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William Thornton

Last July I started writing about my Uncle Bill but never finished my story. Born May 1, 1913, he was the first-born of Roy Clinton Thornton and Anna Mae Rouse and was a proud union leader, helping to secure better wages and conditions. From his father's obituary, we know that in January 1937, as a 23-year-old man, he had a WPA job.  WPA stood for "Works Progress Administration."  This was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed individuals, mostly unskilled men, to carry out public works projects, including construction of public buildings and roads. Almost every community in the U.S. had a new park, bridge, or school constructed by the agency. At its peak in 1938, it provided jobs for three million unemployed men and women, and between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs.

In 1940 he was living in the household of his mother and is stepfather, Ira Butler. He was listed as a "new worker," h…

My Mother

My mother, Gladys Irene Thornton, was the eighth of nine children of Roy Clinton Thornton and Anna Mae Rouse. She was born January 1, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Gladys Thornton
Her siblings were: William Martin Thornton, born May 1, 1913 and died on November 26, 1957 at age 44 from a heart attack.Carl Roy Thornton, born January 30, 1915, and died on September 23, 1990 at age 75.Doris Lucille (Baby Doris) Thornton, born November 15, 1916, and died May 13, 1918 at age 18 months.Russell Claude Thornton, born August 19,1918, and died February 20, 1958 at age 39 of a heart attack.Virgil Franklin Thornton, born June 3, 1920, and died October 21, 1962 at age 42 from a heart attack.Kenneth George Thornton, born December 12, 1922, and died April 19, 1988 at age 65 from complications of heart surgery.Alta Neomi Thornton, born July 21, 1924, and died December 26, 2010 at age 86. Gladys Irene Thornton, born January 1, 1927, and died November 22, 2014 at age 87."The baby" Thornton, bor…

What I have learned about my father

My father, Wesley Earl Loghry, was born in New Market, Page County, Iowa on either August 12 or 13, 1924. He always claimed it was the 12th of August but other records list the 13th. He was the 12th of 13 children born to Orville Ernest Loghry and Susan Myrtle Jenkins, growing up in the New Market and Hepburn areas in southwest Iowa. The 1930 U.S. Federal Census finds Wesley and his parents and siblings residing in Valley Township in Page County and by 1940 the family, consisting of Orville, Myrtle, 22-year-old Estelle and 15-year-old Wesley, was living in Hepburn. Wesley was listed as attending school, in the 8th grade. Times were tough it appears for this family. Orville, age 55, was working as a welldigger, earning $130 in 1939. Estelle was working at a brick manufacturing company as a general laborer, having earned $416 in 1939. A short two and one-half year later, on August 26, 1942, enlistment papers find Wesley living in Des Moines, residing with his brother Estelle's in-l…