Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Those Munsons: Wayne Clyde Munson

Several of the Munsons and Vaughns (who married into the Munson family) ended up in Hawkeye, Iowa in Fayette County. We've discussed the 3rd great grandfather, Amos, his son Charles Fremont Munson, his son Clyde Amos Munson and now on to the final in the line, Wayne Clyde Munson.

Wayne Clyde Munson was a high-achieving student who attended school in Belvidere, Illinois in 1931 - I'm still trying to discover why.  He did not return to Belvidere in 1932, and in July 1931 had a tonsilectomy. When he attended Hawkeye high school and was involved in many organizations at the school including music and journalism. He was selected for Boy's All State as a junior. As a senior, he was captain of the football squad and he won two scholarships for college - one to Upper Iowa University and one to Luther College. He was also third alternate to appointment to the US Naval Academy. 

One of the jobs he held in school was as carpenter's assistant to Walter Peterson. After graduation, he was appointed as a clerk at the DMV in Oelwein, a position which I'm sure he had dad's influence to get. He began attending Upper Iowa in 1941.

The war was looming and by 1942, he had joined the US Marine Corps Reserves and went on active duty as a PFC in May 1943. After training in Oceanside, California, he was sent to the Pacific Theatre and spent time in the Marshall Islands, Tarawa, and Saipan. He received two battle stars while there. He was returned on active duty to the US and served in the quartermaster division at Camp Lejuene before being discharged in early February of 1946 as a sergeant.

Wayne held a variety of jobs after his return and lived in Hawkeye, Charles City, and Waterloo. He worked at Oliver Tractor Corp. while in Charles City. While there and working as a cop in Charles City, he met his wife, Rena Gail Binger, daughter of the Kermit Bingers. Kermit was the Charles City police chief for many years.  They married on January 2, 1947 at Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. He was by now a junior at Upper Iowa University. He made the paper in a good news kind of way in 1947:
Charles City parking violators enjoyed a merry Christmas eve - thanks to the generosity of EL Wilson and Jay Frank, both of Charles City, who paid the fees for other drivers.
Attuned to the holiday spirit, the 2 men gave Patrolmen Harold White, Rc Vickerman and Wayne Munson 100 pennies for such an emergency. The patrolmen deposited the pennies in parking meters whenever they were due and Charles City drivers continued with their Christmas shopping undisturbed. No tickets were turned in to the police department and the 3 patrolmen used up all their pennies so the friendly gesture was not in vain.
Mason City Globe Gazette December 29, 1947
In 1949, the couple had a daughter at a Decorah hospital where Wayne was attending Luther College. When I last find him, he is a sales manager at Tate Cadillac-Olds in Waterloo in 1971. Gail died on 07 Oct 1991 and Wayne died in New York City on 31 Jan 1993.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Those Munsons: Clyde Amos Munson

Clyde Munson #10 and Mabel Moore #5 at the McLaire Cave in Hawkeye in 1908
As mentioned in the previous post, Clyde was the only surviving child of Charles Franklin Munson and Estella "Stella" Root.

Clyde Munson, 1938
Born 23 Sep 1881 in Hawkeye, Fayette County, Iowa, he did quite well for himself. He married Mabel Moore, born in Cook County, Illinois on 11 Oct 1884, adopted two children later in life. They adopted Wayne Clyde Munson, born 22 Nov 1922 and Lettie Munson, born 01 Jul 1924.

Clyde had operated a barber shop in early life with his father, C. F. in Hawkeye. He attended business college in New Hampton and became a cashier of the First National Bank in Hawkeye.

In 1928, he provided testimony against the President of First State Bank, who had driven the bank into receivership went on trial in early 1928 for fraudulent banking.

WEST UNION, Feb 11 - The trial of SH Bevins, former Hawkeye banker, on a charge of fraudulent banking, continues to drag on here with no end of the witness list in sight.
Clyde A Munson, trustee of the First State Bank of Hawkeye, with which Bevins was connected occupied the stand for some time yesterday explaining to the jury the assets of the institution, before its failure. It is expected that several days will be required before the arguments the jury can begin.
Mason City Globe Gazette February 11, 1928
Bevins was finally sentenced at the end of March to an indeterminate sentence, not to exceed 10 years.Reports said the judge seemed reluctant to sentence Bevins, who was 72-years-old. The judge felt that his only other option, a $10,000 fine, would not be possible as Bevins was most likely "financially embarrassed." He served his time at Ft Madison, but did not serve even half of the sentence imposed. He lived to age 92 and removed himself to Guttenberg after his release from prison. His various appeals all failed.

Clyde later became an insurance agent for Guaranty Life. Eventually, he became the county treasurer of Fayette County and served as town clerk in Hawkeye for several years. In his final years, he was county recorder in Fayette and died in the midst of his term. He had an ongoing heart issue and died at age 69 on 15 Jul 1950. Mabel died on 06 Dec 1953 in Hawkeye.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Those Munsons: Charles Fremont Munson

We've covered all of the daughters of Amos Munson and Mary Ann Kearney, but I've finally had some time to look into the two boys in the family. I'll start with the baby, Charles Fremont Munson.

Charles was born on 02 Dec 1849 in Trumbull County, Ohio and came to Plattville, Wisconsin with his family about 1849/1850. The family moved to Tama County, Iowa in 1870 and to the town of Traer. This is the point at which his sisters, Caroline and Julia married into the Newcomb family. Charles went into the harness making trade with uncle U. C. Newcomb.

On 31 Dec 1874, he married Estella Root at Tama. They had four children; two infants died, son Charles Franklin "Frank" died in 1890 at age 11, and the surviving child was Clyde Amos Munson who was born 23 Sep 1881 in Hawkeye. In 1881, the family came to Hawkeye. Charles engaged in the harness trade with a barber shop in connection. That to me sounds really funny!

Stella died in 1907 and in 1908, Charles moved to Woonsocket, South Dakota and later to Wessington Springs, in Jerauld County, South Dakota, where he was manager of the Wessington Springs Hardware and Implement Co. He married Mrs Mary Shabell Hathaway in 1911.

While visiting his son in Hawkeye, he became ill and consulted with Dr Walsh, who recommended surgery in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic. Son Clyde and CF went to Rochester and on September 23, 1919, Munson had surgery. He had been making good progress after surgery and expected to recover, when he began to fail and died on 25 Sep 1919. Clyde had spent three weeks with his father while there.

He was a charter member of the IOOF lodge in Hawkeye and a member of AF&AM and Yeoman.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mystery Muddle: Who is Rebecca Cronoble?

PETER SMULL m Mary Waggoner > PETER L SMULL m Rebecca Cronoble

Our brothers Smull, of Centre County, can be learned about here.

Peter Smull, one of the four brothers, had 12 children, including Peter L Smull was born in about 1833 in Centre County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Stephenson County, Illinois in the early 1850s. In 1861, he married Rebecca Cronoble.

Rebecca also hailed from Centre County. The mystery is in which Grenoble/Cronoble branch did she come? Here's a little summary of my findings, but this mystery has yet to be solved.

It's my belief that the originating immigrant is Johann Jacob Grenoble, born in 1702 in Germany and who came to Philadelphia in 1743 with his infant son, Lorentz and wife Agnetha. Daughter Anna Barbara did not survive to make the trip and died before age 2. Some reports say Agnetha died before the trip, but I cannot yet confirm that fact. Johann remarried (this is in itself another mystery for another day) to the widow of  Johannes Beverts.

Lorentz married Sabina Fruh. They had four children. The surviving male was Jacob, born in 1775 in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, who in turn married Katarina Willeman about 1794. They had 10 children.In that bunch, we start to see the reversion of the last name from Grenoble to Cronoble (the original German name) and Crownoble. While several of the children remained in Pennsylvania, one moved to Stephenson County, Illinois - George W Grenoble/Cronoble who married Sarah Runkle.

1850 Census - George Cronoble Family, Centre County

I've located eight children of this union, but no Rebecca in the bunch The Rebecca's among the other descendants are not possibly Rebecca Cronoble Smull.

Records I am currently able to locate leave me with this hypothesis: Rebecca is either Elizabeth or Margaret, born in 1833 and 1835 respectively. There is evidence that Jacob, and possibly John also made the trek West later, but based on timing, marriage year, etc., I believe Rebecca to be a child of George.

I would love, love, love if someone has some thoughts or their own theory or information to support this hypothesis.

Peter L Smull died 13 Sep 1900 in Stephenson County at the home of his sister, Mrs Matilda (Daniel) Meyer. We don't know when Rebecca died, or anything really, about how she lived either. I'd like to give her some identity beyond a name that may or may not be correct.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Yin/Yang: The Bandy's in a Minute

The Bandy family is a long and storied family in North Carolina, reportedly of Irish-Scottish descent. Our brush with them is really distant. One of Johannes "John" Holler's children from his first marriage married John Bandy, linking the families. I don't plan to spend a lot of time on this family, but I did run  across a couple of things of interest all within the same family.
Lincoln and Iredell Counties were the home of most of the Holler Clan
Lincoln was split up to create Catawba County in 1842
Christeaner Holler was born about 1784 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She married John Bandy on 04 Nov 1817 in Lincoln County. They had at least six children, among them, twins James Marcus Bandy and John Wesley Bandy, born in 1824.

James Marcus' story ends relatively soon and sadly. He was a private in Company I, 12th US Infantry Regiment and was on his way by sea to Mexico to fight in the war, when he contracted the measles and died aboard ship on 15 Jul 1847.

His twin, John Wesley married Harriet Ramsey, born 08 Feb 1823 in North Carolina. They had three children: James Marcus "Mark" and Jane Elizabeth, also twins, and Luther Henderson Bandy. Harriet died in 1871 and John Wesley remarried to Mary Weaver in 1873.

Daughter Jane married Samuel Gregory 21 Apr 1866. Her husband died before 1880. She died 29 Oct 1920 of  breast cancer complicated by Bright's Disease.

The two sons of the Bandy/Ramsey union could not have been more different from one another.

Son, Luther, the baby, was born in November 1850 and according to one family chronicler, was living with the family of Elizabeth Matilda "Til" Probst in Catawba County in 1870. He and "Til," had two children who retained the Probst name, Cora and Ched. Ched probably died as an infant.

Whether he was in common law marriage with Til is not known, but he moved on some time later and found himself charged with "bastardy" after it became apparent Elmina Canipe was having an out of wedlock child. A bastardy bond was taken out by others who then went after Luther. Jane, the daughter, was born in 1876. Luther was sent to jail and reportedly used his inherited land to get himself out of jail. There are reports that they married and that they didn't marry, but I have yet to find a marriage record. Doesn't mean there isn't one.

Finally, Luther reportedly married Nancy Aiken on 07 Feb 1887 - there is a marriage record, it's just not 100% that it was this Luther. However, by the 1920 census, he is living in Gaston County and is without wife and is listed on his death certificate as widowed when he died 07 Nov 1930 in Lincoln County. He spent his life as a common laborer and didn't manage to do a lot other than making babies outside the bonds of legal matrimony.

Confederate Drummer Boy
In contrast, his older brother, James Marcus "Mark" Bandy, from an early age was driven. He reportedly fervently believed in the Rebel cause and became a drummer boy for his North Carolina infantry unit at age 13. He enlisted 21 May 1864 in the 72nd North Carolina Regiment, Company E. The battalion was made up primarily of boys in the 16-17 year old range in the "junior reserves." He worked his way up by war's end to Lieutenant of Co B, 8th Battalion Junior Reserves, Co E 72nd NC Regt. During the battle of Bentonville, one of the war's last battles, he was made a Captain at the age of 18 (young men were being recruited to lead as replacement healthy adult males were in short supply after years of attrition). He was with his unit when it surrendered to the North.

In 1865, he married Martha Jane Leonard of Lincoln County. They had 13 children, nine of whom survived at his death. Mark was cited in his obituary as "one of the most brilliant minds our State has ever known." He graduated from Rutherford College with a teaching certificate and taught at local high school academies and later at Shelby, NC and King's Mountain Military School. He took a bachelor of arts at Trinity College, part of Duke University located in Randolph County, and was offered the position as chair of the mathematics and engineering department at Trinity, where he remained for many years and further earned his master's degree. Bandy also organized the Scientific Society at Trinity in 1889 and became its president. He was co-author of a book on mathematics as well. Professor Bandy would move to Durham when Trinity College finally joined Duke at Durham for the 1892 school year.

The Dukes would employ Prof Bandy to build a road from Durham to Duke and he was also hired by the Page Brothers to build a railroad from Ashboro to Aberdeen. His civil engineering work led to him becoming the city engineer for Greensboro. He designed the city's water system that would remain in place until 1960. His wife would die in 1905. According to this family chronicler, he met his next wife in a most charming manner:
"Mark went to a girls school in Rock Hill, SC to make a speech. While at the Faculty dinner table, he asked for the bowl of sugar in Latin. Sallie M Joyner, a widow with two children was the only one who responded. Mark married Sallie whose maiden name was Murphy. She lived to be 96 and is buried adjacent to Mark in the Bandy Plot in Green Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, NC."
Mark died of complications of a stroke at his home on State Street in Greensboro at the age of 64. He had a very large turnout at his funeral held at Market Street Methodist Church. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Confederate Hollers: Sidney & F Cicero Sipe

North Anna River Crossing 1864

You can read about John Holler here. He was married twice. The children of his first marriage remained in his adopted North Carolina while his second wife and children of that marriage went on to pioneer in Washington County in Indiana. John's descendants fought on both sides of the war - those who remained in North Carolina, for the South.

John's son, John Jr. was born in 1783 in Catawba County, North Carolina. He was the eldest of the four known children of Johnannes (John Sr) and first wife Sally Shue. John Jr. married Sarah "Sally" Sigsmon about 1805 in North Carolina. They had at least 12 children. Among those was Lavinia.

Lavinia was born 27 May 1814 in Lincoln County. She married Joseph Sipe, Jr. on 29 Jan 1833 in North Carolina. They also had a large family, of which eight have thus far been identified. Among those were two boys, Franklin Cicero "Cicero" Sipe, born 15 Oct 1835 and Sidney Sipe, born about 1844. By the time of the War of the Rebellion, Cicero was already married to Ann Carpenter and had their first child.

The Sipe boys joined the Confederate Army 04 Jul 1862. They were assigned to Company E, 57th North Carolina Infantry.The unit saw quite a bit of action and the one most impactful to this family came during May of 1864, when Gen Grant's Army met Gen Lee's in Virginia. Rather than meet the Army head-on, Grant engaged in a series of skirmishes, willing to fight a war of attrition. The overland campaign culminated in a battle at North Anna in Central Virginia from May 23-26, 1864.

During this time, Sidney Sipe was taken prisoner, he would be sent to Camp Lookout, the largest
Point Lookout POW Camp, Maryland
northern POW camp. There were no buildings at the camp, so the prisoners slept in tents and had no clean water or steady rations. Communicable disease was the biggest killer. Here, he would die on 30 May 1865.
"Point Lookout, Maryland, located in Saint Mary's County, Maryland on the southern tip of the peninsula was deemed the largest and worst Northern POW camp. Point Lookout was constructed of fourteen foot high wooden walls. These walls surrounded an area of about 40 acres. A walkway surrounded the top of the walls where negro guards walked day and night. It is reported the guards were brutal in their treatment of prisoners. Prisoner, John R. King said; "Two days out of every three we were guarded by a gang of ignorant and cruelsome negroes. Please do not think that I dislike the negroes as a race. Many of them are my friends, but the negroes authority over the white people and the defenceless prisoners suffered at their hands. Numbers of scars were left on the frame work of the closets made by negroes firing at the prisoners. The negro guard was very insolent and delighted in tantalizing the prisoners, for some trifle affair, we were often accused of disobedience and they would say, "Look out, white man, the bottom rail is on top now, so you had better be careful for my gun has been wanting to smoke at you all day!" 
F. Cicero & Ann Carpenter Sipe
"Estimates report that over 14,000 prisoners died while imprisoned at Point Lookout but the cemetery is known to hold 3,384 soldiers in a mass grave with no evidence to back up this massive figure. According to history data received from Point Lookout State Park, " Of the 50,000 men held at the Point between 1863 and 1865, nearly 4,000 died. Ironically, however, this death rate of 8 percent was less than half the death rate among soldiers who were in the field with their own armies." As you can see, there seems to be some controversy over the number of deaths at this prison. The Confederate soldiers' bodies have been moved twice and have found their final resting place in Point Lookout Cemetery." 
Sidney's brother, Private Cicero Sipe, survived the war and returned to North Carolina, where he became a stellar citizen, active in community affairs and being well-like by his peers. He lived to the ripe age of 81, in 1917, leaving behind a large family and wife of nearly 60 years. He was also a founding member of the Cherryville Lutheran Church.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

How My Dog Got Her Name

SMITH, JACOB > SMITH, WILLIAM CUSTER > SMITH, WALTER m Isabelle Monteith > SMITH, FRANKIE m (1) Lloyd Baltzer (2) Tom Tamen

Frankie & Lloyd Baltzer
I learned so much about the Walter Smith family on my recent visit to his youngest daughter's home this year. And, I was at last able to see the person who provided the name for my dog.

Frankie Smith was the last of Walter Smith and Isabelle Monteith's biological daughters. Betty, their adopted daughter and biological great granddaughter would join the family when the rest of kids were in middle age. Frankie was born in March of 1890. According to Betty Smith, Frankie most likely got her name because Walter tired of waiting for a boy child. Though, he was proud as could be of all of his daughters.

Frankie married Nashuan Lloyd Lendo Baltzer on 04 May 1914 in Mitchell, Iowa. Lloyd was the son of Arthur E and Viola Baltzer and was born 27 Mar 1888 in Nashua. Lloyd was originally a harness maker, but then took up employment with the telephone company that served Rudd, Rockford, Lakota, Hampton, and Mason City (area towns). Frankie and Lloyd lived in Rudd and then Lakota for many years. Eventually, the couple divorced and Baltzer married Mabel Orr in December 1932.

Smith Sisters
Thomas "Tom" Tamen was born 27 May 1889 in Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa. He had married Clara Augusta Beyer on 15 Mar 1914 in Winnebago, Iowa. They had two children: Clara Beverly "Beverly" Tamen and Frederick Thomas Tamen. The Tamen's resided in Lakota when Mrs Tamen, a long time Buffalo Center resident, hanged herself in the attic of their home, being found when daughter Beverly, then 13 years old, returned from school. Mrs Tamen was 40 years old and had been "troubled with nervousness for some years"and may have been troubled by illness.

Tom was formerly an implement dealer in Lakota, but his shop burned down in 1930 and since that time, he had been selling real estate. He was out of town on business when his wife was discovered. It was 20 Apr 1932 when Tom and Frankie went to Galena, Illinois, and married.

Tom got a job as an instructor at Chanute AFB in Rantoul, Illinois, and the family resided there until Tom's retirement, when they moved to Nashua. Tom's son Fred married and had a number of children and resided in Carbondale, Ill. Tom's daughter Beverly Van Rossum died in 1966, preceding her father in death.

In the final years of Tom's life, Frankie and Tom loved to winter in Florida. Tom died 11 Nov 1969 in Iowa (there are conflicting reports whether it was in an Independence, Iowa hospital or at Iowa City Medical Center in Johnson County).

Frankie continued on for many years after Tom's death, wintering in Florida and summering in her beloved Iowa. She survived until just past her 100th birthday, dying 06 Jul 1990. All of her sisters reached their 90s, but Frankie was the final surviving biological daughter of Walter and Isabelle.

We sat in the car on the way to pick up our new Iowa Collie and tossed around various "old-fashioned" names for the puppy. Some included Mabel, Ruth, and finally, I said, "Frankie" as I had just been discovering her story in my work. Here is the little face that ended up with Frankie's name.