By marilyn December 20, 2009 at 06:36:42
The 1930 census shows Paul and Carl Gerken/Gercken in the Evangelical Orphans Home at Hoyleton in Washington Co.
Carl is 13-born in TX and Paul is 11, born in OK.
I believe they are sons of a Helen Gerken Thomas-all in OK 1920 census in Cleveland Co. w/ Helen's 2nd husband? Ren Thomas. Ren Thomas is deceased by 1925. Why are the boys in an orphans home in Illinois?What happened to their mother Helen, and the Gerken father?
Helen Gerken Thomas is born in Missouri, and the census shows the Gerken father born in Germany. What was Helen's maiden name?