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Galen Weiker Rote (1888 - 1941)

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Galen Weiker Rote
Born in Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, USAmap
Died in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Biography

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Galen Weiker Rote was born on March 7, 1888, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Alpheus Rote and Ella E. Ward. He had two brothers and three sisters: Mabel (or Mable), John, Emma, Howard, and Minnie. Mabel was the oldest, and Galen was the oldest son, with all the other children younger.

The 1900 U.S. Federal Census documents that Galen, age 12, was living with his family New Castle, Pennsylvania, where his father's occupation is listed as "Heater tin mill." In 1910, they were still living in New Castle, but his father had been out of work for 5 weeks and his occupation was listed as "odd jobs."[1]

On 29 August 1911, Galen and Lulu P. Craun, a resident of Toledo, Ohio, obtained a marriage license and certificate in Lucas County, Ohio. It seems likely that the couple were married that day at the courthouse, as both license and certificate had the same date.

On 7 June 1917, Galen signed up for the WWI draft. According to the information he supplied, Galen, now age 29, lived at 525 Locust, Toledo, OH. He had been born in Harrisburg, Pa., USA, was married, and his wife's maiden name was Craun; he was of medium height and build, and had blue eyes and brown hair. Galen lists his trade or occupation as "Show Business." His employer's name is a bit hard to make out, but might be Forenze or Torunze; there are two figures preceding the entry in the blank which might be initials (possibly J.S.), but which also might be the numerals 28. The final line was difficult to decipher, but I think it might be "Peerless Mus Co. Det Mich" (Peerless Music Co., Detroit, Mich.), which may have been a branch of the Peerless Film Corporation, which in 1917 was located at 153 East Jefferson in Detroit, Michigan, as referenced in the photo and associated comments: http://www.shorpy.com/node/10983

I have found no evidence of military service for Galen, nor have I found evidence that he did not serve.

The 1919 city directory for Galen and Lulu shows the couple living in Toledo, Ohio; Galen's occupation was listed as brakeman. That same year, on August 24, Lulu was to give birth to the couple's first child, a girl, Marian Virginia Rote in Sandusky, Ohio. Not quite two years later, on July 2, 1921, their second daughter, Luella Jean Rote, was born, also in Sandusky.

On 14 August, 1928, just ten days before her 9th birthday, Marian died of bronchial pneumonia. Galen was devastated, as were his wife and remaining daughter. He morned the child he'd called his "shadow," to the detriment of his family life. According to Luella her parents separated for a time following her sister's death and she and her mother lived in impoverished circumstances as a result. The separation cannot have been for long, however, given the documentary evidence of the family living together as described in the following paragraph.

I have not found an entry in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census for the family, but this is most likely due to an issue with indexing, as they are still in Sandusky in 1930 and 1940, and Luella described growing up in Sandusky in personal conversations with me, as well as in a diary she wrote when she was 14. Galen and Lulu can also be found in multiple Sandusky city directories, including those for the years 1923, '32, and '35. In 1923, Galen was listed as a brakeman, no occupation was listed for 1932, and in 1935 he was listed as a salesman. The 1940 U.S. Federal Census lists his occupation as a bartender at the Central Labor Hall.

Various family members have also reported to me that Galen worked at Cedar Point (see also Cedar Point, Wikipedia, either in concession stands (which is what Luella remembered), or running a roulette wheel (according to more distant relatives). Luella spoke of going to the amusement park with him, where she would ride the roller coasters, which she loved, for free. She was thrilled to have the chance to ride as many times as she wished, and the park was happy to have a shill to draw customers to the ride.

Galen died 10 August 1941 in Sandusky, Ohio. The New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) provided the following obituary on 11 August 1941:

Galen W. Rote, aged 53, died Sunday evening at 7 o'clock at his home, 303 East Washington street, Sandusky, O. He leaves his wife, Lulu Craun Rote; a daughter, Luella Jeane [sic]; two brothers John and Howard Rote, both of this city, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Cavender of 205 North Mercer street, this city. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in Sandusky. Interment will be in a Toledo, O. cemetery.

The story, as it was told to me by Luella, is far more dramatic than this simple obituary suggests. Her father, Galen, had applied for a job and was given a medical exam as part of the requirements for the position. The physician determined that he had high blood pressure and prescribed arsenic. This was actually an accepted drug for the condition at that time, but the amount prescribed was 10 times greater than the theraputic dose. Galen even questioned the dose, but the physician refused to consider the possibility that he'd made a mistake, so Galen went ahead and took the medication, only to die of arsenic poisoning.[2] Luella, a first year college student at the time, was furious with her mother for not suing for malpractice.

Name

Galen Weiker /Rote/
Galen W /Rote/[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Galen /Rote/[10]
Gail W /Rote/[11]

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Galen Weiker /Rote/.

Birth

7 Mar 1888
Pennsylvania[12][13][14][15]

Death

10 Aug 1941
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, United States[16][17]

Residence

Toledo, Lucas, Ohio[18]
Age: 12Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son
1900
Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania[19]
Age in 1910: 21Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son
1910
New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania[20]
1935
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio[21][22]
Age: 52Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head
1 Apr 1940
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, United States[23]

Event

Publication Date
1941
Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States[24]

Marriage

Marriage Date
29 August 1911
Lucas County, Pennsylvania, United States[25][26]

Research Notes

City Level

  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (Ancestry.com database)
    • Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1919 (digital copy obtained) as Galen W Rote, occupation Brakeman, residence 343 Hiett Av
    • Sandusky, Ohio, City Directory, 1923 (digital copy obtained) as Galen W Rote, occupation Brakeman, residence 803 W Market; Lulu C also mentioned
    • Sandusky, Ohio, City Directory, 1932 (digital copy obtained) as Galen W Rote, residence 524 E Washington; Lulu C also mentioned
    • Sandusky, Ohio, City Directory, 1935 (digital copy obtained) as Galen W Rote, occupation Salesman, 536 Central av; Lulu C also mentioned

County Level

  • Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 (FamilySearch database)
    • Marriage license of Galen W Rote and Lulu Craun, Lucas Co, Ohio, 29 Aug 1911

State Level

  • Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 (Ancestry.com database)
  • Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013 (Ancestry.com database)
  • Web: Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Obituary Index, 1850-2010 (Ancestry.com database, citing New Castle Public Library)

National Level

US Census Records Found

  • 1900 United States Federal Census (Ancestry.com database) (digital copy obtained)
Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; in the household of Alphus [sic] M Rote, listed as son
  • 1910 United States Federal Census (Ancestry.com database) (digital copy obtained)
New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, residence at Patterson Avenue; in the household of A M Rote, listed as Gail [sic] W Rote, son
  • 1930 United States Federal Census (Ancestry.com database) (digital copy obtained)
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio (Ward 1), residence at 534 Hancock (rented)
Head of household:
Galen Roch
married
able to read and write
father's place of birth Pennsylvania
mother's place of birth Pennsylvania
occupation "Manager", industry "Billiard Parlor", class of worker "Employer"
Household Members:
Galen Roch, 42
Lulu Roch, 42
Luella J Roch, 8
George Shoehnlen, 26
  • 1940 United States Federal Census (Ancestry.com database) (digital copy obtained)
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio; residence at 532 E Market Street (rented, noted as same house in 1935)
Head of household:
Galen W Rote
highest grade completed "Elementary school, 8th grade"
occupation Bartender, class of worker Wage or salary worker in private work; hours worked in past week 40; weeks worked in 1939 52; income 1300
Household Members:
Galen W Rote 52
Lulu Rote 51
Luella J Rote 18

US Census Records Missing

1890 (Probably destroyed)
1920

US Draft Registration

  • U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    • Draft Registration Card for Galen W Rote, 1917 (digital copy obtained)
7 June 1917
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Newspaper Articles

  • New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) (Ancestry.com database)
    • Monday, 11 August 1941 (digital copy obtained)
Section: Deaths of the Day
Title: Galen W. Rote
Transcript
Galen W. Rote, aged 53, died Sunday evening at 7 o'clock at his home, 303 East Washington street, Sandusky, O.
He leaves his wife, Lulu Craun Rote; a daughter, Luella Jeane; two brothers John and Howard Rote, both of this city, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Cavender of 205 North Mercer street, this city.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in Sandusky. Interment will be in a Toledo, O. cemetery.
    • Wednesday, 13 August 1941 (digital copy obtained)
Title: Local Woman's Brother is Dead
Transcript
Mrs. Emma Cavender, 205 North Mercer street, has been called to Sandusky, O., due to the death of her brother, Galen W. Rote, aged 53. Last rites for the former New Castle resident were conducted this morning.
  • Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013 (Ancestry.com database) Note: Copies have not been obtained of these records
Name: Galan W Rote
Birth Date: abt 1888
Age at Death: 53
Death Date: 10 Aug 1941
Death Place: Sandusky, Ohio
Spouse: Lula [sic] Craun
    • Newspaper Information
      • Newspaper: Sandusky (OH) (Daily) Register; Newspaper Date: 11 Aug 1941; Newspaper Page: 7 Column: 1; Repository: Hayes Presidential Library - Fremont, OH; Years Available: 1860's-1945, 1980's, 2000-current
      • Newspaper: Sandusky (OH) (Daily) Register; Newspaper Date: 12 Aug 1941; Newspaper Page: 7 Column: 5; Repository: Hayes Presidential Library - Fremont, OH; Years Available: 1860's-1945, 1980's, 2000-current
      • Newspaper: Sandusky (OH) (Daily) Register; Newspaper Date: 12 Aug 1941; Newspaper Page: 9 Column: 1; Repository: Hayes Presidential Library - Fremont, OH; Years Available: 1860's-1945, 1980's, 2000-current
      • Newspaper: Sandusky (OH) (Daily) Register; Newspaper Date: 13 Aug 1941; Newspaper Page: 7 Column: 5; Repository: Hayes Presidential Library - Fremont, OH; Years Available: 1860's-1945, 1980's, 2000-current

Online Cemetery Records


Sources

  • Source: S-1576329146 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,6482::0
  • Repository: R-1684575258 Name: Ancestry.com
  • Source: S-1576329184 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: Web: Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Obituary Index, 1850-2010 Publication: New Castle Public Library APID: 1,70497::0
  • Source: S-1576329941 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 Author: Ancestry.com and Ohio Department of Health Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,5763::0
  • Source: S-1576330144 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: 1900 United States Federal Census Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,7602::0
  • Source: S-1576330719 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: 1910 United States Federal Census Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,7884::0
  • Source: S-1576330998 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. APID: 1,2469::0
  • Source: S-1576333454 Repository: #R-1684575258 Title: 1940 United States Federal Census Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. APID: 1,2442::0
  • Paternal and maternal relationships are confirmed by a 325.48 cM Family Finder match between Pamela Lloyd and Judy Stafford.
  • Paternal and maternal relationships are confirmed by a 372.97 cM Family Finder match between Pamela Lloyd and John C. Rote.
  1. Note that Galen's name was misspelled as Gail and his age was given as 21 in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21489-16632-55?cc=1307272 : accessed 23 April 2016), 1941 > 46701-49600 > image 1798 of 3280.
  3. Source: #S-1576333454 Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Sandusky, Erie, Ohio; Roll: T627_3063; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 22-17B APID: 1,2442::29157897
  4. Source: #S-1576330998 APID: 1,2469::333856875
  5. Source: #S-1576330719 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1361; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1375374 APID: 1,7884::106881146
  6. Source: #S-1576330144 Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1427; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1241427 APID: 1,7602::58533318
  7. Source: #S-1576329941 APID: 1,5763::5332135
  8. Source: #S-1576329184 APID: 1,70497::39322
  9. Source: #S-1576329146 Page: Registration State: Ohio; Registration County: Lucas; Roll: 1851195; Draft Board: 1 APID: 1,6482::20083279
  10. Source: #S-1576330144 Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1427; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1241427 APID: 1,7602::58533318
  11. Source: #S-1576330719 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1361; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1375374 APID: 1,7884::106881146
  12. Source: #S-1576333454 Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Sandusky, Erie, Ohio; Roll: T627_3063; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 22-17B APID: 1,2442::29157897
  13. Source: #S-1576330719 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1361; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1375374 APID: 1,7884::106881146
  14. Source: #S-1576330144 Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1427; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1241427 APID: 1,7602::58533318
  15. Source: #S-1576329146 Page: Registration State: Ohio; Registration County: Lucas; Roll: 1851195; Draft Board: 1 APID: 1,6482::20083279
  16. Source: #S-1576329941 APID: 1,5763::5332135
  17. Source: #S-1576329184 APID: 1,70497::39322
  18. Source: #S-1576329146 Page: Registration State: Ohio; Registration County: Lucas; Roll: 1851195; Draft Board: 1 APID: 1,6482::20083279
  19. Source: #S-1576330144 Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1427; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1241427 APID: 1,7602::58533318
  20. Source: #S-1576330719 Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1361; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1375374 APID: 1,7884::106881146
  21. Source: #S-1576333454 Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Sandusky, Erie, Ohio; Roll: T627_3063; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 22-17B APID: 1,2442::29157897
  22. Source: #S-1576330998 APID: 1,2469::333856875
  23. Source: #S-1576333454 Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Sandusky, Erie, Ohio; Roll: T627_3063; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 22-17B APID: 1,2442::29157897
  24. Source: #S-1576329184 APID: 1,70497::39322
  25. Marriage License for Galen Rote and Lulu Craun
  26. Marriage Certificate for Galen Rote and Lulu Craun

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Pamela Lloyd for creating WikiTree profile Rote-4 through the import of Lloyd Family Tree (Confirmed).ged on May 28, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Pamela and others.




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Images: 3
Marriage License Application, Galen W. Rote & Lulu Craun
Marriage License Application, Galen W. Rote & Lulu Craun

1940 US Federal Census, Sandusky, Erie, Ohio 22-17B - Galen Rote and Family
1940 US Federal Census, Sandusky, Erie, Ohio 22-17B - Galen Rote and Family

Galen Rote's Death Certificate
Galen Rote's Death Certificate

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