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52 Ancestors- #44- Ina Case

Ina Mae Case

Ina Mae Case


My husband’s grandmother was Ina Mae Case born 14 May 1900, to George and Myrtus (Rudy) Case in Osborn County Kansas.

1900 US Census Liberty, Osborne County, Kansas

1900 US Census
Liberty, Osborne County,

In the 1905 Kansas State Census the George Case Family is located in  Liberty, Kansas(remember to click on images to enlarge).

1905 Kansas State Census Liberty, Osborne County

1905 Kansas State Census
Liberty, Osborne County

The family continues to grow and by the 1910 US Census we see Ina’s mother has had nine children with eight still living, you would think that was enough.

1910 US Census Osborne County, Kansas

1910 US Census
Osborne County, Kansas

But by the 1920 US Census, Myrtus has two more children the last being Anna who was born in 1914. Myrtus died in 1916 when Ina was just 16.

Ina (second from left) school photo

Ina (second from left) school photo

Ina and her older siblings take over mothering the baby Anna. I do think that Myrtus probably died in childbirth after so many children.

1920 US Census Waldo, Russell County, Kansas

1920 US Census
Waldo, Russell County, Kansas

When  Ina graduates high school and finds herself still unattached she goes to work as a teacher, which was typical of the time. This is where Roy O. Kornmeyer literally falls into her life. They are married 11 June 1920 in Russell, Kansas. 19 May 1922 their son is born and they name him after his father. Ina does not have any other children but continues to lend a hand taking care of her baby sister. Roy junior and Anna grow up only eight years apart in age.

Times were definitely changing for families in middle America. Families were starting to get smaller. Women were working outside the home.

Ina Case on Tractor

Ina Case on Tractor

And children were moving off the farms and working in town. Ina and Roy were an example. They moved to Salina where Roy worked as an Auto Mechanic. When World War II came along they both worked in the airplane factory working on the planes being built to fight in the war. Ina was quite proud of the work she did. For a time after the war Ina continued working outside the home, she worked in a dress shop when they lived in Yuba City and also at the exchange on Beale Airforce Base, this was in the 1950’s.

Wherever their son moved to, Roy and Ina followed. They were a constant in their grandchildren’s lives. When Roy and Ina decided that Roy should retired they tried living several different places and about 1964 settled in Kingman, Arizona. Four years later they talked their son, and his wife, into moving there. Ina’s  sister Anna even moved to Kingman in the 1980’s until after her husband Lester died, then she moved back to Kansas near her brothers.

Ina Mae (Case) Kornmeyer May 2000

Ina Mae (Case) Kornmeyer
May 2000

Ina continued having an impact in her grandchildrens lives. Ina died just one month short of her 101 birthday on 26 April 2001.




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


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