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Velma Jennie <I>Thornber</I> Anderson

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Velma Jennie Thornber Anderson

Birth
Ionia County, Michigan, USA
Death
5 Aug 1938 (aged 83)
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Burial
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA Add to Map
Plot
block 2
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Velma Jennie Thornber was born November 1854 to John and Almina (Phinney) Thornber in Portland, Iona, Michigan. Her father John died on 26th July 1864 in David's Island, Westchester, New York and is buried at Cypress Hills National Cemetery Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Her mother, Almina passed away in 1882 and is buried at Welch Cemetery, Sunfield, Eaton, Michigan. Shortly after her father's death Jennie was staying at the residence of William R. Churchill, a retired merchant in Iona, Portland, Michigan. Staying at the Churchill house she became very familiar with the millinery business.
In August of 1881, Jennie moved to Iola, Allen County, Kansas and in September of the same year she purchased Clark and Littlefield's millinery in Iola. This feat was very rare for that time as women typically did not own or operate such a successful business. To help her business along she hired a first class trimmer for her millinery store and offered only the finest material. In July of 1882 she made her pilgrimage to Chicago to buy the best millinery goods that would bring fine clothing to the women of Iola and the surrounding areas. As a business woman, she championed the efforts in Iola to form a committee to make sure that all the Veteran's graves were decorated for Memorial Day each year because of her father being a veteran of the Civil War.
On July 30, 1883 her business and others were damaged by a devastating fire in the downtown area of Iola. Jennie's business, being on the top floor of the Richards, Lakin and Ireland grocery store was severely damaged with a $450.00 loss of materials, a hefty sum at the time. The fire was deemed arson, starting at the J. W. McClure building as the investigation led to an incendiary device that started the fire. Jennie moved her business above the post office for the time being. During this time her best friend, Gertie Conkling from Nevada, Missouri would come to town and help out at the store. Later she moved her business to the building just south of Scott's drugs in Iola.
On November 27, 1884 this ad appeared in the Iola Register:
Miss Jennie Thornber invites the attention of the Ladies of Iola and vicinity to her large and finely assorted stock, including Hoopskirts, Bustles, Babies' Zepher Hoods, Shoes and Saques. Ladies latest style Collars with a full line of Silk, Velvets and Velveteen's in all new shades. We have Ladies all Wool Underwear in Millinery. Special bargains in Feathers, Tips and all Trimmed Goods. Come see her.
On January 15, 1885, Jennie moved her millinery store to the W. A. Cowan building in Iola.
On September 11, 1885 it was announced that Jennie would be married to John Waddell Anderson. The wedding would take place on Wednesday, September 16, 1885 at the home of William R. Churchill in Portland, Iona, Michigan. The couple moved to Argentine, Kansas in April 1888. This marriage produced two children, Mamie, born 1888 and Ernest Waddell, born November 14, 1894 in Argentine, Wyandotte, Kansas.
Her husband James purchased a grocery store, Kelland and Anderson Grocery at 2nd and Metropolitan in April 1888. In January, 1889 James bought the grocery firm of George Brown and consolidated both stores into the J. W. Anderson and Company, also called the Corner Grocery in Argentine. Outgrowing his business, James bought a larger building, February 03, 1890 at the corner of 3rd and Metropolitan. An extension to the building was added in April, 1892, which enlarged the building to Silver Avenue.
In March, 1894 James partnered with William A. Yearnshaw (my 2nd Great Uncle) to form the Anderson & Yearnshaw Grocery. In July, 1897, James announced running for Wyandotte County Commissioner, 1st District and was declared the winner on November 03, 1897. On June 27, 1898, the grocery firm of Anderson & Yearnshaw was dissolved due to the retirement of James W. Anderson from the business, devoting more time to the Board of County Commissioners. In April, 1899, James opened a small confectionary store at 221 Metropolitan. On January 08, 1900, James was elected Chairman, Wyandotte County Board of Commissioners. He did not seek re-election in November of 1900 and wound up opening a new business, J. W. Anderson's Ice Cream Parlor and Bakery at 2nd and Silver Avenue and then re-located to 221 Metropolitan in 1904. In 1920, he opened up a furniture repair business at 2313 Metropolitan and then moved to 1409 South 26th Street in Argentine, he ran this business until his death on October 15, 1922.
While living in Argentine, Jennie was very active in the community. She was a charter member of the Hawthorne Club, Tirzah Chapter #85 Order of Eastern Star, Young Women's Christian Association, Bethels Busy Buzzers (the Three B's) and the Good Will Society of the Congregational Church. After the death of her husband James in 1922, she moved to her son's house at 1701 Woodland and then in 1927 to 22nd and Steele Road.
Velma Jennie (Thornber) Anderson died August 05, 1938 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas and is buried next to her husband James at Maple Hill Cemetery Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas
Research shared by contributor 47386400:

Velma Jennie Thornber was born November 1854 to John and Almina (Phinney) Thornber in Portland, Iona, Michigan. Her father John died on 26th July 1864 in David's Island, Westchester, New York and is buried at Cypress Hills National Cemetery Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Her mother, Almina passed away in 1882 and is buried at Welch Cemetery, Sunfield, Eaton, Michigan. Shortly after her father's death Jennie was staying at the residence of William R. Churchill, a retired merchant in Iona, Portland, Michigan. Staying at the Churchill house she became very familiar with the millinery business.
In August of 1881, Jennie moved to Iola, Allen County, Kansas and in September of the same year she purchased Clark and Littlefield's millinery in Iola. This feat was very rare for that time as women typically did not own or operate such a successful business. To help her business along she hired a first class trimmer for her millinery store and offered only the finest material. In July of 1882 she made her pilgrimage to Chicago to buy the best millinery goods that would bring fine clothing to the women of Iola and the surrounding areas. As a business woman, she championed the efforts in Iola to form a committee to make sure that all the Veteran's graves were decorated for Memorial Day each year because of her father being a veteran of the Civil War.
On July 30, 1883 her business and others were damaged by a devastating fire in the downtown area of Iola. Jennie's business, being on the top floor of the Richards, Lakin and Ireland grocery store was severely damaged with a $450.00 loss of materials, a hefty sum at the time. The fire was deemed arson, starting at the J. W. McClure building as the investigation led to an incendiary device that started the fire. Jennie moved her business above the post office for the time being. During this time her best friend, Gertie Conkling from Nevada, Missouri would come to town and help out at the store. Later she moved her business to the building just south of Scott's drugs in Iola.
On November 27, 1884 this ad appeared in the Iola Register:
Miss Jennie Thornber invites the attention of the Ladies of Iola and vicinity to her large and finely assorted stock, including Hoopskirts, Bustles, Babies' Zepher Hoods, Shoes and Saques. Ladies latest style Collars with a full line of Silk, Velvets and Velveteen's in all new shades. We have Ladies all Wool Underwear in Millinery. Special bargains in Feathers, Tips and all Trimmed Goods. Come see her.
On January 15, 1885, Jennie moved her millinery store to the W. A. Cowan building in Iola.
On September 11, 1885 it was announced that Jennie would be married to John Waddell Anderson. The wedding would take place on Wednesday, September 16, 1885 at the home of William R. Churchill in Portland, Iona, Michigan. The couple moved to Argentine, Kansas in April 1888. This marriage produced two children, Mamie, born 1888 and Ernest Waddell, born November 14, 1894 in Argentine, Wyandotte, Kansas.
Her husband James purchased a grocery store, Kelland and Anderson Grocery at 2nd and Metropolitan in April 1888. In January, 1889 James bought the grocery firm of George Brown and consolidated both stores into the J. W. Anderson and Company, also called the Corner Grocery in Argentine. Outgrowing his business, James bought a larger building, February 03, 1890 at the corner of 3rd and Metropolitan. An extension to the building was added in April, 1892, which enlarged the building to Silver Avenue.
In March, 1894 James partnered with William A. Yearnshaw (my 2nd Great Uncle) to form the Anderson & Yearnshaw Grocery. In July, 1897, James announced running for Wyandotte County Commissioner, 1st District and was declared the winner on November 03, 1897. On June 27, 1898, the grocery firm of Anderson & Yearnshaw was dissolved due to the retirement of James W. Anderson from the business, devoting more time to the Board of County Commissioners. In April, 1899, James opened a small confectionary store at 221 Metropolitan. On January 08, 1900, James was elected Chairman, Wyandotte County Board of Commissioners. He did not seek re-election in November of 1900 and wound up opening a new business, J. W. Anderson's Ice Cream Parlor and Bakery at 2nd and Silver Avenue and then re-located to 221 Metropolitan in 1904. In 1920, he opened up a furniture repair business at 2313 Metropolitan and then moved to 1409 South 26th Street in Argentine, he ran this business until his death on October 15, 1922.
While living in Argentine, Jennie was very active in the community. She was a charter member of the Hawthorne Club, Tirzah Chapter #85 Order of Eastern Star, Young Women's Christian Association, Bethels Busy Buzzers (the Three B's) and the Good Will Society of the Congregational Church. After the death of her husband James in 1922, she moved to her son's house at 1701 Woodland and then in 1927 to 22nd and Steele Road.
Velma Jennie (Thornber) Anderson died August 05, 1938 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas and is buried next to her husband James at Maple Hill Cemetery Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas


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