Albert C. Frye




Edwin "Ed" Tomkins was born April, 1855, in Pennsylvania, and died after 1900 in Unknown, at age Unknown. He is the son of Nathan A. Tomkins of New Jersey, and Almira/Elnora Brooks, of Pennsylvania. Nathan A. Tomkins (age 35), a Miller, lived in Illinois in June, 1863, when he registered for the Civil War draft.

Laura L. Wallace was born about 1876 in Farmersburg, Clayton Co., IA, and died February 22, 1917, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, at age about age 43. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. She is the daughter of Jared T. Wallace on New York, and Mary Lucinda "Polly" Wallace of New York.

Edwin "Ed" Tomkins (age 35), a bachelor, and Laura L. Wallace (age 19), a maiden, were married October 12, 1892, in Buckland, Allamakee Co., IA. Agnes (Wallace) Marble and Augusta Wallace, siblings of Laura Wallace, were witnesses to the marriage.

Edwin "Ed" Tomkins and Laura L. (Wallace) Tomkins had three children:

  1. Mina May Tomkins: Born September, 1892, in North McGregor (now Marquette), Mendon Twp., Clayton Co., IA; Died July 8, 1960, in Fort Dodge, Webster Co., IA (age 67). Buried in Carpenter Cemetery, Webster Co., IA. Married (1) November 25, 1908, in Otho, Webster Co., IA, to Martin Hanson: Born September 18, 1886, in Badger, Webster Co., IA; Died May 10, 1978, in Fort Dodge, Webster Co., IA (age 91). Buried in Otho Cemetery, Otho, Webster Co., IA. Married (2) December 16, 1919, in Minnehaha Co., SD, to Cameron Delozier Larkin: Born 1901 in Pennsylvania; Died March 23, 1962, in Fort Dodge, Webster Co., IA (about age 61). Buried in Carpenter Cemetery, Webster Co., IA.
  2. William Edgar Tomkins: Born March 31, 1894, in North McGregor (now Marquette), Mendon Twp., Clayton Co., IA; Died after 1900, in Unknown.
  3. Edith Marie Tomkins: Born October 24, 1899, in North McGregor (now Marquette), Mendon Twp., Clayton Co., IA; Died March 11, 1977, in Crow Wing Co., MN (age 77). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., MN. Adopted before 1910 by William M. Watson and Irene (Whiteford) Watson, childless farmers living in  from Superior Twp., Dickinson Co., IA. Married January 19, 1917, in Cass Co., MN, to Donald Curtis Hand: Born September 3, 1893, in Seward, NE; Died July 8, 1983, in Crow Wing Co., MN (age 89). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., MN.

Edwin "Ed" Tomkins and Laura L. (Wallace) Tomkins were divorced or he died after 1900.

Laura L. (Wallace) Tomkins then married Albert C. Frye.

Albert C. Frye was born March 16, 1868, in Richland Twp., Richland Co., WI, and died January 14, 1951, in Richland Co., WI, at age 82. Buried in Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, Richland Co., WI. He is the son of Isaiah Monroe Frye of Grant Co., Wisconsin Territory, and Huldah Annabella "Holiday" (Richards) Halsey of Richland, Shelby Co., IL. His parents were married December 20, 1865, in Richland Co., WI.

Rachel E. Johnson was born about 1873, in Wisconsin, and probably died 1906 - 1910 in Wisconsin. She is the daughter of David Johnson of Canada, and Elvira E. Gould of Canada. David Johnson (born about 1850 in New York) and Elvira E. Gould (born July, 1852, in Canada) were married December 4, 1871, in Buena Vista, Richland Co., WI. Albert C. Frye and Rachel E. Johnson were married March 9, 1892, in Orion, Richland Co., WI. Elvira E. (Gould) Johnson then married July 10, 1881, in Richland Co., WI, to Unknown Carter.

Albert C. Frye and Rachel E. (Johnson) Frye had six children:

  1. Annabelle Frye: Born June 9, 1893, in Richland Co., WI; Died September 29, 1894, in Richland Co., WI (age 1). Buried in Indian Creek Cemetery, Orion, Richland Co., WI.
  2. Clarence M. Frye: Born September 5, 1895, in Muscoda, Grant Co., WI; Died after 1910 in Unknown. In 1910, Clarence M. Frye (age 12) was an inmate in the Wisconsin Home for the Feeble Minded, in Lafayette Twp., Chippewa Co., WI.
  3. Foster F. Frye: Born about 1898 in Wisconsin; Died after 1910 in Unknown. In 1910, Foster F. Frye (age 12) was an inmate in the Wisconsin Home for the Feeble Minded, in Lafayette Twp., Chippewa Co., WI.
  4. Edna Ella Frye: Born March 30, 1900, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI; Died April 14, 1981, in Boscobel, Grant Co., WI (age 81). In 1910, Edna E. Frye was a Boarder in the John T. Sandamon residence, Lima Twp., Grant Co., WI. Married November 17, 1938, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, to Merrill Eldridge Tremain: Born February 13, 1903, in Cobb, Iowa Co., WI; Died November 9, 1944, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. (age 41). Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Cobb, Iowa Co., WI. Divorced before 1940. In 1940, Merrill was an unmarried Patient at Mendota State Hospital for Nervous and Mental Diseases, Westport, Dane Co., WI.
  5. Male Frye: Born February 23, 1902, in Ithaca, Richland Co., WI; Died Unknown.
  6. Gladys Leora Frye: Born September 8, 1903, in Wisconsin; Died January 2, 1923, in Dayton, Richland Co., WI (age 19). Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. In 1910, Gladys Leora Frye (age 6) was living with her grandparents, Isaiah and Hulda Frye, in Lima Twp., Grant Co., WI. Married April 5, 1921, in Richland Co., WI, to Louis John "Duke" Duhr: Born January 1, 1891, in Wisconsin; Died September 11, 1950, in Richland Co., WI (age 59). Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.

Albert C. Frye deserted Rachel E. (Johnson) Frye, and went to Iowa.

Albert C. Frye then changed his name to Albert C. Walker. He apparently changed his name because he wanted to remarry, and he was still legally married to Rachel E. (Johnson) Frye.

Albert C. Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) Tomkins were married August 18, 1905, in Elkader, Clayton Co., IA.

Albert C. Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Walker had one child:

  1. Harold Charles Walker: Born December 4, 1906, in Sabula, Jackson Co., IA; Died December 15, 1963, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA (age 57). Buried in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA. Harold Charles Walker was adopted March, 1917, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, by his maternal uncle, Albert M. Wallace, and given the name of Harold Charles Wallace. Married September 5, 1925, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, to Regina Pearl "Jeanie" Lenstra: Born May 15, 1908, in Jamestown, Grant Co., WI; Died April 26, 1987, at St. Mary's Unit Mercy Hospital, Dyersville, Dubuque Co., IA (age 78). Buried in Brown Cemetery, Mallory Twp., Clayton Co., IA. Jean then married (2) April 2, 1965, to Charles Oakland Barnhart: Born October 5, 1909, in Unknown; Died October 16, 1994, in Colesburg, Delaware Co., IA (age 85). Buried in Brown Cemetery, Mallory Twp., Clayton Co., IA.

Albert C. Frye and Rachel E. (Johnson) Frye were legally divorced about September, 1906, in Vernon Co., WI.

Albert C. Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Walker were divorced before 1908 in Unknown.

Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Walker then married Charles Walker.

Charles Walker was born 1864, in Wisconsin, and died February 22, 1917, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, at age 53. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. He is the son of James Walker of Hollinhouse, Seathwaite, Lancashire, Scotland, and

Charles Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Walker were married about 1908 in Iowa.

Charles Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) (Walker) Walker had three children:

  1. Reva Pearl "Peggy" Walker: Born November 20, 1908, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA; Died June 8, 1972, in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA (age 63). Buried in Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA. Reva Pearl "Peggy" Walker was adopted May 22, 1917, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, by Albert Halmuth Hartwig of Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, and given the name of Reva Pearl "Peggy" Hartwig. Married April 29, 1927, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, to Kenneth George Gepfert: Born November 14, 1907, in Andrews, IA; Died May 17, 1982, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK (age 76). Buried in Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA.
  2. Ruth Reolia Walker: Born March 10, 1912, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA; Died September 11, 1992, at Muscatine General Hospital, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA (age 80). Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. Ruth Reolia Walker was adopted by Albert H. Hartwig of Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, and given the name of Ruth Reolia Hartwig. Married April 6, 1947, at the First Presbyterian Church, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, to Lee Smith: Born July 8, 1907, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA; Died March 30, 1989, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA (age 81). Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.
  3. Harley Walker: Born March 5, 1915, in Muscatine Twp., Muscatine Co., IA; Died August 23, 1958, in New York (age 43). Harley Walker was adopted in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, by Rev. Peter Giessler, pastor of the German Baptist church, and given the name of Harley Geissler. Married after 1940, in New York, to Marian May Kroecker: Born May 1, 1918, in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY; Died April 4, 2005, in Bowmansville, Erie Co., NY (age 76).



TIMELINE

Edwin "Ed" Tomkins was born April, 1855, in Pennsylvania.

Charles Walker was born 1864, in Wisconsin.

Albert C. Frye was born March 16, 1868, in Richland Twp., Richland Co., WI.

Rachel E. Johnson was born about 1869, in Wisconsin.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on October 13, 1860, shows Nathan Tomkins (age 29) born in New Jersey, and with real estate of $300 is a Miller, and is living in Van Buren, Jackson Co., IA. Living with him are: Almina Tomkins (age 21) born in Pennsylvania; Louisa Tomkins (age 5) born in Pennsylvania; Edwin Tomkins (age 13) born in Pennsylvania; and Rosa Rankin (age 20) born in Iowa.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1870, shows Matthew Tomkins (age 41) born in New Jersey, and with personal estate of $40 is a Miller, and is living in Sabula, Jackson Co., IA. Living with him are: Almira Tomkins (age 31) born in Pennsylvania, who is Keeping House; Emiline Tomkins (age 16) born in New York; Edward Tomkins (age 3) born in Pennsylvania; and Manerce Tomkins (age 9) born in Iowa.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 4, 1870, shows Isaiah Fry (age 24) born in Wisconsin is a Farmer, and is living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: Huldah Fry (age 30) born in Indiana, who is Keeping House; Alvin Fry (age 4) born in Wisconsin; Albert Fry (age 1) born in Wisconsin; Eugene Holsey (age 11) born in Wisconsin; Charles Holsey (age 9) born in Wisconsin; and Ida Holsey (age 7) born in Wisconsin.

Laura L. Wallace was born about 1876 in Clayton Co., IA.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1880, shows David Johnson (age 34) born in New York to New York-born parents, is a married Farmer, and is living in Rockbridge, Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Martha I. Johnson (age 29) born in Vermont to Vermont-born parents, who is Keeping House; his daughter, Juliana R. Johnson (age 2) born in Wisconsin to New York and Vermont-born parents; and his son, Everett M. Johnson (age 2/12) born in Wisconsin to New York and Vermont-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 11, 1880, shows James H. Gould (age 61) born in Nova Scotia to Nova Scotia-born parents, is a married Farmer, and is living in Rockbridge, Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Mary Gould (age 55) born in England to England-born parents, who is Keeping House; his married daughter, Elvira E. Carter (age 28) born in Canada to Nova Scotia and England-born parents, a House Keeper; his granddaughter, Rachel Johnson (age 7) born in Wisconsin to Ireland and Canada-born parents; and his adopted son, Frank Marshall (age 7) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 10, 1880, shows Isaiah Fry (age 34) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Missouri-born parents, is a married Laborer, and is living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: Huldah A. Fry (age 44) born in Illinois to Tennessee and Indiana-born parents, who is Keeping House; his son, Alvin M. Fry (age 14) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; Albert C. Fry (age 11) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; Harry W. Fry (age 9) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; Otis R. Fry (age 6) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; Orville F. Fry (age 4) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; and Randolf S. Fry (age 1) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 23, 1880, shows Lucinda Wallace (age 38) born in New York to Vermont-born parents, is a widowed Head of Household who is Keeping House,  Worker and is living in Lone Tree Pct., Merrick Co., NE. Living with her are: her son, Albert M. Wallace (age 12) born in Iowa to New York and Vermont-born parents; her daughter, Orvilla L. Wallace (age 10) born in Iowa to New York and Vermont-born parents; her daughter, Edith P. Wallace (age 8) born in Iowa to New York and Vermont-born parents; and her daughter, Laura L. Wallace (age 4) born in Iowa to New York and Vermont-born parents.

Albert C. Frye and Rachel E. Johnson were married March 9, 1892, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.

Mina May Tomkins was born September, 1892, in North McGregor, IA.

Edwin "Ed" Tomkins (age 35), a bachelor, and Laura L. Wallace (age 19), a maiden, were married October 12, 1892, in Buckland, Allamakee Co., IA. Agnes (Wallace) Marble and Augusta Wallace, siblings of Laura Wallace, were witnesses to the marriage.

Annabelle Frye was born June 9, 1893, in Richland Co., WI.

William Edgar Tomkins was born March 31, 1894, in North McGregor, IA.

Clarence M. Frye was born about 1896 in Wisconsin.

Foster F. Frye was born about 1898 in Wisconsin.

Edna Ella Frye was born about 1899, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.

Edith Tomkins was born October, 1899, in Iowa.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900, shows Edward Tompkins (age 45) born April, 1855, Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, is a Fisherman, and who rents his house,  and is living in North McGregor Town, Mendon Twp., Clayton Co., IA. Living with him are: his wife of 9 years, Laura Tompkins (age 24) born November, 1875, in Iowa to Iowa and New York-born parents, and with all 3 of the children born to her still alive; his daughter, Mina M. Tompkins (age 7) born September, 1892, in Iowa to Pennsylvania and Iowa-born parents; his son, Edgar W. Tompkins (age 6) born March, 1894, in Iowa to Pennsylvania and Iowa-born parents; and his daughter, Edith M. Tompkins (age 7/12) born October, 1899, in Iowa to Pennsylvania and Iowa-born parents.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 23, 1900, shows William Watson (age 40) born July, 1859, in Illinois to Illinois and New York-born parents, is a married Farmer, and who rents his farm, and is living Richland Twp., Dickinson Co., IA. Living with him are: his wife of 16 years, Irean Watson (age 34) born May, 1866, in Illinois to New Jersey and New York-born parents, and with none of the 4 children born to her still alive; and an unmarried Boarder, William Ryan (age 40) born October, 1859, in Illinois to Ireland-born parents, a Farmer.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 12, 1900, shows Michael Hines (age 32) born August, 1867, in Iowa to Ireland-born parents, is a married Butcher, and who rents his house, and is living at 149 Hamilton Street, City of Davenport, Scott Co., IA. Living with him are: his wife of 11 years, Louwena Hines (age 30) born October, 1869, in Iowa to England-born parents, and with all 5 of the children born to her still alive; his daughter, Susan Hines (age 7) born July, 1892, in Iowa to Ireland and Iowa-born parents; his daughter, Lovine Hines (age 6) born April, 1894, in Iowa to Ireland and Iowa-born parents; his son, James Hines (age 4) born May, 1896, in Iowa to Ireland and Iowa-born parents; his daughter, Mabel Hines (age 1) born November, 1898, in Iowa to Ireland and Iowa-born parents; and his daughter, Minnie Hines (age 2/12) born March, 1900, in Iowa to Ireland and Iowa-born parents.

Edwin "Ed" Tomkins died after 1900 in Unknown.

Male Frye was born February 23, 1902, in Ithaca, Richland Co., WI.

Gladys Leora Frye was born September 8, 1903, in Wisconsin.

Jennie Lavinia (Peel) Hynes died September 30, 1903, in Perry, Dallas Co., IA, at about age 32. She died from a gas fire while doing laundry in Perry, IA. She left six orphans.


The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, Tuesday, October 6, 1903

POOR WASHERWOMAN'S BURNS WERE FATAL.

Perry, Iowa, Oct. 6 - Mrs. Mike Hines, the woman who was burned so severely a week ago from a gasoline explosion, is dead. Mrs. Hines had a boiler full of clothes on the stove and poured gasoline from a can on them, when the explosion occurred. In an instant the woman's clothes were burned from her body and her flesh badly cooked. Her sufferings were intense, though she remained conscious through it all. Mrs. Hines did washing to support her six children, the oldest being a girl of 12 years and the youngest only 14 months. The whereabouts of the husband is unknown. The dying request of the poor mother was that the baby and the oldest girl should not be separated.


Albert C. Frye then changed his name to Albert C. Walker. He apparently changed his name because he wanted to remarry, and he was still legally married to Rachel E. (Johnson) Frye.

Albert C. Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) Tomkins were married August 18, 1905, in Elkader, Clayton Co., IA.

By 1905, Minnie May Hynes had been adopted in Iowa by an undertaker in West Point, Butler Co., IA, Walter F. Bowers.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken in 1905, shows Rachel Frye (age 36) born in Wisconsin to Canada-born parents, is a married Head of Household, and is living in Buena Vista Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with her are: her son, Clarence M. Frye (age 9) born in Wisconsin to Canada and Wisconsin-born parents; her son, Foster F. Frye (age 7) born in Wisconsin to Canada and Wisconsin-born parents; her daughter, Edna Frye (age 5) born in Wisconsin to Canada and Wisconsin-born parents; and her daughter, Gladys Frye (age 1) born in Wisconsin to Canada and Wisconsin-born parents.

Albert C. Frye and Rachel E. (Johnson) Frye were divorced about September, 1906, in Vernon Co., WI.


The Wisconsin Tobacco Leaf News, Readstown, Vernon Co., WI, Thursday, September 13, 1906

CIRCUIT COURT CALENDAR

ISSUES OF LAW FOR COURT.

Rachel Frye vs. Albert C. Frye, divorce.


Albert C. Frye changed his name to Albert C. Walker.

Bertha Elvina Williams was born August 18, 1908, in Iowa.

Reva Pearl "Peggy" Walker was born November 20, 1908, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

Albert C. Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Frye were divorced before 1910 in Iowa.

Edith Marie "Jessie" Tomkins was adopted before 1910 in Iowa by William M. Watson and Irene (Whiteford) Watson, childless farmers living in Superior Twp., Dickinson Co., IA, and given the name of Edith Marie "Jessie" Watson.

James Bellwood Unknown was adopted before 1910 in Iowa by William M. Watson and Irene (Whiteford) Watson, childless farmers living in Superior Twp., Dickinson Co., IA.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 2, 1910, shows William M. Watson (age 50) born in Illinois to Indiana and New York-born parents, and in his 1st marriage, is a married General Farm Farmer, and who rents his farm, and is living Superior Twp., Dickinson Co., IA. Living with him are: his wife of 26 years, Irene Watson (age 43) born in Illinois to New Jersey and New York-born parents, and in her first marriage, and with none of the 4 children born to her still alive; his adopted son, James B. Watson (age 13) born in Iowa to United States-born parents; his adopted daughter, Jessie M. Watson (age 10) born in Iowa to United States-born parents; his married step-father, Abrelaim Silvernail (age 74) born in New York to Connecticut-born parents, and in his 2nd marriage, and married for 34 years; his married mother, Maria M. Silvernail (age 71) born in New York to New York-born parents, and in her 3rd marriage, and married for 34 years, and with 4 of the 6 children born to her still alive; and his unmarried step-brother, William H. Silvernail (age 52) born in New York to New York-born parents, a General Farm Farm Laborer.

Charles Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Frye were married about 1906 in Iowa.

Harold Charles Waker was born December 4, 1906, in Sabula, Jackson Co., IA.

Reva Pearl "Peggy" Walker was born November 20, 1908, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

Albert C. Frye and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Walker were divorced before 1910 in Iowa.

Edith Marie "Jessie" Tomkins was adopted before 1910 in Iowa by William M. Watson and Irene (Whiteford) Watson, childless farmers living in Superior Twp., Dickinson Co., IA, and given the name of Edith Marie "Jessie" Watson.

James Bellwood Hynes was adopted 1905 - 1910 in Dickinson Co., IA, by William W. Watson and Irene (Whiteford) Watson, childless farmers living in Superior Twp., Dickinson Co., IA.

Bertha Elvina Williams was born August 18, 1908, in Garden, Boone Co., IA, and died January 15, 1994, in Anoka, Anoka Co., MN, at age 85. She is the daughter of John Williams, and Malinda (King) Williams.

Michael "Mike" Hynes died July 23, 1910, at the Scott County Hospital, Davenport, Scott Co., IA, at age 42.


The Quad-City Times, Davenport, Scott Co., IA, Sunday, July 24, 1910

OBITUARY

Hynes.

Mike Hynes, aged 54 years, passed away at the Scott county hospital yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The remains were taken to the Nissen & Hartwig undertaking parlors.


The Daily Times, Davenport, Scott Co., IA, Monday, July 25, 1910

Hynes

Michael Hynes, aged 54 years old, passed away Saturday afternoon at the Scott county hospital after a lingering illness of several years duration. The body was removed to Nissen and Hartwig parlors to await the arrival of relatives.


The Daily Times, Davenport, Scott Co., IA, Tuesday, July 26, 1910

Hynes Funeral

The funeral of Michael Hynes, who died at the Scott county hospital Saturday afternoon was held yesterday morning from the Nissen and Hartwig undertaking parlors. Interment was made in Oakdale cemetery.


Ruth Reolia Walker was born March 10, 1912, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

Harley Walker was born March 5, 1915, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

Charles Walker and Laura L. (Wallace) (Tomkins) Walker died February 22, 1917, in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. A coroners inquest found that the train engineer was not responsible for the deaths, since Mr. and Mrs. Walker were trespassing on railroad property.

Donald Curtis Hand and Edith Marie "Jessie" Tomkins/Watson were married January 19, 1917, in Cass Co., MN.

Harley Walker is adopted by Rev. P. Giessler, pastor of the German Baptist church.


The Muscatine Journal, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, Wednesday, March 7, 1917

HARLEY WALKER IN HANDS OF MINISTER

Harley Walker, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, South Muscatine residents who were killed by a train here about two weeks ago, was today placed in care of the Rev. P. Giessler, pastor of the German Baptist church. It is probable that the clergyman will adopt the child, who is the youngest of four made homeless by the death of the couple.


Harold Charles Walker is adopted by Albert Wallace.


The Muscatine Journal, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, Thursday, March 8, 1917

OLDEST OF WALKER ORPHANS IS TAKEN BY ALBERT WALLACE

Harold, the oldest of the four Walker Orphans, the surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker who were killed in a railroad accident here two weeks ago, was placed in the home of Mrs. Walker's brother, Albert Wallace of Dubuque, today. Mr. Wallace was in Muscatine for a week after the accident and was especially attracted by the boy, who is ten years of age. He made tentative arrangements to that the child at that time. Yesterday he wired the Muscatine Welfare association he would adopt the child. Miss M. Opal Zimmerman, secretary of the association took the child to Dubuque last night. The two little girls, aged 6 and 8 are still wards of the court and are in the hands of Miss Zimmerman until home are found for them.


Donald Curtis Hand and Edith Marie "Jessie" Tomkins/Watson were married January 19, 1917, in Cass Co., MN.

Harley Walker is adopted.


The Muscatine Journal, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, Wednesday, March 7, 1917

HARLEY WALKER IN HANDS OF MINISTER

Harley Walker, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, South Muscatine residents  who were killed by a train here about two weeks ago, was today placed in care of the Rev. P. Giessler, pastor of the German Baptist church. It is probable that the clergyman will adopt the child, who is the youngest of four made homeless by the death of the couple.


Harold Charles Walker was adopted March, 1917, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, by his maternal uncle, Albert M. Wallace, and given the name of Harold Charles Wallace.


The Muscatine Journal, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, Thursday, March 8, 1917

OLDEST OF WALKER ORPHANS IS TAKEN BY ALBERT WALLACE

Harold, the oldest of the four Walker Orphans, the surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker who were killed in a railroad accident here two weeks ago, was placed in the home of Mrs. Walker's brother, Albert Wallace of Dubuque, today. Mr. Wallace was in Muscatine for a week after the accident and was especially attracted by the boy, who is ten years of age. He made tentative arrangements to that the child at that time. Yesterday he wired the Muscatine Welfare association he would adopt the child. Miss M. Opal Zimmerman, secretary of the association took the child to Dubuque last night. The two little girls, aged 6 and 8 are still wards of the court and are in the hands of Miss Zimmerman until home are found for them.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on April 16, 1920, shows Charles Walker (age 46) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania-born parents, and in his 2nd marriage, is a married Laborer in a Brick Yard, and who rents his house, and is living at 222 Mable Avenue, 2nd Ward, Clinton, Clinton Co., IA. Living with him are: his wife of 4 years, Laura L. Walker (age 33) born in Iowa to Iowa and New York-born parents, and in her 2nd marriage, and with all 6 of the children born to her still alive; his son, Harold W. Walker (age 3) born in Iowa to Wisconsin and Iowa-born parents; and his daughter, Reva P. Walker (age 1-4/12) born in Iowa to Wisconsin and Iowa-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 24, 1920, shows Albert Frye (age 50) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents, is a divorced Laborer Working Out, and who rents his farm, and is living in Dayton Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him is his unmarried daughter, Gladys L. Frye (age 16) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 30, 1920, shows William Watson (age 60) born in Illinois to Indiana and New York-born parents, is a married General Farm Farmer, and who rents his farm, and is living Byron Twp., Cass Co., MN. Living with him are: his wife, Irene Watson (age 53) born in Illinois to New Jersey and New York-born parents; his married step-father, Arakam Silvernail (age 83) born in New York to New York-born parents; his married mother, Maria Silvernail (age 81) born in New York to New York-born parents; and his unmarried step-brother, William H. Silvernail (age 62) born in New York to New York-born parents.

Louis John "Duke" Duhr and Gladys Leora Frye were married April 5, 1921, in Richland Co., WI.

Gladys Leora (Frye) Duhr died January 2, 1923, in Dayton Twp., Richland Co., WI, at age 19. Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.

The 1925 Iowa State Census taken in 1925, shows Jimmie Watson (age 28) born in Iowa, and with 5 years of School, is a married Head, and is living in Douglas Twp., Boone Co., IA. Jimmie's parents are Michael Hines of Iowa, and Lavina Peel of Iowa. Living with him is his wife, Alvina Watson (age 18) born in Iowa, and with 3 years of School. Alvina's parents are John F. Williams of Indiana, and Linda King of Iowa.

James Bellwood Hynes/Watson (age 26), a bachelor, and Bertha Elvina Williams (age 15), a maiden, were married May 19, 1924, in Boone Co., IA.


James Bellwood Hynes/Watson and Bertha Elvina Williams marriage record.


Harold Charles Wallace and Regina Pearl "Jean" Lenstra were married September 5, 1925, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA.


Harold Charles Wallace and Regina Pearl "Jean" Lenstra marriage record.


Roger Harold Wallace was born August 28, 1929, at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA.


Roger Harold Wallace birth record.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 7, 1930, shows Harold Wallace (age 23) born in Iowa to Iowa, and first married at age 18, is a married Building Laborer, and who rents his house for $15/month, and is living at 871 Iowa Street, 7th Pct., Dubuque, Julien Twp., Dubuque Co., IA. Living with him are: his wife, Jeane Wallace (age 21) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, and first married at age 17; and his son, Roger Wallace (age 7/12) born born in Iowa to Iowa and Wisconsin-born parents.

Albert M. Wallace died September 29, 1931, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, at age 62. Buried in Linwood Cemetery. Monroe Frye died January 5, 1936, at Richland Center Hospital, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, at age 89. Buried in Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, Richland Co., WI.


Albert M. Wallace death record.


Isaiah Monroe Frye died January 5, 1936, at Richland Center Hospital, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, at age 89. Buried in Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, Richland Co., WI.


The Capital Times, Madison, Dane Co., WI, Wednesday, January 8, 1936

Richland Veteran Dies; Brother Is Last One Now

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. - Isaiah Fry, 89, Civil War veteran, died at the home of his son, Harry, of this city Sunday. He leaves five sons: Albert, Dieter Hollow; Harry, Richland Center; Otis, Beloit; Orval, Milwaukee; and Randolph, Balmoral; also a step brother, Joseph Miller, the only other Civil War veteran remaining in Richland county. Funeral services will be held in the Basswood church at 2 today.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 23, 1940, shows Albert Fry (age 71) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Richland Co., WI, and with 8 years of School, is a widower Head of Household, and who rents his house for $8/month, and is living at 546 N. Congress Street, 2nd Ward, City of Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.

Albert C. Frye died January 14, 1951, in Richland Co., WI, at age 82. Buried in Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, Richland Co., WI.

Harold Charles Wallace died December 15, 1963, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, at age 57. Buried in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA.


The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, Wednesday, December 18, 1963

City Briefs

Brother Dies - Harold C. Wallace, 57, of Dubuque, a Cedar Rapids resident for two years, died suddenly Sunday. He was the brother of Mrs. Kenneth Gepfert, 386 Thirteenth street SE. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Dubuque.


 

Hi Leigh,


 
Thanks for your insightful email.  The other parts of this puzzle are that my Dad, Roger Wallace old me at different times that his grandfather and grandmother had been killed in a train accident in Muscatine Iowa during the first world war. This was before he was born.  He told me that his fatherís name was changed from Walker to Wallace, the name of my grandfatherís maternal uncle who adopted him.  Iíve gotten my great grandmotherís death certificate from February 22, 1917.    Her maiden name was Laura L. Wallace and her family had settled in Farmersburg, Clayton County IA  sometime in the 1850s.  They were farmers.  

 
Some info about Laura -

Laura L. Wallace, age listed as 19, married  Edward Tomkins, Fisherman, from MaGregror, IA on October 12, 1892 in Allamakee County, IA.  They are listed as having three children in 1900 census and living in MacGregor/Mendon township. 

On August 18, 1905 Laura (Wallace) Tomkins married Albert C. Frye from Richland Center WI in Elkader IA. Her age listed as 29. His was 31. I first saw the actual picture of this record last Saturday. Iíd seen a synopsis of it on Ancestry previously,  but donít always know if some of the transcribed marriage records are accurate. 

On  Dec. 6 1906 Harold W. Walker aka Harold Charles Walker was born in Sabula, IA.   He was my paternal grandfather. I have the date and place of his birth from his obituary, marriage record to my grandmother and his WWII draft registration.  

On Nov 20 1908 Reva Walker was born in Giard Township, Clayton County IA. 

The 1910 census lists Charles Walker and wife Laura L living in Clinton IA with two children, Harold and Reva or Revia. Laura is listed as being the mother of six children all living at that time.

March 10 1912 daughter Ruth was born.

March 5,1915 son Harley Walker was born.   

February 22, 1917 Laura L. Walker and her husband Charles Wallace killed by a fast moving train around 9:05 am. This was a Thursday.  His body was severely mangled. Albert Wallace, her brother, came from Dubuque and made the funeral arrangements. They were buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, February 26, 1917.

The four children were adopted out after a time.   Harold lived with his uncle Albert until he married my grandmother, Jean Lenstra from Keiler, WI in1925.  My Dad was born in 1929. Albert Wallace died in 1931.

In addition to contacting you, Iíve tried to contact several relatives of descendants of the Frye family through Ancestry.  These were people who have Alvin Fryeís date of death as February 22, 1917 and the location as Muscatine IA.  Three responded.  One messaged me that Alvin Frye was born in 1867, was married (Ella Newton) and died February17, 1917 in Muscatine, IA. She didnít know anything else.

One emailed me that she got the information from your web-site. 

Another messaged me that she initially got the information from her aunt, who had told her that it was  known in the Frye family that her auntís great uncle, Alvin, was killed in a train accident in Muscatine IA.

Newspaper clippings from the time list only a husband and wife being killed in the accident and they were named Charles and Laura Walker.  A benefit dance was held for the orphan children in Muscatine.

 
My thinking is that perhaps Albert Frye and Laura Wallace were the parents of one or two of the ĎWalkerí children born prior to 1910. My Frye DNA  cousins point to that for at least Harold.

 
Not sure where Alvin Fryeís death date and location came from.  If he was killed that day he would have had to assume a new identity with the name Charles Walker and was married to/ or living with the ex-wife or wife of his brother.  

 
In 1920 census Albert Wallace is listed as living in Richland WI with his daughter Gladys.  His marital status is divorced. 

 
Iíd think itís most likely Albert and Laura had some children and then divorced prior to 1910. Likely she then married Charles Walker and would reason she was living with him in 1910 in Clinton IA with two children. I have no records of their marriage, nor her divorce from Albert Frye.  I also have no record of what happened to her first husband, Edgar Tomkins but at least one of those children was adopted by another family

 
My grandfather, using the name Harold Walker, was living with his half-sister in Minnesota in the 1930s to 1940s. Know this from a newspaper article, his WWII draft registration and the 1940 census   Her adopted name was Jessie Marie Watson and was likely the child of  Laura and Edgar Tomkins.  I am DNA cousins with one of her descendants. 

 
I have al second cousin who the descended for the second ĎWalkerí child, Reva.  He also is related to Frye cousins by DNA but I donít know to what extent.  

 
I know a little about the other two children.   Ruth married a man named Lee Smith in Muscatine IA and had a family.  I have no connection with them.  The fourth child, Harley eventually married, but does not appear to have had any children.  He died in 1958.

 
Appreciate you're taking the time to look at this for me.

 
Iíve attached a couple of articles on this if your are interested.

 
Best regards,

 
Bob

 

Elvira Elizabeth Gould was born July, 1852, in Canada, and died 1925 in Wisconsin at about age 73.

Charles Martin Smith was born September, 1852, in Pennsylvania, and died 1920, in Unknown, at about age 68.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 15, 1860, shows James H. Gould (age 39) born in Upper Canada, and with real estate  of $1,200 and personal estate of $150 is a Farmer, and is living in Ithaca Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: Mary Gould (age 31) born in England; his married daughter, Elizabeth Gould (age 12) born in Upper Canada; and Alvira Gould (age 8) born in Upper Canada.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 4, 1870, shows J. H. Gould (age 50) born in Nova Scotia, is a Farmer, and is living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: Mary Gould (age 42) born in England, who is Keeping House;  Mary E. Gould (age 22) born in England; Alvira Gould (age 18) born in Canada; and Georgiana Gould (age 8) born in Wisconsin.

David Johnson (born about 1850 in New York) and Elvira E. Gould (born July, 1852, in Canada) were married December 4, 1871, in Buena Vista, Richland Co., WI.

Rachel E. Johnson was born about 1873, in Wisconsin.

Elvira Elizabeth (Gould) Johnson then married Unknown Carter.

Unknown Carter was born in Ireland, and died Unknown.

Elvira Elizabeth (Gould) (Johnson) Carter then married Charles M. Smith.

Charles Martin Smith and Elvira Elizabeth (Gould) (Johnson) Carter were married about 1880 in Richland Co., WI.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 27, 1900, shows

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 27, 1900, shows Charley M. Smith (age 47) born September, 1852, in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, is a married Farmer Laborer, and who owns his house free of a mortgage, and is living on Liberty Street, Village of Lone Rock, Buena Vista Twp., Richland Co., WI, Richland Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife of 20 years, Alvira Smith (age 47) born July, 1852,  in Canada to Canada and England-born parents, and with both of the children born to her still alive; his son, John W. Smith (age 15) born July, 1884, in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Canada-born parents; and his son, Charles J. Smith (age 8) born August, 1891, in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Canada-born parents.

In 1920, Elvira Smith (age 67) was living in Lone Rock, Richland Co., WI.