Orville Grant Baldwin

Male 1896 - 1957  (61 years)


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  • Name Orville Grant Baldwin  [1
    Born 9 Nov 1896  Canton, McPherson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Dec 1957  Canton, McPherson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9592  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2016 

    Father Francis M. Baldwin,   b. Feb 1859, Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1911, Canton, McPherson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Emma J. Ledbetter,   b. Feb 1869, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1887  [1, 2
    Family ID F2377  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruth King 
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F6830  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    BALDWIN: Two Brothers Meet In Navy Recruiting Officer Here After Separation of Ten Years
    BALDWIN: Two Brothers Meet In Navy Recruiting Officer Here After Separation of Ten Years
    Compilation of two newspaper articles documenting the meeting of Harry and Grant Baldwin during WW I. 8 June 1919 and 22 June 1919, The New Orleans States newspaper.

  • Notes 
    • Harry has just accidentally met his brother Grant O. Baldwin for the first time in 10 years; Grant was in New Orleans, having just served actively in WWI in Argonne, Muese, and Champaigne Sectors in France. He was to be stationed at Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA. Grant was a member of the 83rd company, 6th Regiment U.S. Marines.

      In the U.S. Deptartment of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death Files, 1850-2010 on Ancestry.com: Grant O. Baldwin, Death date: 4 Dec 1957, SSN: 511328085, Enlistment Date 1: 21 Jun 1918 Release Date 1 24 Jun 1919.

      Social Security Death Index on Ancestry.com (13 Dec 2011): Name: Grant Baldwin, SSN: 511-32-8085, Born: 9 Nov 1896, Died: Dec 1957, State (Year) SSN: Kansas (1951)

      From the book “Canton, Kansas Historical Book - 1864-1988” accessed through the Old Mill Museum at oldmillmuseum@hotmail.com, (Lenora, from Archives) Grant O. Baldwin is mentioned on page 21:
      “SPECK’S CAFE” “On Sept. 1, 1920, Speck’s Cafe or “Speck’s Place” opened its doors to the public. In September of 1938, Speck’s Cafe relocated on the corner of Main and McPherson Streets. A swap shop was added to the cafe in 1940. G.O. “Speck” and Ruth Baldwin operated nine cafes in various locations in Canton over the years. G. Orville Baldwin was the son of Frank and Emma (Ledbetter) Baldwin, and was born and raised in Canton. He lived here until his death in 1957.”
      On page 45 of the “Canton, Kansas Historical Book”, Grant O. Baldwin is listed as a charter member of the Canton Post of the American Legion #192, dated Jan. 26, 1920.


      On his WWI Draft Card, Grant incorrectly states his father’s birthplace as Hillsbourough, Illinois. It was Hillsboro, Ohio. He was probably in his early teens when his father passed away between 1910-1915. He is described on the draft card as being of medium height, and medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

      The 1940 U.S. Census (1940 Census, Kansas, McPherson, Canton Twp., Canton City E.D. 57-3, Sheet 2B, Lines 69 & 70.) records Grant’s highest grade completed as 8.
      His wife Ruth is a high school graduate. (H-4)
      Grant’s occupation is proprietor of a restaurant. Ruth’s occupation is waitress at a restaurant.
      Grant had 1 other marriage between 1920 & 1930 which ended in divorce. To be researched. 18 Jan 2013 JVM

      Obituary found in the McPherson Public Library online index from the Daily Republican, Dec. 5, 1957, p. 5 states G. Orville Baldwin was born 9 Nov 1896, one year earlier than other sources indicated. JVM 25 Jan 2013. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S702] Ancestry Pedigree for Julie Monson, jamstamper@gmail.com.

    2. [S576] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).