RE: LORA BELLE KURTZ I always hate having to admit I am unrelated, but sadly it is the truth. Can I be related in spirit? I can't remember how I became interested in Lora and her family. It was probably through Samuel Britton, her b-i-law. I found the death information about Havert. I was thinking about driving over to Collinsville, since I want to know where he was laid to rest. I didn't know about William.
I spent a significant portion of my morning searching for Dessie. Someone on Ancestry says she died in 1996 or so in Florida, but I couldn't find any proof other than a Findagrave memorial. Since Dessie disappeared after the 1930 census, I suspected she had died.
A lot of I statements. LOL. I searched for Dessie Gowan and couldn't find anything. I have access to three newspaper databases and they can be quite helpful. I have been unable to figure out when Harry/Henry died. I'll search for him under Harry and see if that leads me to them.
I did find a Leonard Gowan in East St. Louis. He had a daughter named Carol. The newspaper article I found about him, was not too flattering. Do you know if Dessie had any kids?
I see you are in Missouri? Whereabouts?
Mildred was Mildred Johnson in 1944 Lee in 1966, 1967, and 1970. 1970 she lived in "Madison, Illinois." I looked up the location of Madison and it is near Granite City. Too bad I didn't know about this last week, I was just in Granite City. Road trip.
Do you know if Mildred had any kids. A son named Billy perhaps? I found a Mildred Johnson from Chicago who had a son named Billy. She was in Chicago with her husband in 1930 and by 1940, she and Billy were in California.