Robert Wendell and Frances (Crisman) Thatcher, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Robert Wendell and Frances (Crisman) Thatcher


We were both born in Porter County 1910. We were married in Porter, Indiana. We both were raised on farms and so we lived in Indiana Harbor and Gary and then in 1943 we bought the Sams Farm and then sold that and bought the Carlton and Leora Dye farm in 1946. So our four children: Wendell, Dolores, Mary Alice, and Ruth went to Hebron School. They belonged to Hebron Methodist Church. We lost our 17 year old daughter Dolores in 1950. She drowned in Lake Michigan. They dedicated the 1951 year book to her and my family put gold altar vases in Methodist Church in memory of her. Our son Wendell enlisted in the Navy November 8, 1951 for four years. Mary Alice worked in Gary and Ruth worked in Chicago. They're all married and we have six grandchildren, two granddaughters, Christine Dolores and Joy; four grandsons, Jeff and Jerry, Georgie and Joey, and have a great-granddaughter, Roxann Mane was born September 18, 1973.

The farm was in the Dye family and now we live here. Always enjoy country life and wanted our children and grandchildren to enjoy it also.

Belong to Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Shrine, Aylesworth Neighborhood Club, Christian Women Club, Inland Steel 25 Year Club.

This farm house is over 100 years old. Built in 1842.

The main part of house and the walls are 18 inches thick, made of brick. It has two fireplaces where they did their cooking years ago. We redid one of the fireplaces and finished it December 16, 1953.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 168

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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