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George Porvort was born about 1830 in New York, and died after 1875 in Unknown, possibly California. He is the son of Unknown.

Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" Fuller was born March 5, 1835, in Ridgebury, Bradford Co., PA, and died January 13, 1913, in Everett, Snohomish Co., WA, at age 77. She is the daughter of John C. Fuller (Born 1800 - 1810), and Hannah Unknown. John was living in 1840 in Springfield Twp., Bradford Co., PA.

George Porvort and Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" Fuller were married November 18, 1856, in DeKalb Co., IL.

George Porvort and Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" (Fuller) Porvort had one child:

  1. Debren W. Porvort: Born July 19, 1857, in De Kalb Co., IL; Died September 8, 1858, in Dekalb Co., IL (age 1).

John Henry Searle was born March 3, 1836, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, and died April 23, 1915, in Fort Steilacoom, Pierce Co., WA, at age 79. Buried in Western State Hospital Memorial Cemetery, Steilacoom, Pierce Co., WA. He is the son of William Husband Searle of Tywardreath, County Cornwall, England, and Ann Hill of England.

John Henry Searle and Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" (Fuller) Porvort were married about 1860 in Illinois.

John Henry Searle and Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" (Fuller) (Porvort) Serl had nine or more children:

  1. Harriet Matilda Serl: Born June 3, 1861, in Dekalb Co., IL; Died September 4, 1929, in Fitzgerald Twp., Ben Hill Co., GA (age 68). Married November 11, 1880, in Scott Twp., Webster Co., NE, to Darius Nelson: Born May 30, 1848, in Lomira Twp., Dodge Co., WI; Died January 15, 1929, in Fitzgerald Twp., Ben Hill Co., GA (age 80).
  2. Adam Alt Serl: Born February 2, 1863, in Belvidere, DeKalb Co., IL; Died October 2, 1938, in Centralia, Lewis Co., WA (age 75). Married married September 6, 1889, in Unknown to Maude Luctricia "Maudie" Matteson: Born August 30, 1871, in Moline Twp., Rock Island Co., IL; Died August 17, 1933, in Onalaska, Whatcom Co., WA (age 61).
  3. Charles E. Serl: Born April 20, 1865, in Mayfield Twp., Grand Traverse Co., MI; Died March 6, 1945, in Onalaska, Lewis Co., WA (age 79). Married October 11, 1911, in Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA, to Mary Agnes (Campbell) Kelley: Born January 6, 1864, in British Columbia, Canada; Died September 3, 1937, in Sumas, Whatcom Co., WA (age 73).
  4. Ida Alice Annabell Serl: Born April 20, 1867, in Mayfield Twp., Grand Traverse Co., MI; Died March 1, 1926, in Everett, Snohomish Co., WA (age 58). Married about 1891 in Washington to Ambrose Augustus Weeks: Born March 1847 in Michigan; Died January 23, 1932, in Everett, Snohomish Co., WA (age 84).
  5. Samuel Serl: Born about 1868 in Mayfield Twp., Grand Traverse Co., MI; Died 1870-1879 (age Unknown).
  6. Albert George Serl: Born January 21, 1869, in Mayfield Twp., Grand Traverse Co., MI; Died August 1, 1950, in Ponca City, Kay Co., OK (age 81). Married 1908 to Mary Maude Clark: Born October 2, 1872, in Michigan; Died June 15, 1957, in Ponca City, Kay Co., OK (age 84).
  7. Willis Henry Delmar Serl: Born April 27, 1873, in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI; Died March 9, 1939, in Yuma, Yuma Co., CO (age 65). Buried in Yuma Cemetery, Yuma, Yuma Co., CO. Married February 28, 1900, in Red Cloud, Webster Co., NE, to Ruth Elfreida Loppe: Born February 9, 1881, in Woosung, Ogle Co., IL; Died March 5, 1957, in Eckley, Yuma Co., CO (age 76). Buried in Yuma Cemetery, Yuma, Yuma Co., CO.
  8. Ralph R. Serl: Born August 27, 1875, in Scott Twp., Webster Co., NE; Died December 31, 1954, in Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA (age 79). Never married. Admitted to an insane asylum in Steilacom 1920 - 1940, and died there. Also was a Cook; may have owed money. His name was listed there as Ralph Searle.
  9. Lily Mae Serl: Born April 3, 1878, in Scott Twp., Webster Co., NE; Died from pneumonia August 19, 1897, in Whatcom Co., WA (age 19). Never married. Buried in Perry Cemetery, Everson, Whatcom Co., WA. She went into a coma, and may have been buried alive!



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Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.


   

Henry Serl, pictures courtesy of Kerry Serl.


George Porvort was born about 1830 in New York.

Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" Fuller was born March 5, 1835, in Pennsylvania

John Henry Searle was born March 3, 1836, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on November 27, 1850, shows Lorenzo Ayres (age 48) born in New York with real estate of $50 is a Farmer and is living in Genoa Twp., Dekalb Co., IL. Living with him are the following, all born in Pennsylvania: Elizabeth Ayres (age 38); Gastavus Ayres (age 14); Benj. F. Ayres (age 8); Solomon Ayres (age 2); George Ayres (age 1); Amanda M. Ayres (age 6); Sally McCormick (age 28); Julia A. McCormick (age 6); Lemuel McCormick (age 2); Abagail V. McCormick (age 2/12); and Charlott Fuller (age 14).

Leigh Larson note: Lorenzo Ayers married (2) to Elizabeth Catherine Fuller: Born April 19, 1812, in Ridgeberry, Bradford Co., PA; Died November 6, 1879, in Bradshaw, York Co., NE (age 67). Buried in Plainfield Cemetery, Bradshaw, York Co., NE. This is probably a close relative of Charlotte Clarinda Fuller. Lorenzo Ayers is buried in Charter Oak Cemetery, Kirkland, DeKalb Co., IL.

Henry emigrated from Canada West in 1851 and came to Dodge Co., WI. He would have been about age 15, so he must have come with his family, most likely his father.

The 1855 Wisconsin State Census for Dodge County does not list either a Searles or a Hand as a head of household. The June 1, 1855, census shows Ralph Phillips living in Oak Grove Twp., Dodge Co. WI with 2 Males and 5 Females. There is a Georg Sorell listed in Fox Lake Twp.

George Porvort and Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" Fuller were married November 18, 1856, in DeKalb Co., IL.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 30, 1860, shows Dean Bainbridge (age 40) born in Maine with real estate of $5,000 and personal estate of $2,000 is a Farmer and is living in Franklin Twp., Dekalb Co., IL. Living with him are: Lydia Bainbridge (age 37) born in Canada, a Housekeeper; Chauncey Bainbridge (age 12) born in Illinois; Emogine Bainbridge (age 10) born in Illinois; Loretta Bainbridge (age 7) born in Illinois; North Bainbridge (age 72) born in Maine, a Farm Laborer; Henry Searles (age 25) born in England, a Farm, Laborer; and Nathan Searles (age 23) born in England, a Farm Laborer.


THE UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY PORTRAIT GALLERY EMINENT AND SELF-MADE MEN. ILLINOIS VOLUME. CHICAGO AND NEW YORK: AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, H. C. COOPER, JR., & Co., PROPRIETORS. 1883.

CHAUNCEY B. DEAN.

BELVIDERE.

BAINBRIDGE DEAN is a son of Bainbridge N. and Lydia (Smith) Dean, and was born in De Kalb county, Illinois, January 23, 1848. His father was from the state of Maine, where the family early settled, the progenitor being from England. The great-grandfather of Chauncey served through all the long war for independence, and came out without receiving even a scratch. Our subject received only a common school education; studied law in the University of Michigan, reading also with Hon. Jesse S. Hildrup, of Belvidere, during vacations, and is a graduate of the law department of the university mentioned, class of '73. Mr. Dean practiced his profession one year in Denver, Colorado; then returned to Belvidere, and is doing business in the courts of his circuit and in the supreme court of the United States at Chicago. He is a sound lawyer, a studious and growing man in his profession, and as county judge he is prompt in business, and popular among the people. Mr. Dean was elected county judge in November, 1877, and in accordance with the revised constitution, his term did not expire until the close of 1882; in the fall of 1882 he was reelected without opposition for a term of four years. When the city charter of Belvidere went into operation, in the spring of 1881, Judge Dean was elected city attorney, and still holds that office. He fills official posts with decided credit to himself and to the general satisfaction of the people. He is of the republican school of politics, and a third degree Mason. In June, 1873, immediately after his graduation at Ann Arbor, Michigan, Judge Dean was married to Frances K., daughter of Henry W. Kellogg, of that city, and they have one son and one daughter.


John Henry Searle and Charlotte Clarinda "Charlottie" (Fuller) Porvort were married about 1860 in Illinois.


Click here for the PDF for Henry Serl's Land Patent in Grand Traverse Co., MI.


The 1865 Kansas State Census taken on July 29, 1865, shows George Pervort (age 32) born in New York is a Farm Laborer and is living in the household of a Farmer, R. W. Purcell, in Shawnee Twp., Johnson Co., KS.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 1, 1870, shows George Porvort (age 40) born in New York is a Farm Laborer and is living in the household of a Farmer, Joseph Clark, in Grass Valley Twp., Nevada Co., CA.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 26, 1870, shows Henry Serl (age 35) born in Canada West with real estate of $1,000 and personal estate of $300 and both parents of foreign birth is a Farmer and is living in Mayfield Twp., Grand Traverse Co., MI. Living with him is is wife, Charlotte Serl (age 35) born in Pennsylvania with her father of foreign birth, who is Keeping House. Also living at home are five children, with the father being of foreign birth: Harriet Serl (age 9) born in Illinois; Adam Serl (age 7) born in Illinois; Charles Serl (age 5) born in Michigan; Ida Serl (age 3) born in Michigan; and Samuel Serl (age 1) born in Michigan.

In 1875, G. Porvort is a Farmer and is living in Hollister, San Benito Co., CA.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 10, 1880, shows Henry Serl (age 43) born in Canada to English-born parents, and who cannot read or write, is a married Farmer, and is living in Walnut Creek Precinct, Webster Co., NE. Living with him are: his wife, Charlotte Serl (age 44) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, who is Keeping House; his unmarried daughter, Harriet Serl (age 18) born in Illinois to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents, who is Keeping House; his unmarried son, Adam A. Serl (age 17) born in Illinois to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents, and who cannot read or write, who Works on Farm; his son, Chas. C. Serl (age 15) born in Michigan to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents, and who cannot write, who Works on Farm; his daughter, Ida A. Serl (age 18) born in Michigan to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents; his son, Albert G. Serl (age 12) born in Michigan to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents, and who cannot write; his son, Willis Hy. Serl (age 7) born in Michigan to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents; his son, Ralph R. Serl (age 5) born in Nebraska to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents; and his daughter, Lillie M. Serl (age 2) born in Nebraska to Canada and Pennsylvania-born parents.

On June 17, 1880, Tilla Serl (age 18) born in Illinois to Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents is also listed as a Servant in the Edward Kellogg household in Red Cloud Precinct, Webster Co., NE.


The Red Cloud Chief, Red Cloud, Webster Co., NE, February 8, 1884

Mr. Henry Searl, of Buffalo Creek, has sold his farm.


The 1885 Kansas State Census dated March 1, 1885, shows Henry Serl (age 48) born in Canada, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska, is a married Farmer, and is living in Valverde Twp., Sumner Co., KS. Living with him are: a married female, Charlott Serl (age 49) born in Pennsylvania, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska; an unmarried male, Chas. Serl (age 20) born in Michigan, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska; an unmarried female, Ida Serl (age 17) born in Michigan, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska; Burt Serl (age 16) born in Michigan, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska; Willis Serl (age 11) born in Michigan, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska; Ralph Serl (age 9) born in Michigan, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska; and Lilly Serl (age 7) born in Michigan, and having come to Kansas from Nebraska.


New Whatcom Directory, 1891

Serl, A. A., carpenter, Elk street, near Oak


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1900, shows Charles Serels (age 35) born April, 1865, in Michigan to English Canadian and New York-born parents is an unmarried Day Laborer and owns his own farm free of a mortgage and is living in Lynden Town, Sumas City, Clearbrook Precinct, Whatcom Co., WA. Living with him are: his unmarried brother, Ralph R. Serels (age 24) born August, 1875, in Michigan to English Canadian and New York-born parents, a Farm Laborer; and his married mother, Scharlott C. Serels (age 64) born March, 1836, in New York to New York-born parents, with 7 of the 9 children born to her still alive.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1900, shows John Kelley (age 55) born August 1844 in Ireland to Irish-born parents and having immigrated in 1880 and a Naturalized citizen is Farming and owns his own farm with a mortgage and is living in Lynden Town, Sumas City, Clearbrook Precinct, Whatcom Co., WA. Living with him is his wife of 20 years, Mary A. Kelley (age 39) born January 1861 in English Canada to Irish and English Canadian-born parents and having immigrated in 1880, with all 5 of the children born to her still alive. Also living with him are his four unmarried children, all born in Washington to Irish and English Canadian-born parents: Carry E. Kelley (age 18) born July 1881; Thomas R. Kelley (age 16) born March 1884; Albert F. Kelley (age 13) born April 1887; and Walter L. Kelley (age 4) born October 1895. An unmarried Boarder also lives in the household.

Leigh Larson note: The Kelley and Serels farms are almost adjacent to each other. Following the death of John Kelley, Mary Agnes (Campbell) Kelley would marry Charles E. Serls.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 7, 1900, shows Ambrose A. Weeks (age 53) born March 1847 in Michigan to Michigan-born parents is an unemployed Cook renting his home at 3103 Pacific Avenue, 3rd Ward, City of Everett, Snohomish Co., WA. Living there is his wife of 8 years, Ida B. Weeks (age 33) born April 1867 in Michigan to English Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents, with all 4 of the children born to her still living, all born in Washington to Michigan-born parents: Daphen R. Weeks (age 7) born October 1892; Nettie May Weeks (age 5) born January 1895; Cecil I. Weeks (age 3) born March 1897; and Goldie M. Weeks (age 1) born April 1899. Also living there as a Housekeeper is Ambrose's mother-in-law, Charlotte C. Serl (age 63) born March 1833 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, and has been married for 40 years with 8 of the 9 children born to her still alive.

The 1901 Canadian Census taken on April 17, 1901, shows Adam A. Serl (age 38) born February 2, 1863 in the United States and having immigrated in 1896 and Naturalized in 1899 is a Farmer living in Chilliwack, New Westminster District, B. C. Living with him is his wife, Maud L. Serl (age 29) born August 30, 1871 in the United States and having immigrated in 1897. Also living there are his two sons, both in the United States and having immigrated in 1897: Ira. A. Serl (age 13) born September 3, 1887; and Roy Serl (age 11) born October 13, 1889.


1902 Whatcom County Directory for Clearbrook, Whatcom Co., WA, (1901-1902)

Serl, C. E., farmer.
Serl, Mrs. Henry (C. C.).
Serl, Henry, farmer.


Charlottie, Ruth, Merle, and Willis Serl, about 1906


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 27, 1910, shows Ambrose E. Weeks (age 64) born in Michigan to New York and Ohio-born parents is an Odd Jobs Laborer renting his home for $15/month and is living at 3103 Pacific Avenue, 3rd Ward, City of Everett, Snohomish Co., WA. Living there is his wife of 18 years, Ida B. Weeks (age 43) born in Michigan to English Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents, with all 7 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his unmarried children, all born in Washington to Michigan-born parents: Daphen R. Weeks (age 17), a Paper Mill Laborer; Nettie M. Weeks (age 15), a Private Family Servant; Irene C. Weeks (age 13); Goldie M. Weeks (age 11); John A. Weeks (age 9); Clyde O. Weeks (age 6); and Roy E. Weeks (age 4). Also living there as a Housekeeper is Ambrose's mother-in-law, Charlotte C. Serl (age 74) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, in her second marriage, and has been married for 52 years, with 7 of the 9 children born to her still alive.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1910, shows Henry Serl (age 85) born in New York to New York-born parents is retired and owning his own farm with a mortgage and is living in Clearbrook Precinct, Whatcom Co., WA. Living with him is his wife of 50 years, Charlotte Serl (age 85) born in New York to New York-born parents, with 7 of the 8 children born to her still alive. Also living there are his two unmarried sons, both born to New York-born parents: Charles E. Serl (age  45) born in Michigan, a General Farm Farmer; and Ralph Serl (age 26) born in Nebraska, a Farm Laborer.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1910, shows John Kalley (age 50) born in English Canada to English Canadian-born parents with 6 of the 7 children born to her still alive and having immigrated in 1888 is Widowed General Farm Farmer and owns her own farm free of a mortgage and is living in Clearbrook Precinct, Whatcom Co., WA. Living with her are her 5 unmarried children, all born in Washington to Irish and English Canadian-born parents: Carrie Kalley (age 28); William Kalley (age 26) a  Public School Teacher; Thomas Kalley (age 25) a Bookkeeper on the Home Farm; Walter Kalley (age 14); and Clifford Kalley (age 8).

Leigh Larson note: The Kalley and Serl farms are adjacent to each other. Following the death of John Kelley, Mary Agnes (Campbell) Kelley would marry Charles E. Serl.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 27, 1910, shows Ambrose E. Weeks (age 64) born in Michigan to New York and Ohio-born parents is an Odd Jobs Laborer renting his home for $15/month and is living at 3103 Pacific Avenue, 3rd Ward, City of Everett, Snohomish Co., WA. Living there is his wife of 18 years, Ida B. Weeks (age 43) born in Michigan to English Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents, with all 7 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his unmarried children, all born in Washington to Michigan-born parents: Daphen R. Weeks (age 17), a Paper Mill Laborer; Nettie M. Weeks (age 15), a Private Family Servant; Irene C. Weeks (age 13); Goldie M. Weeks (age 11); John A. Weeks (age 9); Clyde O. Weeks (age 6); and Roy E. Weeks (age 4). Also living there as a Housekeeper is Ambrose's mother-in-law, Charlotte C. Serl (age 74) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, in her second marriage, and has been married for 52 years, with 7 of the 9 children born to her still alive.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 3, 1910, shows George A. Serl (age 40) born in Kansas to United States-born parents and in his 1st marriage is a Sexton in a Graveyard who owns his home free of a mortgage and is living on North Fifth Street, 4th Ward, Ponca City, Kay Co., OK. Living with him is his wife, Mary M. Serl (age 37) born in Michigan to New York and Ohio-born parents and in her 3rd marriage, with 4 of the 7 children born to her still alive. Also living there are: his daughter, Sharlott M. Serl (age 0/12) born in Oklahoma to Kansas and Michigan-born parents; his unmarried step-son, Charles E. Osborn (age 16) born in Nebraska to Missouri and Michigan-born parents, a Farm Laborer; and his step-son, Walter S. Osborn (age 12) born in Oklahoma to Missouri and Michigan-born parents.

The 1911 Canadian Census taken on June 6, 1911, shows A. A. Serl (age 47) born February 1863 in the United States and having immigrated in 1897 and Naturalized in 1901 is a Farmer living in New Westminster District, B. C. Living with him is his wife, M. L. Serl (age 38) born August 1872 in the United States and having immigrated in 1897. Also living there are his two unmarried sons, both in the United States and having immigrated in 1897: Ira. A. Serl (age 23) born September 1887, a Farmer; and Roy R. Serl (age 21) born October 1889, a Farmer. A Laborer and a Servant also live in the household.

Charlotte Clarinda (Fuller) Serl died January 13, 1913, in the City of Everett, Snohomish Co., WA, at age 77.


The Bellingham Herald, Washington, January 18, 1913

SUMAS -

SUMAS, Jan. 18. - A. Serl went to Everett on Tuesday, having received a message on Monday that his mother, Mrs. Charlott Serl had passed away that morning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. Weeks. Mrs. Charlott Serl was quite well known at Clearbrook, where she had resided for several years until quite recently she went to make her home with her daughter. She leaves five sons, Adam of Sumas, Charles of Clearbrook, Albert of Oklahoma, William of Uma, Colorado and Ralph of Clearbrook. Two daughters, Mrs. Nelson, in Florida and Mrs. Weeks with whom she resided at her death. Interment was made at Everett, Wash. 


John Henry Serl died April 23, 1915, in Fort Steilacoom, Pierce Co., WA, at age 79. Buried in Western State Hospital Memorial Cemetery, Steilacoom, Pierce Co., WA.


 

Henry Serl is buried in Western State Hospital Memorial Cemetery, Steilacoom, Pierce Co., WA.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on February 3, 1920, shows Charles C. Serl (age 55) born in Michigan to Canadian (English) and Pennsylvania-born parents is a General Farm Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage and is living in Nooksack Twp., Whatcom Co., WA. Living with him is his wife, Mary A. Serl (age 55) born in Washington to Northern Ireland and Canadian (English)-born parents. Also living there are two unmarried step-sons, both born in Washington to Northern Ireland and Washington-born parents: William Kelly (age 36) a Laborer on the Home Farm; and Clifford C. Kelly (age 18), a Laborer on the Home Farm.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on February 4, 1920, shows John McKay (age 63) born in English Canada to Scottish-born parents is a General Farm Farmer owning his own Farm and is living in Clearbrook, Nooksack Twp., Whatcom Co., WA. Living with him is his wife, Elizabeth R. McKay (age 50) born in Pennsylvania to German-born parents. Also living there are two unmarried children, both born in Washington to English Canada and Scottish-born parents: Douglas A. McKay (age 16); and Ruth McKay (age 13). Also living there is his unmarried brother: James McKay (age 53) born in English Canada to Scottish-born parents. Also living there is an unmarried Employee: Ralph Serl (age 40) born in Washington to Michigan and Washington-born parents, a Laborer on a General Farm.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 15, 1920, shows George A. Serl (age 53) born in Kansas to United States-born parents does Dray Delivery who owns his home free of a mortgage and is living in Cross City, Cross Twp., Kay Co., OK. Living with him is his wife, Mary M. Serl (age 44) born in Michigan to New York and Ohio-born parents. Also living there is his daughter, Sharlottie M. Serl (age 9) born in Oklahoma to Kansas and Michigan-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 14, 1930, shows Charles C. Serl (age 65) born in Michigan to Canadian (English) and Pennsylvania-born parents and first married at age 46 is a Farmer owning his own farm and living in Nooksack Twp., Whatcom Co., WA. Living with him is his wife, Mary A. Serl (age 66) born in Washington to Northern Ireland and Canadian (English)-born parents and first married at age 16, a Laborer in a Variety Garden. Also living there are two unmarried step-sons, both born in Washington to Northern Ireland and Washington-born parents: William J. Kelly (age 46) a Farm Laborer; and Clifford C. Kelly (age 28) Unemployed. Also living there is a grandson, Jack Furness (age 18) born in Washington to Washington and Michigan-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 17, 1930, shows Ralph Searles (age 54) born in Nebraska to United States-born parents is an unmarried Inmate and is living in the Whatcom County Home, Ferndale Twp., Whatcom Co., WA.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 8, 1930, shows George Serl (age 66) born in Michigan to English Canadian and United States-born parents and first married at age 22 is a Refinery Laborer who owns his home free worth $2,000 and is living on Cross Edition, 7th Ward, Ponca City, Kay Co., OK. Living with him is his wife, Mary Serl (age 56) born in Michigan to New York and Ohio-born parents and first married at age 16.

AKA: John Serl or Henry Serl


The Centralia Washington Daily Chronicle, Centralia, Lewis Co., WA,  Friday, August 18, 1933

MRS. SERL DIES

CHEHALIS, Aug. 18 - Mrs. Maude L. Serl, 62, died yesterday afternoon at Onalaska, where she had resided the past five years. She had been ill four months. Mrs. Serl was a member of Mt. Baker Rebekah lodge. She is survived by her widower, A. A. Serl of Onalaska; two sons, Ira A. and Roy R. Serl of Abbotsford, B. C.; her mother, Mrs. Mary Roberts and a brother, W. W. Roberts of Seattle, and four grandchildren. The body was removed to the Fissel funeral home.


 

 

 


The Centralia Washington Daily Chronicle, Centralia, Lewis Co., WA,  Monday, October 3, 1938

Onalaska Resident Removed by Death

CHEHALIS, Oct. 3 - Adam O. Serl, 62, a resident of Onalaska for the past 10 years, died there yesterday. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. Services were held at 11 o'clock this morning at the John W. Boone mortuary here after which the body was shipped to Clearbrook, Wash., for burial at the Lakeside cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Ira, Abbotsford, B. C., and Ray Serl, Huntington, B. C., and a brother, Clarence Serl, Emerson.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1940, shows Ralph Searle (age 63) born in Nebraska, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with3 years of School, is an unmarried Patient, and is living at Northern State Hospital, Sedro-Wooley Twp., Skagit Co., WA.

Ira Adam Serl married Altha Beebe September 3, 1912, in Upper Sumas, B. C., Canada.

Cora Altha (Beebe) Serl died July 17, 1937, in Abbotsford, B. C., Canada, at age 45.

Ira Adam Serl died January 17, 1956, in Vancouver, B. C., Canada, at age 68.

Maude L. Roberts was born August 30, 1871, in Illinois.

Roy Roland Serl died May 16, 1970, in Matsqui, B. C., Canada, at age 80.

 

 

Willis Henry Delmar Serl. Son of Henry and Charlotte (Fuller) Serl. Married Ruth E. Loppe February 28, 1900 at Red Cloud, Nebraska. Children include Merl, Mary, Otto, Wray, Alvin, Ruth, Lila, Zelphia.

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He signed a WWI draft registration card September 12, 1918 at Wray, Colorado giving his date of birth as April 1, 1873. Description: age 45, medium height, stout build, grey eyes, brown hair. He and Ruth were living at Eckley, Colorado where he was a farmer. Signed: Willis Henry Serl.


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The family of Ruth E. (Loppe) Serl and William H. Serl moved from Red Cloud, Nebraska to a farm 2 miles west and 4 1/2 miles south of Eckley, Colorado in Yuma County in April 1908 in covered wagons. They lived in a covered wagon and a shed until they built a two room house. They had two children at this time, Merle and Mary. The other six children, Otto, Wray, Alvin, Ruth, Lila, and Zelphia, were born on this farm. The family lived on the farm until 1931 when they moved to Arkansas for a few years.

Ruth and Willis were married February 28, 1900 at Red Cloud, Nebraska. For a honeymoon, they stayed overnight at Red Cloud, going the next day to their new home to start their new life together. In those days, they worked very hard. The neighbors got together and helped each other do different things, and the ladies would prepare the food and go along. Things like this were more or less their entertainment. Life was very hard then with no modern conveniences of any kind. Ruth carried her water from a spring some distance from the house for several years until they could get a well dug. They washed on a board and cooked on an old cook stove, lots of times using cow chips for their fuel. That alone was a job, carrying them into the stove and carrying the ashes out. The ironing was a real chore with the old "sad irons" heated on the stove. There was no way of controlling the temperature.

While living south of Eckley in 1919, Willis built a lovely big barn. It had room enough for 20 head of horses and in the winter all of the cattle could be put inside out of the weather. In the fall, it was a big job to put the hay in the barn with slings and stacking it up in there for feeding when the weather was bad. We usually milked about 20 - 25 cows with the family helping with this job if they weren't busy with other jobs. We made our own entertainment, and our toys were only homemade things, since we could not afford fancy things.

We always had a large garden. It took lots of food for a large family. We always had a lot of company, too.

In 1912, if I remember right, Willis gave an acre of ground for the Lone Star School House to be built. All of the Serl children went to that school. There were as many as 28 - 30 children in all eight classrooms and only one teacher. Ruth boarded the teacher for many years. There was never a dull moment at our house. Ruth baked bread, cinnamon rolls, cakes, and cookies practically every day for her large family, taking a lot for lunches each day.

All of the children married. Merle and Zoe (Gilbert). Mary and Glenn Ford. Otto and Ann (Fincher). Wray and Mabel Weiher. Alvin and Vonda (Watson). Ruth and Irvun Weiher. Lila and Elmer Piper. Zelphia and Lyle Phillips.