2021 Scavenger Hunt Questions & Answers
Scavenger Hunt Day #1 – Jackie Robinson (1919-1972)
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was born in Georgia as the youngest of five children, and in 1947 became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he started at First Base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
After using the 1920 U.S. Census to verify which was the eldest brother, Edgar Robinson was enumerated as a Gardner in both the 1930 U.S. Census and the 1940 U.S. Census.
The 1930 U.S. Census shows 121 Pepper, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California. This address was listed as “W. Pepper St.” in the 1940 U.S. Census.
There are several sources for this information. Edna McGriff was enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census on the page following Jackie. One hunt participant located her 1933 Death Certificate.
Jack was enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census as a part-time janitor at motion picture studio. One participant also found him listed as an Assistant Athletic Director with the National Youth Administration (NYA), but this information is harder to confirm.
Mallie’s occupation is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census as “Laborer, General Farm” and in the 1940 U.S. Census as a “Laundress, Private Home.” In the 1930 U.S. Census her occupation was shown as “none” although a book 2007 book by biographer Jonathan Eig indicates she also held odd jobs.
The 121 Pepper Street (Pasadena) home owned by Mallie Robinson was valued at $4,000 in the1930 U.S. Census. In the 1940 U.S. Census, Jackie lived in that same house which was at that time rented by his sister-in-law (so the monthly rent paid was listed in lieu of the value). His mother lived next door at 133 Pepper Street, and her home was valued at $2,000.
It has been widely reported that he was named in honor of (then recently deceased) former President Theodore Roosevelt, however the actual source of this information is difficult to find. One of our participants found this story documented in a 1997 book by biographer Arnold Rampersad.
Scavenger Hunt Day #2 – John Jacob Wintler (1837-1913)
John Jacob Wintler (1837-1913) arrived in Clark County from New York via the Panama Isthmus in 1857, became a steamboat engineer, and later operated a harness and saddle shop in Vancouver.
He is known to have had 10 children, six with first wife Lucy Jane (née Knight), and four with second wife Sarah (née Butler). Nine of the children were enumerated together in the 1887 Washington Territorial Census and in the Will which John made in 1911. The tenth child, Lucy K. Wintler, died at seven months of age on Aug. 29, 1877. She does not appear in a census, but is memorialized on the family grave marker located in the Old City Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington. That marker has been photographed andcan be viewed on the findagrave.com website.
John’s home address is listed differently in the 1910 U.S. Census, the 1912 City Directory for Vancouver, his published 1913 Obituary, and on his 1913 Death Certificate. For the purposes of this CCGS Scavenger Hunt, all four answers were allowed. For genealogical purposes, it is suggested that Clark County property records be used in order to locate the precise parcel where the home was located.
[Note: These sources do not agree.]
The land patent reads “the thirtieth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four” (image found on the General Land Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior website).
John and both his parents were born in Switzerland. This information can be found in the 1880, 1900, and 1910 U.S. Census as well as on his 1913 Death Certificate.
Lucy was born to Joel and Amelia (née Stewart) Knight at their farm on the south shore of the Des Moines River near Vernon in Van Buren County, Iowa. The family was enumerated there in the 1840 and 1850 U.S. Census. The book Covered Wagon Women, Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails 1853-1854, Volume 6, by Kenneth L. Holmes, 1986 (available on Google Books), gives details about the farm.
The Morning Oregonian newspaper on April 2, 1931, page 21, reported her date of death as March 31, 1931.
Lucy Jane Knight probably had three memorable days in 1853. The first was on April 1st when their wagon train began its journey west across the plains. The second was on April 29th when they spotted the first Indians and she and her younger sister Almira ran to hide in the wagon. The third, and probably most memorable, was on August 8th when she wandered behind the wagon train and it left her. Emigrants in the next wagon train picked her up and returned her to her family. This information is contained in the journal kept by Lucy’s mother Amelia (née Stewart) Knight. The original journal is held at the University of Washington Library. The book Covered Wagon Women, Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails 1853-1854, Volume 6, by Kenneth L. Holmes, 1986 (available on Google Books) reprints selected journal entries.
Scavenger Hunt Day #3 - Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the 18th President of the United States. After graduating 21st in the Class of 1843 at West Point, he served at numerous Army postings, one being Fort Vancouver in the Oregon (later Washington) Territory.
This question wasn’t straight forward based on conflicting accounts found on various historical websites. For the purposes of this CCGS Scavenger Hunt, we accepted Lieutenant, Brevet Captain, and Captain. Commission by brevet to a higher rank (which has been obsolete since 1922) was bestowed by the U.S. Army prior to 1865 as a reward for outstanding service. According to the Complete Army Register of theUnited States for 100 Years (1779 to 1879), by Thomas H.S. Hamersley, 1881, page 472, Ulysses S. Grant received these promotions between his West Point graduation and his resignation on July 31, 1854:
- July 1, 1843: Brevet Second Lieutenant, 4th Infantry
- Sept. 30, 1845: Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry
- Sept. 8, 1847: Brevet First Lieutenant for gallant and meritorious conduct at Molino del Ray
- Sept. 13 , 1847: Brevet Captain for gallant conduct at Chapultepec
- Sept. 16, 1847: First Lieutenant
- Aug. 5, 1853: Captain
Notice that only eight days elapsed between Brevet First Lieutenant, Brevet Captain, and (Full) First Lieutenant. Subsequent to his promotion to the rank of full Captain, Grant was assigned to the command of F Company at Fort Humboldt, California (which, in a letter home to his wife, was scheduled for October). Hence, he would have held the First Lieutenant rank on arrival at Fort Vancouver (Sept. 20, 1852) and the Captain rank at departure.
[Note: He arrived on Sept. 20, 1852 and departed in the Fall of 1853]
Ulysses and Julia were enumerated in the same house as her father, Fred, in 1850 U.S. Census. Frederick (84) lived with them at the White House in the 1870 U.S. Census.
Ulysses and Julia were enumerated twice in the 1850 U.S. Census. On August 10th they, and their three month old son, were living in the 2nd Ward of St. Louis, Missouri. Grant’s first name was misspelled as “Julicious.” On September 9th they, and their (now) four month old son, were living in the 4th Ward of St. Louis,Missouri. Grant’s initial for his first name was misspelled as “Hugh.”
They lived with Julia’s family in the 2nd Ward. They lived with or near other military families in the 4th Ward.
Ulysses was a clerk in his father’s leather goods business.
They were staff at the White House.
Although the Grants were enumerated in their home at East Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, in the 1880 U.S. Census, this doesn’t appear to be their retirement home. After leaving office on March 4, 1877, the Grants set out for a world tour on May 16th, returning on September 20, 1879. Following his failure in 1880 to gain a 3rd presidential nomination, they decided to settle in New York and bought a house near Central Park in August 1881. They remained there until his friend, James W. Drexel, placed his cottage on Mount McGregor, near Saratoga Springs, at their service. Grant resided there, completing his memoirs from June 16th, 1885, until his death on July 23rd.
Scavenger Hunt Day #4 – Elisha Whittlesey (1783-1863)
Elisha Whittlesey (1783-1863) was a lawyer, civil servant, U.S. Representative from Ohio in the 18th through 25th Congresses, and the General Agent for the Washington National Monument.
Elisha’s father was John as can be found on both the DAR and SAR websites or in online images of the book Genealogy of the Whittlesey-Whittelsey Family.
A total solar eclipse. Detailed information about the path of this eclipse can be found at the eclipse portal on the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center website and at the astronomical data portal on the UK Hydrographic Office website.
Chillicothe was the original capitol when Ohio became a state in 1803. In 1810, the Ohio General Assembly moved the capitol to Zanesville. In 1812 the Ohio General Assembly restored Chillicothe as the temporary capitol city until a permanent site “not more than 40 miles from what may be deemed the common center of the state” could be built. The Ohio General Assembly met for the first time at the new capitol in Columbus in 1816. Hence, in February 1813, Major Whittlesey delivered his verbal dispatches to the Ohio Legislature at Chillicothe. As a footnote, Elisha Whittlesey was elected as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1819.
The cornerstone, a 24,500 pound block of pure white Symington marble, was laid at ground level on a base of other stone work. During the strengthening of the foundation in 1879–80 the cornerstone was sandwiched between the bluestone rubble and concrete slab under the old foundation and the concrete buttress completely encircling what remains of the old foundation. The time capsule is today over 20 feet below ground.
They rented rooms at Mrs. Hyatt’s Boarding House, which was located on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets, in the 4th Ward, Washington City, District of Columbia. That entire block was razed prior to the construction in 1937 of the Apex Building which today houses the Federal Trade Commission.
He was known as “the watch-dog of the Treasury.” A published copy of Rev. Sunderland’s sermon booklet can be found on the babel.hathitrust.org and archive.org websites.
The building was moved to the Western Reserve (formerly Pioneer) Village at the Canfield, Ohio, Fairgrounds.
Scavenger Hunt Day #5 – Dorothy Hooker (circa 1589-circa 1662)
Dorothy (née Hooker) Chester (circa 1589-circa 1662) became part of the colonization of the AmericanColonies in the early 17th century. She was an ancestor of 30th U.S. President Calvin Coolidge.
The date of their marriage was June 1, 1609. Several of the scavenger hunt participants found this in The Great Migration, Vol. II, C-F, but none found images (if they exist on-line) of the Birstall Parish Registers.
In his journals, John Winthrop recorded the arrival at Boston harbor. The ship was brought into harbor by Capt. Gallop via a new way near Lovell’s Island.
Massachusetts Records, Vol. I, page 180, Sept. 8, 1636, records “Newe Town now called Cambridge.” Massachusetts Records, Vol. I, page 228, May 2, 1638, records “It is ordered that Newtowne shall hence-forward be called Cambridge.”
The land was initially called Watertown (after Watertown, Massachusetts) and was renamed Wethersfield.
According to The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Vol. I, by J. Hammond Trumbull, 1886, page 234, “her home-lot was on the west side of Main St. near Centinel Hill.”
£33-11-08. One of our participants found an image of the inventory in the original probate package.
President Coolidge was her eight-great grandson.