Monday, September 13, 2010

Salt Creek Township, Jackson County, Indiana

William Carothers and his wife, Mary, appear to have lived in Salt Creek Township, Jackson County, Indiana. See an earlier post, "1830 - Mary and Morris Carothers in Indiana".

So it is time to learn about Salt Creek Township!

Salt Creek Township, Jackson County, Indiana (Wikipedia)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

"The Silent Sea" by Kelly Walrad

The Silent Sea

You listened to the rhythm of ocean waves

Lapping, splashing, crashing

Against your traveling ship

As its clangs, horns and whistles

Conduct the melody of busy male voices:

The music takes you faraway.

We learned to breathe,

To hope for sight of you,

To meet you on the dock

And take you home.

But where is your ship now?

We hear the rhythm of machines

Pumping your tired lungs with breath,

Beeping your heart’s fading notes;

Still and silent,

The concert ends:

You are faraway again.

We learn to breathe,

To hope for sight of you;

But this time

You will meet us on the dock

And take us home.

By Kelly Walrad

This poem was written by Kelly to express some of her thoughts and feelings at the passing of our father.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Edwin William Carothers - Obituary


Edwin William Carothers, 72, passed away surrounded by family at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, after an extended illness. Edwin was born on December 9, 1937 in Prescott, AZ, to Gerald Carothers and Dixie Black. After graduating from Monticello H.S. (UT), he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for 24 years. As an Electrician's Mate, he traveled the world, from Antarctica to Vietnam, earning five medals and achieving the rank of Senior Chief. He then worked in the Civil Service for 20 years. In 1961, he married Linda Wynn in Pocatello, ID. They were married for 49 years and raised four children. Edwin had a strong love of learning and reading; he also loved his family, his dogs and the Cub Scouts, in which he volunteered as Cub Master for ten years. He believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was preceded by his parents, his brother Wade and a sister Ruth. Surviving are his wife, Linda; his children Kelly, Donald, Lori and Guy; eleven grandchildren; and sisters Lana, Kathy, Lynda and Elaine. A memorial service will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on August 26th, at 11:00 a.m. Please, no flowers.

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on August 22, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

My Dad, Edwin William Carothers, has passed away

My Dad, Edwin William Carothers, passed away on June 30, 2010 at 10:30pm surrounded by his family. He was a good man and will be missed by us all.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Billie Myrtle Dulin (Carothers) has California voter registration records. From these I have located Billie M. Dulin and Ralph Dulin in Modesto, CA in the 1940-1944 voter registration records. They are listed as Democrats and at the address Route 4, Box 420L, Modesto. Billie is listed as a housewife and Ralph as a laborer.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More obituaries for Ruby Lee Wilson (Carothers)

I received another email from the State Historical Society of Missouri in reply to my request for the obituary of Ruby Lee Wilson (Carothers). It had 3 news articles regarding Ruby's death, one of which I received from the Society previously. One of the articles contains a great deal of information about Ruby's siblings and parents which I will post here later. The Society has come through once again!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Ruby Lee Wilson (Carothers) obituary

The State Historical Society of Missouri has replied to my request for the obituary of Ruby Lee Wilson (Carothers). I have uploaded a copy of the PDF file here. The
Society has come through again! Interesting obituary, it makes no mention of Ruby's husband, nor her family! Hmmmm.....

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Opal Mae Moore death certificate received

The death of Opal Mae Moore at age 36 is sad. I have received the death certificate for Opal Mae Moore, maiden name Carothers, from the Stanislaus County clerk. She appears to have died from kidney failure caused by high blood pressure.

A Request for Ruby Lee Wilson's Obituary

I have sent a request for the obituary of Ruby Lee Wilson, maiden name Carothers, to the State Historical Society of Missouri. I have had great luck with them in the past. After I get Ruby's obituary I will request the obituary for her husband, Benjamin Harrison Wilson.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Benjamin Harrison Wilson - Probate Records

The Bushwacker Museum website in Nevada, Missouri contains a probate record index with Benjamin Harrison Wilson. It list the following:

Record IDs

Date of death: Feb 6, 1944
Estate Administrator: R. S. McFarland

3 daughters are listed
Irene Boyd
Leona Bertram
Gladys Garton

I assume these daughters were all Ruby's step daughters.

I'll have to look into locating these probate records. I'm also interested in acquiring an obituary.

Ben H. Wilson - Husband of Ruby Carothers

I have located the death certificate for Ben H. Wilson on the Missouri State Archives website. Ben was listed as the husband of Ruby Carothers at the time of her death in 1940. If this is the same Ben, he did not live much longer than she did. He passed away in 1944 at the age of 50 and his marital status is widowed. His residence is listed as 308 West Cherry Street, Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. Ben was buried in the Balltown Cemetery as was Ruby.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ruby Carothers Death Certificate Located!

What a find! I have been trying to discover what became of all of the descendants of Orlando Carothers and his wife Mary Elliott for some time. His daughter Ruby has always been a mystery. I could find very little about her.

I have located the death certificate for Ruby Carothers at the online Missouri State Archives, Missouri Death Certificates online. I recently learned about Ruby's sister Opal's death in California, and discovered in the obituary no mention of her sister Ruby. Opal passed away in 1941. The last information I had for Ruby was in the 1930 US Census she was living with her sister in Nevada, Missouri. So I determined that Ruby had passed away sometime between 1930 and 1941. I decided to try a narrow search for Ruby, only looking in Vernon County, Missouri between 1930 and 1941. I used only her first name in the search as she had likely married. In each year there was either 0, 1 or 2 Ruby's who had passed away. I found Ruby's death certificate in the 1940 search.

Ruby Lee Wilson died in 1940, June 24. She was married to Ben H. Wilson. She was living in Osage Township in Vernon County, Missouri. Ruby was buried two days later on June 26th in the Balltown Cemetery in Vernon County.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Harry Moore, husband of Opal Mae Moore (Carothers)

Some interesting entries in the California Death Records:

Harry Z. Moore, born 02/12/1897 North Carolina, died 07/18/1956 in Kern County, CA at age 59
Harry Zeno Moore, born 02/07/1931 in North Carolina, died 12/05/1958 in Stanislaus, CA at age 27

These men could be father and son. Harry Sr. is a possible candidate for Opal Moore's husband at the time of her death. Harry Sr. would have been about 44 years old to Opal's 36 years. Harry Jr. would have been about 12 years old. There are other Harry Moore's in the record. I'll have to check them out sometime.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Opal Mae Moore (Carothers) Gravestone

A kind volunteer at has fulfilled my request for a photo of the gravestone of Opal Mae Moore (Carothers). Thanks!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Opal Mae Moore, 36, Passes Away Here

Opal Mae Moore, 36, Passes Away Here

Mrs. Opal Mae Moore, 36, a resident of Modesto for three years and of California for seven years, died in a hospital here yesterday afternoon after an extended illness. She was a native of Missouri.

Besides her husband, Harry Moore of Modesto, she leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Caruthers of Missouri, and two sisters, Edith Lucas of Modesto and Myrtle Dulin of Missouri.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Shannon Chapel with Rev. H. T. Langley officiating. Internment will be in the Citizens Cemetery.

"The Modesto Bee", June 14, 1941, p. 12

I was skimming through search results on for more references to Earl L. Lucas and didn't think anything relevant would appear in the 30s and 40s when I found the preceding obituary. Good thing I wasn't skimming too fast or I would have missed it.

This is a very informative obituary for me. First, it mentions Opal and that she came to California and was married. It provides her married name and that of her sisters. I did not know that Opal married Harry Moore and came to California, nor that Myrtle married a Dulin and stayed in Missouri. As Ruby is not mentioned, it appears she may have already passed away. This obituary has generated many new leads to check out in learning about this branch of the Carothers family!

The Califonia Death records has the following information for Opal:

Last NameFirst NameMiddleBirth DateMother MaidenFather LastSex

Birth PlaceDeath PlaceResidenceDeath DateSSNAge

Information on Opal's grave from The Tombstone Transcription Project:

Moore Opal M. 1905 Jun 13,1941 Sec C TR 15 GR 19 b.MO d.Modesto 36 y 3 m 16 d

I added a entry for Opal at this link.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lucas - Kolster, Wedding Announcement

The Modesto Bee, April 30, 1975, p. C-2, contains a wedding announcement for the wedding written about in a previous post.

Earl L. Lucas, 2nd lieutenant, Modesto National Guard

Earl received the rank of second lieutenant while a member of the Modesto National Guard in June 1958. This is reported in the Modesto Bee, June 2, 1958, p. B1. The link is here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Earl Lucases Visit Historic Spots

"The Earl Lucases Visit Historic Spots"
The Modesto Bee, Thurs. July 27, 1961, p. B-1

A fun article about the Earl Lucas family visiting historical sites while Earl was in national guard officier training in Virginia. The link is an file link. Sorry about that. I need to transcribe the article or get a copy of it posted here.

I should note that I found birth records on for a couple of Earl's daughters that listed Campbell as their mother's maiden name.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Melvin Marion Herring Obituary Found!

Thanks to I located the obituary for Melvin Marion Herring. According to the obituary, Melvin passed away on December 26, 1961 in Phoenix, AZ and was buried on December 30, 1961 in Tucson, AZ in the South Lawn Memorial Park. The obituary is located in the Tucson Daily Citizen, dated December 29, 1961 on page 30.

I added an initial entry at for Melvin.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Earl L. Lucas' children

The Family Tree Legends California Births, 1905 - 1995, provided the following information that would appear to be the 3 daughters of Earl Lucas:


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kolster-Lucas Wedding in 1975


Modesto Bee, June 20, 1975, p. A-11

This article announces the wedding of Kenneth Allen Kolster of Roseville and Cindy E. Lucas of Sacramento. Cindy's parents are listed as Mr. and Mrs. Earl L. Lucas of Sacramento, having moved from Modesto 5 years previously. Deneece and Susan Lucas are mentioned as Cindy's sisters. The wedding took place on the wedding anniversary of the bride's parents.

Some excerpts from the article are as follows:


Several guests from Modesto had unexpected reunions with former Modestans now living in Sacramento at the wedding uniting Cindy E. Lucas of Sacramento and Kenneth Allen Kolster of Roseville in marriage.

The bride and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl L. Lucas, lived in Modesto until five years ago, when he accepted a spot in the State Controller's office. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Frederick K. Kolster of Roseville.

The wedding was held in the garden of the Kolster home, which slopes into a natural ampitheater on the shore of Folsom Lake.


Diane Arnett of Modesto was maid of honor. Deneece and Susan Lucas, both sisters of the bride, and Donna Mittendorf were bridesmaids.


The wedding was on the 23rd anniversary of the bride's parents' wedding. ...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More information about Gary Kline's famly

The following was posted by Gary Kline in 1999 and it has information about his siblings and children. It could be helpful in locating Gary's wife Susan and their children.

***** GENERATION 5 *****

> Clifford Dennis KLINE: b. 11 Oct 1925 in Flint, MI to Herman Ludwig KLein and Ethel Margaret HEGEDUS; m. Shirley KING 11 Oct 1945 Enid, OK; d. 12 Feb 1999 Lansing, MI
> Shirley KING: b. to Francis Stephen KING and Maude Helen WILLIAMS; living in Mason, MI in 1999

Gary Dennis Kline: living in Mason, MI in 1999

Shelley Denise Kline: living in Fruitport, MI in 1999

Keith Douglas Kline: living in Flushing, MI in 1999

***** GENERATION 6 *****

> Gary Dennis KLINE: living in Mason, MI in 1999
> Susan Margaret KLINE: living in Mason, MI in 1999

Scott Matthew KLINE

Stephanie Meagan KLINE

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Joseph Coffman Byers and Mary Catherine Lynn

The following post is located at this link:

GDKskills Mon, 19 Jan 1998 13:32
I'm seeking information on my wife's ggg-grandmother, Hannah SUVER b. abt 1814-1828. Born and reared in OH. Married Morgan LYNN. They had a daughter, Mary Catherine LYNN who married Joseph Coffman BYERS. (His parents were John BYERS and Priscella PENDLETON, daughter of _______ PENDLETON, who is said to have served under Geo. Washington in the Revolutionary War.) In turn, Joseph and Mary Catheine had a daughter, Sallie Alice BYERS, b. 25 July 1864 near Kalamazoo MI. Hannah had several siblings, one of which was Joseph W. SUVER. He went on the California Gold Rush in 1848-49. Soon after, he went to OR where he had a family, lived part of the time near Corvallis OR (there is a town named Suver near Corvallis). In 1861, he still had relatives in OH to whom he wrote. The SUVER family is thought to be of Dutch descent. Interested in hearing from anyone researching these surnames.

The post was made by Gary D. Kline. I really wish we had got together while he was still alive. He passed away in 2002. I must try to get ahold of his wife, or children, again.

Gary provides names for the parents of Joseph and Mary in this post.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gordon Herring on

Newpapers clipping images from memorial for Gordon Herring.

The name of Gordon's wife is listed as Lee Herring. Hageman's morturary in Arvada, Colorado should also have more information.

I found the following using Google maps:

Hageman's Mortuary Transfer
5385 Newland Street, Arvada, CO 80002-3934
(303) 422-4768‎

I found the following at a Jefferson, County website:

Clear Creek Valley Baptist Church
Address: 10555 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 80033

The name is descriptive of the location. The church was originally Clear Creek Valley Church organized in 1890. In 1892 the name was changed to Alathe Church. In 1905 the faltering congregation became a mission of Galilee Baptist, Denver, and was named Fruitdale Baptist, adopting the name of the neighborhood. In 1990 the centennial observance research led to the name change back to Clear Creek Valley Baptist Church. This is a conservative Baptist denomination and is the site of the Rocky Mountain Conservative Baptist Association headquarters.

I think the 6730 Indiana is Gordon's home address.