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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

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

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

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,

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


52 Ancestors ~ #25 Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer ~ First Generation American

Well I had this blog just about finished and while correcting my horrific spelling I accidently deleted the whole thing, grrrrrr! So here goes, again.

Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer

Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer

Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer was born in 7 July 1867 to Joseph and Josephine (Good) Kornmeyer in Hawkinsville, Oneida county New York. Joseph from an earlier blog was shown as being born in Boehringen, Baden, Germany. Josephine born in New York was the daughter of Lewis P. and Mary (Richards) Good both from France.  Now we should find the family in the 1870 census, but I have had no luck to date. We do have a daughter born Mary Louisa to Joseph and Josephine on 26 December 1871. Unfortunately she dies on 2 May 1872, as shown on findagrave.com in the St John’s Catholic Chrisoton Cemetery, Hawkinsville, New York. The following year on the 19 June 1973 their third child George Lewis is born. Now the story I was told is that Joseph was working on the St. Lawrence River, hauling freight on the river with a team of mules or oxen pulling the canal boat along from the towpath. Now the St. Lawrence is quite a distance from Hawkinsville. Closer to their home is the Black River Canal, which can lead into the Erie Canal.

Black River at Hawkinsville, New York http://www.nyroute28.com/towns/boonville.php

Black River at Hawkinsville, New York

That looks like quite a formidable river in winter. I wonder if he could have been working along the towpath on the Black River Canal, when he fell into the river and came down with pneumonia? Subsequently Joseph died from pneumonia on 13 October 1873.  Now George was only 4 mos. old and Fredrick was  just 6 when they lose their father.

The next piece of evidence in this story for Fredrick is found on findagrave.com, in that same cemetery where Mary Louisa Kornmeyer is buried. We find this stone for George. I personally can not read the date and I have not as yet visited this cemetery but it is indexed with a death year of 1874. Could it actually be 1884?

George Lewis Kornmeyer son of J & JK Kornmeyer died 28 June 1874 Added by: Joseph Pfeiffer Jr

George Lewis Kornmeyer
son of J & JK Kornmeyer
died 28 June 1874
Added by: Joseph Pfeiffer Jr at findagrave.com

Another three years later Josephine herself gets pneumonia and on 27 August 1877 she too dies. Fredrick is barely 10 years old and both of his parents are gone. The family story is that Fredrick and his brother go and live with a relative of Josephine possibly  a Good.  So, was that George Lewis or was there another brother. Until I can locate Fredrick and whom ever in his family in the 1870 and 1880 census, I can not resolve this.

The family story goes on to tell of Fredrick moving west with the Fred Good family. What year, we can not be sure, but the story continues with  Fredrick as a young man working on two separate cattle drives from Texas to Colorado. It is during one of those cattle drives that he meets Laura Tabler in Great Bend, Kansas.

Laura Tabler

Laura Tabler

On 19 December 1893 Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer marries Miss Laura Ellen Tabler in Great Bend, Kansas.

Now this is another time I wish the 1890 US census had survived. As it were the first census we have for Fredrick is not until the 1895 Kansas State Census.

1895 Kansas State Census Fairview, Russell county, Kansas

1895 Kansas State Census
Fairview, Russell county, Kansas

In this census for Russell County, Kansas we find Fred Kornmeyer (25 years old) born in New York and having moved from New York to Kansas and  working as a Farmer. Laura (25) born in Kansas. Clarence (6 months old) born in Kansas.  It is known that Clarence was born on 21 October 1894. Notice two doors up is a F.J. Good and family. Could this be the family member that Fredrick came west with? While it shows F.J. Good was born in New York it has him moving to Kansas from California. Hmmm!

So we do find the family in the 1900 census for Fairview, Russell county, Kansas. Fredrick (30) is a Farmer, Laura (30) is shown as born in Missouri, Clarence (5) born in Kansas, Roy (3) born in Kansas, and Howard (6 months)also born in Kansas. We still see the Good family two houses away but F.J. Good is shown as Frank Good in this census.

In 1902 there is the County map for Township 11 South Range 13 West. It shows Waldo, Kansas and highlighted is the Fred Kornmeyer 3/4 section with Frank Good in the section directly south. Also note a CE Tabler has that  remainder of the section where we find Fredrick.

1902 Waldo, Russell County, Kansas

1902 Waldo, Russell County, Kansas

24 May 1903 Wilma Kornmeyer is born in Waldo Kansas to Fredrick and Laura. On 20 December 1908 the couple celebrate the birth of twin girls Alma and Ida. Sadly less then two months later 5 February 1909 Ida dies.

From here until 1936 we have the census proof that Fredrick and Laura continued on working this same farm outside of Waldo, where they raised not only their five children but also cattle, and crops, which would have included alfalfa, corn, and wheat, which Fred faithfully rotated, being the  good farmer.

I am surprised that I have not found them in the 1940 census for they should be either there near Waldo or maybe they have already moved into Luray for Fred would be 73 and hopefully retired from the farm.

Laura (85) dies 30 December 1954 in Luray Kansas and  is buried in Waldo, Kansas. Fredrick (90) dies 24 September 1959 in Luray and is buried along with Laura in Waldo.

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