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Paul Friesen was born August 14, 1861, in Berlin, Germany, and died January 14, 1928, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 66. Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He is the son of Julius Friesen of Germany, and Unknown. He was a Statistician for the S. P. Railway at the time of his death.

Eva Hagen was born about 1865 in Unknown, and died September 16, 1890, in Fort Clark, near Bracketville, Kinney Co., TX, at about age 25. Buried in Grave No. 173, New Post Cemetery, Fort Clark, TX. The grave was moved about 1946 to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. She is the daughter of Unknown.

Paul Friesen and Eva Hagen were married about 1882 in Unknown.

Paul Friesen and Eva (Hagen) Friesen had three children:

  1. Arthur Julius Friesen: Born July 10, 1883, in Fort Assiniboine, Hill Co., MT; Died July 21, 1958, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 75). Buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Married to Marie Louise Eisele: Born May 7, 1900, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX; Died May 23, 1950, at Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 50). Buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.
  2. Paul Friesen Jr.: Born September 9, 1885, in Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co., KS; Died November 22, 1950, at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX (age 65). Buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX. Married to Mary Alice McCauley: Born November 20, 1892, in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX; Died December 14, 1980, in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX (age 88). Buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.
  3. Edwin Randolph "Eddie" Friesen: Born August 10, 1889, at Fort Lyon, near Las Animas, Bent Co., CO; Died January 12, 1967, at Gulf Coast Hospital, Baytown, Harris Co., TX (age 77). Buried in Roselawn Cemetery, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Adopted by Charles J. Norbery (First Sergeant, U. S. Army; Born September, 1840, in Copenhagen, Denmark; Died January 26, 1905, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 64. Buried in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX). Married to Zena Irene Johnson: Born July 20, 1893, in Rock Springs, Edwards Co., TX; Died April 22, 1961, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 67). Buried in Roselawn Memorial Park, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Anna Marie Kalt was born January 16, 1859, in Switzerland, and died September 4, 1924, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX at age 65. Frederick Imhof and Anna Maria (Kalt) Norbery were married February 27, 1906, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Buried in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.

After Eva (Hagen) Friesen died, Paul Friesen married Mattie Bell Brite.

Mattie Collins Brite was born March 1, 1880, near Verdi, Atascosa Co, TX, and died July 30, 1971, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV, at age 91. Buried in the Masonic Section, Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, NV. She is the daughter of Charles Henley "Charley" Brite of near Lockhart, Caldwell Co., TX, and Alva Allison Thompson was born March 6, 1856, in Oak Island, Medina Co., TX.

Paul Friesen and Mattie Bell Brite were married December 23, 1896, at the Dolch Hotel, Eagle Pass, Maverick Co., TX.

Paul Friesen and Mattie Bell (Brite) Friesen had one child:

  1. Carl Thompson Friesen: Born October 12, 1898, in Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX; Died September 9, 1987, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV (age 88). Married Tuesday, April 12, 1921, in Lovelock, NV, to Valeria Elexine Stiff: Born August 14, 1902, in Lovelock, NV; Died Unknown. Their daughter, Marjean Friesen. Carl came to Nevada in 1916, and was in signal maintenance for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 12 years before moving to Reno in 1921. Valeria's parents are Edward L. Stiff and Serena Hardesty. Reno Evening Gazette

Paul Friesen and Mattie Bell (Brite) Friesen were divorced 1904 in Eagle Pass, Maverick Co., TX.

Paul Friesen then married Catherine (Cates) Bowdre.

David A. Bowdre was born about 1863 in Sangamon Twp., Piatt Co., IL, and died March 10, 1929, at his home, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at about age 65. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO. He is the son of David J. Bowdre of Madison, OH, and Eliza J. Pierce of West Virginia.

Catherine Cates was born December 25, 1880, in Missouri, and died June 28, 1962, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 81. Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. She is the daughter of James Cates of Missouri, and Nancy Eliza Pierce of Virginia. David's mother, Eliza (Pierce) Bowdre was born January 1, 1824, in Virginia, and died March 5, 1912, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at age 88. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.

David A. Bowdre and Catherine Cates were married December 6, 1899, in Wylie, McDonald Co., MO.

David A. Bowdre and Catherine (Cates) Bowdre were divorced before 1906.

David A. Bowdre then married Sarah E. (Frye) Love.

Sarah E. Frye was born February 24, 1871, in McMillan Twp., McDonald Co., MO, and died November 23, 1915, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at age 44. Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, Jasper Co., MO. She is the daughter of Thor Harrison Frye of Unknown, and Unknown Williams of Unknown.

David A. Bowdre and Sarah E. (Frye) Love were married March 7, 1907, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.

David A. Bowdre and Sarah E. (Frye) (Love) Bowdre were divorced before 1915 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.

Paul Friesen and Catherine (Cates) Bowdre were married about 1906 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.

Paul Friesen and Catherine (Cates) (Bowdre) Friesen had at least one child:

  1. Jackson Cates "Jack" Friesen: Born October 25, 1907, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX; Died July 22, 1971, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 63). Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Married about 1937 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, to Irene Moore: Born May 12, 1911, in Pineville, Rapides Parish, LA; Died October 22, 1985, in Mc Lennan Co., TX (age 74).

Mattie Bell (Brite) Friesen then married Alexander John "Jack" Crew.

Alexander John "Jack" Crew was born about 1863 in Plaister Cove (Port Hastings), Inverness Dist., Nova Scotia, Canada, and died after 1944 in Unknown. He is the son of George Crew of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Flora Chisholm of Nova Scota, Canada.

Alexander John "Jack" Crew and Mattie Bell (Brite) Friesen were married April 29, 1904, in Eagle Pass, Maverick Co., TX.

Alexander John "Jack" Crew and Mattie Bell (Brite) (Friesen) Crew had one child:

  1. Alva Gedney Crew: Born February 12, 1905, in Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX; Died June 22, 1907, in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX (age 2). Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.

Alexander John "Jack" Crew and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) Crew were divorced about January, 1908, in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.

Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) Crew then married John W. Kiley.

John W. Kiley was born Unknown, and possibly died before June, 1910, in Unknown. He is the son of Unknown.

John W. Kiley and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) Crew were married 1908 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.

John W. Kiley and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) Kiley had no children.

After John W. Kiley may have died, Mattie Bell (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) Kiley married married Unknown Moss.

Unknown Moss was born Unknown, and died Unknown. He is the son of Unknown.

Unknown Moss and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) Kiley were married Unknown.

Unknown Moss and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) Moss had no children.

Unknown Moss and Mattie Colling (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) Moss were divorced Unknown.

Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) Moss then married before 1921 to Frank A. Cropley.

Frank A. Cropley was born May 2, 1869, in Illinois, and died July 16, 1936, in Valley Springs, Calaveras Co., CA, at age 67. Buried in Spring Brook Cemetery, Kenosha Co., WI. He is the son of Samuel Cropley of England, and Sarah I. Lovejoy of Illinois.

Bertha M. Simmons was born August, 1873, in Benton, Lake Co., IL, and died 1907 in Unknown at about age 34. Buried in Spring Brook Cemetery, Kenosha Co., WI. She is the daughter of Marcus L. "Mark" Simmons of New York, and Charlotte Beatty of Illinois.

Frank A. Cropley and Bertha M. Simmons were married about 1892 in Unknown.

Frank A. Cropley and Bertha M. (Simmons) Cropley had four children:

  1. Walter Simmons Cropley: Born August 11, 1893, in North Prairie, IL; Died December 8, 1952, in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA (age 59). Married 1910 - 1920 in Unknown to Beth M. Unknown: Born about 1896 in Wisconsin; Died Unknown. Lived in Susanville, CA, in 1932.
  2. Alice M. Cropley: Born April 15, 1896, in Illinois; Died February 19, 1974, in Calaveras Co., CA (age 77). Buried in Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, San Joaquin Co., CA. Married (1) about 1928, in Unknown, to Arthur John Boast: Born December 10, 1885, in Yarra, Victoria Co., Australia; Died April 24, 1931, at St. Mary Hospital, Reno, Washoe Co., NV (age 45). Buried in Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Washoe Co., NV. Married (2) before 1940, to Russell Theodore Scott: Born October 16, 1900, in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa Co., MI; Died December 2, 1980, Valley Springs, Calaveras Co., CA. Buried in Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, San Joaquin Co., CA.
  3. Sarah Gertrude Cropley: Born December, 1899, in Wisconsin; Died Unknown. Married Unknown to Nicholas W. Bins: Born about 1902 in Unknown; Died February 19, 1978, in Unknown (about age 76). Lived in Racine, WI, in 1932.
  4. Mildred S. Cropley: Born January 19, 1902, in Utah; Died August 23, 1932, at Washoe General Hospital, Reno, Washoe Co., NV (age 30). Buried in the Masonic Section, Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, NV. Married about 1928 in California, to Robert W. Wetmore: Born about 1904 in Washington; Died Unknown. Divorced before 1932 in Nevada.

Frank A. Cropley and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) Moss were married 1922 in Unknown.

Frank A. Cropley and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) Cropley had no children.

In June, 1922, Mattie C. Cropley filed for divorce from Frank A. Cropley, both residents of Imlay, NV.

Frank A. Cropley and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) Cropley were divorced about June 18, 1926, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV.

Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) Cropley then married Albert Kuhn.

Albert Kuhn was born May 18, 1870, in Tiffin Twp., Seneca Co., OH, and died March 3, 1933, in the Southern Pacific Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, at age 62. Buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, Washoe Co., NV. He is the son of U. Jacob Kuhn of Lobsann, Sulg., Bas Rhin., France, and Theresa Luisa Burkhart of Baden, Baden-Baden, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Catherine Ella Unknown was born about 1876 in Colorado, and died August 16, 1930, in Sacramento Co.,CA, at age 54. She is the daughter of Unknown of Erie State, Ireland, and Unknown of Erie State, Ireland

Catherine Ella Unknown was first married to Unknown.

Catherine Ella (Unknown) Unknown then married Albert Kuhn.

Albert Kuhn and Catherine Ella (Unknown) Unknown were married about 1905 in Colorado.

Albert Kuhn and Catherine Ella (Unknown) (Unknown) Kuhn had no children.

Albert Kuhn and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) Cropley were married May 2, 1931, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV.

Albert Kuhn and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) (Cropley) Kuhn had no children.




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Charles J. Norbery is buried in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Frederick "Fred" Imhof was born February 27, 1850, in Newark, NJ.

Anna Marie Kalt was born January 16, 1858, in Switzerland.

Paul Friesen was born August 14, 1861, in Berlin, Germany.

David A. Bowdre was born about 1863 in Illinois.

Eva Hagen was born about 1865 in Unknown.

Albert Kuhn was born May 18, 1870, in Tiffin Twp., Seneca Co., OH.

Sarah E. Frye was born February 24, 1871, in McMillan Twp., McDonald Co., MO,.

Charles Henley "Charley" Brite and Alva Allison Thompson were married April 12, 1871, in Texas.

Mattie Collins Brite was born March 1, 1880, near Verdi, Atascosa Co, TX.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 12, 1880, shows Daniel G. Franks (age 31) born in Texas to Alabama-born parents is a Farmer living in Atascosa Co., TX. Living with him is his wife, Gerurlda Franks (age 30) born in Texas to Tennessee and Indiana-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his children, all born in Texas to Texas-born parents: son Lonzo V. Franks (age 10) who Works on Farm; daughter Artie Franks (age 8); daughter Arrie Franks (age 8); daughter Lealei Franks (age 6); son Oskar Franks (age 3); and daughter Daniel G. Franks (age not given). Also living in the household: wife's unmarried brother, Brackenridge Elkins (age 19) born in Texas to Indiana and Texas-born parents, who Works on Farm; and mother, Nancy Elkins (age 54) born in Indiana to Kentucky-born parents. A laborer also lives in the household. Living on the adjacent farm is married daughter, Alva (Franks) Brite, wife of Charles Brite. Andrew McMains live on another adjacent farm. Roana Thompson (Alva's sister) had already married Andrew's son, Abraham McMains, in 1864.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 12, 1880, shows Charles Brite (age 24) born in Texas to Missouri and Alabama-born parents is a Farmer living in Atascosa Co., TX. Living with him is his wife, Alva Brite (age 30) born in Texas to Missouri and Alabama-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his children, both born in Texas to Texas-born parents: son William Brite (age 7); and daughter Mattie Brite (age 3/12).

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 25, 1880, shows H. L. Thompson (age 62) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents is a Farmer living in Bell Co., TX. Living with him is his wife, Chrystiana E. Thompson (age 47) born in Tennessee to Virginia and Tennessee-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are: son, Charles Thompson (age 12) born in Texas to Missouri and Tennessee-born parents; son, Hiram D. Thompson (age 9) born in Texas to Missouri and Tennessee-born parents; unmarried son Greo. H. Thompson (age 21) born in Texas to Missouri-born parents, who is a Farmer; and unmarried Mary F. Thompson (age 17) born in Texas to Missouri-born parents, who is At Home. Two boarders are also in the household. On the next farm lived Roana L. (Thompson) Mc Mains and family.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 25, 1880, shows A. F. McMains (age 37) born in Missouri to Kentucky and Missouri-born parents is a Farmer living in Bell Co., TX. Living with him is his wife, Roana L. McMains (age 34) born in Texas to Missouri and Louisiana-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are five children, all born in Texas to Missouri and Texas-born parents: Hiram F. McMains (age 13); Effie A. McMains (age 12); Horace E. McMains (age 10); Grace L. McMains (age 8); and Lewis A. McMains (age 1). On the next farm lived H. L. Thompson and family.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 3, 1880, shows Maria Norbury (age 24) born in Switzerland to Switzerland-born parents, is a married Keeping House, and is living in the 1st Lt. F. H. Barnhart household, Fort Assinnibone, Chouteau Co., Montana Territory.

Catherine Cates was born December 25, 1880, in Missouri.

In the early 1880s, two years before the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad lines, John Camp and Daniel G. Franks, foreman for the Pecos Land and Cattle Company, settled in or near Dryden, a small community just a few miles from the Mexican border in the southern part of Terrell County.


The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Thursday, October 26,1882

Arrivals at the Hord.

D. G. Franks, Menardville, .....


The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Monday, June 4, 1883

Mr. D. G. Franks, stockman of Menard county, is registered at the Central.


The Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Galveston Co., TX, March 7, 1884

(Special to The News.)

SAN ANTONIO, March 6. -

Dan Franks, who was arrested by the Mexican river guards for being on the Mexican side, mounted and armed, was released today by order of Dr. Ornelsas, Mexican consul here. Franks held a permit from Colonel Valdez, of the Mexican army, to cross the river to recover strayed cattle. The customs authorities refused to recognize the order, as it was outside Valdez's jurisdiction.


Zezrilda Julia "Zerilda" (Elkins) Franks died February 1885 in Cedar Springs, Falls Co., TX, at about age 36.

Charles Henley "Charley" Brite and Alva Allison (Thompson) Brite divorced about 1886 in Texas.

Daniel Gandy "Dan" Franks and Alva Allison (Thompson) Brite were married October 11, 1887, in Bexar Co., TX.

Charles Henley "Charley" Brite and Texana "Texan" Holder were married June 6, 1889, in Atascosa Co., TX.

By 1895, Dan and Alva had removed to Eagle Pass, Maverick Co., TX. It is while living here that Mattie met her first of several husbands, Paul Friesen, a German who worked for the Mexican National Railroad.


The combined Franks and Brite families, about 1895, taken in front of the Dolch Holtel, Eagle Pass, TX. Mattie Brite, age 15 (standing second from left), Bennie Brite, age 13 (standing fifth from left), Alva Brite Franks (seated at right), Daniel Franks (seated next to Alva), Robert Franks (in lap of Daniel Franks), Edward Sturges (seated second from left). 


The Daily Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Thursday, October 5, 1899

MATTERS MILITARY.

Eddie, the little son of Major C. J. Norbery, of the Post exchange, is riding a brand new "bike," a present from the elder Norbery.


The Daily Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Sunday, October 15, 1899

MATTERS MILITARY.

Sergeant C. J. Norbery, better known among his companions as Major Norbery, who is conducting the Post exchange on a percentage plan with company G, Twenty-fifth infantry, is giving the men every accommodation possible. Besides his articles of sale he has installed a billiard and pool table and other conveniences. Sergeant Norbery conducts the exchange privately, but for the permission of conducting it, returns a certain percent to the company. This is done on the same plan as the regular post exchange is conducted and the men patronizing it and receiving benefits therefrom realize as much as if it was conducted solely for the benefit by an officer, as there would then be the expense of hiring a steward and other employes.


Eva (Hagen) Friesen died September 16, 1890, in Fort Clark, near Bracketville, Kinney Co., TX, at about age 25. Buried in Grave No. 173, New Post Cemetery, Fort Clark, TX. The grave there was moved about 1946 to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Eva (Hagen) Friesen Death Record.


Eva (Hagen) Friesen Reburial Record.


David A. Bowdre and Catherine Cates were married December 6, 1899, in Wylie, McDonald Co., MO.


David A. Bowdre and Catherine Cates Marriage Record.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1900, shows Dan G. Franks (age 51) born December 1848 in Texas to Alabama-born parents is a Hotel Keeper owning his own mortgaged home and living in Val Verde Co., TX. Living with him is his wife of 13 years, Alva A. Franks (age 44) born in Texas to Missouri and Louisiana-born parents, with all 7 of the children born to her still living. Also living there are his three unmarried children, all born in Texas to Texas-born parents: daughter Alva A. Franks (age 10) born July 1879; son Robert I. Franks (age 8) born August 1891; and daughter Penny L. Franks (age 2) born June 1897. Also living there are his step-relatives, all born in Texas to Texas-born parents: unmarried step-daughter Bennie B. Bright (age 18) born February 1892; unmarried step-son Dan Bright (age 16) April 1894; married step-daughter Mattie C. Friesen (age 20) born March 1880 who has been married for three years with the only child born to her still living; and Carl T. Friesen (age 1) born October 1898. Three boarders and two servants also live in the household. One of the boarders is the son of Roana L. (Thompson) McMains, Alva's sister: Horace E. McMains (age 30) born February 1870 in Texas to Texas-born parents, who is an unmarried Lawyer. Another boarder was Henry Hall, who would be instrumental in helping Mattie learn Morse code: Richard H. Hall (age 20) born December 1879 in Kentucky to Kentucky-born parents, an unmarried Telegraph Operator.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 9, 1900, shows Harvey A. J. Barnwell (age 41) born October 1858 in Mississippi to Alabama-born parents is a Physician owning his own home and living in Bell Co., TX. Living with him is  his wife of 12 years, Mary F. Barnwell (age 37) born August 1862 in Texas to Missouri and Louisiana-born parents, with all four of the children born to her still living. Children in the household: son, Robert Barnwell (age 10) born June 1890 in Texas to Mississippi and Texas-born parents; Daughter Mary Barnwell (age 6?) born ____ in Texas to Mississippi and Texas-born parents; step-daughter, Jessie M. Barnwell (age 17) born September 1882 in Texas to New York and Texas-born parents; and step-daughter, Lee H. Barnwell (age 14) born July 1885 in Texas to New York and Texas-born parents. Also living there is Andrew's widowed father-in-law, Hiram L. Thompson (age 82) born January 1818 in Missouri to North Carolina and Missouri-born parents, who is a Preacher.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 5, 1900, shows Charles J. Norberry (age 59) born September, 1840, in Denmark to Denmark-born parents, and having immigrated in 1867, and a Naturalized Citizen, is a Retired Soldier, and who rents his home, and is living at 211 Grey, 6th Ward, City of San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Living with him are: his wife of 22 years, Annie Norberry (age 43) born January, 1857, in Switzerland to Switzerland-born parents, and having immigrated in 1874, and with the only child born to her still alive; his son, Eddie B. Norberry (age 11) born August, 1888, in Colorado to Denmark and Switzerland-born parents.

In 1900, Albert Kuhn was an unmarried Telegraph Operator, and was living with his unmarried sister, Anna Kuhn, in Grand Junction, Mesa Co., CO. In 1910, Albert Kuhn was a married Telegraph Operator, and was living with his wife, Ella Kuhn, in Grand Junction, Mesa Co., CO.


The Daily Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Thursday, December 6, 1900

HAS RESIGNED.

Major C. J. Norbery, the genial steward of the post canteen, has resigned and will shortly open a down-town saloon.


Charles J. Norbury died January 26, 1905, in San Antonio, Bexar C., TX, at age 64 years, 4 months, 10 days. Buried in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


The Daily Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Thursday, January 26, 1905

Charles J. Norbery

Died, in San Antonio, Texas, January 26, 1905, at 9 a. m., Charles J. Norbery, aged 64 years, 4 months, 10 days. Funeral will take place from residence 704 Carson street tomorrow, Friday, January 27, at 4 o'clock p. m. Friends and acquaintances invited to attend.


The Daily Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Friday, January 27, 1905

Funeral of Sergeant Norbery.

The funeral of the late Charles J. Norbery, late first sergeant company F, Eighteenth infantry, retired, will take place at 4 o'clock this afternoon from the residence of the deceased, No. 704 Carson street. The funeral escort will consist of Sergeant Garet J. Finegan, company D, Twenty-sixth infantry; one corporal and three privates from company B; three privates from company C; and three privates from company D, Twenty-sixth infantry. The pall bearers will be detailed from the third squadron First cavalry, viz: One non-commissioned officer from troop I; One non-commissioned officer from troop K; two non-commissioned officers from troop L; and two non-commissioned officer from troop M. Musician Andrew Musil, company D Twenty-sixth infantry, will sound tap over the grave of the deceased.


David A. Bowdre and Catherine (Cates) Bowdre were divorced before 1906.

Frederick "Fred" Imhof and Anna Marie (Kalt) Norbery were married February 27, 1906, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.

David A. Bowdre and Sarah Eliza (Frye) Love were married March 7, 1907, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.


David A. Bowdre and Sarah Eliza (Pierce) Love Marriage Record.


Alva Gedney Crew died June 22, 1907, in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, at age 2. Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.


The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Tuesday, June 25, 1907

Funeral of Alva Gedney Crew.

The funeral of Alva Gedney, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Crew, who died Sunday, took place from the residence, 151 South Akard street, at 2. pm m. yesterday. The interment was in Oakland Cemetery.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on ___ 1910, shows Daniel G. Franks (age 61) born in Texas to Missouri-born parents is living in Val Verde Co., TX. Living with him is his wife Alva A. Franks (age 54) born in Texas to Missouri-born parents. Also living there are: widowed step-daughter, Bennie V. Hays (age 27) born in Texas to Texas-born parents; unmarried son, Polk I. Franks (age 18) born in Texas to Texas-born parents; daughter, Pennie L. Franks (age 12) born in Texas to Texas-born parents; grandson, Carl T. Friesen (age 10) born in Texas to Texas-born parents; and grandson, Denis E. Hays (age 3) born in Texas to Texas-born parents. A number of boarders also live there.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 26, 1910, shows John M. Doak (age 51) born in Texas to United States and Pennsylvania-born parents is a Stock Ranch Ranchman owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in Val Verde Co., TX. Living with him is his wife of 20 years, Arrie Doak (age 38) born in Texas to Texas-born parents, with the only child born to her still living. Also living at home is daughter Edna M. Doak (age 12) born in Texas to Texas-born parents.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 19, 1910, shows Frederick Imhof (age 60) born in New Jersey to Germany-born parents, and in his first marriage, is a married Restaurant Man, and who owns his home free of a mortgage, and is living at 704 Carson Street, 6th Ward, City of San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Living with him are: his wife of 4 years, Anna M. Imhof (age 53) born in Switzerland to Switzerland and Austria-born parents, and in her second marriage, and with the only child born to her still living; his unmarried son-in-law, Edwin R. Norbery (age 20) born in Colorado to Denmark and Switzerland-born parents, a Restaurant Man at a Restaurant; his unmarried nephew, Charles O. Kalt (age 19) born in Georgia to Switzerland and Georgia-born parents, a Restaurant Man at a Restaurant; and his unmarried niece, Della M. Bennett (age 14) born in Texas to Indiana-born parents.


Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) Kiley Job Record up to June, 1910.


The San Antonio Light and Gazette, San Antonio, TX, Sunday, August 7, 1910

Additional Southwest Texas News

Mrs. D. G. Franks has returned from a month's stay in Las Cruces, N. M., where she went to visit her daughter, Mrs. E. P. Roberts.


Charles Henley "Charley" Brite died August 9, 1911, at age 58.

Eliza (Pierce) Bowdre died March 5, 1912, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at age 88. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.


Eliza (Pierce) Bowdre Death Record.


The Joplin Morning Tribune, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, Wednesday, March 6, 1912

Mrs. Eliza Bowdre Dead.

Mrs. Eliza Bowdre, who died Tuesday morning, were held at the home of her son, D. A. Bowdre, 1223 Valley street, at 11 o'clock Monday night. She had been in feeble health for some time and death was due to ailments peculiar to old age. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 10 o'clock this morning, conducted by Rev. Father Woodward. Burial will take place in Fairview cemetery.


The Joplin Morning Tribune, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, Thursday, March 7, 1912

Mrs. Bowdre Laid to Rest.

Mrs. Eliza Jane Bowdre, who died Tuesday morning, were held at the residence of her son, D. A. Bowdre, 1223 Valley street, at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. Rev. J. W. Woodward, pastor of the Central Avenue Methodist Episcopal church, had charge of the services. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.


Daniel Gandy "Dan" Franks died September 4, 1913, in Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX at age 64.


The Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Galveston Co., TX, Friday, September 5, 1913

MORTUARY.

Special to The News.

Del Rio, Tex., Sept. 4.  - Daniel G. Franks, proprietor of the Franks hotel, died this morning of uraemic  poison. He was 65 years old, a native-born Texan and perhaps as well known as any man in West Texas, having been agent of the Cattle Raisers' Association for many years, and for the past ten years or more owning the hotel which bears his name.


Penny Franks was from Del Rio, TX, and was a Junior at Southwest Texas Normal School in San Marcos, TX, in 1916 when this photo was taken.


David A. Bowdre and Sarah E. (Frye) (Love) Bowdre were divorced before 1915 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.

Sarah E. (Frye) (Love) Bowdre died November 23, 1915, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at age 44. Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, Jasper Co., MO.


Sarah E. (Frye) (Love) Bowdre Death Certificate.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 19, 1920, shows Alva Franks (age 62) born in Texas to Texas-born parents is a widowed Hotel Keeper who owns her own home free of a mortgage and is living at 124 E. Martin, City of Del Rio,, Val Verde Co., TX. Living with her is her unmarried daughter, Pennie Franks (age 22) born in Texas to Texas-born parents. Also living there is her grandson, Dan Abbey (age 9) born in Texas to Texas and Louisiana-born parents. Others also living there: Evans, Young, Gray, Johnson, Wall, De Base, and Cuello.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on February 9, 1920, shows John Doak (age 59) born in Texas to Texas-born parents is a Ranch Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in the City of Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX. Living with him is his wife, Ara Doak (age 48) born in Texas to Texas-born parents.

In 1920, Albert Kuhn was a married Operator for S. P. Depot Auburn, and was living with his wife, Catherine E. Kuhn, in Auburn, Placer Co., CA.

In 1920 Sidney M. Deering is an unmarried Automobile Salesman living at home with his parents in Kerrville, Kerr Co., TX.

Betty Jane Deering: Born November 29, 1921, in Val Verde Co., TX.


San Antonio Express, San Antonio, TX, Thursday, July 20, 1922

RANCHER FATALLY INJURED BY FALL OF HORSE ON HIM

ARRANGEMENTS for the shipping of the body of David Brite, age 30, Pleasanton cattle rancher, to Leming, probably will be completed today. Mr. Brite died last night following internal injuries received when his horse fell, crushing the rancher beneath. Mr. Brite's skull and breast were badly crushed. Mr. Brite was herding cattle when his horse stepped into a hole and fell. He was brought to San Antonio by Dr. R. E. Mann and S. D. Luse of Pleasanton, but died en route here. Survivors of mr. Brite are: His mother, Mrs. Texana Brite of Pleasanton; three brothers, Houston of San Antonio and Terry and Charles Brite of Pleasanton; two half brothers, Dan and Charles Brite of Del Rio; and three sisters, Mrs. Luke Collins of Tahoka, Mrs. Wallace Woodles of Pleasanton, and Miss Morris Brite of Pleasanton.


Penelope Lee "Penny" (Franks) Deering died April 25, 1923, at the Franks Hotel, Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX, at age 25.


The Franks Hotel, Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX, at it appeared about 1979. Photo courtesy of Robert Gerstenberg.


Anna Marie (Kalt) (Norbery) Imhof died September 4, 1924, at her home, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 66. Buried in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Anna Marie (Kalt) (Norbery) Imhof Death Certificate.


The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Friday, September 5, 1924

OBITUARY

MRS. IMA MARIE IMHOF

Mrs. Ima Marie Imhof, 66, died at the family residence, 702 Carson street, at 2:10 o'clock Thursday afternoon. She was a native of Switzerland, but had lived in the United States 50 years and in San Antonio 30 years. Mrs. Imhof is survived by her husband, Frederick Imhof; one son, Eddie R. Norbury; one daughter, Mrs. Henry Kuhlmann and four grandchildren, all of San Antonio; two brothers, Joseph Kalt of Grantwood, N. J., and John Kalt of Griffin, Ga., and one sister, Mrs. M. Baetz of Stanton, N. J. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon. Services will also be held at the St. Patrick's church, Father Flynn officiating. Burial will be in the National cemetery under the direction of the Riebe Company. The pallbearers will be Dan Carrigan, Fred Maynard, John Steves, E. O. Hazchke, G. Logan and Glen McCauley.


The San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Friday, September 5, 1924

MRS. ANNA IMHOF, 66, DIES AT HOME HERE

Mrs. Anna Maria Imhof, 66, died at her residence, 702 Carson street, at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, following a short illness. She was a native of Switzerland, but came to the United States at the age of 16. For the past 30 years she has been a resident of San Antonio. She is survived by her husband, Frederick Imhof; one son, Eddie R. Norbury, and one daughter, Mrs. Henry Kuhlman, and four grandchildren, all of San Antonio; two brothers, Joseph Kalt of Grantwood, N. J., and John Kalt of Griffin, Ga., and one sister, Mrs. M. Bentz of Staten Island, N. Y. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon. The pallbearers will be Fred Maynard, John Stevens, E. O. Haschke, T. G. Legan, Dan Carrigan and Glen McCauley.


George W. Bowdre died April 24, 1925, at the his home of his brother, David, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at about age 64. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.


George W. Bowdre Death Certificate.


The Joplin Globe, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, Friday, April 24, 1925

BOWDRE

Funeral services for George W. Bowdre, 64 years old, who died at 3 o'clock this morning at the home of a brother, David Bowdre, at Royal Heights, will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the chapel of Hurlbut Undertaking Company. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery. One sister, Mrs. Belle Riley, also survives Mr. Bowdre.


Frederick "Fred" Imhof died December 4, 1926, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 76. Buried in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Frederick Imhof Death Certificate.


Paul Friesen died January 14, 1928, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 66. Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Paul Friesen Death Certificate.


Martha Isabella "Belle" (Bowdre) Rylie died August 8, 1928, at the home of her brother, David, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at age 70. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO. She was a widow living in Joliet, IL, in 1900. She married in 1901 in Joplin, MO, to a widower, John Riley (born June, 1858, in Orange Co., OH, and was killed by inmates on November 23, 1909, at the state asylum at Nevada, MO, from injuries sustained from another inmate, and buried in Shoal Creek Cemetery, Steelville, Crawford Co., MO). John was married at age 21 to Ridlay Barnes. He separated from Ridlay in 1891, at Webb City, MO.


Martha Isabella "Belle" (Bowdre) Rylie Death Certificate.


The Joplin Globe, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, Thursday, August 9, 1928

RYLIE.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Mrs. Martha Belle Rylie, a widow, residing with a brother, David E. Bowdre, 916 Furnace avenue, who died at 6:30 o'clock yesterday morning at the family home.


David A. Bowdre died March 10, 1929, at his home, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, at about age 65. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.


David A. Bowdre Death Certificate.


The Joplin Globe, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, Thursday, March 14, 1929

BOWDRE.

Funeral services for David A. Bowdre, who died Sunday at his home, 117 St. Charles avenue, were held yesterday afternoon at the Huribut chapel. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.


In 1930, Albert Kuhn was a married Telegraph Operator for a Rail Road Company, and was living with his wife, Katherine E. Kuhn, in Auburn, Placer Co., CA. An unmarried Lodger, John R. Thornburn, age 34, born in Ohio, a Carpenter for a Rail Road Company, also lives there.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1930, shows Alva A. Franks (age 74) born in Texas to Missouri and Louisiana-born parents is a widowed Hotel Proprietor owning the hotel valued at $40,000 and living at 216 Main Street, City of Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX. Living there are several family members: granddaughter, Betty J. Franks (age 8) born in Texas to Texas-born parents; divorced daughter, Bennie B. Hays (age 48) a Trained Nurse born in Texas to Texas-born parents; unmarried grandson, Dennis E. Hays (age 23) an Auto Parts Salesman born in Texas to Texas-born parents; unmarried grandson, Dan R. Abby (age 19) born in New Mexico to Louisiana and Texas-born parents; and widowed brother, John H. Thompson (age 71) a Hotel Manager born in Texas to Missouri and Louisiana-born parents. Several other lodgers also live at that address.

Albert Kuhn and Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) Cropley were married May 2, 1931, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV.

Albert Kuhn died March 3, 1933, in the Southern Pacific Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, at age 62. Buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, Washoe Co., NV.


Albert Kuhn Death Record.


The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Washoe Co., NV, Saturday, March 4, 1933

Old-Time Espee Operator Passes

Albert Kuhn, veteran telegraph operator for the Southern Pacific company, died yesterday in San Francisco, according to word received here last night. He was stationed at Norden in the Sierra. Thursday he was stricken suddenly ill and taken to the company's hospital on the coast for treatment. Kuhn hasbeen in thwe employ of the railroad as an operator for a long term of years and was widely known in this section. He was the husband of Mrs. Mattie C. Kuhn of Beowawa, and step-father of Carl Friesen of Reno. Friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday at 3:30 p. m. at the Ross-Burke company chapel. Rev. Brewster Adams will have charge of the rites and the burial will be in Mountain View cemetery.


Alva Allison (Thompson) (Brite) Franks died December 10, 1933, in Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX, at age 77. Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX.


Alva Allison (Thompson) (Brite) Franks Death Certificate.


Marie Louise (Eisele) Friesen died May 23, 1950, at Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 50. Buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Marie Louise (Eisele) Friesen Death Certificate.


San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, May 24, 1950

Mrs. Friesen Rites Planned

Services will be held for Mrs. Marie L. Friesen, 50, of 1602 W. French pl., at 9 a. m. Thursday at Zizik-Kearns Funeral home and at 9:15 a. m. at St. Ann's Catholic church. Mrs. Friesen, a life-long resident of the city, died Tuesday. She was past state and past chapter president, American War Mothers, and past president, American Legion Auxilary No. 2. She organized the San Antonio chapter of Gold Star Mothers. Survivors include her husband, Arthur J. Friesen; daughters, Mrs. Loraine Bowen, Mrs. Mildred Schwietz and Mrs. Doris Kriesche; sons, Capt. Stanley A. Friesen, Ft. Leavenworth; Cpl. Albert A. Friesen, Albuquerque, N. M.; Gerard Anthony and Harold Carl Friesen, San Antonio; mother, Mrs. S.A. Eisele, Glendale, Calif.; sisters, Miss Marguerite Eisele, Glendale, and Mrs. Howard Christensen, San Antonio; brothers, James A. and William J. Eisele, Glendale.


Paul Friesen Jr. died November 22, 1950, at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, at age 65. Buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.


Paul Friesen Jr. Death Certificate.


Arthur Julius Friesen died July 21, 1958, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 75. Buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Arthur Julius Friesen Death Certificate.


San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, July 23, 1958

DEATHS

FRIESEN

Arthur J. Friesen, of 1602 W. French, Died Monday, July 21. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Lorraine Bowen of Ft. Worth, Texas; Mrs. Mildred Schiwetz and Mrs. Doris Kroesclie of San Antonio; Maj. Stanley Friesen, Newfoundland; Albert Friesen, Charlotte, N. C.; Gerard Friesen, Austin, and Harold Friesen of San Antonio; brothers, Edwin R. Norberry of San Antonio; Jackson Friesen of San Antonio and Carl Friesen of Reno, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Friesen was a veteran of World War I, and a member of the Fathers club of St. Ann's church. Rosary Wednesday 7:30 p.m., at Zizik-Kearns Funeral home; 9 a. m. at St. Ann's Catholic church with requiem mass to be offered by Rev. John W. Yanta. Interment in Ft. Sam Houston National cemetery. Arrangements by ZIZIK-KEARNS FUNERAL HOME


Zena Irene (Johnson) Norbery died April 22, 1961, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 67. Buried in Roselawn Memorial Park, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Zena Irene (Johnson) Norbery Death Certificate.


Catherine (Cates) Friesen died June 28, 1962, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, at age 81. Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Catherine (Cates) Friesen Death Certificate.


Edwin Rudolph "Eddie" (Friesen) Norbery died January 12, 1967, at Gulf Coast Hospital, Baytown, Harris Co., TX, at age 77. Buried in Roselawn Cemetery, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.


Edwin Randolph "Eddie" (Friesen) Norbery Death Certificate.


San Antonio Express/News, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Saturday, January 14, 1967

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NORBERY

Mr. Edwin Rudolph Norbery, Channelview, Tex., born in Ohio Aug. 10, 1889, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 1967, at Baytown, Tex. hospital at the age of 77 years. Rosary will be recited Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Alamo Chapels, blessing will be Monday Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Alamo Chapels, followed by Mass which will be recited in St. Patrick Church, 1114 Willow St., at 10:00 a.m., Rev. P. Clancy Nolan, as celebrant. Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Beatrice) McMeans, Channelview, Mrs. William (Marguerite) Hauger, Hawaii; sons, Edward F. Norbery, Alabama, and Charles A. Norbery; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Services under the direction of The Cude Family, ALAMO FUNERAL HOME CA5-5731


Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) (Cropley) Kuhn died July 30, 1971, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV, at age 91.


Mattie Collins (Brite) (Friesen) (Crew) (Kiley) (Moss) (Cropley) Kuhn Book Picture.


Nevada State Journal, Reno, Washoe Co., NV, Sunday, August 1, 1971

Mattie C. Kuhn, Once Telegraph Operator, Dies

Mattie C. Kuhn, retired veteran Southern Pacific Railroad telegraph operator, died Friday afternoon in a local hospital after a lengthy illness. Known to many old time railroaders as "Ma Kiley" she began her career in 1898 serving on many railroads in Mexico, Canada and the United States. She was born March 1, 1880 near Pleasanton, Tex. Local survivors include her son Carl T. Freisen of Reno, a granddaughter Marjean Friesen Binns and three great granddaughters Cheri Binns, Jana Binns and Lori Binns, and three brothers and sisters and their families all in or near Del Rio, Tex. A funeral will be held in the Ross, Burke and Knobel Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Masonic Section of Mountain View Cemetery. The graveside service will be private.


 


Ma Kiley The Life of a Railroad Telegrapher, Thomas C. Jepesen, Southwestern Studies No. 104

Who was Ma Kiley? She was born Mattie Collins Brite in Atascosa County, Texas, near Pleasanton, in 1880, the fourth child in a family of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Her parents divorced when Mattie was seven; after remaining for a short time with her unemployed and ne'er-do-well father, Charles Henry Brite, in Atascosa County, she went to live with her mother, Alva, who had remar­ried to rancher Daniel G. Franks. The combined Brite and Franks families lived in Dryden, and later Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas.

While living in Eagle Pass in 1896, Mattie met the first of her many husbands, Paul Friesen, a German who worked for the Mexican National Railroad. Out of this marriage came her first child, Carl; the marriage ended after three years due to Paul Friesen's failure to support his family. Mattie went back home to Del Rio, where her mother and stepfather managed a hotel, determined to learn a trade to support herself and her child. One of the boarders at the hotel was a telegrapher named Henry Hall; he taught Mattie the fundamentals of telegraphy and encouraged her to find work as a telegrapher.

She obtained her first railroad telegraphy position at Sabinas, Mexico, in 1902, and moved there with her son, Carl. She spent three years in northern Mexico, working in Ciudad Porfirio Diaz (now Piedras Negras), Torreon, and Durango. While in Durango in 1903, she became a member of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers (ORT), the railroad telegraphers' labor organization.

While working in Mexico, she met telegrapher Alexander John Crew "over the wire" and married him in 1904. This marriage lasted only six months; when Crew came home one night drunk and began shooting at her, Mattie left him and went back to Del Rio, where her second son, Alva Gedney Crew, was born.

For the next few years, she moved from city to city in Texas, stopping wherever she could find work as an operator. While working in Dallas, she was asked by

Western Union to go to Amarillo on a short-term assignment to do some bookkeeping. Rather than take her children along, she left them at the Episcopal Children's Home in Dallas for about a week. When she returned,

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So that my readers may recognize me and know that this story is true, guess I'd better turn egg for a while and tell when and where I was hatched.

I'm strictly a country gal of Scotch-Irish descent, American born. A beau I had in Gerlach, Nevada, way back in 1911, once asked me what my "nationality" was. When I told him, Scotch-Irish, American-born, he replied, "By G -, I thought so - you're too damned mean to be plain Irish!"

Anyway I was born down in Atascosa County, Texas, where the jiggers (redbugs) delight in burying their poisonous selves into your flesh and where the grass burrs scratch the hide off your legs. I arrived on the morning of March 1, 1880, the fourth child in our family.

My mother and dad were divorced when I was about seven years old. The court awarded us kids to mother - William, my oldest brother, myself, my sister Bennie and baby brother Dan, who was a little past two years of age. Mother placed Bennie and me with a sister of hers who lived on the Medina River at a place called Oak Island, about ten miles south of San Antonio. Mother took the youngest child, Dan, with her and went to San Antonio, where she was soon married to one of the finest men who ever drew the breath of life - Daniel G. Franks, a widower and the father of six children. They moved out to Dryden in Pecos County, Texas, where my new daddy was boss of the Pecos Land and Cattle Company, on what was then the Swinging H Ranch.

My own father hated any and all of my mother's people, and as soon as he found out where she had placed us he came and took Bennie and me away with him back to Atascosa County. But he had no home, and as usual no work and no money, so for a long time he put us out with any family who would keep us, free of charge, until his marriage to Texanna Holder, a lovely young woman hardly older than my brother, Will.

We stayed with my dad and my stepmother for about two years, and then in 1891 my own mother came to take me and my sister Bennie to live with her and her new husband, Daniel Franks. As I've said, he had six children of his own, by his former wife, and mother decided that she might as well have hers with her, too. I never did know all the ins and outs of the case, but I remember when we were taken into court. I had on a checked gingham dress, wore a corset underneath, and was barefoot, with my hair in two pigtails "platted" so tight I couldn't close my eyes.

When the judge asked us to state our choice as to which parent we wanted to live with, Bennie immediately replied, "Mamma"; but I answered, "It doesn't make a damn bit of difference to me - I don't like either one of them!" At this time my sister and I were both very ornery, disobedient little hellions; we had no real love for anyone and distrusted almost everyone.

After mother got possession of us she took us to Dryden where we met the whole family. And what a family! There was Daddy Franks, my stepfather, his oldest son, Alonzo, his twin daughters, Arrie Doak and Artie Neale (the latter was married to my first cousin, Henry Neale), Leila Heard, Oscar Franks and Dannie Franks. Then there was my youngest brother, Dan, and mother's and Daddy Frank's first offspring, Alva, aged two, the idol of all the children. Eleven kids, three distinct sets: “yours, mine, and ours.”

Daddy Franks called us all together and said, "Children, we are a big family and I hope a happy one. There is room and welcome for each and every one of you. I want it distinctly understood that there sits the boss" - he pointed to mother - "and I insist that you all respect and obey her. As long as you do, this is your home, but to the first one who breaks that rule - there is the door leading out." That rule stood and the only one who ever got the door was his own son, Alonzo. I can't remember what it was about.

For the first time in my eleven years I had a real home, with affection and understanding. Before retiring we kissed each mem­ber of the family and did the same on arising. Dan Franks was the grandest man I ever knew and I have never allowed anyone to even intimate differently, in my presence. He was kind, just, upright, honest and - just 100 percent to the good in every way. He gave me the first doll I ever had. (Before my toys had always consisted of marbles, pocket knives, slingshots, nigger shooters, etc.) This doll stood alone and would close its eyes and say mama. I made clothes for it from scraps Daddy brought me from millinery stores, and he complimented everything I made, when in other years all I ever heard was jibes and ridicule.

At Dryden Daddy Franks was, as I have stated before, boss of the Pecos Land and Cattle Company. He was paid a good salary and allowed his expenses. Mother ran a boardinghouse and collected board from him, which we kids couldn't understand. We thought he was being imposed on. Her other boarders were rail­road men Charles Douglas and James Whitely, the day and night pumpers, the agent, Pete Jungman, and Albert Kuhn, the night operator. Now and then a transient would drop in, usually a rancher. You will hear more of Albert Kuhn, and the part he played in my life many years later.

A number of her Texas relatives achieved prominence and recognition as well. Mattie's sister, Bennie, became one of the first registered nurses in the Del Rio, Texas, area. A niece with the same name, Bennie Lou, graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and became the first certified school guidance counselor in Texas.

Even in death, Mattie Kuhn remains a larger-than-life figure to family members. This was partially due to sheer physical size; according to her granddaughter, Marjean Binns, Mattie Kuhn was about 5' 9" in height. Although early pictures show her to have been relatively thin as a young woman, by the time she retired, she wore a size 44 dress. An attractive woman throughout her life, she continued to win suitors even in her retirement years.

However, her influence within the family was due primarily to her commanding personality. Her niece, Bennie Lou, recalls her as being highly intelligent and a "persuasive and domineering" personality who played a central role in family politics. According to her granddaughter Marjean, she had a memory for detail that was "frightening." Marjean recalls her grandmother driving her through a featureless part of the desert near Reno and pointing out the exact location of an automobile breakdown that had occurred years before. Family members also remember some negative per­sonality traits: she had a quick temper on occasion, and had a ten­dency to act impulsively, traits that she acknowledged in "The Bug and I."

Because of her honesty in telling her story, it is possible to come up with a fairly clear portrait of Mattie Kuhn as a person. It is clear that experiencing the divorce of her parents when she was seven years old, living with her alcoholic, ne'er-do-well father, and being placed in a series of foster homes were traumatizing experiences for the young Mattie, as they would have been for any child. As she said of this period, "My sister and I were both very ornery, disobedient little hellions; we had no real love for anyone and distrusted almost everyone." However, when her mother remarried and she was brought into the large and happy extended Franks family, she idolized her stepfather, Daniel Franks, who she said was "one of the finest men who ever drew the breath of life." Her idealization of her stepfather, contrasted with her negative feelings toward her biological father, clearly created problems in her feelings about men that were manifested in her numerous rela­tionships and marriages. Again and again, she married men who behaved similarly to her biological father and eventually rejected them because they did not measure up to the standard set by Daniel Franks.

This ambivalence about male behavior was particularly evi­denced in her feelings about John Kiley. In her own words, "John was a fine fellow, but he drank. . . . That was one thing I would never stand for again - what with my father and the bluenose from Nova Scotia I'd had all the boozers I ever wanted to see." Although she left him when he broke his promise to abstain from drinking, she continued to use his name for many years and in fact even used it to sign "The Bug and I."

Despite all the failed marriages, Mattie Kuhn never gave up her dream of finding a mate who would live up to her ideals and not disappoint her. As time went by, she gradually overcame her ambivalence about men; she learned to be more tolerant of human failings and to accept others as they were. She also learned to avoid relationships with potential abusers. Her dream was fulfilled, albeit for only a short time, in her marriage to Albert Kuhn in 1931: "We were old enough to reason things out, to have patience, understanding, and tolerance, and we were crazy about each other." When he died only a few years later, she would remark, "I lost the one person I loved best on earth, next to my son."

Although her personal relationships with men were problematical, she liked working with men and was capable of having deep friendships with them. For a woman, working as a railroad telegrapher required a complex set of interpersonal skills. She often was the only woman working in the depot; she was seen by her male co-workers as being simultaneously a competitor for jobs and a sexually available female.


 


Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, Washoe Co., NV, Saturday, October 18, 1941

MARRIAGE LICENSES

YUILL - FRANKS - Jerome G. Yuill, 25, and Betty Jane Franks, 19, both of Sparks.

"Glenn"

Betty Jane Franks was born November 21, 1921, and died August 2, 1973, in El Sobrante, Contra Costa Co., CA, at age 51.

Jerome Glenn Yuill was born October 13, 1916, in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, and died May 24, 2011, in Reno, Washoe Co., NV, at age 94.


 

 

 

Jerome Yuill

Jerome Glenn Yuill

Jerome Glenn Yuill passed away at the age of 94 on May 24, 2011 at Regent Care Center of Reno.

Jerome was born in Woodland, California on October 13, 1916 and moved to Sparks, Nevada where he attended school. After high school he worked in a number of mines in Nevada; then joined the Navy in 1942. He served 2 years, 10 months and 16 days during World War II. After World War II he worked for Standard Oil companies of California for 28 years. When he retired, he moved back to Reno, Nevada where he lived the rest of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth McGoldrick Yuill; son Edward Yuill; one granddaughter; five great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the 1551 Broadway Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402. Arrangements entrusted to Walton Funeral Home, Reno