Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - November 1, 2016 - William Homer Wert

William Homer Wert

William Homer Wert was the son of Cyrus and Lois (Ormsby) Wert. He was born in Wells County Indiana on November 11, 1883. In the 1900 Federal Census, William Homer is 16 years old and living with his parents and his brother Albert who is 20 years old. They live in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana.

William Homer Wert - 1903

William Homer Wert married Etta Clare Smith on April 12, 1903. Etta Clare and William Homer had two children, James Frank (1904) and Lulu Etta born on July 11, 1905. Etta Clare died during childbirth but the baby Lulu Etta, survived. 

Etta Clare Smith - 1903

On June 12, 1909, William Homer married Allie M. Ferguson. She brought a daughter to their family from a previous marriage. Her name was Edna Shellabarger (1903). In the 1910 Federal census, William and his new wife Allie, James and Edna are listed but I see no entry for Lulu Etta. Allie Wert, William Homer's second wife, died on February 18, 1912. Leaving William Homer with three young children; James, Lulu and Edna, Allie's daughter . On January 1, 1919, William Homer married Josephine Potee. In the 1920 Federal Census, the step daughter Edna, is not listed in the census but James F is living with William Homer and Josephine. Lulu Etta is listed with her Grandparents, Cyrus and Lois Wert. By the 1930 Census, William and Josephine have 2 daughters; Margaret (1920) and Elizabeth(1922). These daughters are still at home as of the 1940 Federal Census. 

The census shows William Homer doing different occupations. The 1910 and 1920 Census show him as a farmer. In the 1930, he is a serviceman for  a manufacturing company. And by 1940, his occupation is barber.

William Homer register for the draft for World War I on September 12, 1918 and listed his Mother, Lois Wert of Uniondale, Indiana, as his contact. He registered for World War II as required and listed Josephine as his contact and they are living in Ossian, Indiana. He states that he is self employed.

William Homer Wert died on November 1, 1966. He is buried in The Oaklawn Cemetery in Ossian Indiana next to his third wife Josephine. 

Rest in Peace, William Homer.

Jan Smith

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