Clifford Melford Dye

M, b. 5 October 1924, d. 20 May 1925
     Clifford Melford Dye was born on 5 October 1924 at Linn Co., IA, per death certificate. He was the son of William Melvin Dye and Ruth Carman. Clifford Melford Dye died on 20 May 1925 at Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Iowa death record. Headstone inscription says 1926. He was buried in 1925 at Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #62184462.

Dorothy M. Dye

F, b. 28 December 1912, d. 17 March 1999
     Dorothy M. Dye was born on 28 December 1912 at Alameda Co., CA. She was the daughter of Blas Joosevias Sibrian and Elsie Estella Dewey. Dorothy M. Dye married Frank Draskovich, son of Frank Draskovich and Margaret Klein, on 24 August 1931. Dorothy M. Dye died on 17 March 1999 at Castro Valley, Alameda Co., CA, at age 86. She was buried on 20 March 1999 at Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, Contra Costa Co., CA, Findagrave #137794978.

Children of Dorothy M. Dye and Frank Draskovich

Edna L. Dye

F, b. December 1885
     Edna L. Dye was born in December 1885 at Kansas. She was the daughter of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker. Edna L. Dye married Theodore Montgomery circa 1914 at Elk Co. (probably), KS, no children living as of 1930 census. Edna L. Dye lived in 1920 at Wichita Ward 4, Sedgwick Co., KS. She lived in 1930 at Buenos Ave., San Diego, San Diego Co., CA.

Eleth E. Dye

F, b. 25 September 1903, d. 18 February 1969
     Eleth E. Dye was also known as Leslie. She was born on 25 September 1903 at Los Angeles, Orange Co., CA. She was the daughter of Blas Joosevias Sibrian and Elsie Estella Dewey. Eleth E. Dye married Otis Uland Tout, son of William Tout and Lou Ellen West, in February 1922. Eleth E. Dye died on 18 February 1969 at Irving, Dallas Co., TX, at age 65.

Children of Eleth E. Dye and Otis Uland Tout

Elias Plimpton Dye

M, b. 19 January 1860, d. 21 April 1933
     Elias Plimpton Dye was born on 19 January 1860 at Fayette Twp., Linn Co., IA, date per death record.1,2 He was the son of Pierson Dye and Mahitable Hopper. Elias Plimpton Dye married Catherine Elizabeth Wilt, daughter of George W. Wilt and Christina Ann Kitzmiller, on 19 July 1882 at Iowa. Elias Plimpton Dye lived on 11 June 1900 at Washington Twp., Linn Co., IA; farming.3 He and Catherine Elizabeth Wilt were divorced after 7 October 1926;

Divorce Notice -- The Cedar Rapids Republican; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Thursday, October 7, 1926; Page 12 (Newspapers.com):

Complains Her Hubby Drinks; Asks Divorce
Catherine Dye has filed a petition for divorce in district court against Plempton Dye. She claims that since their marriage on July 19, 1882, he has been cruel and inhuman in his treatment towards her, and has become an habitual drunkard.
She asks for absolute divorce, and that the household furniture be awarded her.

Elias Plimpton Dye died on 21 April 1933 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, at age 73 per Iowa death certificate. Headstone inscription shows 1932. He was buried in April 1933 at Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #62182162.

Children of Elias Plimpton Dye and Catherine Elizabeth Wilt

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.
  2. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.
  3. [S1136] 1900 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 443; FHL #1240443.

Elizabeth Dye

F
     Elizabeth Dye married Joseph Baker, son of Philip Baker and Rachel Springer, on 27 May 1855.

Elsworth Freeman Dye

M, b. February 1890
     Elsworth Freeman Dye was born in February 1890 at Missouri.1 He was the son of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker. Elsworth Freeman Dye married Eva (?) circa 1920.

Child of Elsworth Freeman Dye and Eva (?)

Citations

  1. [S202] 1930 Federal Census, Elk County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 701; FHL #2340436.

Estel B. Dye

M, b. 22 March 1887, d. 9 March 1944
     Estel B. Dye was born on 22 March 1887 at Kansas. He was the son of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker.
Note: Apparently did not marry -- 1930 census shows marital status = single.1 Estel B. Dye died on 9 March 1944 at Moline, Elk Co., KS, at age 56. He was buried in March 1944 at Moline Cemetery, Moline, Elk Co., KS.

Citations

  1. [S202] 1930 Federal Census, Elk County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 701; FHL #2340436.

Floyd C. Dye

M, b. 26 June 1918, d. 1 May 1959
     Floyd C. Dye was born on 26 June 1918 at Linn Co., IA. He was the son of William Melvin Dye and Ruth Carman. Floyd C. Dye married Inger Marie Johansen, daughter of Karl Johan Johansen and Astrid E. Friberg, on 15 April 1940 at Vinton Co., IA, Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa; Series Title: Iowa Marriage Records, 1923–1937, via ancestry.com. Floyd C. Dye married Beatrice S. Lane on 25 November 1952 at Blue Earth, Faribault Co., MN.
Note:

Newspaper article -- the Des Moines Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, 30 APR 1959, p.25:

Iowan Stabbed

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA --
Floyd C. Dye, 40, was in serious condition in a hospital here Wednesday as a result of stab wounds suffered Wednesday night. His wife is being held on an open charge.

Floyd C. Dye died on 1 May 1959 at age 40. He was buried in May 1959 at Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #62185175.

Fred E. Dye

M, b. 31 May 1856, d. 24 September 1937
     Fred E. Dye was born on 31 May 1856 at Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of Stephen F. Dye and Lavinia (?)2 Fred E. Dye married Elgie E. Knickerbocker, daughter of John Randol Knickerbocker and Sarah Munsinger, on 22 February 1885.3 Fred E. Dye was buried in 1937 at Moline Cemetery, Moline, Elk Co., KS. He died on 24 September 1937 at Moline, Elk Co., KS, at age 81.

Children of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker

Citations

  1. [S202] 1930 Federal Census, Elk County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 701; FHL #2340436.
  2. [S1257] 1860 Federal Census, Warren County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1190, FHL #805190.
  3. [S87] Sarah Munsinger Knickerbocker's Bible.

George Dye1

M, b. circa 1923
     George Dye was born circa 1923 at Kansas.1 He was the son of Elsworth Freeman Dye and Eva (?)1

Citations

  1. [S202] 1930 Federal Census, Elk County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 701; FHL #2340436.

George Russell Dye

M, b. 10 August 1838
     George Russell Dye was born on 10 August 1838 at Antioch, Mineral Co., VA (now WV). He married Elizabeth C. Davis, daughter of J. H. Davis and Sarah Matilda Windle, on 15 April 1872 at Davis Mill, Ridgeville, Mineral Co., WV, Ceremony by Rev. William Miller.

Children of George Russell Dye and Elizabeth C. Davis

Georgia A. Dye

F, b. 19 January 1899, d. 15 October 1920
     Georgia A. Dye was born on 19 January 1899 at Indian Territory (now OK). She was the daughter of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker. Georgia A. Dye died on 15 October 1920 at age 21.

Grace M. Dye1

F, b. 6 November 1886, d. 18 October 1985
     Grace M. Dye was born on 6 November 1886 at Palo, Linn Co., IA.1 She was the daughter of Elias Plimpton Dye and Catherine Elizabeth Wilt.1 Grace M. Dye married John Thomas Bumgardner, son of John Dawson Bumgardner and Mary Elizabeth Shaffar, on 26 March 1907 at Linn Co., IA. Grace M. Dye died on 18 October 1985 at Center Point, Linn Co., IA, at age 98

Obituary -- The Gazette; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Sunday, October 20, 1985; Page 22 (Newspapers.com):

Grace M. Bumgardner, 98, a resident of Center Point the past 80 years died Friday afternoon at her home following a lingering illness.

Grace Dye was born Nov. 6, 1886 near Palo, and married John Bumgardner on March 26, 1907, at Marion. He died in 1958. She was an 80-year member of the First Christian Church in Center Point, a charter member of the Legion Auliliary Dye-Benyon Post 297 of Center Point and a member of the Wide Awake Class.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Services: 1:30 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church in Center Point, by the Rev. Earl D. Luginbulh. Burial: Center Point Cemetery. Friends may call at Murdoch Funeral Home, Center Point, after 4 p.m. today.

She was buried in 1985 at Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #144423554.

Citations

  1. [S1136] 1900 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 443; FHL #1240443.

Hazel Elsie Dye

F, b. 19 January 1909, d. 18 December 1986
     Hazel Elsie Dye was also known as Hazel Severn. She was born on 19 January 1909. She was the daughter of Blas Joosevias Sibrian and Elsie Estella Dewey. Hazel Elsie Dye married (?) Schenk. Hazel Elsie Dye married Fred Bauer circa 1928 at Alameda Co. (probably), CA.1 Hazel Elsie Dye died on 18 December 1986 at San Pablo, Contra Costa Co., CA, at age 77.

Child of Hazel Elsie Dye and (?) Schenk

Citations

  1. [S828] 1930 Federal Census, Alameda County, California. Microfilm Image, Series T626, Rolls 108 - 110; FHL #2339843 - 45.

Iva Marie Dye

F, b. 1 June 1947, d. 16 June 2013
     Iva Marie Dye was born on 1 June 1947 at St. Louis, MO. She was the daughter of Carl David Dye and Marjorie Maxine Goodman. Iva Marie Dye died on 16 June 2013 at Festus, Jefferson Co., MO, at age 66

Obituary -- (Findagrave.com):

Iva Marie (Dye) Aumann-Hard-West (1947 - 2013) (6). Born June 1, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of the late Marjorie (nee Goodman) Watts (1) and Carl Dye (2).

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her step-father Roy Watts (3), her step-mother Judy Dye (4) and a brother-in-law Jim Barbey (5).

She is survived by her husband Kenneth P. West (7), a son Michael Aumann (8) and wife Jenny of Festus, daughters Angie Brown (9) and husband Kirk of Festus, Carla Sherman (10) and husband John of Kansas City, Missouri, Cindy Watts (11) and fiance Tim Gidden of Farmington, Missouri, Angie West (12) of Florissant, Missouri and Michele Lee (13) and husband Jeffery of Kansas City, sisters Cindy F. Pursell (14) and husband Ron of Lake Ozark, Missouri, Connie R. Barbey (15) of Warrenton, Missouri and Patricia Heidebur (16) of Herman, Missouri, brothers Dennis D. Watts (17) of Dittmer, Missouri and David Dye (18) and wife Carol of Minneapolis, Minnesota, grandchildren Sierra, Caleb, Dustin, Jordyn, Jakob, Caleb, Owen, Nicole, Alex, Christopher, Maddy, Abby, Dakota, Kylie, Shelbi, Alexis, Drake, Jesse and Maddy.

She was a member and elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Crystal City and a member of the Grace Women's Circle, a volunteer usher for the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, a payroll clerk for 12 years at the Kroger Company in Crystal City until they closed and then retired after 17 years as payroll clerk for the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City.

Note: This obituary does not distinguish between biological children and step-children, also between siblings and half-siblings. Below are the estimated relationships:

1) Marjorie Maxine (Goodman) West (m. 1941)-Dye (m. 1945)-Watts (m. ?) (b. 1924 - d. 1991) -- her mother
2) Carl David Dye (b. 1916 - d. 1990), son of William Melvin "Willie" Dye and Ruth Carman -- her father
3) Roy Watts, need his birth and death dates?
4) I believe this should be Helen Bernice (Mills) Dye (b. 1925 - d. 2004), daughter of William Lee Mills and Dessie Irene Mitchell?
5) James Allen Barbey (b. 1942 - d. 1998), son of Paul Allen Barbey and Anna Mae Smith, husband of Connie Ruth (Dye) Barbey.
6) It appears that Iva's second husband was Robert Paul Hard. I believe that Robert had a son, Robert Lynn Hard (b. ~1962).
7) Kenneth Parker "Kenny" West (b. ~1949).
8) Michael Aumann (b. 1968), son of Iva and Edward A. Aumann (b.1946). Edward's parents were Alois Otto Aumann and Therese Mae Welte.
9) Angela L. "Angie" (Aumann) Brown (b. 1966), daughter of Iva and Edward A. Aumann.
10) Carla Sherman - who are/were her parents?
11) Cindy Watts appears to be the daughter of Roy Watts.
12) Angie B. (West) Roberts (b. ~1968), wife of Jeff Roberts. Angie appears to be the daughter of Kenneth Parker West.
13) Who are the parents of Michele Lee?
14) Berniece Faye "Cindy" (West) Pursell (b. 1942). It appears that Cindy is the daughter of William Jefferson "Jeff" West and Marjorie Maxine Goodman.
15) Connie Ruth (Dye) Barbey (b. 1953), daughter of Carl David Dye and Marjorie Maxine Goodman.
16) Patricia (Unknown) Craven-Heidebur appears to be the daughter Helen Bernice Mills from a relationship before she married Carl David Dye.
17) Dennis appears to be a son of Roy Watts.
18) David Dye is the son of Carl David Dye and Helen Bernice Mills.

Pvt. James Clifford Dye1

M, b. 19 November 1891, d. 19 July 1918
     Pvt. James Clifford Dye was born on 19 November 1891 at Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of Elias Plimpton Dye and Catherine Elizabeth Wilt.1 Pvt. James Clifford Dye began military service on 20 September 1917 WW I service, Co. G, 59th Reg. 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. He died on 19 July 1918 at Chateau Thierry, France, at age 26

Newspaper Articles -- The Gazette; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Thursday, August 15, 1918; Page 10 (Newspapers.com):

CENTER POINT BOY IS TAKEN PRISONER
CLIFFORD DYE HELD BY HUN


Young Man Has Been Reported Missing Since the Big Battle July 18.

The first word concerning Clifford Dye, who had been reported missing since the engagement of July 18, was received Wednesday evening by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Dye of Center Point. A telegram stating that he had been taken prisoner by the Germans July 18, was sent from Washington on receipt of the lists of prisoners.

Clifford Dye was born and reared in Center Point and also has many friends in this city. He is 27 years old, and last September left for Camp Dodge to enter the service. He later was transferred to Camp Pike, and sailed for France April 17. He is in the Ranbow division with the 149th Inf.


NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Omaha World-Herald; Omaha, Nebraska; Thursday, October 3, 1918; Page 9 (GenealogyBank.com):

CLIFFORD DYE KILLED

A supplement to the army casualty list for Thursday afternoon reports:

Private Clifford Dye, Center Point, Ia., previously reported missing, as killed in action.


DEATH NOTICE - The Courier; Waterloo, Iowa; Thursday, October 3, 1918; Page 7 (Newspapers.com):

DEATH OF CLIFFORD DYE ADDS ANOTHER GOLD STAR

Another gold star was added to Black Hawk county's service flag today when announcement was made by the war department of the death of Private Clifford Dye. Private Dye was a resident of this city when he enlisted and his mother now lives at Center Point, Ia. When news of his injury came to this city several weeks ago the Red Cross was asked to locate the mother, whose address was given as Waterloo. Thru the press it was learned she had moved to Center Point.

Cause of death: Killed in action. He was buried in 1918 at Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #62184455.

Citations

  1. [S1136] 1900 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 443; FHL #1240443.

Jennie Dye1

F
     Jennie Dye married Josephus Moomaw, son of John N. Moomaw and Sarah Fisher, on 26 January 1907.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 542.

Laura Almona Dye

F, b. 31 January 1875
     Laura Almona Dye was born on 31 January 1875 at Ridgeville, Mineral Co., WV. She was the daughter of George Russell Dye and Elizabeth C. Davis.

Lois Jeane Dye

F, b. 8 December 1920, d. 15 May 1922
     Lois Jeane Dye was born on 8 December 1920. She was the daughter of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker. Lois Jeane Dye was buried in 1922 at Moline Cemetery, Moline, Elk Co., KS. She died on 15 May 1922 at Moline, Elk Co., KS, at age 1.

Lyle Robert Dye

M, b. 11 April 1915, d. 28 March 1988
     Lyle Robert Dye was born on 11 April 1915 at Iowa.1 He was the son of Alfred Lemuel Dye and Ella Mildred Myers. Lyle Robert Dye married Shirley Nadine Hediger on 28 May 1948 at Methodist Church, Marengo, Iowa Co., IA. Lyle Robert Dye died on 28 March 1988 at age 72. He was buried in 1988 at I.O.O.F Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa Co., IA, Findagrave #82197980.

Citations

  1. [S4773] 1920 Federal Census, Iowa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 493-94; FHL #1820493-94.

Marie Ileanna Dye

F, b. 18 November 1927, d. 22 February 1999
     Marie Ileanna Dye was born on 18 November 1927 at Center Point, Linn Co., IA. She was the daughter of William Melvin Dye and Ruth Carman. Marie Ileanna Dye married Gordon Ray Merritt, son of Andrew White Merritt and Eleanor M. Brunen. Marie Ileanna Dye married Charles Brutus Tudor, son of Ernest M. Tudor and Alice Emily Scott, in July 1955. Marie Ileanna Dye married John Curtis Abeln before 1972. Marie Ileanna Dye died on 22 February 1999 at age 71

Obituary -- The Gazette; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Wednesday, February 24, 1999; Page 10 (Newspapers.com):

HIAWATHA

Marie I. Dye, 71, 155 Robins Rd., No. 123, died Monday, Feb. 22, 1999, in Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, following complications of a stroke. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Murdoch Funeral Home, Center Point, by the Rev. Martha Bennett. Burial: Center Point Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include sons Gordon, Raymond and Bruce Anthony, all of Cedar Rapids, and Mike of Beaver Dam, Wis., 14 grandchildren, including two special grandchildren, Ann and Jessica, 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis Kun of Hiawatha.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald; and three brothers, Carl, Orville and Floyd Dye.

She was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Center Point, to William and Ruth Carman Dye.

Family life was very important to her and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial fund has been established.


Note: Newspaper Articles -- Globe-Gazette; Mason City, Iowa; Wednesday, January 4, 1956; Page 1 (Newspapers.com):

Man Held in Shooting
Ex-Husband of Woman Slain in Car


Gordon Merritt Is Victim

Winthrop - A 32-year-old man was shot to death as he sat in his car with his former wife here early Wednesday.

Authorities were holding the woman's present husband in connection with the case. Buchanan County Sheriff Emery Hart said Gordon Merritt, Walker, was shot in the forehead by a bullet from a 32 caliber target pistol.

No Charges

The sheriff identified the man being held as Charles Tudor, 27, Winthrop.

No charges had been filed.

Hart said the shooting occurred in front of the Tudor home here. After the shooting, he said, Tudor went to the home of a neighbor, Loras Hefferman, and asked that the sheriff's office in Independence be called.

The sheriff said Merritt had brought his former wife, who married Tudor last July, home about 12:45 a.m.

Before Midnight

Tudor said Merritt came to their home just before midnight and Tudor decided to "scare him away" with a pistol that shots "soft nose" hollow bullets.

Tudor told the sheriff he shot just once.

Tudor was taken to Independence and jailed.

Mrs. Tudor has two small boys from her marriage to Merritt. The children were asleep in the Tudor home when the shooting occurred.

Note: There were three boys from the marriage of Marie Ilena Dye to Gordon Ray Merritt: Gordon Lee Merritt (age 11), twins Ronald Dee Merritt and Raymond Dean Merritt (age 8).


-- The Courier; Waterloo, Iowa; Friday, April 13, 1956; Page 1 (Newspapers.com)

Mrs. Tudor Relates Shooting Incidents (by Harry Grove, Courier Staff Writer)
INDEPENDENCE -- The events of Jan 3 up to the fatal shooting of Gordon Merritt, 32, Walker, were related here by Mrs. Marie Tudor, 29, wife of the man on trial for second degree murder.

Mrs. Tudor was the only witness Friday morning as the trial of Charles Tudor, 27, Winthrop, moved into its third day.

She recalled the day spent with Merritt, which began at about 10:30 a.m. and ended about 12:45 a.m. the next day with the fatal shooting.

Merritt picked her up the morning of Jan. 3, she said, for a pre-arranged trip arranged by letter to Cedar Rapids. Purpose of the trip was to switch the income tax dependency of their three children from Merritt, her former husband to Tudor.

SHE TESTIFIED that they drove first to Quasqueton and stopped at a tavern where Merritt drank some beer. They stopped again at another tavern near Cedar Rapids.

She said Gordon told her at that point that "there's no need to go to the courthouse" because "it would just be a bunch of red tape."

They then drove to Marion and Mrs. Tudor reported she told Merritt she had to go home and he said he would take her.

They then stopped at a Marion tavern where they remaind from about 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. After leaving Marion, Merritt drove her to a farm of one of his uncle's near Waubeek. He drank some more beer with his uncle.

After departing from the farm, Mrs. Tudor said they drove to Central City and another tavern. She said she again mentioned that she had to get home.

MERRITT MET a friend of his who accompanied them from Central City to another tavern at Prairieburg. She said it was about 11 p.m. when they left that tavern and returned to Central City to drop off Merritt's friend.

They then started to drive home.

Mrs. Tudor testified that after they pulled into the driveway at the Tudor home in Winthrop, she "asked Gordon to come in and tell Bud where we had been."

She said she had her hand on the doorhandle and when the door was opened, she saw her husband standing in the doorway of the car.

She quoted Tudor as shouting, "Damn it, Merritt!"

She said she reached up to pull the gun Tudor was holding away from her face and the gun went off.

MRS. TUDOR RAN into the house and then to a neighbor's home where she heard Tudor say outside that "Marie grabbed the gun."

She said she shouted at that time that she didn't grab the gun because "I didn't want to think I was responsible for a death."

In cross examination Friday morning Mrs. Tudor told Louis Beecher that on Apr. 10 she was taken to a psychiatrist and there recalled that she had grabbed the gun.

Her testimony followed that of Tudor's Thursday in which he illustrated how his wife grabbed the gun before it went off.

He said he had not cocked the gun before arriving at the car and that a broken trigger spring prevented the gun from being fired unless the trigger was first pushed forward. He said it "would have to be a severe blow" on the gun hand to set off the gun with the hammer down.

MRS. TUDOR FRIDAY said that on one of her trips to Independence Jan. 7 after the shooting she went to a doctor, who took a piece of metal from the middle finger of her right hand.

Tudor said in direct examination Thursday that he had noticed a laceration of his wife's finger when she had visited him Jan. 5 at jail.

In testimony Wednesday, a gunsmith and Tudor explained that Tudor's revolver was defective. They said when the revolver was fired, small shavings from the bullet often would break off and fly out through the cylinder.

When asked in cross ecamination Thursday by Beecher if he recognized his wife under the domelight of the car when the door was opened, Tudor replied, "Yes, I suppose I did."

TUDOR TESTIFIED that he wanted to scare Merritt because "I wanted to tell him it was all right to see my wife while I was home but not while I was not at home."

"Why did you take the gun out to the car," he was asked.

"I didn't want any argument."

"Did you expect any argument?"

"If I was bringing another man's wife home in the middle of the night, I would expect an argument."

Tudor also testified under cross examination that he had a fight with Merrit at Walker in 1953, partially over Marie, who was then Mrs. Merritt.


-- The Courier; Waterloo, Iowa; Sunday, April 15, 1956; Page 20 (Newspapers.com):

Tudor Trial May Climax Tuesday (By Harry Grove, Courier, Staff Writer)
INDEPENDENCE -- The second degree murder trial of Charles Tudor is expected to reach the jury late Tuesday, according to indications at the 3 p.m. Friday adjournment of district court here.

Defense attorneys Robert Carson, of Independence, and Paul Kildee, of Waterloo, will resume examination of witnesses at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A previous commitment for Monday by Judge Blair Wood necessitated the long adjournment.

Tudor, a 27-year-old Winthrop mechanic, is accused of murder in the Jan. 4 shooting of Gordon Merritt, 32, of Walker, the former husband of Mrs. Tudor.

Merritt was killed by a single shot from a .22 calibre revolver as he sat with Mrs. Tudor in his car in front of the Tudor home about 12:30 a.m. According to testimony by Mrs. Tudor, 29, she had accompanied Merritt on a planned trip to Cedar Rapids to switch dependency of her and Merritt's three sons from Merritt to Tudor.

SHE TESTIFIED Friday that Merritt did not drive to Cedar Rapids because, he insisted, it would involve "just a bunch of red tape." Merritt stopped at taverns in Quasqueton, Marion, Central City and Prairieburg before returning to Winthrop, Mrs. Tudor testified.

The defense is contending that Tudor kept a loaded revolver in his home as a precaution against prowlers and that his wife grabbed the gun, discharging it accidentally as Tudor opened the door of Merritt's car.

In the crowded courtrooom Friday, a Chicago spectrochemist demonstrated that his analysis indicated identical metallic composition of particles removed from Mrs. Tudor's finger after the shooting and slugs from cartridges of the type used in the Tudor revolver.

TUDOR AND a Waterloo gunsmith testified earlier that Tudor's defective gun often allowed slug shavings to escape between the cylinder and barrel chamber when fired.

The defense is attempting to link Mrs. Tudor's finger wound as corroboration of her and Tudor's testimony that she grabbed the cylinder portion of the gun the instant she saw her husband at the door of Merritt's car.

A psychiatrist is expected to testify Tuesday concerning Mrs. Tudor's cross examination testimony Friday that she recalled through hypnosis Apr. 10 that she had hit the gun.

Under earlier cross examination, she admitted screaming, "I didn't" when she overheard her husband say she grabbed the gun during his explanation on the night of the shooting.

A JURY OF five women and seven men will be called on to return verdicts either of second degree murder or manslaughter or absolve Tudor of criminal guilt in the incident.

Conviction of second degree murder would mean a penitentiary sentence of from 10 years to life. The maximum penalty for manslaughter is eight years in prison and $1000 fine.

Prosecutors Louis Beecher of Waterloo and William Klotzbach, Buchanan county attorney, rested the state's case Thursday.


-- The Courier, Waterloo, Iowa; Tuesday, April 17, 1956; Page 2 (Newspapers.com):

Tudor Case to Jury Wednesday (By Harry Grove, Courier Staff Writer)
INDEPENDENCE -- Testimony in the second degree murder trial of Charles Tudor ended at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday in district court here.

Attorneys will present final arguments before the court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the trial will then be sent to the jury.

Dr. James Cromwell, superintendent of the Mental Health Institute here, was the first witness for the defense Tuesday morning.

In spite of an hour and 40-minute conference in Judge Blair Wood's office Tuesday morning, and a recess at noon, the trial was expected to reach the jury late Tuesday.

As first witness at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Cormwell identified himself on the stand and said that he had examined Mrs. Tudor on April 10.

AT THAT POINT the judge and the defense and prosecution attorney's left the courtroom to confer on the limitations of Dr. Cromwell's testimony. They were out in conference about one hour and 40 minutes.

Tudor, a 27-year-old Winthrop mechanic, is accused of murder in the Jan. 4 shooting of Gordon Merritt, 32, of Walker, the former husband of Mrs. Tudor.

Merritt was killed by a single shot from a .22 calibre revolver as he sat with Mrs. Tudor in his car in front of the Tudor home about 12:30 a.m. According to testimony by Mrs. Tudor, 29, she had accompanied Merritt on a planned trip to Cedar Rapids to switch dependency of her and Merritt's three sons from Merritt to Tudor.

THE DEFENSE is contending that Tudor kept a loaded revolver in his home as a precaution against prowlers and that his wife grabbed the gun, discharging it accidentally as Tudor opened the door of Merrit's car.

When the judge and attorneys returned, Dr. Cromwell took the stand again and Judge Wood overruled an objection by the state for any further testimony by Dr. Cormwell.

He was limited, however, to the stipulations made in that conference.

Under defense questioning, then, at that point Dr. Cromwell said on his Apr. 10 examination of Mrs. Tudor he found she was suffering from "hysterical amnesia," and described that as "the inability to remember, a memory loss due to emotional or psychological causes rather than injury."

HE TESTIFIED further that he had used hypnosis as a method of treatment on Mrs. Tudor and testified that he thought she was now cured.

Under earlier cross examination, Mrs. Tudor admitted screaming, "I didn't" when she overheard her husband say she grabbed the gun during his explanation on the night of the shooting.

The defense then called Loras Heffernen, who testified earlier for the state. He is the operator of the Winthrop service station-tavern to which Tudor ran after the shooting.

The only thing he said for the defense was that he recoalled Tudor telling him that he had dozed before his wife got home that evening.

THE NEXT DEFENSE witness, Floyd Dye, of Cedar Rapids, a brother of Mrs. Tudor, said that he was called to Winthrop on the night of the shooting and described Marie as "hysterical."

He also testified to seeing "a large red area like a burn on her finger."

Friday a Chicago spectrochemist demonstrated that his analysis indicated identical metallic composition of particles removed from Mrs. Tudor's finger after the shooting and slugs from cartridges of the type used in the Tudor revolver.

Tudor and a Waterloo gunsmith testified earlier that Tudor's defective gun often allowed slug shavings to escape between the cylinder and barrel chamber when fired.

THE DEFENSE is attempting to link Mrs. Tudor's finger wound as corroboration of her and Tudor's testimony that she grabbed the cylinder portion of the gun the instant she saw her husband at the door of Merritt's car.

The defense called four witnesses who all called Tudor's reputation "good." They were Dr. A. J. Murphy, Winthrop veterinarian; Mrs. Amanda Harrington, wife of the Winthrop newspaper publisher; I. L. Hand, Winthrop implement dealer, and George Brubaker, Winthrop postmaster.

A fifth character witness was heard Tuesday afternoon for the defense. Harrison Mast, who operates an implement shop in WInthrop where Tudor is currently employed, said of Tudor's reputation that it was 'good."

A jury of five women and seven men will be called on to return verdicts either of second degree murder or manslaughter or absolve Tudor of criminal guilt in the incident.

Defense attorneys are Robert Carson, Independence, and Paul Kildee, of Waterloo. Prosecutors Louis Beecher of Waterloo and William Klotzbach, Buchanan county attorney, rested the state's case Thursday.


-- The Des Moines Register; Des Moines, Iowa; Friday, April 20, 1956; Page 4 (Newspapers.com)

DISMISS JURY IN TUDOR CASE
INDEPENDENCE, IA (AP) -- The jury in the Charles Tudor second degree murder trial was discharged early Thursday after the foreman reported that it was hopelessly deadlocked.

The case went to the jury at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and District Judge Blair Wood discharged the jurors at 3 a.m. Thursday. He set retrial of the case for the September term of court here.
Tudor, 27, Winthrop mechanic, was tried for the fatal shooting of Gordon Merritt, 32, Walker, early the morning of Jan. 4.

Merritt was shot as he sat in his parked car with Mrs. Tudor in front of the Tudor residence. She was his former wife. Merritt had picked her up about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 3 for a business trip to Cedar Rapids.

Mrs. Tudor testified Merritt spent the day stopping in taverns in various towns and never made the Cedar Rapids business stop.

Tudor testified Merritt was shot accidentally. He said his old revolver discharged when Mrs. Tudor grabbed the cylinder after he opened the door of the parked car. The state contended the shooting was deliberate and that Mrs. Tudor merely threw up her hands to protect herself.


NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Quad-City Times; Davenport, Iowa; Friday, September 21, 1956; Page 29 (Newspapers.com):

Iowan Gets Parole In Slaying Case

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (UP) -- Charles Tudor, 27, Winthrop, Thursday received a bench parole from an eight year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of a Walker, Iowa, man last January.
Tudor's attorneys met with District Court Judge Blair Wood Thursday and agreed to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Tudor had been tried for second degree murder in April but the jury failed to reach a decision.

The meeting between Wood, Tudor's attorneys and Buchanan County Atty. William Klotzbach came before a new trial could be scheduled.

Tudor had been charged with killing Gordon Merritt, Walker, while Merritt was sitting in a car in front of Tudor's house with Tudor's wife Marie. Mrs. Tudor was divorced from Merritt.

Wood sentenced Tudor to eight years in the Anamosa Reformatory and then issued a bench parole and fined him $500 and court costs.

He told Tudor, who became the father of a baby girl last month "he had learned his lesson through the long deliberations since the shooting.

Children of Marie Ileanna Dye and Gordon Ray Merritt

Child of Marie Ileanna Dye and Charles Brutus Tudor

Marlene T. Dye

F, b. 6 July 1947, d. 31 August 2014
     Marlene T. Dye was born on 6 July 1947 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA. She was the daughter of Orval Dean Dye and Irene Bridgett Liddle. Marlene T. Dye died on 31 August 2014 at St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL, at age 67

Obituary -- The Springfield News-Leader, Springfield, Missouri, Friday, 12 SEP 2014, p.A7 (Newspapers.com):

Marlene T. Dye
Marlene T. Dye, a former resident of Springfield, passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 31 at the age of 67 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Marlene was born on July 6, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School in California in 1966 and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Florida in 1978.

Marlene served five years in the United States Navy Reserve and worked many years in the insurance business. She loved to cheer on her Florida State Seminoles football team and was a life-long dog lover.

Marlene is survived by her brother, Neal Dye of Ozark, Mo. and long time friends, Kristine Siegert of Colorado Springs and Merrille Welling of Warwick, Rhode Island.

Marlene will be laid to rest in Center Point, Iowa next week next to her mother.

She was buried in September 2014 at Center Poinit Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA.

Mary Catherine Dye1

F, b. 19 April 1860, d. 27 April 1914
     Mary Catherine Dye was born on 19 April 1860 at Vermilion Co., IL.1 She married Albert H. Gibbs on 10 October 1883 at Vermilion Co., IL. Mary Catherine Dye died on 27 April 1914 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL, at age 54.

Child of Mary Catherine Dye and Albert H. Gibbs

Citations

  1. [S1894] 1900 Federal Census, Vermilion County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 348; FHL #1240348.

Mary Etta Dye

F, b. August 1882, d. 1948
     Mary Etta Dye lived at Brush Run, WV. She was born in August 1882 at Roane Co. (probably), WV.1 She married Rev. Woodford G. Tallman, son of James Boone Tallman and Ruhanna E. Stevens, in 1899.1 Mary Etta Dye died in 1948.

Children of Mary Etta Dye and Rev. Woodford G. Tallman

Citations

  1. [S657] 1900 Federal Census, Roane County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1772; FHL #1241772.

May H. Dye

F, b. March 1893
     May H. Dye was born in March 1893 at Missouri. She was the daughter of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker.

Mildred Leone Dye

F, b. 1 April 1910
     Mildred Leone Dye was born on 1 April 1910 at Marengo, Iowa Co., IA.1 She was the daughter of Alfred Lemuel Dye and Ella Mildred Myers. Mildred Leone Dye married Kenneth L. Maglott, son of William A. Maglott and Martha Florence Spayde, on 9 November 1929 at Franklin Co., OH. Mildred Leone Dye lived on 1 April 1930 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH; lodger in the home of Minnie B. Scheward (sp.), unemployed, maritial status "M", no sign of her husband, both parents born France. The error on the parents' origins suggests to me that her information may have been provided by her landlady. DLB 2019.2
Note: The fate of Mildred L. Dye, after the 1930 census is unknown. A Mildred L. Maglott is listed in the 1947 city directory of Ironton, Ohio, at the same address as Kenneth L. and Edna (Walker) Maglott. But Kenneth and Edna also had a daughter Mildred Louise, born about 1926, who married Raymond Richard Stapf in 1948. DLB 2019.

Citations

  1. [S4773] 1920 Federal Census, Iowa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 493-94; FHL #1820493-94.
  2. [S1075] 1930 Federal Census, Franklin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 1792 - 1802; FHL #2341526 - 2341536.

Olive C. Dye

F, b. December 1895
     Olive C. Dye was born in December 1895 at Missouri. She was the daughter of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker.

Orval Dean Dye

M, b. 25 January 1914, d. 21 May 1983
     Orval Dean Dye was born on 25 January 1914 at Covington, Linn Co., IA. He was the son of William Melvin Dye and Ruth Carman. Orval Dean Dye began military service on 21 May 1941 WW II service, U.S. Army, Sgt., released 13 OCT 1945

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Stars And Stripes, March 23, 1943

Jim Jessee, Trace First In Ulster Table Tennis
BELFAST, Mar. 22 -- T/Sgt. Jim Jessee, of Coeurd' Alene, Idaho, on furlough from England, and Pvt. Eugene Trace, of South Bend, Ind., paired up to win the doubles table tennis tournament at the Red Cross club here, upsetting Pvt. Jack Kantor, of Brooklin, N.Y., and T/4 Orval Dye, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the finals. Kantor recently won the singles championship.
Jessee and Trace advanced to the finals by beating Cpl. Mike Abdo, of Oleon, N.Y., and Sgt. Paul Lange, of Shenandoah, Iowa, while Kantor and Dye moved into the playoff by tripping Pfc Carl Embry, of Beaver Dam, Ky., and Pfc Calvin Grimme, of Indianapolis, Ind.

He married Irene Bridgett Liddle, daughter of Sidney Liddle and Bridget Murray, at Barton, England, WW II. Orval Dean Dye and Irene Bridgett Liddle were divorced After the divorce Irene and the children relocated to Santa Barbara, California. Irene remarried to Harold C. Brown on 14 APR 1962 in Santa Barbara County. That marriage appears not to have lasted long, as Harold was listed in the 1965 Santa Maria city directory with no spouse. This was probably Harold Brown, 19 DEC 1922 - 9 OCT 1999, buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside County, California, Findagrave #421371, a U.S. Navy WW II veteran.

Orval Dean Dye married Matilda Anne Bednar on 2 May 1971 at Hiawatha, Linn Co., IA, Matilda was previously married to Arthur L. Berry (1901 - 1959) and had 5 children with him.

Orval Dean Dye died on 21 May 1983 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, at age 69

Obituary (via Findagrave.com) -- Cedar Rapids Gazetta, Monday, May 23, 1983, Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

Orval D. Dye, 69, of 2035 Park Ave. SE died Saturday afternoon at Mercy Hospital after a long illness.
Born Jan. 25, 1914; he married Matilda Berry at Hiawatha on May 2, 1971. A 1932 graduate of Center Point High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1942-62. Mr. Dye was a retired Armstrong's employee and a resident of Cedar Rapids since 1964.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Marlene of St. Petersburg, Fla; a son, Neal of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Phyllis Kun and Mrs John Ablen, both of Hiawatha; a brother, Carl D of Hermann, Mo; five stepchildren; 18 step-grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Murdoch Funeral Chapel in Center Point by the Rev. Charlotte Mallott. Burial: Center Point Cemetery, where Dye Benion Post No. 297 will conduct military services, Visitation: after 3:30 p.m. today at the chapel.

He was buried in May 1983 at Center Poinit Cemetery, Center Point, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #20910077.

Child of Orval Dean Dye and Irene Bridgett Liddle

Oscar Dye

M, b. 23 July 1901, d. 15 September 1918
     Oscar Dye was born on 23 July 1901. He was the son of Fred E. Dye and Elgie E. Knickerbocker. Oscar Dye died on 15 September 1918 at Moline, Elk Co., KS, at age 17. He was buried in September 1918 at Moline Cemetery, Moline, Elk Co., KS.