Mary Alice Schneider babyMary Alice Schneider is one of my paternal great grandmothers.  She is the 7th of 7 children born to Louis Schneider and Mary Alice Egan.  She reportedly entered this world on 28 May 1892 in Bon Homme, South Dakota.*

She attended school until the 8th grade.  She lived with her family on the farm in Utica, Yankton, South Dakota, until 1913 when she married Louis Phelisa Lanctot.

The couple were married by Father L. Link at Sacred Heart Church in Yankton on 15 Jul 1913. (He was there for a very long time and married MANY of my relatives).

In 1915, the couple were living on a farm in Utica Township, Yankton, South Dakota.  They had three children: Marie, Josephine, and James and by 1919, they were living in Natrona County, Wyoming, where Louis worked as a driller for an oil company.

In July 1921, a fourth child – Edward John – was born.  Fifteen months later, Louis died in a truck accident and Alice was a widow at the young age of 29.

Fortunately, Louis had already begun proceedings to obtain a patent on 320 acres in Wyoming, and the patent was awarded to Alice as his widow in 1924.  Unfortunately, the family did not remain in Wyoming for very long.  By 1925, they had returned to Yankton.  Alice worked several jobs: clerk, housekeeper, and saleslady.  In 1935, Alice and her children were living with her widowed mother, Mary Alice Schneider at 705 Pine Street in Yankton.  The whole family was working: Alice as a poultry dresser, Josephine as a stenographer, James as a janitor at the Catholic school, and Ed was a truck driver for a grocery.

Mary Alice SchneiderIn November 1940, James and Ed enlisted in the 147th Field Artillery Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard and went off to fight in the Pacific.  Alice lived with and tended to her mother, who fell and broke her hip in 1943.  She remained in the house on Pine Street until her mother passed away in 1947.

On 19 Jan 1950, Alice married widower Ernest Chambers in Yankton.  They were married by Father Reilly at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

They lived in Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota for the rest of their lives.  Alice was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen on September 3, 1969, and again on September 25, 1969.  She died the following day.

What don’t I know – and how will I find the answer?

What happened to the land in Wyoming?  Was it sold?  Tax records, deed records in Natrona County, WY.

How did Alice die?  I will need to find her death certificate in Aberdeen, SD.

*When and where was Alice born?  (I only have her obituary giving her birth date).  Church records, county birth records in Bon Homme County, SD.

What happened to the house at 705 Pine Street?  Check tax records, probate records, and deed records in Yankton.

What did Alice and Ernest do in Aberdeen?  Try to find newspaper articles, his obituary and/or death certificate; tax and land records in Aberdeen.

Did I miss anything?  See anything that seems out-of-sorts?  Please let me know!


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What Next? Wednesday – Mary Alice Schneider — 4 Comments

    • I am too … especially since they waited so long for the patent, it seems strange that they would just get rid of it. Hopefully, it was passed to a relative or something.

  1. What beautiful pictures! You are so lucky to have pictures for her birth and then also for her later in life.

    It sounds like you have a good solid plan and hopefully things fall into place.

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