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Byron Robert Ernst

Byron Robert Ernst

Male 1898 - 1975

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  • Name  Byron Robert Ernst  [1, 2, 3
    Born  6 Jan 1898  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • The 1930 Census and Social Security lists his given name as "Bryon" not "Byron." He signed his World War I draft card with the given name, "Bryon."

      His surname was often spelled "Earnest," rather than the correct "Ernst"; it was Ernst at the online Social Security records, and that is the surname used by his descendants.
    Alt. Birth  Jan 1899  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census  1900  Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Byron Ernest, nephew, white, male, born in January 1899, age 1, single, born in Iowa, father born in Nebraska, mother born in Iowa
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Living with the family of his first cousin once removed, John and Flossie Russell (aka his foster parents):) Byron "Earnest," cousin, male, white, age 12, single, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Nebraska, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write, attended school since September 1909
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Card Number: 460?, male, white, single, 9 months in high school in 1914, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 18, Byron Ernest, age 18, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello, Ward 1, occupation with parents, extent of education in the common schools: 8, extent of education in high school: 1, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: R. E. Barr
    Miscellaneous  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The signature of Byron Robert Ernst as found on his draft registration 
    The Signature of Byron Robert Ernst
    The Signature of Byron Robert Ernst
    The signature of Byron Ernst, as he signed the World War I draft registration form of September 12, 1918.
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  12 Sep 1918  Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Serial Number: 1317, No.: A1882, Byron Robert Ernst; Age: 20; Address: RFD #3; Manchester; Delaware County, Iowa; January 6, 1898; native born; Present trade: farm laborer; Employer: C. W. Hilleer; Where employed: RFD No. 3, Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa; Nearest living relative: Harriet A. Ernst; Nearest relative's address: RFD No. 3, Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa; white; Height: medium; Build: medium; Eye color: gray; Hair color: light; Lost body parts or physically disqualified: no; Manchester; Delaware County, Iowa; September 12, 1918
    Iowa State Census  1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Line number: 141, 324 West Fifth: Byron R. Ernst, head of household, male, white, age 26, single, rented, amount of rent: $14, attended high school, state highest grade (9-12): 12, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Walter C. Ernst, father's birthplace: Pennsylvania, father's age at last birthday: 52, name of mother: Louisa Barriet, mother's birthplace: England, mother's age at last birthday: 86, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, occupation laborer or unclassified, church affiliation: Protestant
    Census  1930  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • ("Bryon" Ernst was married to Clara, lived with her and son, Charles Ernst:) Line number 25: 1119 West 5th Street, dwelling number: 511, family number: 718: Bryon Ernst, head of household, rented home, value of house or monthly rental $15, did not live on a farm, male, white, age 32, married, age at first marriage 27, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation foreman, nature of industry wire company, occupation code 7424, wage earner, actively employed at time of census
    Census  1940  Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Byron R. Ernst was married to Clara E. Ernst, lived with her and Charles W. Ernst. No family informant for the census was noted:) Line Number: 27, 309 South 6th Street, household no.: 256; rented the home, value of house/rent: $25: Byron R. Ernst, head of household (code 0), male, white, age 42, married, did not attend school since March 1, 1940, highest grade of elementary school: 8 (code 8), born in Iowa (code 65), lived in the same place in 1935 (code X0X0), was working in private industry (code 1), hours worked in private sector March 24-30: 44, occupation feed grinder, industry serum production, wage/salary worker in private work (code 496) (code 17 1), 52 weeks worked in 1939, $1052 earned in 1939, received more than $50 from wages
    Research 
    • Byron Ernst's first marriage to Harriet Timmerman ended up as a public disaster.

      Judging from the newspaper reports surrounding the legal wrangling that was involved with their divorce, indications were that he had custody of their two children (two of the three, that is), but at the time of the 1925 census these children weren't living with him and his second wife, Clara (Walker) Ernst.

      By 1930 all three children were with their remarried mother and her husband, Samuel Abraham, living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they remained.

      On the 1930 census, the 3rd child named Myrtle Ernst, who was not mentioned in divorce procedings, born in about 1924, surfaced. This could possibly mean Harriet had a daughter from another relationship before her divorce from Byron, though Myrtle's Iowa birth record did list Byron as the father.

      The other two children who were involved in the custody battle from Byron's first marriage were Doris and Glen Ernst.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Bryon Ernst; born: 6 January 1898; died: June 1975; last residence: 50501 (Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa); state where issued: Iowa
    Died  Jun 1975  [4
    Person ID  I2930  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  John Franklin Russell,   b. 9 Sep 1882, Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1967, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Flossie Zella Walker,   b. 18 Apr 1884, Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1968, Wapello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Dec 1903  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Issue 
    • John and Flossie Russell's foster son was Byron Ernst, who was a first cousin once removed of John's. Byron's birth parents were Walter Carl Ernst (1875-1955) and Lila M. "Lily" Barrett (born 1878). Lily was a daughter of Orville and Louise Morse (Lovering) Barrett, and her mother, Louise, was a sister of Sarah Stacy (Lovering) Russell, who was John Franklin Russell's mother.

      Byron Robert Ernst was one of three (known) children in his family. His brother Fred W. Ernst (1896-1975), and sister Gracie (Ernst) Schossow (born 1895) were the other children. Their birth parents, Walter and Lily Ernst, were married in 1894 and divorced before 1900. Walter remarried to Ella "Belle" (surname unknown), worked for the railroad, and lived in the western part of United States (Nevada, California). Lila remarried to J.M. Downing of Bloomfield, Indiana.
    Residence  1911  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Residence  Mar 1922  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • ZEPPELIN OVER MORNING SUN
      Huge Dirigible Skirts Southeast of City -- Schools Are Dismissed

      [...] The following from this vicinity attended a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, near New London Sunday, in honor of Miss Lela Frizelle (sic): Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. George Dotson, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dotson and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Humphrey (sic) and family, of New London, and Mr. and Mrs. John Russel (sic) of Newport.
    Residence  Feb 1933  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Residence  Mar 1939  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Newspaper Article  18 Oct 1951  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    A Walker Family Dinner in Morning Sun
    A report of an extended dinner at the home of Samuel Nathaniel Walker's residence in Morning Sun, Iowa. It is particularly interesting for me because it indicates my mother and father, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel and William Lett "Bill" Brumm, were dating by this time. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    Anniversary Announcement  Dec 1953  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper 
    • Golden Wedding

      Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello, Thursday marked their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married December 24, 1903, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Walker, Morning Sun.
    Golden Anniversary
    Golden Anniversary
    The 50th Wedding Anniversary Announcement of John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. They were married December 24, 1903, at the home of Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker near Morning Sun, Iowa.
    Newspaper Article  24 Dec 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Taking part in a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange Sunday (December 20, 1953) at the home of Mr. and Mrs, S. N. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and nephew, all of Marion; Mrs. Ted Belles, Carol and Mark, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and Sylvia Dotson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm and Dennis, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Brunk and children, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox and Scott Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Tom Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family, all of Morning Sun.
    A Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal
    This article from December 1953 reports on a family meal and gift exchange at the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, which was on Sunday, December 20, 1953. The following extended family were at this meal:

    William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and sons, Steven William and Gary Lynn Walker; Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, probably with Jerry Dean Walker (misidentified as a "nephew."); Mazie Ella (Walker) Belles, Carol Sue and Mark David Belles; Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) and John W. "J.W." Virden; Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, also likely and inferred were Doris Idella Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas and Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas; Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and their granddaughter, Sylvia Elaine Dotson; William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm and Dennis William Brumm (now I know where I was); George Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker; Arnold Deaneen "Arnie" and Jean Louise (Walker) Brunk, and Jeffrey Arnold and Connie Jean Brunk; Virginia Mae (Walker) Lox and Scott Alan Lox; John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell; Thomas "Tom" Walker; Norton Lawrence "Larry" and Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith; Wallace Ernest "Wally" and Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker; Trevor Motzart Sr. and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, and Gerald Wayne (Sr.), Trevor Motzart Jr. and Becky Ruth Kimble. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Residence  Mar 1956  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Newspaper Article  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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 Zella 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.
    The 87th Birthday Party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker
    A newspaper account reporting on the 87th (and final) birthday party for my grandfather, Sam Walker. He died the following year in March 1957. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Personal Recollection 
    • (Personal memories of family researcher, Dennis Brumm:)

      When I was young, Flossie and John Russell lived in the town of Wapello, Iowa, where they moved when they retired from their farm which also had been in Louisa County, Iowa. They had no electricity or running water, even into the 1960s when this was considered quite unusual for the region. The sink in the kitchen of their house had a hand pump which got water directly from their own well, and there was an outhouse in their back yard. For me, quite young at the time, this lack of modernity created a sense of adventure. I don't know what it might have been like living without the "modern" conveniences on a daily basis, but imagine I might have left my sense of awe behind rather quickly.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • John Franklin Russell and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell are buried at Bethel Cemetery, near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Russell - Flossie Z. 1884 - 1968, John F. 1882 - 1967."
    The Headstone of John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    The Headstone of John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    Photos

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    The Wedding Photograph of Flossie Zella Walker and John Franklin Russell
    The Wedding Photograph of Flossie Zella Walker and John Franklin Russell
    Flossie and John Russell were married Christmas Eve 1903 near Newport, Iowa, at the home of Flossie's father and stepmother, Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann (Houseman/Edger) Walker. She was 19 and he was 21 years old. Her father's home was new and had recently been completed, the work done by carpenter, Sam Dotson (1858-1931).
    The Russells in the Corn Field
    The Russells in the Corn Field
    The farmer on the tractor in this photograph is John Franklin Russell. Back a ways with either a large hat on her head or else a basket on her back is his wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. They had no children, but raised a foster child, Byron Robert Ernst (1898-1975), who probably was the boy behind Flossie in the photograph. Byron later married Clara Elizabeth Walker.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    One of a series of photographs apparently all taken the same summer day in 1912, this includes several family members who can be almost certainly identified and children who can be surmised. This photograph is from the back yard of the home where Charles Pearsey Walker and wife Sarah lived.

    Standing, left to right in this photograph are: John Franklin Russell, Elsie Ella Walker, Maude Mae Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" Walker holding Hattie "Leota," and Flossie Zella Russell. Kneeling on the ground is Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, holding a son who is probably Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker (age two at the time, and known as "Sammie" when he was young).
    John and Flossie Russell in About 1925
    John and Flossie Russell in About 1925
    John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. The attire was dark, possibly indicating they were attending or had attended a funeral. Alternatively, these may have been church clothes.
    A Group of Men at Frank Walker's Farm
    A Group of Men at Frank Walker's Farm
    The farm of Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker was on the Iowa River. This photograph has been identified as having been taken at his farm. Frank was the son of Charles Francis Walker and Jessie Deborah Vaughn. Marvin Walker, Frank's son, has helped identify some of the people in the photo. Some were also identified by Marge (Walker) Kimble. The photograph is estimated to have been taken between 1938/43.

    The two children in the back are unidentified. Otherwise, in the back row, left to right: Dale H. Walker, Unknown (possibly Carl Vaughn Walker or Byron Ernst), Earl Leander Walker, Unknown. Front row left to right: Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, Frank Walker, Charles "Cecil" Walker, John Franklin Russell. On the far right sitting on the grass is Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell

    It seems likely the man second from the left in the back row would be Carl Vaughn Walker (Frank and Earl's brother) or Byron Ernst (John and Flossie's foster child and the husband of Clara Walker Ernst who was Frank and Earl Walker's sister); he also somewhat resembles George Percy Walker. The children playing in the background shadows could be Frank's two younger sons, Marvin and Dean Walker, but it is just too dark to tell whether or not that is the case. This photo was most likely taken after the start of World War II, although it is possible Cecil was in the service before the outbreak of that conflict and I based the earlier 1938 date upon how old Dale Walker seems to me.
    The Children of Charles Pearsey Walker and Their Cousin, Francis Isaac 'Frank' Walker
    The Children of Charles Pearsey Walker and Their Cousin, Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker
    This is a reunion of some of the children of Charles Pearsey Walker and their spouses, and additionally the family of Charles P. Walker's grandnephew, Frank Walker.

    Within this group of people, Millie was Jim (James G.) Walker's wife, Hazel was Frank Walker's wife. John Russell was Flossie's husband and Jennie Reil Hannah was Samuel Nathaniel Walker's wife. Sam, Everna (Frizzell), Flossie (Russell), Lee (Charles Leander), and Jim were Walker siblings. Frank Walker's father, Charles F. Walker, who was Francis Samuel and Catherine Pearsey Walker's nephew, was raised by Francis S. and Catherine because his own mother Olive died when he was only two weeks old. Therefore, the Frank Walker in this photograph was part of the immediate family even though he was a "first cousin once removed," and not technically another sibling.

    In the very back: Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. The two front rows, left to right: Thomas "Tom" Walker, James G. "Jim" Walker, Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker, Mildred Jane "Millie" (Beauchamp/Feldman) Walker, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, Aleta Marie (Hewitt) Walker, Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell, Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker, John Franklin Russell, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.
    Everna Ida 'Vernie' (Frizzell) Walker, with John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    Everna Ida "Vernie" (Frizzell) Walker, with John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    Vernie Frizzell is with her sister and brother-in-law, Flossie and John Russell, in this photograph probably taken about 1945, possibly as late as 1950 (Everna died in 1951). It was sent to my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, by Everna Frizzell, probably at Christmas. On the back there is some writing from Everna that says: "Just the once happy trio on the Short art. I am not able to write a letter. Everna"
    John Franklin Russell and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    John Franklin Russell and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    John Russell was born September 9, 1882, in Fonda, Iowa; Flossie Walker was born April 18, 1884, in Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas; they were married Christmas Eve, 1903, and lived their entire lives in or near Wapello, Iowa.

    In the 1950s and 1960s they lived in the town of Wapello in a house that still had no indoor plumbing. A small pump provided water from the kitchen sink, and there was an outhouse behind their house.
    John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell
    This photo of my great uncle and aunt, John and Flossie Walker, was likely taken in about 1950.
    John Franklin Russell and His Wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell on their Couch
    John Franklin Russell and His Wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell on their Couch
    This is a photograph taken by Robert Walker in about 1956. John and Flossie Russell lived in Wapello, Iowa.
    John and Flossie Russell On Their Couch, Summer of 1961
    John and Flossie Russell On Their Couch, Summer of 1961
    This photograph was apparently including in Flossie's Christmas card to our family in 1961. According to the back side it was developed in August of that year. John Franklin Russell was 78 years old, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell was 77 at the time of the photograph.
    Birth Records S. N. Walker, 80, Honored By Family
    A newspaper account reporting on the 80th birthday party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. (Published in Morning Sun, Iowa, courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    General Newsprint
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    An item in the Morning Sun (Iowa) news published in the Burlington, Hawk-Eye (Iowa) mentioned a dinner attended by an assortment of Walker family members in honor of visitor and family member, Lela Frizzell. It may have been the summer after she graduated from high school.
    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.)
    Family ID  F161  Group Sheet

    Father  Walter Carl Ernst,   b. 7 Jul 1875, Barton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1955, Santa Cruz County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Lila M. "Lily" Barrett,   b. 1878, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  26 Aug 1894  Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 9, 28, 29
    Divorced  Bef 1900 
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Walter Ernst; Groom's Birth Date: 1873; Groom's Birthplace: Barton County, Missouri; Groom's Age: 21; Bride's Name: Lila M. Barrett; Bride's Birth Date: 1877; Bride's Birthplace: Iowa; Bride's Age: 17; Marriage Date: 26 August 1894; Marriage Place: Fonda, Pocahontas, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Daniel Ernst; Groom's Mother's Name: Mary Ernst; Bride's Father's Name: Orville Barrett; Bride's Mother's Name: Louisa Barrett; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02591-1; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1401836; Reference Number: pg 64; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Family ID  F4501  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Harriet Anna Timmerman,   b. 23 Feb 1899, Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1982 
    Married  16 Feb 1917  Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30, 31
    Divorced  Bef 1924 
    Divorce Filing  28 Jul 1924  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • WIFEY PULLED HIS HAIR, TOLD HIM TO LEAVE
      Byron R. Ernst Seeks Freedom in Divorce Court
      Mrs. Satterlee Sues.

      When Byron R. Ernst remonstrated with his wife for going to dances and dancing with other men, she slapped his face, pulled his hair, cursed him and ordered him out of the house if he didn't like her style, according to his plea for divorce filed in district court today.

      Ernst and. his wife, Harriet Anne Ernst, were married in Manchester, Iowa, February 16, 1917, and lived together until sometime in November 1922. They have two children, Doris, age five, and Glen, age three.

      The husband is asking for the divorce together with an order giving him the custody of the children. Smith & Swift are his attorneys.

      Mrs. Satterlee Sues. [...]
    Divorce Filing  4 Aug 1924  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • ORIGINAL NOTICE.
      State of Iowa. Scott County--ss.
      In the District Court of said County.
      Byron R. Ernst, Plaintiff.
      vs.
      Harriet Annie Ernst. Defendant.


      To the Above Named Defendant.

      You are hereby notified that there is filed in the office of the Clerk of the District Court in and for said County of Scott, State of Iowa. the petition of the above named Plaintiff, claiming of you an absolute divorce on the grounds that since your marriage to the Plaintiff you have been guilty of such cruel and inhuman treatment toward this Plaintiff to endanger his life. Plaintiff also asks the custody of Two (2) minor children. Doris N. Ernst and Glen F. Ernst.

      (For further particulars you are referred to Petition now on file.)

      And that unless you appear and make defense thereto, before noon of the second day of the next term of said Court, to be begun and held at Davenport in said County, on the 9th day of September, 1924, a default will be entered against you, and rendered thereon.

      Smith and Swift,
      Attorneys for the Plaintiff.
    Legal Notices
    Legal Notices
    A notice a divorce suit had been filed between Byron Robert and Harriet Anna (Timmerman) Ernst. The notice was published August 4, 1924.
    Newspaper Article  24 Oct 1924  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Reveals Record of Divorce and Gains Freedom

      Byron Ernst, 915 West Fourth street, showed his divorce papers to the police Thursday night and was released, after he was taken into custody on the charge of wife desertion for the police at Manchester, Iowa.

      (This would have been a first, unknown wife.)
    Newspaper Article  3 May 1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • PLANS REMARRIAGE TO PROVIDE HOME FOR HIS CHILDREN

      Byron R. Ernst, who was divorced from Harriet Annie Ernst on September 13 last, has been granted permission by District Judge W. W. Scott to remarry within the year. In his plea for a modification of the decree eliminating the 12 months' clause, Ernst explains that he is anxious to remarry in order to provide a home for his two children. L. E. Roddewig was his attorney.

      (Note, Byron Ernst was married May 2, 1925, to Clara Walker, one day before the publishing of this notice, probably the day of the judgment, so he acted quickly!)
    Children 
    >1. Doris Nettie Ernst,   b. 23 Feb 1918, Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1997, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Glen F. Ernst,   b. 1920, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Myrtle M. Ernst,   b. 7 Nov 1923, Milo Township, Delaware County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1994
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F12259  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Clara Elizabeth Walker,   b. 10 Jun 1903, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1990 
    Married  2 May 1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 34, 35, 36
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Byron R. Ernst; Groom's Birth Date: 1899; Groom's Birthplace: Newport, Iowa; Groom's Age: 26; Bride's Name: Clara Walker; Bride's Birth Date: 1904; Bride's Birthplace: Newport, Iowa; Bride's Age: 21; Marriage Date: 2 May 1925; Marriage Place: Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Walter Ernst; Groom's Mother's Name: Lyla Barrett; Bride's Father's Name: Charles Frank Walker; Bride's Mother's Name: Jessie Vaughn; Groom's Marital Status: Unknown; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02663-8; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1479416; Reference Number: No27 p291 cn31891; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Marriage License  3 May 1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • MARRIAGE LICENSES

      Byron R. Ernst and Clara Walker, both of Davenport.
    Plans Remarriage to Provide Home for His Children
    Plans Remarriage to Provide Home for His Children
    Notice of permission granted Byron Robert Ernst in a modification of his divorce decree allowing him to remarry sooner than the original decree allowed. The report was published May 3, 1925.
    Marriage Announcement  7 May 1925  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Ernest-Walker Wedding at Davenport.

      Miss Clara Walker and Mr. Byron Ernest (sic), formerly of this community, were quietly married by a Justice of the Peace at Davenport, Iowa, Saturday afternoon, May 2d, at four o'clock The Misses Kathryn Wilson and Ethel Walker, of this vicinity, the latter a sister of the bride, witnessed the ceremony. Mrs. Ernest is a daughter of C. F. Walker of Wapello, and has been employed by the Crescent Cracker Company in Davenport for sometime. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ernest of Fonda, Iowa, and is with the Zimmerman Manufacturing Company. Both are esteemed and capable young people Friends extend hearty congratulations.

      Mr. and Mrs. Ernest will make their home in Davenport.
    Residence  Feb 1937  Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [37
    Photographic Record  Abt 1942  probably in Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marge Kimble 
    • A photograph exists of Byron Ernst, his wife, Clara (Walker) Ernst, and their son, Charlie Walter. It was taken in about 1942, and a scan of it has been provided by Marge (Walker) Kimble.
    City Directory  1939/1958  Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • They can be found in city directories available at ancestry.com for Fort Dodge, Iowa, for the years: 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, and 1959. During the earliest of those years, Byron was using his middle name, Robert.
    Residence  Jun 1968  Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Research 
    • As Byron Ernst was not only a foster son of John and Flossie Russell, but a first cousin once removed of John's, Clara Walker was not only a "foster daughter-in-law" of theirs, but a first cousin once removed of Flossie's. Her parents were Charles Francis Walker (1865-1937) and Jessie Deborah Vaughn (1874-1908). She was the sixth of seven children in the family. Her father, Charles Francis, was the son of Flossie's uncle, Leander Walker, from his first marriage to Olive (also named, no relation) Walker.

      Byron and Clara Ernst moved from Davenport, Iowa, where they were residing at the time of the 1930 census, to Fort Dodge, Iowa, before or by 1934. In 1937 Clara's father, Francis Charles Walker, died at their home in Fort Dodge.
    Children 
    >1. Charlie Walter Ernst
    Photos
    The Family of Byron Robert and Clara Elizabeth (Walker) Ernst
    The Family of Byron Robert and Clara Elizabeth (Walker) Ernst
    Byron Ernst, left, and Clara Ernst, right, photographed with their son, Charles W. Ernst. I estimate this photograph was taken in about 1942 when Charles was an adolescent. The location is unknown. The photo was provided courtes of Marge Kimble.
    Marriage Documentation
    Wifey Pulled His Hair, Told Him to Leave; Byron R. Ernst Seeks Freedom in Divorce Court
    Wifey Pulled His Hair, Told Him to Leave; Byron R. Ernst Seeks Freedom in Divorce Court
    The particularly lurid news account of the divorce filing by Byron Ernst against his wife, Harriet Anna (Timmerman) Ernst. It was published on July 28, 1924, in the local paper, The Davenport Democrat and Leader.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F500  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Byron Robert Ernst
    Byron Robert Ernst
    Byron Ernst was born in 1898 and died in June 1975. He was connected to my families in several ways. A relative of John Franklin Russell, he was a foster child of John and his wife, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell. Byron had a short marriage that ended on a sour note and divorce to Harriet Timmerman. In 1925 he married Clara Elizabeth Walker (1903-1990), the daughter of Charles Francis Walker and Jessie Deborah Vaughn. They resided in Davenport, Iowa, and later in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Their son, Charles W. Ernst, in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

    General Newsprint
    Reveals Record of Divorce and Gains Freedom
    Reveals Record of Divorce and Gains Freedom
    An article describing Byron Ernst's arrest and subsequent release on a charge of wife desertion once he proved he legally was divorced from the woman.

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