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Notes for Lester Alvin Dye

The Family of Lester Dye & Betty Belle Dyer

Buried at Ft. Logan National Military Cemetery in Denver, CO. Marker is number S-4924(?). Marker reads "COLORADO, PVT, STN ARMY, TNG CORPS, WORLD WAR I." Wife Betty B. Dye is buried in same grave, and her marker is on the back side of Lester's.

Occupation: Manager in Poultry business. Was manager with Ocoma for 20 years. Moved frequently with his job.

1900 census Creswell, Cowley Co., KS June 19, 1900 page 6B
#116/121
Howard S. Drye, head, Mar 1867, age 32, md 4 yrs, IL/Blank/Blank, farmer
Nellie, wife, Sept 1879, age 20, md 4 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving children, MO/MO/MO
Thomas E. son, Nov 1896, age 3, KS/IL/MO
Lester A., son, Sept 1899, age 8 months, KS/IL/MO

Places & positions H.S. Dye held as a minister in Kansas in the Free Methodist Church:
1900 Caldwell & Argonia
1901 McPherson
1904 Halstead, Patterson, Newton

1905 state census Halstead, Harvey Co., Kansas
#2, starts on line 14
H. S. Dye, age 38, b. Illinois, came to Kansas from Illinois
Nellie Dye, age 25, b. Missouri, came to Kansas from Missouri
Thomy Dye, age 8, b. Kansas
Lester Dye, age 5, b. Kansas

Places & positions H.S. Dye held as a minister in Kansas in the Free Methodist Church:
1905-6 Kansas City
1907 Vassar and Michigan Valley
1908 Evangelist
1909 Girard, Roseland, and Wild Cat Schoolhouse

August 26, 1908 - brother Howard born in Iola, Osage, Kansas

1910 Census Girard City, Crawford Co., KS.
143 No. Osage Household 143/144
Howard S. Dye, head, age 43, md 14 yrs, IL/KY/OH, minister, church
Nellie E., wife, age 31, md 14 yrs, 4 births, 3 surviving children, MO/MO/MO
Thomas E. son, KS/IL/MO
Lester A. son, age 10, KS/IL/MO
Howard S. Jr., son, age 1, KS/IL/MO

1915 State Census Manhattan, Riley Co., Kansas
#112/119, starts on line 2
Ida A. Dye, age 6, b. Vermont, came to Kansas from Vermont, Housewife (who is this?)
Dennis Williams, age 17, b. Kansas
Ellen Williams, age 11, b. Kansas
#288/351, starts on line 15
Howard S. Dye, age 47, b. Illinois, came to Kansas from Illinois, Clergyman
Nellie E. Dye, age 35, b. Missouri, came to Kansas from Missouri
Thomas E. Dye, age18, b. Missouri, came to Kansas from Missouri, Student - -
Lester A. Dye, age 15, b. Missouri, came to Kansas from Missouri, Student - -
Howard S. Dye Jr., age 6, b. Kansas

Sept 12, 1918 - WWI Registration Card
Lesteer Alvin Dye
Address - 600 S. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas
Born September 5, 1899, age 19
White, native born Citizen
Medium height, slender build, brown eyes, black hair
Occupation - Butter, McPherson Creamery Co.
Nearest relative - Howard S. Dye, 600 S. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas

1920 census McPherson, McPberson Co., KS
705 Ash St.
Lester A. Dye, age 20
Bessie, age 18

1930 census Superior, Nuckolls Co., NE sheet 11B
336 Wyoming St. Household 181/357
Lester A. Dye, head, age 30, age at first marriage - 19, KS/KS/KS, Field Superintendant Creamery Co.
Bessie B. , wife, age 29, age at first marriage - 18, MO/MO/MO
William E.. son, age 9, KS/KS/MO
Dorothy B., daughter, age 8, KS/KS/MO
Eleanore L., daughter, age 5, ND/KS/MO

April 1, 1935 - Leon, Decatur, Iowa (source: 1940 census)

1940 census Central City, Merrick, Nebraska
1411 14th Avenue
Lester Dye, head, age 40, b. Kansas, Manager, Cold Storage
Betty B., wife, age 39, b. Missouri
William E., son, age 19, b. Kansas, Laborer, Cold Storage
Dorothy, daughter, age 18, b. Kansas
Elinor, daughter, age 15, b. North Dakota

Standard Oil Company Card that expired May 31, 1947 listed address as 130 4th Ave., Holdrege, Nebraska.

[Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1, Ed. 3, Social Security Records: U.S., SS Death Benefit Records, Surnames Beginning with D, Date of Import: May 16, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.111.3.60984.82]

Individual: Dye, Lester
Birth date: Sep 5, 1899
Death date: Aug 1963
Social Security #: 505-03-5320
Last residence: CO
State of issue: NE

Subj: Re: WW I
Date: 2/4/99 9:35:38 AM Central Standard Time
From: DonVASSAR@AOL.COM (Donald Elbridge Dye Jr.)
Sender: THEDYESOCIETY@LISTSERV.UH.EDU (Discussions of the history of the Dye, Dey and Duyts families)
Reply-to: THEDYESOCIETY@LISTSERV.UH.EDU (Discussions of the history of the Dye, Dey and Duyts families)
To: THEDYESOCIETY@LISTSERV.UH.EDU

Hi Kari:

Student Army Training Corps in WWI was akin to the ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program) of WWII. While a member of the Army, training was usually conducted at a Land Grant College. During WWII both Harvard and Yale were part of the Japanes Launguage ASTP's. During WWII most of the Engineers for the Manhatten Project were developed in ASTP.

I visited my fathers grave in Ft Logan last September, he died in 1960 and at that time it was just being converted from a Post Cemetery to a National VA Cemetery. I was amazed at the increase in "population" since 1960.

Donald Elbridge Dye Jr

Subj: Re: WW I
Date: 2/4/99 7:25:17 PM Central Standard Time
From: DonVASSAR@AOL.COM (Donald Elbridge Dye Jr.)
Sender: THEDYESOCIETY@LISTSERV.UH.EDU (Discussions of the history of the Dye, Dey and Duyts families)
Reply-to: THEDYESOCIETY@LISTSERV.UH.EDU (Discussions of the history of the Dye, Dey and Duyts families)
To: THEDYESOCIETY@LISTSERV.UH.EDU

Re Kari's post of today, SATC folks were Army or Navy Personnel who received specialized training at various colleges. I was a member of the ASTP during the early years of WWII, enlisted in the Army and after basic training was a student at South Dakota State University and then at VPI (Virginia Tech) Civil Engineering slated for the Manhattan Project till the Battle of the Bulge interruped most of the ASTP and V-12 (Navy) training and sent most of the Army students to the Infantry.

Donald Elbridge Dye Jr

McPherson Daily Republican:
May 19, 1941
Howard Dye, 74, Is Dead
Howard Sherman Dye, 74, 512 North Main, died at his home at 5:30 o'clock yesterday morning. He had been ill since the first of the year. Mr. Dye came here from Emporia 25 years ago and was a minister.
He was born in Danville, Ill., March 26, 1867. He was married to Nellie Dye on Feb. 18, 1896 in Arkansas City. He was a member of the Nazarene church.
Mr. Dye is survived by the widow; five sons Thomas E., Hawaiian Islands; Lester A., Central City, Nebr.; Howard S., Washington D.C.; Eldon N., McPherson, and Lewis O., Oklahoma City and by three sisters, Mrs. Flora Kleffman, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. B.L. Sellers, Danville, Ill., and Mrs. Ida Bone, Xenia, Ohio.

Friday, September 5, 1959
Hospitals: Deaths Sept. 4, Mrs. Nellie Dye, 505 North Cedar

Nellie Dye, 78, Dies At Hospital
Mrs. Nellie Dye, 78, 512 North Main Street, died at 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening at the McPherson hospital following two years of failing health.
Mrs. Dye was born on Sept. 23, 1879 at Princeton, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Evaline Wiggins (note from K: this should have said daughter of Thomas and Evaline Wiggins Goodin). She was married on Feb. 18, 1896 to Howard Sherman Dye of Arkansas City. Mr. Dye died on May 18, 1941. She was a member of the Methodist church and had lived in McPherson for 42 years.
Survivors include five sons, Thomas E. Dye, Honolulu; Lester A. Dye, Denver; Howard S. Dye Jr., Orlando Fla; Eldon N. Dye, Wichita; and Lewis N. Dye, Duncan, Okla; one sister, Jennie Dimmick, Independence, Kas.; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Dye will be held Monday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Quiring Chapel with Rev. Paul Matthaei of the Methodist Church officiating. Friends may call at Quirings on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Burial will be in McPherson cemetery.

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U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
about Lester A Dye
Name: Lester A Dye
Service Info.: PVT US ARMY WORLD WAR I
Birth Date: 5 Sep 1899
Death Date: 17 Aug 1963
Service Start Date: 10 Oct 1918
Service End Date: 17 Dec 1918
Interment Date: 21 Aug 1963
Cemetery: Ft. Logan National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 4400 West Kenyon Avenue Denver, CO 80236
Buried At: Section Q Site 1244