Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Fred Joshua ARTHUR

Fred liked the "hard sauce". He once disappeared for several days, then fabricated a story that he had been kidnapped and robbed of a $400 check in his possession but had managed to escape. The story of the alledged kidnapping even appeared in the newspaper. Family said he had just been drunk and wanted to account for the $400 he had spent on alcohol.


9/12/1918 RFD#4, Mattoon, Coles Co, IL was his address when he registered for the draft. He verified his birth date and said he was a self employed farmer. His father, Aaron at the same address, was his nearest relative. He was described as tall, medium build, brown eyes and dark hair.

1920 Where was this couple at census time?

1930 Humboldt Twp, Coles Co, IL. The census that year recorded Fred at 32 years old, had married at 21 to Pansy, 28, who was only 17 at that time. Children in the house were all daughters, Martha, 10, Anna, 8, Mary M, 5, and Joy E, 1. He was a general farmer, living in a rented house valued at $8.

Until 1945 North 19th St Rd, Mattoon, IL.

He was a member of the Mattoon Moose Lodge.

1945 Chicago, IL

Fred died of debility, his family asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society rather than sending flowers for his funeral.

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