Individual Record 271

Name}   Ferrell, Thomas Jefferson Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa 19 Mar 1885 Place}     ,     , Illinois
Marr.1: Date} Exa 18 Feb 1909 Place} Alhambra, Los Angeles, California     (Link)
Marr.2: Date} Exa 26 Jun 1937  M Place} Covina, Los Angeles, California     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  8 Dec 1940 Place}     , Los Angeles, California
Burial: Date} Aft   8 Dec 1940 Place} San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
  Grave Marker} None
Source 1}  73 = Interview
Source 2} 162 = Letter
Source 3} 888 = Letter
Source 4} 213 = Photographs
Source 5} 843 = 1900 USA cen
Source 6} 183 = Marriage rec
Source 7} 215 = Marriage rec
Source 8} 203 = 1910 USA cen
Source 9} 322 = Business dir
Source 10}845 = Military rec
Source 11}732 = 1920 USA cen
Source 12}323 = Phone book
Source 13}324 = Phone book
Source 14}752 = 1930 USA cen
Source 15}988 = City directory
Source 16}872 = Voter record
Source 17}435 = Obituary
Source 18}140 = Death certif
Source 19}1430=Marriage rec
Source 20}325 = Business dir
Source 21}1438=1940 USA cen
Source 22}536 = Death record
Parents: } William Ferrell and Bell Epperson
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.} 67 = Riverside, Riverside, California
      Occupation 1} Shoe salesman
       Occupation 2} Insurance agent
       Occupation 3} Real estate salesman
  Religion/Church} Christian Scientist/Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime} Olson, Mabel W.
                              Fischer, Bertha L.
 Total Number of} 2
Notes:  Thomas Jefferson Ferrell was born 19 Mar 1885 in Illinois.  His father, William H. Ferrell, had been born in Illinois and was a druggist.  His mother, Mary Belle Epperson, was born in Kentucky.  In the 1900 U.S. census, his family was living in Stockton Township, Greene County, Indiana.  Thomas was the oldest of six children.  Sometime after 1900, the family moved to Alhambra, Los Angeles, California.

Thomas married Mabel Olson on 18 Feb 1909 in Alhambra.  In the 1910 U.S. census, they were living in Riverside, Riverside, California, where Thomas was a shoe salesman.  Their first son Frederick was born in 1910 in Riverside.
Thomas and Mabel returned to Alhambra, and in 1915 the family was living at 126 McLean.  Their family now included a second son, Clifford, born in Los Angeles County in 1914.  Thomas was the proprietor of Ferrell's Shoe Shop (shoe repairing).  His father, Wm. H. Ferrell, was doing business as the Alhambra Shoe Hospital at 204 West Main Street.

On 12 Sep 1918, Thomas registered for the World War draft.  He was 33 years of age, and was described as being of medium height and slender build, with hazel eyes.  The family was living at 316 North 4th Street, Alhambra.  He was listed as a shoemaker.

In the 1920 U.S. census, Thomas, Mabel, and sons Frederick and Clifford, were living with Mabel's parents at 336 North Wilson Avenue, Alhambra.  Her parents then bought them a house at 121 South Granada, Alhambra.  In 1922 they were registered to vote as Democrat Socialist at this address.  Thomas was listed as a shoemaker.  In the 1923 city directory, he is listed as being in the insurance business.

The 1930 U.S. census, Thomas was living with his wife and three sons at the Granada Avenue home.  One son, Eugene, had died in infancy in 1923, and another had been born in 1926.  Thomas was listed as a real estate salesman.  Maple died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1934.  In 1937, Thomas was working for the R.G. Field Company.

On 26 June 1937 in Covina, California, Thomas married Bertha F. Hunt (nee Fischer), a beautician and owner of the Hidalgo Beauty Shop.  In the 1940 U.S. census, Thomas, Bertha, and their two 15 year old sons from their prior marriages were living at 121 South Granada.  Thomas was a real estate salesman, and Bertha was a beauty operator.  Thomas had had 2 years of high school, and their home was valued at $3750.

The marriage was a short one, as Thomas died 8 Dec 1940 of a heart attack.  According to Donald Olson, there were a lot of hard feelings after Thomas died, because Bertha kept the house that Mabel's family had purchased.  According to one of Thomas' sons, Bertha kept the house because she had used her own savings to pay back taxes to save the house from foreclosure, and had also used her own funds to restore and remodel the house.

Thomas is buried next to his father William Ferrell in the San Gabriel Cemetery on Roses Road in San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California.  Thomas does not have a headstone.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} Elks/B.P.O.E.
Baptism Date}   Place}   Click to enlarge
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Thomas in 1916
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} High school, 2 yr   or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death} Heart attack
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 12 Nov 2015
Date Created}  29 Aug 1993
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