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Roy Grant Fortner/Maude Mae Walker (F51)

Family: Roy Grant Fortner/Maude Mae Walker (F51)

m. 1932

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  • Roy Grant FortnerFather | Male
    Roy Grant Fortner

    Born  18 Sep 1894  Marion County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  19 Jan 1968  Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  22 Jan 1968  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  1932  [1]   
    Other Spouse  Elsie I. Tucker | F20059 
    Married  15 Sep 1914  Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Winifred D. McIntire | F11709 
    Married     
    Father  John Henry Fortner | F4219 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sarah Armilda McKinney | F4219 Group Sheet 

    Maude Mae WalkerMother | Female
    Maude Mae Walker

    Born  14 Nov 1897  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  17 Dec 1970  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  20 Dec 1970  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Geoffrey Paul Umphrey | F50 
    Married  14 Oct 1916  Parsonage of the First M. E. Church, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker | F5 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers | F5 Group Sheet 

  • Photos

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    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Maude and Roy Fortner were married in 1932 after the death of Maude's first husband, Geoffrey Paul Umphrey. They lived in Winterset, Iowa, for a time, and then moved to Detroit, Michigan. In the 1960s they returned to Knoxville, Iowa, where they inherited some property through one of Roy's sisters. This photograph was likely taken for a wedding anniversary, probably in 1962, possibly in 1967.
    The Lloyd Allen Family In Iowa, with Other Umphrey and Fortner Family Members
    The Lloyd Allen Family In Iowa, with Other Umphrey and Fortner Family Members
    Some of the people in this photograph have been identified. For others I have made some speculation, but have not been able to get positive identifications. Those who I feel can be identified are:
    Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) Allen and Lloyd Smith Allen, Roy Grant Fortner (apparently peering over the top in the back row),
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, holding daughter, Carol Ann Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey.

    Some of the other people in the photograph are apparently other relatives of Lloyd's.
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Dave Howey
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Dave Howey
    A family portrait of Roy Grant and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner; and Their Son-in-law, David Floyd "Dave" Howey.
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Roy Grant Fortner At Niagara Falls, New York
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Roy Grant Fortner At Niagara Falls, New York
    The Howey family (Dave, Margretta) apparently took a trip with Maude and Roy Fortner in about 1948 to Niagara Falls, New York. Dave Howey would therefore be taking this photograph.
    Fortners and Umphreys In Michigan
    Fortners and Umphreys In Michigan
    This photograph is of, left to right, Roy Grant Fortner, Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey (possibly Carol Ann her sister, but it looks more like Sandy, though a bit blurry and hard to tell), Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, and, sitting in the chair in the front of the picture, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner. The photograph was taken in Michigan.
    Lillian Irma (Fortner) Vance, and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Lillian Irma (Fortner) Vance, and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Although the shadows on this photograph are terribly distracting, it is the only photograph that has come forth of Lillian Vance. I heard a lot about her when I was a near adolescent, so it was interesting for me to see what she looks like. Her brother, Roy Fortner, who was adopted, believed that Lillian might have been his birth mother, and that there was a family cover-up. The Fortner family came from the vicinity of Knoxville, Iowa, but Lillian lived in Michigan for a number of years after her marriage to John Vance, so possibly this photograph was taken either in Iowa or Michigan.
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Granddaughters Sandy and Carol Umphrey
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Granddaughters Sandy and Carol Umphrey
    A photograph from about 1952 of Roy Grant and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner with their granddaughters in Michigan, Sandra Kay "Sandy" and Carol Ann Umphrey.
    A Wedding Anniversary Photograph of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    A Wedding Anniversary Photograph of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    This photograph was likely taken around 1960, probably in Michigan, where Maude and Roy Fortner lived several more years before moving back to Iowa, their home in the 1930s.
    The Cake and Display of a Wedding Anniversary of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    The Cake and Display of a Wedding Anniversary of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Another photograph in the database features Maude and Roy Fortner standing behind this table setting, which features a large bouquet of flowers and a cake to honor them on one of their wedding anniversaries. The photograph was taken in Michigan, likely provided my family by the Fortners.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Steven Lynn "Steve" Umphrey, and Roy Grant Fortner
    Steve Umphrey is in this photograph with his grandparents, Maude and Roy Fortner. Taken in about 1960 in Michigan. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Helen Mary (Collingwood) Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Helen Mary (Collingwood) Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Taken in Christmas 1994, Helen Umphrey is on the left, her mother-in-law and step father-in-law on the right, Maude and Roy Fortner.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    This photograph of Maude and Roy Fortner was probably taken in about 1964 or 1965.
    Maude and Roy Fortner at Christmas in Knoxville, Iowa
    Maude and Roy Fortner at Christmas in Knoxville, Iowa
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Roy Grant Fortner lived in Knoxville, Iowa, beginning in the mid 1960s. Roy inherited the home in which two of his sisters had lived. It was a large, old, two-story home, which was more space than they needed, so on a lot next to the house they built a smaller, "more modern," 1960s style one story "ranch style" home. This photograph was taken in their living room in the new house. One of the pieces of furniture in that room was an electric player piano, which I, as a young pianist, found pretty intriguing. I remember liking best the piano roll for "Winchester Cathedral," a song released in late 1966 and popular in 1967.

    Recordings

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    Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Relatives and a friend and I singing the end of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," a piece of sheet music in the house, the evening of the birthday party. Those whom I remember who were present and singing were Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, and my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm. I don't believe Ted Dotson or my dad participated in the sing-a-long. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Several aunts, my mother, and I sing a round rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, Dennis William Brumm.
    Silent Night
    Silent Night
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    The same cast as in other recordings of the day: Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, and Roy Grant Fortner.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals The Funeral Report from Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey's Funeral
    Those who attended Margretta's funeral came from Detroit, Michigan, Marion, Fort Madison, West Burlington, Wapello, and New London, Iowa, and Oquawka, Illinois. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

  • Notes  Marriage Fact:
    • Roy was first mentioned as married to Maude in the Morning Sun News-Herald February 2, 1933, on the occasion of the death of Maude's half sister, Rosalie Reil Walker.

    Newspaper Article:
    • Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and granddaughter, Sandra Umphrey, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Driscoll, Winterset; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. William William Walker, Gary and Steve all of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris, and granddaughter, Threasa (sic) Thomas, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Leota Krekel and Bill Brum (sic) all of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family and Tom Walker all of Morning Sun.
    • Called to Morning Sun to funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic) Howey were David Howey and son, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Umphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Umphrey and Paul Jr., all of Detroit, Michigan; Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, all of Marion, Iowa; Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Elaine Dotson and Sylvia, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Arm(?) (sic: Arnold) Brunk, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Doris and Wilda, Mrs. Bill Brumm, all of New London; Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello.
    • Relatives and friends of S. N. Walker gathered in Locust Grove here Sunday to observe the 87th birthday of Mr. Walker. Present for the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. (Aleta Hewitt) Lee Walker, Ainsworth; Mr. and Mrs. (Caroline Moyers) Charles Bailey and family, Keokuk; Mr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth Moyers) Arthur Long and sons, Lockridge; Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel Moyers) Haines and son, Fairfield; Mrs. Ruth Moyers and Ethel, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox (Virginia Dotson) and Scotty, Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. (Maude Walker/Umphrey) Roy Fortner, Dennis Howey, Mr. and Mrs. (Thelma Umphrey) Lloyd Allen and Pamela, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Lesher) William Walker and Steve and Sam Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. (Leota Walker/Krekel) Bill Brumm and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Wyerman) Clifford Walker and Terry Thomas, New London; Mr. and Mrs. (Verona Dotson) George Walker and Mr. and Mrs. (Myrtle Walker) Ted Dotson, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly Broeker) Elwood Marshall and Karen, Fort Madison; Jim Walker, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. (Nellie Owens) Bert Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. (Flossie Walker) John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. (Marian Callahan) Tommy Dotson, all of Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pickard, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Wheeler) Wallace Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. (Marjorie Walker) Trevor Kimble and family, Tom Walker, Mrs. Willa (Umphrey) Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. (Reil Hannah) Sam Walker, all of Morning Sun.
    • Attend Walker Funeral Here

      The following relatives of the S. N. Walker family attended funeral services for Mr. Walker on Tuesday afternoon of last week:

      Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. (sic: T. R.) Dotson of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm of New London; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; Mrs. Elwood Marshall, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Walker, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker, Marengo; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker, Crawfordsville; Mrs. Talma Lyons, Alliance, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and Pamela of Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Verl Van Houten and family, Corpus Christi, Texas; Miss Elsie Walker, Benton, Arkansas; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Sanders, Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Reynolds, Baxter; Mrs. Rodney Phillips and Cressie Edgar, Panora.

    Moved:
    • Maude and Roy Fortner returned to Iowa from Michigan after the death of Roy's sister, Lillian Fortner (an older sister, Nora Fortner, had also recently passed away). They inherited a fair sum of money from Lillian and an older two story house in Knoxville, Iowa, about two or three blocks south of the main square in that city, and the house was a pack rat's dream. Shelves were stored with vast amounts of spoiled (from age) food, there were "things" everywhere. One of the nicest things I remember was an old, rather large, short wave radio, that brought in stations from all around the globe. Though many of the items were probably only 30 or so years old, they seemed as if they were from another century to me.

      After sorting through the many "treasures" in the house, they later built a new home on the lot next to it, and remained there until Roy died in 1968. Maude then moved to West Burlington.

  • Sources 
    1. [S184] Fortner, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, December 20, 1970; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).
      Maude Walker Umphrey Fortner's Obituary (it states 1922 but is in fact 1932; Geoffrey Umphrey died 1931).