ORR ~~ KINSLEY~~ STRUNK ~~ MINGUS
|"I am related to the KINSLEY's and STRUNK's of Monona County. I have a number of photos of people who went back and forth to Steuben County, Indiana, in the first decade or two of the 20th Century. In 1910 my grandfather, Leroy Mingus, son of Margaret Lydia Kinsley Mingus (sister toWilliam Henry and James Kinsley), came to Onawa to visit his Uncle William Henry 'Hem' Kinsley. He was 22 years old at the time. While he was there visiting, he seems to have caught the attention of a young woman with the initials M.R.O., who we have guessed was Margaret Ruth Orr. I had help with the research on this from Jake Harding, who lives in Monona County. I find the postcards quite charming and want to share them with the Monona Co. IAGenWeb pages. My sister, Barb Horning is keeper of the family photos and is responsible for the preservation and excellent scanning job." ~Bruce Gillett, Maine.|
POSTCARDS & PHOTOGRAPHS
~Anyone who can help with identification of the young ladies in the photographs is much appreciated.
Could this be the author/writer of these postcards sent to Leroy?
Postmarked Onawa, Iowa, JUL 14, 1910
This is a portrait of the William Henry Kinsley family. William was born on 15 May 1858 in New London, Ohio. He married Emma Maria Seitzinger (b. 22 Mar 1862) on 26 Jan 1879 in Fremont, Indiana. They family moved to Monona County around 1882-1883 and lived in Whiting and Onawa. The girls in the back row are Levisa and Ora. By her father is Levina and the boy is Arthur. Ora died shortly after this picture was taken. Another daughter Margaret was born in 1894.
Family photo contributed by Coke Helmstetter
Photograph of Margaret Kinsley, daughter of Wm. & Emma Kinsley, of Monona County
These are the five children of James Hilarian and Catharine Brooks Kinsley. The picture was taken when William and James went back to Indiana for a reunion with their three sisters Ida and Catherine, standing, and Lydia between William (left) and James. Both William and James lived in Monona County. William and James along with their wives are buried in the Whiting Cemetery.
Photo contributed by Coke Helmstetter
The gentleman on the left is this photo is Charlie O'Neil, a close friend of the Kinsley family. Next is Arthur William Kinsley, born 13 Sep 1887. Arthur was the custodian at the Onawa school and while getting ready for the start of the school year, he was washing windows on the second story when the rope with the seat broke and he fell, sustaining severe injuries. He died in a Sioux City hospital two weeks later on 5 Sep 1938 and is buried in the Onawa Cemetery. Next to Arthur is his mother Emma who died 16 Jan 1934 and is buried in the Whiting Cemetery. Next is Bessie (Butcher), Arthur's wife. Beside Bessie is William Kinsley (Emma's husband, Arthur's father) and his sister Ida Strunk.
Group picture contributed by Coke Helmstetter
Strunk Kids taken in 1919
Margaret, Bernice Mingus, and Frances
"Margaret and Frances were Frank Strunk's daughters (of Onawa.) He was first married to Levina Kinsley, one of William Henry Kinsley's daughters. But the girls in this picture are from his second marriage to Myrtle Jones."
"Bernice Mingus (in the photo) was a cousin, the daughter of James Mingus. James was a brother to Leroy Mingus."
Some research has been done on these families featured in the above photographs. The relationships are pieced together by this statement from Bruce Gillett:
Frank Strunk was the son of Ida Kinsley, who was William Henry Kinsley's sister. So Frank's marriage to Levina was to his cousin. He was adopted by Wilson Strunk after Wilson married Ida Kinsley. Wilson married Ida when Frank was 3. Wilson did live in Onawa for a while. The missing 1890 census probably would have shown that. Wilson Strunk's obit says:
Census Research appears below: