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Oren Ray ELLER

Oren Ray ELLER

Male 1904 - 1990  (85 years)

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  • Name Oren Ray ELLER 
    Born 30 Oct 1904  Carthage, Miner, South Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jan 1990  Melbourne, Florida ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Jan 1990 
    Person ID I11  Henry Eller, Sr. (2)
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2013 

    Father James William ELLER,   b. 18 Dec 1873, Wadena, Fayette, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1964, Fedora, Miner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Laura Jane REYNOLDS,   b. 15 May 1880, Fayette IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1914, Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1900  Miner Twp., Miner South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Jim and Laura Eller lived in the house at the South End of Fedora. Miner, SD [2]
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father James William ELLER,   b. 18 Dec 1873, Wadena, Fayette, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1964, Fedora, Miner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Mable Lucinda INGALLS,   b. 15 May 1882, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1934, Fedora, Miner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1916 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Doris Lucille LILLIBRIDGE,   b. 24 Jul 1901,   d. Abt 1983, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1929 
    Children 
     1. Jack Eugene ELLER
     2. Jayne Orene ELLER,   b. 18 Jun 1939, La Porte, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1978, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2016 19:05:08 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • HIGHLIGHTS OF OREN ELLER'S LIFE
      I was born on the South Dakota Plains,
      where the wind blows a lot and it seldom rains.
      It was in the year 1904,
      and everyone was very poor.
      I finished high school in '23,
      quite an accomplishment for me.
      I always got a good report card,
      I wasn't too smart but I worked real hard.
      I started farming in '25,
      I could barely make enough to keep alive.
      I worked 16 hours a day,
      milking cows and pitching hay.
      I lived way out in the sticks,
      so all my meals to fix.
      In '29 I married my wife,
      quite an improvement in my life.
      We were a mighty happy pair,
      until the dust storms started blowing in our hair.
      In '33 we moved to the Hoosier State,
      I started standing outside the employment gate.
      I was looking for someone who would employ
      a man with a wife and a little boy.
      I finally got inside the door
      and I nearly stayed there for evermore.
      Everything was going fine,
      we got our daughter in '39.
      Thirty-five years in the same old spot,
      but during those years we traveled a lot.
      We got the idea in '48,
      that we would like to travel to every state.
      We started out real close to home,
      and every year later farther we'd roam.
      We never seemed to have much dough,
      but every vacation time off we'd go.
      To some state we'd never been before.
      and a few choice spots we wished to explore.
      In '49 we traveled far,
      that year we managed to buy a new car.
      When at last every state we'd at least driven through,
      someone up and added two.
      I don't suppose we will ever see these,
      but we sure have a lot of memories.
      Now I live a leisurely life,
      in our modest home with my little wife.
      Many evenings we just set out in the breeze,
      reliving some of our memories.

  • Sources 
    1. [S50] JW & Laura WED, James Eller & Laura Reynolds; 11 January 1900.

    2. [S42] ADE PK.