Saturday Tidbits

1940 Draft List


The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, Kansas)
November 28, 1940
page 2

Draft Order
(Official List Continued)

400 Tommie Samuel Brammer
491 Clifford Fred Wissler
402 Alfred Leslie Ralston
403 John Henry Kruetzman
404 Leon Ashley Glenn
405 Walter Loyd Cornell
406 William Ernest McEchron, Jr
407 Frank Isch
408 Albert Bartholomew McKee
409 Ray Deaver
410 Donal Cecil Davis
411 Eugene Frederick Brown
412 Homer Leland Cox
413 George William Hailey
414 Albert Joseph Kruetzman
415 Warren Charles Spiker
416 Ray Eldon Creed
417 William Arthur Hoffman
418 Earl Ewalt Schuneman
419 William Kenneth Most
420 Lawrence Bryan Rawlins
421 Paul galen Phillips
422 John Otho Nebgen
423 Wilfred Bernard Stallbaumer
424 Gerard Benedict Houlton
425 Pete Vincent Haug
426 Joseph Vondemkamp
427 Donald Sewell Arick
428 Wayne Max McCall
429 Van Leonard McDaniel, Jr
430 Felix William Stallbaumer
431 Earl Walter Parli
432 William Henry Kranz, Jr
433 Harold Earl Frank
434 Vincent Leander Gudenkauf
435 Fred Gregory Holthaus
436 Alfred Herman Stallbaumer
437 Bert Henry Keim
438 Dale A. Brock
439 Lloyd Raymond Whiteside
440 Anthony Alphonse Rettele
441 Walter Henry Lierz
443 Orville Franklin Yarger
443 Leo Joseph Heiman
444 Clyde Edwin Vernon
445 Robert Sidney Dank
446 Leonard Krogman
447 George Michail Grdinovich
448 Marion Lee Owens
449 Robert Emil Studer

Friday Finds

Bolivar Robb Biography

As with past Friday Finds posts, this one begins with some handwritten notes. From these notes, I know that I was visiting the Kansas State Historical Society (KHS) when I wrote down the information.

Even though I don’t have a complete footnote, nor the information to compose one, I do have enough information to identify the book. I was able to locate a digital copy on at

The biography of Bolivar Robb starts on page 8.

Bolivar Robb
With perhaps a few exceptions, Bolivar Robb, of West Lebanon, Warren county, is the oldest pioneer of this county, in years residence here. He has lived in this portion of Indiana for seventy-two years, and in Warren county since 1830, and distinctly remembers the experiences of the pioneers during the ‘30s and ‘40s, and the primitive condition of everything here, and the inevitable hardships which had to be endured. He even

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recalls the Black Hawk war of 1832, and incidents of that notable strife with the red men — one of the last stands of that race against the oncoming tide of civilization east of the Mississippi.
Early in the eighteenth century three brothers, James, William and John Robb, emigrated from the northern part of Ireland (where they were known as Scotch-Irish) to America, and made a settlement at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is supposed that from them are descended all persons bearing the surname of Robb in this country, but from which one of the brothers our subject traces his lineage is not definitely known. The great-grandfather of the subject was one John Robb, and the grandfather was Thomas Robb, both natives of the Keystone state. The latter, born in 1767, married Elizabeth Robb, a second cousin, and in 1800, when their son William (father of our subject) was about two years old, they removed to Erie county, Pennsylvania. Eight years later they went to Washington county, Kentucky, and in 1818 they took up their abode in Brown county, Ohio, settling near Ripley, the county seat. In 1830 Mr. Robb became a resident of Washington township, in the vicinity of Williamsport, Warren county, Indiana, but three years later he continued his journey westward, and died in DeKalb county, Illinois, September 4, 1850. From principle he was strongly opposed to slavery, and the unswerving traits of integrity, justice and honor which had descended to him from his Scotch-Irish ancestors were among his most noteworthy characteristics. He left the stern old “blue” Presybyterianism in which he and his forefathers had been reared, and until his death rejoiced in the liberty and light of the Disciples or Christian church, with which he early identified himself. While he was never an aspirant to official distinction, he occupied various local positions and was a justice of the peace for years, here and further east. His first wife, Elizabeth, died in Ohio, and Mr. Robb subsequently married Mrs. Sarah Friel, who survived him a short time. She had one son by her first marriage, Thomas and Elizabeth Robb were the parents of James and John (twins), William, Thomas, Robert, Mary, Anna and Elizabeth, all of whom have passed away. James served in the regular army of the United States for five years, and in the war of 1812 fought under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson, and later took part in the Seminole war. John also was in the war of 1812, fighting under General William H. Harrison. With the exception of Thomas, who died in youth, all of these brothers and sisters married and had families, and all except James and Thomas became residents of Indiana, the former settling in Illinois and the latter dying in Ohio.
William Robb, father of Bolivar Robb, was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, near Pittsbrug, November 10, 1798. He accompanied his parents to Brown county, Ohio, and there he married Abi Higinbotham, a native

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of that county, born April 14, 1806. In the spring of 1827, William Robb, in company with his brothers-in-law, Joseph S. and Joseph P. Robb, built a small flat-boat and floated down the Ohio river to the mouth of the Wabash, and thence went up this river to Covington, in what is now Fountain county. Having selected and bought a tract of land near Vederburg, William Robb returned home on foot, and in the following autumn he brought his family to the new home in the wilderness, in a one-horse wagon. The family continued to reside on this homestead until March, 1830, when they removed to Warren county. Mr. Robb entered land about three-fourths of a mile west of the present court-house in Williamsport,, and here he continued to dwell until his death, June 10, 1885. His venerable wife died January 5, 1899, in her ninety-third year. Politically, he was a Democrat, and three times did he fill the office of sheriff, twice being elected and once being appointed to that position. Once he was appointed to fill out the unexpired term of county clerk, and for many years he was a school director, township trustee, etc. Of his seven children, Bolivar, William W. and Howard are residents of Warren county, and Alfred lives in Tennessee. Those who have entered the silent land are Frank; Eliza Jane, who was the wife of G. W. Armstrong; and Sarah E., who married James Jones, and had a son and daughter, both now deceased.

Bolivar Robb was born April 29, 1826, in Brown county, Ohio, and was but four years old when he came to this county. Here he managed to gain a fair education in the primitive subscription schools of that period, but his advantages were meager in the extreme. When he was eighteen, his father, who had been unfortunate in business, informed him that he could give him only a team of horses with which to make a start in independent life. The young man requested and received the equivalent of the horses in money, and with this he paid his way, as far as possible in Wabash College. He then taught for six successive winters. Schools were still carried on largely by subscription at the rate of about two dollars a pupil for a term, and the last winter that the young pedagogue taught he received fifty dollars for his services, and paid one dollar a week for his board and that of his horse. For thirty years he was engaged in contracting and building, and then he purchased the old homestead, which he managed for years and only recently sold. During Cleveland’s last administration he was postmaster of West Lebanon, where he has a pleasant home, and is living practically retired. He has always been prominent in the councils of the Democratic party of this locality. In June, 1843, he joined the Christian church of this village, and from that time to the present he has been one of the most active members, and was the first superintendent of the Sunday school here.
On the 25th of July , 1850, Mr. Robb married Sarah A. Acus, a native

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of Iroquois county, Illinois. She died April 8, 1853, and left an infant daughter who lived to the age of nine years. December 7, 1856, Mr. Robb wedded Margaret S. Crawford and their only child, Clara Jane, married E. S. Walker, who has been commander -in-chief of the Sons of Veterans of Indiana. Mrs. Walker, a lovely, well educated lady, died when in her thirtieth year and left and infant. Her loss has been deeply felt by her many sincere friends and particularly by her devoted parents, who are thus left childless in their declining years.

Biographical History of Tippecanoe White Jasper Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana, Volume I. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1899.

Anna Wells

If you have been doing genealogy research for some time, I’m guessing that you are like me in that you have used the county histories to locate biographies of a family member. These histories provide a wealth of clues about the life of an individual. They often provide information about the spouse and children of the person. If one is lucky, they might also provide information about the parents and in-laws.

For me, those biographies have been about the men in the area. Thus, I was surprised to find a biography of a woman, Anna H. Wells, wife of George Talbot Perry. While this biography could easily have been written with George Perry as the focus, it begins with information about Anna and her family before including information about George.

Perry, nee Anna H. Wells, p.o. Chittenango, N.Y., born March 6, 1825, eldest daughter of Ozias and Mary (Kennedy) Wells, a prominent family in years gone by. Both the Wells and Kennedy families came from New England. The Wells family trace their descent back to Elder John White, who came from England and landed in Boston on ship “Lyon,” September 16, 1632. They are also closely related to the well-known Thurston and Green families, so prominent in Revolutionary days. December 24, 1848, Anna H. Wells married St. George Talbot Perry. he was the fourth in direct line to bear the name. His mother was Amanda Herkimer, grand-

Smith John E., Editor, Our County and Its People, a Descriptive and Biographical Record of Madison County, New York (N.p.: Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899), page 96; digital images,, Film 934838 Item 1 : viewed online 12 June 2022.

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daughter of Capt. George Herkimer, who fought with his brother, Gen. Nicholas Herkimer, in the noted battle of Oriskany. The Perrys came from England and settled in Rhode Island some time in the year 1600. To George T. and Anna H. Perry were born three children: Hattie Simms, now the wife of Hon. R. C. Briggs, resident of Rome, N.Y.; Georgia Talbot, now the wife of Charlse S. Button of Chittenango; Edward Sims, named in honor of good old Deacon Sims whose wife was cousin of Mrs. Perry, and in whose family much of her childhood was spent; he died January 31, 1864, aged four years. Mr. Perry in early life was associated in business with the late Alfred Bellamy in Chittenango. For over twenty years he was engaged in business in New York city where his abilities commanded the highest salaries. He was a conspicuous example of a self-made man and won the respect and friendship of a very large circle of friends. In politics he was a steadfast Republican. He was an active member of Strong Place Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY. His death occurred November 15, 1865. Since then Mrs. Perry has made her home in Chittenango.

Smith John E., Editor, Our County and Its People, a Descriptive and Biographical Record of Madison County, New York (N.p.: Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899), page 96; digital images,, Film 934838 Item 1 : viewed online 12 June 2022.

Mentzer – Schoepflin

Marriage licenses issued: Oct. 19, Hiram Underhill, Neosho Falls, and Miss Charlotte Tarman, Iola. Oct. 28, Philip E. Mentzer and miss Anna M. Schoepflin both of Yates Center

“Marriage Licenses,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 26 October 1905, page 4; digital image, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Mentzer – Schoepflin – At the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Schoepflin, Mr. Philip E. Mentzer to Miss Annie M. Schoepflin, both of Yates Center, Rev. C. W. Bailey officiating. The News extends best wishes. They were married Oct. 25, 1905.

“Married,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 27 October 1905, page 5; digital images, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Philip Mentzer made this office a pleasant call Monday afternoon and had his name added to The Advocate list of subscribers. He also left copy for the announcement of his marriage to Miss Anna Schoepflin Wednesday, Oct. 25. Thus another young couple starts life right by patronizing the printer.

“Local,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 27 October 1905, page 5; digital image, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Williams – Mentzer Wedding

John W. Williams and his wife Clara Edith Mentzer

At the residence of the bride’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Mentzer’s four miles northwest of town, on Thursday evening April 2nd, 1903. Miss Clara Edith Mentzer and John Williams were united in marriage by Rev. C. W. Bailey, in the presence of only near relatives. The happy couple will reside on the Waltermire farm south of town.

“Married,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 10 April 1903, page 5; digital image, ( : viewed online 11 March 2022).

Williams — Mentzer — At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Mentzer, northwest of town, Thursday evening, April 2, 1903, Rev. C. W. Bailey officiating, Mr. John W. Williams and Miss Clara E. Mentzer. In addition to the families of both parties, only Miss May Litton, of Yates Center, was present to witness the ceremony. Mr. Williams is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Williams of Turkey creek, and is a sturdy, industrious young man. The Bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo W. Menter, of Center township, and is a very popular young lady with all her acquaintances.
The new married couple are at home to their friends on the Waltermire farm south of Yates Center, where they are very nicely and comfortable located.
The News extends best wishes.

“Married,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 10 April 1903, page 5; digital images, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Mentzer – Graham

The marriage of Clarence Albert “Bert” Mentzer and Grace Graham is chronicled in three newspapers in Woodson County, Kansas. Each version provides a different clue about the couple.

Mentzer – Graham
Mr. Bert Mentzer and Miss Grace Graham were married at the Methodist parsonage Wednesday evening by the Rev. W. L. French. These young people are well and favorably known to the most of our people. Mrs. Mentzer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Graham living northwest of town. Mr. Mentzer has grown to manhood in the county and is the youngest son of Mrs. George Mentzer. He is a graduate of our high school and is a prosperous farmer. We extend to this young couple the best wishes of the Advocate for a happy and prosperous wedded life.

“Married,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 9 May 1913, page 5; digital image, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Mentzer – Graham
Clarence Albert Mentzer and Miss Grace Graham were married in the Methodist parsonage Wednesday afternoon, May 7, 1913, Rev. W. L. French officiating. Bert Mentzer is one of West Center township’s best young men and his wife is one of the most popular and worthy young ladies of the north side of the township. She is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Graham. Both have a large circle of admiring friends who will join The News in extending best wishes. They will be at home to their friends on the Mentzer farm in West Center township where Bert was born and raised.

“Married,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 9 May 1913, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Another Home Instituted

Clarence Albert Mentzer and Miss Grace Graham were married at the parsonage of the Methodist church of Yates Center, Kansas by the pastor, Rev. W. L. French, Wednesday, May 7, 1913.
The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Graham, who live near town. She is a most attractive young woman, and by her charm of manner and her native goodness of heart has won the warm regard of all who know her.
“Bert” Mentzer is one of the successful farmers of Woodson county, is practicing to update methods of farming, and is a public spirited and generous hearted citizen — one of Woodson’s best.
These two young people begin their home-building with the best wishes of their large circle of friends.

“Another Home Instituted,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 15 May 1913, page 7; digital image, ( : viewed online 19 June 2022).

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  I found this on Facebook:

I was very lucky to know both of my grandmothers! The one thing I remember most about BOTH of my grandmothers is their love of family, both immediate family and extended family.

One vivid memory I have from visiting my mom’s mother, Pauline (Mentzer) Briles, was sitting on her couch and going thru her photo album. It was thru this time on the couch that I learned about her twin brother and other siblings. Grandma would talk about family members that I had never met but thru sharing the photos she would also share her memories. As a young child, it was hard to understand that I had a first cousin, David, whom grandma hadn’t seen since before my birth. Grandma would talk lovingly about David but her words also conveyed sadness. When I started researching my family history, it was grandma Briles who helped me begin my Mentzer and Briles research.

While grandma Briles helped me begin researching my mom’s side of the tree, it was my grandma Crawford (Winnie Currey Crawford) who started me on this family history journey. As a child, I knew that my grandmother had a strong bond not only with her siblings but with my grandfather’s siblings. It wasn’t until learning about her childhood that I understood why she strived to maintain those connections. My grandmother’s family was torn apart when her mother died. While her older brother went to work, she and her older two sisters spent time in a children’s home and her two younger siblings were ‘adopted’ out. Even though the family was torn apart while the children were young, they were able to reconnect as adults.

Since she lost her mother at the age of 10, she also lost out on hearing about her mom’s family. Not only did grandma miss out on the stories, but her mother’s parents had died before my grandmother was born. Thus, grandma did not know a lot about her mom’s family. It was this desire to know about her grandparents that started my genealogy journey.

I am thankful for these memories of both of my grandmothers!


Celebrating fathers today!

I thought I’d share some pics of fathers/grandfathers with their children/grandchildren. Unfortunately, finding those snapshots in my files was difficult.

As you celebrate father’s day, please remember to take some photos of the fathers in your family interacting with their children.

Saturday Tidbits

1940 Draft List


The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, Kansas)
November 28, 1940
page 2

Draft Order
(Official List Continued)

350 Joseph Bernard Mohlman
351 Vincent Francis Wietharn
352 Lester Eugene Gutknecht
353 Ezra Ellsworth Steiner
354 John William Plattner
355 Carl Louis Hartman
356 Irvin Leo Bloom
357 Francis Leo Sauer
358 Burch Freel Jerome
359 Dale Wendell Bryan
360 William Francis Proctor
361 Louis Vance Slocum
362 Vincent John Wilhelm
363 Claude Philip Davenport
364 David Devor
365 Frank Gehard Tapperhorn
366 Alvin Francis Strahm
367 Leander Henry Feldkamp
368 Earl Edward Lucas
369 Raymond August Macke
370 Glen Maxwell Nelson
371 John Samuel Eley
372 Harry Carl Hutfles
373 Carl Wendell Evans
374 Edwin Bernard Ronnebaum
375 Henry John Ronnebaum
376 Lee Richard Cushman
377 John Jordan Barrett
378 Carl Henry Odell
379 Cyril Francis Holthaus
380 Elmer John Jorden
381 Cleaves Monroe Kirk
382 Frederick Thomas Bauer
383 Bernard Henry Hermesch
384 Ignatius Francis Rottinghaus
385 Ralph Walter Sherbon
386 Kenneth Alex McDonnell
387 Glen Alfred Johnson
388 Edwin William Tanking
389 Glen Winfield Mitchell
390 Leo Clement Weber
391 Ormand LeRoy Comer
392 Charles Martin Shaffer
393 Edmund August Wassenberg
394 Leander Charles Gudenkauf
395 Lawrence Henry Deters
396 Floyd Joseph Schuetz
397 George Frank Koch
398 Harold Lee Randall
399 William Chester Porter

Friday Finds

Lizzie Foster Will

Indiana Circuit Court (Warren County
Will Records

Film 1976522 DGS 7662654
Will Records, v. 4 (from p. 200) 1884-1895 Will records v. 5-6, 1895-1928

Based on handwritten documentation, this is from v. 5-6

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Be it remembered that on the 4th day of August 1920, there was filed in the office of the Clerk
of the Circuit Court of Warren County, Indiana, the last will and testament of Lizzie Foster, deceased,
late of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, which said will nad the Probate is in the words and figures
as follows to-wit;
I, Lizzie Foster, of West LaFayette, Indiana, being of sound mind and disposing memory do now make and declare the following as my last will and testament.
Clause 1: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as
convenient, and that my body be interred in the cemetery at Armstrong Chapel, Warren County, Indiana.
Clause 2. I will, devise and bequeath to my sister, Mattie Foster, all my property, real, personal
and mixed, to be had and held by her for and during the term of her natural life with the right to
use and dispose of such of the personal property as she may desire for any purpose during her
Clause 3: At the death of the said Mattie Foster I will, devise and bequeath all of the real estate
of which I may die seized and all of the personal property above bequeath to her which shall remain
undisposed of by her to my brother, Sam Foster, in case he be living at the time of my death, and in
case he shall then be dead, I will, devise and bequeath all of the property described in this clause
of my will to James Lackey Foster, son of the said Sam Foster.
Clause 4. I now make and appoint Sam Foster as executor of this my last will.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal this March 8th 1920.
Lizzie Foster
Signed by the said Lizzie Foster and declared by her to be her last will and testament in our
presence, and signed by us as attesting witnesses thereto at her request and in her presence and in
the presence of each other this March 8th, 1920.
C. V. McAdams
Bess McAdams
State of Indiana
Warren County, SS
On the 4th day of August A.D. 1920. personally came before the clerk of the Warren Circuit
Court c. V. McAdams one of the subscribing witnesses to the annexed and foregoing instrument of
writing purperting to be the last will and testament of Lizzie Foster late of Tippecanoe County,
in the state of Indiana, deceased, who being now duly sworn to testify the truth the whole truth and
nothing but the truth concerning the execution of the last will and testament of Lizzie Foster,
deceased, on his oath aforesaid testified as follows, to-wit; that he saw the said Lizzie Foster in her
life time, but who is now deceased, sign her name to the annexed and foregoing instrument of writing
as and for her last will and testament, that he heard her declare the same to be her last will and
testament; and that C. V. McAdams and Bess McAdams signed their names thereto as attesting witnesses at
the request of said testatrix in her presence and in the presence of each other, and at the time she
so executed said last will and testament the said Lizzie Foster was of full age to devise and be-
queath her property that she was of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that she was not under

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coercion or restraint of any person or persons whomsoever, and further saith now
C. V. McAdams, Witness
Subscribed and sworn on this 4 day of Aug. A.D. 1920.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said
Court of Office in Williamsport, Ind., on this 4 day of Aug. A.D.1920.
William Cowgill, Clerk.

State of Indiana, Warren County, SS.
I, William Cowgill Clerk of the Warren Circuit Court of Indiana do herby
certify that the annexed and foregoing last will and testament of Lizzie Foster late
of Tippecanoo County, deceased, has been duly admitted to probate; that its due execution
was this day fully proven before me by the testimony of . V. McAdams one of the subscrib
ing witnesses thereto whose profs, together with said last will and testament have been
duly recorded on page of Will Record No now on file in my office.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed this seal
of said court at Office in Williamsport on this 4 day of Aug. A.D. 1920.
William Cowgill, Clerk

This will is also available on Ancestry in their database, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999.