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Wilma Dorothy Striffler

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  • Name Wilma Dorothy Striffler  [1, 2, 3
    Born 3 Aug 1905  Argyle, Sanilac County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 15 Jan 1970  Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Cass City Chronicle
      February 9, 1923
      Local Happenings
      Page Four
      The high school annual is well under way, all plans being nearly complete. The staff...had been organized and working for several months with untiring enthusiasm: Business manager, Grant Pinney; assitant, Nila Burt; editor-in-chief, Bernice Wager; assitants, Wilma Striffler and Lilah Spurgeon...

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, Jun 8, 1923
      Page One
      Largest Class in H.S. History
      The largest class ever to be graduated from the Cass City high school, 17 boys and 26 girls, will be presented with diplomas at the opera house next Thursday evening...the Class Day program included a class history, Irvine Striffler...class prophecy, Wilma Striffler...both were listed as member of the Class of '23

      Cass City Chronicle
      July 6, 1923
      Page Four
      Local Items
      Miss Wilma Striffler is employed at the millinery shop of Mrs. Julia Gay.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Sept. 14, 1923
      Page Four
      Local Items
      Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Clark of Caro, accompanied by Miss Wilma Striffler of this place, leave next Monday on a motor trip to California. Taking the Lincoln Highway route, they will camp along the way stopping to visit at the following places: Oriona, St. Louis, Mich., Lake Odessa and Gary, Indiana. They will spend the winter in California, Miss Striffler visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. Geo. Southworth at Dinuba.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Oct. 19, 1923
      Page Four
      Local Items
      A letter recently received by Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Striffler from their daughter, Miss Wilma Striffler, states that the motor party with which Miss Striffler is making a trip to California has advanced as far as Simeron, New Mexico. She also told of climbing to the summit of a mountain and viewing Pike's Peak. It is expected that by the time this paper reaches its readers that the young lady will be nearly to her destination.

      Cass City Chronicle
      March 27, 1925
      Page Four
      Local Items
      Miss Wilma Striffler, who has been in Dinuba, California for some time, returned to her home her Tuesday.


      Cass City Chronicle
      August 20, 1926
      Page Four
      Local Items
      Members of the Christian Endeavour gave a farwell party in the basement of the Evangelical church Tuesday evening, in honor of Mrs. Wilma Striffler. After an hour of games, ice cream and frosted cake were served. Mrs. A. A. Ricker, in presenting Miss Striffler with a scarf from C. E. members, commended her for faithfulness and efficiency in church work. Miss Striffler is expected to leave hear next Monday for Los Angeles, California, and later will go to San Luis Obispo, California, where her sister, Mrs. Geo Southworth, resides.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, Oct. 4, 1929
      Local Happenings
      Page Two
      Miss Wilma Striffler left Tuesday morning for Detroit where she visited her sisters, Mrs. William STURM and Miss Mary STRIFFLER, and left there Wednesday to return to her work at San Luis Obispo, California, after a month's visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. STRIFFLER.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, October 14, 1932
      Local Happenings
      Page Six
      Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Striffler, son Delmar, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fry and little daughter of Cass City and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Orr and family of Pigeon spent Sunday at Whip-poor-will Harbor.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, July 6, 1934
      Local Happenings
      Page Four
      Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fry and two daughters left Wednesday morning for San Luis Obispo, California, where they will make their home.


      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, July 7, 1939
      Local Happenings
      Page Four
      Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fry and two daughters, Joyce and Jessie, of San Luis Obispo, California, will leave home today to make the trip to Michigan. They expect to spend two months with Mrs. Fry's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Striffler, and other relatives here.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, July 28, 1939
      Local Happenings
      Page Three
      Mrs. Robert Fry and children, Joyce and Jessie, of San Luis Obispo, California, Mrs. Ione Sturm of Detroit, and Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Striffler returned Thursday from a week's visit at the Orr cottage at Sunshine Beach. Miss Mary Striffler spent the week-end at the W. D. Striffler home in Cass City and returned to Plymouth Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Ione Sturm, of Detroit. Mrs. Sturm has spent a two weeks' vacation with her parents.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, June 6, 1942
      Local Happenings
      Page Three
      Mrs. Robert Fry and daughters, Joyce and Jessie, expect to leave San Luis Obispo, California, about June 9 for Cass City to make their home with Mrs. Fry's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Striffler.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Cass City, Michigan
      Thursday, January 22, 1970
      Vol. 63, No. 40

      Mrs. Wilma Fry dies in Port Huron

      Mrs. Wilma S. Fry, 64, succumbed Thursday, Jan. 15, in Port Huron Hospital where she had been a patient one day.

      Mrs. Fry, former Cass City Village clerk and treasurer, had made her home in Port Huron for the past four years. Born in Argyle Aug. 9, 1905, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Striffler. She married Robert Fry in California and the couple made their home at San Luis Obispo. He died in 1942 and Mrs. Fry moved to Cass City that year. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and Zonita International--a charter member of the Cass City Club. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Little's Funeral Home with Rev. Ira Wood, pastor of Salem Church, officiating. Burial was in Elkland cemetery.

      Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Joyce) WILLARD of Port Huron and Mrs. Paul (Jessie) BERRIMAN of Ferndale, three grandchildren, one brother, Rev. Roy STRIFFLER of Ohio, and three sisters, Mrs. Ione STURM of Detroit, Mrs. George SOUTHWORTH of Elkton and Mrs. Edward GARDINER of Port Austin.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong)
    • (Research):Census Information:

      1930 Census
      California, San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo

      Wilma D. Striffler was listed as a lodger in the home of Lucy McBee, age 73. Wilma was shows as age 24, single, and a bookkeeper for a grocery store.
    Person ID I29134  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father William David Striffler,   b. 21 Mar 1866, Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1949, Plymouth, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Zinnecker,   b. 21 Sep 1869, Pirmasens, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1950, Oak Beach County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 6 Dec 1892  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, December 4, 1942

      Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Striffler to Celebrate Golden Wedding Sunday

      Mr. and Mrs. William David Striffler, well known residents of the Thumb district, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 6, at their home, corner of Main Street and Woodland Avenue. A dinner will be served the family at noon in the dining room of the Evangelical Church, and open house will be held from two to five o'clock in the home when friends may call to extend congratulations.

      Mr. Striffler was born March 21, 1866, at Sturgis and came with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Christian Stiffler, to a farm north of Elkland Cemetery when he was ten years of age. Two years later then moved to a farm 3 miles east and 1 1/4 miles north of Cass City, where his brother, Solomon C. Striffler, still lives.

      Mrs. Striffler, the former Elizabeth ZINNECKER, was born in Germany on September 21, 1869, and came to Ionia, Michigan, with her parents when she was about a year old.

      On December 6, 1892, she was married to W.D. Stiffler and they made their home at Argyle where for 22 years Mr. Stiffler and his brother, Samuel Striffler, owned and conducted a general store. In June, 1909, they bought and moved to a farm one mile north and one-half mile east of Cass City. Nineteen years agoa, Mr. and Mrs. Stiffler purchased the residence where they have since lived. Last year they sold their farm.

      Mr. and Mrs. Stiffler have five daughters and a son; Mrs. Robert ORR of Pigeon; Rev. Roy J. STIFFLER, pastor of the First Congregational Church at Geneva, Ohio; Mrs. Ione STURM, a registered pharmacist in Shettler's Drug Store, Detroit, Mrs. George SOUTHWORTH of Elkton; Mrs. Robert FRY of Cass City; and Mrs. Edward GARDINER of Plymouth. All the children are expected to be present at the gathering Sunday. There are also 13 grandchildren. One grandson, Robert ORR, is attending Maritime Naval School at Sheepshead Bay, New York.

      Although they might be classed among the older residents of Cass City, both appear as active as many who are years younger. Because of his independence, Mr. Striffler still spends his time helping nearby farmers and neighbors with odd jobs about their home.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Summer 2007)

      Video telling the story of the William Striffler and Elizabeth Zinneceker, with narration and photos, as created and produced by their great-grandson, Don Staton, and great-great grandson Ben Staton, has been posted here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB1_ix3C1Vw

      Family photos begin at about the 18 minute mark
    Photos
    Striffler, William David and Elizabeth (Zinnecker) children, ca 1920
    Striffler, William David and Elizabeth (Zinnecker) children, ca 1920
    Top row, l to r, Sisters Florence, Ione, Wilma, Ethel, and Mary
    Botton row, l to r, Brothers Roy, Delmar, and Daniel Striffler
    Family ID F9284  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Robert Ellsworth Fry,   b. 23 Nov 1904, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1942, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1930  San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Cass City Chronicle
      Volume 25, Number 30.
      Friday, November 7, 1930

      Striffler-Fry

      A pretty wedding will be solemnized Saturday, Nov. 8, when Miss Wilma Striffler of San Luis Obispo, California, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Striffler of this place, will become the bride of Robert E. Fry, also of San Luis Obispo.

      The wedding will take place in their new home which has been furnished in the early American type of furniture. Ten young people, friends of the couple, will be present at the ceremony which will be read by Rev. Hart, pastor of the Presbyterian church of San Luis Obispo.

      The bride will be attired in eggshell satin and lace with slippers to match.

      A turkey dinner will be served after which Mr. and Mrs. Fry will leave to spend several days at Santa Barbara and will then be at home at 529 Sandercock St., San Luis Obispo.

      Mrs. Fry was a graduate of Cass City High School with the Class of 1923 and has been in California since that time except for about two years when she returned to visit here.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, May 2008)
    Children 
     1. Florence Joyce Fry,   b. 29 Feb 1932, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 2014, Marysville, St. Clair County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Jessica "Jessie" Helen Fry,   b. 1 Mar 1934, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 2003, Troy, Oakland County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F9431  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Aug 1905 - Argyle, Sanilac County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Nov 1930 - San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jan 1970 - Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Benkelman, Benjamin Franklin Sr. Death Certificate
    Benkelman, Benjamin Franklin Sr. Death Certificate
    Tuscola County, MI Death Certificate. The informant was his eldest son, Harold. The registrar who signed the certificate was a Striffler relative, Wilma Fry.

  • Sources 
    1. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, December 4, 1942 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S483] 1920 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the NARA web page. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parentsí birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.), Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland Twp (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, November 7, 1930 (Reliability: 3).