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Corp Raymond Oliver Elwonger
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Birth: Mar. 15, 1893
Death: Nov. 26, 1951

Special thanks to Anne Rupert for creating this record for Corporal Raymond Elwonger, and thanks for the transfer of Raymond and other Elwonger family members.

According to my research so far, RAYMOND OLIVER ELWONGER was born on March 15, 1893 in Unity Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. His parents were Samuel Elwonger and his wife Clara Korff Elwonger.

June 6, 1900 - According to the 1900 census, Samuel & Clara had been married for 8 years, and had had 4 children, with just 2 boys, Raymond, and his brother Ralph, surviving.

November 11, 1903 - Ohio marriage records indicate that Clara was widowed and married her second husband Charles Korte on this date. According to the research of Patricia Hatch Elwonger, who did not specify her source, Samuel died in 1900.

April 22, 1910 - After the death of their father, Raymond & Ralph's mother (Clara) has remarried to Charles Korte. The boys are listed with surname Korte in the 1910 census, but it is unlikely they were adopted as both Ray & Ralph used the name Elwonger until their death.

June 5, 1917 - Raymond was living at 133 17th St in Sebring, Ohio, when he registered for the draft for WWI at the age of 24. He reported that he was single & working for the French China Company. He described himself as being of medium height and slender build with brown hair & eyes. (source: WWI Draft Registration).

October 6, 1917 - Raymond was still living at 133 17th St in Sebring, Ohio, when he enslited in the National Army per "Ohio Military Men 1917-18". According to "Ohio Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918" his military service included Machine Gun Co 332 Infantry to 23 Feb 1918; Headquarters Co 11 Infantry to Discharge. PFC 1 Nov 1918; Corporal 17 Nov 1918. St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 24 Apr 1918 to 19 July 1919. Records state he was Honorably Discharged 29 July 1919.

January 10, 1920 - Raymond & his brother Ralph are both living with their mother & stepfather (Charles Korte) at 133 17th St in Sebring, Ohio. Raymond is a laborer at the local pottery (The French China Company - per Ralphs death certificate January 25, 1920)(Ralph died of Lobar Pneumonia secondary to Influenza).

About February 1920 - The 1930 census indicates that Raymond was first married when he was 26 years old, which should be 1919-1920. No wife appeared on the 1920 census, which would suggest the marriage took place between January 10, 1920 and March 15, 1920, probably in or near Columbiana County, Ohio.

April 7, 1930 - The 1930 US Census has Raymond living in his own home at 285 E. Oregon Ave, Sebring Ohio, with wife Minnie. Their home is valued at $4000. Raymond is working at the pottery, job title is hard to read but appears to say "Mach Finisher".

April 1940 - Raymond & Minnie were still living at 285 East Oregon in Sebring, where Raymond is working at the Pottery. No indication of any children.

1942 - The US required all the "old guys" to register for a special / secondary draft. Raymond's registration gives his address as 285 E. Oregon Ave in Sebring. He was unemployed at the time and listed Velma Lorius of 455 W. Maryland St Sebring as emergency contact. Since his death certificate in 1951 lists him as widowed, I believe this means that Minnie had died prior to his completing this WWII registration in 1942.

November 26 1951 - DEATH in Sebring Ohio. CAUSE OF DEATH was Lobar Pneumonia (same as his brother Ralph in 1920). Occupation is listed as a Dishmaker / Pottery. States widowed. Informant listed as Eva Roberts; she incorrectly gives fathers name as John Elwonger, and she did not know Ray's mother's name (which was given as Clara Korff on his brother Ralph's death certificate in 1920, by her husband Charles Korte).

November 29, 1951 - according to his death certificate, Raymond was buried in Grandview Cemetery in Sebring, OH. Information submitted by Anne Rupert as part of original contribution indicates he is buried in Glenview Cemetery. No stone yet identified. Will attempt to determine if this is actually the same or a different cemetery.

CHILDREN: No children were listed in the 1930 census at about 10.5 years into his marriage. It is possible that either Velma Lorius or Eva Roberts (or both) may be a step-daughter, but I have not found any solid indication of this as they are only listed on the documents specified.


Name: Raymond O. Elwonger
Death date: 26 Nov 1951
Death place: Ohio, United States
Birth date: 15 Mar 1893
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GSU film number: 2372876
Digital GS number: 4109406
Image number: 03099
Reference number: 71483
Collection: Ohio Deaths 1908-1953

This was a document stating he was a veteran honorably discharged - served in WWI HQ Co llth Inf
Cemetery Glenview in Sebring Ohio

He was a s/o Samuel Elwonger born 1865 and Clara b 1869 in Unity Twp Columbiana ohio - their burial not located as of this writing. He was grandson of John Elwonger buried in Unity Brick Cemetery and Mary Koch Wernwag buried Koch cemetery next to second husband Wm Wernwag.

He had a brother Ralph Elwonger buried in East Palestine who died age 23.

Grandview Cemetery
Mahoning County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Sec S 2nd 1/4 lot 274
Maintained by: Lorraine Butler
Originally Created by: Anne Rupert
Record added: Dec 10, 2009
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Corp Raymond Oliver Elwonger
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- Debra A. Felger
 Added: May. 8, 2010
Thank you for serving our country and so glad I found your burial.
- Anne Rupert
 Added: Dec. 10, 2009

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