Ancestor Bio – Emily C Galella (1915-2000

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I find it important to look at all ancestors using my regular process, even if I know quite a bit about the individual from the start. That process includes finding the individual in all of the census records possible. It also includes finding birth, marriage, and death information. That information can then be used to search newspapers and other sources by both the individual’s name and their known addresses. The process also typically provides basic information about the individual’s parents, siblings, spouses, and other vital records regarding their life.

Crutchfield Project 2017 – Ancestor #3

Emily C. (Galella) Crutchfield

Emily C. Galella was born on 7 February 1915 in Illinois. She was the sixth of the ten children of Danato Mario and Anna Maria (Santore) Galella. Danato, also known as Dan, was an Italian immigrant, but Emily’s mother, Anna, was born in Illinois, as were all of her siblings.

The 1920 Census finds five-year-old Emily living with her parents and six of her siblings at 750 Forquer Street, Chicago, IL. In the 1940s Forquer Street was renamed Arthington and 750 Arthington would be where Interstate 90 is today only a couple blocks from the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum in the University Village/Little Italy neighborhood. The 1920 household included Parents Dan & Mary (Maria) as well as seven children

  • William Age 13
  • Josie    Age 11
  • John    Age 10
  • Katie    Age  8
  • Tony    Age  7
  • Emily   Age  5
  • Mike    Age  1

The 1930 Census finds the family had moved to the Englewood area of Chicago to 5813 S Carpenter Street. According to Realtor dot Com, the home was built in 1885 and exists today as a multi-family home.  Dan was a laborer in the building construction trade and owned his home there valued at $6,000.  Living with Dan and Mary in 1930 were six children, John, Catherine (Katie) Emily, Anna (age 10), Susie (age 7) and Peggy (age 6). All the children were attending school.


It appears that Emily married Ralph Crutchfield sometime in 1935 or 1936.


Photo of 3312 Hoyne Avenue, Chicago
3312 Hoyne Ave.

In 1940 the family was living at 3312 Hoyne Avenue, in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. According to Realtor dot Com, today this is a small, 959 square-foot home, which was built in 1880. In 1940, Ralph rented the home for $32/month. Today, the home would rent for nearly 45 times more, or about $1,437/month, according to Realtor dot Com’s “Rental Estimate.” Ralph was a soda fountain manager at a retail drug store.

About 1985, the couple moved to 2115 W Farwell Ave, Apt. 507 in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago. Today it is a condominium.  Emily continued living in the West Ridge / Lincolnwood area until her death on 1 April 2000.



Crutchfield Project – It’s a Start

Ancestor Biography – Crutchfield Project

52 Ancestors – Week 137

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I was recently asked to help someone learn more about his ancestry. He knew he was Italian, but didn’t know how much. He also knew his parent’s names, and where they were born and where they lived, but not much more.  My first recommendation was that he take an autosomal DNA test. It might give an idea of some of his ancestry.  It also might provide connections to here-to-for unknown cousins that may know much more of the family history. I ordered a kit for him through Ancestry.Com and he has received it.

I also began looking at his parents and see what I could learn about them. I found information about his father quickly. Information about his mother was more difficult to find. There were different spellings of her name, both first and surname. There were also differences in both date and place of birth. I didn’t find anything that I was convinced was correct regarding her ancestry. Then I used and did a search for her maiden and surname in the states she was believed to live in.

Obituary for Kathryn M Smith
Source: Newspapers.Com

The results provided an obituary for her sister and provided the names of some of her other siblings. It then became easy to find her in the 1940 Census and other census records. A minor stumbling block overcome thanks to I will write more about Emily in my next post of the Crutchfield-Galella project. But for now, I would like to focus on Ralph Crutchfield. I don’t normally write about parents, however, because this family line is completely unknown to me I wanted to understand their lives also.

Crutchfield-Galella Project 2017 – Ancestor CG-02

List of Ancestors

  • Father: Ralph Crutchfield
  • Grandfather: Ervin Ogden Crutchfield


Ralph Crutchfield (1913-1997)

Ralph Crutchfield was born the youngest of four children on 24 December 1913 in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas. His parents were Ervin Ogden and Dormer Crutchfield.

I have not had a chance to research his two older sisters, Blanche and Florence nor his older brother Emanuel.

The 1920 Census indicates the family living in Illinois Township, Pope County, Arkansas at 319 Torrence Street. The family consisted of the six-year-old Ralph, who was attending school, his parents, and his three siblings. His father, Ervin, was a coal miner.

In 1930, Ralph attended Russellville High School as a Junior. The 1930 Census indicates that his three siblings were no longer living at home and the household consisted of him, working as a newsboy for the newspaper, his father who also worked for the newspaper as a newspaper agent, and his mother who kept house.

Yearbook photo of Ralph Crutchfield - Arkansas Russellville Russellville High School 1931
Source: Climax Yearbook, via Ancestry.Com

In 1931, Ralph graduated from Russellville High School.

It appears that Ralph met and married Emily C. Galella sometime before 1935 as the two of them are living in Chicago then.

The 1940 Census shows Ralph, his wife “Emile” and their two children renting a home at 3312 Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Ralph was working as a soda fountain manager at a retail drug store.

In 1951, Ralph was living in Illinois when he registered for Social Security and received his SSN.

Ralph Crutchfield died on 21 July 1997, probably in Chicago, I at the age of 83. His burial location is unknown.

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Birth, Marriage & Death Records


1920 Census (A), Ancestry.Com, 1920 Census – Ervin Crutchfield – Illinois, Pope, Arkansas.

1930 Census (FS), Family Search, 1930 Census – Ralph Crutchfield – Illinois, Pope Arkansas.

1940 Census (A), Ancestry.Com, Ralph Crutchfield – Chicago, Cook, ILL, ED 103-2877, Sheet 9B, Line 77.

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, Ancestry.Com, Russellville High School 1930, Russellville, Arkansas – Climax yearbook, Page 25 – Ralph Crutchfield.

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, Ancestry.Com, Russellville High School 1931, Russellville, Arkansas – Climax yearbook – Ralph Crutchfield.

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.Com, SSA&C – Ralph Crutchfield.

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry.Com, SSDI – Ralph Crutchfield.