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John Bert "Uncle Bert" Francis
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1890
Broken Bow
Custer County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 1969
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

1890, 07 Sep: John Bert Francis was born in Broken Bow, Custer Co., NE, the son/o William Henry & Eliza Ann EDWARDS Francis.

1900, 02 Jun: Teamster Wm H. Francis (54) b. Dec 1845 IL & w. Eliza EDWARDS (49) b. Mar 1857 PA were living at 1900 Ave. E. in the City/o Council Bluffs, in Kane Twp, Pottwattamie Co., IA. Ch: Pearl (12) b. Mar 1888 NE & John Bert (9) b. Sep 1890 NE.

1907, 01 Jun: Laborer Bert Francis was living at #1900 Ave. E.

1910, 18 Apr: Grocery Clerk Bert Francis (20) b. NE was living with his par.s at 1902 Ave. E. in Council Bluffs, along with his dad's Cook brother Wilbert Francis (48) b. IL & his son Painter Calvin W. Francis (20) b. NE.

1911 - 1913 : Clerk Bert Francis was living 1902 Ave. E. in Council Bluffs, IA and was worked for C.J. Cronkleton.

Uncle Bert was working in Fremont, NE when he met his bride-to-be Osa Belle HEFLIN.

1913, 11 Dec: John Bert Francis (23) b. NE wed Osa Belle HEFLIN (21) b. IA in Papillion, Sarpy, NE.

1914, 22 Jul: They were living in Omaha when their only child, Ruth Naomi FRANCIS was b.

1918, 12 Sep: Shippin Clerk Bert Francis (26) registered for the WWI Draft. He stated that he was b. 7 Sep 1891 in Broken Bow, NE. Uncle Bert worked for Metzger Baking Co. [Later Quaker Baking Co.] & lived at #2525 Ave. A., in Council Bluffs, IA with his w. Osa Belle & dau. Ruth.

1924 - 1926 : Ass't Mgr Bert & Osa were living at #1116 E. Bdwy in Council Bluffs & worked for Quaker Baking Co.

1927, 01 Jun: Ass't Mgr Bert & Osa were living at #229 Fleming Ave. in Council Bluffs, where he was working for Quaker Baking Co.

1930, 10 Apr: Pres./Mgr Bert Francis (39) b. NE & w. Osa Belle HEFLIN (38) b. IA & dau. Ruth Naomi FRANCIS (15) b. NE were living at #231 Fleming Ave. Council Bluffs City, IA.

1934, 20 Mar: Ruth Naomi FRANCIS (20) b. NE wed husband No.1 Wm Max Hannah (26) b. IA in Omaha, NE.

1935, 01 Jun: Bert & Osa were living at #510 Forest Dr. where he was now the President/Mgr of Quaker Baking Co.

1936, 01 Jun: Bert & Osa were living at #1228 Fairmont Ave.

1939 - 1941 : Bert & Osa were living at #1133 Military Ave.

1952 - 1954 : Bert & Osa were living at #435 Huntington Ave.

1958, 01 Jun: Uncle Bert was retired by now and he had a brick home built for them at #1 North Line Dr., in Council Bluffs.

His main occupation, for 40 yr.s, was operating the Quaker Baking Co., in Council Bluffs. When Frito-Lay bot them out, they shut the company down. End of his job.

1959, 01 Jun: The last time I saw him he was legally blind and had to sit close to the TV to "watch". He had a green budgie atop his right shoulder. It would chatter, "Whatcha doin' Herbie?" I turned and asked Aunt Osa what the Herbie meant, and she replied, "Herbert." But, nowhere did I find him listed as John Herbert Francis.

1969, 15 Jul: Uncle Bert (79) b. NE d. at their home at #1 North Line Drive, in Council Bluffs. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Osa Belle HEFLIN Francis (1892 - 1993)
 
 Children:
  Ruth Naomi FRANCIS Wagey (1914 - 2002)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Acacia Sec.,Lot 182, Sp.2
 
Created by: HeflinHunter
Record added: Sep 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76882569
John Bert Uncle Bert Francis
Added by: P.O.W. Dad
 
 
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