How the daily life decisions of our ancestors made it possible for two kids in Indiana to meet, marry and graft together their family lines. Some came from Germany, some from places yet unknown and some seem to have been in the United States before its inception as a country. Although they shared common joys, struggles and grief, they all had stories unique unto themselves. This is my attempt at telling those stories and honoring their lives so they will not be forgotten.
Alton Floyd Kern; Oak Hill Cemetery; Lebanon, Indiana
Alton Floyd Kern was the second of two children born to William Nelson and Flossie May Mitchell Kern. He was born on Friday, April 17, 1908 in Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana. At the time of his birth his father William was 21 and his mother Flossie was 19 years old. His older sister, Daisy Marie, had been born in 1905.
On January 18, 1910 when Alton was not quite two years old his mother Flossie died leaving William to raise two young children.
By April of 1910 Alton, along with his sister Daisy, were living with their maternal grandparents Ora and Mollie Mitchell. They were still living in Lebanon, Indiana. Their father, William, was also still residing in Lebanon although alone in another residence.
The 1920 Federal Census shows Alton, then 12 years old, still residing with his now widowed maternal grandmother Mollie. His sister Daisy was also still living in the home. Records show his father William was now re-married and living in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The following newspaper mention was published in the Lebanon Daily Reporter, dated June 21, 1922:
Unfortunately, soon after entering the hospital Alton died from his illness. His obituary was published in the Lebanon Pioneer, dated July 6, 1922:
One can tell from the following newspaper article from the Lebanon Daily Reporter dated July 18, 1922 that Alton was much loved and would be greatly missed.
Alton's life ended too soon; his life story too short. But he hasn't been forgotten.
Sources: Gravestone Photo Information (Marc Doty-FindAGrave Contributor #46843703-Used with Permission); 1910 Federal Census & 1920 Federal Census (Ancestry.com); Lebanon Daily Reporter & Lebanon Pioneer (NewspaperARCHIVE.com)
Wednesday’s Child blog postings include photos of gravestones of children. A sad topic but posts can give life to the stories of these young souls.