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  • Name Jennings Laroy CAROTHERS 
    Born 25 Dec 1898  Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Social Security No. 303-01-8777 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name Jennings LaRoy "Roy" CAROTHERS 
    Died 18 Jul 1996  Bremen Health Care Center, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bremen Municipal Cemetery, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) The compiler believes that Jennings Laroy CAROTHERS may have been named after Indiana's first governor, Jonathan JENNINGS.

      (2) World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002:

      Name: Jennings Leroy Carothers
      City: Not Stated [According to the image, his city was Bremen.]
      County: Marshall
      State: Indiana
      Birth Date: 25 Dec 1898
      Race: White
      Roll: 1653566
      Draft Board: 0
      Age: View Image [According to the image, his age was 19.]
      Occupation: View Image [According to the image, his occupation was laborer, and his employer was American Radiator Co. of Bremen, IN.]
      Nearest Relative: View Image [According to the image, his nearest relative was Mr. Harvey Carothers of Bremen, IN.]
      Registration Place: View Image [According to the image, his registration place was Plymouth, IN.]
      Height: View Image [According to the image, his height was medium.]
      Build: View Image [According to the image, his build was slender.]
      Color of Eyes: View Image [According to the image, the color of his eyes was blue.]
      Color of Hair: View Image [According to the image, the color of his hair was brown.]
      Signature: View Image [According to the image, his signature was Jennings Laroy Carothers.]

      (3) A household headed by Leroy CAROTHERS is listed in the 1920 census of German Township, Marshall County, IN.

      Leroy is listed in the 1920 census as a foundry core sitter who was then 21 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1899. According to the 1920 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      Listed with Leroy is his wife, Oma, who was then 21 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1899. According to the 1920 census, she was born in IN, and both of her parents were born in IN.

      Also listed with Leroy is his son, Robert L., who was then one month old; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1919. According to the 1920 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      (4) The Pilot News, Plymouth, Indiana, March 23, 1991:

      They???re still in love after 72 years

      By DAVID HORN
      P-N Staff Writer

      BREMEN - It snowed hard in Marshall County on Thursday, March 12, 1919-so hard that Plymouth-Goshen Trail was blocked between Bremen and Plymouth. It was a day Oma and Roy Carothers will never forget-their wedding day.

      "I'd first met her the year before," Roy said in a recent interview. "I was driving my horse and buggy through Bremen and she was walking down the sidewalk. She had pretty brown hair, in a braid, and I asked if she'd go for a ride with me." Child of the new century, Oma said "yes," climbed into Roy's buggy and never looked back. Today, 72 years later, they're still side-by-side in love.

      "We lived in Bremen, but we were married by Rev. George Huff in Plymouth. The snow was so bad that day we had to ride to our wedding by way of Bourbon," Roy laughed. "Then we took a two-day honeymoon in South Bend, and I went back to work Monday morning."

      During the next seven decades, "work" became Roy's middle name. He spent 22 years with American Radiator, learning every aspect of the business. For nine years he helped run a Bremen hardware store. He was maintenance engineer for Bremen Schools, and worked 17 years for Springbrook Dairy. Then, before retiring on a pension, he logged 11 more years as a meter reader and painter for the Town of Bremen.

      "I've shut down a lot of places during my career," he said with a twinkle in his eye. "I was one of the last five employees at American Radiator; the hardware store was sold when I left; I stayed with the dairy until it closed for good, but the Town of Bremen is still going. I wasn't able to shut them down."

      Besides working full-time, Roy served the Mint City as a fireman for 22 years, nine of them as chief. He served one term on the school board ("the year we shut down the old school") and one term on the town board. "And I was a member of the Kiwanis Club with perfect attendance for 17 years," he remembered.
      What was Oma doing all this time? She was a full-time housewife, raising four children with very few luxuries, at first.

      "We've spent our entire married life in the same home on East Maple Street," she recalled fondly. "At first, we rented it for $9 a month. That seems low, but remember, Roy was only paid 22 cents an hour then."

      "We didn't have a radio or phonograph in the beginning," Roy added. "Some people in town had radios, but they were homemade crystal sets. I made our first icebox by putting one wooden box inside another and filling the space between with sawdust. It worked pretty good."

      After two years of marriage, Roy and Oma had saved $180, enough for a down payment on their little house. "It cost us $1,200, and we paid it off in two years," Roy remembered proudly. During that time, he also paid $1 a month to purchase their original furniture "on time."

      "We raised four children in that house," Roy laughed. "I don't know how we did it, but we did. We divided the upstairs in half. The three boys slept in the big room, and our daughter had the smaller one. Oma and I shared the one bedroom downstairs."

      Money was tight during those early years, but Oma remembered "we had meat on the table three times a week, except if we had company. Then it was only twice, since we'd have it when the company came too."

      "I'm old fashioned," Roy volunteered, "but I still think it would be better for families if the wife would stay home and take care of the children. Some little kids arrive at day care centers at 5 in the morning and don't go home until 5 at night. They don't know for sure where home really is!"

      But if mothers are to stay home, they need husbands who love to provide for them. After trying for 72 years, Roy thinks he's found the recipe for happy marriage. It's simple. "If you need to quarrel, sound off and then keep still. It might mean a night on the davenport, but that's all. And another thing. We always made sure that we could share all our social activities. As much as possible, we did things together."

      What advice would he pass along to kids under 50? "I'd tell them to see more places while you're young. We've done some traveling, but we hoped to do a lot more."

      Oma appreciates the loving care she now receives as a resident at the Bremen Health Care Center, while Roy maintains their Maple Street home nearby. But he still spends much of each day by her side, as close as they sat on their first buggy ride together-a lifetime ago.

      (5) Obituary, unknown newspaper, July 21, 1996:

      J. Laroy Carothers
      Dec. 25, 1898 - July 18, 1996

      J. Laroy Carothers, 97, of 316 Woodies Lane, Bremen, Ind., formerly of 116 E. Maple St., died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Bremen Health Care Center following a lengthy illness.

      Mr. Carothers was born Dec. 25, 1898 in Bremen, Ind., and was a lifetime resident. His parents, Harvey and Effie (Vinnedge) Carothers preceded him in death.

      On March 12, 1919 in Bremen, Ind., he married the former Oma R. Pfeiffer, who survives. They were blessed with four children; a daughter, Marjorie Pattee, of Jacksonville, Fla. and three sons, Harold Carothers of Toledo, Ohio, and Louis Carothers, of West Columbia, Texas. A son, Robert, preceded him in death. There are eight grandchildren, two preceded him in death, and 15 great grandchildren.

      Mr. Carothers was the oldest living Bremen fireman, and served as the Grand Marshall of the Bremen Fireman's Fair Parade in 1989. He joined the Bremen Fire Department in 1920, and rode a horse driven fire wagon. He served 22 years.

      He served on the Bremen School and town boards in the 1930s and was an organizer of the first Bremen Little League.

      Mr. Carolthers [sic] worked at American Radiator, Bremen, for 22 years, Knoblock Hardware for nine years and the Springbrook Dairy for 17 years. At the age of 64, he worked for the town of Bremen as a meter reader and street painter. He retired at the age of 75.

      Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, in the First United Church of Christ, Bremen, of which he was a member. Burial will be at the Bremen Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mishler Funeral Home from 2-6 p.m. today, July 21, and one hour before services in the church on Monday.

      Memorial in memory of Mr. Carothers may be given to the church.

      (6) Social Security Death Index:

      Name: Jennings L. Carothers
      SSN: 303-01-8777
      Last Residence: 46506 Bremen, Marshall, Indiana, United States of America
      Born: 25 Dec 1898
      Died: 18 Jul 1996
      State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951)

      (7) http://www.bremen.lib.in.us/heritage/bremcem.htm:

      Bremen Cemetery Record Details

      First and Middle Names: J. Laroy
      Last Names: Carothers
      Date of birth: Sunday, December 25, 1898
      Date of death: Thursday, July 18, 1996
      Place of death: Bremen Health Care C
      Date of burial: Monday, July 22, 1996
      Notes: Age 97, Married
      Relatives: Oma R. (Pfeiffer) Caothers - wife
      Harvey Carothers - father
      Effie (Vinnedge) Carothers - mother
      Burial type: B
      Cemetery section: Yockey
      Lot or Row: 18
      Grave or Crypt: 8
      Plot Owner: Harvey Carothers
      Funeral Home: Mishler Funeral Home
      Funeral Home Address: P.O. Box 202
      Bremen, IN 46506

      (8) www.findagrave.com:

      J. LaRoy Carothers
      Birth: 1898
      Death: 1996

      Burial: Bremen Municipal Cemetery, Bremen, Marshall County, Indiana, USA

      Created by: Gravefinder45
      Record added: Jul 05, 2010
      Find A Grave Memorial# 54528882
    Person ID I1992  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 

    Father Harvey CAROTHERS,   b. 24 Sep 1876, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1937, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Effie VINNEDGE,   b. Jan 1876, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1921, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 19 Apr 1896  Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5061  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Oma Ruth PFEIFFER,   b. 1 Jan 1899, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1997, Bremen Health Care Center, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1919  Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    License 12 Mar 1919  Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Children 
     1. Marjorie CAROTHERS,   b. 19 Mar 1922, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 2000, Lake City, Columbia County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     2. Louis Dale CAROTHERS,   b. 28 Jul 1923, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 2004, Houston, Harris County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     3. Robert L. CAROTHERS,   b. 22 Nov 1919, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1975, St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [natural]
     4. Harold Lamar CAROTHERS,   b. 26 Feb 1921, Bremen, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1996, Wood County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 17:10:02 
    Family ID F1557  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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