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Walter Theodore Lett/Ella Matilda Johnson (F11)

Family: Walter Theodore Lett/Ella Matilda Johnson (F11)

m. 16 Mar 1892

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  • Walter Theodore LettFather | Male
    Walter Theodore Lett

    Born  23 Mar 1866  Pegtown, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  23 May 1953  Memorial Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  25 May 1953  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  16 Mar 1892  [1, 2, 3, 4]  home of W. W. Dodge, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa  [1, 2, 3, 4] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  (Wife - 5014) (Unknown) | F511 (Separated) 
    Married  Between 1937 and 1938  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Charles H. Lett | F45 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Caroline Johnson | F45 Group Sheet 

    Ella Matilda JohnsonMother | Female
    Ella Matilda Johnson

    Born  14 Oct 1870  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  16 Oct 1930  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  19 Oct 1930  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Samuel Edmond Johnson | F512 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Hannah Marie Honson | F512 Group Sheet 

    Bertha Leota LettChild 1 | Female
    > Bertha Leota Lett

    Born  19 Jun 1893  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  3 Aug 1953  Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  5 Aug 1953  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Oliver Clayton "Clayton" Brumm | F3 
    Married  4 Feb 1915  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location

    Charles William "Charlie" LettChild 2 | Male
    Charles William "Charlie" Lett

    Born  20 Sep 1899  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  29 Nov 1918  Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  2 Dec 1918  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Photos

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    The Wedding Photograph of Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett
    The Wedding Photograph of Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett
    This photograph was provided courtesy of Dale Hubert Brumm. Walter and Ella Lett were married March 16, 1892, in Burlington, Iowa. In my own possession is a wedding certificate with photographs of them. Walter does not have a mustache in that photo and Ella would seem to be a bit older, so perhaps they were photographed later for their wedding certificate.
    The Marriage Certificate of Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett
    The Marriage Certificate of Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett
    Walter and Ella Lett were two of my paternal great grandparents. They were both first generation Swedish children born to immigrant parents in the Mediapolis, Iowa, area. They were married March 16, 1892, in Burlington, Iowa. A wedding photograph that exists at that time shows Walter with a mustache and Ella looks to be a bit younger than she is on this photograph, so perhaps they "published" their wedding certificate a few years after the marriage.
    Bertha Leota Lett and Her Baby Brother, Charles William Lett
    Bertha Leota Lett and Her Baby Brother, Charles William Lett
    Bertha, my grandmother, is pushing the baby carriage with her brother, Charlie in this photograph. Someone, likely my father, wrote "Charlie -- Mom" on the picture. The back of the photograph identifies "H. E. Sewell" as the photographer. Likely this was Harry E. Sewell, who was a neighbor of Hannah (Honson) Johnson, the children's grandmother, in 1900.
    Bertha Leota Lett, and Her Brother Charles William 'Charlie' Lett
    Bertha Leota Lett, and Her Brother Charles William "Charlie" Lett
    Probably in about 1915, this photograph of Bertha Lett, the accomplished pianist, and her brother, Charlie, was taken at the family home.
    An Extended Family Photo at the Home of Dorothy and Paul Stodt
    An Extended Family Photo at the Home of Dorothy and Paul Stodt
    Taken at Christmas time, about 1951, at the home of Dorothy Virginia (Brumm/Herman) and Paul Henry Stodt on Swan Street in West Burlington Iowa.

    Left to right on the couch: Dorothy Stodt, Paul Robert Herman, Bertha Leota (Lett) Brumm, Walter Theodore Lett, Paul Stodt, and Susan Patricia Herman, with Jerry Mahoney sitting on her lap.

    Documents

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    A Handmade Greeting Card from Princeton, Illinois(undated, front and back)
    A Handmade Greeting Card from Princeton, Illinois(undated, front and back)
    Unsigned, but very likely from Nettie and/or Walter Paddock in Malden, Illinois, addressed to Walter Theodore Lett at RR 4, Mediapolis, Iowa. No written message but two small pictures of Princeton, Illinois, were glued to one side of the card (on another card in the collection, it was mentioned that the Paddocks were in Princeton). The card is round, not rectangular.
    An Easter Card (undated, front)
    An Easter Card (undated, front)
    From Peter Paul "Pete" Jr. and Eva Leota (Abrahamson) Mullahy in Latty, Iowa, to Eva's uncle and aunt, Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett. The message is, "May you have a Peaceful Easter"
    An Easter Card (undated, back)
    An Easter Card (undated, back)
    From Peter Paul "Pete" Jr. and Eva Leota (Abrahamson) Mullahy in Latty, Iowa, to Eva's uncle and aunt, Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett in Mediapolis, Iowa. The message is, "Greetings from Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mullahy. Latty"
    A Postcard, July 2, 1908 (front)
    A Postcard, July 2, 1908 (front)
    From Bertha Lett to her mother, Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett. The message is "High School Bldg., Burlington, Iowa"
    A Postcard, July 2, 1908 (back)
    A Postcard, July 2, 1908 (back)
    From Bertha Lett in Burlington, Iowa, to her mother, Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett in Mediapolis, Iowa. The message is ""Dear Mamma, I received your letter this morning and Charley get (sic) his postcard as well. I will be home tomorrow on the six o'clock train. You don't need to meet me as I can walk down easy enough. I have been having a nice time. I will get Charley his first card album. Has Gay gone home yet? Aunt Sophia is away today. Will close hoping to see you soon. Bertha Lett. Burlington, Ia.""
    Snippets of Crumbled Greeting Cards
    Snippets of Crumbled Greeting Cards
    I have some small scraps of greeing cards that have deteroriated or broken apart mostly due to their age. These are paternal family scraps, probably, as are the rest of the greeting cards and postcards, from the family of Ella Matilda (Johnson) and Walter Theodore Lett. One segment has "To Uncle Walter from Little Buddie" written on the scrap.
    A Christmas Card on December 23, 1912 (front)
    A Christmas Card on December 23, 1912 (front)
    From Mr. and Mrs. Schauenberg to Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett. The message is, "Glad Memories, Joyous Days, Golden Future. A Joyful Christmas."
    A Christmas Card on December 23, 1912 (back)
    A Christmas Card on December 23, 1912 (back)
    From Mr. and Mrs. Schauenberg in Burlington, Iowa, to Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda (Johnson) Lett in Mediapolis, Iowa. The message is, "Best wishes to all from Mr. and Mrs. Schauenberg"

  • Notes  Iowa Marriage Records:
    • Groom's Name: Walter Theodore Lett; Groom's Birth Date: 1866; Groom's Birthplace: Pegtown, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Age: 26; Bride's Name: Ella Matilda Johnson; Bride's Birth Date: 1870; Bride's Birthplace: Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa; Bride's Age: 22; Marriage Date: 16 March 1892; Marriage Place: Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Charles Lett; Groom's Mother's Name: Caroline Johnson; Bride's Father's Name: Samuel Johnson; Bride's Mother's Name: Hannah Honson; Groom's Race: White; Bride's Race: White; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02688-2; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1675828; Reference Number: 172; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992

    Photographic Record:
    • A copy of Walter and Ella's wedding photograph (or else an early anniversay photograph) was provided courtesy of Dale Hubert Brumm.

    Marriage Certificate:
    • (Text on the marriage certificate of Walter Lett and Ella Johnson:)

      Walter Theodore Lett of Mediapolis, State of Iowa, and Miss Ella Matilda Johnson of Burlington, State of Iowa, were united in Marriage According to the Ordinance of GOD and the Laws of the State of Iowa at Burlington on the sixteenth day of March in the year of OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED 92

      S(?).M. D. Davidson
      Rector, Christ Episcopal Church

      WITNESS Mrs. Ella C. Dooge
      Edwin Smith, and other friends.

    City Directory:
    • Some listings for Bartlett Street:

      #1132 Chas. Emerson.

      His son, Harry L. Emerson was the father of Harry Leroy "Bud" Page (1911-1990). The mother was Edna May Page. They were unmarried.

      Additionally, Charles Emerson's son, Horace Chester Emerson (1884-?) was married to Katie Capitola Page, the sister of Walter Page.

      #1136 Walter Lett.
      Walter's wife, Ella, was the sister of Sophie (Johnson) Page.

      #1138 Walter Page.
      Married to Sophie (Johnson) Page. Her sister was living next door, Ella Lett.

    Residence:
    • From possibly as early as 1898-1916, Walter and Ella Lett and family ived in Kossuth, Iowa, near Mediapolis. In 1896/97 they were listed in a Burlington city directory as living in that city.
    • The family moved to Burlington from Kossuth (near Mediapolis, Iowa) after son Charlie got a job there and moved to Burlington to work in a motorcycle repair shop.

    City Directory:
    • Walter Lett (wife Ella), fitter, 914 Osborn, residence 1316 North 6th.
    • Walter Lett (wife Ella), cabinet maker, Leopold Desk, residence 1316 North 6th.
    • Walter Lett (wife Ella), works Leopold Desk Company, residence 1316 North 6th.
    • Walter Lett (wife Ella), cabinet maker, Leopold Desk, residence 1316 North 6th.

  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Lett, Walter Theodore and Ella Matilda Johnson - Marriage Certificate, (1892; Des Moines County, Iowa).

    2. [S63] Lett, Walter Theodore - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 9, May 23, 1953; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S64] Lett, Ella Matilda (Johnson) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 4, October 17, 1930; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).