All About Ethel

August 6, 2017 in Brick Walls, Oglesby, Solving Puzzels

Mary Ethel Oglesby Baker Farmer.  Born in Krebs, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma on 16 Dec 1896 to John B and Lena Leota Eamon Oglesby.  She was the 3rd child, 3rd daughter.  She and her oldest sister, Margaret “Maggie” Oglesby, were the only ones I didn’t have any information on.  I realize now it was because I kept looking for records for “Mary Oglesby.”  She never used the name Mary as an adult.  But after receiving her father’s death certificate last week, I found her marriage record while trying to identify who the E Oscar Baker was that gave the information for John.  He was Ethel’s first husband.

 

Ethel and Oscar married in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma on the 17th of November in 1914.  Ethel was one month shy of 18. She had her two daughters in Henryetta, which is probably where in Okmulgee County she married.  Hazel Irene came first in 1915, followed two years later by Vivian Vanita.  The family is found living in Pampa, Gray County, Texas in 1920, the same town where other of her siblings lived.  There is where they were living when Oscar died in 1937.  He’s buried in the Fairview Cemetery there, and his Find A Grave memorial has him listed as “F. Oscar Baker.”  I have sent a correction to the creator of the memorial. 

I can’t find the family in 1920. They’re not in Henryetta or Krebs.  But in 1930 they’re in Pampa:

Name: Ethel Baker
[Ethel Bakes]
Birth Year: abt 1897
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Homemaker?: Yes
Home in 1930: Pampa, Gray, Texas
Map of Home: View Map
Street address: Barnes
House Number in Cities or Towns: 934
Dwelling Number: 464
Family Number: 498
Age at First Marriage: 18
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother’s Birthplace: Iowa
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Oscar E Baker 36
Ethel Baker 33
Hazel I Baker 14
Vivian Baker 13
Grover Shadrick 45
Giles Shadrick 32

In 1940, her husband dead and her daughters married, Ethel was still in Pampa:

Name Ethel Baker
Respondent Yes
Age 43
Estimated Birth Year abt 1897
Gender Female
Race White
Birthplace Oklahoma
Marital Status Widowed
Relation to Head of House Head
Map of Home in 1940 Pampa, Gray, Texas
Street North West
House Number 110
Farm No
Inferred Residence in 1935 Pampa, Gray, Texas
Residence in 1935 Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935 No
Sheet Number 12B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation 300
Occupation Housekeeper
House Owned or Rented Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented 25
Attended School or College No
Highest Grade Completed Elementary school, 7th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census 59
Class of Worker Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939 26
Income 130
Income Other Sources No
Household Members
Name Age
Ethel Baker 43
Jack Rochier 28
Laura Fox 39

Daughter Hazel had married Joe L Vernon and was living close by:

Name Hazel Vernon
Respondent Yes
Age 24
Estimated Birth Year abt 1916
Gender Female
Race White
Birthplace Oklahoma
Marital Status Married
Relation to Head of House Wife
Map of Home in 1940 Monahans, Ward, Texas
Street Sealy Avenue
Inferred Residence in 1935 Pampa, Gray, Texas
Residence in 1935 Pampa Gray Texas
Resident on farm in 1935 No
Sheet Number 1A
Father’s Birthplace Oklahoma
Mother’s Birthplace Oklahoma
Woman Marriages No
Woman Age at First Marriage 20
Number of Children Ever Born 0
Attended School or College No
Highest Grade Completed High School, 4th year
Weeks Worked in 1939 0
Income 0
Income Other Sources No
Native Language English
Veteran Father Dead No
Social Security Number No
Usual Occupation Housewife
Usual Class of Worker Working on own account
Household Members
Name Age
Jue L Vernon 30
Hazel Vernon 24

Daughter Vivian had married Kenneth Dodd and was also living in Pampa with her husband and Ethel’s first grandchild:

Name Vivian Dodd
Respondent Yes
Age 22
Estimated Birth Year abt 1918
Gender Female
Race White
Birthplace Oklahoma
Marital Status Married
Relation to Head of House Wife
Map of Home in 1940 Pampa, Gray, Texas
Street Twiford
House Number 1032
Inferred Residence in 1935 Pampa, Gray, Texas
Residence in 1935 Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935 No
Sheet Number 10A
Attended School or College No
Highest Grade Completed High School, 4th year
Weeks Worked in 1939 0
Income 0
Income Other Sources No
Household Members
Name Age
Kenneth B Dodd 27
Vivian Dodd 22
Kay Dodd 3

Sometime between 1940, when Ethel is found in Pampa and 1946 when she gave the information for her daughter, Vivian’s, death in Long Beach, California, Ethel married a man with the last name of Farmer, as that is the name she used on Vivian’s death certificate, and the surname she died with.  I’ve been unable to find a marriage record for that union. 

 

Vivian divorced Kenneth and married a man named Roy Lewter. She joined the Army on 30 Jan 1945 from Los Angeles, California as Vivian Lewter.  In 1946 she was working in a Dentist’s office as a dental assistant when she took her own life:

 

 

I also found an obituary for her:

 

Ethel was Ethel Farmer by then and living in California.

What’s significant is that Ethel’s sister, Margaret “Maggie” Oglesby Kern, is not listed as surviving her.  Maggie disappears after the 1910 census, having married Howell Kern and having two children. 

 

Hazel looks to have divorced Joe Vernon and married Robert Eugene Hine sometime in the 50’s.  Her obituary names 4 children;

  1. Larry E Hine, whose obituary transcript I found on Ancestry without a date
  2. Brenda
  3. Linda
  4. Donna

I’ve lazily tried to find them on Facebook, but haven’t had any luck.

Ethel herself died in Fontana, San Bernadino County, California 1979, and I was lucky enough to find her obituary:

She has a Find A Grave memorial and I’ve submitted edits to link her to Oscar and her parents. 

 

Hazel’s obituary:

This is everything I know about Mary Ethel Oglesby Baker Farmer, and I only discovered her story after receiving the death certificate of her father on Tuesday. Sometimes you find the dead and sometimes they find you.  Ethel was ready to be found.