Genealogy Report: Ancestors of Carol Elizabeth Richards
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Ancestors of Carol Elizabeth Richards
Generation No. 1
1.Carol Elizabeth Richards1, born 28 Aug 1915 in Milton, Litchfield, Connecticut; Home Birth; died 10 May 2007 in Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada.She was the daughter of 2. Eugene Lyman Richards and 3. Elizabeth Orcelia Stock.She married (1) Alger Rawson Bourne1 17 Sep 1938 in Monroe, Fairfield Co., Connecticut: Monroe Congregational Church: by Carol's Father.He was born 27 Jul 1913 in North Olmsted, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio; Home Birth, and died 26 Jan 1983 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., Nevada;Valley Hospital @ 1:28 AM.He was the son of William Alger Bourne and Katherine Elizabeth Kreher.
Notes for Carol Elizabeth Richards:
Carol Elizabeth Richards Bourne 1915 - 2007 by Richard Alden Bourne
Carol Elizabeth Richards was born at the church parsonage in Milton, Litchfield, Connecticut. She lived in Milton until 1918. Her father was a church pastor and decided to move to a new church in Canton Center, Connecticut.The family lived in Canton Center until 1925. These were Carol's formative years.
At age 10 her father again changed churches.This time he moved to North Madison, Connecticut.It was here that Carol graduated from Hand High School in 1932.
Carol was raised in a musical family where everyone sang or played an instrument to some degree. At an early age she would pick out familiar melodies by ear on the old fashioned square piano in her home and sometimes at a friends or relatives home on the old reed pump organ. Her formal music training began with piano lessons in the sixth grade. A young male graduate from the Yale University School of Music gave these lessons. He traveled weekly to the public schools in surrounding small towns to give class and private lessons. Through her childhood she moved when her father changed churches.Besides Milton she lived in Canton Center, North Madison, and finished growing up in Monroe, Connecticut.
Carol studied piano through grade school and high school and participated in numerous piano recitals in several Connecticut towns, and for school programs and operettas. She played alto horn and trumpet in the school band and cello in the school orchestra. This led to playing for many community functions. She also was church organist for two churches--four miles apart, and of, which required an energetic young person to pump the bellows by hand, which provided air for the small church pipe organ. In her post-graduate years after high school she also assisted the overworked school music teacher by teaching music in the primary grades and formed a neighborhood community orchestra of a dozen people who liked to play.
Carol graduated from high school in 1932. She then went to New York City to earn enough money so she could attend Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music at Oberlin, Ohio.She was extremely talented in music. She studied toward a major in public school music and a minor in piano.
She finished 3 years of school at Oberlin, fell in love with Alger Bourne, and started a family.
Although Carol did not graduate from college she put her musical training to good use. After moving to Boulder City in 1946, she started teaching piano and organ to students of all ages, 5 to 80. She sang in Grace Church Choir for many years, directing it at times, and became a familiar face at the church organ and piano. She has sung in numerous choral groups in Ohio and with Madelaine Garrett's loved Bel Canto Chorus in Boulder City. What fun! She also played and accompanied for many fraternal and community groups through the years and for the several years she was studying piano at University of Las Vegas.She played organ and piano for the Grace Community Church, Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada and other local churches.She was the Grand Organist for the Nevada Eastern Star. She was then given the lifetime title in about 1981 of Grand Organist Emeritus of the State of Nevada.She has played and participated in all kinds of musical social functions.Carol is remembered in Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada as an excellent piano and organ instructor since 1950.Many a proud parent has attended recitals as their child went along in their musical schooling.Some of her students have gone on to careers in music.Not that this was enough, Carol had a career and retired working for the United States Government.She was also involved in Eastern Star, PEO, the church, civic functions, continuing education, raising a family and giving support to her love Alger Bourne.
It has been a busy, happy, and rewarding life
I feel heer isn exxence
Heavy in the vault,
She sand us to sleep,
Gave us pennies for gum,
Magically humbled the lallest
And made us food the we hated,
But ate because we loved her.
I fell minute next to her
For beinga bearer
Is of no consequence
But being the borne is a haunt.
By: Don Kvbicki
More About Carol Elizabeth Richards:
Cause of Death: Old Age
EDUC: 1932, Madison, Conn
Medical Information: Died in room 507 Boulder City Homestead 1401 Medical Park Drive
Occupation: 1950, Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada; Occupation: Procurement Agent United States Government
Religion: Grace Community Church
Residence: Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada
Retirement: Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada; Retirement: United States Government
Notes for Alger Rawson Bourne:
Alger Rawson Bourne Edited by Richard Alden Bourne
Alger's early years were typical of children raised during the 1920's.He went to school and did his chores around the house.Al didn't get to know farm work because his father had moved to North Olmsted before Al was born. Alger Rawson Bourne was a person who liked to try and do different things.During high school, he was involved in sports, dramatics, singing, debate, and school functions.Dramatics gave him the vehicle to let his imagination go wild and experience feelings that he could not experience in real life.Al had a little showman in him. He loved to sing and dance. Alger even tried his luck in a New York play.He liked jobs where he could be on the road, that way he could go to new places and meet new people.He loved to travel and talk. He was very proud of the fact that he had been in every state on the East Coast before he got married.At one point, in his younger years, he was a caddie at a local golf course.It was there he met and caddied for the famous Bob Hope.He learned how to build things while he worked for the WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps. While he worked for the aircraft industry, he learned how engines worked.He joined the Masonic Order and then Royal Arch Masons and learned the lessons of life and how to be a better person.Alger was highly respected in Masons and Shriners and went through all the offices to include Grand High Priest of the State of Nevada.He was awarded the Silver Star in Royal Arch Masons, an honor that few Masons received. Alger had a lot of opportunities in the East to expand his career but decided to go west to see and do more.He set his sights on Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada and made the move in 1946. In 1955 Alger decided to build a home located at 532 Avenue M, Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada.He built a beautiful 2,200 sq. foot home.The house was completed in 1961 and the family promptly moved in. The total cost of the house was paid in cash or short-term loans.He would go to his job at the US Post Office and then work evenings and weekends on his house. Alger was so proud of the house and said that a 150-mph wind could not touch this house.
Over the years, Alger and Carol, his wife, gained the respect and admiration of the people of Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada.They were active members of the Grace Community Church , Royal Arch Masons and Eastern Star. Alger had the honor of being the 1972 General Chairman of the 31st Triennial session of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons held in Nevada. Although Alger had a wondering spirit he never neglected his family.His first priority was home, food, and the best he could do for his children and wife.His family consisted of two girls and one boy.Alger left this world at the age of 69 after contracting a lung infection.
Alger Rawson Bourne Autobiography Edited by Richard Bourne
This is a revised autobiography written by Alger Bourne for a Toastmasters talk he gave in Henderson, Nevada in the late 70's
It was a boy for Katherine and William Bourne on that hot afternoon in North Olmsted, Ohio, on July 27, 1913. The boy was named Alger Rawson. The "Alger" after the boy's paternal grandmother (the cousin of the then Governor of Michigan), the daughter of Horatio Alger (not true) and the "Rawson" after his paternal grandfather. The boy spent his childhood and youth in that semi farm community, entering grade school in 1920.
Alger graduated from high school in 1932 from North Olmsted High. During the years he spent in high school he became a member ofthe Dramatic Club, Debate Team, and Glee Club.In sports he played for two years as End on the football squad.He was a member of the track squad and became a member of the tennis team in his senior year.
In the fall of 1932, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Peninsula, Ohio and became Camp Sergeant. After Leaving the CCC he accepted work with the Greyhound Bus Company.Al was a restless sort of person, he spent much of his time off from work traveling the eastern states. He also made one trip to the West Coast in the fall of 1934 or 1935. In 1936 Alger left Greyhound for work with the Bender Body Co. in Elyria, Ohio, only a few miles from his birth place.
It was during this period that he met Carol Richards of Madison, Connecticut. Carol was a student at Oberlin College.The following year was spent in courtship, work, and play. Alger and Carol were married at Carol's home in Monroe, Connecticut, in September 1938.
After the marriage they moved to Ohio to make their home.One year later after the birth of their first child, Janet, Alger was offered work with United Aircraft Corporation in East Hartford, Connecticut. He accepted this position.
In 1942 two events occurred to change the direction of Alger and Carol's lives.In October Alger was raised a Mason, and in December came the disaster of Pearl Harbor. In the spring of 1943 Al was transferred to Kansas City, Missouri, by United Aircraft to work in the new plant constructed for the building of Pratt and Whitney 2800. After helping to set up the Gage Standards Department of this plant he was again transferred to Akron, Ohio, to assist in finding the trouble in the Engine Assembly Department of the Goodyear Aircraft, which was then building the Navy F4U fighter.
December 1944 saw another transfer, this time by the War Manpower Board.Al was transferred to the Experimental Flight Test Division of Fisher Aircraft in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked in the Flight Division on experimental bombers and fighters for the Army and Navy.Contracts were canceled.
December 1945 and being at loose ends, Al and his family moved to Boulder City, Clark Co. , Nevada, early in 1946. His family then consisted of Janet, 6 years old, Pat, 3 years old, and Richard was born the previous August 30, 1945.
While in Nevada Al worked for the National Park Service, the Post Office where he became Assistant Postmaster, and the Nevada Power Company where he was employed as a right of way agent .He then retired to the good life.
Alger and Carol raised their family in Boulder City.Both were active in Masonic circles. Alger went through the following offices
1.Blue Lodge Member (Middletown Conn)
2.Royal Arch Mason
5.Scottish Rite Mason
6.Shriner (Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio)
Al became the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in Nevada. He was also a member of the Toastmasters International.
Alger's Eastern jobs
1.Civilian Conservation Corps. Peninsula, Ohio, First Sgt., Camp Carpenter, 1932-1934
2.Greyhound Bus Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1934-1936
3.Shipper Dispatch, Truck Driver, 1936-1937
4.Telling Bell-Vernon Milk Co. , Delivery Driver, 1937-1937
5.Bender Body, Elyria, Ohio, Truck Driver, 1937-1938
6.Madison Beach Club, Madison, Connecticut, Cook, 1938-1938
(Carol and Alger fell in love and got married)
7.WPA., Berea, Ohio, Portable Pump Operator and Supervisor, 1938-1939
8.Speck Baking Co., Cleveland, Ohio, Salesman and Driver, 1939-1940
(Janet was born)
9.United Aircraft Co. first East Hartford, Connecticut (Patty was Born)
then Kansas City, Missouri, Parts Department, 1940-1943
10. Goodyear Aircraft Corp. Akron, Ohio, Mechanic, 1943-1944
11. Fisher Aircraft #2 Cleveland, Ohio, Flight test Inspector, 1944-1945
(Richard was Born)
12. Hilltop Dairy, Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio Driver Salesman, 1945-1946
Alger's Jobs in Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada
1. Fuller Brush, Knapp Shoes, Kirby Vacuum, 1947-1953
2. Standard Station, Inc. 1946-1947;
3. US Postal Service, 1947-1951
4. National Park Service, Mechanic Helper, 1951-1953
5. US Postal Service 1961 - Abbot. 1963
6. Nevada Power, Right Away Agent, Abbot. 1963-July 1977
Note - It was found after research that there was no family connection to Horatio Alger, Author. It may be that the family may have been connected in Europe.
More About Alger Rawson Bourne:
Burial: Boulder Cemetery, Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada
Census: 15 Apr 1930, North Olmsted, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
EDUC: 1932, North Olmsted, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
Occupation: Bus Driver, Milk Man, Mechanic, Postman, Right of Way Agent
Religion: Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada; Religion: Grace Community Church
Residence: Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada
More About Alger Bourne and Carol Richards:
Marriage: 17 Sep 1938, Monroe, Fairfield Co., Connecticut: Monroe Congregational Church: by Carol's Father
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