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Kid Gilstrap
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Birth: Sep. 17, 1897
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1982
Lane County
Oregon, USA

Kid's mother was the youngest of six children and the only girl in the family. When she was a teenager, she was raped by her own father and gave birth to Kid. Her father never lived in the same house as his family again.

When Kid's mother was growing up, it was a strict rule that none of the children leave home once they became the age of majority. However, all but Elsie and Joe left home. One by one each family member was disowned by their parents when they moved out of their childhood home. The eldest son, William, became a doctor, but his parents never showed any pride in his accomplishment. In fact, they blamed William for leaving home, setting a bad example for his siblings. He had moved out as soon as he reached his 21st birthday, which was the age of majority in those days.

The 1880 United States Federal Census lists five children in the family. Elsie had not yet been born.

1880 United States Federal Census about the Gilstrap family before Elsie and Kid were born
Name: Susan Gilstrap, maternal grandmother of Kid Gilstrap
Age: 29
Birth Year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1880: Lancaster, Lane, Oregon
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: M. J. Gilstrap
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Occupation: Keeping House, wife of a farmer
Household Members:
Father: M. J. Gilstrap 34
Mother: Susan Gilstrap 29
1. William Jasper Gilstrap , 9, became a physician although he had very little formal schooling before attending college. He wrote a lengthy memoir mentioning many family members but left Kid out completely. He had very little to say about Joseph and Elsie either.
2. Ira Wilson Gilstrap, 8, became a self-employed cement contractor.
3. Robert Lee Gilstrap, 5, became an operating engineer in a power plant.
4. Joseph Isaac Gilstrap, 2, never moved from his mother's home. He farmed and did odd jobs for income all his life.
5. Owen Gilford Gilstrap, 2m, became an all around installer and repairman of plumbing, electricity, and general building fixtures. He was highly intelligent and self-taught. He had very little formal schooling.

Elsie May Gilstrap, the youngest and only girl in the family, was born May 12, 1882. She was Kid Gilstrap's mother. She, Joseph and Kid lived their lives under the same roof until Joseph's death in 1949 and Elsie's convalescence in a nursing home.

1900 United States Federal Census about Kid Gilstrap
Name: Kid Gilstrap
Age: 2
Birth Date: Sep 1897
Birthplace: Oregon
Home in 1900: Richardson, Lane County, Oregon
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: GrandSon
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Oregon
Mother's Birthplace: Oregon
Occupation of Grandmother and Uncle: Farming
Neighbors: Marion Gilstrap, Susan's husband, was a farmer and living nearby. Eventually the couple divorced.
Household Members:
Susan A Gillstrap 49
Joseph L Gillstrap 22
Elsie M Gillstrap 18
Kid Gillstrap 2

1910 United States Federal Census about Kid Gilstrap
Name: Kid Gilstrap
Age in 1910: 12
Birth Year: 1897
Birthplace: Oregon
Home in 1910: Hall Road, Richardson, Lane, Oregon
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Nephew
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: United States
Mother's Birthplace: Oregon
Neighbors: Marion Gilstrap still lived nearby but not in the same house as the others. He was the only one in the family listed as working. He was a general farmer.
Household Members:
Joseph Gilstrap 32
Susan Gilstrap, 59, mother to six children, all living
Elsie Gilstrap, 28, mother to one child, living.
Kid Gilstrap 12

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Kid Gilstrap
Name: Kid Gilstrap
County: Lane
State: Oregon
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1897
Race: White
Age: 20
Occupation: Farmer
Nearest Relative: Elsie Gilstrap
Height/Build: Short/Medium Build
Signature: Kid signed his name with a + sign. He could not read or write.

1939 Area Directory
Elsie Gilstrap
Joseph Gilstrap, Laborer
Kid Gilstrap, Laborer

1940 United States Federal Census about Kid Gilstrap
Name: Kid Gilstrap
Age: 42
Birth Year: 1897
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Oregon
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Nephew
Home in 1940: Richardson, Lane, Oregon
Street: Hall Road
Resident on farm in 1935: Yes
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: 0
Elsie and Joseph completed the third grade.
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members:
Elsa M Gilstrap 58
Joseph Gilstrap 63
Kid Gilstrap 42

Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008, about Kid Gilstrap
Name: Kid Gilstrap
Age: 85
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1897
Death Date: 3 Nov 1982
Death Place: Lane
Certificate: 82-18419

Social Security Death Index about Kid Gilstrap
Name: Kid Gilstrap
SSN: 544-58-7082
Last Residence: 97448 Junction City, Lane, Oregon, United States of America
Born: 17 Sep 1897
Died: Nov 1982
State (Year) SSN issued: Oregon (1965)


Kid Gilstrap's eldest uncle-brother, Dr. W. J. Gilstrap, did not mention Kid in his memoirs. He mentioned his sister, Elsie, and his brother,Joe, very briefly:


"I can dispose of the record of both of them at one time for neither of them was ever married and neither ever left home. They both lived with Mother as long as she lived and with her death they continued to live in the same home.

"Mother never had a picture of any kind taken of herself, although I tried hard to get a picture taken of her. To the best of my knowledge neither Joseph nor Elsie ever had a picture of any kind taken.

"Father had an old daguerreotype picture taken before he was married. This was taken on metal and the side opposite to the picture resembled the metal that ordinary tin cans are made out of today. The only other picture he ever had was a nice large one that I had taken of him in the summer of 1919.

"Joseph died June 21, 1949."

Kid Gilstrap was the product of an incestuous, sexually abusive, relationship between father and daughter. He was never married but was the son of Elsie Gilstrap and her father, Marion Jasper Gilstrap.

The Junction City newspaper and Eugene Register Guard both printed stories about Kid when he passed away. A lady who knew the family well responded with a delightful letter to the editor to the Register Guard about him covering his clothes with bells during the Christmas season and taking a walk in the neighborhood to make people happy.

Kid called Elsie his sister, but most of the local residents knew she was his mother. Elsie and her brother, Joe, and Kid were disowned by the family who moved away, leaving the three of them behind.

Kid was small and rode a three wheel tricycle while wearing a purple helmet (that he was buried wearing). The first time I saw him, I thought he was a child riding in the pouring rain. At second look I saw that he was a man. The next time I saw him, he was hanging out in a Junction City store watching people walk by. I noticed him watching me, smiling.

The third and last time I saw him was about four months before he passed. I was very pregnant, and I remember wearing a red and white maternity outfit with Garfield the cat printed on the top. I had just bought a pink and white plush cat with "Be My Friend" printed on its belly for my baby and was carrying it in my hand. Kid was coming from the opposite direction, and I noticed he was wearing a sheriff's badge. I wondered if he had been in law enforcement when he was younger and looked back at him after we passed. He caught me. He had a mirror pinned on his shirt cuff, and he was looking back at me through the mirror. Embarrassed, I looked down at the toy cat and read, "Be My Friend".

Today I would handle the situation differently. I've become more outgoing since then. But when my son was older and sorting out his childhood toys, I took that cat and sat it on the shelf by my computer. There it sits to this day to remind me to be kind and to be a friend.

Written by
Patricia Azevedo Mohr
Citrus Heights, California
August 16, 2012
At the bottom of this memorial are links to Kid's parents' memorials.

It is the wish of William Gilstrap that his memoirs be copied and distributed. They tell of the family into which Kid was born and raised, some highly intelligent, some not so very, but all colorful, all strong willed in their own way. Although Kid's name and existence was never mentioned, he was indeed part of the family.
Family links: 
  Marion Jasper Gilstrap (1846 - 1931)
  Elsa May Gilstrap (1882 - 1972)
  William Jasper Gilstrap (1870 - 1957)**
  Ira Wilson Gilstrap (1873 - 1957)**
  Robert Lee Gilstrap (1874 - 1925)**
  Owen Gilford Gilstrap (1880 - 1951)**
  Elsa May Gilstrap (1882 - 1972)**
  Kid Gilstrap (1897 - 1982)
*Calculated relationship
Rest Lawn Memorial Park
Junction City
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: P. L. Mohr
Originally Created by: Cindy
Record added: Jan 16, 2010
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Kid Gilstrap
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Mr. Gilstrap, you were left completely out of your family's written memories, but you have a place in your family tree. The secrets and sham of your birth have been brought out of the closet. You were a good man who could never defend yourself, but you ...(Read more)
- P. L. Mohr
 Added: Aug. 24, 2012

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