Melvin Robert Freese Melvin Robert Freese  ‎(I95)‎
Melvin Robert Freese

Gender: MaleMale

Birth: 13 January 1892 20 17 Marshall Co, IN
Death: June 1964 ‎(Age 72)‎ Portage, Porter, IN
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 13 January 1892 20 17 Marshall Co, IN

Death June 1964 ‎(Age 72)‎ Portage, Porter, IN

Burial June 1964 ‎(on the date of death)‎ Eagle Creek Cemetery In Knox, Starke, IN

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Parents Family  (F11)
Lawrence Freese
1871 - 1924
Martha Hay
1874 - 1938
Jesse Millran Freese
1910 - 2002
Clyde Russell Freese
1906 - 1982
Grace Berneice "Berneice" Freese
1908 - 1996
Rev. Curtis Wilbur "Curt" Freese
1912 - 1976
Clifford C. "Coot" Freese
1915 - 1974
Myrtle Lorraine Freese
1917 - 1996
Alice May Freese
1894 - 1936
Melvin Robert Freese
1892 - 1964
Louisa Eliza "Luella" Freese
1895 - 1956
Goldie Esther Freese
1899 - 1981
Irene Lutishia Freese
1903 - 1973
Merlin Jacob "Murriel" Freese
1898 - 1973


Melvin L. ‎(Robert)‎ Freese b. 13 Jan 1892 Marshall Co, IN d. Jun 1964 Portage, Porter, IN b. Eagle Creek Cemetery in Knox, Starke, IN m. Mary Louise Vardaman b. 7 Mar 1902 Springfield, LaPorte, IN d. 16 Jun 1972 San Diego Co, CA b. Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego Co, CA m. 30 Apr 1918 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN by Arthur C. Smith. 1910 Mary Vardaman living in Springfield, LaPorte, IN.

WWI Draft Registration Card: 5 Jun 1917 living in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN. States he was born in Union Mills, IN. He's single.
Name: Mebin L Freese
City: Not Stated
County: LA Porte
State: Indiana
Birthplace: Indiana; United States of America
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1892

IN Marriages:
Groom's Name: Melvin Freese
Bride's Name: Mary Vardaman
Marriage Date: 30 Apr 1918
Marriage Place: La Porte County, Indiana
Groom's Father's Name: Lawrence Freese
Groom's Mother's Name: Martha Hay
Bride's Father's Name: John Hardaman
Bride's Mother's Name: Mary Zarr

Jan 1920 Census: La Porte, La Porte, IN:
Melvin Freese 27 Laborer IN IN IN
Louise Freese Wife 17 IN IN IN
Melvina Freese Dau 3mo IN
Victor Platt Boarder 18 Laborer IN

WWII Draft Registration Card: WWII Draft Registration Card: Melvin was 50-years-old when he filled out his card. He was living at 408 Planet St. His contact person was Vincent Martine living at 202 Darlington St. in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN. He works for Sours Crossing Wrecking Yard in Rolling Prairie in Rolling Prairie, LaPorte, IN.
Name: Melvin Robert Freese
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1892
Residence: La Porte, Indiana
Birth: La Porte, Indiana
Race: White
Roll: WW2_2281155

1938 living at 408 Planett St in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN; Melvin working as an employee of the city.

1940 Census: 408 Planett St in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN:
Melvin Freece 47 Div Laborer in a dump IN

1941 living at 408 Planett St in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN; Melvin working for Junk Dealers.

1943, 1944 living at 408 Planett St in LaPorte, Laporte, IN; Melvin working for Junk Dealers.

Name: Melvin Freese
SSN: 312-01-0745
Last Residence: Indiana
Born: 13 Jan 1892
Died: Jun 1964
State ‎(Year)‎ SSN issued: Indiana ‎(Before 1951)‎
Image: 0320

Melvin L. Freese-Funeral services for Melvin L. Freese, 74, of 408 Planette street, who died Saturday at the home of his daughter in Portage, after an illness of six months, will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Haverstock Funeral home with the Rev. James Bates officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagle Creek cemetery, Knox. Friends may call at the funeral home from now until the time of the funeral. Mr. Freese was born Jan. 13, 1890 in Marshall County to Lawrence and Martha ‎(Hay)‎ Freese and had lived in LaPorte for 55 years, going to Portage four months ago. He was married in 1917 in LaPorte to Louise Vardaman. He was a member of the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Melvina Hill, Lamacy, Calif., and Mrs. Loretta Jones, Portage; five grandchildren and a great grandson; five brothers, Muriel, Clyde, Jesse, Curtis, and Clifford Freese all of LaPorte; four sisters Mrs. Lorraine Thomas and Mrs. Esther Dixon, Grand Rapids Mich., Mrs. Irene Kohlman, Michigan City; Mrs. Bernice Logos, LaPorte. Source: The LaPorte Herald Argus, 29 Jun 1964.


1. Melvina "Sandy" Louise Freese b. 20 Oct 1919 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN d. 2000 m. William Ward Collom, Jr. b. 13 Apr 1914 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN d. 17 May 1991 Hillsborough Co, FL m. 5 Aug 1936 Michigan City, LaPorte, IN by Barney M. Nanerche, J.P & div.

1940 Census; LaPorte, LaPorte, IN:
William Collom 26 Truck driver, state highway IN
La Verne Collom Wife 18 IN

FL Death Index:
Name: William Ward Collom
Death Date: 17 May 1991
County of Death: Hillsborough
State of Death: Florida
Age at Death: 77
Race: White
Gender: Unknown
Birth Date: 13 Apr 1914

20 Jan 1944 William enlisted for WWII in Indianapolis, Marion, IN.

Melvina remarried Maynard William Allison b. 12 Mar 1914 Solano Co, CA d. 13 May 1994 San Diego Co, CA m. & div. bef. 1960. Not finding a marriage cert. 1930 Maynard living in Michigan City, IN. 1935 Maynard living in South Bend, St. Joseph, IN.

CA Births:
Name: William Allison
Birth Date: 11 Mar 1914
Gender: Male
Mother's Maiden Name: Williams
Birth County: Solano

CA Deaths:
Name: Maynard William Allison
Social Security #: 309033083
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 12 Mar 1914
Birthplace: California
Death Date: 13 May 1994
Death Place: San Diego
Mother's Maiden Name: Williams

A. Stephen Charles Allison.

Melvina Freese married a third time to Kenneth C Hills b. 1916 CA m. 23 Oct 1960 San Diego Co, CA. 1964 CA.

CA Marriages:
Name: Melvina L Freese Allison
Age: 40
Est. Birth: abt 1920
Spouse Name: Kenneth C Hills
Spouse Age: 44
Est. Spouse Birth: abt 1916
Date: 23 Oct 1960
Location: San Diego

2. Loretta M. Freese b. 12 Oct 1920 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN d. 5 May 1989 IN m. Russell Glanders b. 20 Jun 1909 IN d. Sep 1972 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN m. abt. 1937 and div bef 1942.

1940 Census: LaPorte, LaPorte, IN:
Russell Glanders 30 Assembler, farm implement mnfg. IN
Loretta Glanders Wife 19 IN
Russell W Glanders Son 1 IN

29 Dec 1942 Russell enlisted for WWII in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. States he's divorced.

Name: Russell Glanders
SSN: 308-01-3101
Last Residence:
46350 La Porte, La Porte, Indiana, USA
BORN: 20 Jun 1909
Died: Sep 1972
State ‎(Year)‎ SSN issued: Indiana ‎(Before 1951)‎

A. Russell W. Glanders b. 20 Mar 1938 LaPorte Co, IN d. 17 Jun 2003 Gary, Lake, IN.

Name: Russell W. Glanders Jr.
SSN: 306-34-7985
Last Residence: 46409 Gary, Lake, Indiana, USA
BORN: 30 Mar 1938
Died: 17 Jun 2003
State ‎(Year)‎ SSN issued: Indiana ‎(1951)‎

Loretta remarried Richard C. Gerbrick b. 14 Aug 1912 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN d. 28 Mar 1985 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN b. Pine Lake Cemetery in LaPorte Co, IN.

11 Feb 1943 Richard enlisted for WWII in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. States he's married.

US Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death Files;
Name: Richard Gerbrick
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 14 Aug 1912
Death Date: 28 Mar 1985
SSN: 307109437
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 18 Feb 1943
Release Date 1: 11 Oct 1945

B. Diana G. Gerbrick b. 19 Sep 1943 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN d. 5 Apr 2013 New Port Richey, Pasco, FL from lung cancer m. Richard P. Kennedy m. 2 Jul 1962 Lake Co, IN & div bef. 1969. Child: Christopher C b. 10 Feb 1963 IN d. 11 Sep 2001 New Port Richey, Pasco, FL. Diana remarried Roy C Cooper, Jr b. 19 Nov 1945 d. 22 Jul 2010 at home in Hobart, Lake, IN from liver failure m. 8 Aug 1969 Porter Co, IN. Child: Roy Clint.

Given Name: Christophe
Middle Name: C
Surname: Kennedy
Birth Date: 10 February 1963
Social Security Number: 313-80-8133
State: Indiana
Last Place of Residence: Pasco, Florida
Previous Residence Postal Code: 34653
Event Date: 11 September 2001
Age: 38

Name: Roy C. Cooper
Last Residence:
46342 Hobart, Lake, Indiana, USA
BORN: 19 Nov 1945
Last Benefit: 46405, Gary, Lake, IN USA
Died: 22 Jul 2010
State ‎(Year)‎ SSN issued: Indiana ‎(1961-1962)‎

Loretta remarried Lee M. Thomas b. 11 Apr 1911 IN d. 24 Dec 1984 Portage, Porter, IN b. Calvary Cemetery in Porter Co, IN m. 8 Sep 1947 Lake Co, IN.

IN Marriages:
Name: Lee Thomas
Event Type: Marriage Registration
Event Date: 08 Sep 1947
Event Place: Lake, Indiana, United States
Gender: Male
Marriage License Date: 08 Sep 1947
Marriage Place: , Lake, Indiana
Spouse's Name: Loretta M Gerbrick
Spouse's Gender: Female
Officiator's Name: Claude H Reeves

Daughter of Lee Thomas. Lee owned several business places in Hobart, Lake Station and Portage. Villa Rose Pizza, Lee's Coney Island in Portage. Thankful that he was in this site ‎(‎. Patricia Thomas, 9 Aug 2014.

Given Name: Lee
Surname: Thomas
Birth Date: 11 April 1911
Social Security Number: 313-07-8158
State: Indiana
Last Place of Residence: Porter, Indiana
Previous Residence Postal Code: 46368
Event Date: December 1984
Age: 73

A. Patricia "Pat" Lee Thomas b. 26 Feb 1948 Gary, Lake, IN m. Mr. Beasley.
B. Kenneth E. Thomas b. 11 Jul 1950 Lake Co, IN d. 19 May 1978 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN b. Calvary Cem in Porter Co, IN. Killed in a hold-up while working at a gas station.
C. Wayne Thomas

Name: Kenneth Thomas
SSN: 307-56-9258
BORN: 11 Jul 1950
Last Benefit: 46368, Portage, Porter, Indiana, USA
Died: May 1978
State ‎(Year)‎ SSN issued: Indiana ‎(1966)‎

My Brother Ken Called "Tiny" by many. He was killed in a hold up while he was working at a Martin Oil Gas Station just North of LaPorte. The man was caught and was found guilty and did time in Indiana State Prison. I loved my brother very much and I grieved very hard over his death. He loved his Dad Lee Thomas. Patricia Thomas. 4 Aug 2014.

Loretta married a fourth time to Mr. Jones. 1964 Portage, Porter, IN.

Name: Loretta M. Jones
SSN: 316-05-6460
Born: 12 Oct 1920
Died: 5 May 1989
State ‎(Year)‎ SSN issued: Indiana ‎(Before 1951)‎

On 8 Sep 1921 Melvin and Mary separated.
On 12 Sep 1921 Mary served a complaint against Melvin in vacation summons and filed for divorce. "Louise Freese, being duly sworn on her oath, says that she is the plaintiff in the above entitled cause of action pending in said court, in which she as made application for divorce from said defendant. This affiient would show to the Court that she has no money, means, property or income by and with which she can prosecute her said cause of action; that she has a good and meritorious cause of action for divorce; that she has no money, means, property or income with and out of which to support, keep and maintain the children of this plaitiff and defendant who are not in her custody and under her care; that said defendant has ceased to provide for and support this plaintiff and children; that said defendant is an able-bodied man able to earn at least Twenty Dollars ‎(20.00)‎ a week as affiant is informed and verily believes. Therefore this affiant asks an order that said defendant be required to pay her reasonable sum with which to prosecute her said suit and cause of action to pay attorney's fees and for her support and maintenance and for the support and maintenence of said children during the pendency of this action, and for such further order as the Court may deem just and right. Plaintiff further says the defendant has been guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment of this plaintiff in this: that he has struck this plaintiff; that he has called her many vile and opprobious names, and that he has on several occasions threatened to kill this plaintiff and her children." Mary was granted her divorce and custody of their children. Source: LaPorte County Courthouse microfilm, Cause Number: 11350.

Mary Louise Vardman Freese remarried William Algie Etheridge b. 3 Jun 1893 Newbern, Dyer, TN d. 29 Oct 1950 Newbern, Dyer, TN from carcinomatosis b. Fairmont Cem in Dyer Co, TN m. bet. 1921 & 1929 & div bef. 1940. William previously married to Lela Anderson m. 29 Aug 1916 Dyer Co, TN and had at least one child.

WWI Draft Registration Card: 5 Jun 1917. He's a farmer for hmself. He has a wife and child.
Name: Algie Etheridge
City: Not Stated
County: Dyer
State: Tennessee
Birthplace: Tennessee; United States of America
Birth Date: 9 Jun 1893

1930 Census: Gary Lake, IN:
Algie Etheridge 36 m.age20 Laborer TN TN TN
Louise Etheridge Wife 28 m.age16 IN IN IN
Melvin Etheridge Son 13 IN
Melvina Freece Stepdau 10 IN
Loretta Freece Stepdau 9 IN

TN Deaths:
Name: William Algie Etheridge
Date: 29 Oct 1950
Event Place: Newbern, Dyer, Tennessee, USA
Gender: Male
Age: 57
Birth Year: 9 Jun 1893
Father: D. S. Etheridge
Mother: Nancy Ann Moran

1940 census: Gary, Lake, IN: Took back the Freese name.
Dick Vardaman 28 Manager, rooming home IN
Louise Freese Sis Div 35 Manager, restaurant IN

Mary Louise Vardman Freese Etheridge married a third time to Fred Buckner b. 18 Aug 1899 MO d. 13 Sep 1954 San Diego Co, CA b. Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego Co, CA m. 14 Sep 1943 Lake Co, IN.

IN Marriages:
Name: Fred Buckner
Event Type: Marriage Registration
Event Date: 19 Sep 1943
Event Place: Lake, Indiana, United States
Gender: Male
Marriage License Date: 14 Sep 1943
Marriage Place: , Lake, Indiana
Spouse's Name: Mary Louise Freese
Spouse's Gender: Female
Officiator's Name: Merrill Beale
Page: 92
Record Number: 86812

CA Deaths:
Name: Mary L Buckner
Social Security #: 314031059
Sex: Female
Birth Date: 7 Mar 1902
Birthplace: Indiana
Death Date: 16 Jun 1972
Death Place: San Diego

CA Deaths:
Name: Fred Buckner
Social Security #: 313070822
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 19 Aug 1899
Birthplace: Missouri
Death Date: 13 Sep 1954
Death Place: San Diego
Mother's Maiden Name: Stark
Father's Surname: Buckner

US Veterans Cemeteries:
Name: Fred Buckner
Birth Date: 19 Aug 1899
Death Date: 13 Sep 1954
Service Start Date: 4 Sep 1942
Interment Date: 17 Sep 1954
Cemetery: Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: P.O. Box 6237 San Diego, CA 92166
Buried At: Section O Site 211

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Family with Parents
Lawrence Freese ‎(I40)‎
Birth 19 January 1871 35 32 Marshall Co., IN
Death 8 March 1924 ‎(Age 53)‎ At Home In Washington, Starke, IN
4 years
Martha Hay ‎(I41)‎
Birth 21 October 1874 24 17 Union Mills, LaPorte, IN
Death 21 April 1938 ‎(Age 63)‎ At Holy Family Hospital In LaPorte, LaPorte, IN

Marriage: 15 January 1891 -- Plymouth, Marshall, IN
19 years
Jesse Millran Freese ‎(I11)‎
Birth 14 June 1910 39 35 Knox, Starke, IN
Death 7 May 2002 ‎(Age 91)‎ LaPorte, LaPorte, IN
-4 years
Clyde Russell Freese ‎(I89)‎
Birth 6 June 1906 35 31 Marshall Co, IN
Death 15 March 1982 ‎(Age 75)‎ Laporte, LaPorte, IN
2 years
Grace Berneice "Berneice" Freese ‎(I90)‎
Birth 6 September 1908 37 33 Knox, Starke, IN
Death 19 May 1996 ‎(Age 87)‎ Ft. Ogden, De Soto, FL
4 years
Rev. Curtis Wilbur "Curt" Freese ‎(I91)‎
Birth 22 May 1912 41 37 Knox, Starke, IN
Death 25 June 1976 ‎(Age 64)‎ Boone Grove, Porter, IN
3 years
Clifford C. "Coot" Freese ‎(I92)‎
Birth 30 January 1915 44 40 Knox, Starke, IN
Death 11 December 1974 ‎(Age 59)‎ LaPorte, LaPorte, IN
2 years
Myrtle Lorraine Freese ‎(I93)‎
Birth 11 May 1917 46 42 Knox, Starke, IN
Death 1 October 1996 ‎(Age 79)‎ Grand Rapids, Kent, MI
-23 years
Alice May Freese ‎(I94)‎
Birth 16 September 1894 23 19 Plymouth, Marshall, IN
Death 7 June 1936 ‎(Age 41)‎ Elkhart, Elkhart, IN
-3 years
Melvin Robert Freese ‎(I95)‎
Birth 13 January 1892 20 17 Marshall Co, IN
Death June 1964 ‎(Age 72)‎ Portage, Porter, IN
4 years
Louisa Eliza "Luella" Freese ‎(I96)‎
Birth 28 December 1895 24 21 Marshall Co, IN
Death 14 January 1956 ‎(Age 60)‎ LaPorte, LaPorte, IN
4 years
Goldie Esther Freese ‎(I97)‎
Birth 20 November 1899 28 25 Marshall Co, IN
Death 17 August 1981 ‎(Age 81)‎ Grand Rapids, Kent, MI
4 years
Irene Lutishia Freese ‎(I98)‎
Birth 12 July 1903 32 28 Knox, Starke, IN.
Death 30 August 1973 ‎(Age 70)‎ St. Anthony Hospital In Michigan City, LaPorte, IN
-5 years
Merlin Jacob "Murriel" Freese ‎(I100)‎
Birth 23 April 1898 27 23 Donaldson, LaPorte, IN
Death 7 February 1973 ‎(Age 74)‎ Ft. Charlotte, Charlotte, FL