Monday, January 27, 2014

Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore Branch of Dewers Family -- Part II

 Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore children continued:

Four generations of Moores: Francis Little Moore (left), George Frederick Moore (back), Hazel Hildred (Moore) Gallagher (right) with her baby, George Thomas Gallagher. Circa 1916.

II. George Frederick Moore, second child of Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore, was born on 28 October 1862 in Jessup Twp., Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania; he died on 22 May 1933 in West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota and was buried there in the Ashley Cemetery. George married Theresa Ritter daughter of Peter Ritter and Elizabeth Darlinghouse on 25 December 1888 in Minnesota. They were later divorced. Theresa was born on 29 September 1871 in Meire Grove, Stearns Co., Minnesota and died on 23 January 1942 in Glasgow, Valley Co., Montana where she was buried. Theresa kept in touch with her sister-in-law, Alice Moore Chamberlain in occasional letters like this one in which she mentions her husband (referred to as both Georgie and George), sons Frank, Clarence, and George, daughter Hazel, as well as father-in-law, Francis Moore (Grandpa), her husband’s Aunt Addie Blaisdell Myers, and others:

                                                                   Osakis, Minn.
                                                                   November 9, 1913
Dear ones all!
    Received your welcome letter and found us all well and getting cold enough so we have to begin to think about winter. We have had a bad fall to get the work do[ne] this fall. But Georgie has his work pretty well done, has all the plowing done and most of the draging, his corn all stacked, he sure has been a busy boy. George has been helping him what he could.
    We all dread the cold weather coming. I think I will spend most of my time in doors soon as it gets real cold. We was to Sauk Centre yesterday, saw Maude, she has been to see Uncle Jake, said she found him real well. If he is planning on coming up to here in the spring, hope he does to come, and we sure will be so glad to see him.
    We did not get to see Aunt Addie, but she is well, but Alice Kelsey is getting worse night a long. I am afraid that she never will be well again.
    Seems so strange that the girls never write. I am sure it has been six months since we have heard from Melissa and three months since we heard from Jane. Frank is home, he said Jane was looking fine and had a nice home. I think that her oldest boy will be married next fall to my sister’s girl, that are the plans now any how. They are intending to live near her folks.
    You sure will miss Ethel, I know, but we must expect our children to do as we did, go to homes of their own. Hope she gets a good husband and that she will have a happy married life. I just know that you all must miss George, he sure is a good boy, and what a comfort that is to have good children.
    I wish that you had a good Osteopath Dr. near you. I know he would help you so much. George & I have both been taking treatments from one. George’s back is well now and I am getting so I feel good if I didn’t work too hard. I think there way of doctoring is fin. They always help me when I get run down, and I run down so fast when I do.
    I went for a visit to my sister and just rested that helped me lots. Mr. & Mrs. Smith are in their new house. They are both quite feeble and I am afraid that they won’t enjoy their new home very long. Hazel is going to learn dress making this winter, it helps them so much. I would not let her sew for other people as I think that is the worst kind of work.
    Georgie has his hands full taking care of the stock and he has lots of hauling to do and wants to husk out a lot of corn. I don’t see any rest for him, but he is making good money so that encourages him. I rather think Frank will be home all winter, it is not an easy matter to get a winter’s job, if he stays home he can help Georgie with the chores. Clarence goes to school every day and is learning fast. They say the best in his class.
    George is feeling fine, his arm that he got hurt on the plow bothers him yet. I think he must cracked the elbow cap or it would of been well before this. Grandpa keeps just about the same, only seems to be...amber then he has ever been, he never complains any way. He fell and hurt his ear about a week ago, but is about well again. He falls so easy.
    We called on the old Coopers folks Sat. He is well but Mrs. C. has to use a crutch to walk with. They have such a nice home. John Cooper’s wife has been quite sick, but is feeling lots better. They have a new Auto.
    Yes! We like our Auto quite well and would miss it if we had to go without it. We sure would be glad if we could only have a chance to give you a ride in it. We both run the car. I like to drive quite. I think everyone does that learns. George got me a nice good watch for Xmas, a little early, but I will enjoy having it that much longer.
    All are gone to bed so I will close & go to and don’t wait to long to answer. Hope your health will improve right along.
    With love from all to each and ever one and keep a generous share for yourself. Tell the girls to write & say halo to all.


George and Theresa had the following children:

     1. Francis “Frank” Fremont Moore, b. 24 April 1891, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 12 January 1961, Osakis, Douglas Co., Minnesota; bur. Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria, Douglas Co., Minnesota. Francis md. 8 December 1915, Sauk Centre, Sterns Co., Minnesota, Electa Olena Velstad, daughter of Paul Velstad and Karen Nelson. Electa b. 25 July 1894, Alexandria, Douglas Co., Minnesota; d.  22 April 1945, West Union. He was described as of medium height and build with blue eyes and black hair (not bald) on his WWI draft registration card in 1917. Frank was a farmer and lived his entire life in West Union on the family farm and was a member of the West Union Cooperative Creamery and West Union Cooperative Livestock Shipping Associations. He was also the treasurer of the Silver Creek Cemetery Association. Frank was a Mason and reached the rank of Master Mason in the Osakis Lodge in November 1920.

     2. George Grover Moore, b. 28 October 1892/3, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 5 January 1968, Mauston, Juneau Co., Wisconsin. George md. 31 December 1914, Alexandria, Douglas Co., Minnesota, Margaret Ellen “Ella” Hetherington, daughter of John Nelson Hetherington and Leila May Clemons. Margaret b. 9 April 1897, Marysville, Marion Co., Iowa; d. 3 March 1988, Mauston, Juneau Co., Wisconsin. Like his brother Francis, he was described as of medium height and build with blue eyes and black hair (not bald) on his WWI draft registration card in 1917. George was a farmer. By 1940, the family had moved from Todd Co., Minnesota to Lake Crystal, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota where George was unemployed and Ella was working as a restaurant manager. They later moved to Mauston, Juneau Co., Wisconsin, where both George and Ella died.

     3. Hazel Hildred Moore, b. 15 January 1898, West Union, Todd, Minnesota; d. 21 February 1993, Glasgow, Valley Co., Montana; bur. Highland Cemetery, Glasgow, Valley Co., Montana. Hazel md. 9 December 1914, Long Prairie, Todd Co., Minnesota, Edward Thomas Gallagher, b. 8 December 1893, Superior, Douglas Co., Wisconsin to Thomas Gallagher and Minnie Doyle. Edward worked as a meat cutter in a meat market and then later owned a retail grocery store in Glasgow, Valley Co., Montana. Edward d. 16 July 1970, Glasgow. Hazel wrote the following letter in 1954 to Phyllis (Jensen) Butler, daughter of her cousin Ethel Jane (Chamberlain) Jensen:

                                                                 Glasgow, Montana
                                                                 May 6, 1954
Dear Phyllis,
    Was indeed surprised to hear from you but very pleased. When a girl at home, I corresponded with Bertha Chamberlin [Phyllis’ aunt]. I have her picture, also one of your mother. Mother passed away in January 1942. She had moved to Glasgow about a year before her death. My brothers and I had a reunion at our old home three years ago this summer. The first time we had been together since our father’s death in 1933. My oldest brother lives on our old home place. He has one son who also lives there. He lost his wife a few years ago. George lives in Denver—he has a son and daughter. Clarence, the youngest brother, lives in Pontiac, Michigan. He married a widow with three children and they never had more. I have three sons, two daughters, and sixteen grandchildren. Our 2 oldest boys are with their dad in a meat and grocery store—they also buy cattle. Our youngest son is 25 years. He is a lawyer. He had to go into service out of law school, but will be thro Aug 1st, he will then be in a law firm here. Our oldest daughter lives in Oakland, Cal. and our other daughter lives at Rangely, Colo. Her husband is a petroleum engineer. We had a very mild winter for Mont., however April was disagreeable. Consequently a very late spring. John Duncan, Aunt Jane’s youngest boy, lives at Glendive, Mont. not too far from here. There are some Tiltons in western Mont., but I have never got to meet them. I am going to try to contact them. [The] George Duncans have visited us here. He was with Western Electric in Chicago and is now retired. We try to raise quite a few flowers—love to work outside. Since our family has left home, I’ve been doing the bookwork at the store. I am sorry I was so slow in answering your letter. I am a poor letter writer and about all I do write is to our children who are away from home. Would like to hear from you again.

                                                         Very best wishes to all the relatives there.
                                                          Hazel Gallagher

     4. Clarence Calvin Moore, b. 15 November 1905, West Union, Todd, Minnesota; d. Dec 1979, Michigan.  Clarence md. Clarina M. St. John, daughter of San St. John and Clara St. Germain. Clarina b. 28 May 1907; d. April 1976, Michigan. In 1935, the family was living in L’Anse, Baraga Co., Michigan (northern peninsula), but by 1940 Clarence was working as a press operator in an auto factory in Oakland Co., Michigan.

     5. Myrtle Melissa Moore, b. 4 May 1909, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 4 May 1909, West Union; bur. Moore Farm Cemetery, West Union.

III. Mary Jane Moore, third child of Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore, was born on 12 May 1864 in Jessup Twp., Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.  She died on 22 July 1929 in Kila, Flathead Co., Montana after taking a fatal dose of poison and was buried in Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead Co., Montana. Her death notice said:

COMMITS SUICIDE––Kalispell, July 24 – Her husband an invalid, her son serving a jail term for bootlegging, Mrs. Daniel Duncan, 65, gave up the struggle yesterday and took a fatal dose of poison. She had been caring for her four grandchildren, Dorthy V., Yuvon L., Douglas C., and Mary J., while their father was serving his sentence.
Mary Jane married Daniel Saint Duncan son of Stuart Duncan and Catherine Hamilton about 1884. Daniel was born on 30 May 1855 in Sullivan Co., New York; he died on 2 May 1934 in Kalispell, Flathead Co., Montana and was also buried in Conrad Memorial Cemetery. His obituary said:

Daniel S. Duncan was born May 30th, 1852 in New York state and passed away November 16, 1934 in Kalispell after a lingering illness, at the age of 82 years. Mr. Duncan came to Kalispell in 1906 and has since made his home here. His wife, Mary Jane Duncan, passed away July 22, 1929. Six children survive: Mrs. Isabell Shouse of Somers, G. W. Duncan of Chicago, Ill., Daniel D., Cassius C. of Kalispell, Stewart F. of Somers and John J. of Baker, Mont.
The family moved from Minnesota to Alberta by 1901 and then to Montana by 1906. Daniel worked as a stone mason (1910) and farmer (1920). He was a widow and retired by 1930. Like her sister Melissa (Moore) Tilton, Mary Jane (Moore) Duncan wrote quite often to her sister, Alice Estella (Moore) Chamberlain, after the Chamberlains joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) and moved to Utah.  Here is an excerpt from one of her letters published in the Chamberlain-Moore Journal that was written a few months after the birth of Alice’s son, William George Chamberlain. Melissa did not know when she wrote the letter that little William would die before the letter reached her sister.

                                                           West Union [Minnesota]
                                                           February 10, 1886

Dear Sister, 

I received your letter one or two days ago and glad you may be Shure to hear that you was well again and had sutch a nice little boy!  tell you I would like to see it and all of you...Dan’s Mothers health is very poor this winter and I suppose you know grandma Moore is not Expected to hardly live from one day to another...Dan is away now and has not bin home only once in over a month he is working at Hartingtons Mills him and Emmit Myers Dan does his own cooking and Emmit takes care of the Horses. We are having splendid weather and just enough snow to maike good Sleighing Ran [Ransom Tilton] has bin quite sick so he sayes he started for the Station the other day and could not get any further than here but when dinner was ready he seemed to have as good an apetite as anyone now Alice I am just going to tell you what I herd about you and Elonzo I know it will make you laugh we heard that the hed of the church had decided that Elonzo was not able to support a wife and that they had taken you away from him and given you to Will McDonald for a second wife Henry Wolcots wife was the one that told me She had a good laugh over it but did not believe it whare it furst started I cant find out but think it was some of the Advents...

Daniel and Mary had the following children:

     1. Brownie Bell Duncan (later changed her name to Isabel Brownie), b. 15 February 1885, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 2 January 1968, Kalispell, Flathead Co., Montana; bur. 5 January 1968, Conrad Cemetery, Kalispell. Her obituary stated:

Mrs. Isabel B. Shouse, 82, died Tuesday at a local hospital. Mrs. Shouse was born Feb. 15, 1885 at West Union, Minn., the daughter of Mary Jane Moore Duncan and Daniel S. Duncan. As a child she traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah where she lived until she was 13 and went by a covered wagon with her four brothers and her parents to Cardston, Alta., where she grew to womanhood. She came to the Flathead in 1909 and July 2, 1917 she was married to William T. Shouse. He preceded her in death Jan. 9, 1964. Mrs. Shouse was also preceded in death by one son, Frank W. Utley, in October, 1938. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. S. (Elathine) Minkler, Seattle; Mrs. R. L. (Juanita) Batson, Tacoma, and Mrs. Starling (Ruby) Lindsey, Somers. Mrs. Shouse lived most of her time in the Flathead at Somers. For the past year she has lived at the Immanuel Lutheran Home. There are six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Eidsvold Lutheran Church. Four brothers survive: George Duncan, San Antonio, Texas; John J. Duncan, Glendive; Stuart and Douglas Duncan, Darby.

Brownie md. 1st Joseph Hardy Vaughn on 25 July 1900, MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. Their marriage ended in divorce. Joseph b. January 1879, Idaho. Brownie md. 2nd Frank Utley, son of Charles Utley and Jennie Fountain on 25 May 1909, Kalispell. This marriage also ended in divorce. Frank b. 16 March 1877, Hinkley, Pine Co., Minnesota; d. June 1940, California.  Brownie md. 3rd 2 July 1917, Kalispell, William Tennyson Shouse, son of John F. Shouse and Levina Skaggs. William b. 1 September 1898, Independence, Montgomery Co., Kansas; d. January 1965. Brownie wrote several times to Phyllis (Jensen) Butler, her cousin Ethel’s daughter. Here is one written in 1961:

                                                                  Somers, Montana
                                                                  March 15th 1961
Dear Phyllis,

    Was sorry to hear that Lottie [Lottie Chamberlain Marshall, Phyllis Butler’s aunt and Brownie’s cousin] had lost her only living son. These sorrows come to every one sooner of later. I lost my only son many years ago and so I know how much it hurts. Was also sorry to hear about my cousin Frank Moore. We used to spend many pleasant times together when we were young. I think Frank was some younger than I. I was 76 the 15th of February. At the present time I have ten great-grandchildren…My brother Cassius is living in Libby. I don’t know where. His children’s names are Alene, Cassius, & Sally. I don’t know where Sadie his wife is. She went completely wrong, and so we just haven’t kept any track of her. About that family picture, I think if you would write to my brother Dan at 2106 W 85th St in Los Angeles, Calif. he might be able to send you one. Danny had the pictures taken and gave each of us one.
    We are not so good. Bill had a stroke in February and is very poorly. I have so much extra work I’m very tired. I just hope I can keep on my feet because we just can’t afford to both be out at once. My girls all have their dear hands full and such an added burden would be too much. Bill requires a lot of waiting on; he isn’t bed ridden yet, but it will eventually come to that as his legs are so bad but we just have to make the best of it.
    I must close this as I have a chance to get it mailed. Bye now.

                                                                   Love, Brownie

     2. George Wellington Duncan, b. 15 February 1887, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 9 January 1990, Saint Hedwig, Bexar Co., Texas at the age of 102 years; bur. Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas. George md. 2 September 1914 Inez Pearl Petre, daughter of George Petre and Mary Ritter. Inez b. 4 May 1896, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. July 1989, Bexar Co., Texas; bur. Sunset Memorial Park. George and Inez moved back and forth (summer and winter) from Minnesota to San Antonio, Texas. In 1954 they explained this in a letter to Phyllis (Jensen) Butler:

                                                                   San Antonio, Texas
                                                                   March 24, 1954
Dear cousin Phyllis,
    Yes, we remember you, but don’t remember which was which. We were there in 1936. My dad was along, also our son. We were at your place a second time too with some friends. My dad died within two weeks after he arrived home from that trip & our son was killed on Okinawa two years ago last Oct. He was our only child, you know, & we miss him so much. He left three children and they & their mother live here in San Antonio. So that is the main reason that we spend the winter months here. So we can be near them.
    You know we were both born in Minn. & lived there for many years. However, Geo. left with his folks when he was 6 years old & lived in Salt Lake City, Canada, & then Montana. And when he came back to Minn. to visit his uncle Geo. Moore, who was married to my mother’s sister, I met him. But I was very young then & did not marry him until several years later.
    Well, to make a long story short, after living in & near Chicago, Ill. for almost thirty years & Geo. retired from Western Electric Co., we decided to buy a home on one of the many beautiful lakes in Minn. So we stay there about six months of the year and this is our second winter down here. We come down here in a trailer & live in it here in one of the nice trailer parks they have here. We enjoy it very much.
    Now about the information you want about Grandpa Moore. Geo. says his sister Brownie has it all in the old family bible & she’d be able to give you the correct information. So I’ve written to her & sent your letter to her & asked her to get in touch with you and I’m sure she will. Her add. is Mrs. Wm Shouse, Somers, Mont.
    We could give you some information but we do not know about the Littles. Brownie may have that. I remember Grandpa Moore, who was Frank Moore, very well, as I lived near him for 16 years. He died in Minn. but we believe he was born in Pa.
    It was nice hearing from you Phyllis. I guess we left Douners Grove, near Chi. just about the time your Uncle Walter & wife came to Chi. on a mission. And we hope you get the information you are after.
                                                                  Love from your cousins                                                                                      Inez & George Duncan

Photo of Daniel Douglas “Dogie” Duncan courtesy of Frances Cahoon Swendsen as a Private during World War I.

     3. Daniel Douglas Duncan, b. 2 December 1888, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 23 February 1974, Darby, Ravalli Co., Montana; bur. Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, Ravalli Co. Daniel was living in California when his social security number was issued. He was working as a railroad brakeman in 1917 prior to his first marriage at the time of the WWI draft and on his registration card was described as medium in height and build, with hazel eyes and dark brown hair (not bald). Daniel md. first 22 December 1917, Kalispell, Flathead Co., Montana, Genevieve J. Billedeaux, daughter of Edward Billedeaux and Virginia Howard, who was one-half American Indian. The marriage ended in divorce. Genevieve b. 19 April 1894, Browning, Glacier Co., Montana; d. 9 July 1984, Kalispell; bur. Whitefish, Flathead Co. Daniel was listed as divorced in the 1930 U.S. Census and was living next to his father with his three children where he was working the family farm. In 1940, Daniel was incarcerated in the Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, Powell Co. The reason for his incarceration was that he “was convicted of second degree murder in the deaths of Bud Neas and Russell Austin, his sister’s son-in-law, and sentenced on 26 December 1930 to life in prison, which was later recommended by the Governor to be commuted to 25 years. Daniel Duncan spent ten years in the Deer Lodge Prison for the murder of these two men.” He had been in trouble with the law before and was jailed for bootlegging in 1929, one of the issues that led to his mother’s suicide that year.  The murders were reported as follows in the newspaper:

Dan D. Duncan Admits Having Fired Shots, And Gives Himself Up
Argument over possession of cowhide robe results in deaths of Bud Neas and Russell Austin and serious injury to Gus Austin. Shooting occurred near Sedan Lake. As the result of a quarrel over a cowhide robe, Bud Neas and Russell Austin are dead, Gus Austin is in the hospital with serious injuries caused by being beaten over the head with a gun, and Dan D. (Dogy) Duncan is in jail, having given himself up to the sheriff for having caused the deaths of the two men. From what officials have so far learned, one of the Austins claimed Dan S. Duncan, father of Dogy Duncan, had given him the robe some months ago. This was disputed by Dogy Duncan; the argument starting at the Charles Stopher place on the south side of Sedan Lake yesterday afternoon. About 5 o’clock Gus and Russell Austin and Neas drove to the home of Dan S. Duncan, where the shooting occurred.

Details Not Definitely Known
Just what happened is not definitely known, but it is said that the argument was renewed in which Dogy Duncan was badly beaten by some of the party, after which he went into the house, secured the gun, a .32 caliber Winchester carbine, and shot Neas, who stood beside the car in the road. The two Austins, who were in the car, got out when the shooting started, and Russell Austin was shot as he tried to escape and died in the hospital at 11 o’clock last night without making any statement to the officers. There were but two shells in the gun, and Duncan then struck Gus Austin over the head with such force as to break the gun in two. Gus Austin is also in the hospital, and it is said that he has a chance for recovery. The only eye witness of the affair was Wilbur Tuttley, a nephew of Duncan’s who it is said ran into the woods when the shooting started. Neas lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al Neas near the bridge over Ashley creek at the head of the lake, and it is said that his mother heard the shots and ran over to the Duncan place, arriving there before her son expired. Russell Austin is a nephew of Gus Austin and lives in Somers. Gus Austin is a traveling salesman for a Salt Lake City clothing firm, but at the present time was making his home with his brother, J. B. Austin at Kila. Sheriff Ripke says that Neas was dead when he arrived about 5:30. Dr. F. D. Ross was called, and removed the two injured men to the hospital. Coroner Campbell was notified and removed the body of Neas to the Campbell & Waggener mortuary, where it was found that the bullet entered his right side about two inches above the hip, and lodged in the left breast near the heart. The body of Austin was removed to Sherman & Son’s, where it is said that the bullet entered near the spine and came out on the right side. Neas was a lad about 18, Russell Austin 27, and Gus Austin about 50. Russell Austin’s wife, it is said, is a niece of Duncan’s. An inquest will be held by Coroner Campbell at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

 The report in the newspaper after the Coroner's inquest.

Photo of Daniel Douglas “Dogie” Duncan at about age 55 courtesy of Frances Cahoon Swendsen.

    After his release from prison, Daniel md. second 1 February 1951, Maude E. Antisdel. Maude b. 4 November 1879, Auburn, Geauga Co., Ohio; d. 2 July 1959, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. Daniel md. 3rd Nellie Strainbrook about 1960. Nellie b. 1882; d. 29 July 1965, Montana; bur. Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana. Daniel md. 4th 12 October 1968, Lillian Esther Garrin, b. 11 May 1900, Woodburn, Marion Co., Oregon; d. 4 October 1990, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana. Daniel’s obituary said:

Funeral services were conducted for this afternoon at Dowling chapel for Daniel Duncan, 85 of Darby who died unexpectedly at his home Feb. 23 at 5:30 a.m. Father James Burns officiated and thereafter the body was sent to Spokane for cremation. Daniel Douglas Duncan was born Dec. 2, 1888 at Sauk Centre, Minn., son of Douglas and Mary Jane Moore Duncan. He moved to Salt Lake City in his youth, later lived in Canada and the Flathead valley. He owned a leather shop in the Los Angeles area for a number of years. He was a veteran of service on WWI. He moved to Darby in 1961. His marriage to Lillian Anderson took place in Glendive Oct. 12 1968. Surviving beside the widow is a daughter, June Smith in Van Buren, Mo.; son, Douglas, Kalispell; brothers, George, San Antonio, Texas and John, Hamilton; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Dan Duncan was vitally interested in the world in which he lived and the men who rule it, all the way down to town and school district. He showed his concern both vocally and with his pen, both of which could have sharp edges.

     4. Cassius Calvin Duncan, b. 12 June 1892, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 22 December 1966, Libby, Lincoln Co., Montana; bur. Libby Cemetery. In 1917 at the WWI draft, Cassius was working in Flathead Lake, Flathead Co., Montana for the Somers Lumber Company; on the draft card he was described as medium in height and build, with brown eyes and hair (not bald). Cassius md. 22 November 1920, Sadie Alice Miller, daughter of Aquilla W. Miller and Jane Bretz; the marriage ended in divorce.  Sadie, who was one-quarter American Indian, b. 25 January 1904, Bigfork, Flathead Co., Montana; d. January 1973, Sweetwater Co., Montana. In 1940, Cassius was working as a helper in a tin mill shop.

     5. Stuart Francis Duncan, b. 29 January 1894/5, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah; d. 4 July 1971, Missoula, Missoula Co., Montana; bur. Conrad Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead Co., Montana. His obituary reads:

Stuart Francis Duncan, 77, died Sunday in Missoula. He was born Jan. 29, 1894, in Salt Lake City. He is survived by one son, Wellington S. Duncan, Kalispell; two daughters, Mrs. Eunice Mahlum, Missoula, and Mrs. Rena Mae Eddy, Bigfork; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three brothers, George Duncan, Battle Lake, Minn.; Dave and John Duncan, Darby. Funeral services for Mr. Duncan will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Squire-Simmons and Carr Chapel. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Conrad Memorial Cemetery.

Stuart md. first 6 September 1919, Kalispell, Emma Margrete Wittlake, daughter of Fred C. Wittlake and Mary J. Paulson; the marriage ended in divorce on 14 July 1949. Emma had been previously married and divorced from Mr. Miller. Emma was b. 25 July 1902, Enid, Garfield Co., Oklahoma; d. 23 March 1992, Kalispell, Flathead Co., Montana. Stuart and Emma were living with his parents in 1920 and he was working on the farm. He later worked at a lumber mill as a laborer and lumber grader. Stuart md. 2nd in the summer 1959, Mrs. Iva Allen.

     6. John James Duncan, b. 4 December 1901, Taylorville, Alberta, Canada; d. 26 August 1992, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana; bur. Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton. John md. 16 December 1922, Libby, Lincoln Co., Montana, Margaret Christina Jerrow, daughter of James McCulloch Jerrow and Mary McAlpine. Margaret b. 18 August 1905, Oswego, Valley Co., Montana; d. 31 October 1969, Glendive, Dawson Co., Montana. John and Margaret were living in Baker, Fallon Co., Montana in 1935, but had moved to Glendive by 1940 where John had opened an auto repair garage.

IV. Melissa Patience Moore, fourth child of Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore, was born on 12 August 1865 in Jessup Twp., Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania and died February 1949 in Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana where she is buried in the Riverview Cemetery. She married Col. Ransom Tilton, a Civil War Veteran, on 4 October 1880 in Long Prairie, Todd Co., Minnesota. Ransom was born 23 June 1847 in Andover, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire to Wilden Tilton and Hannah Davis. He died 28 September 1935 in Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana and was buried there in the Riverview Cemetery. Melissa wrote the following letter to her sister Alice in 1889:

                                                               West Union, Minn
Dear sister,

     It it is Thursday, September the 5, ‘89 after noon and Ran Is out Helping Mr. jorden thresh. Darr Has Bought a shear an a...r Threshing Mashine and Has just started out some of The Threshing Is done Hear in the woods. Albert Has Threshed. He Had 500 Bushel of Wheat, 200 and 90 of oats, 47 of Barley. Cam Had 310 Bushel of Wheat, 250 of oats, 30 of Barley. The rest Havent threshed yet. We have had 3 hard frosts. Killed all my tomatoes and all my other vines. Their Has bin a frost every month this sumer the wheat Crop neaver was better in minn But it seems as if I Cant have any thing gat ripe in the garden. We are all Well at present and hope You are all the same. It seems that you folks are verry unluckey about gating hurt. I was sorry to Hear that Alonzo had Hurt His arm. We Wer all verry Thankful for those pictures. You and Alonzo look so naturel But I Cant see Where 185 pounds Is. You dont look so fleshy i dont think lotty dont look one Bit as I imagened she did i think she looks an afful site like You and your oldest boy looks like Alonzo And Your little Baby is just as sweet as he can Bee. I am going To have our pictures all Taken. When I go to the Senter and therr I Will send You one.
     Pas Health Is verry poor This fall. He Has Worked to Hard This Summer Trying to gat Back What He Has lost, If wheat Caries up to a dollar a Bushel and He Has as good a Crop as ther others that Have Threshed He will nearly Clear Him Self this Year. I wish we Could Purswaid pa to Come out their this winter on a visit. I think It would do Him so mutch good. Mal Has gon Back Where Her folks are she got well verry quick after she got a Hall out of pa. Bell Tailor Has Left her Husband and gon With Her. They will proberbly go to keeping House togather again. I havent Bin over to pineys But one this sumer and that was when she Was sick. I dont find mutch time to go evven to see our own folks. I havent Bin over to see Aunt Ady sence Uncle Joe dyed. They report that aunt ady is going Crezy.
     Ran Had a very sick spell after he Hasent felt Well sence He Has fits. Walter is a man He thinks now I have put Him in pants. I ask him what I am going to do for a Baby and he says I Can gat Aunt Tressys but He dont Want It to Cry any though.
     Ran Come home and i had to stop and gat supper so now I will set down and wind up for this time. Roy Has gon after the Cows him and elwin. Roy is learning to milk he Chops all the wood Brings in most all the watter takes Care of the sheep and helps me in the house just as good as a girl Could this is all i think of this time. Love to your self and famely i will close hopeing to hear from you soon I remain your sister,
                                                                        Melissa Tilton

Ransom and Melissa moved from Minnesota to Montana after the 1900 US census. In 1930 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and the event was reported in the paper:

Well-Known Hamilton Residents Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage. 

HAMILTON, Oct 7—(Special)—Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Tilton observed their golden wedding anniversary at their home on Erie avenue, October 4. Mr. Tilton, a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the fast-thinning ranks of John O. Fremont post of the G. A. R., is active and energetic in spite of his 83 years. His wife is 18 years his Junior. They have lived in the Bitter Root valley since April, 1901, when they came here with their family from Minnesota. The marriage of the couple took place at Long Prairie, Minn., October 4, 1880. Their children are Elwyn and Walter Tilton of Great Falls, Roy Tilton of Grantsdale and Mrs. Frank Merritt of Hamilton. They have 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. When they first came to the Bitter Root the Tilton family made its home at Grantsdale, but for the past 20 years Mr. and Mrs. Tilton have resided in their Erie avenue home. In their neighborhood another couple, Mr. and Mrs. Edward White, who celebrated their golden wedding three years ago, reside. Mr. White and Mr. Tilton are brothers in the G. A. R. Mr. Tilton was born in New Hampshire, June 23, 1847. In early boyhood his parents  moved to Illinois and it was from this state that he enlisted in the Northern army for two years service in the war of the sixties. After the war he went to Minnesota, where he lived until coming West. Mrs. Tilton is a native of Pennsylvania. Before her marriage she was Melissa Moore. Mr. and Mrs. Tilton received many beautiful gifts from relatives and friends.

Ransom and Melissa had the following children:

     1. LeRoy “Roy” Ellsworth Tilton, b. 8 December 1882, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota;  d. 25 May 1965, Montana;bur. Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana. Roy md. Augusta Myrtle Masterson, sister of his brother George’s wife and daughter of Sterling P. Masterson and Laura Day, on 20 October 1907 in Grantsdale, Ravalli Co. Augusta b. 2 August 1888, Missouri; d. 20 June 1953, Grantsdale, Ravalli Co.; bur. Riverview Cemetery.

     2. George Elwin Tilton, b. 22 January 1885, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 11 July 1944, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana; bur. Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. George md. Anna L. Masterson daughter of Sterling P. Masterson and Laura Day on 15 September 1907 in Grantsdale, Ravalli Co. Anna b. November 1889, Palmyra, Marion Co., Missouri. George and Anna with their children were living in Spokane, Spokane Co., Washington in 1920 where he was working as a miller for a flour company.

     3. Walter Francis Tilton, b. 21 April 1888, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 17 March 1961, Great Falls, Cascade Co., Montana; bur. 20 March 1961, Great Falls Cemetery. Walter md. Mabel H. Bell daughter of Nathan Bell and Susan Goss on 15 September 1907 in Grantsdale, Ravalli Co., Montana. Mabel b. 17 January 1888, Montana; d. January 1966. Walter was a miller and worked at flour mills in Kalispell and Great Falls. When he regustered for the draft during WWI, he was described as of medium height with blue eyes and brown hair.

     4. Pearl Grace Tilton, b. 22 April 1892, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota; d. 23 September 1987, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana; bur. 28 September 1987, Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton.  Pearl md. 1st 25 March 1918, Thompson Falls, Sanders Co., Montana, Robert Lee Miller, son of Frank Miller and Lilly Telgofield; they were later divorced. Robert b. 20 October 1886, Abilene, Taylor Co., Texas; d. March 1971, Hamilton. Pearl md. 2nd 13 December 1928 in Missoula, Missoula Co., Montana, Frank P. Merritt. Frank b. 17 February 1890, Ozark, Christian Co., Missouri to H. H. Merritt and Margaret Gideon; d. 27 December 1965, Hamilton, bur. Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton.

Home of Francis Little Moore in West Union Twp., Todd County, Minnesota between 1884 and 1891. Seated left to right: Eugene Bohall, Francis Little Moore, Martha J. “Mattie” (Ackley) Moore, ??? Tilton, Ed Tilton, and Cam Tilton. The Tilton's were in-law relatives of Francis' daughter Melissa.

V. Charles F. Moore, fifth child of Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore, was born on 26 September 1869 in West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota. He died there as a young boy in 1875.

VI. Edward P. Moore, sixth and last child of Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore, was born on 2 March 1872 in West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota. He died as an infant about September 1872. His mother, Charlotte, died the day she gave birth to him, even though her death certificate lists spotted fever as the cause of death.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Charlotte Eliza Blaisdell and Francis Little Moore Branch of Dewers Family -- Part I

CHARLOTTE ELIZA BLAISDELL (Patience C. Dewers3, David Dewers2, David Dewers1) was born 17 February 1842 in Jessup Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to Patience C. Dewers and John Blasdell. She died on 2 March 1872 in West Union, Todd County, Minnesota at the young age of 30 years the same day her youngest son, Edward was born. Her eldest daughter Alice, who was 11½ years old, became the mother to the younger children.

Charlotte was married on 15 January 1860 in Jessup Township, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania to FRANCIS LITTLE MOORE who was born 1 January 1836 in Ossian, Allegany County, New York to James Moore and Nancy Little. Francis was a farmer. He married second 28 May 1884 in Minnesota, Emma or Martha J. “Mattie” Ackley; they were later divorced with the papers filed in July 1890. Francis died 2 February 1929 in West Union, Todd County, Minnesota.

Home of Francis and Charlotte Moore in West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota.

Charlotte and Francis had the following children:
    i.    Alice Estella Moore was born on 30 October 1860 in Jessup Twp., Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Alice was diabetic and blind in her last few years of life. She died on 22 October 1932 in Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah and was buried in the Willard Cemetery, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah. Alice married William Alonzo Chamberlain son of Lawrence Alonzo Chamberlain and Eliza Jane Angeline Dearborn on 28 December 1882 in Long Prairie, Todd Co., Minnesota.

William Alonzo Chamberlain surrounded by his family about 1901. Clockwise from left: Alice Estella (Moore) Chamberlain, Anna Eliza, Henry Ernest, George Francis, Lottie Calvina, Bertha Estella, Walter Alonzo, and Ethel Jane.

An earlier photo of the Chamberlain family taken about 1891.

Alice Estella (Moore) Chamberlain with her daughters. Front row: Bertha Estella, Alice, Ethel Jane. Back row: Anna Eliza, Lottie Calvina.

Sons of Alice Estella Moore and William Alonzo Chamberlain. Front row: Clarence Wright, Henry Ernest, and Lester Moore. Back row: Walter Alonzo and George Francis.

William Alonzo Chamberlain was born on 12 May 1852 in Great Bend, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania and died on 18 December 1907 in Pleasant View, Utah. He was buried on Friday, 20 December 1907 in the Willard Cemetery. His daughter Lottie described the cause of his death:

“One day my sister Ethel and I went to Lagoon, a resort in Farmington, Utah. Soon after we came down with typhoid fever. We think it was the water we drank while at Lagoon. Ethel lost all her hair as a result of the fever. I was a very sick girl. I seemed to be getting over it when I had a relapse. For several days I didn’t know anything that went on. My children, Curtis and Mae both took it but seemed to get over it without too much trouble. We were at mother’s so she could take care of us. My brother, Walter, had it too. He was such a lively boy, unless someone was watching all the time, he would get out of bed. He had four relapses. He was lucky to make it. Father slept with him at night to see that all was well with him. He [father] took the typhoid and tried to keep going until his strength was gone. Father always said if he got it he would never live. How right he was. His kidneys were bad and when he took the fever it was more than his body could bear.”

            William and Alice made their living by farming, but also took in boarders, mostly miners who worked for a man called Don Maguire. Maguire had mines in the mountains above Willard and Pleasant View, Utah. After William died, Alice kept the farm going herself with her children. Her daughter Lottie recalled that they harvested dewberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, and beans. William Alonzo and Alice met the Mormon missionaries in Minnesota and joined the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). After joining, they decided to move to Utah in 1885 where there were more members of their new faith. There, William built a small frame and log home in Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah close to the foot of the mountains. They remained in Willard until 1901 when they sold their farm and moved to Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah. After moving to Utah, William wrote to his family about their trip. However, even after moving to Utah, they frequently corresponded with their family back in Minnesota, sometimes trying to clear up misconceptions about their new religion. Alice’s sister Melissa (Moore) Tilton wrote back to her frequently. Here is an example of one of Melissa’s letters:

West Union
April 10, 1885

Dear Sister,
     this morning finds me trying to answer your welcom letter which I received last night i was glad to hear that you liked and was gatting along so nice we are all well and hope this may find you the same I was sorry to hear that you hurt your self so bad we hird so many storryes about it that we was all glad to hear the truth we are haveing a verry backward spring hear their havent bin anny seeding don yet around here it is rainind to day just enough to make it nasty george has gon up country I dont no his adress pa has heard from him once when he wrote he was a seeding with his team gitting a dollar an acer all the boys have gon up conutry but not whare george is george traided horses with mr beal over to west port got that grays team that he drove. I havent seen janey since you went away they say the baby is awful cross san was over thear yesterday she said she answerd your letter Elen Comstoe has got a nother boy that dont suit verry well Miranda had another little girl and it died they have awful luck the babby lived 2 weeks miranda was quite dangerous when we last heard well Alice it is quite incurigen to hear that you are still liveing with Alonso yet I Expected to hear that lonso had got another wife by this time they had the story going that you had not bin hurt that you had bin shut up in a cave and all sorts of storrys you would laugh if you could hear some of the storryes it would make you sick to hear then all I you wanted to know how little georgy was little Elwin is well he was all right in a day or to again he is just as good as he can be he will laugh and play on the loung for to oures to atime roy thinks the baby is awful nice mr strictland has not ben verry well for a Couple weeks he has bin staying up to ur pas aunt marry is sick a bed down to mr juds I dont no what is the matter mr tilton went down there to have her do some writeing and she could not gat up how is lotty i hope she is good for your sake i wished that I was there a good many time after i heard that you was hurt to take care of you and lotty well that is all that i can think this time so with my love to you all i will say good by rite soon

                                                         from you loveing sister
                                                        Melissa Tilton                                            

                                                        kiss lotty for me

Alonzo and Alice had the following children:

1. Lottie Calvina Chamberlain, b. 1 October 1883, West Union, Todd Co., Minnesota. “Aunt Lottie” lived in a small home on Pleasant View Drive in Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah. The author (Bart J. Kowallis) visited her on a number of occasions as a young boy and remembers her telling him that she was sure the landings on the moon were just another TV show, and not real. During the summer when visiting her, there were always prickly, sour gooseberries to be found in her garden. Lottie d. 23 January 1971, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, bur. Willard Cemetery. Lottie md. 1st 7 July 1898, Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah when she was 14 years old, Clarence Percy Marshall, son of Henry Curtis Marshall and Elmina Rosaline Freeman. Clarence was 20 years older than Lottie. Lottie later recalled the circumstances of this marriage:

“When I was about eleven or twelve years of age, Clarence Percy Marshall came to live with my folks. He was working for W.B. Wedell surveying and curbing a tunnel on father’s property. He also worked for various mines. He built a tramway to one. C.P. (as everyone called him) enlisted in the Spanish American War, Company K, 2nd Regiment, U.S. Volunteer Engineers. Being very mature for my fourteen and a half years, and finding C.P. and I cared a great deal for one another, we obtained the consent of my parents to marry. On the 7th of July 1898 we were married at Brigham City, Ut. Aunt Jane Duncan and her family were staying with us at the time. They were on their way to Canada to settle. C.P. and I were married secretly so I could continue my schooling without any trouble. The night of our marriage, I slept with Brownie Duncan so they wouldn’t know. I slipped away for part of the night because C.P. was leaving at 5 in the morning for the war. Later my Grandfather Chamberlain, who lived near us, let the news out. It made a very uncomfortable situation for me at school.

    Clarence was b. 23 June 1864, Omro Twp., Winnebago Co., Wisconsin; d. 27 June 1904, Rock River, Albany Co., Wyoming, killed while working for the Union Pacific Railroad as a civil engineer; bur. Willard Cemetery. Lottie md. 2nd 24 August 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, Alexander Wilkinson, son of Alexander Wilkinson and Margaret Brown, b. 10 June 1870, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland; d. 11 May 1934, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah; bur. Ogden City Cemetery. In the 1965-66 issue of the Chamberlain-Moore Journal, it was reported that “Lottie Wilkinson is looking better than she has for a long time. With Spring here, she can be found most every day in her garden. Her cane helps her to get there, but then the shovel, rake or hoe serves a double purpose by helping her to maintain her balance while working. The Boy Scouts came to help her clean up her yard this Spring.”

2. William George Chamberlain, b. 15 October 1885, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah; d. 11 February 1886, Willard; bur. Willard Cemetery.

3. Henry Ernest Chamberlain, b. 3 May 1887, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah; d. 4 April 1971, Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon; bur. 8 April 1971, Ogden City Cemetery, Weber Co., Utah. Henry md. 2 November 1908, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah, Susan Mae Jensen, daughter of James Jensen and Karen Sophie Hansen (and sister to Joseph Moroni Jensen, who married Henry’s sister Ethel). Susan b. 11 December 1882, Pleasant View; d. 15 June 1965, Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon; bur. 19 June 1965, Ogden City Cemetery.

4. George Francis Chamberlain, b. 12 December 1889, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah; d. 29 November 1985, El Monte, Los Angeles Co., California; bur. 3 December 1985, Rose Hill Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles, California.  George md. 3 October 1923, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, Blanche Viola Nielsen, daughter of Andrew P. Nielsen and Blanche Hannibal. Viola b. 29 April 1901, Robison, Juab Co., Utah; d. February 1989, Los Angeles Co., California. At family reunions, Uncle George was always a hit when he played a tune or two on the saw accompanied by Aunt Viola. As he would draw the old violin bow across the edge of his saw, he would bend the saw more or less in order to hit the right notes. It was a unique talent and always enjoyed by the entire family. In recalling his youth, George had this to say:

O what a problem child I was. I had a favorite spot on top of a ridge I often went to watch the cows from, but I would get to daydreaming and quite often fell asleep and let the cows get back in our alfalfa field or garden spot, or on Cragun’s field about a mile or so from where they should have been. This caused me to get a switchin’ and sometimes resulted in damage bills for the folks to pay. I never seemed to overcome this weakness, so I had lots of scoldings and spankings. I heard my Uncle Wright once telling my father that he thought it would be a good thing for him to give me a licking in the morning before taking the cows out because my memory was so short.

5. Anna Eliza Chamberlain, b. 19 October 1891, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah; d. 9 March 1984, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah; bur. 12 March 1984, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.  Anna md. 1st 20 November 1912, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, William Morgan Johns, son of David Johns and Sarah Ann Thomas. William b. 25 October 1883, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah; d. 25 June 1916, Pleasant View of “tubercular ulcers of the bowels; bur. Ben Lomond Cemetery. Anna md. 2nd 26 February 1919, Salt Lake City, James Martin Burnett, son of William Burnett and Sarah Jane Wilde. James b. 16 April 1877, Eden, Weber Co., Utah; d. 16 September 1949, Harrisville, Weber Co., Utah while working at the brickyard; bur. Huntsville, Weber Co., Utah. Anna recalled that when she was young, she “was always an awful ‘scare baby’. If anyone said ‘boo’ to me I would cry. I remember my first year at school, they were having a program for some special occasion. Mother taught me and Ethel a song to sing on the program. Ethel is two and one-half years younger than I am. We had sung about the first line when I began to cry. Ethel held onto my dress and said, ‘Come on, let’s sing,’ but all I could do was cry...This fear stayed with me through all my school years.”

6. Ethel Jane Chamberlain, b. 1 March 1894, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah. Ethel was this blog author’s grandmother and because she lived just one block away, she was like a second mother. Her home was always an open, welcoming, and safe place. During the summer months the small home was often filled with cousins and aunts and uncles. She was a tireless worker and a leader in her church and community. For many years she served as President of the Primary in her LDS Ward and later in her LDS Stake. Ethel d. 22 September 1970, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah due to complication from several infected hernias that she had put off going to see the doctor about because Joe was in the middle of the peach harvest and she did not want to leave him without help; bur. 24 September 1970, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah. Ethel md. 10 December 1913, Salt Lake LDS Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, Joseph Moroni Jensen, son of James Jensen and Karen Sophie Hansen. Joseph b. 27 August 1888, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah. Grandpa Joe was a fruit farmer, growing mostly peaches, but also a number of other fruit crops (cherries, apricots, apples). He was known by his customers for his honesty. When he gave you a bushel of peaches you could be sure that the biggest ones were not stacked on the top with scrawny ones underneath. Joe sold most of his peaches right from his home, and his customers would loyally come back year after year because they knew Joe Jensen would give them the best peaches he had. Joseph served as secretary of the Weber County Mosquito Abatement Committee for 25 years, and he was the president of the Alder Creek and Little Missouri Water Company. He d. 12 June 1984, Pleasant View at the age of 95 years; bur. 18 June 1984, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.

Ethel Chamberlain as a young woman. Photo taken probably about 1910.

Ethel and her sister Anna waiting for the train. Photo taken about 1950.

Ethel Jensen in front of her Pleasant View, Utah home with the summer flower garden in full bloom.

7. Bertha Estella “Stella” Chamberlain, b. 15 June 1896, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah; d. 28 March 1960, Seattle, King Co., Washington; bur. Willard Cemetery. Stella md. 1st 8 April 1915, Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah, Prentice Bascom Bates, son of Bascom and Mary Bates; b. 18 September 1888, Texas; d. 6 February 1957, Loma Linda, San Bernadino Co., California. The marriage ended in divorce. Stella md. 2nd, W. J. “Red” Ryan and they lived in a mining camp in Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada.  In 1930, Stella wrote to her mother on letterhead of the Collins Hotel, Ely:

                                                                          May 12, 1930
Dear Mother and all,

    Just a few lines to let you know I’m still alive. I got a letter from Lottie a few days ago she told me a lot of news some wasent very good. I was sorry to here about Anna, seems to me she is having her share of trouble, but I was glad to here you are keeping well. I’m living in town now so if any of you come to Ely for the big Lincoln highway Celebration June 4-5-6-7th just come to the Collins Hotel. I’m living at Thayer’s Camp now but I hope to get a house soon as we expect Thelma and maby Alice as soon as school is out. Red expects to have a steady job in a day or so, and then our troubles will be over, tell the boys it only takes 5 hours to make the trip here from Ogden and the town will be wide open, Saloons & Dance Halls just like you read about a hundred years ago, only more so, but If Ely can be any more wide open than it always has been, I don’t know how they’ll do it, every other door is a bootleg joint there is a dance hall & girls in nearly everyone, and this is the only Hotel in town that hasent got one or two girls, but the Salt Lake paper said that Ely would be throwed open for the celebration and I hope I get to see someone from home, tell everyone hello. 

                                                                           Lots of love from - Stella & Red

    Stella’s second marriage also ended in divorce. She md. 3rd 6 December 1936, Magnus Christian Nielsen. Magnus b. 17 September 1889, Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark; d. 13 May 1953, Seattle, King Co., Washington. During WWII, Stella wrote to her sister Ethel from Seattle that, “...we have always been so safe here, now there is a anti-aircraft gun on the top of the city power house and men on guard day & night. I work in the laundry adjoining it. Sand bags are being filled around the schools and other public buildings, guns on most all the high buildings & hills. All this makes me wonder what is happening at home and how everyone is.”

Bertha Estella (Chamberlain) Nielsen and her sister Ethel Jane (Chamberlain) Jensen in a photo taken in 1959.

8. Walter Alonzo Chamberlain, b. 30 November 1898, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah. Walter owned the “Crystal Springs Resort” in the small town of Honeyville, Box Elder Co., Utah for many years and provided those facilities for the annual Chamberlain-Moore family reunions where there was always lots of good food (enough olives to put one on each finger, and Kentucky Fried chicken), swimming in the warm waters of the hot-spring heated pools, and, for hours of entertainment for children, crayfish to catch with bits of chicken tied to a string from the ponds and streams that flowed from the hot springs. Walter d. 2 December 1994, Crystal Springs, Honeyville, Box Elder Co., Utah; he md. 30 September 1925, Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, Helen Elizabeth Rhees, daughter of Reuben Thomas Rhees and Mary Tucker. Helen b. 17 October 1901, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah.

Chamberlain brothers and sisters at a reunion in 1959 in Pleasant View, Utah. Left to right: Lottie, Henry, Anna, Ethel, Stella, Walter, and Lester.

9. Lester Moore Chamberlain, b. 1 May 1904, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah; d. 18 September 1980, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah; bur. 22 September 1980, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.  Lester md. on 14 July 1926, Ogden, Alice Gibby Andrew, daughter of Joseph Frederic Whittier Andrew and Marian Gibby. Alice b. 19 June 1905, Pleasant View; d. 20 October 1991, Ogden.

The family of Lester and Alice Chamberlain.
10. Clarence Wright Chamberlain, b. 9 December 1906, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah; d. 6/7 June 1946, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California of burns received in an accident in Nevada; bur. Willard Cemetery, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah. Clarence, according to the author’s mother, was a very tall man and she always enjoyed when he came to visit her mother and father, Ethel and Joseph Jensen in Pleasant View. Because of his height, Clarence would have to stoop to pass through doorways in the house.

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1850 US census, Jessup Twp., Susquehanna Co., Pa., p. 38 (stamped) and 75 (written), dwelling 553. 
1870 US census, Omro Twp., Winnebago Co., Wisconsin, p. 20, dwelling 143.
1870 US census, West Union Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota, p. 8, dwelling 64.
1880 US census, Eden Precinct, Weber Co., Utah, e.d. 99, p. 468B or 19, dwelling 186.
1900 US census, Elk Twp., Roger Mills Co., Oklahoma, e.d. 205, sheet 21B, dwelling 454.
1900 US census, Pleasant View Precinct, Weber Co., Utah, e.d. 180, sheet 15A, p. 46, dwelling 263.
1900 US census, Union Precinct, Box Elder Co., Utah, e.d. 201, sheet 8A, dwelling 130.
1900 US census, West Union Twp., Todd Co., Minnesota, e.d. 203, sheet 2B, dwelling 33.
1910 US census, Pleasant View Precinct, Weber Co., Utah, e.d. 217, sheet 15B, dwelling 272.
1910 US census, Pleasant View Precinct, Weber Co., Utah, e.d. 217, sheet 16A, dwelling 280.
1920 US census, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah, e.d. 150, sheet 1A, dwelling 8.
1920 US census, Pleasant View, Weber Co., Utah, e.d. 150, sheet 1A, dwelling 10.
Ben Lomond Cemetery, A_6_20_2, (
Ben Lomond Cemetery, B_2_8_5, Utah Burials (
Blaisdell Papers, v. 11, n. 2 supplement, p. 122.
California Death Index, 1940-1997, online database.
Chamberlain-Moore Journal, 1956-57, p. 4, 7, 9-12, 122
Chamberlain-Moore Journal, 1960, p. 4. 
Chamberlain-Moore Journal, 1961, p. 3-4.
Chamberlain-Moore Journal, 1962, p. 3.
Family information from Phyllis (Jensen) Butler.
Huntsville Cemetery, 37_1_1, Utah Burials (
Minnesota Death Certificate #A-177-10, Todd County.
Ogden City Cemetery, J-11-6-1E and J-11-6-2E, Utah Burials (
Ogden Standard Examiner, 21 December 1907.
Ogden Standard Examiner, 23 October 1932, p. 8.
Ogden Standard Examiner, Thursday 25 August 1983.
Ogden Standard Examiner, Thursday 14 June 1984.
US Social Security Death Index, FamilySearch online database.
Utah Death Certificate, Weber Co., Pleasant View, series 81448, file no. 422, stamped no. 003204632.
Utah Death Certificate, Weber Co., Pleasant View, series 81448, file no. 400, stamped no. 0704386.
Utah Death Certificate, Weber Co., Ogden, series 81448, file no. 214, stamped no. 003404710.
Utah State Death Certificate # 29-0579-TT.
Utah State Death Certificate, state file #143-788-FF; local file #944-FF.
Utah Marriages, 1887-1966, FamilySearch online database.
Washington State Death Index, online database, Seattle, King Co., certificate 8496.
Willard Cemetery gravestones (