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Kenneth Amgwert Lett/Margaret Mary Greene (F3125)

Family: Kenneth Amgwert Lett/Margaret Mary Greene (F3125)

m. 18 May 1936

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  • Kenneth Amgwert Lett, Sr.Father | Male
    Kenneth Amgwert Lett, Sr.

    Born  30 Sep 1914  Garner Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Feb 1990   
    Buried    Garner Township Cemetery, Garner Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  18 May 1936  [1, 2]  Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Divorced  1 Dec 1945   
    Father  Charles Clarence "Clarence" Lett | F3107 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Lena Amgwert | F3107 Group Sheet 

    Margaret Mary GreeneMother | Female
    Margaret Mary Greene

    Born  14 Oct 1917  Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  28 Dec 1994   
    Buried    Garner Township Cemetery, Garner Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Samuel Albert Greene | F3131 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Margaret Coquella Pilling | F3131 Group Sheet 

    Kenneth Amgwert Lett, Jr.Child 1 | Male
    > Kenneth Amgwert Lett, Jr.

    Born  27 May 1937  Lutheran Hospital, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  26 Feb 2012  Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Shirley Jo Woodring | F3129 
    Married     

    Child 2 | Male
    > Douglass Robert Lett

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Minnie Louise Krull | F3128 
    Married     

    Child 3 | Female
    > Evelyn Ailene Lett

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  James Miller Zumwalt | F3132 
    Married     

    Child 4 | Male
    > Howard Charles Lett

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Deborah Eaton | F5945 
    Married     
    Spouse  Mildred Roxanne Van Volkenburgh | F3133 
    Married     

    Child 5 | Female
    > Teresa Margaret Lett

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Larry Layne Gerner | F3134 
    Married     

    Child 6 | Female
    > Denise Ann Lett

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Gale Allen "Chub" Miller | F3135 
    Married     

  • Photos

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    Mary Margaret (Greene) and Kenneth Amgwert Lett Sr.
    Mary Margaret (Greene) and Kenneth Amgwert Lett Sr.
    This may be a from several photographs taken upon the occasion of their wedding in 1936.
    Kenneth and Margaret Lett
    Kenneth and Margaret Lett
    Kenneth Amgwert Lett Sr. and Margaret Mary Greene were married May 18, 1936, in Glenwood, Iowa. They were the parents of six children.
    The Home of Kenneth Lett Sr. in Council Bluffs, Iowa
    The Home of Kenneth Lett Sr. in Council Bluffs, Iowa
    This photograph of the house where the family of Kenneth Amgwert Lett Sr. lived was taken in the winter of 1948. It was in the Hazel Dell township.

    Marriage Documentation
    Two Divorces Filed in Court
    Two Divorces Filed in Court
    A notice that Margaret Mary (Greene) Lett had filed for divorce from Kenneth Amgwert Lett Sr. The notice was published November 3, 1945.

  • Notes  Marriage Fact:
    • Kenneth and Margaret divorced but then remarried.

    Headstone Photograph:
    • Kenneth Amgwert and Margaret Mary (Greene) Lett's grave is located at the Garner Township Cemetery in Garner Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Lett. Kenneth A. Sr. Septekmber 30, 1914 - October 13, 1990. Margaret (Greene). October 14, 1912 - December 28, 1994. Married May 18, 1936."

    Divorce Filing:
    • Two Divorces Filed in Court

      Two divorce suits were on fie in district court Saturday. [...] Margaret M. Lett asks custody of their two minor children in her action against Kenneth A. Lett whom she married at Glenwood May 18, 1936.

    Divorce Notice:
    • Four Divorces in Court Granted

      Four divorces were granted in district court Friday. [...]

      Margaret M. Lett was awarded custody of their son Kenneth Jr., 8, in the decree awarded her from Kenneth A. Lett by Judge Johnson. Judge Johnson granted Mrs. Lett $30 per month alimony and title of their 32-acre farm home to the estranged spouse.

    Marriage License:
    • Council Bluffs Marriage Licenses - Kenneth A. Lett, 31, Council Bluffs

    Newspaper Article:
    • Pottawattamie County Real Estate Transfers

      J.H. Mayne to Kenneth A. Lett; part Lt. 2, Aud. Sub, NEĽ SEĽ 20-75-43; $1; Kenneth A. & Margaret M. Lett to Clifton D. Ranney; part Lt. 2, Aud. Sub. NEĽ SEĽ, 20-75-43; $1.

    Biography:
    • The Kenneth Amgwert Lett Family

      Kenneth, son of Lena Amgwert and Charles Clarence Lett, was born September 30, 1914, the eldest son. I, Margaret Mary Greene, daughter of Margaret Pilling and Samuel Albert Greene, was born October 14, 1917, the only daughter with four older brothers: Thomas, Clarence (Chaunce), Howard, [and] Robert.

      Kenneth and I graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, 1932 and 1935 respectively. We married May 18, 1936. We've had nine different homes including one in Colorado. We're members of Glendale Presbyterian Church, Council Bluffs. We have three sons and three daughters:

      Ken Jr., married Shirley Woodring; has three daughters (Julie Kay, Jennifer, Joann); and lives in Boone, Iowa.

      Douglass, married Minnie Krull; has three sons (twins - Ronald and Donald, David); and lives in Kahoka, Missouri.

      Evelyn, married James Zumwalt; has three children (Jason, Jeremy, Katrina); and lives in Joplin, Missouri.

      Howard, married Mildred Van Volkenburg; has two daughters (Darcy, Cynthia); and lives in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

      Teresa, married Larry Gerner; has two children (Josiah, Sara); and lives in Joplin, Missouri.

      Denise, married Gale Miller; and lives in Persia, Iowa.

      Our family moved to Persia January 1, 1966, from an acreage on the outskirts of Council Bluffs. Kenneth was born and raised on a farm very near there, but I was born and raised in Council Bluffs. All our children were born during our years in the Glendale community. Our three oldest graduated from A.L. (Abraham Lincoln) High School. Our three youngest graduated from Tri-Center Community School.

      1976, the nation's bicentennial, was an important year for us! Denise graduated from Tri-Center; Douglas retired from the Navy as Chief Petty Officer with 20 years service; Kenneth, a Union Pacific Railroad switchman-brakeman, retired with 34 years service; and we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary!

      Kenneth's family originally came from Sweden. His grandfather, John, was born at sea coming to America. His mother's family originated in Switzerland. She named one of her two sons for Switzerland's capitol, Gerald Berne [who lives in] Council Bluffs. Kenneth has one sister, Margarett Osborn (Mrs. Joe M.), [of] Missouri Valley, Iowa.

      My ancestors came from England. I am not sure whether my maiden name is correct because my great-grandfather, as a boy, was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker. When he didn't like it, he stowed away on board a ship. He was discovered, but the captain allowed him to stay. Upon arrival in America he changed his name so he wouldn't be sent back. He didn't tell anyone this story for many years. He never told anyone (not even his wife) what his real name was.

      Mother's people were also from England. Her father, Thomas Pilling, lived in Garner Township near the Glendale community.

      We were told when we bought our farm west of Persia that it was located on the "Good Enough Road"; that's why we call our place the "Good E'nuf Farm"! One of Kenneth's favorite sayings is "Good e'nuf!"

      --By Margaret Mary (Greene) Lett

  • Sources 
    1. [S1596] Lett, Charles "Clarence" and Lena (Amgwert) - Biography, (originally published in the 1970s).

    2. [S1608] Amgwert, John C. - Email (Reliability: 3).