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Algernon Sidney "Allen Jernon" Orndoff, Jr
Birth: Dec. 19, 1906
Miami County
Kansas, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1950
Coulee Dam
Okanogan County
Washington, USA

NAME: Went by Allen or Algernon Jr. Confirmation Sources:
- Social Security Application, he recorded his name and his father's name as 'Allen Jernon Orndoff'. (See photo's with Allen Sr.)
- On daughters birth certificate 'Algernon Sidney Jr.'
- Business license, Allen Sidney Orndoff
- otherwise Allen S. or Allen J.

PARENTS: Algernon ('Allen Jernon' Sidney) Orndoff Sr. and Eunice 'Unie' Farner

MARRIAGE: Minnie Myrtle Seay
MARRIAGE DATE: December 15, 1926 / Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas
CHILDREN: Algernon 'Sidney' III, Sylvia Alice

Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Department of Health, Death Index, 1907-1960; 1965-2014
County: Statewide
Da Reference Number: {AB3E27C6-F82E-4E01-9EF4-EEF38CA38733}
Image Number: 2014
Document Number: 9
Document Reference Id: 6871
First Name: Allen J.
Last Name: Orndoff
Date Of Death: 5 Apr 1950
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Father Name: Allen Orndoff
Mother Name: Eunice Farmer
Batch Id: 277866
Batch Locality: Washington, United States
Death Place: Coulee Dam, Okanogan, Washington
Mother Name Gn: Eunice
Mother Name Surname: Farmer

(Source: Washington State Digital Archives, Death Records - Maiden Name should be 'Farner')


‘Allen Jernon’ Sidney Orndoff (full legal name: Algernon Sidney Orndoff, Jr.) was born on December 19, 1906 in Somerset, Kansas to Allen (Algernon Sidney Orndoff, Sr.) and Eunice ‘Unie’ Farner Orndoff.

As a child, 3 years of age, Allen was struck by lightening which split and opened the calf of his leg. He was subsequently struck by lightening two more times in his lifetime. As a result, Allen had heart problems as an adult (swelling and fluid).

Allen married Minnie Myrtle Seay on December 15, 1926 in Columbus at the Cherokee County Courthouse in Kansas. Allen and Minnie had two children; Sidney (Algernon Sidney Orndoff, III) born in Oklahoma and Sylvia Alice Orndorff born in Washington. While living in Oklahoma, Allen worked in the Mines.

In 1932 during the Dust Bowl Days and Great Depression, Allen moved his wife and son, mother Unie, half-brothers Jim and Jess Mills and half-sister Rosie Mills from Kansas to Washington State where they settled in Omak. Later, Allen moved his family to Wenatchee.

Through the years, they remained a close-knit family. On week-ends they would all meet at his mother's Unie's house in Tonasket, and many times Allen would play his violin or guitar with his brother-in-law Herb Roper playing the banjo as everyone would visit.

Allen had an astute business mind: He built up his business, Allen Orndoff General Hauling, when other people were struggling with the Great Depression. Allen had two international trucks, and he would haul anything from plane propellers to hay. He was given the second Commercial License in the state of Washington. Allen often worked in the beautiful Palouse cutting hay.

Allen worked at the Farragut Naval Training Station in Idaho (at that time the 2nd largest training station in the world, 4000 acres) as well as POW camp. One day a black car came up to him, a man got out and asked him if he would take a dignitary and several cars around the area. After Allen said yes, was done with the tour, and led the procession out of the gates, President Roosevelt got out of the black car and asked Allen to come forward. President Roosevelt shook hands with and personally thanked Allen.

People would come to him when they had a problem, they trusted him to listen and help solve their problems. Allen would help in any way he could, even financially, getting wood for the winter or buying food to feed a widow and her children.

Allen had an agreement with his pastor: if any missionary or evangelist came to their church, they were to stay at Allen and Minnie's home. One time, after moving and having no furniture or beds, an evangelist came to their church. Allen went straight to the store and bought all their beds and furniture just so the evangelist could stay at their house.

Allen was the center of the close-knit Orndoff-Mills family and held it together: his mother, Unie and step-father Frank Corbin, his brothers Jess and Jim Mills, his aunt Rosie Mills Roper, and his sister Glenna Orndoff Buhrman - all with their own families. After Allen's death, the family units started going their own ways.

'Residing in Electric City, Washington for a year and half before his death, reportedly moving from Oroville, Allen worked as a carpenter foreman on Grand Coulee dam at the headworks section of the feeder canal with his son Sidney for the Bureau of Reclamation project. As Allen was leaving work, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed.' His son, Sidney, also leaving work, went to assist the bystanders with resuscitation, only to discover it was his own father. Allen was 42 years old.

When Allen had his massive heart attack, he fell 'forward' out of the gate instead of backward. The insurance would not pay because he fell 'out' of Grand Coulee Dam's property. Allen's name has been submitted to be placed on a Monument for those who died while working at the Dam.

'This is the second death in the family within ten days. Three years old Thomas Edward Judd drowned a week earlier in a cesspool near their home.'

(Personal: After burying Tommie and under tremendous stress, the day before his death, Allen told his mother, Unie, he did not feel well. Unie tapped him on the chest over the heart and said, 'make sure you are okay with the Lord'; and he replied, 'It's already been taken care of!')

Allen was buried at the Tonasket Cemetery, (i.e., Gerhard Memorial Cemetery, I.O.O.F. Cemetery) in Tonasket, Washington on April 9, which was Good Friday and his mother Unie’s birthday.

Tommy Judd, 3 year old, is also buried in the same plot: Allen had originally purchased the plot to place Tommy when he drowned in the cesspool. Ten days later after burying Tommy, Allen is laid to rest there. (Excerpts taken from two obituary publications: Wenatchee Daily World, and Spokane Daily Chronicle)

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(SOURCE: Tonasket Cemetery Records; photo of headstone; two obituaries; as owner of family plot; eyewitness account from wife, son and daughter)

(Information researched, compiled and condensed as told to granddaughter Linda Orendoff Voss by Allen's two children: Sidney Orendoff III and Sylvia Orndorff Prochaska; my father and aunt)

Family links: 
  Algernon Sidney Orndorff (1868 - 1908)
  Eunice Josephine Farner Corbin (1876 - 1956)
  Minnie Myrtle Seay Orndorff (1903 - 1979)*
  Algernon Sidney Orendoff (1929 - 1985)*
  Sylvia Alice Orndorff Prochaska (1934 - ____)*
  Mary Louise Orndoff Dalton (1891 - 1970)*
  John David Orndoff (1893 - 1979)*
  Jasper L. Orndoff (1896 - 1963)*
  Charles Bartlett Orndoff (1902 - 1936)*
  Boutters Matthew Orndoff (1904 - 1971)*
  Algernon Sidney Orndoff (1906 - 1950)
  Glenna Bernice Orndoff Powers (1908 - 2004)*
  Jess Harvey Mills (1911 - 1975)**
  James Shirley Mills (1912 - 1982)**
  Rosetta Mae Mills Roper (1914 - 1985)**
  Oscar Fisher Mills (1916 - 1924)**
*Calculated relationship
'Asleep In Jesus' Father Allen S. 1906 - 1950
Note: Stone restored September 2016
Tonasket Cemetery
Okanogan County
Washington, USA
Plot: Plot 11, Block 2, Lot 1, Grave 1
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Record added: Oct 09, 2009
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