Thurtell and Related Families

Notes for George B. THURTELL

The 1900 U.S. Census for Jo Davies County, Illinois (Vol. 100, ED 32, Sheet 12, Line 65) shows George Thurtell as age 18, born in September 1881 in Iowa, employed all months of the year as a salesman in the Butcher Shop. He is living with his mother, Emma Thurtell, and his sisters in Dunleith Township, Jo Davies County, Illinois, and his mother is shown as born in Iowa and his father in Wisconsin.

He left the Jo Davies County, Illinois, and Dubuque County, Iowa, area shortly after 1900 and never kept in touch with his sisters, who thought he might have gone to Hawaii, where his father was living. Research done in 1998 showed that he lived in California from shortly after 1900 until his death in 1956.

He is listed in the U.S. Census Soundex for California for 1910 as Geroge B. Thurtelle (008 0120 0371), as age 28, living in Oakland, Alameda County, California, enumerated with Ernest Martin. His relationship is shown as lodger. The census record itself shows his place of birth and that of his parents as United States and that he was employed as a waiter in a restaurant.

He is shown as George Thurtelle in the 1920 U.S. Census for California (Volume 60, ED 601, Sheet 9, Line 84) as age 38, born in Iowa, living at 1455 1/2 Third, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Calfornia. This record shows his father was born in Wisconsin and his mother in Iowa and that he was renting the house where he lived and working for wages as a cook in a hotel. He was living with his wife, Ellen Thurtelle, age 24, who was born in Missouri and whose father was born in Kentucky and mother in Missouri. Also living with them was their daughter, Victoria Thurtelle, age 1 2/12, who was born in California and whose father was born in Iowa and mother born in Missouri.

Social Security records for Social Security number 559-10-8473 show that George B. Thurtell was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 10, 1881. He filed for Social Security benefits in Santa Monica, California, about May 20, 1947. He died in about August 1956 based on the Social Security claim termination item file. Neither he nor any survivor on his account received Social Security benefits after 1962 when the current Social Security master beneficiary record system was begun. The Social Security number had been issued in California.

One lookup request of the California Death Index showed George Thurtell, no spouse initials listed, born in Iowa September 10, 1881, died in Los Angeles County, California, July 18, 1955, Social Security number 559-10-8473, State File Number 68059. A different lookup request of the California Death Index shows he died July 18, 1956, in Los Angeles County, California. The death certificate from Los Angeles County, California, Registrar's Number 14468,confirms the date of death of July 18, 1956, and shows that George Thurtell was born September 10, 1881, in Iowa and was 74 years old at the time of his death at the Los Angeles County General Hospital, 1200 North State Street, Los Angeles, California, where he had been a patient for three months. His residence according to the death certificate was 114 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica, California. It shows he was a male Caucasian and the son of Walter Thurtell, who was born in Wisconsin, and Emma Bechtel, who was born in Iowa. The informant for the death certificate was the Los Angeles County General Hospital. The death certificate shows he was divorced, a United States citizen, and never in the military service. The cause of death is shown as probable bronchopneumonia, secondary to old sub???? hemorrhage with a contributing condition of hyperthyroidism. The death certificate information is typed and clear with the exception of the handwritten cause of death information. The funeral director was Pierce Brothers Mortuary, and he was cremated August 7, 1956, at Chapel of the Pines.

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