I, recently, found the will of my Great Grandfather, Rena’s father and Father -in-law of Theodore. He specifically states that Theodore is ‘never, under any circumstances, to receive anything, whatsoever, from his estate.’ It’s evident from this that there was ill will between them. As I said, Rena, my Grandmother, put my father, Earl, in an orphanage and died a few years, later, Ill and destitute.
New info...found a letter from Rena to a Louisville newspaper asking for help finding Theodore. She explains in the letter that after he was treated with Morphine for injuries suffered in a trainwreck, he became addicted to the drug. In spite of all his efforts to be cured in different asylums, he was unable to do so and she lost contact with him. Unfortunately, she became ill with consumption and was, also, treated with morphine. She died from chronic morphinism at the age of 40.