Video

Have you ever wanted to quickly create a video presentation? That was my situation a week ago when my genealogy calendar and my family calendar developed a conflict. Instead of cancelling a presentation, I wanted to turn my presentation into a video that could be used instead of a live presentation.

When I was teaching there was a web site that I used quite frequently to take a sequence of images and add narration. That web site no longer exists. However, the ability to narrate slides has been added to PowerPoint. Even though I had never used this aspect of PowerPoint, I was able to quickly figure out how to add narration to my existing presentation.

Once the narration was added, I simply used the export function to create a video. I then uploaded that video to YouTube. Since I wanted the Wichita Genealogy Society to be the first to view this video, I did not make it public. Instead I uploaded it to YouTube and made it unlisted. That way, I could share the link to the video with the society.

After learning how to create videos from PowerPoint, I then applied that new skill to creating a couple of videos for my family. Below is an abbreviated version of her obituary video.

Now that I have reacquired this skill, I’m sure I will be putting it to use for other projects.

Otto Rector Career Military

Do you ever feel like some of the genealogy records are deceptive? That’s how I’m beginning to feel about the database, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. According to that database, a person named Ctor Otto R enlisted 28 Dec 1945 in California.

Even though the name that was indexed does not match, the details regarding birth and residence fit a Christy cousin, Otto Muratt Rector. If this record is for Otto M. Rector, then one might assume that Otto enlisted in the military in December 1945 when in reality it was likely a re-enlistment. The first clue that this might be for a re-enlistment instead of an enlistment is the Source information.

National Guard in Federal Service, within 3 months of Discharge

A careful analysis of the census records for Otto Rector also supports his being in the military prior to 1945. The 1920 census for Bexar county Texas shows an Otto M Rector in the list of those residing at Kelly Field.

In 1930, an Otto M Rector and wife Mary are shown on the census in Pearl City village in Hawaii. This census lists Otto’s occupation as ‘Soldier U.S. Army.’

In 1940, there is an Otto M Rector listed on the census in Santa Clara county, California. The occupation shown for this Otto M. Rector was Master Sergeant U.S. Army.

Various news articles from Indiana where his extended family lived help to fill in the blanks about where he was stationed during his military career. A check of newspapers near the bases where he was stationed turned up some interesting details. One of those articles places him at Hickman Field in Hawaii in 1940.

Fourth Reconnaissance squadron, Hickam Field
The Fourth Reconnaissance squadron of the Fifth Bombardment Group Hickam Field, formerly stationed at Luke Field, was organized at Kelly Field, Texas, in 1917. It came to Hawaii in 1919, and was known as the Fourth Observation Squadron until March, 1938, when its name was changed to the Fourth Reconnaisance Squadron. As a part of the Eighteenth Wing, it has a dual purpose: to act as a long range reconnaissane when necessary, and as a bombardment squadron at other times, performing either duty equally well.

picture includes: Master Sgt. Otto M. Rector (first row, second from right)

“Fourth Reconnaissance Squadron, Hickam Field,” The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), 18 February 1940, page 44; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

Since the census records place Otto Rector in California in 1940, he was likely transferred to California shortly after the photo was taken. Thus, he wasn’t in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Then, a 1942 article provides a few details about his service during World War I.

World War I Comrades Reunited in World War II

Fresno, Cal. — The doorbell rang at the home of Master Sergeant Otto M. Rector at Hammer field and outside stood Maj. D. G. Herring, who was making his first inspection tour of the range. They stared, shook hands, and went into a long confab. Both had served under Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker in France, had not seen each other since the armistice.

“World War I Comrades Reunited in world War II,” The Edinburg Daily Courier (Edinburg, IN), 17 August 1942, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

Based on the census records and newspaper articles, I believe that Otto M Rector enlisted during World War I and was career military.


Otto Muratt Rector was born on 15 Apr 1884 in Holton, Jackson, Kansas, United States.15 He was the child of Wyatt Harding Rector and Esther Christy.2 He lived in Grant Township, Jackson, Kansas, United States in 1885.6 Otto lived in Grant Township, Jackson, Kansas, United States in 1895.7 He lived in Grant Township, Jackson, Kansas, United States in 1900.8 He served in the military under Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in 1917 in France.9 Otto was a member of the 90th Aero Squadron who returned home aboard the Orduna landing in New York, New York, United States on 27 Oct 1917.10 He lived in San Francisco, California, United States in 1919.11 He lived at Kelly Field in Bexar, Texas, United States in 1920.12 On 14 Jan 1921, Otto served in the military in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States  in the aviation corps.1314 He married Mary Campbell on 3 Jun 1922 in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States.1516 He attended electrical school and inspected air planes in May 1923 at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Champaign, Illinois, United States.1718 He lived in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States in 1926.19 Otto lived in Ewa, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States in 1930.20 In 1930 he was an a soldier in the U.S. Army in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii.20 He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1932.21 Otto served in the military on 13 May 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii.22 He was a member of the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron posted on 18 Feb 1940 at Hickam Field in Hawaii.23 In 1940 he was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Santa Clara, California, United States.24 Otto lived in Mountain View, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1940.24 He served in the military in 1942 at Hammer field.9 He enlisted in the  Army Air Corps on 28 Dec 1945 at Hamilton Field in Hamilton, California.4,25 Otto was discharged from the military on 31 Jan 1947.4 He died on 20 Feb 1959 at the age of 74 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States.1,45,26 He was buried on 24 Feb 1959 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado, United States.2627

ENDNOTES

1. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online December 2018), memorial for Esther Christy Rector (1860-1924), Find a Grave Memorial no. #142414753, citing Kempton Cemetery, Kempton, Tipton County, Indiana;, Esther Christy Rector.

2. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online 15 December 2021), Otto Muratl Rector.

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 4 January 2022), memorial for Otto Muratt rector (1884-1959), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33367496, created by 2Honour&Remember and Originally created by US Veterans Affairs Office, citing Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado; accompanying photograph by 2Honour&remember, Otto Muratt Rector.

4. National Cemetery Administration, “U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed oline (4 January 2022), Otto Muratt Rector; National Cemetery Administration.

5. “U.S. Obituary Collection, 1930-Current,” database online, http://www.oregonlive.com/obituaries, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022), Otto Muratt.

6. 1885 Kansas Census, Jackson County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Grant Township, Jackson County, Kansas, page 97 Image 49 of 98, family 191, W H Rector; digital imags, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 15 December 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

7. 1895 Kansas Census, Jackson County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Grant Township, Jackson County, Kansas, page 25 Image 37 of 113, family 2, W H Rector; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 15 December 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

8. 1900 U.S. Census, Jackson County, Kansas, population schedule, Grant Township, Jackson County, Kansas, ED 56, Sheet 13 B Image 27 of 29, family 258, Wyatt Rector; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 20 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T623

9. “World War I Comrades Reunited in world War II,” The Edinburg Daily Courier (Edinburg, IN), 17 August 1942, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

10. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, Otto M Rector, 27 October 1917; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

11. “Kempton,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 12 September 1919, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

12. 1920 U.S. census, Bexar County, Texas, population schedule, Bexar County, Texas, ED 109, Sheet 4B Image 7 of 77, line 80, Otto M Rector; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022); NARA microfilm publication T625

13. “Jefferson Township,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 8 January 1921, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

14. “Kempton – Two,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 1 January 1921, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

15. Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954, Otto M Rector, 3 June 1922; database with images, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 January 2022).

16. “Marriage LIcenses,” The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 6 June 1922, page 11; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

17. “Kempton,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 14 May 1923, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

18. “Kempton News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 9 July 1923, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

19. “Pickard,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 13 April 1926, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

20. 1930 U.S. Census, Honolulu Hawaii, population schedule, Ewa. Oahu Island, Honolulu County,Hawaii, ED 2-107, Sheet 3A Image 5 of 10, family 45; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022); NARA microfilm pubblication T626

21. “Auto LIcenses,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), 30 December 1932, page 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

22. “52 Commended at Luke Field,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), 13 May 1937, page 10; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

23. “Fourth Reconnaissance Squadron, Hickam Field,” The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), 18 February 1940, page 44; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

24. 1940 U.S. Census, Santa Clara County, California, population schedule, Fremont Township, Santa Clara County, California, ED 43-10, Sheet 61B Image 24 of 32, line 59, Otto Rector; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022); NARA microfilm publication T627

25. Natioanl Archives, “World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database on-line, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022), Rector Otto R.

26. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Guy Harding Rector, 7 May 1961; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

27. U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962, Otto Muratt Rector, 3 March 1959; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022). Original Source: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General.

Obituary Misdirection

Have you ever struggled to figure out parent-child relationships when multiple marriages are involved? If so, do you turn to an obituary of a parent to help figure out the children?

While researching the descendants of my third great grandfather, Sameul Christy, I’ve encountered the family of Ernest Evert Stoops. Ernest was first married to Edith Ethel Christy and later married to Edith’s sister, Lydia Alice Christy. Prior to Lydia’s marriage to Ernest Stoops, Lydia was married to Basel Henderson. These multiple marriages can make it difficult to figure out who the mother of the children is.

So far, I haven’t located an obituary for Edith Christy Stoops who died in 1929. I have located an obituary for her sister, Lydia, who was also married to Ernest Stopps

Obituaries
Lydia Stoops

Lydia A. Stoops, 82, Rt. 1, Frankfort, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph’s memorial Hospital,, Kokomo. She had been ill for six years.
Born May 11, 1894 in Tipton County, she was the daughter of Milton and Florinda Suites Christy.
She was married on Oct 3, 1932 to Earnest Stoops, who survives.
Mrs. Stoops was a member of the Geetingsville Presbyterian Church and Chapter No. 491 of the Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving with her husband are: four daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Gladys) Unger of Sedalia, Mrs. William (Juanita) Bolinger of Smyrna, Tenn., Mrs. Marvin (Lois) Click of Brownsburg, and Mrs. Iola Rodenbarger of Niles, Mich.; two sons, Wayne Stoops of Albany, Ore. and Olas Stoops of Frankfort; 28 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lorain VanBuskirk of Wickenberg, Ariz.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Stout Funeral Chapel in Russiaville. Rev. Oral Duckworth and Rev. Dennis Ladd will officiate and burial will be in Liberty Baptist Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Obituaries,” Tipton County Tribune (Tipton, Indiana), 16 April 1977, page 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 1 January 2022).

Based on the above obituary, one would likely assume that all of the children named in the obituary were Lydia’s. While Ernest Stoops’ obituary names his first wife, Edith Christy, it does not help figure out the identity of the children’s mother. In fact, it just adds to the confusion by claiming a child of Lydia’s from her first marriage as his own.

Ernest Stoops
Rossville, Ind. — Enrest E. Stoops, 94, Rossville R.R. 1, died at 1:33 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 1988, in Saint Joseph Hospital & Health Center, Kokomo.
Born June 28, 1894, in Tipton County, he was a son of Irvin and Martha (Peters) Stoops. In 1912, he married Edith Ethel Christy, who died in 1929. On Oct. 3, 1932, he married Lydia Alice Christy, who died April 15, 1977.
Surviving are two sons, Wayne Stoops of Albany, Ore., and Olas Stoops of Frankfort; four daughters, Mrs. Cleatis (Juanita) Zook of Rossville, Mrs. Marvin (Lois) Click of Brownsburg, Mrs. Robert (Iola) Rodgers of Niles, Mich., and Mrs. Raymond (Gladys) Unger of Sedalia, Ind.; 28 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Two sons, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
He was resident of the Geetingsville area since 1927. He was a member of Geetingsville Presbyterian Church, the Beard Order of Eastern Star, Moose Lodge 1529 at Lafayette.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville with the Rev. Oral Duckworth officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Baptist Cemeter in Tipton county. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. A twilight Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“Ernest Stoops,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 2 October 1988, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 21 November 2020).

Fortunately, the obituary of Ernest’s son, Olas Harold Stoops helps figure out who the mother is of Ernest’s children.

Olas H. Stoops, 76
Geetingsville — Olas H. Stoops, 76, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, in his residence following an illness of several months.
he was born on Feb. 14, 1924, in Howard County near Kokomo. He resided in the Geetingsville area most of his life, and had resided in Lafayette for several years.
He was a 1943 graduate of Rossville High School,. In 1989, he retired from Richard Huffer Construction Co.
On Nov. 9, 1957, he married Carole Ann Biggs in Lafayette, and she died April 11, 1997.
He was a member of Rossville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Sheldon H. “Butch” Stoops of Mulberry, and Andrew H. Stoops of Forest; two daughters, Ava Melton (husband: Stephen) of Bedford, and Avonne Krug (husband: Steven) of Lafayette; a brother, Wayne Stoops (wife: Wilma) of Albany, ore.; a sister, Juanita Zook (husband: Cletus) of Rossville; and a stepsister, Gladys Unger (husband: Raymond) of Sedalia.

“Olas H. Stoops, 76,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 7 May 2000, page 12; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

With the addition of this third obituary, additional sources are needed to verify the family relationships. For this family the 1930 census record is very helpful.

In the 1930 census for Clinton County, Indiana, the household of Ernest Stoops has a Lydia Henderson listed. Lydia is identified as Ernest Stoops sister-in-law. Also listed in the household is Gladys Henderson. Gladys is listed as a niece of Ernest Stoops.

1930 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana, enumeration district (ED) ED 12-17, Sheet 1B, family 19, Ernest Stoops; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed onlnie 22 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T626.

This census record provides a lot of clues to the family structure. Based on all of the above records, i have concluded that Ernest and Edith (Christy) Stoops are the parents of Sylvester Eugene, Juanita, Lois Evelyn, Everett Wayne, Charles Irvin, Olas Harold and Iola Jean. After the death of his first wife, Ernest married his sister-in-law and merged her family with his own. Thus, his obituary listed Gladys as a surviving daughter even though the census record identifies Gladys as Gladys Henderson, niece of Ernest Stoops.

While I don’t do extensive ‘digging’ when researching the descendants of my 3rd great grandfathers, I realize that I need to locate as many sources as I can. Sometimes an abundance of sources is needed to figure out a family structure.

Chief Master Sergeant

Have you ever celebrated when you find an obituary that details a military career? Well, I’m celebrating today! As I’m researching cousins, I’ve finally found an obituary that provides quite a few details about the military career of my second cousin twice removed, Everett Wayne Stoops.

Obituaries
Wayne Stoops

Feb. 19, 1919 — July 7, 2006
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Everett Wayne Stoops, U.S. Air Force, of Albany died Friday, July 7, after a valiant fight against complications of heart and lung disease. He was 87.
Born in Hamilton County, Ind., to Ernest and Edith (Christy) Stoops, he was one of eight children.
Graduating from high school at 16, he worked in the family grocery store. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1940, he attended aircraft maintenance schools and participated in submarine patrol missions until crashing in a B-26 aircraft on Dec. 18, 1941. He served 34 months in Australia, New Guinea, Dutch Ne Guinea and Owi Island, maintaining and, in some cases, rebuilding planes before returning to the United States. He then married Wilma Ridenour of Indiana, whom he had met on a blind date before he went overseas and ask to marry him on their third date. He left the service in 1945 as a master sergeant, but after three years re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he remained for 30 years of active service.
He was stationed all over the world from England to Labrador, Canada, to Vietnam and the Philippines, and traveled to Scotland, Bermuda, Guam, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Greenland and points in between. As often as possible, his family and their dogs accompanied him.
He was one of the first men to attain the rank of chief master sergeant, the highest a non-commissioned office can hold. Upon retirement, the family moved to Albany, where Wayne worked as parts manager for Dorsey Bus Company and then for J and J Electric until his final retirement in 1984. He continued to work part time until 1998.
He enjoyed camping neighborhood and family get-togethers, and taking his friends flying. He was a voracious reader, enjoying mysteries, westerns, war novels, nonfiction and the occasional Danielle Steel. An avid dog lover, he also discovered the joy of being owned by cats during the last 30 years of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Lydia and siblings. Survivors include Wilma, his wife of 61 years; his daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Stoops, her husband, Vernon Smith, and Grandson Connor Stoops-Smith; niece Nancy Gressler of Springfield; several nieces and nephews east of the Rockies; and many many friends.
Wayne will be remembered as a quiet man who valued his family and friends, loved animals, and was always available to lend a hand. He is missed.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the American Legion, 1215 Pacific Blvd. S.E. Albany.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Safe-Haven Humane Society or Heartland Humane Society.

“Obituaries,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 21 July 2006, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

Although I haven’t found another source to corroborate the airplane crash, I have been able to find items in the local Indiana newspapers that provide details about where Wayne Stoops was stationed during his military career.

Everett  Wayne Stoops1 was born on 19 Feb 1919 in Clarksville, Indiana.15 He was the child of Edith Ethel Christy and Ernest Evert Stoops.1,67 He lived in Wayne Township, Hamilton, Indiana, United States in 1920.8 Everett lived in Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana in 1930.9 He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 5 Jan 1940.4,7,10 He served in the military in May 1940 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States.1112 Everett served in the military in Staten Island, New York.12 He served in the military in Dec 1942 at Lincoln Air Base in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States.13 He served in the military in Jun 1944 at Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado, United States.14 Everett served in the military in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina.14 He was discharged from the military on 20 Sep 1945 at Camp Atterbury.4,7,12 He registered for the military draft  on 26 Sep 1945 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States.5 Everett enlisted in the Air Force on 24 Dec 1948.4,7 He served in the military witha a rank of Technical Sergeant in 1951 in Merced, California, United States.15 He lived in Salina, Saline, Kansas, United States in 1953.16 Everett served in the military in 1963 in Goose Bay, Alaska.1718 He was discharged from the military on 30 Jun 1973.4 He lived in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States in 1988.67 Everett lived in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1999.19 He lived in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States in 2002.20 He died on 7 Jul 2006 at the age of 87.14,7 The funeral of Everett was held on 2 Aug 2006 in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States.7

ENDNOTES:

1. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online 21 November 2020), Everett Wayne Stoops.

2. Oregon, Death Index 1898-2008, Everett Wayne Stoops, 7 July 2006; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

3. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W Stoops, 307-16-3375, before 1951.

4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W Stoops.

5. “U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W. Stoops.

6. “Ernest Stoops,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 2 October 1988, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 21 November 2020).

7. “Obituaries,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 21 July 2006, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

8. 1920 U.S. Census, Hamilton County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne Township, Hamilton County, Indiana, ED 114, Sheet 5A Image 9 of 11, family 109, Earnest Stoops; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 21 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T625

9. 1930 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana, enumeration district (ED) ED 12-17, Sheet 1B, family 19, Ernest Stoops; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 22 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T626.

10. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 11 July 1942, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

11. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 30 May 1940, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

12. “Burlington,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 20 September 1945, page 12; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

13. Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), ; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : accessed ).

14. “Local News,” Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), 21 July 1944, page 9; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

15. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 30 May 1951, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

16. “Local News,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 1 January 1953, page 17; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

17. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 30 December 2021), memorial for Sylvester Eugene Stoops (1913-1963), Find a Grave Memorial no. #8528622, created by Judy, citing Geetingsville Cemetery, Geetingsville, Clinton County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Judy, Sylvester Eugene Stoops.

18. “Christy Family Has 17th Reunion,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 17 August 1963, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

19. “Lois E Click, 81,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 30 April 1999, page 22; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 November 2020).

20. “Juanita Eleanor Zook,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 21 October 2002, page 18; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:It’s Saturday Night again –time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), is to:

1)  How many people in your country had your four grandparents exact last names at birth in the 1940 U.S. Census?  [Note, if you’re playing and not in the U.S., pick an appropriate database in your country.]  What about your spouse’s grandparents last names at birth?

2)  List each last name at birth and the number of persons in the 1940 U.S. Census [or other database] using an exact surname match.  I suggest using FamilySearch because it is free, but you can use another website (the results should be the same!) if you wish.

3)  Have you performed a “one-name search” for any of those last names and added them to do family tree?

My Line:

  • Crawford – 93,620
  • Currey 2,34
  • Briles 844
  • Mentzer 2,493

My husband’s line

  • Philbrick 2,005
  • Sebring 1,573
  • Griffith 48,168
  • Strohmeier 288

Have I tried to do a ‘one name’ study with the 1940 census: NO

While I do record everyone of a surname living in a county where my grandparents lived, I have not done a study of everyone of one of my surnames in the 1940 census.

Haug Licensed to Fly

Nemaha County Kansas

Saturday Tidbit

Lester Haug Wins Private Pilot’s License to Fly

Courier Tribune Monday June 19, 1939 page 1

Lester Haug, Seneca, graduate of Kansas University, took his flight tests at Lawrence Thursday and was awarded a private pilot’s license, all he could possibly get with his flying time, now somewhat above 30 hours. Lester took the government sponsored course at the university. While he started flying with no great amount of ground-school preparation, Haug does not believe students were given a quick course because it feared the United States is plunging into war. He feels more that the government is promoting commercial aviation development. Sales of planes now is limited because there is a relatively small proportion of the population able to fly. If more knew how, without the plane manufacturer having to give an expensive course, there would be more sales. Haug took his training in a 50-horsepower ship, thinks most anyone could learn shortly to tear it down, put it back together again.

Friday Finds

From my paper research for the CRAWFORD family in Kansas.

Ford County Kansas
Registrar Office
Basement (from when in old building)

Large Black bound — no outside markings

Record of Teachers’ Examination
Ford County, Kansas
E D Webb, County Superintendent, August 1896

Lyda A. Crawford
Age 24
Dodge City P.O.
mos attended normal inst. — 7
Mos. taught — 31
grade of certificate — 2

Orthography – 93 1/2
Reading 86
Penmanship 97
Physiology and Hygiene 87
Arithmetic 93
English Grammar 93
US History 96
US Constitution 84
Theory and Practice 92
Bookkeeping 95
Natural Philosophy 80

Average 91 3/8

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Redeployment

Can you imagine spending the winter in the snow in Belgium during the winter of 1944-1945? Then can you imagine that when the war ended in Europe, you weren’t going home, but going to the Pacific theater instead?

Well, that was the case for many – but not all of the soldiers who survived the Battle of the Bulge. The Army established a point system to determine who got to go home versus who was sent to the Pacific. This process was discussed in an article in The Birmingham News.

The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama)
22 Aug 1945
page 1

Army Bans Overseas Shipment for Enlisted Men with 75 Points
Washington, Aug. 22 (AP) The Army is banning overseas shipment of enlisted men with 75 or more discharge points. At the same time, it was learned that the War Department soon will direct all branches of the Army to cut below 37 the age limit for overseas duty.
At present, the ground forces are screening out of divisions slated for Japanese occupation duties all men 37 or older. The ground forces embrace all troops, including the infantry, except those in the service of supply or air forces.
The later two now are weeding out of redeployment units all men 38 or older.
Just how far the age limit may be reduced has not been determined. One problem is that men in the service forces, chiefly supply troops, are older on the average than those in the ground and air forces.
Enlisted men now can get out of the Army upon request if they are 38 or have a point discharge score of 85, based on a rating system that grants credit for combat, service and dependency.
The announcement that men with 75 or more points are not being sent overseas indicates that the discharge score may be reduced to that figure. However, this may be done in two separate cuts, because the Army says the score must be geared to available shipping.
The department said the 95th and 85th Divisions, the first two redeployed from Europe for service in the Pacific, were screened to eliminate all men with 75 or more points. The 37-year age limit also was used in screening the 95th, but not the 86th, the department reported, because there was not sufficient time to make the necessary personnel changes after the discharge age was lowered from 40 to 38. The age limit in the 86th was 38.
Some men in both the 95th and 8th Divisions have protested against being sent to Japan after having served in Europe. The 95th is now at Camp Shelby, Miss., and the 86th is on the West Coast awaiting shipment to Japan.

The Wikipedia article on the Demobilization of United States armed forces after WWII explains how the points were accumulated.

Soldiers were given one point for each month of military service and one additional point was given for each month of overseas service. Each battle star or decoration earned a soldier 5 points. Soldiers were awarded 12 points per dependent child up to a maximum of three children. A total of 85 points was needed for eligibility. Soldiers who had earned that number of points were to be demobilized as soon as transport back to the United States was available.

Scholarship

Eugene and his brother LR

Eugene D. Crawford and Leon R. Crawford II Memorial Scholarship
Emporia State University Foundation
Emporia, Kansas

When their son, LR (Leon Russell Jr), passed away while a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, Leon and Winnie Crawford established the Leon R. Crawford II Memorial Scholarship at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. This scholarship was for prospective physical science (physics, chemistry, earth science) teachers and was to be awarded when the student began their education block.

Eugene in his classroom at Dodge City Junior College

When LR’s older brother Eugene passed away in 2006, his name was added to the scholarship. As a professor at Kansas State Teachers College, Eugene was one of the physical science teaching staff who worked with the prospective science teachers.

Thanks to contributions over the years, including those in memory of LR and Eugene, this scholarship has been helping college students on their quest to become science teachers for over 60 years.

In honor of her husband, Eugene, Roberta Crawford designated this scholarship as her desired memorial.

Memorial gifts may be made to Emporia State University. Please direct your gift to the Eugene D. Crawford and Leon R. Crawford II Memorial Scholarship in memory of Roberta Crawford. Gifts may be made directly to Emporia State University Foundation, 1500 Highland Street, Emporia, KS 66801.