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Florence Argall (Yates) Scoble (1908 - 1940)

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Florence Argall Scoble formerly Yates
Born in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin, USAmap
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Wife of — married in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin, USAmap
Died in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USAmap
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Biography

CENSUS INFORMATION: In the 1910 US Census, she is listed as Florence Yates, aged 2 and born in Wisconsin. She is living with her father, a cousin a housekeeper and a servant, in Broad Steet, Beloit Ward 1, Rock, Wisconsin. (Supervisors District 320, Enumeration District 40, Sheet 10B).
In the 1920 US Census, she is listed as Florence Yates, a student aged 12, and born in Wisconsin. She is living with her father and a nurse, at 710 Broad Street, Beloit Ward 1, Rock, Wisconsin. (Supervisors District 1, Enumeration District 82, Sheet 4A).
In the 1930 US Census, she is listed as Florence A Yates, aged 22 and born in Wisconsin. She is living, as Head of household, in Sherwood Drive, Beloit City, Rock county, Wisconsin, with a companion, a Chauffeur, his wife and a maid. (Supervisors District 13, Enumeration District 53-3, Sheet 20B).
In the 1940 US Census, she is listed as Florence Y Scobie, aged 32 and born in Wisconsin. She is living at 130 Ridge Road, Lake Forest, Lake, Illinois, with her husband, daughter and a nurse/governess. She was living in the same house in 1935. (Supervisors District 10, Enumeration District 49-34, Sheet 61A).

GENERAL NOTES: Porter's only daughter, Florence (by his second wife), was married to David Scobie and then got divorced, weeks before her own death. Florence, herself, had a daughter Diane Scobie. Florence had surgery in Illinois and died from complications at age 32. Their Argall House was torn down for the Berlin Memorial Hospital (now Juliette Manor, Berlin, Green Lake WI). Florence was reputed to be the richest woman in Wisconsin at one time.

1923-05-23 Chicago Tribune (IL):

BELOIT GIRL, 14, IS ONE OF BADGER STATE'S RICHEST

Edition: Chicago Tribune

Janesville, Wis. May 2. [Special] A 14 year old Beloit girl, Florence Argall Yates, is perhaps the richest child in Wisconsin by the will of her father, P B Yates, Beloit manufacturer, who died last Friday. Miss Yates is left the baklance of her father's estate after special bequests are made. The estate totals $1,900,000 of which $1,750,000 is personal property and $150,000 is real property. It was filed in the Rock county Probate court here today. The girl already has $400,000 left her in 1921 by Mrs L M Forbes of Beloit. All servants of the Yates household are remembered in the Will.

Florence Yates in the U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012:
Name: Florence Yates
Birth Year: abt 1909
School: Beloit College
School Location: Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
Year: 1929
Yearbook Title: The Gold.

Florence A Yates in the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995:
Name: Florence A Yates
Residence Year: 1930
Street address: 1614 Emerson
Residence Place: Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
Publication Title: Beloit, Wisconsin, City Directory, 1930.

MARRIAGE: She married David P Scobie in 1931. Porter's only daughter, Florence (by his second wife), was married to David Scobie and then got divorced, weeks before her own death. Florence, herself, had a daughter Diane Scobie. Florence had surgery in Illinois and died from complications at age 32. Their Argall House was torn down for the Berlin Memorial Hospital (now Juliette Manor, Berlin, Green Lake WI). Florence was reputed to be the richest woman in Wisconsin at one time.

MIGRATION: Florence Scobie in the California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959:
Name: Florence Scobie
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1909
Birth Place: Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
Age: 23
Arrival Date: 14 May 1932
Port of Arrival: Los Angeles, California to New York, New York
Ship Name: Franconia
Port of Departure: Yokohama, Japan.

Florence Scobie in the New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:
Name: Florence Scobie
Arrival Date: 27 May 1932
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1909
Birth Location: Wisconsin
Birth Location Other: Beloit
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: New York, New York
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Franconia.

Florence Scobie in the UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960:
Name: Florence Scobie
Birth Date: abt 1908
Age: 25
Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States
Arrival Date: 17 Apr 1933
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ship Name: Franconia
Shipping line: Cunard White Star
Official Number: 147216.

Florence Scobie in the UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960:
Name: Florence Scobie
Gender: Female
Age: 25
Birth Date: abt 1908
Departure Date: 10 May 1933
Port of Departure: Southampton, England,br> Destination Port: New York, USA,br> Ship Name: Berengaria
Shipping line: Cunard Line
Official Number: 144301
Master: C T Britten.

Florence Yates Scobie in the New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:
Name: Florence Yates Scobie
Arrival Date: 16 May 1933
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1908
Birth Location: Wisconsin
Birth Location Other: Beloit
Age: 25
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Berengaria.

Florence Scobie in the Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963:
Name: Florence Scobie
Gender: Female
Age: 26
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1908
Birth Place: Beloit Wis
Arrival Date: 14 Mar 1934
Arrival Place: Miami, Florida, USA
Ship: Prince David.

Florence Scobie in the Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963:
Name: Florence Scobie
Gender: Female
Age: 26
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1908
Birth Place: Beloit Wis
Arrival Date: 26 Mar 1934
Arrival Place: Miami, Florida, USA
Ship: Prince David.

Florence Y Scobie in the New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:
Name: Florence Y Scobie
Arrival Date: 8 Nov 1935
Birth Date: abt 1908
Birth Location: Wisconsin
Birth Location Other: Beloit
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Europa.

Florence Yates Scobie in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965:
Name: Florence Yates Scobie
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 12 fev 1908 (12 Feb 1908)
Birth Place: Beloit Wis
Arrival Date: 1939
Arrival Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Traveling With Children: No
FHL Film Number: 004919144.

Florence Yates Scobie in the New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:
Name: Florence Yates Scobie
Arrival Date: 26 Apr 1939
Birth Date: abt 1908
Birth Location: Wisconsin
Birth Location Other: Beloit
Age: 31
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Western Prince.

DIVORCE: Her marriage to David P Scobie ended in divorce in November 1940.

Divorced Nov. 29

Death of the young heiress followed only by a few weeks her divorce on Nov. 29 from David Pennistone Scobie, Chicago broker and socialite. At the divorce hearing before Circuit Judge Ralph J. Dady in Waukegan, Ill., Mrs. Scobie testified her husband deserted her in the spring of 1936. A property settlement was arranged outside of court, and Mrs. Scobie was granted custody of an eight-years-old daughter, Diane.

The former Florence A Yates was born Feb. 12, 1908, in Beloit. She attended Beloit public schools and the University School for Girls in Chicago before entering Beloit college, where she was graduated in 1931. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

DEATH: Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003:

(Morning Star [Rockford, Illinois] Friday, December 20, 1940, Page 17.):

SCOBIE RITES TO BE SUNDAY IN LAKE FOREST

Young Heiress Dies In New York After Brief Illness

(Consolidated News Service) Beloit, Wis., Dec. 19. - Funeral services for Mrs. Florence Yates Scobie, 32, once called "the richest girl in Wisconsin," who died in New Rochelle, N. Y., hospital early today of thrombosis, will be held Sunday afternoon at Lake Forest, Ill., where she had resided in recent years. Burial will be in the family lot in Oakwood cemetery in Beloit.

Mrs. Scobie was the daughter of the late Porter B. Yates, who founded the Yates Machine company at Berlin, Wis., and subsequently moved the plant to Beloit, where it grew into one of the largest woodworking machinery manufacturing industries in the world. Mrs. Scobie was reported to have inherited approximately $20,000,000 after her father's death April 27, 192[?].

Name of the manufacturing concern has since been changed to Yates-American Machine company.

Death of the young heiress followed only by a few weeks her divorce on Nov. 29 from David Pennistone Scobie, Chicago broker and socialite. At the divorce hearing before Circuit Judge Ralph J. Dady in Waukegan, Ill., Mrs. Scobie testified her husband deserted her in the spring of 1936. A property settlement was arranged outside of court, and Mrs. Scobie was granted custody of an eight-years-old daughter, Diane.

The former Florence A Yates was born Feb. 12, 1908, in Beloit. She attended Beloit public schools and the University School for Girls in Chicago before entering Beloit college, where she was graduated in 1931. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

Received Threat

She married David P. Scobie in her large home in Beloit on July 15, 1931. On the day of the marriage she and her husband received a Black Hand" demand for $15,000, and police were called in to protect the couple. Attempts to trap the writer of the note were unsuccessful.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Scobie lived on a 27 acre estate in Lake Forest until May, 1936. She had since resided alone until going to New York recently. She was stricken suddenly and underwent an operation Tuesday.

Her daughter is the only immediate survivor. Her mother died a few days following Mrs. Scobie's birth.

Source unknown:

Mrs Florence Yates Scobie

Mrs Florence Yates Scobie, once known as the "richest woman in Wisconsin", died yesterday after an operation in Rochelle, N. Y. She was 32 years old. She lived at 730 South Ridge road, Lake Forest. Mrs Scobie was the daughter of the late Porter B Yates, Beloit, Wis., manufacturer. She inheirited his fortune of several million dollars. Three weeks ago she obtained a divorce in Waukegan from David P Scobie, insurance broker, on a charge of desertion. She went east for a visit after the divorce, and became ill several days ago. A daughter, Diane, 8, survives. Services will be held in Mrs Scobie's home in Lake Forset at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be at Beloit.

New York Times (1857-Current file):

Mrs F Yates Scobie. Special to the New York Times.

New Rochelle, N. Y. Dec. 19 - Mrs Florence Yates Scobie of Lake Forest, Ill., died today in the New Rochelle Hospital after an operation at the age of 32. She had been visiting here for several weeks. She leaves an 8-year-old daughter, Diane.

BURIAL: Florence Argall Yates Scobie:
Birth: Feb. 12, 1908
Beloit
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1940
New Rochelle
Westchester County
New York, USA

Buried 22 Dec 1940; 32 years of age.

Family links:
Parents:
Porter B Yates (1854 - 1923)
Florence Nightingale Argall Yates (1864 - 1908)

Spouse: David P Scobie (1904 - 1966)

Buried in: Oakwood Cemetery
Beloit
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: 1st-22-16 & 17,7.


Sources

  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Beloit Ward 1, Rock, Wisconsin; Roll: T624_1735; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0090; FHL microfilm: 1375748
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Beloit Ward 1, Rock, Wisconsin; Roll: T625_2013; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 83; Image: 628
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin; Roll: 2609; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 0003; Image: 673.0; FHL microfilm: 2342343
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Lake Forest, Lake, Illinois; Roll: T627_828; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 49-34
  • Argall One-name Study (www.argallfamilyworldwide.com).


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