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52 Ancestors~#40 Roy Otis Kornmeyer the first

Did you miss me? I retuned from a week of working on genealogy at the Salt Lake City Family History library, and immediately got sick. Then there was Christmas to get ready for and my sister and genealogy research partner has been here. I’m now so behind that there is little hope of catching up, but will try.

My husband’s namesake and grandfather is my feature ancestor this week. To enlarge any picture just click on the picture.

Roy O. Kornmeyer

Roy O. Kornmeyer

Roy was born 20 March 1897 to Fredrick and Laura (Tabler) Kornmeyer in Kansas. He had two brothers and three sisters.

1900 US Census finds Roy (3) in Russell county Kansas at home with Fred Kornmeyer (30) a farmer, born in New York his wife Laura (30) born in Missouri, Roy’s older brother Clarence (5) and younger brother Howard, just 6 months old.

1900 United States Federal Census-12

In the 1910 US Census Roy is now 13. And the family now shows two sisters Wilma who is 6 and Alma who is 16 mos. old. Clarence is now 15 and Howard is 10. Alma’s twin Ida died 5 February 1909 at about 1 1/2 months.

1910 US Census Waldo, Russell County Kansas

1910 US Census
Waldo, Russell County
Kansas

Roy Kornmeyer and Motorcycle 1912YaleIn 1919 Roy was working as a handyman electrician. One day while working in the attic at a one room school he fell through the ceiling into the classroom were Ina Mae Case was teaching.

US World War 1 draft Registration card

US World War 1 draft Registration card

They were married  11 June 1920 in Russell Kansas. The census that year was taken early on 6 January 1920 and shows Roy Kornmeyer (22) a boarder in the home of an Alice Cade. Roy is shown as single and working as a machinist at a garage.

1920 US Census Luray, Russell County Kansas

1920 US Census
Luray, Russell County
Kansas

Their one and only child was born 19 May 1922 in Luray, Kansas.

The 1930 census finds the Roy Kornmeyer family living in Salina, Kansas. Roy(33) a mechanic in a garage, Ina(29) his wife, and their son Roy Jr. (7). The census in 1930 asked if the family owns a radio. They did not. This census also asks the value of the home, and if they own or rent. The value they placed on their home was $2853 and they indicated they owned their home. Roy Jr. is indicated to have attended school in the past year.

1930 US Census Salina, Saline County Kansas

1930 US Census
Salina, Saline County
Kansas

Here are two city directories for Salina Kansas that shows Roy working as a mechanic.

1937 Salina Kansas City Directory

1937 Salina Kansas City Directory

1941 Salina Kansas City Directory

1941 Salina Kansas City Directory

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the 1940 US Census was taken Roy(43) is shown indexed incorrectly as Ray O Rahmeyer, Ina  (39) and Roy O. Jr. (17).

1940 US Census Salinas, Saline County, Kansas

1940 US Census
Salinas, Saline County,
Kansas

When WWII was going Roy and Ina were working in Wichita Kansas for Boeing and then moved out to LA in California and they both at Lockheed in Burbank. After the war they moved back to Wichita and they went back to working for Boeing. After the war about 1947 the family moved to Yuba City California where Roy worked as a mechanic for  Frank Morgan in Marysville, where they sold Tucker and Studebaker. Later he went to work for a company that sold Nash cars as a mechanic.

Dave, Roy Sr., Roy 111, Ina Kornmeyer

Dave, Roy Sr., Roy 111, and Ina Kornmeyer

Then in 1956 the family moved to Placerville, California and for a time Roy and Ina lived in Pollock Pines.

Roy and Ina Kornmeyer circa 1955 Yuba City

Roy and Ina Kornmeyer
circa 1955 Yuba City

About 1960 Roy retired. He had been a mechanic and machinist all his adult life. When he retired they moved to Project City near Lake Shasta in northern California. Another move saw them to Apache Junction, Arizona and that was too hot for them so they relocated for the cooler climes of Kingman Arizona. In 1968 their son and his family joined them in Kingman.

Roy was always interested in cars, but kept the old 1956 Studebaker his Uncle had given him until about 1989. He son while also loving cars seemed to change cars as often as he changed socks. Roy taught his grandsons the ins and outs of cars and they developed a true appreciation for cars. His grandson said that  “he was a true mechanic, he would fix anything that was broken instead of buying a replacement. Like the time he riveted a new head on a broken ignition key for me. ”

The following is a quote from his son.

.. He was of course, a mechanic ever since he got married an left home. He loved to ride motorcycles when he was young. All old timers that are no longer made. Used to take me hunting and fishing all the time, when I was young. I once saw him put his arm down the cylinder of the engine block, lift it out and set it up on his bench, so he was  stouter than all get out. He was a good Dad, but didn’t hesitate to fan my drawers, if he thought I needed it (and I probably did). Don’t know what else to tell you. He was a good Dad.

Roy Kornmeyer died 30 January 1991 in Kingman Arizona. He is buried in Waldo Kansas.

Image from findagrave.com added by: Suz

Image from findagrave.com
added by: Suz

 

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52 Ancestor~ #28 Henry P. Bender – German/Russian Connection part 1

This week we will explore my husbands maternal grandfather, Henry Phillip Bender.

Henry Phillip Bender

Henry Phillip Bender

Henry was born 27 November 1883 in Kratzke, Saratov, Russia, a Volga German colony. His parents were George Phillip and Eva Elizabeth Bender. He was three years old when his family immigrated from Russia in 1886. He had two older half sisters Mary and Katherine Elizabeth.

 

New York Passenger List 27 December 1887 Ship: SS Devonia Departed: Glassglow, Scotland Arrived: Port of New York

New York Passenger List
27 December 1886
Ship: SS Devonia
Departed: Glassglow, Scotland
Arrived: Port of New York

New York Passenger List 17 December1887 Ship: SS Devonia Departed: Glasglow, Scotland Arrived: Port of New York

New York Passenger List
17 December1886
Ship: SS Devonia
Departed: Glasglow, Scotland
Arrived: Port of New York

When you review the list of Passengers there were 260 on board and the Bender family were the first of those from Russia to be listed, with a total of 93 individuals listed from Russia. The Community of Kratzke in the 1886 census notes that 84 families had immigrated to America. I am curious to know how long it took them to make it to New York, and I wonder how much longer it took them to make it to Kansas? Dang I wish there was a 1890 census I could consult to see where they were, and if they immediately set up their farms in rural Kansas.

The Family is listed in the 1895 Kansas Census in Russell County, Kansas in the Wintersett township. Henry is listed as only 9 years of age.

In the 1900 US Census Russell county Kansas in the Wintersett township, we find on line 57 Henry (16) attending school. This census indicates that his father Phillip (47) a farmer can read and write English but his mother can not. Henry is one of five boys at home along with a sister Mollie.

1900 US Census Russell county, Kansas

1900 US Census
Russell county, Kansas

24 October 1903 Henry marries Anna L. Schneider in Russell County, Kansas. Anna was the daughter (sixth child) of Fredrick and Maria Katharine Schneider.

Henry P. Bender and Anna Elizabeth Schneider 1903

Henry P. Bender and Anna Elizabeth Schneider
1903

In 1904 Henry and Anna have their first child Amelia. Clara is born in 1905 and Henry Paul is born in 1907.

Clara, Paul, & Amelia Bender  1907

Clara, Paul, & Amelia Bender
1907

The 1910 Us Census  shows Henry H.P. Bender (26) Rus.-German a farmer owner. Anna L. (25)  also shown as Rus-German. While it indicates that Henry can read and write English is wife Anna does not, but it indicates they both speak English. The three children are listed (Clara is shown as Mary)

 

1910 US Census Russell County, Kansas

1910 US Census
Russell County, Kansas

 

For the 1920 US census Russell county, Kansas we find Henry (36)  owns his farm (mortgaged), birth place Saradof Rus. as are both of his parents. Henry’s wife Anna (34) is also listed from Saradorf, Rus., as well as both of her parents. I believe Saradof should be Saratov.

 

1920 US Census Russell County, Kansas

. 1920 US Census
Russell County, Kansas

 

We now have 7 children. Amelia (15), Clara (14), Paul (12), Rudolph (9), Edward (7), Herbert (4 3/12), and Lavina (2 1/12). All but the two youngest are in school. In the Kansas 1925 Census we have the last two children Francis born in 1921 and Esther born in 1924.

1930 US Census Luray, Russell county, Kansas

1930 US Census
Luray, Russell county, Kansas

 

Here in the 1930 census we find Henry (46) renting their home and they do not have a radio at the time of the census. Henry is listed as being able to read and write and having come from Russia in 1886 and a naturalized citizen. Anna (44) his wife, not able to read or write, having come from Russia  in 1900 and is a naturalized citizen also. We find the children still at home in 1930 are: Amelia (25), Paul (22), Rudolph (19), Edward (17), Herbert (14), Lavina (12), Francis (9), and Esther (6). At this time Vernon P. (5), Henry’s nephew, has come to live with them. Vernon’s father was Phillip Bender, One of Henry’s younger brothers. Phillips wife was an Elizabeth Schneider a niece to Anna, she died in 1925. Phillip himself was shot to death in 1932. That’s a story for another time.

1940 US Census  Waldo, Russell county, Kansas

1940 US Census
Waldo, Russell county, Kansas

In the 1940 US Census Henry P. Bender (56) completed the 6th grade, his wife Anna also completed the 6th grade. The only children left at home are Paul (33), Esther (16) still in school and Henry’s nephew Vernon (14) still in school.

21 August 1960 Henry P. Bender died. He is buried in Russell  City Cemetery, Russell, Kansas.

Henry P. Bender

Besides being a farmer Henry was also a stone masonry. Several of his stone structures are still standing.

 

 

 

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