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Grandma Ruth and Herbert married on May 5, 1923, dad was born on March 8, 1927. Shortly after his birth, 6 weeksor so, Herbert deserted Grandma Ruth and dad in Des Moines, Iowa leaving without saying a word and leaving her with a newborn baby and no money. Grandma Ruth's mother, Tillie, had to send Grandma Ruth train fare to get her and dad back to Chicago, where Grandma Ruth lived with her mother.
Grandma Ruth never knew this, but about a year after she returned to Chicago, Herb called her from Colorado (where we feel he was staying with some of the Dezell's we knew lived there at that time). He wanted Grandma Tillie (Ruth's mother) to buy train tickets to send dad and Grandma to him. Grandma Tillie was worried that he wasn't being honest with her and told him if he would send the money, she would send them to him. She told mom and dad later, that she was afraid he would hurt Grandma again and that she felt if he was sincere, he would send the train fare. Grandma Tillie never heard from him again.
From letters written from Herb's mother, Mary Worcester Dezell, it appears that Herb was in trouble for embezzling insurance money (he was an insurance salesman). She even had to mortgage property to buy him out of his trouble. You have to understand, she was widowed, with three young children, Herb being 5 when his father died. She moved back to Hill City to be closer to her family (the Worcester's), and taught piano to help support them. When she died, she left Herb's share to dad. I have probably 30 letters that Grandma Dezell wrote to Grandma Ruth in the 1920's, which are in my vault at the bank. In one of these letters, she stated "I don't know what is worse, a woman marrying a man unworthy, or a
mother having such a son". The other letters speak of having to mortgage property and some man coming to see her about Herb.
Grandma Ruth said that when dad was still a baby, her and her mother, Tillie, were shopping at I think it was Woolworth's (may have been Sears) and she swore she saw Herb working there. She immediately tried to find the man she had seen, and he had disappeared. She went to the employment office and asked them if a Herbert Dezell worked there and they told her they couldn't give her that information.
Dad did some research and we found that Herb had remarried and was living in Belen, NM when he died October 16, 1969.
His obituary states: " Graveside services in Santa Fe National Cemetery will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for Herbert W. Dezell, 75 of Belen, who passed away Thursday afternoon following a long illness. He is survived by his widow, Ina B. (Peggy), of the family home at 115 N. Third Street, Belen."
A World War I veteran, Dezell had lived in Belen for eight years, moving here from Clovis. (We found a Craig Dezell in Clovis, but he has disappeared and apparently doesn't want to be found - we found a person one day who stated she knew him and that he had moved east and that she would try to contact him - Dad never heard from her again). He was retired from the Texas Refinery Corp. of Ft. Worth and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Of interest, is that Grandma Ruth remained married to Herbert until after Grandma Tillie died (in 1959). A German immigrant, Max Kurth, had rented a room from them to help with their income, and he always treated dad and us as his own. He always was in love with Grandma Ruth and wanted to marry her..he was in all ways a father to my dad and a grandfather to us, but for some reason Grandma would not marry him. But when Grandma Tillie died in 1959, her Brother Herman told her it wasn't proper for her to be living in the same apartment with an unmarried man, and so she divorced Herb sometime in between 1959 and 1965 and married "Papa Max".
What we still don't know is why Herb did what he did. It would appear from the old letters from Grandma Dezell (Herb's mother) wrote to Grandma Ruth in the 1920's that he was an insurance salesman and rather than pay the premiums, kept the money. Grandma Dezell, widowed and raising three children mortgaged property to pay off his debts. I don't guess we will ever know, but it appears he must have
told quite a story to his relatives, because every time we get close to his trail and relatives, the trail turns cold. Don't know if it is because there is property involved or what.
When dad tried to obtain Herb's death certificate and he called Belen, NM in 1992 (understand that Belen is a small town), they acted real funny. They would not release Herbert's death certificate until Dad "proved" with his own birth certificate that Herb was in fact his father. Several days after these phone calls, dad received a call from a young woman who said she was calling from "Albuquerque University" and was doing a survey. (Dad said she hesitated when he answered the phone, as he looks
and according to those who knew him, sounds just like Herb). She was asking dad all kinds of personal information. He told her he would be glad to take a survey, to please put it in the mail and that was the end of it. We are still wondering who "she" was.
Also have Herbert's dog tags from WWI and some other engraved jewelry.
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Resided in Owen, Wisconsin 54460
Note H00012 Index
Information on Clara Sentney Lehman comes from her obituary....
Clara Sentney Lehman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sentney was born in Silverville, Lawrence County, Indiana, January 4, 1875 and died at her home in Owensburg, Ind. Dec 21, 1924, aged forty-nine years, eleven months and seventeen days.
The deceased moved with her parents to Owensburg when eleven years old, where Mr. Sentney engaged in the general mercantile business. She graduated from the Owensburg schools and was united in marriage to Everett Lehman of Owensburg, January 2, 1892. To them were born the following children: Mrs. Norma Harris of Elletsville; Mrs. Blanche Jackson of Shelbyville; Mrs. Dorothy Rainbolt of Bedford; Ralph Lehman of Nashville, Tenn; Kenneth Lehman of Indiana University; Beatrice, Audrey
0Mae, Mary Louise, Martha, Robert and William, at home; all of whom, together with the husband survive. Besides her family, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Clementine Sentney and a brother John R. Sentney, both of Indianapolis and a sister, Jessie M. Sentney of Chicago.
She united with the Church of Christ at Owensburg in 1906 and was a devout member until her death. She was an active worker in the order of Eastern Star.
To know her was to love her. No matter how tired or how busy she was, she always met her friends with a smile. She was of a quiet, sweet and unassuming disposition and a devoted wife and mother. She was never happier than when surrounded by her family and friends.
The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, and she was laid to rest in the Owensburg cemetery where the large attendance and floral offerings bespoke the endorsement and esteem with which she was held by her friends.
We decide to thank the many relatives and friends for their assistance and sympathy during the sudden death and burial of our dear one; and wish to assure you that it will always be a cherished memory with her family.
HUSBAND AND CHILDREN, MOTHER, BROTHER AND SISTER."