Howard Roosevelt "Ted" Mendenhall

Male 1903 - 1984  (80 years)


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  • Name Howard Roosevelt "Ted" Mendenhall  [1, 2
    Born 9 Oct 1903  Greenwood, Arkansas ("Old Home Place") Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Mar 1984  Shafter, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Shafter Memorial Park, Shafter, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I1707  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 

    Father John Robert Mendenhall,   b. 10 Jan 1848, Russelville, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1931  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Mary Columbia Waldroop,   b. 1 Jan 1869, Springfield, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1953, San Jose, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1889  Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F732  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Bertha Ashlock,   b. 1905,   d. 21 Oct 1932  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1925  [1
    Children 
    +1. Euwell Eugene "Gene" Mendenhall,   b. 25 Jan 1926, Ft. Smith, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1976, Shafter, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
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    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F911  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruie Viola Spicer,   b. 15 Jan 1912, Williams, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 2006, Shafter, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 26 May 1934  [3
    Children 
     1. Thomas Mendenhall,   b. 28 May 1935, Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1935, Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
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    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F912  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ted met his second wife, Ruie, while working in the mines in Williams, Oklahoma (where Ruie lived.) Oscar and Fred Mendenhall lived in Williams at the time but Ted was commuting from Greenwood, 20 miles away. Ted and Ruie came to California in 1936 looking for work. They moved to Shafter, near Bakersfield, and lived initially in a tent city while working on the surrounding farms. They went to see the ocean in 1937. Says Ruie, "The ocean was no big thing. As long as I can see God's sunrise and sunset with nothing blocking it, I'm happy. Now I'm fenced in." At first they picked hops and apricots. Later, Ted got a job working in the oil fields and they moved into a trailer and then a two room cabin. They bought some land and had a small ranch, where they lived until Ted's death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S577] Genealogy of Ruth Talkington Walker of Greenwood, Arkansas., (EF#167, SN#301, 7 Feb 1978).

    2. [S420] Phone conversation with Ruie Mendenhall of Shafter, CA, (EF#501, SN#501, Aug 1995).

    3. [S583] Letter from Ruie Mendenhall, wife of Ted Mendenhall, (EF#159, SN#241, 13 Sep 1977).

    4. [S401] FindAGrave.