Augusta Helen LEUBECHER

Female 1889 - 1981  (92 years)


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  • Name Augusta Helen LEUBECHER 
    Born 16 Jun 1889  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Jul 1981  Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • South Dakota Births, 1856-1903:
      Augusta Helen Leubecher
      Female
      Cty: Minnehaha
      Mother’s name: Augusta Promnitz
      Father’s name: George Leubecher
      Birth Date: January 16, 1889

      Known as "Gussie" until she moved to the state of Washington.

      South Dakota Marriages, 1905-1949:
      Gussie Helen Leubecker, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, SD
      Age: 33
      Charles Wakey, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, SD
      Age: 34
      Date: Sept. 2, 1922
      Clergyman: Wm. J. Proehl, Minister

      1905 South Dakota census card: Augusta Elsie Lubecher, Lincoln Cty, Springdale Township, Sioux Falls, age 16, occupation: farmer’s daughter, born in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, father and mother born in Germany.

      1910 Census: listed with parents in Lincoln County, South Dakota as well as the following:
      1910 Census: SD: Minnehaha, Sioux Falls:
      Leubecker, Gussie, head, 21, single, born in SD, father and mother born in Germany, bookkeeper, bank;
      Bruer, Claudia (?) boarder, 37, single, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, bookkeeper, hotel.

      1920 Census, South Dakota, Minnehaha, Sioux Fall:
      Leubecher, Gussie, roomer; female, white, age 29, single, born in South Dakota, father born in Germany, mother born in Germany, working as a teller at a bank. Was a roomer at the residence of Hugo Zimmerman and his wife Amanda.

      1940 U.S. Federal Census: Washington, Yakima, Toppenish, 304 No. Chesnut:
      Buswell, William J., head, 70, married, born in Iowa, lived in same house 5 years earlier, carpenter, building construction,
      Katherine, wife, 63, married, born in Germany, lived in same house 5 years earlier,
      Wakey, Helen, sister-in-law, divorced, born in South Dakota, lived 5 yrs ago in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, bookeeper, retail ?
      Mary A., niece, 16, single, born in Iowa, lived 5 yrs ago in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa,

      Certificate of Marriage, State of Washington, County of Yakima
      Performed by a Justice of the Peace, Benton County, Washington
      Marriage Date: 15 Aug 1942
      Groom: Norman F. Bates, Island County, Washington
      Helen Wakey, Yakima County, Washington
      Justice of the Peace: W. J. Buswell
      Witnesses:
      Catharine A. Buswell
      Mary Phillips

      Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004
      Benton County
      Marriage Date: 21 April 1958
      Marriage Place: Prosser, Benton County
      Groom: Dr. C. F. Picking, Yakima County
      Helen Bates, Snohomish County
      Witnesses: Catherine Buswell and Mabel H. Martin

      Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004
      Skagit County
      Marriage Date: 2 September 1960
      Groom: Hansell Thompson, born in Holton, Kansas, residing in Island County, Washington
      Bride: Helen Bates, born in Sioux Falls, SD, residing in Island County.
      Witnesses: John Nelsen and Clem Nelson

      Obituary: Stanwood/Camano News, July 22, 1981:
      “ Helen Bates Thompson:
      “Helen Bates Thompson, 92, a long time resident of Camano Island, died Monday, July 20, 1981.
      “She was born January 16, 1889, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
      “She is survived by her daughter, Mary Norby of Portland, Oregon; four great granddaughters, Laura, Jennifer, Rochelle and Heidi Phillips, and three nieces and a nephew.
      “Cremation was followed by inurnment at Acacia Cemetery in Seattle.
      “At Mrs. Thompson’s request, no services were held.
      “Memorials may be sent to the Camano Island Chapel for Youth Programs.”


      WILL OF HELEN BATES THOMPSON

      I, HELEN BATES THOMPSON, of Stanwood, Washington do hereby declare this to be my Will and revoke all former wills and codicils.

      I. FAMILY
      I am the widow of Hansell V. Thompson. My only child and daughter is MARY NORBY of Beaverton, Oregon. I have no deceased children.

      II. REMAINS
      I direct that my remains be cremated and disposed of in accorance with the arrangements made by me during my lifetime.

      III. SPECIFIC REQUESTS
      I bequeath:
      A. To my stepson, VERNON THOMPSON, the sum of $50,000, if he survives me;
      B. To the CHILDREN’S ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, $20,000;
      C. To my niece, HAZEL LOWELL, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, if she survives me, my small diamond ring;
      D. To my daughter, MARY NORBY, if she survives me, my large diamond ring and remaining jewelry and personal apparel and effects.

      IV. RESIDUE
      I give the residue of my estate to those of my hereinafter named relatives on the conditions and in the percentages hereinafter set forth:
      A. 35% to my daughter, MARY NORBY, if she survives me, otherwise to my grandchildren, LAURA ANN PHILLIPS and JENNIFER MARIE PHILLIPS, in equal shares or the survivor of them, to the specific exclusion of any other children of Billie Phillips;
      B. 15% to my grandchildren LAURA ANN PHILLIPS and JENNIFER MARIE PHILLIPS in equal shares or to the survivor of them, to the specific exclusion of any other children of Billie Phillips;
      C. 25% to my niece, HAZEL LOWELL;
      D. 5% to my niece, RENE MILLER;
      E. 5% to my niece, DOROTHY FLINT;
      F. 5% to my niece [sic] REX LEUBECHER;
      G. 5% to my niece, ELSIE STROBEL; and
      H. 5% to MARVIN MILLER, son of my deceased nephew, Clifford Miller.

      V. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
      I nominate and appoint WINNIFRED EMERSON of Stanwood, Washington, as executrix of my Will; but if for any reason she shall be unable or unwilling so to act, I nominate and appoint OLYMPIC BANK as executor. Either shall act without bond and withthout the intervention of any court except as may be required under the laws of the State of Washington in the case of nonintervention wills. Either shall have full power to sell, convey and encumber,without notice or confirmation, any assets oof my estate, real or personal, at such prices and terms as to my personal representative may seem just, and to mortgage or pledge estate property and to select any part of the estate in satisfaction of any partition of distribution hereunder, in kind, in money or both. Such powers may be exercised whether or not necessary for the administration of my estate.

      Dated this 29th day of April 1981.

      (signed) Helen Bates Thompson

      Probate #81-4-00525-5, Snohomish County, Washington, Everett.

      Helen Thompson’s estate distribution as follows:
      $15,240 each to Marvin Miller, Rene Miller, Rex Leubecher, Elsie Strobel, and Dorothy Flint;
      $45,750 to Laura Ann Phillips and Jennifer Marie Phillips (one sum to both);
      $106,680 to Mary Norby;
      $76,200 to Hazel Lowell;
      $47,000 to Vernon Thompson;
      $20,000 to Children’s Orthopedic Hospital
      $5,000 to Rochelle Phillips and Heidi Phillips (c/o Mary Norby as Trustee)
      TOTAL: $376,830
      Addresses of heirs at the time of estate distribution:

      Mary Norby
      P.O. Box 3842
      Portland, OR 97208

      Children’s Orthopedic Hospital
      4800 Sand Point Way NE
      Seattle, WA 98105

      Rene Miller
      2729 58th St. Pl. NW
      Oklahoma City, OK 73112

      Elsie Strobel
      1307 E. Main
      Mankato, MN 56001

      Marvin Miller
      1512 Park Ave.
      Sioux Falls, SD 57105

      Vernon Thompson
      7141 18th SW
      Seattle, WA 98106

      Hazel Lowell
      707 S. Menlo Ave.
      Sioux Falls, SD 57104

      Dorothy Flint
      4921 Mansfield
      Peoria, IL 61614

      Rex Leubecher
      RR 1, Box 410
      Sioux Falls, SD 57101

      Laura Ann Phillips and Jennifer Marie Phillips
      c/o Marsha Phillips
      5460 SW 153rd
      Beaverton, OR 97005

      Partial contents of letter from Rex Leubecher to Jerry Lowell, postmarked Jan 10, 2003:
      “...I can’t help much on the date that Gussie (Helen) married Charles Wakey. You knew she was single in 1920. I suspect it was either 1921 or 1922. Charles Wakey sold pots and pans, a very durable product and famous name brand at that time. He would prepare at someone’s home where the host would have invited several guests for a free meal and made his sales that way. I remember fairly successful. They lived at 3216 Myrtle Street in Sioux City. They adopted Mary from a children’s home in Sioux City not as a baby, maybe 2 or 3 years old. I’m not certain. They divorced in either 1933 or 1934. I bought her car which she stored at Hazel’s with some of her possessions when she moved to Oklahoma with Aunt Bertha. I bouught her car, a 1929 model A coupe in the fall of 1934. Helen was always known as Gussie in Sioux Falls and had worked in a bank here in Sioux Falls until her marriage in Oklahoma. She always went by Helen. I nearly always called her Helen but hard not say Gussie.
      I don’t remember the date that Helen went to Washington. In the middle 1930’s our family drove to Toppenish to visit Aunt Kate and Uncle Will. At that time, Helen was still with Aunt Bertha. In 1940 when we mobilized Helen and Mary were at Aunt Kate’s.
      Aunt Kate kept a boarding house. She loved people and if some one needed lodging and didn’t have room would have Uncle Will add a room.
      Helen met Norman Bates at Aunt Kate’s. After his wife’s death Norman would visit Kate as his wife had been good friends. Helen and Norman moved from Toppenish to Camano Island north of Seattle, where he had lived and had property. Norman had a housekeeper and a gardener on the property. Helen soon had them relieved of their duties saying that was her work! I don’t think that she thought that he was rich. He lived the life of Riley but did much volunteering.
      Ruby and I visited them in 1952 when Nancy was just a baby.
      Norman was Governor of the Kiwanis District the year that we were there. His duties called for visiting all clubs in his district which was large, including a little of Canada. Helen really enjoyed the traveling and the many dinners that they attended. He introduced me to Kiwanis and we returned home helped start a new club in Soo Falls and have a member ever since.
      When Norman died Helen went back to Toppenish and stayed with Kate. She met and married someone in Toppenish which was quickly annulled by his family. All I remember for his health reasons.
      After that fiasco she returned to Camano Island to close Norman’s estate. She found out his property was quite valuable. She then married Hansell Thompson whose wife had died previously. They moved to Hansell’s home on the other side of the island. They visited our family once and Ruby and I went to Helen’s 90th birthday party. Hansell was in a care center at that time. Hansel’s wife had traveled extensively and had many unusual collections. Beautiful linens from all over the world from other countries and other valuable sets. Hazel Lowell was Helen’s favorite and received I believe 35% of Helen’s estate.
      Mary also was at Helen’s birthday party. She was married to George Norby. We know nothing of Mary’s first husband whether he died or were divorced. Helen’s grandson, Billie Philipps died in an auto accident. We always thought Billie was his first name.”
    Person ID I252  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2014 

    Father George LEUBECHER,   b. 23 Nov 1836, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1921, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Augusta POMNITZ,   b. 2 Jun 1849, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1925, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Aft 1862  Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Sitting outside their homestead in southeastern South Dakota.
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz.  Children.
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz. Children.
    Taken sometime in 1882 or 1883 in Germany, before Augusta and her three daughters arrived in the U.S. on 9 Jun 1883. L. to R.: Bertha, Augusta, Kate, and Ida.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Back row, L. to R.: Herman Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher, George Leubecher, John Hommes, Front row, L. to R.: Kate Leubecher, Bertha Leubecher Hommes.
    Leubecher sisters.
    Leubecher sisters.
    L. to R.: Bertha, Helen, and Kate.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    L. to R.: George Leubecher, Carl A. Bergmann (son of George Leubecher from first marriage who was adopted by another family), Bertha (?), Kate (?), Herman.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Headstones
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Histories
    Stories.  Leubecher Family Biographies.
    Stories. Leubecher Family Biographies.
    Brief biographies of three generations of Leubechers who farmed land outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota: George and Augusta Leubecher; Herman and Iva Leubecher; and Rex and Ruby Leubecher. These bios were written by Rex and Ruby Leubecher. Date of writing unknown. Publication in which these bios appeared is also unknown.
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Charles WAKEY,   b. Abt 1888, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 2 Sep 1922 
    Divorced 1933 or 1934 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ann WAKEY,   b. 23 Mar 1924,   d. 22 Mar 1984, Beaverton, Washington, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F289  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Norman Franklin Adam BATES,   b. 28 Jan 1878, Fox Lake, Dodge, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1955, Mt. Vernon, Skagit, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1942 
    Photos
    Bates, Norman and the George J. Lowell Family, Camano Island. 1948.
    Bates, Norman and the George J. Lowell Family, Camano Island. 1948.
    L. to R.: Norman Bates, John Lowell, George J. Lowell, Hazel Lowell with hands on Roger Lowell, G. James Lowell. At Norman Bates and wife, Helen Leubecher Bates' Sunnyshore Acres home.
    Lowell, George J. and family at Sunnyshore Acres.
    Lowell, George J. and family at Sunnyshore Acres.
    George and Hazel Lowell and sons visit Hazel's aunt, Helen Leubecher Bates and her husband Norman Bates at the Bates' home on Camano Island in Puget Sound in Washington. L to R: Jim Lowell, Roger Lowell (standing in front of Jim), George Lowell (with hat), Helen Bates, Norman Bates, and John Lowell. Photo taken in Summer 1948?
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F451  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Charles F. PICKING,   b. 3 Nov 1881, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1959, Yakima, Yakima, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1958  Prosser, Benton, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F452  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Hansell Vernon THOMPSON,   b. 23 Apr 1884, Holton, Jackson, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1980, Camano Island, Island, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 1960 
    Photos
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates and last husband, Hansell Thompson.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates and last husband, Hansell Thompson.
    At Victoria, British Columbia in October 1975.
    Thompson, Hansell and wife, Helen; with Helen's niece, Hazel Lowell and her husband, George; and Helen's great, great nephew, Jerry Lowell.
    Thompson, Hansell and wife, Helen; with Helen's niece, Hazel Lowell and her husband, George; and Helen's great, great nephew, Jerry Lowell.
    At Hansell and Helen's home on Camano Island, Washington.
    Lowell, George J.  Family.  Visiting Hazel Lowell's Aunt Helen Thompson at Helen's home, Sunnyshore Acres, Camano Island, Washington.
    Lowell, George J. Family. Visiting Hazel Lowell's Aunt Helen Thompson at Helen's home, Sunnyshore Acres, Camano Island, Washington.
    Sunnyshore Acres was located on Camano Island in the Puget Sound, Washington. L. to R.: Roger Lowell, Hazel Lowell, Jerry Lowell, Alice Lowell, Leann Lowell (in cowboy hat), Helen Thompson, Linda Lowell, George Lowell, and Hansell Thompson. Taken in 1962 when the Lowell clan headed to the World's Fair in Seattle, Washington.
    Thompson, Hansell and wife Helen Bates Thompson.  Family photograph. with
    Thompson, Hansell and wife Helen Bates Thompson. Family photograph. with
    Taken sometime during 1972 at their home on Camano Island, Washington. L. to R.: Kathy Lowell, Hansell Thompson, Helen Thompson, JoAnne Lowell with arms around Loire and Heidi Lowell, Gerald Lowell, Wendy Lowell, Jane and Roger Lowell, and John Mike Lowell.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates, with husband, Hansell Thompson, and niece, Hazel Miller Lowell.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates, with husband, Hansell Thompson, and niece, Hazel Miller Lowell.
    Takien presumably on Camano Island, Washington, in 1966.
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F453  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jun 1889 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Apr 1958 - Prosser, Benton, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jul 1981 - Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Miller, Max.  Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    L. to R.: Hazel Miller Lowell, Max Miller, Cliff Miller, Helen Leubecher Bates, and Elsie Miller Strobel. Taken around 1913.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates.
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates
    Thompson, Helen Leubecher Bates
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Front seat, L. to R.: Helen Leubecher Thompson, Max Miller. Back seat, L. to R.: Cliff Miller, Hazel Miller Lowell, and Augusta Leubecher. Taken sometime between 1910 and 1913.

    Documents
    Wills.  Thompson, Helen.  Probate documents.
    Wills. Thompson, Helen. Probate documents.
    Helen Thompson died on 20 July 1980.

    Histories
    Correspondence. Leubecher, Iva.  Letter written to sister-in-law, Bertha Hommes and her husband, John Hommes.  Second letter in envelope written to sister-in-law Helen Thompson.
    Correspondence. Leubecher, Iva. Letter written to sister-in-law, Bertha Hommes and her husband, John Hommes. Second letter in envelope written to sister-in-law Helen Thompson.
    Written on 23 August 1926.
    Correspondence. Thompson, Helen.  Letter to Jerry Lowell dated 8 Jan 1980.
    Correspondence. Thompson, Helen. Letter to Jerry Lowell dated 8 Jan 1980.
    Written from the Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, Washington, where both Helen and her husband Hansell were living, after no longer being able to care for themselves or their home on Camano Island. This is the last letter that Jerry received from his Great Great Aunt. Hansell died on 2 Mar 1980 and Helen died on 20 Jul 1981.
    Correspondence.  Lowell, Gerald to Great Great Aunt Helen Bates Thompson.  14 Jul 1975.
    Correspondence. Lowell, Gerald to Great Great Aunt Helen Bates Thompson. 14 Jul 1975.
    Jerry was quite close to his Aunt Helen and had started writing to her very regularly when he was in the 6th grade. She lived on Camano Island in Puget Sound, Washington, about an hour and a half drive north of Seattle, where Jerry attended graduate school and worked from 1973 to 1979. A number of issues arose between Helen and her husband, Hansell, and Jerry regarding lifestyle, career, and other choices. Jerry finally wrote this letter, which in later years, Helen would describe as something that she would read when she felt too good about herself. Jerry's grandmother, Hazel, niece to Helen, finally destroyed the letter without Helen's knowledge, because she was so tired hearing Helen talk about the letter.