In the midst of potty training & the holidays, I finally got a little piece of exciting mail. I received a letter from the Mayes County (OK) Genealogy Society yesterday. A copy of the following obit & a sticky note saying they “finally got the obit”. So here reads the blurry obit…
“Frank Lee, School Land Donor, Die; Funeral Thursday(there is no date… nice of them huh? but math says it in 1976’ish)Frank Lee, 81, pioneer resident of Lee Square community, eleven milessoutheast of Nowata ,died Monday at 4:00 p.m. after an extended illness.Mr. Lee came from Indian Territory in 1895 from Springfield, MO.He was well known throughout this area, and donated the acre of landfor the building of Lee Square school, which also served as a community centerfor many year. He was active in and enjoyed the local singing conventions,many of which were held at Lee Square.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Benjamin Funeral Home,with Rev. Harvey Hardin, pastor of First Christian Church in Chelsea, officiating.Interment will be in the Ball Cemetery.Survivors include the wife, Mrs. Ella Lee, of the home, three sons,Tony Lee, Springfield, MO, Florance Lee, Beneca, MO, and Frank Lee, Bartlesville;five daughters, Mrs. Jim McMatin, Cody’s Bluff, Mrs. Paul Milam, Bartlesville,Mrs. F. C. Myers, MIdland, TX, Mrs. T.O. Mason, Manhattan, KS, and Mrs. Edna Grant, Wollard, MO;one sister, Mrs. J.C. Weaver, San Gabriel, CA, and one half-brother, Guy Murray.Casket bearers include Louis Nitters [?], Lonnie Allison, Mayden Marney,Georger Frauenberger, Bob Cox, and Lon Myers.”
Well, I can say this is NOT our Frank Lee. Good news is that this little piece of paper saves me a lot of endless unproductive research. The above Frank Lee, buried at Ball Cemetery with his first wife Maude P[auline] Lee. The above Frank has a son Frank of Bartlesville, OK in 1976’ish who was born 1922,… our Frank Lee was born 1900 & was definitely not living in Bartlesville, OK in 1976’ish. Our times lines don’t match up at all!
The 1895 date out of “Indian Territory” jumped out at me, but they came from Springfield, MO. That isn’t what we have known to this date.
The truth is that our Neuhaus family connection moved from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL, at the same time that their mysterious “daughter” would have been pregnant with our Frank Lee b. 1900. They would have had to have met in Milwaukee or Chicago before any move to OK.
My research now turns to the old-fashioned way of requesting death records from the Cook County Clerk. Both daughters & the wife of Emil Neuhaus died before him. There has to be a record of something somewhere… and a lot of Chicago papers to search. I also need to track down the correct marriage for our Herman Neuhaus & see if there is any living cousins that can give us a helpful hint :)
I am going to work this Lee year to the very end :D