GEORGE WILLARD HASKINS

George Willard Haskins gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. July 29, 1874 in Estherville, Emmett County, IA
D. December 10, 1953 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Demetrius A. Haskins born in May, 1850 in Wisconsin, son of George Micah Haskins (1821-1889) and Louisa P. (Westcott) (Haskins) Goodwin (1840-1911); Demetrius died January 19, 1932 in Madison, Dane County, WI; originially buried in Fairview Mausoleum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI (open in 1912, abandoned, remains transferred to nearby Graceland and other cemeteries, demolsihed in 1997) Graceland Cemetery, Milwaukee County, WI; According to the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison WI) Wednesday, January 20, 1932, page 5:

Demetrus A. Haskins
Dies in 82nd Year
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Two Daughters, Son Survive
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   Demetrus A. Haskins, 82, of 120 North Orchard street, died Tuesday night at a Madison hospital where he had been a patient since Dec. 16.
   Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Irving L. Buehler and Mrs. William Krotetz, both of Madison; a son, George W., Chicago, and a sister in Portland, Ore.
   The body will lie in state at the Schroeder funeral home until Thursday afternoon when it will be taken to Milwaukee for funeral services and burial at the Fairview mausoleum.”

  • Mother: Mary Magdaline (Bledsoe) Haskins born October 1847 in New York, daughter of Joseph J Bledsoe (1823-1903) and Cynthia Bledsoe (1830-1918); Mary died June 1, 1926 in Portland, Mutnomah County, OR
  • Wife 1: Belle (Andrews) Haskins born about 1879 in Wisconsin; married George Willard Haskins on February 21, 1899 in Walworth County WI; Belle died September 23, 1912 in Portland, Mutnomah County, OR; According to the Missoulian (Missoula MT) Tuesday, September 24, 1912, page 2:

MRS. BELLE HASKINS MEETS
DEATH IN A PORTLAND
ELEVATOR.

   Portland, Ore., Sept. 23. – Mrs. Belle Haskins, telephone operator in a local department store, was killed today.  She was attempting to leave the elevator when it was in motion, it is alleged, and was crushed to death.
   Mrs. Bell Haskins, who met death yesterday in a Portland elevator was the sister of George Andrews of this city, who is the head miller at the flouring mill.  he received a telegram last evening telling of his sister’s accident.  Mrs. Andrews will leave this noon on No. 3 for Portland.”

      According to the Oregon Daily Journal (Portland OR) Friday, September 27, 1912, page 13:

DIVORCED HUSBAND
NAMED ADMINISTRATOR

   Upon petition of Bessie Andrews, a sister of Mrs. Belle A. Haskins, who was killed in an elevator in the Meier & Frank store on Monday morning, G. W. Haskins, divorced husband of the deceased, was appointed administrator of the estate by County Judge Cleeton.  The estate is said to consist only of a claim for damages against the company.  Mrs. Andrews is a sister-in-law of the dead woman and was appointed guardian of the two children, Arnold F., aged 12, and Irvin D., aged 9.  In addition to the two boys, the heirs are: George Andrews, a brother, of Missoula, Mont.; William Andrews, a brother, of Jefferson, Wis., and Mrs. Bessie Andrews of Portland.”

  • Wife 2: Ruth Harris born January 11, 1892 in Vermont, daughter of George Harris (1842-?); married (1) George Willard Haskins on September 1, 1914 in Denver, Denver County, CO and divorced April 26, 1920 in Denver County, CO; married (2) Robert William Turner (1886-1980); Ruth died in February 1986 in Colorado; Ruth and Robert are buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, CO
  • Wife 3: Anne B. (Vagt/Vogt) (Hays) (Brosseau) Haskins born June 22, 1886 in Chicago, Cook County, IL, daughter of Hans Vagt (1860-1938) and Ida (Weidenhoft) Vagt (1864-1936); Anne died November 27, 1958 in Lake Villa, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Anne (Vagt/Vogt) (Hayes) (Brosseau) Haskins buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children of George Willard Haskins and Belle (Andrews) Haskins:
  1. Arnold Ellsworth Haskins, born December 19, 1899 in Portland, Multnomah County, OR; married Clara M. (Lane) Haskins; Arnold died December 23, 1979 in San Mateo County, CA; last residence Millbrae, San Mateo County, CA; According to the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:

“Name: Arnold Ellsworth Haskins; Permanent Home Address: 101 E. 57N., Portland, Ore; Age in Years: 18; Date of Birth: Dec. 19 1899; Race: White; U.S. Citizen: Native Born; Present Occupation: Ship Worker; Employer’s Name: Columbia R.S.B.; Nearest Relative: (Father) George W. Haskins, Denver, Colorado; Height: Tall; Build: Medium; Color of Eyes: Blue; Color of Hair: Light; Signed: Sept 12 1918.”

      According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: Arnold Ellsworth Haskins; Place of Residence: 77 Hermosa St., Millbrae, San Mateo, Calif.; Mailing Address: Same; Telephone: none – Atwater 0810; Age in Years: 42; Date of Birth: Dec. 19, 1899; Place of Birth: Edgerton, Wisconsin; Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. Clara M. Haskins; Employer’s Name and Address: Same; Place of Employment: Pacific Electric Mfg. Cord, San Francisco, Calif.; Race: White; Height: 6′; Weight: 195; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Brown; Complexion: Ruddy; Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: Scar x over left eye; Signed: Feb. 15, 1942”

  1. Irving Richard Haskins born April 7, 1903 in Edgerton, Rock County, WI; U.S. Army Veteran (November 21, 1942 – September 10, 1945); Richard died May 23, 1983 in Los Angeles County, CA; buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, HA; According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: Irving Richard Haskins; Place of Residence: 2601 Broadway, San Francisco, S.F. County, Calif.; Mailing Address: Same; Telephone: West 9113; Age in Years: April 7, 1903; Place of Birth: San Fransisco, California; Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Arnold E. Haskins, Box 99, Millbrae, Calif.; Employer;s Name and Address: Ernst & Ernst, 300 Montgomery St., S.F. Calif.; Race: White; Height: 5′ 11″; Weight: 190; Eyes: Hazel; Hair: Brown; Complexion: Light; Signed: Feb 14, 1942”

  • Children of George Willard Haskins and Ruth (Harris) Haskins:
  1. Cornelia Ruth (Haskins) (Washburn) Sasser born Februrary 28, 1916 in Arvada, Jefferson County, CO; married (1) Jack Blenkiron Washburn (1913-2002) on July 17, 1936 in Denver, Jefferson County, CO and divorced; married (2) Norval Robert Sasser (1930-1997) on March 23, 1957 in Elgin, Union County, OR, son of Robert Sasser (1904-1982) and Violet (Winters) Sasser (1907-1993); Cornelia died May 16, 1987 in Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, OR; Cornelia and Robert are buried in Milton-Freewater IOOF Cemetery, Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, OR; According to the Oregon, U.S., State Marriages, 1906-1968:

“Name: Cornelia Ruth Washburn; Place of Birth: Arvada, Colo; Date of Birth: Feb. 28, 1916;  Age 41; Occupation: Office Clerk; Previous Marital Status: Divorced; Father’s Name: Geo. Willard Haskins; Mother’s Name: Ruth Harris: Usual Residence: 1517 S. E. Holly St., Portland, Ore.; Spouse: Norval Robert Sasser, age 26; Place of Marriage: Elgin, Union County, OR; Date of Marriage: March 23, 1957”

  1. Noel Haskins born in 1919; Noel died in February 1920; buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, CO
  • Siblings:
    • Maude Grace (Haskins) Kroetz born January 1877 in Iowa; married William Louis Kroetz (1880-1931) on September 10, 1900 in Winnebago County, IL, son of Gottlieb Kroetz (1851-1923) and Catherine “Kate” (Blechschmidt) Kroetz (1858-1936)
    • Cute Helen (Haskins) Buehler born December 1878 in PA; married Irving Leonard Buehler in 1895; Cute died January 20, 1939 in Madison, Dane County, WI; Cut and Irving originally buried in Fairview Mausoleum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, IL then buried in Graceland Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI; According to the Capital Times (Madison WI) Saturday, January 21, 1939, page 3:

“Heart Attack Fatal
To Mrs. Buehler
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Dies Suddenly Friday at Home Here
At Age 60; Services Sunday
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   Mrs. Irving L. Buehler, 60, of 333 W. Washington ave., died suddenly Friday at her home following a heart attack.  Mrs. Buehler had been a resident of Madison for 20 years.  Previous to that time, she resided in Milwaukee.
   She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. William Doll, Milwaukee, and a grandson; one sister, Mrs. Maud Kroetz, Madison; and one brother, George W. Haskins, Chicago.
   Mrs. Buehler was a member of the Milwaukee chapter of the Eastern Star.
   Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 at the Schroeder funeral chapel here and on Monday at 10, at the Fair View mausoleum, Milwaukee.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Foster Township, McKean County, PA living on Dallas City, the household members were: Demetrus Hoskins (sic), age 28, married, Occupation: Laborer, born in Wisconsin, father born in New York, mother born in (blank); Mary Hoskins, age 30, wife, married, Occupation: Keeping house, born in New York, parents born in New York; Geo Hoskins, age 5, son, single, born in Iowa; Maud Hoskins, age 4, daughter, single, born in Iowa; Cute Hoskins, age 1, daughter, single, born in Pennsylvania.

According to the 1905 Wisconsin, U.S., State Censuses, 1855-1905 for City of Tomah, Monroe County, WI, the household members were: Geo. Haskins, head, age 30, married, born in Iowa, parents born in Iowa, Occupation: clerk; Bell Haskins, wife, age 26, married, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Wisconsin; Arnold Haskins, son, age 5, single, born in Wisconsin; Irving Haskins, son, age 2, single, born in Wisconsin.

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Portland City, Multnomah County, Or, living at 223 E Stark, the household members were: Geo W Haskins, head, age 35, married once, born in Iowa, father born in Wisconsin, mother born in New York, Occupation: Clerk – grocery; Bella Haskins, wife, age 33, married once for 11 years, 2 children born, 2 children living, born in Wisconsin, father born in England, mother born in Canada; Arnold Haskins, son, age 10, born in Wisconsin; Irvin Haskins, son, age 7, born in Wisconsin.

According to the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:

“Name: George Willard Haskins; Permanent Home Address: 2927 Stout St., Denver, Colo; Age in Years: 44; Date of Birth: July 29, 1874; Race: White; U.S. Citizen: Native Born; Present Occupation: Pulman Conductor; Employer’s Name: R. R. Administration; Place of Employment: Union Depot; Nearest Relative: Wife – Ruth Haskins, 2927 Stoust St, Denver, Colo; Height: Tall; Build: Medium; Color of Eyes: Blue; Color of Hair: Sandy; Signed: Sept 12 1918”

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Portland City, Multnomah County, OR living at 101 E. 57th, the household members were: George Haskins, head, age 46, divorced, born in Iowa, father born in Wisconsin, mother born in New York, Occupation: Conductor – train; Irvin Haskins, son, age 16, single, born in Wisconsin, father born in Iowa, mother born in Wisconsin; Mary Haskins, mother, age 70, widowed, born in New York parents born in New York. (NOTE: George’s wife, Ruth (Harris) Haskins was living with her father, George Harris, and their two children: Cornelia Haskins and Noel Haskins)

According to the U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 (Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1920):

“Haskins Arnold shipwkr r 101 E 57th N
Haskins Geo W cond h 105 E 57th N
Haskins Irvin D shipwkr r 101 E 57th
Haskins Mary Mrs h 101 E 57th N”

 According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL, living at 1148 Lill Avenue, the household members were: George W. Haskins, head, age 49, first married at age 23, born in Iowa, parents born in Wisconsin, Occupation: Conductor – Railroad; Anne Haskins, wife, age 37, first married at age 18, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 1307 Addison Street, the household members were: George Haskins, head, age 58, married, highest grade completed: H1, born in Iowa, lived in same house in 1935, Occupation: Conductor – Pullman Car Railroad Steam; Anne Haskins, wife, age 45, married, highest grade completed: H4, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935.

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Surname: HASKINS; Name: Geo. W.; Birth Date/Place: 30 Jul 1884, WI; Death Date/Place: 10 Dec. 1953, Round Lake; Cause of Death: Coronary Occulusion; M; Occupation: Retired from Pullman Company; Minister – Funeral Home: Rev. LIDDICOAT, Chapel; Burial Place – Next of Kin: Fort Hill, Demirae HASKINS-Father, Mary Magdaline BLEDSOE-Mother”