois, United States.5 6 

Ruby married Otis Elmer Clark on 14 Jun 1925 in Cerro Gordo, Piatt, Illinois.  In 1925 Ruby was a Homemaker in Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States. 7 She lived R. R. #1 in Hammond, Piatt , Illinois, United States on 6 Sep 1934.8 She lived 612 W. North in Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States in 1960. Ruby died Cardiac arrest, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Severe Anemia on 5 Mar 1979 at the age of 70 in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States.34,911 She had Social Security Number 359-32-5219.4 She was buried on 8 Mar 1979 at Old Stonington Cemetery in Old Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States.4,12 Her funeral was held Connolly Funeral Home on 8 Mar 1979 in Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, United States.4 Ruby was also known as Ruby Pearl Clark.   

She was a Homemaker in Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States. Grandma Clark was my inspiration to learn to cook and sew.  She showed me how to do both with great patience.  One of my favorite gifts from her was a assortment of clothes for my dolls, all made by her with trim.  I still have the clothes and the dolls.  Grandma was given a dining room table, chairs and china closet by my parents.  She was very proud of the furniture.  She kept her "pretties" in the china closet.  She had dolls and other little things that she had collected on display in the cabinet.  One year I decorated a cake in the shape of a lamb for Easter.  She wouldn't let anyone cut into it.  I thought perhaps she thought it wasn't good enough but I found the cake years later wrapped in her deep freezer.  I guess she thought it was too pretty to cut into.  She displayed every gift I ever made for her.  She made me feel special.

When I was little, Grandpa took us to the drugstore in town.  I overhead several women talking about my brother and I.  They called us children of Lloyd and the Chicago divorcee.  When we got home I asked Grandma what a Chicago divorcee was.  She told me it was something special and not to mind those women.  Then she started to yell at Grandpa.  Apparently my Grandpa was a gossip and she didn't want us children to bear any ill from his gossiping.  I think that is the only time I ever heard Grandma get mad, I thought for a while it was my fault until my mother explained the situation to me.  Then I didn't feel bad about Grandma yelling at Grandpa.

When grandma taught me to cook she used her hands instead of measuring things out.  This was especially true when she made bread and rolls.  My recipes never came out like hers until I realized that my hands were Grandpa bigger than hers.  Grandma was tiny, maybe five foot.  In fifth grade I was already 5 foot four.  She loved to listen to her Glen Campbell records and enjoyed Lawrence Welk on the television.  Grandpa was always gruff, but Grandma was always soft and cuddly.

Grandma always had pies ready when we came to visit.  I learned later that she made them for Dad.  We would come in and there would be four different kinds sitting there for us.  She canned Chow Chow, relish, tomatoes and lots of other things she kept in the cellar.  The only thing she made that I refused to eat was watermelon rind pickles.  I just couldn't do it knowing it was last year’s rinds she made us save from the summer, yuk.

Newspaper obituary regarding Ruby Poundstone Clark:
 7, 1979 Decatur Herald
Clark
Mrs. Otis (Ruby P. Poundstone) Clark, 70, of Stonington died 5:45 p.m. Monday (March 5, 1979) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Old Stonington Baptist Church, with visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Connolly Funeral Home, Taylorville, and after 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery.
Mrs. Clark was born in Bement, daughter of Pearl and Stella Ann Poundstone. She married Otis Clark in 1925. He died in 1976.
Surviving are sons, Harold of Findlay; Lloyd of Mount Prospect; David K. of Decatur; Leo Otis of Blue Mound; daughters, Mrs. Max (Maxine) Damery of Blue Mound; Mrs. Kenneth (Wilma) Clark of Morrisonville; brothers, Herbert Poundstone of Decatur; Judson Poundstone of Bull Shols, Ark.; Virgil Poundstone of Sumner, Wash.; sister, Mrs. Arthur (Susie) Despain of Erie; 20 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

Endnotes

1. Illinois, Department of Health, Certificate of Birth #9864 (30 June 1959), Ruby Pearl Poundstone; Illinois Department of Health, Springfield.
      2. Typewritten list of family birth's and death's found among Ruby Clark's papers, Clark Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, AZ  85711, 2011. Original document is in possession of Kent Clark, photoraphed by Amy Urman June 2007..
      3. Memorial Card, Clark Family Artifacts.
      4. Ruby Pearl Clark, death certificate Registration # 58, Registered #238 (1979), Macon County Clerk, Decatur. Macon County, Illinois.
      5. Illinois, Piatt, 1910 U.S. census, Ancestry, Digital images (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2006), T624, roll 317, Bement, enumeration district (ED) 147, sheet A, p. 8 (penned), dwelling 184, family 185, Ruby Poundstone, accessed 5 Jun 2008.
      6. Illinois, Piatt, 1920 U.S. census, \i Ancestry.com\i0 (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T625, roll 396, Bement, enumeration district (ED) 183, sheet A, p. 2 (penned), dwelling 36, family 36, Ruby Poundstone, accessed 2 Jun 2008.
      7. 1930 U. S. Census, Piatt County, poputlation schedule, Unity Township, enumeration district (ED) 15, Sheet B, page 3 (penned), dwelling 69, family 71, Household of Otis and Ruby Clark; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 July 2012); United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626.
      8. Macon County Clerk, Certificate of Birth (Springfield, Illinois), birth certificate no. Registration Dist. #578, Primary District #3426, Registration #763, Book Z, Page 231 (1934), Lloyd Elwin Clark.
      9.Ruby Clark, no. 359-32-5219, issue date 1956-1958, Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index," FamilySearch (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 2011)
     10. Illinois. Decatur., Decatur Daily Republican, digital images.
     11. Illinois. Taylorville.,  Breeze Courier, "Clark," March 7, 1979.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #3 Clara E Miottel

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Clara and dog Peggy cir 1950

Clara E. Miotell was my grandmother.  I never had a chance to meet her, she died shortly before my mother's 23rd birthday.  She was born 25 Jul 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. She was the fourth of six children born to Theodor and Johanna (nee Schuck) Miottel.  Her birth was preceded by a baby boy born 20 Mar 1889 that died 21 Mar 1889; Johanne M. Miottel born 3 May 1890 who died later that day; and a sister Hedwig that was born 6 Mar 1893 and died 6 Apr 1897.  Siblings George and Lydia were born were born 24 Apr 1897 and 15 Dec 1899 respectively.  Clara's mother and sister Lydia both passed away in August of 1900, just ten days apart from the flu and TB.

Margarette, Emilie, Clara (behind), and Helen, cir 1915


Clara's father remarried on 25 May 1901 to Emilie Blank, nee Panzer.  Emilie's husband Adolph Blank had passed away in March of 1900.  She and Adolph had four children:  Margarette, Helen, Arthur and Adolph Jr.  A new household was formed and by 1910 the census shows the family living in Chicago, Ward 12 with the following living in the household:

Theodor Miottell                                   49
Emilie C Miottel                                    43
Clara E Miottel                                     15
George Miottel                                     12
Adolph Blank                                       21
Margarerette A Blank                           16
Arthur E Blank                                     13
Helen C Blank                                      11
John W Miottel   (Theodor's brother)    53

I imagine the household was busting at the seems!

The 1920 Census finds her living with her father Theodor, step-mother Emilie and step-sister Helen.  Clara's occupation is listed as a shoemaker.

Clara married William Skibbe on 14 Sep 1921.  They adopted their niece Vayola Gollnick after the death of Williams sister 's and brother-in-law in 1921.  A son William Jr. was born 28 Dec 1923.  My mother was born in 1934.
Violet, William and Clara 1928

Clara died on 9 Nov 1957 at the age of  63.  She died at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago of cancer of the colon.

Monday, January 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #2 Otis Elmer Clark

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

 Otis Clark was born on the 20th of August of the year 1891. 
The first reference to his birth that I have located is the 1900 Census[1].  The census lists his age at 8 years of age born in August of 1891.  He had two siblings listed that were older than him, one born in 1881, and the other in 1889.  One child was listed after Otis;she was born in October of 1893.

The 1910 census record  states the answers noted in the census  about person was as of the date of April 15, 1910.  Otis was listed as age 18 which would be his age at his last birthday in August of 1891.[2] 

The next reference to his age was located in in the World War I Draft Registration Card.  His date of birth is listed as August 20, 1891 and he states that he was born in St. Elmo, Illinois.[3]
The 1920 Population Census lists Otis living in Dora, Moultrie, Illinois. This record indicates that he is 27 years of age as of the 3rd of January 1920.  This information indicates a birth year of 1892.  At this point Otis was living with his first wife’s family and more than likely one of the Butts family gave the information to the census taker.  

The 1930 Population Census finds the Otis married to Ruby [Poundstone] Clark living in Unity Township, Piatt County, Illinois. His age is listed as 38, which would make his birthdate in 1891.  The census date was April 9th of 1930 so his age would refer to his last birthday in August of 1929.[4]

The 1940 census record indicates a birth year of 1892.  The 1940 Population Census taking in April of 1940 lists and age of 47 which would correlate with an 1892 birth year. [5]  Otis’ World War II Registration Card, dated 27 April 1942 lists a birth date of August 20, 1892. [6]References to his age after the 1940 census including his death certificate[7],memorial card[8],obituary[9],delayed birth certificate[10]and Ruby Clark’s typewritten list[11]of birth dates all agree with the August 20, 1892 birth date.

My conclusion is that Otis was born on August 20, 1891.   I believe the earlier records are correct and the later records are incorrect.  It appears that Grandpa made himself a year younger possibly by accident or perhaps by a failing memory.   

WWI see footnote 3

Newspaper Clipping, obituary of Otis Clark, see footnote  9

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Fayette County, Illinois,population schedule, Louden Township, enumeration district (ED)19,Page 3B,Household 57, Charles and Mary Clark family; digital images, Ancestry.com(www.ancestry.com : accessed May 1 2011; United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.:National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, roll 300.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Fayette County, Illinois,population schedule, Loudon Township, enumeration district (ED) 63, 3A(stamped), dwelling 42,  family 42, Henryand Bessie Clark household; digital images, Ancestry.com(www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 June 2009); Thirteenth Census of the UnitedStates, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, film  1374300.

[3] "World War I Draft Registration Cards,1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com :accessed 3 July 2011), entry for Otis E. Clark, Registration Card 48, MaconCounty, born 20 Aug 1891, stamped 12-6-13-A; citing World War I SelectiveService System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918., Family History Roll#1614322.

[4] 1930 U. S. Census, Piatt County, population schedule, UnityTownship, enumeration district (ED) 15, page 3, dwelling 69, household 71,Family of Otis and Ruby Clark; digital images, Ancestry.com(www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 August 2012); United States of America, Bureauof the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.:National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626.
[5] 1940 U. S. Census, Christian County, population schedule,Bear Creek, enumeration district (ED) 11-4, 3B (stamped), household 52, Familyof Otis and Ruby Clark; digital images, Ancestry.com: accessed 10 August2012); Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. SixteenthCensus of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives andRecords Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

[6] "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards,1942," digital image, Ancestry, Ancestry.com Operations(www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 February 2012), entry for Otis Elmer Clark,serial number U1367; citing U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; StateHeadquarters: Illinois; Microfilm Series: M2097; Microfilm Roll: 49.
[7] Otis E. Clark, death certificate Registration Dist. # 11,Registered #76-190 (1976), Christian County Clerk's Office, Taylorville,Christian County, Illinois.

[8] Memorial Card for Otis E. Clark, Connolly Funeral Home;Clark Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, AZ 85711, 2011. MemorialCard from the funeral of Otis E. Clark. Amy Urman received the card at thefuneral of Otis E. Clark on November 17, 1976.

[9] Newspaper clipping, obituary of Otis E. Clark, Clark Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, AZ 85711, 2011. Otis E. Clark, 84, Stonington Dies Suddenly Today in Home. original clipped by Ruby Clark, removed from her home by Kent Clark after her death, photo taken of obituary at Kent Clark's residence in 2007.

[10] Otis Elmer Clark, birthcertificate Registration #6483 (12 August 1892), Town Clerk, Beecher City,Effingham County, Illinois.

[11] Typewritten list of family birth's and death's found among Ruby Clark's papers, Clark Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, AZ 85711, 2011. Original document is in possession of Kent Clark, photographed by Amy Urman June 2007.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Stepsisters Helen Blank and Clara Miottel

Helen (nee Blank) Conour and Clara  (nee Miottel) Skibbe, stepsisters.

Monday, January 6, 2014

52 Ancestors: #1 William Adolph Emil Skibbe

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Blogging Prompt by Amy Johnson Crow 
William Skibbe WWI


William Adolph Emil Skibbe was born on the 3rd day of November, 1890 in Chicago, Illinois.[i]  He was the first son born to Wilhelm Gustav Skibbe and his wife Julia Ann Panzer.  I have found information to confirm that William had eight siblings - four sisters: Meta "May", Ella, and Ruth "Olga" and four brothers: George, Arthur, Edward, and Louis.  Some researchers include a sister born in Germany by the name of Frieda that was born and died in Germany in 1887, I have not yet found proof that she existed.  William and three of his siblings were born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  The youngest five children were born in Indiana - two in Laporte and two in the town of North Judson.  
     William was baptized at the St. Matthew Evangelical Church in Chicago on 6 December 1890.[ii]  Witnesses to the baptism were Adolph Blank, Emil Buhnke, and Minnie Panzer.  The 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records indicate that William lived in Indiana.[iii] [iv] [v]   He served in the military during World War I.[vi]  
Clara and William Skibbe 1953
     William enrolled in the Greer College of Automotive Engineering in 1920.  William married Clara Emma Miottel on 14 September 1921 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.[vii]  William   The couple lived at 1837 S 62nd Avenue in Cicero, Cook, Illinois and William worked as a mechanic.[viii]    
     The couple adopted Viola Gollnick in 1921 after the death of William’s sister Meta and her husband Charles Gollnick.  Their son William was born in 1923 and a daughter, Lorraine, in 1934. 
     William was the proprietor of Skibbe Brothers Tire, 116 Pershing Road in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.[ix]  He and his brother Edward ran the business taking turns sleeping at the shop to always be available for their clientele – they specialized in tire repair and sales.
     William died in 1961 at the age of 70 of Cerebral thrombosis in Niles, Cook, Illinois.[x]




[i] Certificate of Baptism and Birth, St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church dated 10 Jun 1943; Skibbe Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Beth Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, Arizona, 2011. Citing birth of 3 Nov 1890 and baptism of 6 Dec 1890 for William Adolph Emil Skibbe. owned by Lorraine Clark, given to Amy Beth Urman 2005.
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] 1900 U. S. Census, Pulaski County, population schedule, Franklin Township, enumeration district (ED) 89, 5A, dwelling 87, household 87, Wilhelm and Julia Skibbe household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://interactive.ancestry.com/7602/004118652_00063/4250136?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3d1900usfedcen%26h%3d4250136%26ti%3d0%26indiv%3dtry%26gss%3dpt%26ssrc%3dpt_t57801172_p34027459824_kpidz0q3d34027459824z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgplz0q3dpid&ssrc=pt_t57801172_p34027459824_kpidz0q3d34027459824z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgplz0q3dpid&backlabel=ReturnRecord : accessed 10 October 2013); United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
[iv] 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Starke County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne Township, enumeration district (ED) 206, 5A (penned), dwelling 82, family 82, Family of William and Julia Skibbe; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://interactive.ancestry.com/7884/31111_4328274-00403/139640905?backurl=&ssrc=pt_t8272908_p6136673472&backlabel=ReturnRecord : accessed 5 January 2014); Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.
[v] Indiana, Starke, 1920 U.S. census, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T625, roll 466, Wayne, enumeration district (ED) 281, sheet B, p. 13 (penned), dwelling 321.

[vi] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest]; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918., [FilmDetails]; [Annotation].
[vii] Marriage record of Clara Miottel and William Skibbe, (14 September 1921), Cook County Marriage Registers: Serial No. 0922407; Cook County Clerk's Office, Chicago, Illinois.
[viii] Cicero Driectory 1923-24 (Chicago, Illinois: The Atlas Printing Companty, 1923), 600, Skibbe William (Clara) mechanic 1837 S 62nd av; digital image, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 October 2013).
[ix] . "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," digital image, Ancestry, Ancestry.com Operations (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2012), William Adolph Skibbe; citing U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA);  Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters:  Illinois; Microfilm Series:  M2097; Microfilm Roll:  270.; United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. National Archives and Records Administration Branch locations: National Archives and Records Administration Region Branches.
[x] Illinois, Department of Health, death certificate 1137 (5 April 1961), William A. Skibbe, date of death 3 Apr 1961; Illinois Department of Health, Springfield.