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  1. Ella Jane Westover: Birth: 18 MAR 1888 in Amery, Polk Co., Wisconsin.

  2. Gerald Hampton Westover: Birth: 11 DEC 1889 in Amery, Polk Co., Wisconsin.

  3. Ila Mae Westover: Birth: MAR 1891 in Amery, Polk Co., Wisconsin.

  4. Wayne Arthur Westover: Birth: 26 AUG 1898 in Underhill, Chittenden Co., Vermont. Death: 12 AUG 1973 in San Pablo, California


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  1. Vernon Madison Westover: Birth: SEP 1874 in Hyde Park, Vermont.


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1. Title:   1880 U.S. Census
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2. Title:   1900 U.S. Census
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CallNumber:   CS / 71 / C989 1889
3. Title:   1870 U.S. Census
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4. Title:   Correspondence.

Notes
a. Note:   Wayne Westover, bawayne@comcast.net (March 2011) "MADISON JAMES WESTOVER: It seems that I have already said a lot about Madison but there is still a lot to add about him and grandma Lizzie Alma Westover , the second ( that we know of ) of his wives. His picture is noted in the Photo Binder. I will try and keep repitition to a minimum. I have discussed his marriage to Augusta Homer above and will continue with his other relationships below. After his marriage to Augusta M. Homer in 1873 he married the mysterious Lizzie Alma Johnson ?, Colegrove?, Austin ? on February 10, 1886, at Cambridge, VT. Where she gave her name a Lizzie Colegrove Ruggles and her age as 19. As there is a great deal to be said about grandmother Lizzie I will limit her history to a minimum at this time and devote a separate section to her. During Madison and Lizzie’s marriage the couple made at least one move from Vermont as their three eldest children were born in Amery, Polk, Wisconsin between1888 and 1891. They returned however, as Wayne Arthur, the youngest, was born in Vermont in 1898. Madison must have left the family after Wayne’s birth and before 1904 when he became the father of Floyd Edson Westover by Ms. McIntosh in Kansas on their way to South Dakota. Incidently, I have not found any indication of divorce between any of Madison’s marriages but I admit I did not try to find any such records. After leaving Kansas, Madison and his wife ? Myrtle, who was born October 25, 1789 in Dover, Illinois, went to Edgemont, South Dakota, a spot on the map on the edge of nowhere, just above the Nebraska line. The children born there were; Leona, Beulah, Raymond and Walter. From the Fall River Courthouse in Hot Springs, South Dakota we learned that Floyd Edson “ Smokey “ Westover was born in Herrington, Kansas on December 16, 1904 and died in Edgemont on July 17, 1995 at the age of 88. Beulah Mae was born on April 15, 1915 and her birth record shows that her mother was born in Dover Illinois. Beulah was married at age 17 to a Joseph Bond. No other records were found for the other children but the indexing was very poor and we did not have a lot of time. It seems that the family may have also lived in Provo, South Dakota, a little town just next to Edgemont where ( honestly ) , the paved road ends. Edgemont has a library, a newspaper and a cemetery where Madison, Myrtle and Smokey are resting. See the pictures in the Photo Binder. As I mentioned before, Raymond was the one who, during World War II, came and introduced himself to my father, who was not particularly pleased. I have Raymond’s obituary from the West County Times and it notes that after the shipyards closed he was a carpenter, ran a TV repair business and had daughters, Darlene Heady of Oregon and Joann Massey of El Sobrante. His brother Walter was in Colorado. .His wife Elma had predeceased him. I believe that Wayne III went to Hi School with Joann but made no contact with her. Recently I have given information to a Lewis Massey on the Web and from the inquiries I know he is Joann’s husband but he has not mentioned the connection. I may break down and see if he has any info about Lizzie Alma’s maiden name. Leona Westover is mentioned in the Edgemont Newspaper, The Tribune. In a back issue from the files at the Edgement Library it is note that in February of 1932, after her father’s death, Leona returned to Denver to continue her Nurses training. It also added that not many could attend the services because of very bad road conditions. Madison’s death certificate, based on information given by Leona, gave his birth date as May 6, 1853, that he was a janitor and was divorced.....from Myrtle ?. The 1920 Census states that he was a farmer. In the Vermont Census of 1870 he was still in the home of his father , Charles Westover in Johnson, Vt. Charles is listed as a farmer and the members of his household were; Julia 44, Madison 17, Nellie 12 , Fred S. 8 and Edson 7. In the 1880 Census he was a servant in the home of Seth and Mary Hill in Johnson. By 1900 only Charles, Julia and Edson, with his wife Mae N., Were in the home in Johnson. While most of the family history has few unknowns, except for the Spencer connection questions, Madison’s wife Lizzie Alma....does present a challenge. Lizzie Alma Westover, had , over the span of her life, consistently given various names for her parents and listed different places of her birth. As a result it is not even possible to find a specific birthday. We don’t know exactly when she left Vermont for California or even the reason for the move. Wayne Sr. used to tell that he lived in an orphanage and that he lived with Hampton Colegrove who he even called Grandpa. If so, why was such a placement made?. Was she a woman whose husband had deserted her and she could not feed her four children? On some occasions she said the Colegroves were her parents. One Census reports that the Colegroves listed her as an adopted daughter. Why, when daughter Ella was married, there was only a brief mention of her father? What did she do for work between her various marriages in Vermont? I recall my father saying that she was a Postmistress somewhere in Vermont. It seems that in California she had been, at times, a practical nurse and she took in boarders. I do recall her in her house on 28th Street in Richmond and I know that my father said he helped build it. We do know that she was a talented artist and that some of her work remains in the family. I have one and Wayne has some as does cousin Elladean Kundell in Encino, CA. I was a fool not to have sat down with my father and asked questions.. In any event it seems that she may have been born on February 6 in 1867 or 1868 and her marriages were: Marriages in Vermont Aphollas H. Ruggles at Cambridge, Lamoille, Vt. on February 5, 1884. Each said it was their first marriage and her age was 17 and his 25. She gave the Colegroves as her parents and he stated his were Moses and Cynthia Ruggles. Each said they lived in Cambridge and that she was born in Shoreham, Vt. (Cambridge Records, marriage, Book 3, page 12) Ruggles died on January 30,1886 (Cambridge Records) and she married Madison James Westover at Cambridge Town, Lamoille, Vt. on February 10, 1886. This was 11 days after the death of Aphollas and here she gave her age as 19 and Shoreham as the birth place. Again she said the Colgroves were her parents. Each stated it was a second marriage and she said she was a widow. (. Cambridge Town Records ) Mason B. Hoyt on May 23, 1905 at Morristown, Lamoille, Vt. She gave her age as 35 , birthplace Bridport and her parents as David Johnson and Jennie Beeman., both of England. She said it was her third marriage, that she was a widow and lived in Morristown This would have put her birth date as 1870. Elwin S. Berry on October 20, 1910. This licence was issued at Middlesex, Vt. with the marriage taking place at Woodsville, New Hampshire. Here she gave her age as 42, a second marriage and her parents were the Colegroves. Her residence was given as Cambridge. Mr Berry was 59, a mechanical engineer, divorced and it was his third marriage. He was born in West Fairle, Vt. and his parents were William D. Berry and Laura A. Fletcher (Cambridge Records ) Marriages in California Arthur Cornelius Blount on October 20, 1927 in Contra Costa County, CA. He was a native of New York, age 63 and his parents were Josiah and Rebecca Loise Blount.. Lizzie said her age was 58, born in Vermont and her parents were the Colegroves. ( Contra Costa Records Vol 23 marriages page l172 ) Col. Bernard Felger on November 9, 1932. He was 72, born in Germany and a retired soldier. His father was Michael Felger. Here Lizzie said she was 65, born in Vermont, parents the Colegroves and it was her second marriage.( Contra Costa Records Vol 29 marriages page 352 ) To further complicate matters, on the death certificate of Lizzie’s son Gerald, the person giving the information, his daughter Geraldine, said that his mother was Elizabeth Austin. On her Marriage Licence Lizzie’s daughter Ella said her mother was Elizabeth Colegrove, born in Shoreham. In the 1930 Census her daughter, then Illa Hoskins, stated that her mother was born in Minnesota. ( Illa then lived in Jerico Town, Chittenden, VT. ) As to the Colegroves there seems to be some validity in my father calling Hampton Grandpa because in the1880 Vermont Census for Cambridge they declared Lizzie, age 13, an adopted daughter. The Colegroves, Hampton and Jane ( Westcott ) were long time residents of Cambridge where, according to my father, Hampton was the town Blacksmith. In the Photo Binder I have a picture of these folks holding Wayne, Sr and another of them with a young woman, who might well be one of Lizzie’s daughters. Hampton died in Cambridge on April 11, 1922 and Jane had predeceased him, passing away on February 11, 1911. The Vermont Probate Records show him a widower with no mention of any children and not even a disinheritance clause. The 1900 Census for Eden Town, Lamoille, VT shows the whole Westover family together, including Madison. On our trip to Vermont Wayne and I went to see the Town Clerk at Shoreham, where on some occasions Lizzie had stated she was born. The Clerk was very cooperative and even called in the Town Historian who invited us to her home while she checked her records. We did not find any helpful information there but in the 1870 Census for Shoreham there is a Lizzie Johnson, age 23, listed as a domestic in the home of Edwin S. Atwood. If indeed this is our Lizzie it would put her birth date as about 1847. Perhaps she is Grandmother Lizzie’s mother ? I have a memory of seeing a note in my mother’s records that Lizzie was a foster child of the Colegroves and that she had a brother, Arthur, who went to Canada to live. This might explain my Dad’s middle name. On the Ancestry.com site there is a posting by Terry Colegrove regarding Hampton Colegrove but he has not responded to my inquiry. have included a copy the record of Wayne and my trip to Vermont in the Appendix #25. After a bit more research and consideration I have a theory regarding grandmother Lizzie. I went to the Web Sites and Census to find out more about the Colegroves. First of all the name appears on these sources as Colegrove and Colgrove and this leads to a lot of confusion and the need to repeat the research two times, once under each version. Nathan Colegrove appears in 1840 in Jerico, Chittenden, Vt with a wife, two boys under ten and two daughters under ten. No names are given for the wife and children but from other sources the wife was Olive Tracey and the sons Jarius and Hampton L. Hampton L. Colegrove was born 14 Oct, 1808 in Fairfax, Franklin, Vt. and he died 9 June 1891 at Wauconda, Lake, Ill. His wife was Polly Permort. Jarius Colegrove was born 31 July 1806 at Fairfax Franklin Vt. ( the web site says Illinois but it is in error) He died 24 August 1862. His wife seems to have been named Sarah and they had several children including Hampton A.. Colegrove, who was born abt 1836 at Jerico, Vt. Moving on to 1850 in Fairfax, Franklin Vt. we find the Uncle, Hampton L Colegrove, at age 41 with his wife Polly (35) and Eliza, age 5. There is no indication that Eliza is adopted or a ward. This would put Eliza’s birth date as about 1846.. As stated above in the 1870 Census for Shoreham, Vt. There is a Lizzie Alma Johnson, age 23, a domestic, in the home of a local family. This Lizzie would have been born about 1846/47. This is interesting as Grandma Lizzie stated her name was Johnson and she was born in Shoreham. So... under this view Eliza was, in 1850, in the home of Hampton L. Colegrove at age 5 and may be his daughter. I sent to the Vermont Department of Health to see if there was a birth record for Eliza with the Colegroves as parents but it was returned “ No Record Found “ Moving ahead to the 1880 Census for Cambridge, Lamoille, Vt. We see Hampton L’s nephew, Hampton A Colegrove (40), his wife Jane ( Lois Jane 39 ) and Lizzie age 13 an adopted daughter. Her birthdate would be about 1867, a date grandma often used. I conclude that Eliza (or Lizza), born 29 March, 1845, was probably Hampton L. and Polly Colegrove’s daughter and the mother of Lizzie Alma who, for some reason, was placed in the home of her aunt and uncle Hampton A. and Lois Jane Colegrove.. Lizzie would have been born about 1846/47. This scenario would mean that Lizza gave birth to Lizzie Alma about 1867 when she herself was about 22 or 23 and near the time she was a domestic in Shoreham using the name of Johnson, a name that Lizzie often gave as her family name. But more questions remain. Was Liza married to a Johnson or was that the name of the father sans marriage? What happened to her from age 5 until she is 23 there in Shoreham? I have not located her in the1860 Census when she would have been about 15 but in following up on the Eliza Colegrove theory on the Family Search Site there is an Eliza Colegrove born 29 March 1845 in East Franklin, VT. Her parents being shown as Hampton Colegrove and Mary ( Polly? ) and a date of death of December10, 1871. So here is a name and birth date that seems real close. To further muddy the waters you recall that Lizzie’s daughter Illa stated that her mother was born in Minnesota and her son Gerald’s death certificate states his mothers name was Austin. Well......In the 1870 Minnesota Census for High Forrest, Olmstead County there is a William Austin,32, a farmer with a daughter Elizabeth age 3 who was born in Canada. Elizabeth is also there in the 1880 Census at age 13." "Three children of Madison and Lizzie; Gerald, Ella and Illa. Gerald Hampton Westover, like his sisters was born in Amery, Polk, Wisconsin. His birth date was December 11, 1889 and on his birth certificate under “ other living issue “ is the name of his sister Ella Jane. His mother Lizzie Colegrove is said to have been born in Shoreham, Vt. and his father Madison J, in Johnson, VT .Gerald died on December 11, 1960 at Davis, CA and the person providing information for the death certificate was his daughter, Geraldine Bradbury. Of interest is the fact that his middle name is Hampton, the first name of Mr. Colegrove discussed above .It seems that Gerald, Wayne, Sr. And Lizzie came to California between 1910 and 1913 without their two sisters. I place these dates between Lizzie’s last marriage in Vermont in 1910 and the time I believe Wayne, Sr started work, as a teenager, at the Standard Oil Company in Richmond. It may be that Gerald came out first as the California Census for 1910 puts him in Santa Cruz, CA. at the age of 20, single, and working as a bakery driver. His sister Illa stayed in Vermont and sister Ella had married in Waterbury, VT. in 1918 and came to join her husband in California at some time after that. There is a headstone at the Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, CA bearing the name of Eva Westover who was Gerald’s wife. She died on the 12th of January 1919 at the age of 28 during the great Flu Pandemic of that year. She left her husband and two daughters, Eva and Geraldine. She had been born in Vermont on September 23, 1890 and her parents were John B. Adams and Ella Eva Bryant .In the California Census of 1920 it shows Gerald at age 30, in Richmond, CA, widowed and the parent of two girls, Geraldine age 6 and Eva age 4 years and 10months. His occupation was a pumper at an oil refinery, certainly Standard Oil. He was living next door to his mother, Lizzie and Wayne , Sr .who lived at 712, 28th street in Richmond. I believe that the house still stands and my father used to say that he helped build it. I recall visiting my grandmother there when I was very young and going with her to pick strawberries in her yard. In the 1930 Census Gerald was 40 years old and living in Los Angeles at Long Beach. He was a Stillman at the Richfield refinery and had a wife Verna, age36. The children in the household were Geraldine 16, Vivian 14 and a stepson Donald Young age 8. Does this means that the name of daughter Eva, noted on the 1920 Census may have been an error? There was an item of family history that I recall to the effect that Gerald’s daughter Eva ? had died as a teen in an auto accident. Now with a different name we may be able to track this down. I do recall that when we were living at 1025 Florida we had a visit from Geraldine and she appears in my dads movies and I would guess she was in her early 20's. Another memory was that she later married in Southern California and her husband, who ran a water taxi to Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, died when his boat exploded. It could be that his last name was Blumberg or something close to that. Years later I recall she was back in Richmond and her married name was Bradbury, the name she had when she gave the information on her father’s death certificate. She was then living at 619 Pole Line Rd., Davis, California. The various death certificates of the family are included in the Binder Miscellaneous Records. Ella Jessamine Westover ( Ella Jane ? ) was born on March 18, 1888 in Amery, Polk, Wisconsin and in 1900 she was with both parents in Vermont. In 1910 she is listed as a boarder in the home of her future husband. The residents there were James Fullerton 73, Henry son 36, Dean son 25. In 1920 she was in Waterbury Town, age 31, married (Fullerton ) and teaching school. There is no mention of her husband, Dean Fullerton and she is shown as a boarder. But in the same Census, in Los Angeles, CA. is a Dean Fullerton, married, age 35 and a Lodger. His work is in the Motion Picture Field as a Lab Technician. It seems that he left his wife in Vermont to come to California to seek work in the Movie Business because in 1930 the two are together in Los Angeles with daughter Elladean, age 6, and he is still in the Movie Field as a Lab Technician. Ella’s marriage to Dean Stanley Fullerton is well reported in the July 10th issue of the Waterbury Record. It noted that the marriage, on July 6, 1918, was between a very popular local couple, he a local boy who graduated from MIT and she a teacher in the local schools. The article further states that she came to Waterbury at age 15 and began teaching at the local kindergarten after training at Miss Wheelock’s. School in Boston. Here her middle name is stated to be Jessamine. The article also states that Dean was the Town Clerk. It is interesting to see that while the groom’s family is written up in the article there is no mention of the brides’s family at all. And why would she come there at age 15 ? The marriage licence declares that her father was James M. Westover, born in Canada and her mother was Elizabeth Colegrove of Shoreham, where incidentally, the Colegroves had never lived. As to her training as a Kindergarten teacher she receive the best in the area at the time. Lucy Wheelock, 1857-1946 was a well known educator and scholar in New England Area, especially in Boston. In 1888 she instituted Kindergartens in the Boston Public Schools. She was known internationally and served on the Education Committee of the United Nations. She taught kindergarten teaching methods and was a director of the Wheelock School, now Wheelock College. Ella died on May 209, 1982 and was survived by her daughter, Elladean Kundell, who now lives at 5106 Lindley Avenue in Encino, California. She has been married three time and had one child, Michael by Eugene Foster and two, Maxie and Leonard by Herman LeBow . Illa Mae Westover, like her sister and brother Gerald, was born in Amery, Polk, Wisconsin in March of 1891. She did not make the trip to California and seems to have spent her entire life in Vermont, although I have not been able to locate her there after 1930. Like her sister there is an earlier period of time when her name does not appear until December 24, 1909 when she was married for the first time. She was then18 and her husband was Walter Willis Cook. The marriage took place at Underhill, Chittenden, VT and her residence was stated as Cambridge. The groom was 33 and his parents were Byron Cook and Mary J. Hicks, (Cambridge Records Book 5 page 87 ). In the 1920 Census for Vermont, Brownington Town, Orleans, she is 23 and the wife of Clergyman Walter Cook, age 33. There are two children, Ruth, age 8 and Wayne, age 2 months ?. I recall my father saying Wayne was named after him so I assume that there was a time when some of the family kept in touch after some had moved to California. The next discovery was a second marriage to Kenneth McLaughlin Hoskins who was born in Jerico, Chittenden, Vt. On Sept 7, 1906 and died on April 12, 1939. It seems that two children were born to the couple; Pearl Vivian and Pauline Virginia. They both died at one day of age on May 4, 1926. ( State Record Montpelier ). In the 1930 Census for Jerico, Chittenden, Vt .the family shows : Kenneth M. Hoskins 23, Illa Hoskins 35, Wayne W. Cook 12, a stepson and a daughter Paulina Hoskins age 4. I have not been able to locate Illa on any other Vermont Records after 1930. As an example of the problems with the indexing these names are shown as Ila and the family name Haskins Wayne Arthur Westover, Sr .was born on August 26, 1898 in Underhill, Chitenden, Vermont, the youngest of Madison and Lizzie’s children He was the only one not born in Wisconsin as sometime after the birth of Ella the family returned to Vermont. Little is known about Wayne’s early years but he spoke of being in an orphanage, called Hampton A. Colegrove “ grandpa Colgrove “, remembered sleigh rides pulled by a horse called “ Dolly Dimple”, saying that his mother was a Postmistress, the time of “sugaring down”in the maple trees and gathering what he called “paw paw” nuts in the woods. In the Appendix is a photo of Lizzie and all four of; the children taken at Lake Eden, Vermont on May 30, 1903. Wayne Sr. Would have been 5 years old at the time. There is also a photo of him with the Colegroves when he was about 2. I do not recall his saying anything about school in Vermont but he did attend in California, having to walk from 28th Street to downtown Richmond In the winter he would sometimes tarry and play in the flooded 16th street underpass and receive serious punishment for being late He probably did not have regular attendance in Vermont and did not have a chance to go too far in school. here in California as he went to work very early at the Standard Oil Refinery. It was obvious that the lack of formal education did not harm him as his knowledge of the basics was excellent and on a par with anyone who completed High School. .He stated that as a condition of going to work so early he was required to take, and did take, correspondence courses It seems that he did go as far as the fifth grade as he told me we each had the same teachers, Miss Newcomb and Miss Elliott in the forth and fifth grade If my calculations are correct he came to this state between 1910 and 1913 and before working at the Refinery he had delivered groceries with a horse and wagon and was an usher at the State Theater on MacDonald Ave at Forth Street in Richmond. During his work delivering groceries he said that on occasion he was invited to stop and have a cup of coffee with some of the employees at a local “sporting house “ in Point Richmond. In one of the family albums is a photo of him in his ushers uniform. When his brother Gerald lived in Richmond one of his jobs was running the street car from Point Richmond to Sixth and Broadway in Oakland .When he first went to work at the Standard Oil Co. Wayne, Sr. rode to work on a bicycle and later on an Indian motorcycle. Lizzie was, at times a practical nurse and also took in boarders. He went to work full time at the refinery in 1913 and was washing glassware in the laboratory. One summer he met a young man who had come for a summer job in the lab and whose father was a Director of the Company. My dad felt this was important so when this man was himself an official in the Company he could say he worked his way up. Anyway he told my father that later he would go to sea for one cruise as a Cadet in the Maritime Department as part of his fathers plans for him and when Dad said he would give anything for such an adventure the young friend set it up for the both of then to go. It so happened that during World War I the Navy had a shortage of vessels and arranged with the Standard Oil Company to use one of its old Sailing Ships to carry five gallon cans of gasoline to South Pacific locations that did not have the facilities to unload modern tankers. So, in 1918 the two of them sailed as Cadets from the Point Orient Wharf in Richmond on the S.V. John Ena, an old four masted barque, under the Standard Oil Flag. She had been built in Scotland of all steel construction, with no refrigeration and only sail for power. All in all very primitive , even for that time, and when they encountered lightning, with steel masts and a hold full of gasoline they all ”got religion”. Her sister ships can still be visited. The Star of India in San Diego and the Balclutha in San Franciso. The outbound trip to Australia took 53 day but on the return, due to adverse winds and storms, it took 90 days. On the return there was no longer a need to press these old timers into service and no place for a budding third officer trained only in sail so my dad went to work in the Manufacturing Department where he would spent almost fifty years as a Stillman in the Low Pressure Batteries. The John Ena went to work with the Alaska Packers Fleet, later to be cut down as a coal barge. It is interesting to note that one day when I was six or seven we were taking a ride to the big Montgomery Ward Store in East Oakland when my dad looking at the estuary said “ those masts look like the John Ena”s. Over we drove and sure enough it was the old ship waiting to be cut down to haul coal . I am fortunate enough to have a belaying pin from the old ship, and in my mother’s old album is a photographic history of the entire trip .During World War II he was selected to train the great number of women called into service to run the refinery while the men were at war. He was a good instructor and was awarded an “E” award by the military for his outstanding contribution to the War Effort. I must say that my mother was not that appreciative because when they were out and about and when one of his students came by he was often greeted with a “Hi Pappy “ and a hug . In 1926 he had married Della Viano who was the youngest daughter of John and Albina Vacca Viano who had come to this country from the far north of Italy from villages in the Piedmont Area called San Colombano Bel Monte and Nomoglio. John had worked in the coal mines in Missouri and had, because of his expertise with explosives, come to Pinole to work for the Hercules Powder Company. He later was a Janitor at Roosevelt Jr. High School in the Richmond Unified School District. Della was born in Frontenac, Crawford, Kansas on January 10, 1903. Her brother Leo Viano taught school in Richmond and also served one term as its Mayor. He married Florence Shaw of Berkeley, CA. Della’s sister, Catherine, also lived in Richmond and married Alexander Allamanno..The Senior Wayne was a man of a great many interests, including but not limited to; early radio, 16 mm movies, raising exotic birds and making detailed ship models from scratch. His interest in movies led to a number of reels showing Yosemite, Lassen and other then remote areas in the days when they were rustic places with dirt roads and no crowds at all. I have had some of these transferred to video tapes. He was handy in the fields of carpentry, plumbing, wiring and masonry, mostly thro self education .He was an avid gardener, even to the extent of growing ferns from spores in laboratory glassware. As Wayne, Jr got older he jumped into the Boy Scout Program and often went on the camping trips to Wolfboro, near Lake Alpine, where he did some of the camp cooking and took a lot of movies. In later life, after his retirement, he and Della were very active in the local SPCA and usually had a number of cats at home. He was the Humane Officer for Contra Costa County for a number of years and showed that he was truly interested in animal welfare. He spent many years collecting stamps and had an extensive collection at the time of his death. Before and after retirement he put his construction abilities and was the principal builder of two houses on the San Pablo Dam Road in El Sobrante, California. The photo of one of these in the Photo Binder. Both Della and Wayne died at Brookside Hospital in San Pablo, California, he on 12, August 1973 and Della on November 20, 1986. They are buried at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, CA. and a map of the various family burial spots in included in the Appendix. Their only child was Wayne Arthur Westover, Jr, born in Richmond, California on January 17, 1927. During our trip to Vermont we were unable to solve the puzzle of why grandma Westover used so many different names and birth places and we were surprised to come back with yet another mystery, I had sent for and received my father’s birth certificate from the Town of Underhill and it gave his correct birth date of August 26, 1898 and his parents names as Lizzie A. Westover and Madison J. Westover. It was a single birth and the name Wayne Arthur Westover was shown. When Wayne and I went to view the State Records at Montpelier we found a birth record for grandpa in most respects the same as the one I had. Same parents, same date, a single birth but on this record there was a name of the child given Jamis J. Westover. So that is one more interesting item about the family.


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