Ancestor Sketch – Gilbert Frank Raidt – TR #12

Raidt Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Gilbert Frank Raidt was born on 1 April 1894 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, the sixth child of Frank H and Catherine Frances (Justin) Raidt. He had five siblings: Baby Boy, Sarina Frances, Stella Catherine, Lucy Helen, and Baby Boy 2. He died on 8 July 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When he was 26, he married Beatrice Marie Gleason, daughter of John M. and Addie (Raymond) Gleason, on 13 October 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Rev. J. P. Valley performed the ceremony. 

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994)
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Gilbert Frank Raidt (1894-1974)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Frank H. Raidt (1851-1931)
  • 3rd Great-grandfather: Thomas Raidt (c. 1816-____)

Gilbert Frank Raidt (1894-1974)

Birth

Gilbert Frank Raidt was born on 1 April 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although he was the sixth child of Frank H and Catherine Frances (Justin) Raidt, his two brothers died before he was born, so he grew up as the youngest of four children.

Other children of Frank H and Catherine Frances (Justin) Raidt

Name Born Married Died
(Baby boy) Before 1884 N/A Before 1886
Sarina “Rena” Frances 1884   [TBD]
Stella Catherine 1887 John Timon Leavin 1962
Lucy Helen 1889 Charles Nagle [?] 1971
(Baby boy) c. 1891 N/A Before 1893

During the 1895 Minnesota Census, Gilbert was living with his parents at 1621 11th Ave. So., Minneapolis. By 1900 the family had moved to 1949 Oliver Ave., No., Minneapolis. By 1905, the family moved again, this time to 1623 Dupont Ave. North, Minneapolis, where he would live until he married in 1920. Gilbert probably attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul at this time.

Military Service

Photo of the ship "Empress of Asia."
The Empress of Asia

Gilbert enlisted in the US Army on 19 May 1917, Shortly after the United States entered World War I (on 6 April 1917).  He remained stateside for his first year in the service. But on 19 September 1918, he shipped out aboard the “Empress of Asia[i]” heading to Europe (Liverpool) to be part of the Headquarters Troop, 86th Infantry Division. He returned and became part of the 311 Fire Truck and Hose Co. Gilbert was discharged on 24 August 1919 as a Sargent.

Marriage

Gilbert Frank Raidt married Beatrice Marie Gleason on 13 October 1920. After their honeymoon, they lived at 1724 Third Ave. So. They had six children, all born in Minneapolis.

Adulthood

Gilbert and Beatrice purchased a home at 4215 Stevens, Minneapolis, and Gilbert worked as a Building Contractor throughout his married life.

In 1942, Gilbert registered for the draft. He was described as being 5’10”, 175 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion.

Death/Burial, etc.

Marker – Gilbert F. Raidt

Gilbert died on 8 July 1974 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. He was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Further Research

  • Research Sarina “Rena” Frances and determine if she ever married and when she died.
  • Confirm Lucy Helen’s husband was Charles Nagle.
  • Research Gilbert’s military service more. Did the 86th Infantry Division see action? Was the 311 Fire and Hose company stateside or overseas?

Events by Location

  • England, Liverpool                                                   1918 – US Army Service
  • Illinois, Winnebago, Camp Grant                       1917-1918 – US Army Service
  • Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis  Birth, 1900-1940, Death
  • Minnesota, Ramsey County, St. Paul                 c. 1917 – College
  • New Jersey, Hoboken                                                1918 – US Army Service

Endnotes:

[i] The Empress of Asia was built in Govan, Scotland, and launched in 1912. According to Wikipedia, “On 9 September 1918, Empress of Asia set sail from Hoboken, NJ bound for Liverpool carrying troops from the 86th Infantry Division’s 331st Machine Gun Battalion, 311th Engineer Regiment and 311th Engineer Train. She arrived safely on 21 September 1918.

Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, Frank H Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, Sheet 24A. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/93073807:7602.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, F H Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2G7-Z2N.
  • 1920 Census (NARA), Family Search, Frank Raidt – Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWYX-CDZ.
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert F Raidt, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3ZB-WJN.
  • 1930; Census Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.
  • 1940 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota/ https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSKD-7MG.
  • Correspondence with Jerome G. Raidt – 1970s – Questionaire Answers. In the mid-1970s, I asked Mary Elizabeth Raidt’s father, Jerome G. Raidt, a series of genealogical questions. His response to those questions.
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt – Memorial #157188096. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 July 2018), memorial page for Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt (4 November 1896–7 March 1962),
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Gilbert Frank Raidt – Memorial 157187764.
  • Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN), Newspapers.com, 1920-10-22 – Page 4 – Gilbert Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Internet, Beatrice Gleason – 1920-10-14 – Page 13 – Cathedral Candles and Autumn Leaves Setting for Wedding. https://www.newspapers.com/image/181524749/.
  • Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 (Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Health), Family Search, Gilbert F. Raidt (No Image). https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4CX-V8J.
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System (https://moms.mn.gov/, ), MOMS.MN.GOV, Gilbert F Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1895, Family Search, Frank Raidt – Hennepin County Minneapolis city, Ward 11 – Page 86, Line 2698.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1905, Family Search, Frank H Raidt – Minneapolis Ward 3, Hennepin County, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPSY-BX7.
  • Minnesota, World War I Records, 1918-1941, Family Search, Gilbert Frank Raidt. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QRVL-3NPZ.
  • Multiple, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1926 – Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2469/images/14899304.
  • Multiple, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1938 – Gilbert F Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1018568082:2469.
  • S., Army Transport Service Arriving and Departing Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert F Raidt – Departure 19 September 1918.
  • S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), Ancestry.Com, Gilbert F. Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/7635739:2441.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert Frank Raidt – 25 April 1942.
  • United States Social Security Death Index, Family Search, (No Image) – Gilbert Raidt (1894-1974).

 

Donna in the News – Mission Theatre, Santa Barbara, 1926

In the News
Donna Darling Revue
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.

This week’s article is from the Santa Barbara Daily News (Santa Barbara, CA), dated October 15th, 1926[i].

The ad doesn’t mention Donna, but Page 13 does have a brief mention of the shows at the Mission; it says:

The Mission will offer a very entertaining and jazzy program today and Saturday, headed by “The Donna Darling Review.”

Other acts mentioned include:

  • Herbert Cagger (Balancing Act)
  • Kostner and Vivian (Old-time rube act)
  • Curtis and Lawrence (Skit)
  • “Those Who Dare” (Screen Feature) (IMDB)

The fifth vaudeville act isn’t mentioned either.

Donna played in Santa Ana on October 7-9 and Porterville on October 19th, so her playing at Santa Ana on the 15th and 16th makes sense.

Thanks to this newly available online article, I was able to add another venue for Donna and the “Donna Darling Review.”

October 15-16, 1926 – Santa Barbara. CA – Mission Theatre – Donna Darling Review


Endnotes

[i] Newspapers by Ancestry – Santa Barbara Daily News (Santa Barbara, California) · Fri, Oct 15, 1926 · Page 13 “MISSION” – Accessed on Oct 7, 2021

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 49

Googins (5), (nee Barker)

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.

Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Jessia Googins Wescott St., Portland #469.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1936

    The 1937 Portland City directory lists Jessie E Googins, an operator at 188 Middle, residing at 18 Wescott. Also living at 18 Wescott is Phoebe A Googins, the widow of Howard T Googins.

  • Maine Birth records include Jessie Ellen Googins, born 3 August 1915, the daughter of Howard T and Phebe A (Barker) Googins.

This photo is of Jessie about 1936 when she was about 21 years old.

Family Search identifies Jessie Ellen Googins as ID: KH44-SFS. Jessie Ellen Googins is found in 11 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded this photo of Jessie to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two additional pictures of Jessie to my Flickr photostream. 

Confirmed to be Jessie by a two family members.

Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Jessia Googins, 18 Wescott St, Portland #240.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1935

    This photo is clearly the same person as above (#469), just a little earlier (based on the photo ID numbers), probably 1935.

  • This is a photo of Jessie about 1935 when she was about 20 years old.

Family Search identifies Jessie Ellen Googins as ID: KH44-SFS. Jessie Ellen Googins is found in 11 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded this photo of Jessie to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of Jessie to my Flickr photostream.

Confirmed to be Jessie by two family members. 

Muriel Estelle Googins, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Muriel Googins, 18 Wescott St, Portland #899.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Muriel Estelle Googins, circa 1937

    This photo is of another of the Googins daughters. It has the same surname, same address, just a bit younger individual. The 1930 Census confirms Muriel E. Googins as the 10-year-old daughter of Howard S and Phebe A Googins (see above).

  • Maine birth records identify Muriel Estelle Googins, born 12 March 1920 to Howard T and Phebe (Barker) Googins.

This is a photo of Muriel about 1937 when she was about 17 years old.

Family Search identifies Muriel Estelle Googins as ID: GWYB-432. Nine Ancestry trees include Muriel Estelle Googins.

I have uploaded two photos of Muriel to her Family Search Memories. 

Confirmed to be Muriel by her daughter.

Donald Freeman Googins, circa 1936 (Age 3)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. F. J. Googins, 527 Brighton Ave, Portland #336.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Donald Freeman Googins, circa 1936 (Age 3)

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Freeman J and Carola F Googins living at 527 Brighton Ave.

  • The 1940 Census lists Freeman and Carola Googins living in Westbrook with their six-year-old son, Donald F. Googins. Also in the household are two daughters, Gloria & Glenna, both five years old.
  • Donald Freeman Googins was born 16 April 1933 to Freeman Jesse and Carola (Hobson) Googins.

I am sure this is Donald about 1935 when he was about 2.

Family Search identifies Donald F Googins as ID: LTH2-J13; he is also found in 8 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded one photo of Donald to his Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of Donald to my Flickr photostream.

Phoebe Adelaide Googins (née Barker), circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Howard Googins, 18 Westcott St, Portland #114.”

Phoebe Adelaide Googins (née Barker), circa 1934

After reviewing three other packets of the Googins family of 18 Wescott street, I am confident this is Phebe Adelaide (Barker) Googins (See above). Her husband, Howard Tyler Googins, died on 25 September 1934.

This is a photo of Phoebe Adelaide (Barker) Googins about 1934, when she was about 41 years old, probably shortly after her husband died.

Family Search identifies Phoebe A Barker as ID: G98D-K9Z; Additionally,

Phoebe Adelaide Barker appears in 38  Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Phoebe to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Phoebe by a family member. 

 Conclusion

The Googins family of 18 Wescott was happy with the photos taken at the Ethel Wight studio in Portland, Maine, as three of the four family members had their photos taken there.

I was able to identify the photos in all five photo packages and post their pictures to Family Search Memories. Additionally, I had four additional images of the family members that I could post to my Flickr Photostream.


Final Note

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

(For all of the Ethel Wight Collection analysis, please see here.)


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

Ancestor Sketch – James Vincenzo Varone (Sr.)

Halcro-Varone Project
By Don Taylor

James Vincenzo Varone was born on 03 April 1889 in Rome, Italy as the first child of Antonio Varone5 and Giuseppa (Galluccio) Varone. He had five siblings, namely: Eleen, Celia6, Rose6, John6, and Mary6. When he was 27, he married Beatrice M Hennessey on 23 October 1916 in Rhode Island. James married Albertina C (LNU) sometime before 19345.

List of Grands

  • Maternal Grandfather – James Vincenzo Varone (1889-c. 1960)
  • Great Grandfather – Antonio Varone (1863-1933)

James Vincenzo Varone (1899-c. 1960)

Vincenzo Florio – 1880
Photo courtesy Ancestry.Com

James was born 03 April 1889 in Rome, Italy, the oldest child of Antonio and Giuseppa (Galluccio) Varone. Sometime before 02 June 1899, the Varone family moved to Galluccio, Caserta, Campania, Italy, which is the last place the family lived before going to Naples, Napoli, Campania, Italy4 where he departed aboard the Vincenzo Florio. On 02 June 18994. He arrived in New York, New York, USA4 on 18 June 1899.

James grew up with five younger siblings, all born in the United States.

Children of Antonio “Tony” and Giuseppa (Galluccio)[?] Varone

Name Born
James Vincenzo Varone 3 Apr 1889, Rome, Italy
Eleen Varone c. 1902, Rhode Island
Celia Varone c. 1904, Rhode Island
Rose Varone c. 1907, Rhode Island
John Varone c. 1908, Rhode Island
Mary Varone c. 1910, Rhode Island

The family located to Providence, Rhode Island, and lived at 118 Sutton Street by 1912.. James was described as 5′ 8″, 130 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, on 02 April 1912.

James became a naturalized citizen, taking his oath of allegiance to the United States on 29 January 1916 in Providence (Certificate #640045).

First Marriage

James Vincenzo Varone married Beatrice M. Hennessey on 23 October 1916. Together they had six children.

Name Born Married Died
Albert Anthony 1916    
Florence Josephine 1919 FNU Depasquale 1992
Anthony Frederick 1921 Eileen Moilo 1991
Dorothy Beatrice 1923 Lawrence Halcro 2008
Mildred C. 1926 Archie DiNucci  
James V.
(Junior)
1930    

In 1917, James worked as a machinist and later worked as a glassworker at New England Glass, 110 West Exchange St. He was described as medium height, medium build, dark brown eyes, black hair3 when he registered for the draft.

In 1924 he was a jitney driver living at 227 Unit in Providence. He moved to 60 Seymour, Providence, in 1925 and moved again to 1233 Westminster Street.

The couple lived at 306 Carpenter from 1928 to 1930, 37½ Almy om 1921, and James appears to have lived at 14 Zone in 1932 without Beatrice. It seems that James and Beatrice divorced in 1932 or 1933.

Second Marriage

In 1933, James married Albertina C Germani[?], and they lived at 448 Pleasant Valley Parkway, Providence, Rhode Island. James was a salesman. Albertina may have had two children from a previous marriage, Vilma and Camille, who were living with James and Albertina during the 1940 Census. They were identified as James’ children using the Varone surname in that census; however, they do not appear in other records I have found.

1940 Census showing the James V Varone household including Vilma and Camille. 

He was employed as a Bus Driver at Valley Bus Line on 03 February 1936, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the proprietor for the Bus Transportation Co. according to the 1940 census. He was educated to an 8th grade Education.

In 1942, Eddy M. Fisher of 6 Hay Street in Providence employed James. During his registration for the WWII draft, on 27 April 1942, he was described as 5’ 7½”, Brown eyes,  Black & Gray hair, dark complexion in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA2.

Death

I have been unable to find a death record for James Vincenzo Varone. He appears in the 1960 Providence City Directory, living at 165 Harold but doesn’t appear in the 1961 city directory. As such, I suspect he died about 1960.

Follow-up Research

  • Find Death information for James Vincenzo Varone.
  • Find vital records for James’ siblings; Eileen, Celia, Rose, John, and Mary.
  • Determine Death information for both of James’s wives.
  • Determine Death information for all of James and Beatrice’s children.
  • Determine if Vilma and Camille were step-children. If so, who was their father?
  • Look for school records for James, his siblings, and his children.

Sources:

  • 1925 Rhode Island Census, Ancestry.com, 1925 Census – James Varone – Enumerated 22 April 1925. Accessed 25 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=RICensus&indiv=try&h=2452863.
  • 1940 Census, Various, James V Varone – Rhode Island, Providence, Providence. Year: 1940; Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: m-t0627-03775; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 6-72. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/110539562:2442.
  • Find a Grave, Find a Grave, Dorothy B. Varone Halcro. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95788599/dorothy-b-halcro : accessed 23 September 2021), memorial page for Dorothy B. Varone Halcro (10 February 1923–18 November 2008), Find a Grave Memorial ID 95788599, citing Scarborough Memorial Cemetery, Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by NoraK (contributor 46838659). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95788599/dorothy-b-halcro.
  • Obituary: Dorothy B. Halcro, 85., Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine, images on-line at the Scarborough Historical Society.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920, Ancestry.com, Vincenzo Varone – Beatrice M Hennessey – 23 October 1916. (No Image). Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4263/records/211974/.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1945, Ancestry.com, James Varone – b. 03 April 1889. National Archives At Boston; Waltham, Massachusetts; ARC Title: Petitions and Records of Naturalization, 2/1842 – Ca. 1991; NAI Number: 3432872; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: Rg 21. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61208/records/245604.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1915 – Providence Ward 9 – Tony Varone. Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/993783/.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – James Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434701.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – Florence Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434697.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – Anthony Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434688.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – Albert Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434686.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – James Varone (Jr.). Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434700.
  • Social Security Death Index, 1935-2012, Various, Dorothy B Halcro (No Image). “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTKQ-VMG : 12 January 2021), Dorothy B Halcro, 18 November 2008; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTKQ-VMG.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1934 (Ending April 1935) – Page 821 – Varone. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 28 September 2021. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/822174866:2469.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1942 – Page 802. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/920767072:2469?.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, Lawrence Denis Halcro (1917-1998). No image – Accessed 11 September 2020. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/60901/records/47733239.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, Florence Josephine Depasquale – Death Apr 1992 (No Image). Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com, James Varone. Registration State: Rhode Island; Registration County: Providence. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/10913814:6482.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, James Varone. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of Rhode Island; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147; Series Number: M1964
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, Albert Anthony Varone. National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Rhode Island, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 164. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/284490257:2238.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, Anthony Frederick Varone. National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Rhode Island, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 164.

Update: Edward William Matson’s Siblings

Matson Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.                                                                                                     As part of my normal research process, I like to find the BMD (births, marriages, and death) for each of the Ancestor’s siblings. When I first looked at Edward William Matson’s family, I had very little information regarding Edward’s siblings. Here is an updated list 

Children of Lars and Christine (Erickson) Mattson[i]
All children were born in Wright County, Minnesota[ii].

Name Birth Marriage(s) Death
Carl August 21 Apr 1882 Elizabeth Guintire,
Gina Tonette Syverson
01 Jan 1963[iii]
Gertie Caroline 18 Jun 1883 Alfred Abiel Hill,

Anthony Guintire

20 Oct 1965
Emma Christine 26 May 1885 Desire Gerard 23 Sep 1967
John Emil 09 Dec 1886 Anne Theresa Utterberg 26 Jan 1962
David Lauretsius 22 May 1888 02 Feb 1963
Minni Sofia 28 Jan 1890 O. August Nyholm 31 Oct 1968
Hannah Elizabeth 30 Mar 1892 28 Dec 1938
Anna Maria “Mary” 21 Jul 1894 Chell Levi Peterson 14 Jun 1962
Louis Osker 25 Apr 1896 11 May 1962
Edward William 01 Apr 1898 Hildur Christine Krafve 09 Oct 1977
Edith Elvina Emelia 09 Sep 1900 03 Jul 1902
Rudolph Martin 12 Nov 1902 Florence A Bringen 02 Jan 1982
[Unnamed Baby] 12 Nov 1902 1902

Endnotes:

[i] All the birth records I have found use Mattson. However, many of the children began to use Matson beginning about 1917. For them, various records may indicate Matson and others Mattson.

[ii] Various records indicate that all of the children were born in Wright County, however sometime Cokato and sometime French Lake are used interchangeably.

[iii] 1962 and 1963 were very bad years for the Mattson family. Five siblings died during the 13 months between January 1962 and February 1963.