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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #71

This one should be pretty easy. If you haven't tried answering a challenge before, give this one a shot.

A boy named Bascom (that's his first name, not his last) was born in Kansas. He was not famous, but he lived with someone in 1930 who became (sort of) famous for uttering three syllables.

What were those three syllables?

deb

For those who don't have census access, here are the two families with a Kansas born Bascom that I found. Hope you're better at this than I am, since I seem to not be good at this type of challenge!!

1930 Neward (Districts 1-250) District 103, Essex Co NJ Census
Highland Ave
606 156 196 Smith, Tirzah E head f w 40 Wd NJ PA PA none
, Clifford son m w 18 s Germany PA NJ None
, Margaret dau f w 11 s NJ PA NJ
, Virginia dau f w 5 s NJ PA NJ
Murphy, Annis lodger f w 24 Un PA PA PA Section Mgr Dept Store
Nearing, Bascom C lodger m w 32 s KS IA IA recreation director UMCA
Dunning, Gilbert B lodger m w 34 s NY NY NY engineer auto lamp mfg
Foster, Eugene D lodger m w 42 s KY KYKY Federal agent US Treas
Parker, Eliz B lodger f w 28 s Section Mgr Dept Store

1930 Kansas City District 58 Wyandotte Co KS Census
3719 46 50 Rogers, Rex B head m w 47 m 20 KS MO KS laborer water dept
, Pearl E wife f w 48 m 21 MO OH MO
, Bascom R son m w 17 s KS KS MOtruck driver packing house
, Willard R son m w 15 s KS KS MO
, David J son m w 19 s KS KS MO milker dairy farm
Reavis, Walter E son-in-law m w 31 m 26 KS OK OK milker dairy farm
, Leona F dau f w 23 m 19 KS KS MO
, Eliznoy? granddaughter f w 2 ?/12 s KS KS KS
, Elizabeth A gdau f w 1 2/12 s KS KS KS

Deb

Chris

True, this one does require census access. Here's another clue: The sort-of-famous person died on this date.

Tex

Thanks, Deb, for posting. I've been working off the theory that the federal agent Eugene D. Foster was the likely utterer of the infamous 3 syllables, but I'm not getting it either.

So much for pretty easy. :-)

Tex

Virginia B. Smith? president-emerita of Vassar?

Chris

Well, maybe it's not as easy as I thought. It's made more difficult by the fact that the name "Bascom" is misindexed by Ancestry.com in 1930.

Chris

Nope, Tex, it's not Virginia.

deb

Well, if it's misindexed they've hidden it pretty well. I did a search for bas* born in Kansas and got a lot of Basils, but nothing else that looked like bascom. I was looking for it to be the federal agent too! Got excited when I saw Willard Rogers too, but turns out that's NOT Will Rogers real name...
Deb

Chris

You'll have to search for Bascom by his surname in 1930. Hint: he was living with his father's brother.

ed

I don't have access to the 1930 Census, but are the three syllables also famous to another more famous guy wearing a different color?

deb

Okay, to help further the cause, here are the Bascom's born in Kansas from the 1920 census.

1920
Bescom C Johnson Redondo, Los Angeles, CA bca 1881 (1930 living w/Noel Baker)
Bascom Wolfe (Walp) Blaine, Harper, KS bca 1911
Bascom Rogers (Kenar) - (see above)
Bascom Greenwood Grant, Jewell, Kansas bca 1885
Bascom Dresslar (Dressler) Prairie, Jewell, KS bca 1911
Bascom Combe (Comber) Waring, Ness, Kansas bca 1916
Bascom W Jacka (Jacks) North Campbell, Greene, MO bca 1884
Bascom Watson Jackson, Guernsey, OH bca 1880

deb

ed

Ho Ho Ho, I think I found it. Elmer "Len" Dresslar, Jr. voice of the Green Giant. In the 1930 Census (I had to browse for it) for Ellinwood, Barton County, Kansas he is listed as the son of Elmer L. and Ethel Dressler. Also enumerated, Bascom Dressler, nephew.

Chris

Yes! Elmer "Len" Dresslar, Jr., died on this date in 2005. He was best known as the voice of the Jolly Green Giant, but also provided the voices of "Snap" for Rice Krispies, "Dig'em" for Sugar Smacks, and the Marlboro Man.

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