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 Phyllis Marjorie <I>Hild</I> Cruess

Phyllis Marjorie Hild Cruess

Montfort, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 1 Jan 1996 (aged 77)
Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, USA
Burial Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA
Memorial ID 540708 · View Source
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Phyllis made it into an early Wisconsin newspaper item, at age 15:

Page 5 of The La Crosse Tribune And Leader Press, July 25, 1934:

"Mr and Mrs Clarence Barlow and family spent the weekend at Montford Wis Miss Phyllis Hild accompanied them after an ed visit here"

Montfort is a smally village of less than a thousand people, on the border of Iowa County and Grant County in southwest Wisconsin. La Crosse county, where Phyllis visited in the news item, is a couple counties away from there to the north. Also, an obituary for Phyllis appeared in an Iowa County newspaper, so it seems likely that Montfort in Grant/Iowa County was the hometown for Phyllis.

And this next item appears to be the parents and brother of Phyllis:

Page 7 of Wisconsin State Journal, June 9, 1943:

"Army Commissions Hild Montfort MONTFORT
John son of Mr and Mrs Leo Hild has been graduated from the adjutant gen school Ft Washington Md and has been commissioned a second lieutenant Lieut Hild is spending a leave at the home of his parents here"

In any event, we know from the CA Death Records that Phyllis Hild was born in Wisconsin, and that her mother's maiden name was Fertig. Phyllis stayed in Wisconsion at least through the 1930s, when at some point she was issued a Social Security number there, with the advent of that Depression Era program.

Phyllis' husband Robert came from Monterey Co., CA where his father was a blacksmith. Robert began his Army service in 1939, and was a veteran of WWII. Robert was several years younger than Phyllis, so they likely married sometime later.

By 1970, Phyllis and Robert had settled in Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA, where in 1996 Robert became a widower upon Phyllis' death at age 77.

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  • Maintained by: Steven Mix
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 540708
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Phyllis Marjorie Hild Cruess (12 Dec 1918–1 Jan 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 540708, citing San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA ; Maintained by Steven Mix (contributor 47785910) .