In 1900, when Lulu was 11-years-old, she lived on West Railroad St. in Woods, Henry, Ohio with her parents and siblings, an elder sister, Elsie F., and two younger brothers, Charles R. and John Russell.
The Toledo City Directory places Lulu and her sister Elsie living with her father starting in 1904. The three are again listed together at various Toledo addresses in 1905 through 1910. No mention is made in the directory of her mother or other siblings until 1907, when her brother Charles was also at that address. Charles died that year, 16 November 1907, at the age of 17, when Lulu was 18; I do not know the cause of death. Despite the directory listing, the 1910 US Federal Census for Toledo, Ohio shows Lulu and her brother John living with both parents.
Lulu and Galen Weiker Rote were issued a marriage license on August 29, 1911, in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio. They had two children during their marriage, both daughters, born in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio. The eldest daughter, Marian Virginia, was born 24 August 1919 (during the "Spanish" influenza epidemic), and the youngest, Luella Jean, was born 2 July 1921. Shortly after Luella's birth, some or all of the family was quarantined and lived in a quarantine house. Marian died of pneumonia just 10 days before her eighth birthday, on 14 August 1928, an event which devastated the entire family. Lulu turned to the church following the death of her oldest daughter and eventually became a lay preacher.
I have not found mention of Lulu, Galen, or other members of the nuclear family in the 1920 census. In the 1930 census, they show up under the name Roch, living with a lodger, George Shoehnlen; that year, Galen was working as the manager of a billiard parlor, while Lulu was a demonstrator in the food products industry. In the 1940 census the family was living in a rented house at 532 E. Market Street; the census records also states that they were living in the same house in 1935. In 1940, Galen was working as a bartender at the Central Labor Hall, Lulu worked for 4 weeks as a sales demonstrator of miscellaneous items, and Luella worked for 4 weeks as a clerk at a "Dollar Store."
I had from my mother, Luella, that there was a time of separation following her sister's death. I do not know the exact years, as I've found no documentary evidence for this and my mother was not specific about the time frame, but my mother's diary, started in January 1937 and continuing for several months, mentions family meals that included both parents, so the separation either ended before that time (before 1930, most likely), or it didn't occur until after. To the best of my knowledge, Lulu resided in Sandusky, Ohio with one or more family members from at least as early as 1919, when Marian was born, until 1941.
According to her daughter, Lulu was a suffragette.
It was in 1941 that her husband, Galen, died. According to my mother, her father died of malpractice involving an overdose of arsenic, which was at that time used to treat hypertension. Newspaper accounts do not mention the circumstances, most likely because the family preferred their privacy, and say only that he died at home on 10 August 1941. (My mother was unhappy with her mother's choice not to sue the physician.) Just five days after Galen's death in Sandusky, Ohio, newspaper accounts place Lulu and Luella at the Martin Gantz School reunion in New Castle, Pennsylvania, where they are listed as out-of-town guests. (I know the family had (and still has) relatives in that city, but I have not yet learned why Lulu and my mother attended that reunion. Perhaps they went as the guests of family members who were hoping to distract them from their grief.)
It is my understanding that at some point after her husband's death, Lulu spent some time with family in Indiana, but I have no details about this.
In the early 1960s, Lulu moved to El Paso, Texas, where her daughter and son-in-law, my parents, had just moved their family. She lived for a time in an apartment there, where she sometimes looked after my youngest brother. I can remember visiting her, but I believe my parents, or Lulu, felt that I and my other brother were too rambunctious to be left with her. Her apartment, although small, was nicely furnished with pieces Lulu had brought from her home in Ohio. My father still has some of the furniture, and I have a large framed print of a romantic painting that once hung on the wall behind her chair. I loved that painting when I was a child, and I love it, now.
Sometime in 1965, Lulu came to live with us as her health was deteriorating. She died at home on February 21, 1966, in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 77.
Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.
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