Sunday, November 2, 2008

WW 11 Proud Moms Katherin Pratt Olyer

Katherine Pratt interesting genealogy was born 27 Sep 1888 in Ray Brook, Northern New York, probably had no idea of the things life would burden her with. Her childhood has eluded me so far and my earliest record is her marrying Ross Raymond Olyer, in 1906 at Plattsburgh, New York. Ross as you may recall worked for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, worked his way up to Fireman on Steam engine. They were doing fine, living in North Elba, Essex Co. New York In 1910 Katherine gave birth to a daughter Thelma, it would appear she died shortly after, there was a lot of Influenza during the mid 1900's and she is not listed in 1920 census.other children came along, in 1913 Rolland was born, two years later Stanley, then Carlton in 1918, and the last child Lionell 1920. Things were going well, the family had a above average income and with the Rail Road policy of furnishing free travel to its employees and there dependents, Katherine, with the children getting a little older, was able to travel around the state and visit relatives. The depression did not effect them to much, by the mid to later part of the 30's the boys all had found work locally.Rolland met and married Virginia Brown 10 Feb 1933, Stanley married J. LaBlanc in 1936, Then 1 day in April 1940 without giving it a thought Ross jumped from the cab of the engine to help the crew uncouple a car. The latch was stubborn, Ross a big guy grabbed a crow bar and with his weight pried on the latch-it released throwing him to the ground, landing on his neck and back across a rail. Everyone made a joke of it and went back to work. For the next 5 days Ross was getting worse, he reached the point were he was bed ridden and on the 1st day of May passed away.
The war in Europe was beginning to heat up, Rolland had moved to Vermont, Stanley was struggling with marriage and Carlton enlisted in Army Air Force. Shortly after this Lionel enlisted in the Air Corp. and went to Bradley field, Windsor Lock, Conn.
Katherine was alone, she went to live with her eldest son Rolland in Fair Haven Vermont.By now Stanley also enlisted in the Army Air Force, divorcing his wife enroute.
Now for a strange twist all three boys went into the air force, they all attended food service training and all made rating of Sargent. In the fall of 1942 all three boys on three different air bases were promoted during the same week to Master Sargent status as Mess Sargent's. Lional at Air Squadron, Bradley Field,Windsor Lock, Conn.Carlton Chanualt Field, Campaign, Ill. and Stanley Knob Nostar, Mo. Stanley was in charge of all the mess halls in 2nd Air Command. This required him to visit the other bases to inspect the mess halls, a few days before Xmas his plane crashed with 5 men aboard no one was killed but they were all badly hurt, Stanley was only one able to walk and was able to reach a highway and summons help.
Carlton made the Air Force his career spending years in Alaska, he is buried at Crestview in Florida. Lionel married Beatrice Lewise in 1945 and lived in Solano, California. Stanley tried marriage again with Mildred Smith in 1943, they had on daughter "Kayo" born 1944, Nine years later he is married to Jesse Rankin Finette
and they had two boys Ross Raymond and Gary Duan, Stanley was in the restaurant business with his wife, but died in Wyoming. his children live in Texas.
Rolland stayed in Vermont taking care of his mother until she entered Richards Nursing Home,Fair Haven, Vt. were she died 18 Oct 1948

Wonder as you uncover these bits of history "what if" Ross had remained in the cab
would this family have remained together living out there lives in northern New York, or are we meant to travel to new places starting the family over again-

If you notice a relative in this post please contact me with any information you have
the history of the Olyer family is about ready if you are interested in purchasing a copy let me know, it will have over 360 descendants of Philip Olyer, plus photos and the Ancestry of his wife Phyniath Smith for 10 generations


Rosebud Collection said...

A good read as usual..Have been in Hawaii and didn't blog for awhile..Happy to be home and catching up on your history..Have a great weekend..

Distressing Delilah said...

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