|Harry Earl STRONG
Harry was part of the generation that broke with its agrarian past and when he did so, he didn't look back. Not content just to put farm life behind him, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri and thereafter moved frequently to pursue opportunities in his chosen profession -- newspaper distribution. From about 1917 to 1929, he and his family moved from St. Louis to Marion, Illinois, then back to St. Louis, then to Memphis, Tennessee, then to San Antonio, Texas (and perhaps to El Paso, Texas), then to Albuquerque, New Mexico, then to Long Beach, California, and finally to Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Harry was the circulation manager for the Arizona Republic.
Cause of death per death certificate was acute coronary disease.
Now Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery, 719 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009; buried in Section 38, Block 27, Lot 1, Space 1.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census: 1900, Vernon County, Missouri. 6
2. Deed: 1908, Richards, Vernon County, Missouri. 7
3. Census: 1910, St. Louis, Missouri. 8
4. Census: 1920, St. Louis, Missouri. 9
5. Census: 1930, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. 10
Harry married Alice Helen JABLONSKY, daughter of Charles JABLONSKY and Martha STUECKEMANN, on 24 Jul 1912 in St. Louis, Missouri.1 (Alice Helen JABLONSKY was born on 28 Dec 1891 in St. Louis, Missouri 1 11, christened in Salem's Reformed Church, St. Louis, Missouri,1 died on 22 Aug 1937 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 1 11 12 and was buried on 26 Aug 1937 in Greenwood Cemetery, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 1.)
License issued 23 Jul 1912 to Harry E. Strong. 13
Harry next married Georgia Marie WASHINGTON in 1939 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
1 Family Records of Ruth Dorothy Cross nee Jablonsky.
2 Strong Family Bible. It would appear the Strong Family Bible may have originally belonged to Eli and Elizabeth Strong, for the births of their children appear to have been entered before the births of the children of J. R. and Polly Strong. This bible may have been the bible that was purchased in 1876 from the Estate of Eli Strong, Dec'd by Sarah Legg, mother of Elizabeth (Barry) Strong and Polly (Legg) Strong, which upon her death probably passed to Polly. Beginning with the birth of Eli and Elizabeth's daughter, Betty, in 1873 (Elizabeth died a week later), the entries appear to have been made by Polly until she died in 1916, at which time the handwriting noticeably changes and thereafter is presumed to be that of Bertha (Strong) Young, Polly's youngest daughter and the possessor of the bible, or at least the Family Record pages, at the time of her death in 1963. It thus appears that before Polly started maintaining the Family Records, the bible only contained entries for the family of Eli and Elizabeth Strong. Once Polly took over, she appears to have added the entries for the J. R. and Polly Strong family. [While Elizabeth's and Polly's handwriting is similar, there are some subtle differences. For example, the "B" in "Born" begins with a loop in the case of the entries for the family of Eli and Elizabeth, while it begins with a straight stroke for the family of J. R. and Polly. Also, the names of J. R. and Polly's children are listed separately in a column on the first page that was originally intended for deaths.] One possible exception to this scenario concerns the marriage information for Eli and Elizabeth - that may have been added by Polly at the same time she added her own marriage information. The handwriting for both marriage entries seems to be identical and it also matches the death entries for Eli and Elizabeth, which were probably made by Polly. Moreover, both marriage entries spell "married" as "maried." The Family Record pages have been removed from the bible, which appears to no longer exist. Originally, these pages immediately followed the end of the Old Testament. It is not known when or by whom the Family Record pages were removed. They may or may not have still been part of the bible when Bertha Dell Young nee Strong died in 1963. After Bertha's death, only the Family Record pages were passed on to her grand-nephew, Robert E. Strong, Jr.
3 Standard Certificate of Death for Harry Earl Strong, Arizona State Department of Health, State File No. 186, Registrar's No. 407. Informant was Mrs. Georgia Strong, widow.
4 Strong Family Bible.
5 Obituary and Funeral Notice for Harry Strong, Arizona Republic, 8 Mar 1943 and 10 Mar 1943 (copies provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records).
6 1900 Census, Vernon County, Missouri, Richards Village in Richland Township, E. D. 126, Sheet 9A, Family 161 at Lines 41-45 (Ancestry.com image 17 of 18).
7 Miscellaneous Deeds, Vernon County, Missouri, Copies provided by Neoma Foreman, member Vernon County Historical Society.
8 1910 Census, St. Louis, Missouri, FHL Film No. 1,374,830, Ward 13, Vol. 104, E. D. 205, Sheet 12, Family 265 at Lines 34-36.
9 1920 Census, St. Louis, Missouri, Roll T625_954, E. D. 205, Sheet 2A, Family 38 at Lines 35-38 (Ancestry.com image 3 of 32).
10 1930 Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, Roll T626_57, E. D. 9, Page 2A, Family 33 at Lines 20-25 (Ancestry.com image 3 of 21).
11 Standard Certificate of Death for Alice Helen Strong, Certified Copy dated 16 May 2003, State of California Department of Health Services, File No. 37-053211. Informant was Harry E. Strong.
12 Obituary and Funeral Notice for Alice Strong, Arizona Republic, 23 Aug 1937 (copies provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records).
Index to Marriages, St. Louis, Male A-Z, 1912-1917, FHL Film No. 528,152, License No. 174219, Vol. 77, Page 408.