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Thomas Sylvester "Vess" Vanderford (6009)

Father: John Austin Vanderford (5002)
Mother: Margaret Hastings

b. January 15, 1886, Jewell City, Sinclair Township, Jewell County, Kansas [Holcomb]

d. January 15, 1965, buried in Aberdeen Cemetery, Idaho [Holcomb]

m. October 20, 1913 in Twin Falls, Idaho, Laura E. Miller[Holcomb-Mar.Lic], b. April 10, 1885 in Le Mars, Iowa, d. March 1946 in Portland, OR, buried in Spokane, WA. [Hunt Fam]

Issue: [Holcomb]

Sylvia Pearl Vanderford (7015), b. July 20, 1918

Donald Baxter, son of William & Ida Baxter

m. Janet Reed [Holcomb]
issue: (3 sons & 2 daughters): [Holcomb]
  m. Lyle H. Armstrong
Tom, b. in Idaho
  Came to live with the family when 8 years old.

m2. 1947, and div. in fall of 1964, Gladys Long Ellingson [Holcomb]


"Vess" was a rancher, grower and shipper. He served on the boards of the Aberdeen School District, Idaho Growers and Shippers Association and Aberdeen Springfield Canal. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the El Korah Shrine of Boise, the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and the Idaho Cattle Feeders Association. [Idaho,1959 & Holcomb]

"Vess" attended the Grand Valley School in Oklahoma. His grade average was 92-93. [Holcomb]

January 2, 1906:
"Vess" enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 4 years at Omaha, Nebraska. [Holcomb]

April, 1906:
"Vess" was stationed on Mare Island at the time of the San Francisco earthquake. [Hunt Fam]

October 1, 1909:
"Vess" was appointed quartermaster third class while serving on the USS Rainbow. [Holcomb]

November 15, 1909:
"Vess" was appointed quartermaster second class while serving on the USS Callao. The Callao was on the Yangtze River, China following the Boxer insurrection. [Holcomb]

February 15, 1910:
"Vess" was discharged from the Navy at San Francisco, California. His discharge was signed by the commander of the USS Colorado. [Holcomb]

"Vess" was a boiler maker and living with his sister Ethel (6010) and her husband Charlie Moore in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

"Vess" moved to Idaho and worked on the Costello Ranch near Buhl. [Idaho,1959]

"Vess" bought his own 40 acre ranch near Deep Creek. [Idaho,1959]

"Vess" sold his land in Buhl and bought 160 acres south of the town of Aberdeen. Over the years he expanded to over three thousand acres, all irrigated. [Idaho,1959]

September 12, 1918:
According to Vess's World War I Draft Registration Card he was afarming in Aberdeen, Idaho. He was of medium height and build with blue eyes and dark brown hair.

"Vess", Laura and baby Sylvia were farming in the Aberdeen Precinct of Bingham County, Idaho. His sister, Ethel (6010) and her husband, Charlie and baby had recently come from Oklahoma and were living and farming with them.

Vess, Laura, and Sylvia were living and farming in Aberdeen Precinct, Bingham County, Idaho. Living with them were Donald Baxter and Laura's sister Maggie Miller.

November 28, 1948:
"Vess" owned the "Big V" Potato Company at Aberdeen, Idaho. He owned 7 large cellers and shipped 2500 carloads of potatoes each season. He had over 200 employees on his payroll. [Idaho,1959 & Holcomb]

August 31, 1953:
"Vess" was living at 333 N. 3rd W., Aberdeen, Idaho. [Idaho]

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