2. Documentation for Truxton James Older
(28 Sep 1911 to 06 Apr 2009)
father of Curtis Lynn Older
(05 Nov 1947 to _________)



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Truxton James Older was
born at 1165 North Edward Street in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, on September 28, 1911. He was the son of Roy Burton Older and Ethel Leona Worth.(1) A sister to Truxton, Wilma Jane Older was born May 10, 1915, in Danville, Illinois. A brother to Truxton, Robert Burton Older, was born November 26, 1922, in Danville, Illinois.

Truxton graduated from Danville High School, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, about December 1930.(
2) Truxton Older was listed in the Wayne County, Michigan, Federal Census of 1930 as living in the household of his uncle and aunt, Frank and Nelle O'Rourke. James Grant Older and Wilhelmina Fredericka Lorenz Older, the grandparents of Truxton Older, also lived in that household.(3)

Truxton lived in Dearborn, Michigan, with his grandparents, James and Minnie Older and aunt Nelle and uncle Frank O’Rourke for a period of time after high school. He sometimes helped park cars at a club where Guy Lombardo and his band played in the 1930s. He went out on a date one evening in 1929 with a girl who worked at a big downtown Detroit bank. She told my dad that Henry Ford came into the bank that day and withdrew $7,000,000. The next day all the banks were closed. The start of the Great Depression. Truxton was the only one in the household who had any money until the banks reopened because he would take his money that he earned and put it under his mattress, rather than depositing it in a bank. Truxton indicated he saw Henry Ford, who lived in Dearborn, in person one time.

Truxton said that his grandfather, James Grant Older, was a supervisor of painting trolley cars in Detroit. His uncle, Frank O’Rourke, one day became controller of the Wabash Railroad. Truxton also worked for a railroad while in Michigan and played basketball on a YMCA team, I believe the Fisher YMCA, that travelled to some out of town games by railroad. Basketball seemed to be his favorite sport to play although he played on the Danville High School tennis team. He indicated that he regretted the coach, who was also the high school football coach, did not give him a letter for his participation on the tennis team.

Truxton also liked football and he attended a few games at the University of Michigan while he lived in Dearborn. He saw the first game at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois, October 18, 1924, when Red Grange almost single-handedly beat Michigan in a great upset. Truxton and I saw Dick Butkus play many times in the 1960s at the U of I. Truxton considered Red Grange the better player of the two.

On September 1, 1938, Truxton James Older married Mavis Lorene Gouty in Danville, Illinois.(4) Mavis Lorene Gouty was born on the Daniel Alexander Fox farm in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, near the town of Gessie. Mavis was the daughter of Robert William Gouty and Ethel Belle Fox.(5)

Truxton became associated with the trucking industry upon his return from Dearborn to Danville and he remained in the trucking business until he retired at age 76. He owned a few trucks at one time, probably in the late 1940s or early 1950s, but when the cost of license plates dramatically increased on the trucks he got out of owning them. He was a terminal manager in Danville for Decatur Cartage Company, the largest truck line in the United States, and during World War II he the oversaw the transportation of ammunition out of the Vigo, Terre Haute and Kankakee arsenals. When the Decatur Cartage Company sold out to TransCon Lines about 1963, he continued as a terminal manager for a few years. He then became a sales representative for TransCon Lines but was forced to retire at age 65. At the time, an individual could be forced to retire when they turned 65. Shortly thereafter Truxton returned to work as a sales representative for another truck line and remained in that occupation until he retired.

Truxton and Mavis Older purchased a home at 13 South Griffin Street, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1947.(6) Curtis Lynn Older, a son of Truxton and Mavis Older, was born at Lake View Hospital in Danville, Illinois, on November 5, 1947.(7)

Roy Burton Older, Truxton's father, died on April 13, 1964, at Lake View Hospital in Danville, Illinois after having a hole develop in his esophagus about a month before. Roy Burton Older is buried near his parents, James Grant Older and Wilhelmina Fredericka Lorenz, at Springhill Cemetery on Voorhees Street in Danville, Illinois.(8) Ethel Leona Worth Older, Truxton's mother, died at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Ventura County, California, on December 26, 1976, at age 82. She had been admitted the day before because she was not feeling well.(9)

Truxton and Mavis Older sold their home at 13 South Griffin Street, Danville, Illinois, in 1969 or 1970.(
10) Mavis Lorene Gouty Older died at age 68 on Sunday, August 17, 1986, at Lake View Hospital in Danville, Illinois after battling various forms of cancer for a period of about eight years. She is buried next to her parents at the Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana.(11)

Roy, Truxton, and Ethel Older were listed in the Vermilion County, Danville, Illinois, Federal Census in 1920. Truxton Older also appears in the 1930 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Federal Census in the household of his parents who lived in Ward 4 of the city. Also living in the household at that time was his sister Wilma Jane and his brother Robert Burton. Truxton and Mavis Older were listed in the 1940 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Federal Census. Truxton, Mavis, and Curtis Older lived at
13 South Griffin Street, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, at the time of the 1950 and the 1960 Federal Census. Truxton and Mavis Older probably lived at 1933 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville, Illinois, in 1970, or at 13 S. Griffin Street. Truxton and Mavis Older lived at 1933 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville, Illinois at the time of the 1980 Federal Census. Truxton Older lived on Logan Avenue in an apartment at the time of the 1990 and 2000 Federal Census.(12)

Truxton James Older spent the last five or six years of his life at the Liberty Estates Retirement Center in Danville, Illinois, as the result of suffering from dementia. Truxton
died April 6, 2009 at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center [at one time Lakeview Hospital] in Danville, Illinois, at age 97. On Thursday April 9, 2009, Truxton was buried at Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana, next to his wife, Mavis Lorene (Gouty) Older.(13)

Child (
Older), born in Danville, Illinois:

i.
Curtis Lynn, born November 5, 1947.


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
TRUXTON JAMES OLDER and his son CURTIS LYNN OLDER

1) Birth certificate for Curtis Lynn Older, parents Truxton James Older and Mavis Lorene Gouty Older, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, County Clerk's Office, Registered Birth #1884, signed by Doctor Henry P. Lattuada. Filed November 21, 1947, with G. G. Arnholt, Registrar, Vermilion County, Illinois, probably at page 36393.

2) Death certificate for Truxton James Older, Vermilion County Health Department, Danville, Illinois, Medical Certificate of Death, Date Issued 04/27/20090, State File Number 2009 0009703. Informant’s name is Curtis Older and Relationship is son.

3) Obituary for Truxton James Older in the Danville Commercial News dated approximately 07 or 08 April 2009 which lists Curtis Lynn Older as a son and Rachael Lynn Older as a granddaughter.

4) Census records for Truxton James Older, Mavis Lorene Gouty Older, and Curtis Lynn Older for 1950 and 1960, State of Illinois, Danville, Vermilion County.

5) Quitclaim deed from Mavis L. Older a/k/a Mavis Lorene Older a/k/a Lorane Gouty Older to her husband Truxton J. Older and to her son Curtis L. Older entered at Williamsport, Warren County, Indiana, by Auditor of Warren County, 11:37 AM, deed record 101, page 226, on October 26, 1983.

6) Notice of birth of Curtis Lynn Older to Truxton Older and Mavis Lorene Gouty Older about November 6 or 7, 1947 appearing in the Danville Commercial News.

7) Will of Truxton James Older, filed 07 April 2009 with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Vermilion County, Illinois, in which he names his granddaughter Rachel (i.e., Rachael) Older as his sole heir.

8) Ethel Belle Fox Gouty Family Bible in the possession of Curtis Lynn Older. Lists Curtis Lynn Older as the son of Truxton James Older and Mavis Lorene Gouty Older. Copies of pages from the Ethel Belle Fox Family Bible are in a CD-rom disc entitled Fox's Gap in Maryland, which is at the Frederick County Historical Society, Frederick, Maryland.

9) Social Security application which should list parents of Curtis Lynn Older.

10) United States Navy file.


REFERENCES

1. Birth certificate, State of Illinois, Report of Birth to County Clerk, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. Date of birth September 28, 1911. The residence of the mother and the location of birth was 1165 North Edward Street, Decatur, Illinois. The name of the child was added to the birth certificate per affidavit of July 3, 1973.

2. Danville High School Alumni Directory 1998, Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., 1998, Norfolk, Virginia.

3. 1930 U. S. Federal Census for Michigan, Wayne County, Township - Part of Precinct 32, Incorporated place - Detroit City, Ward #14, Block #145, House number 9125, number of family - 4.

4. Marriage license, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, September 1, 1938. Danville Commercial News newspaper engagement announcement, probably in August 1938.

5. Birth certificate #73, page 64, recorded April 13, 1918, Indiana State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana. Ethel Belle Fox Gouty Family Bible in the possession of Curtis Lynn Older. Copies of pages from the Ethel Belle Fox Family Bible are in a CD-rom disc entitled Fox's Gap in Maryland, which is at the Frederick County Historical Society, Frederick, Maryland.

6. Recorder of Deeds Office, Court House, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, house at 13 South Griffin Street, Danville, Illinois.

7.
Birth certificate, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, County Clerk's Office, Registered Birth #1884, signed by Doctor Henry P. Lattuada. Filed November 21, 1947, with G. G. Arnholt, Registrar, Vermilion County, Illinois, probably at page 36393. Ethel Belle Fox Gouty Family Bible in possession of Curtis Lynn Older. Copies of pages from the Ethel Belle Fox Family Bible are in a CD-rom entitled Fox's Gap in Maryland. Danville Commercial News newspaper birth announcement, probably on November 6 or 7, 1947. Will of Mavis Lorene Gouty Older, in possession of Curtis Lynn Older. Will of Truxton James Older, in possession of Curtis Lynn Older.

8. State of Illinois Medical Certificate of Death, registration district #92.0, registered number 347, date of death April 13, 1964, buried April 15, 1964 at Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois. Danville Commercial News newspaper death announcement, probably on April 13 or 14, 1964.

9. State of California Certification of Vital Record, Ventura County, local registration district 5600 and certificate number 2405, date of death December 26, 1975, buried December 30, 1975 at Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois. Danville Commercial News newspaper death announcement, probably on December 27 or 28, 1975.

10. Recorder of Deeds, Vermilion County Court House, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, house at 13 South Griffin Street in Danville.

11. State of Illinois Medical Record of Death, registration district #92.0, registered number D86-0744, date of death August 17, 1986, buried August 20, 1986, at Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana. Danville Commercial News newspaper death announcement, probably on August 18 or 19, 1986. Will of Mavis Lorene Gouty Older, in possession of Curtis Lynn Older.

12. Roy, Ethel, Truxton, and Wilma Jane Older were listed in the 1920 U. S. Federal Census for Illinois, Vermilion County, Incorporated place - Danville city, Newell Township, enumerated January 5, 1920, family #5, dwelling #5. Roy, Ethel, Truxton, Wilma Jane, Robert Burton Older were listed in the 1930 U. S. Federal Census for Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville Township, Ward 4, Incorporated place - Danville - city, house number 601, family #57. Truxton Older also was listed in the 1930 U. S. Federal Census for Michigan, Wayne County, Township - Part of Precinct 32, Incorporated place - Detroit City, Ward #14, Block #145, House number 9125, number of family - 4, household of Frank and Nelle O'Rourke. Truxton and Mavis Older were in the 1940 Federal Census in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Truxton, Mavis, and Curtis Older lived at 13 South Griffin Street, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, at the time of the 1950 Federal Census and the 1960 Federal Census. Truxton and Mavis Older probably lived at 1933 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville, Illinois, in 1970, or at 13 S. Griffin Street. Truxton and Mavis Older lived at 1933 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville, Illinois at the time of the 1980 Federal Census. Truxton James Older lived in Danville, Illinois, at the time of the 1990 Federal Census and 2000 Federal Census.

13. Death Certificate for Truxton James Older, Vermilion County Health Department, Danville, Illinois, State File Number 2009 0009703, Date Issued 04/27/2009; Obituary for Truxton Older, Danville Commercial-News, Wednesday, April 8, 2009.