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William Doling, Vernon / Idalia

The Wray Rattler on August 10, 1901 had an article


Wm. Doling of Wray, Colorado and Miss Bettie Lovejoy of this place were united in marriage at Trinty (sic) church Wednesday evening.  The Rev. Mr. Unction officiating.  The wedding was a pretty affair.  It was the consummation of a romance.    Many years ago Mr. Doling and Miss Lovejoy attended the same school in Centralia Mo.  They were classmates and an affection grew, which ripened into love.  Circumstances separated them and it was not until recently that they learned of each other's whereabouts.  Miss Lovejoy was in San Francisco when she accidentally saw a copy of the Wray Rattler which contained the names of many Missouri people, among them the name of her old sweetheart.  Intuitively she knew he was lonely, and she wrote.  Mr. Doling immediately came here, and the wedding followed.  Mr. and Mrs. Doling will reside at The Ferns, a pretty estate inherited by the bride.  The mansion has been refurnished and the happy couple will take possession immediately upon their return from the east --- Palos (Calif.) Tribune

The many friends in Wray join in congratulating Bill.  He is a sly old rascal for not tellin'.

BUT in February 1903

"Word reaches us that Misss (sic) Bettie Lovejoy has joined her lover, Mr. Wm. Doling, at Centralia, Mo., and 'As The Feller Says' they will be united in marriage soon."

(so the previous article was either a hoax or not consummated ???)  And the capitals on As The Feller Says might indicate a quote from a James Whitcomb Riley poem "Romancin'."


1. I don't see any mention of this marriage anywhere but in the Rattler -

2.  I don't see any mention of a "Rev. Unction" anywhere.

3.  The only mention of the Palos Tribune is in a 2003 article in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin listing the Palos Tribune as a fictional source of information.



Matching the 1860 record, Lawson and Louisa Kinder are in Stoddard County, Missouri in 1850.  He's 29, she's 17.

Matching the 1870 census, the 1860 in Stoddard County has an Elizabeth Kinder (the 1880 census of some of her siblings has a Kinder last name)

Lawson Kinder, is 40, born in Tennessee.  He's married to 26 year old Louisa, born Missouri.  Elizabeth is 8, Amanda 5, Josephine 2, and Sylphena Dennington is 17,  All but Lawson were born in Missouri.

A tempting 1870 census for Stoddard County, Missouri has an 18-year-old Elizabeth Cone, even though the census lists birthplace as Missouri..  She's living with her widowed mother Louisa Cone and  a bunch of younger sisters and brothers..  And she is probably the one who married James Tolbert September 14, 1871 in Stoddard County.

Marriage Record for Adam GROHE

Spouse: Ann Marie Walter
Date: 19 Jun 1875
Groom Residence: Los Angeles
Age: 41Born: Germany
County and State: Los Angeles Co. CA


In December 1887 an A.C. Grobe of Los Angeles, was staying at the Grand Central Hotel, Los Angeles.

August 11, 1888 the Daily Alta

"Adam Grohe, a resident of Temescal, is a captive at the County Jail.  His love for firewater is seemingly unquenchable.  Some time ago his wife tried to get him in  an insane asylum.  She failed.  But her charge that Grohe disturbed her peace will keep him out of a saloon for many days."

The Daliy Alta on December 2, 1888

"The petition of Adam Grohe to be released from custody was heard before Judge Gibson.  His Honor will render a decision Monday.  Grohe avers that under the commitment he can never get out of jail, unless he gives bonds in the sum of $500, and if he could not get the bond he would be imprsoned for life."

January 3, 1889 - the Daily Alta (California)

"Mrs. Adam Grohe of Temescal is seeking to get a divorce from her old man.  There is a homestead, valued at $4000 and she wants the Court to decree it shall be hers.  Grohe is contesting the divorce suit.

January 5, 1889 the Daily Alta said "Judge Hamilton, on the conclusion of the testimony in the suit of Elizabeth Grohe vs. Adam Grohe, which has been on trial for the past three days, rendered a decree yesterday giving the plaintiff the divorce, the custody of the minor child and two-thirds of the property.  The property is to be sold and divided. "

and on January 23 the Daily Alta said

"A few weeks ago old Adam Grohe's wife Elizabeth was granted a divorce on the ground of cruelty.  The community property was ordered divided between them.   However, Grohe is not satisfied with the judgment of th court, and yesterday he gave notice that he would move the Court to set aside the judgment on the ground that it was entered before the findings in the case were signed by the Court.

So it seems Elizabeth was in northern California for at least a couple of years.

November 9, 1889 an Elizabeth Grohe (or Grahe), age 38, married William H. Blair. age 49, in Los Angeles

Possibly not related, but in 1889 a "Adam Grohe of Santa Monica was bound over to keep the peace."  Wonder if this is the same Adam Grohe who ran a brewery in Santa Fe 1882-1884....

September 13, 1889 the Daily Alta said that a Michael Fox was a "bartender for a Mrs. Grohe."

The 1891 Los Angeles directory has Adam Grohe, an engineer, residing at 618 Alpine.  Maybe the same Adam Grohe, a butcher, living at Arctic & Redwood in San Diego in 1897.  He's still there in 1901, and expressman, and in 1904 "cigars."  Another San Diego directory has him dying August 11, 1904 at the age of 71.

June 27, 1896 a Lewis T. Lovejoy, age 56 married Elizabeth Blair, age 46, in Los Angeles.

BUT Lewis' FindAGrave entry says he married Elizabeth CONE in 1896 in Los Angeles.  The FAG memorial says Lewis was born in 1835, and is buried in Dekalb County, Missouri

In 1900 Los Angeles a divorced Elizabeth Lovejoy, born March 1852 in New York, is head of the Pacific Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.,  Her daughter Evalina M, born November 1888 in California, father born in California, is with her..

The Los Angeles Herald of February 1905 said

In May 1906 Miss Evalina Grohe read the Gettysburg Address at a Veterans Memorial ceremony in Los Angeles.   It also said "Miss Evalina Grohe, the daughter of the home, was in line, representing the Union Veteran legion.  Gowned in white, with a broad sash falling gracefully from the shoulder, she was a picturesque sight at the head of the veteran U.V.L. body."

At the same Sawtelle site to celebrate Appomattox Day in 1905 Evalina read Grant's Farewell.

Also in 1905, at a ceremony at the Sawtelle home commemorating the deaths of two residents "Miss Evaline E. Grohe performed on the organ."

In January 1906 "the veterans of the Soldiers' Home made up a purse of $78.30 for Miss Evalena Grohe, whose home was destroyed by fire, in order to enable her to continue her attendance at the Santa Monica schools."

She was the only female entry in the Santa Monica high school oratorical contest in 1906

In June 1906 Evalina gave the "president's address" at the Santa Monica high school graduation.

It gets more confusing in 1910 in Malibu, when Elizabeth is widowed, running a retail grocery store.  Evelina  GROHE is a stenographer, single, with a father born in Germany.

In 1920 Elizabeth doesn't have an occupation - 68 years old - has a young couple with a baby girl lodging with her on Sacramento Street, Los Angeles.

In 1930 Los Angeles Elizabeth is 78, and a 76-year-old widow Elvira Yant is living with her.

In 1940 she's living at 11606 Wilshire in Los Angeles (same abode as in 1935).  Looks like she's renting part of her house to widowed Nellie Bill and her 17-year-old grandson, Keith Van Wagner.  Keith is an attendant at a gas station.

California Death Index has Elizabeth dying in Los Angeles County in 1940 - father's last name was Cone (that matches an Ancestry family tree and FindAGrave)

Colleen Otash on Genforum has

George Eli Houck, b: 6/1871 Elgin, IL d: 1950's, Los Angeles,
Evalena (Evalina) Elizabeth Grohe, b: 11/1887 Los Angeles, CA d: 8/25/1981 Laguna Hills, CA

She wrote that Evelina is buried in Westwood cemetery by her daughter Doris Houck and son George Houck.


Evalina is married to George Houck in 1920 Wallace, Shoshone, Idaho.  George is a car foreman for a railroad.  This must be George's second marriage - in 1910 he was widowed, a machinist for a railroad in Yellowstone County, Montana.

In 1928 they're in Santa Monica - George is a mechanic.

In 1930 they're in the Santa Monica census. They have Donald G. 9, and Doris, 8.

They're in Los Angeles in 1940, George D. is 19, and Doris C. is 18.  George is a bench mechanic at age 68.

Doris Houck (September 28, 1921  December 14, 1965) was an American film actress. She appeared in 25 films between 1932 and 1955.

Houck is familiar to modern viewers for her roles in several Three Stooges short subjects,  such as G.I Wanna Go Home.  She is best remembered as the aggressive girlfriend who throws Shemp Howard's head into a vise until he married her in Brideless Groom:

  • Shemp: "Stop, I'm getting a headache!"
  • Houck: "I'll fix your headache!"
 The Ancestry Nealis message board has "Markey Klopp was best friends with Doris Houck who married Eddie Nealis on May 21, 1947 in Mexico City. She was the maid of honor/witness at the wedding."


California Death Index has Evalina Houck, born November 14, 1887 in California, dying  August 25, 1981 in Orange County.


Probably William is the son of John Harrison Doling and Priscilla Ann Roberts Doling  They married December 23, 1851 in Boone County, Missouri.

In 1860 Audrain County, Missouri is J.H. Doling, age 30, his wife P.A 30, M.F. 6, P.A. 5, E.C. 3,and W.F. -under a year.

In 1870 Boone County Missouri it's John Doland, age 40, born Kentucky, with Priscilla, 40, Martha F., 15, Alice 13, Wm 12, Susan 9, John O, 6, Amanda 4 and Charles A. five months.  Priscilla and the kids were all born in Missouri.

In 1880 Monroe County, Missouri is a Jno Doling, 46, Nancy 39 born in Indiana(so Priscilla died?) Jno, 15, Bettie 13, Proctor 11, Chas 9, Rebecca 7, Frank 5, and Johnn's sister Mary, 44

In 1901 Will Doling went on a California trip with two Wray married couples.

The Rattler in 1902 said "It is Dr. Will Doling now."

1903 "Will Doling is back from Missouri and tells his friends that he brought Miss Lovejoy along and she brought her tub and wash board along.  He is to be congratulated."

October 7, 1904 the Yuma Pioneer "Will Doling has returned from his trip to California."

and also in October 1904 "Mrs. W.D. McGinnis and Will Doling went to Glenwood Springs Sunday to attend a meeting of the Rebakah Lodge.  They were chosen as delegates from this Lodge."  (wonder if this is a misprint - might be Mrs. Proctor Doling or Mrs. A.F. Doling)  But it could be our Will - in 1902 he went to a state I.O.O.F meeting.

The Gazette in 1905 "Since Bill Doling, George Cladd and Mitten have had such wretched luck sending to Montwardieo Gomery for a housekeeper, some of the widows of the town are thinking of trying their hand at securing a liege lord from the same firm.  For particulars ask - but this is another story."

In 1905 ""Will himself is using the prestige of his position as general manager in trying to find a second or third Miss Lovejoy but in this he seems to be meeting disappointment."

In 1906 "Will Doling has returned from a California trip with his uncle and is working at the Groves lumberyard."''

In `909 " There are a great many of our people who never think of Otto Derr without being reminded of the one-time famous Lovejoy love affair of Will Doling.  It is a long story and those who are not acquainted with the details are respectfully referred to Mr. Doling "

In 1910 Will - living west of Idalia - was thrown from his wagon into a hole and broke his leg.

and in 1911 "Will and Charles Doling of Idalia....were in Wray"

William L. Doling "proved up" his homestead for 319 acres a little east of Idalia in 1913 (relatively late for the area, so the land probably wasn't prime.

In Decemer 1913 Mrs. L.H. Gant and brother, Will Doling, left Monday evening for a visit with their relatives in and near Centralia, Missouri.  This is the former's first visit to their old home sine their removal to Coloardo over eleven years ago.  On their return, they will stop off in Omaha and spend some time with Mrs. Gant's son Ernest, and family .

1918 "Will Doling left for Missouri where he will be at home in the future."

And he might well be the W.L. Doling of Centralia who was the informant for Mattie Frances Harshbarger, born 1854 in Boone Count and dying  in Boone County, Missouri in 1925.

Mattie's father was John H. Doling, born in Missouri, and mother Priscilla Ann Roberts, born Boone County, Missouri


Proctor was in Yuma County in 1898, advertising in the Rattler "Drayman - is prepared to do draying of all kinds.  Charges reasonable.  Your patronage solicited.  Leave orders at Emigrant Barn, . 

In 1900 Proctor, 28, and brother Charley, 26, DOWLING, are ranching in Wray. 

In July 1000 Proctor Doling will clerk in the Blust confectionary during Mrs. Blust's absence in Schyler, Neb.  Ben Counter will attend the laundry agency.

Proctor must have been a traveler.  In September 1900 the Rattler said Proctor had mailed a letter from Hot Springs. S.D.

In 1901 Proctor, of Wray, was appointed a district Water Commissioner.

AND he sang in the choir for graduation baccalaureate.

In December 1901 "Proctor Doling purchased 'Old Joe' from the Emigrant Barn this week.  Old Joe is a driving horse that has been a very active factor in the business of the barn for several years.  He is known to almost every person in Wray's territory and is admired for his 'staying' qualities as a driver.  He was in the barn when the Doling Bros. owned it and was a favorite of Proctor.  We hope he will receive a much deserved rest from his new "old' owner."

The Yuma County Marriage Book has Doling, A.P. to N.S. Wyatt    1 October 1902                 

In April 1905 he had telephone service installed at his residence in West Wray.

In 1908 he competed in a jackrabbit hunting contest in Wray.

In May 1910 he started work as  the Steamboat Springs town marshal  -  Routt County, Colorado (way up in the mountains).  He's 41, married to Nell S. 28, and they have Claire  W. 4..

In August 1910 "Proctor Doling becomes proprietor of the Wyatt pool hall.  Roy Wyatt has built up a good business and is well liked by the hundreds of people ....  'Proc' Doling will hand in his resignation as marshal at the next regular meeting of the town board....

In 1911 Proctor lost a beautiful female pointer dog. which had been just received as a present from Thomas Ward, U.S. district attorney.  Mrs. Doling is considerably wrought up over his loss...."

Also in 1911 he was one of 24 stockholders in teh Mackey Balanced Rotary Engine company, capitalized at $3,000.

In 1913 he was elected as a Mason in Steamboat Springs.

In 1914 "the pool hall owned by Proctor Doling was sold to A. J. Haddon and L.C. Stewart, recent arrivals from Iowaa.  Mr. Doling will remain in Steamboat for a couple of months longer, during which time he and Mrs. Doling will make a short prospecting run to the Vernal (Utah) countroy in their machine.  Their leaving Steamboat is caused by the poor state of Mrs. Doling's health.

Also in 1914, "he is anxious to break in his Ford automobile, which he purchased from Earl Salisbury."

In August 1914 "Mrs. A. Proctor Doling and daughter departed yesterday morning for Denver, where Miss Clare will attend school during the winter."

In September 1914 "Several of the lady school teachers have rented the Proctor Doling residence, and at least four of them will keep house there during the winter."

In June 1915 "A. Proctor Doling has been here (Steamboat Springs) this week from Denver, where he is now located, having come in to sell his furniture left here when the family moved to teh city last fall."

In 1916 Miss Edith Gant of Wray returned from a few days visit with her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Proctor Doling of Denverl

In September 1916 Proctor Doling of Denver, who had been visiting his brothers John, Will and Frank, near Idalia, came over to Wray last Friday and visited a few days with his ssster, Mrs. J.H. Gant and family.

In March 1917 the Wray Rattler reported that Proctor Doling of Denver was visiting for a few days.

In October 1917" Mr. and Mrs. Proctor Doling and little daughter, Miss Claire, accompanied by Mrs. Doling's sister, Miss Anna Wyatt, motored in to Wray from Kirk where they had been visiting D.W. Wyatt, the father of Mrs. Doling and Miss Anna.  They had come from Denver, the home of the Dolings and were en route to Bird City Kansas where Miss Anna has a positiion in one of the merchandize stores.  Mr. and Mrs. Doling were taking her home from a visit with them in Denver.

In 1919 they're living at 705 E. 17th in Denver, - A. Proctor Doling is a real estate agent.

In 1920 he's Alexander P. Doling, selling cars in Casper, Wyoming , and in 1939 was in the Casper, Wyoming directory as a real estate agent.

1920 a Nellie Dooling is divorced, but 1930 and 1940 St. Louis has a widowed Nell S. Dolling, born 1888 in Missouri sister of Chas and Mary Baker.


The Yuma County Marriage Book has Doling, Charles T. to Fannie M. Grant    3 March 1901 

In April 1901 the Wray Rattler reported "Chas. Doling fell from his horse Wednesday and one of the bones of the right forearm was cracked.  He was riding bareback and tried to outrun snowballs."

Must have been excitement over "Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Doling, a boy baby, Monday, Dec 23, 1901"

In 1906 he advertised that they were looking for "a situation on a ranch."

In the Wray paper of January 1908 "a son was born last Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Doling.  At this writing Mrs. Doling is not as well as her friends would wish."

In 1908 it's implied that he was charged in a "liquor case" in Wray.  Might be the reason for the May 28, 1908 "Mrs. Chas. Doling and children leave next Sunday for Denver to join her husband, where they will make their home in the future."

In 1910 Charles Doling is in Denver, doing odd jobs.  He's married to Lannie (has to be Fannie), 27, and they have Glenn, 8, Paul 6, Karl 2, and Arthur eight-months.

He must have returned to Yuma County - in 1911 "Chas. Doling from west of Idalia....."  And in 1912 "Chas. Doling came over from Idalia the first of the week and took in the sights of the city (Wray)"

In 1920 he's widowed, in Kansas City with young Paul.  Both are "laborers with horses."  Fannie is in Red Willow County, Nebraska, divorced, a waitress in a restaurant with 9-year-old Arthur

Carl's Missouri death certificate said he was born in Wray December 23, 1907, and was killed January 23, 1921  two miles west of Buckner, Missouri when a .22 rifle was accidentally discharged by a chum.  It said he was interred at Buckner Hill Cemetery,  It also said Charles was born at Centralia, and mother Fannie Grant was born in Monroe County, Missouri.

There's a "Son - Paul Doling 1904- 1926" in the Indianola, Nebraska (Red Willow County) cemetery, with "Mother - Fannie - 1884-1932"

In the same cemetery is Glenn T. Doling - 1902 -1935.


In 1930 Charley is in Fort Osage, just outside Kansas City, divorced, a farm hand with the Johnson family.


John W. also came to Yuma County - In 1900 he's 33, doing day labor, living on Chief Street in Wray with Cora G., 25,  and Joseph H., 3.- name is spelled DOWLING in the index.

In 1910 they've  moved south twenty-five miles to Idalia.  They've added Harold W, 9, Ralph C. 7, and Charles K., 4

In 1920 he's 56, married to Cora, 46.  They have William H. 19, Ralph E., 16, and Charles R., 14.  - It's Charles Kenneth Doling in Fort Logan Cemetery, Colorado, dying in 1951.  He was in real estate in Denver in 1919, living at 705 E. 17th and in 1940 was divorced and had moved back to Idalia to live with his parents and brother Harold.

In 1930 John and Cora were still in Idalia, with no children with them.

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