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James Blake "Mike" Ridenour was born March 31, 1898, in Martinsburg, Blair County, PA, and died June 29, 1964, in Lee County Hospital, Sanford, Lee Co., NC, at age 66. Buried in Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC. He is the son of Ralph N. Ridenour of Altoona, Blair Co., PA, and Mary Ellen Blake of Martinsburg, Blair County, PA.

Helen Irene Hoover was born February 4, 1901, in Altoona, Blair Co., PA, and died January 25, 1984, at Chippenham Manor, Richmond, Richmond Co., VA, at age 82. Buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, PA. She is the daughter of George Peale Hoover of Pennsylvania, and Mary M. Woodring of Pennsylvania.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Helen Irene Hoover were married February 25, 1922, at the First Presbyterian Church, Altoona, Blair Co., PA.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour had no children.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour were separated about 1927 in Blair Co., PA, and James received his uncontested divorce from Helen on August 18, 1942, in Norfolk, VA, due to her deserting him.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour, a divorcee, then married a divorcee, Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall.

Virgil Puett Randall was born October 30, 1904, in Stanley Co., NC, and died October 21, 1954, in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC, at age 49.

Letty Irene Bunch was born October 29, 1910, in Chowan Co., NC, and died October 19, 1988, in a nursing home, Sanford, Lee Co., NC, at age 77. Buried in Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC. She ids the daughter of Miles B. Bunch and Lillie Holloman.

Virgil Puett Randall and Letty Irene Bunch were married December 4, 1926, in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

Virgil Puett Randall and Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall had no children.

Virgil Puett Randall and Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall were divorced 1930 -1940 in North Carolina.

Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall then married James Blake "Mike" Ridenour.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall were married June 10, 1944, in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) Ridenour had no children.

Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) Ridenour, a widow, then married Roderick Ernest Smith.

Roderick Ernest Smith was born September 15, 1891, in Lemon Springs, Moore (now Lee) Co., NC, and died August 8, 1985, in Sanford, Lee Co., NC, at age 93. Buried in Lemon Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lemon Springs, Lee Co., NC.

Roderick Ernest Smith and Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) Ridenour were married May 10, 1970, in Lee Co., NC.

Roderick Ernest Smith and Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) (Ridenour) Smith had no children.

Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour, a divorcee, then married Charles Jacob Andrest.

Charles Jacob Andrest was born December 31, 1906, in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., MD, and died August 5, 1981, at Memorial Hospital, Easton, MD, at age 74. Buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, PA. He is the son of Charles David Andrest of New York, and Emma J. Keller of Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., MD.

Charles Jacob Andrest and Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour were married May, 1943.

Charles Jacob Andrest and Helen Irene (Hoover) (Ridenour) Andrest had no children.




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James Blake "Mike" Ridenour andLetty (Bunch) (Ridenour) Smith are buried in Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


Ralph N. Ridenour and Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) Ridenour.


Roderick Ernest Smith was born September 15, 1891, in Lemon Springs, Moore (now Lee) Co., NC.

Ralph N. Ridenour and Mary Ellen "Margaret" Blake were married January 14, 1898, in Youngstown, Mahoning Co., OH.


Ralph N. Ridenour and Mary Ellen "Margaret" Blake Marriage Record.


The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Blair Co., PA, Saturday, February 19, 1898

They Were Married.

Married, at Youngstown, O., by the Rev. George N. Anderson, Mr. Ralph Ridenour, of Sharon, Pa., to Miss Mary Blake, of Martinsburg, Blair county, Pa.


James Blake "Mike" Ridenour was born March 31, 1898, in Martinsburg, Blair County, PA.

Helen Irene Hoover was born February 4, 1901, in Altoona, Blair Co., PA.

Ralph N. Ridenour and Mary Ellen "Margaret" (Blake) Ridenour were divorced before 1900.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1900, shows Margaret Blake (age 39) born March, 1861, in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, is a divorced Head of Household and is living in North Woodbury Twp., Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA, with the only child born to her is still alive. Living with her is her unmarried brother: Burdine Blake (age 50) born March 1850 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, a Blacksmith. Also living there are: her uncle, William Brown (age 75) born October 1824 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, a Blacksmith; and her son, James Ridenour (age 2) born March 1898 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 12, 1900, shows Ralph Ridenour (age 33) born May, 1867, in Ohio to Ohio-born parents, is a Widower Door Maker, and is boarding at 326 Second Street, 4th Ward, City of Lima, Allen Co., OH.

Virgil Puett Randall was born October 30, 1904, in Stanley Co., NC.


Altoona Mirror, Altoona, PA, Thursday, May 10, 1906

MILLARD F. BLAKE, A prominent resident of Blair county and a brother of John W. Blake of this city, died at his home in Martinsburg at 6:15 o'clock Tuesday evening. His death primarily resulted from a sunstroke he received several years ago, which terminated in nervous prostration. Mr. Blake was a mechanic of reputation and of an inventive turn of mind, having been the patentee of improvements in dumping cars, truss rods, etc, and the inventor of the car, the patent of which is in litigation in our courts with the Pennsylvania railroad company. He was born on January 15, 1856, being a son of James (deceased) and Margaret Ellen Blake. His entire life was spent in Martinsburg and he died in the house in which he was born. He is survived by his wife and the following sons and daughter: Roland, who is a soldier in the United States army, now serving in the Philippines; Walter, in the government service, and at present located at Denver, Col.; Colonel James, at home, and Edith and Myra, both of whom are married. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: John W. of Altoona, Rev. William P. Blake of Indian Territory, U. S. Grant Blake of Emporia, Kan., James of Montana, Mrs. Dr. McCready and Mrs. Alice Wegan of Duncansville, Mary and Burdine Blake of Martinsburg. Funeral services were conducted at the late residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. E. H. Smith.


Charles Jacob Andrest was born December 31, 1906, in Annapolis, anne Arundel Co., MD.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1910, shows Margaret E. Blake (age 83) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a widowed head of household with her own income living on North Market Street, Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA with 7 of the 15 children born to her still alive. Living with her is her unmarried son Burdine Blake (age 60) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents who is an invalid; her married daughter Mary E. Ridenour (age 49) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents who works as a house keeper for another family, who has been married for 13 years and her only child is still living; and her grandson James B. Ridenour (age 12) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 23, 1910, shows Ralph Ridenour (age 43) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents and in his second marriage and married for 10 years is a Prisoner who Assembles Rat Traps and is living at the Columbus City Work House, 269 Olive Street, 8th Ward, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH.

Letty Irene Bunch was born October 29, 1910, in Chowan Co., NC.

Recruits for the Army from Altoona on May 7, 1917, included James B. Ridenour of Martinsburg.


The Altoona Mirror, Altoona, Blair Co., PA, Saturday, April 26, 1919

MARTINSBURG.

Rev. and Mrs. W. P. Blake, who were former residents of Shawnee, Okla., spent Friday in Martinsburg with the former's brother and sister, John W. Blake and Mrs. Mary Ridenour. Mr. and Mrs. Blake stopped here on their way to Hyattsville, Md., where they will make their future home.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 1920 shows John W. Blake (age 71) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Fruit Farm Farmer owning his own home free of a mortgage and is living on North Market Street, Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA. Living with him is his wife, Nancy Blake (age 74) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents. Also living there is his married sister: Mary E. Ridenour (age 58) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on April 5, 1920, shows Howard Wogan (age 47) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Machinist in a Glass Factory renting his home at 814 Second Ave., 2nd Ward, City of Altoona, Blair Co.,  PA. Living with him is his wife, Alice Wogan (age 51) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents. Also living at home are their unmarried children, all born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents: Margaret Wogan (age 20); Mary Wogan (age 19), a Weaver in a Silk Mill; Dorothy Wogan (age 15); and Harry Wogan (age 12). Also living there is his unmarried nephew, James Ridenour (age 21) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, a Clerk in a Steam Railroad Office.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 28, 1920, shows Edward Wicham (age 54) born in West Virginia to West Virginia-born parents is a Stove Moulder at a Stove Company renting his home at 117 Filmore Avenue, 4th Ward, City of Scranton, Lackawanna Co.,  PA. Living with him is his wife, Phoebe Wicham (age 56) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents. Also living at home are his relatives, all born in Pennsylvania: his widowed daughter, Margaret Plageman (age 36) born to West Virginia and Pennsylvania-born parents, a Clerk at a Coffee Company; his granddaughter, Lenora Plageman (age 14) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents; his grandson, Edward Plageman (age 12) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents; his grandson, Joseph Plageman (age 11) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents. and his unmarried brother-in-law, Ralph Ridenour (age 54) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, a Moulder at a Stove Company. Two Coal Miners are also Boarding there.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Helen Irene Hoover were married February 25, 1922, at the First Presbyterian Church, Altoona, Blair Co., PA.


The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Blair Co.,  PA, Monday, February 27, 1922

WEDDINGS.

Ridenour - Hoover

A pretty wedding was solemnized on Saturday evening at the First Presbyterian church when Miss Helen Marie Hoover, of 1508 Thirteenth street, became the bride of Mr. James Blake Ridenour, of this city. The chancel was graced by potted plants and ferns and a large company of friends witnessed the ceremony. Professor J. O. Nelson presided at the big pipe organ, playing "March Nuptiale," by Lorel; "Bridal Song," by Jensen; Nuptial Song," by Frimi; "Orange Blossoms." by MacMaster. To the strains of the "Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin," by Wagner, the party entered the church. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Anslinger were best man and matron of honor and the bride was given in marriage by her father, George P. Hoover. Cecil Kuhn, Everett Frumets, Robert Kaylor and J. E. Cramer acted as ushers. Rev. Dr. J. W. Francis, pastor of the church, was the officiating minister, using the impressive ring ceremony of the Presbyterian church. The bride wore a beautiful blue traveling suit and had a corsage bouquet of lilles of the valley and rose. Mrs. Anslinger wore a tan suit and carried roses. After the ceremony the immediate family and visiting relatives were entertained at he home of the bride's parents at a reception, during which a buffet luncheon was served, the bridal party being seated at the table tastefully spread in their honor. About 50 guests were at the reception. The  bride is the eldest daughter of Mr.. and Mrs. George P. Hoover and for five years has been a clerk in Bendheim's shoe store, quite a favorite among fellow employes and customers. The groom is a son of Mrs. Mary Ridenour, of Martinsburg, for some years a clerk at the Juniata scales office. He is a World war veteran, having been overseas 15 months with Battery A of the Nineteenth Field artillery, which was at the front when the armistice was signed. Both are popular young folks, with a host of well wishers. Numerous handsome and useful wedding presents attest the esteem in which they are held. Mr. and Mrs. Ridenour have already furnished their new home in apartments at 1221 Fifteenth avenue, where they will be at home to their friends. Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Grant Hoover, and son Eugene, of Williamsport; Miss Martha Hoover, of Bellefonte; Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Woodring, Leroy Confer, Mrs. Blowers Woodring, Mrs. Chester Pringle, Mrs. Bella Myers, all of Port Matilda; Ed and Miss Helen Kreps, of Spruce Creek; Mrs. Morris Cox and Mrs. George Woodring of Tyrone; Mr. and Mrs. William A. Peters, of Unionville; Mrs. L. L. Likem, of  Janesville; Mrs. J. E. Dailey, of Dubois; Mrs. Mary Ridenour, of Martinsburg.


Virgil Puett Randall and Letty Irene Bunch were married December 4, 1926, in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.


The Altoona Mirror, Altoona, Blair Co., PA, Wednesday, June 27, 1928

MARTINSBURG.

Grant Blake and wife of Buhler, Kan., accompanied the former's brother Rev. William Packard Blake of Washington, D. C., to Martinsburg, their native town, where they met their brother J. W. Blake and sister Mrs. Mary Ridenour.


Ralph Ridenour was living in Scranton, PA, at the time of his sister Phoebe's death in 1929.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1930, shows John Blake (age 81) born in Pennsylvania to Maryland and Pennsylvania-born parents is a widower head of household owning his own home on North Market Street, Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA. Living with him is his widowed sister, Mary Ridenour (age 69) born in Pennsylvania to Maryland and Pennsylvania-born parents, who is a Housekeeper. Also living there is John's nephew, James Ridenour (age 32) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, and first married at age 24, who is a Clerk at Rail Road Shops.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1930, shows Ralph Ridonier (age 64) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, and first married at age 28, is an Unemployed Widower, and is living at the Salvation Army Industrial House, Borough of Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1930, shows Helen Rightnour (age 29) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, and first married at age 21, is a married Sales Lady in a Shoe Store, and is living with her parents, 1220 13th Street Alley, 3rd Ward, City of Altoona, Blair Co., PA.

Virgil Puett Randall and Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall were divorced 1930 -1940 in North Carolina.

Mary Ellen (Blake) Ridenour died December 26, 1938, at her home in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA, at age 77. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.


Mary Ellen (Blake) Ridenour Death Certificate.


The Altoona Mirror, Altoona, PA, Tuesday December 27, 1938

MRS. MARY RIDENOUR

Of Martinsburg, widow of Ralph Ridenour, died suddenly at her home at 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning of a heart attack. She was born on March 12, 1861, in Martinsburg, a daughter of James and Marguerite Allen Blake, and married Mr. Ridenour in Youngstown in 1897. Surviving are one son, James, at home, and two brothers, Rev. W. P. Blake of Hyattsville, Md., and Grant of Burrton, Kans. Mrs. Ridenour was a lifelong member of the Martinsburg Church of God. The body may be viewed at the Miller funeral home in Martinsburg.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 16, 1940, shows James Ridenour (age 42) born in Pennsylvania, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 8 years of School, is a Separated Waiter in a Pool Room who is Lodging at the Charles Stausser residence, Julian Street, Borough of Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour were separated about 1927 in Blair Co., PA, and James received his uncontested divorce from Helen on August 18, 1942, in Norfolk, VA, due to her deserting him.


James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour Divorce Certificate


On October 3, 1942, James B. Ridenour, a resident of Pasquotank, NC, enlisted in the U. S. Army at Richmond, VA. Divorced, without dependents. One year of High School education.


James B. Ridenour, a resident of Pasquotank, NC, enlisted October 3, 1942, in the U. S. Army at Richmond, VA. Divorced, without dependents. One year of High School education.

Name: Ridenour, James B
Serial Number: 33226991
Residence: Pasquotank, North Carolina
Enlistment Place: Richmond, Virginia
Enlistment Date: 03 October 1942
Grade Alpha: Pvt
Grade Code: Private
Branch Alpha: Bi
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, Usa
Enlistment Term: Enlistment For The Duration of The War or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion of The President or Otherwise According To Law
Longevity:
Source: Enlisted Man, Regular Army, After 3 Months of Discharge
Nativity: Pennsylvania
Birth Year: 1898
Race and Citizenship: White, Citizen
Education: 1 Year of High School
Civil Occupation: Accountants and Auditors
Marital Status: Divorced, Without Dependents
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Card Number:
Box Number: 0629
Reel Number: 1.146


Charles Jacob Andrest and Helen Irene (Hoover) Ridenour were married May, 1943.

James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall were married June 10, 1944, in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.


James Blake "Mike" Ridenour and Letty Irene (Bunch) Randall Marriage Record.


Virgil Puett Randall died October 21, 1954, in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC, at age 49.

James Blake Ridenour died June 29, 1964, in Lee County Hospital, Sanford, Lee Co., NC, at age 66. Buried in Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.


James Blake Ridenour Death Certificate


Roderick Ernest Smith and Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) Ridenour were married May 10, 1970, in Lee Co., NC.


Letty Irene (Bunch) Ridenour (age 78) and Roderick Ernest Smith (age 79) were married May 10, 1970, in Lee Co., NC. He was born September 15, 1891, in Lemon Springs, Moore, now Lee Co., NC, and died August 8, 1985, in Sanford, Lee Co., NC (age 93). He is buried in Lemon Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lemon Springs, Lee Co., NC.


Charles Jacob Andrest died August 5, 1981, at Memorial Hospital,  Easton, MD, at age 74. Buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, PA.

Helen Irene (Hoover) (Ridenour) Andrest died January 25, 1984, at Chippenham Manor, Richmond, Richmond Co., VA, at age 82. Buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, PA.


Helen Irene (Hoover) (Ridenour) Andrest Death Certificate


Roderick Ernest Smith died August 8, 1985, in Sanford, Lee Co., NC, at age 93. Buried in Lemon Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lemon Springs, Lee Co., NC.

Letty Irene (Bunch) (Randall) (Ridenour) Smith died October 19, 1988, in a nursing home, Sanford, Lee Co., NC, at age 77. Buried in Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.