William Austin Vanderford (5168)
Father: John Austin Vanderford (4146)
Mother: Samantha Wilmina
b. April 13, 1884 in Green Mountain, Iowa
d. August 25, 1965 in Merrill, Wisconsin, buried in
Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin, Illinois [IAobits]
m. July 4, 1907
in Melrose Park, Illinois, Rose Ernestine Miller, b. April 30, 1890 in
Shiller Park, Illinois, daughter of Frederick William and Ernestine Amelia
Miller (name was changed from Mueller) [CharlieV], d. Aug. 5, 1974 in Elgin, Illinois
Violet Rose (6087), b.
Aug. 23, 1908, d. Sept. 2, 1980
Elsie Elizabeth, b. Jan. 17, 1910 in Conrad,
Iowa, d. Oct. 14, 2001 in Elgin, IL, buried at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin,
m. Feb. 12, 1955 in Elgin, IL, Loren Dolby, b. Dec. 18,
1899, d. 1985 [IAobits]
worked as a bookkeeper at Modern Dairy in Elgin for 42 years.
Hazel Lucille, b. July 13, 1911 in Conrad,
Iowa, d. Nov. 20, 1998 buried in Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin, IL
m. Nov. 16, 1935 in Dundee, Il, Raymond Eddy Wagner , b.
Sept. 6, 1906, d. April 21, 1984[IAobits]
Patricia Lynn, b. March 1,
m. Sept 3, 1965, John Allen Sunderlage
Lurae Emma, b. June 26, 1913 in Gladbrook,
Iowa, d. Oct. 12, 1998 in South Elgin, IL, buried in Lakewood Memorial Park,
m. Oct. 2, 1937, Sidney E. Tucker, b. Aug. 12, 1903, d.
May 26, 1981[IAobits]
William E., b. Jan. 11,
Robert D., b. Oct. 19, 1944
David L., b. May 7, 1946
Austin John (6088), b.
Jan. 26, 1915, d. June 29, 1988 [aa]
Charles Homer (6089),
b. Jan. 15, 1917, d. May 1982 [aa]
Wilbur Lavern (6090),
b. Aug. 4, 1921
Bill was a house painter and they
lived in Conrad Town, Clay Township, Grundy County, Iowa
Bill and his family moved to
Gladbrook, Iowa. He was a carpenter craftsman and contractor.
Bill was always building useful and novel articles.
His first real success was taking a 1914 Model T Ford chassis and building a
very neat station wagon on it. [CharlieV]
Bill was a carpenter and the family
lived on West Main Street, Gladbrook, Spring Creek Township, Tama County, Iowa.
1921 or 1922:
Bill visited with the Wright
Brothers and brought home in his mind plans and designs for building a small
plane. "Vanderford's airplane" was built in the downstaris back room in the
house in which Mrs. Edith Broeker lives and the Modern Beauty Shop is
Bill used an old 2-cylinder Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine as
well other parts for his airplane. He whittled the propeller out of a hickory
timber and bound it with strips of brass. The wing trusses were wood, glued
together and covered with unshrunk canvas which was soaked and allowed to
shrink. It then had seveal applications of shellac and varnish.
spring, with frost still on the ground, Bill partly took his shed apart and
brought out his plane. He tightened the wire trusses and started it up. The
airplane spun around in the street and started for the Fred Wrage home. It ran
over one of the small trees and almost ran onto the porch.
All summer Bill
tried to gat a Henderson 4-cylinder motorcycle engine but couldn't. In the
fall, Bill removed the wing and stored it. He removed the wheels and put
runenrs on the body and made a snow sled. [CharlieV]
Bill and his oldest daughter, Violet
went to Elgin, IL to find work. Bill got a full time job for $1/hour at
Rhineheimer Woodworking as a cabinet maker and Violet secured a job witht he
phone company. Bill returned to Iowa and moved Rose and their six other
children to Elgin on Labor Day weekend. They lived in a small house on Hendee
Bill and his family were living at
663 Grand Avenue, Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. Bill was a carpenter, his
daughter Violet was a waitress at a private school, Elsie was a bookkeeper for
a dairy and Hazel was a telephone operator. [census-Ill]
August 25, 1965:
Bill died at the home of
his daughter, Violet Burgener, in Merrill, Wisconsin.