A Gold Mine of Information

 

In the world of genealogy, there are many treasure troves of information. Family research is not just about birth and death records. World War I draft registration cards can be a gold mine of information for family tree work.

If you are new to the genealogy world, you may ask, “What are World War I draft registration cards?” Good question.

According to the National Archives, “On May 18, 1917, the Selective Service Act was passed authorizing the President to increase temporarily the military establishment of the United States.”

“The information included on each registration differs somewhat but the general information shown includes order and serial numbers (assigned by the Selective Service System), full name, date and place of birth, race, citizenship, occupation, personal description, and signature.”

To read more about the World War I Draft Registration Cards, click on the link.

Here is my quick list of information found on registration cards:

  1. Where they lived between the 1910 and 1920 US Federal Census years.
  2. The exact date they were born and where.
  3. Tells if they are a US Citizen, natural born or an immigrant.
  4. Their occupation.
  5. Where and whom they work for.
  6. A description of their family.
  7. Their ethnicity.
  8. Their marital status.
  9. Record of any previous military service.
  10. Any physical problems that would exempt them from service.
  11. A physical description.
  12. Their signature.

 

Now, that you can see the awesome of World War I Draft Registration Cards, you may ask where you can find this fantastic database.

Search for FREE here on FamilySearch.

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Headstone of Albert Dargatz

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Image Source: Findagrave.com

 

Albert Dargatz was born in Germany on 24 Dec 1857. He was the son of Carl Dargatz, Sr. and Johanna Miske.

He married his wife Rosa Peters, who was born in what is now Poland, around the year 1881.

Then in 1893 Albert and his family immigrated to the United States.

By the 1900 US Federal Census, they were living in Buena Park, Orange County, California.

Albert passed away on 16 Jul 1941 in Orange County, California. His grave is located in Anaheim Cemetery in Anaheim, California.

 

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Bowen Family Portrait

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L to R: Walter A. Bowen, William Booker Bowen, Ruby Gene Bowen, Faybelle Bowen Campbell, Merle G. Campbell (little girl), Jesse Edwin Bowen, Luanda Bowen, Catherine Campbell, Roscoe Campbell.

 

This Bowen family picture dates circa 1922. The location is most likely in Wise County, Texas.

Walter A Bowen and William Booker Bowen are brothers. They are sons of William Woodson Bowen who fought for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and Mary Jane Goss.

Faybelle, Jesse, Ruby Gene, and Luanda are siblings. The only one missing from the picture is Carl Booker Bowen.

Roscoe Campbell is Faybelle’s husband, and the two little girls Merle and Catherine are her daughters.

 

 

 

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Obituary: Robert Newton Pinkerton

 

Obituary taken from the Thomae-Garza Funeral Home website which is no longer available.

 

Robert Newton Pinkerton 

(December 1, 1917 – January 16, 2010)

 

S. Padre Island, Texas: Robert N. Pinkerton, a radio broadcasting pioneer in South Texas and co-founder and President of a chain of Spanish language radio stations along the Mexican border and in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, died of natural causes on Saturday afternoon at his home in South Padre Island.

His death was announced by his son, Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr., of South Padre Island.

Throughout the ‘50s and ‘60’s, Mr. Pinkerton headed the “Radio Gallito” chain of stations producing numerous innovations that highlighted media access for Hispanics along the border and in central Texas. The stations were highly successful commercial ventures and key advertising venues for national advertisers in New York and Chicago as well as in Mexico City, who wanted to reach Hispanic listeners in this area. Mr. Pinkerton’s radio stations provided for community connection and celebration on both the Mexican side of the border through weekly dance fests covered remotely at Radiolandia in Matamoros and on the American side of the border at Brownsville’s Jacob Brown Auditorium. His stations also produced annual remote broadcasts covering the Charro Days parades in Brownsville and other Valley civic activities of importance. Mr. Pinkerton, a polio survivor, broadcast very successful annual drives for the March of Dimes for at least a decade. He was extremely appreciative of the interventions of the March of Dimes for both adults and children during the polio epidemic in the Rio Grande Valley in the ‘50’s. He established his wife, Juana Maria as a radio personality with the highly popular weekly broadcast of “Gira Comercial de Juana Maria” and produced an equally popular Spanish language teen program “Miss Bebop” in San Antonio in the early 50’s.

He was born Robert Newton Pinkerton in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Roy David Pinkerton, a newspaper publisher and editor and Flora Hartman, the daughter of Charles Hartman, a Montana Supreme Court Judge and Ambassador to Ecuador. As a young man, Mr. Pinkerton got his start in radio through his involvement in remote radio broadcasts of the famous Swing era bands. He also traveled extensively throughout Latin America.

He married his wife in Laredo, Texas in 1942. They settled in Brownsville, Texas. With Jose Maria Gonzalez, his father-in-law, and E.B. Pool, a close friend, he established the first of the radio stations, XEO, in Matamoros, Tamps, Mexico in 1946. XEOR in Reynosa and XEMT in Matamoros were added in 1950. KUBO was added in San Antonio in 1955 and KTXN in Austin in 1956. Mr. Pinkerton retired from radio broadcasting in 1970.

Always an avid boatman, Mr. Pinkerton took up yachting during the ‘60’s in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean on the 72 ft Crescent and later on the 85 ft Te Ava Roa. He and his wife built a home on Ambergris Caye at Punto San Juan in Belize, living there for a number of years before returning to San Antonio, Texas. In 2003, they moved to South Padre Island, Texas.

Mr. Pinkerton is survived by a stepsister, Polly Martin of Ventura, California; his daughter, Sandra Pinkerton of Plano Texas and his son, Robert N. (Maria) Pinkerton, Jr. of South Padre Island, Texas; two grandchildren, Robert (Veronica) Pinkerton III and Bryan (Jennifer) Pinkerton; and seven, soon to be eight, great-grandchildren.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial can be made in memory of Robert N. Pinkerton to S.P.I. Birding Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. S. Padre Island, TX 78597 or Sea Turtle Inc. P.O. Box 3987, S. Padre Island, TX 79597.

Words of comfort can be sent to the Pinkerton Family at http://www.thomaegarza.com

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas 78586 (956) 399-1331

 

 

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Death Record of Eliza Jane Lowe

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Eliza Jane Lowe, the daughter of George J. Lowe and Jemima Colbaugh, passed away on 27 Apr 1924 in Carter County, Tennessee at the age of forty-seven years old. According to her death certificate, she is buried in the Grindstaff Cemetery in Carter County, Tennessee along with her parents.

Mystery surrounds Eliza Jane. In 1903 when she was twenty-six years old, she married Dr. Robert Ferguson. Two years later they had a daughter named Stella. However, by 1920 when Stella was fifteen years old she went by the name Stella Lowe. Many questions remain unanswered.

 

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J. R. Lowe

 

Jesse Edwin Bowen Birth Record

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Jesse Edwin Bowen was my great paternal grandfather. Born on 25 December 1903 in Decatur, Wise County, Texas, he was the son of William Booker Bowen and Ada Evaline Smith. Although my memories of Great-grandpa Bowen are few, I remember him to be a quiet and gentle man who loved walnuts. In my memory walnuts and him go together. Here is his birth record.

 

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J. R. Lowe

100th Birthday Celebration

 

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Unknown Newspaper, probably near Burbank, California

 

Edith Moreland Jones (born Laura Edith Moreland) was the daughter of John Brumbaugh Moreland and Aletha Antoinette Grice. Edith married Homer T. Jones on 19 Feb 1902 in Delaware County, Indiana. Homer and Edith had two daughters, Helen and Rachael. Edith was involved in her community and was a strong advocate for education.

 

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J. R. Lowe

My Great Grandmother: Imer Lorene Guthrie

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Imer Lorene Guthrie daughter of John Thomas Guthrie and Martha Matilda Morgan.

My great-grandmother was a sweet lady. I remember her as kind and always busy doing something. Most of my time spent at her house was outdoors in her garden and orchard. Picking cherries was my favorite. She always wore a short house coat with big pockets lined in trim. She had a beagle dock that had a funny bark, at least to my young ears. I treasure the few memories I have of her. She passed away in 1989 when I was thirteen years old.

 

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J. R. Lowe