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Albert Roy STRAUB
Nina WILLIS
Husband:  Albert Roy "Bert" STRAUB
Birth:  7 Mar 1879, Prospect, Marion Co., OH
Death:  6 Jul 1969, Serra Medical Hospital, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA
Occupation:  farmer; rural mail carrier; Postmaster of Coyote (1914-1920), Santa Clara Co., CA
Disposition:  buried Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA
Military Service:  Philippine Insurrection:  1898-99, Pvt., Co. D, 1st Washington Vol. Inf., 8th Army Corps
Military Decorations:  Purple Heart, Bronze Medal
Religion:  atheist
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  I1-L592
Father:  George Washington STRAUB
Mother:  Sarah E. CORBIN
Marriage:  27 Dec 1905, Churchill Hotel, Fallon, Churchill Co., NV
Wife:  Nina WILLIS
Birth:  24 Dec 1879, probably in Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO 
Death:  20 Apr 1956, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA
Disposition:  buried Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA
Occupation:  milliner, homemaker; Postmaster of Coyote, CA (1920-192?)
Religion:  atheist
mtDNA Haplogroup:  T1a4
Other Spouse:  m1. 8 Oct 1897, Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO, Walter Fernando DEAN
Father:  William Murphy WILLIS
Mother:  Ida BROWN

My mother believed that Nina was born in Hannibal, MO, but based on the location of her parents' marriage (1877 in Chillicothe) and their location in the 1880 Census (in Chillicothe), Nina was more likely born in Chillicothe.  I suspect the source of Nina's birthplace being Hannibal is that we have a family legend of being related to Mark TWAIN, and that led to the belief that Nina was born in Hannibal.  So far, the evidence doesn't support either.

Nina's child from her former marriage, adopted by our subject:
1.  Lucy Emma DEAN-STRAUB, b. 13 Feb 1898/9, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO 
Children with Nina WILLIS:
2.  Nina Gale STRAUB, b. 4 Jan 1907, Turlock, Stanislaus Co., CA
3.  Shirley D. STRAUB, b. 18 Jan 1909, Turlock, Stanislaus Co., CA 
4.  Sarah Janet STRAUB, b. 18 Sep 1911, Alameda Co., CA
5.  Ellis Josephine "Ellie" STRAUB, b. 3 Mar 1913, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA
6.  William Albert "Bill" STRAUB, b. 10 Aug 1915, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA 
7.  Barbara Anne "Barb" STRAUB, b. 1 Apr 1917, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara Co., CA 
8.  Stephen Hopkins "Steve" STRAUB, b. 30 Jul 1919, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA 
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Timeline
Year Location Event
1879 OH: Marion Co.: Prospect birth of Albert Roy STRAUB
1879 MO birth of Nina WILLIS
1898-99 Philippine Insurrection Albert Roy STRAUB serves; severely wounded and permanently handicapped
1900 Census OH: Marion Co.: Waldo Albert STRAUB, living with his sister, Gale (STRAUB) BENEDICT
MO: Lincoln Co.: Burr Twp. Nina (WILLIS) DEAN, living with her parents
1905 NV: Churchill Co.: Fallon marriage of Bert STRAUB & Nina WILLIS
1906 Jan 13 NV: Churchill Co.: Soda Lake A.R. STRAUB mentioned in Churchill Standard newspaper
1906 Apr 18 CA: San Francisco Great Earthquake
1907 Jan 4 CA: Stanislaus Co.: Turlock birth of daughter, Nina Gale
1909 CA: Stanislaus Co.: Turlock birth of daughter, Shirley D.
1910 Census CA: Alameda Co.: Oakland
CA: ?
Albert STRAUB, head-of-household (alone)
Nina STRAUB where?
1911 CA: Alameda Co. birth of daughter, Sarah Janet
1911-13 Alameda Co. to Santa Clara Co. family moves
1913 CA: Santa Clara Co.: Coyote birth of daughter, Ellis Josephine
1914 CA: Santa Clara Co.: Coyote Albert R. STRAUB appointed Postmaster of Coyote
1914 World War I begins son-in-law, Clarence DREISCHMEYER serves
1915 CA: Santa Clara Co.: San Jose birth of son, William Albert
1917 CA: Santa Clara Co.: San Jose birth of daughter, Barbara Anne
1918 World War I ends  
1919 CA: Santa Clara Co.: San Jose birth of son, Stephen Hopkins
1920 Census CA: Santa Clara Co.: Coyote Albert STRAUB, head-of-household and Postmaster of Coyote
1920 CA: Santa Clara Co.: Coyote Nina (WILLIS) STRAUB becomes Postmaster of Coyote
1928 Coyote to Niles Bert becomes rural mail carrier at Niles 
1930 Census CA: Alameda Co.: Washington Twp.: Niles
CA: Santa Clara Co.: San Jose Twp.: Hicks Ave.
Albert R. STRAUB, head-of-household (alone)
Nina W. STRAUB, head-of-household (with children)
1939 CA: Alameda Co.: Niles  Albert STRAUB retires after 39 years with US Postal Service
1940 Census CA: Alameda Co.: Washington Twp.: Niles Albert R. STRAUB, head-of-household
1943   A.R. STRAUB certified instructor IV Fighter Command Ground Observer School
1941-45 World War II Albert STRAUB serves as an aircraft ground observer, from a tower in the Coyote Hills
son Stephen STRAUB and daughter Ellis (STRAUB) SAVINI serve;
sons-in-law Bob MATTHIESEN, Earl WAUGH, John SAVINI, and Bob STALLKAMP serve
1950 Census (known to be living in San Jose)  
1956 CA: Santa Clara Co.: San Jose death of Nina (WILLIS) DEAN STRAUB
1960 Census (known to be living in San Jose)  
1969 CA: Santa Clara Co.: San Jose death of Albert Roy STRAUB

Sources:

1.  First-hand knowledge of Diana Gale MATTHIESEN.  Albert Roy "Bert" & Nina (WILLIS) STRAUB were my maternal grandparents, well known to me in life and dearly loved.  I am immensly proud of my grandparents.  They managed to raise eight children (all decent, honest, hard-working citizens) through the years of World War I and the Great Depression, even though both were severely handicapped.  My grandmother had one leg shorter than the other due to having had polio as a girl, compounded by crippling rheumatoid arthritis as an adult.  My grandfather took four bullets in the head and neck during the Phillipine Insurrection, which left him with one glass eye and an arm and leg paralyzed on one side.  Yet, he supported his family by driving a rural mail route in a Model-T Ford (and if you've ever seen what it takes to drive a Model-T, you know what a feat it was for a man with only one good arm and leg to do so).

2.  Interviews of my mother, Nina Gale (STRAUB) MATTHIESEN, subjects' daughter.  It is oral family history/legend/myth that Bert and Nina arrived in San Francisco in the aftermath of the Great Earthquake of 1906.  They are said to have sold waffles to the victims from a push cart.  We do know, for certain, that they were still in Nevada as late as 13 Jan 1906 and were in Turlock, CA, by 4 Jan 1907 for the birth of my mother.

3.  Marriage License:  Albert R. Straub and Mrs. Nina Dean, dated 27 Dec 1905, State of Nevada, County of Churchill, Recorder's No. 1144. Groom states he is 26 years of age and resides in Fallon, Nevada; bride states she is 22 years of age and resides in Fallon, Nevada.  [Nina is fibbing about her age she, too, is 26 years old.] 

4.  Churchill Standard, Saturday 30 Dec 1905, section 4, p. 2 (Quote courtesy of Bunny Corkhill, Research Curator, Churchill County Museum & Archives, Fallon, NV.):
A.R. Straub and Mrs. Nina Dean were united in marriage at the Churchill Hotel parlors Wednesday evening, Rev. G.W. Black performing the ceremony.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis of Soda Lake and is a beautiful and accomplished lady.  The groom is one of the young men who has lately cast his lot in the section and has a choice homestead in the same locality.  The Standard joins in extending Congratulations.
My grandmother was, indeed, beautiful; she was also a voracious reader and an accomplished pianist on an ornate rosewood Steinway, now in the possession of one of her granddaughters.

5.  1900 Census, Ohio: Marion and Medina Counties (Heritage Quest, Family Quest Archives, CDT623-1302):  Waldo Village, Waldo Twp., Marion Co., OH, p. 291B, enumerated 4 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
49 51 Benedict Delbert Head W M Nov 1859 40 M 11     OH NY OH Paper Hanger 0 Y Y Y O F H
             Gale Wife W F Jul 1867 32 M 11 2 2 OH OH OH Milliner 0 Y Y Y      
    [Delbert & Gale's children]
    Straub Albert B-in-law W M Mar 1879 21 S       OH OH OH Paper Hanger 4 Y Y Y      

6a.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #260 of 335; online at Ancestry.com, Image #29 of 34):  Boarding House(?), 613 Ninth Street, Oakland City (Ward 4, Precinct 10), Oakland Twp., Alameda Co., CA, Roll 70 (Book 3), p. 129A, SN 15A, SD 3, ED 116, enumerated 25 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
? ? Straub, Albert B Boarder M W 31 M1 4 OH OH OH Eng Letter Carrier Post Office W N 0 Y Y

6b.  1910 U.S.A. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Nina and the children, and I really looked.

7.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 38 indexed "Stewaret"):  Monterey Road, [Coyote,] Burnett Twp. (Pct.), Santa Clara Co., CA, Roll 146, p. 15B, SN 1B, SD 7, ED 121, enumerated 5 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
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14 17 Straub Albert R Head R M W 40 M   Y Y OH OH OH Y Post Master Post Office W
    ______ Nina W Wife   F W 40 M   Y Y MO IN MI   None    
    ______ Gale Daughter   F W 13 S Y Y Y CA OH MO        
    ______ Shirley D Daughter   F W 10 S Y Y Y CA OH MO        
    ______ Janet S Daughter   F W  7 S       CA OH MO        
    ______ Ellis J Daughter   F W  6 S       CA OH MO        
    ______ William A Son   M W  4 S       CA OH US        
    ______ Barbara A Daughter   F W  2 S       CA OH US        
    ______ Stephen H Son   M W 5/12 S       CA OH US        
"Monterey Road" is the Monterey Highway (U.S. 101), also known as "El Camino Real" (the King's Highway), built to connect the chain of Catholic missions and military presidios established by Spain in California between 1769 and 1823 each mission and presidio intended to be no more than a day's ride from the next.  Bert was the Postmaster of the little town of Coyote, which has since been engulfed by the southerly growth of San Jose.  In 1974, the Coyote Post Office building was relocated to the San Jose Historical Museum in San Jose.

8a.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #15 of 31):  Niles, Washington Twp., Alameda Co., CA, Roll 112, p. 213A, SN 8A, ED 1-352, SD 8, enumerated 11 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30 31
197 209 Straub, Albert R Head R 7 N M W 51 S N Y OH OH OH Y Clerk Post Office W Y Y PW
The enumerator didn't take down streets or street numbers for anyone.  Bert is living alone (i.e., not in a hotel or boarding house).  Column 31 was hard to read; I think it says "PW," which would stand for "Philippine War," which would be correct.

8b.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #30 of 38):  505 Hicks Avenue, [City of San Jose,] San Jose Twp., Gardner Pct., Santa Clara Co., CA, Roll 218, p. 131A, SN 16A, ED 43-84, SD 10, enumerated 8 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30
* 505 361 368 Staub Nina W Head R 60 R Y M W 50 M 17 N Y MO IN MI Y None        
      _____ Shirley D Daughter         F W 21 S   N Y CA OH MO Y Stenographer Law Office W Y  
      _____ Jane S Daughter         F W 18 S   Y Y CA OH MO Y None        
      _____ Ellis J Daughter         F W 16 S   Y Y CA OH MO Y None        
      _____ William A Son         M W 14 S   Y Y CA OH MO Y None        
      _____ Barbara A Daughter         F W 13 S   Y Y CA OH MO Y None        
      _____ Stephen H Son         M W 10 S   Y Y CA OH MO Y None        
      Elliott Nina G Daughter         F W 23 M 20 Y Y CA OH MO Y None        
      _______ Norman C Son-in-Law         M W 24 M 21 Y Y CA MI CA Y Clerk Bank W Y N
*Hicks Avenue

9.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 44):  764 2nd Street, Niles, Washington Twp., Alameda Co., CA, Roll T627_191, p. 2315B, SN 10B, SD 6, ED 1-179, enumerated 15 Apr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean.
LOC HOUSEHOLD NAME RELATION   PERSONAL EDUCATION   BIRTHPLACE   CIT RESIDENCE in 1935   EMPLOYMENT STATUS FS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25   26 27 28 29 30   31 32 33 34
* 764 227 R 25 N Straub Albert R Head M W 61 M N 8 Ohio   Same Place     N N N N N O            0    0 Y  
          ______ Nina Wife F W 60 M N 8 Missouri   Same Place     N N N N N H            0    0 N  
          ______ Barbara Ann Dau F W 23 S N H4 California   Same Place     N N N N N H            0    0 N  
          ______ William A   M W 25 S N H4 California   Same Place     N Y - - - - 48   Manager Asst PW   52 1800 N  
*2nd Street
Based on my first-hand knowledge, from the 1940s until their deaths, Bert & Nina were living together, first at 1295 Blewett Ave., San Jose, CA, then, by 1945, at 2337 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA.
10a.  Polk's Oakland (California) City Directory.  R.L. Polk & Co., San Francisco, CA (online at Ancestry.com and/or fold3.com):
Year Pg. Name Occupation Home Address  
1911 855 Straub Albert R watchman Empire Fdry Co r 1246 73d av A

10b.  Polk-Husted San Jose City and Santa Clara County [California] Directory.  R.L. Polk & Co., Sacramento, CA (online at Ancestry.com and/or fold3.com):
Year Pg. Name Occupation Home Address  
1922   Straub Albert R rural carrier P O h Coyote A
1923   Straub Albert R rural carrier P O h rt 2 A
1923   Straub Albert R rt 2 bx 171 Infirmary rd A
1924   Straub Albert R rural carrier P O h 1209 W San Carlos A

10c.  Polk's San Jose (California) City Directory.  R.L. Polk & Co., San Francisco, CA (online at Ancestry.com and/or fold3.com):
Year Pg. Name Occupation Home Address  
1926  414 Straub Albt R (Nina) rural carrier P O h 329 W San Carlos A
Straub Gale   r 329 W San Carlos A
1927  391 Straub Albt R (Nina) carrier PO h 1297 W San Carlos A
Straub Gale   r 1297 W San Carlos A
1928  425 Straub Albt R (Nina) carrier PO h 1297 W San Carlos A
1931  473 Straub Albt R (Nina)   h 505 Hicks av A
Straub Janet cannerywkr r 505 Hicks av A
 474 Straub Shirley D sten Rosicrucian Order r 505 Hicks av A
1932  471 Straub Albt R (Nina)   h 505 Hicks av A
Straub Shirley sten Guaranty Bldg & Loan Assn r 505 Hicks av A
1943  420 Straub Albt R (Nina W) r 1295 Blewett A
1945  520 Straub Albt R (Nina W)   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1947  592 Straub Albt R (Nina W)   h 2337 Moorpark A
1954  532 Straub Albert R (Nina)   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1955  635 Straub Albert R (Nina W)   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1956  758 Straub Albert R   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1957  751 Straub Albert R   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1961 1010 Straub Albert R   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1962 1145 Straub Albert R   h 2237 Moorpark av A
1963  777 Straub Albert R retd h 2237 Moorpark av A
1964  963 Straub Albert R retd h 2237 Moorpart av A
1965  865 Straub Albert R retd h 2237 Moorpark av A

11.  Certificate of Death:  Albert Roy Straub, Registered 8 Jul 1969, State of California, County of Santa Clara, San Jose, California, Local Reg. Dist. No. 4300, Certificate No. 03407 5/6; informant: Mrs. Gale Matthiesen [d/o deceased].  Death:  6 Jul 1969, Serra Medical Hospital, 455 O'Connor Dr., San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA.

12.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence SSN Issued Post-em
Albert R STRAUB 07 Mar 1879 15 Jul 1969 95070 (Saratoga, Santa Clara, CA) 562-30-5587 CA Yes
Bert died on 6 Jul 1969, not the 15th.  His "Last Residence" was the Serra Medical Hospital in San Jose, CA, where he had lived for nearly a year before he died there.  The Saratoga address is my mother's; she was handling his finances and receiving his Social Security checks towards the end.

13.  Obituary:  "Spanish-American Vet Albert Straub Dies," dated 8 Jul 1969, San Jose Mercury, p. 20. 

14.  Churchill Standard, 13 Jan 1906, section 4, p. 1 (quote courtesy of Bunny Corkhill, Research Curator, Churchill County Museum & Archives, Fallon, NV.):
A. R. Straub of Soda Lake was in Fallon the first of the week.  He says that activity is general in his neighborhood among the many homesteaders and that new houses are going up on all sides.  He expects to get about 40 acres under cultivation this year.

15.  "Albert Straub of Niles Ends 31 Years in Postal Service," Oakland Tribune, 3 Dec 1939.
Photo of mail carrier, Albert Straub.
NILES, Dec. 2.--Completing more than 30 years of service with Uncle Sam's postal department, Albert R. Straub, 60, of Niles will retire on December 15.

Straub says he is looking for a "tall mountain wih plenty of trees and a deep stream with plenty of fish," indicating that he will take the proverbial postman's holiday with a little additional hiking.  Perhaps it is still a touch of the wanderlust that has carried him into many States and into foreign countries throughout a colorful career which made him a soldier in two wars by the time he was 20 and left him with a half dozen medals, one from President McKinley, four bullet holes and loss of sight in one eye.

Physical checkup by Government doctors recently, however, in view of the approaching retirement, found him "sound as a dollar," according to Straub, who lives on Second Street with Mrs. Straub and their daughter, Barbara.  The eight children born to the couple are all living, several of whom are also employed by Uncle Sam.

Straub was born at Marion Ohio, on March 7, 1879.  He came to California in 1897 en route to the Klondike gold fields, but boats delayed by Winter in the Northern waters caused him to enlist with the First Washington Volunteers in 1898 for the Spanish-American War.

Upon the retirement of the late Mark Crane, first rural carrier for Niles, who had held the position 27 years, Straub in 1928 took over the R.F.D. route from which he is retiring on December 15.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Straub are Mrs. Lucy Dreischmeyer of Santa Clara, wife of Clarence Dreischmeyer, State food inspector; Mrs. Gale Elliott in the soil conservation office at Watsonville; Mrs. Janet McGraw of San Jose, Mrs. Shirley Waugh of Portland, William A. Straub of San Jose, Ellis Straub, nurse in the United States Government Hospital at Panama; Barbara Straub of Niles and Steve Straub, student at the Boeing Air School at Oakland.

Although the photograph shows my grandfather carrying a mail pouch, as if he walked a suburban mail route, he actually drove a rural mail route, as indicated in the article (the "R.F.D. route").  His physical handicaps (from war injuries) would have made walking a mail route impossible, so I presume the photo was staged.  His left arm and hand were paralyzed and "frozen" in the position you see them, hence the claw-like grip on the envelope, which would have had to have been wedged between his fingers using his right hand.  He walked with difficulty using a cane.

16.   Letter dated 27 Mar 1940, from the Office of the Postmaster General, Washington, DC, addressed to Mr. Albert R. Straub, Niles, California:
My dear Mr. Straub:
It has come to my attention that on account of your health you have found it necessary to retire from the position of rural carrier at Niles.  I congratulate you upon the length of your tenure of position as an employee in the postal service and desire to extend to you my personal wish for your speedy recovery.  I am enclosing an autographed photograph in the thought that you may desire to have it as a memento.
Very truly yours, James A. Harley (s), Postmaster General.

17.  Robert G. Fisher (of San Jose, CA).  nd.  Rancho del Refugio de la Laguna Seca and the Captain William Fisher Family (submitted by Jeanne Rudy and online at the Somos Primos web site).  Includes this excerpt:
In April 1862, the Burnett Post Office was established inside the 12 Mile House, which was a store, hotel and blacksmith shop.  This building was destroyed by fire in 1963; but long before that, the post office was moved and a new, small structure was built by Fiacro C. Fisher, Postmaster, in 1907, next door to the 12 Mile House.  There, the Coyote Post Office operated without a break until 1974, even though in 1935 Washington, D.C., had forgotten where it was and had to be told.  In 1974, the building built by Fiacro was moved to the San Jose Historical Museum in San Jose.
Fiacro C. FISHER was the father of Laura Estella FISHER, who married our subject's brother, William Barton STRAUB.

18.  Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-Sept. 30, 1971.  NARA, Washington, DC (online at Ancestry.com; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen; Image #542 of 593):
v. 75 (1891-1930), pp. 341-342, Santa Clara County, California: Coyote
Valentine Spagnoli 5 Jan 91 (not eligible)
Emil Heple 30 Jan 91
Fiacro C Fisher 14 Feb 1903
Chester F Fisher 6 May '09
Albert R Straub 14 May 1914
Nina W. Straub 20 Nov 20 
Lingne A Ober 19 May ?? Res
Mrs. Estelle B Tatcher Apr 30, 1924 Res
Mrs. Mary A Rodoni, Acting Feb 28, 1925 | Oct 1 1925
This record was not entirely readable or intelligible, but it seems to be listing Coyote Postmasters, chronologically.  Chester FISHER is Fiacro's son, who became Postmaster after Fiacro died.

19.  Anon.  Monday, 24 Apr 1899.  "Albert R. Straub." The Marion Daily Star (Marion, OH).  Vol. XXII, No. 130, p. 8 (online at Ancestry.com):
ALBERT R. STRAUB


Whose Name Appears in Friday's List of Wounded


ONCE A CITIZEN OF MARION

Lived Here Six or Seven Years Ago with a Sister and Attended School -- Went Out to Seattle Where He Enlisted in Company D, First Washington Volunteers and Goes to Manila.

In the list of casualties in the Philippines published in Friday's Star, was the name of Albert R. Straub, private of company D, First Washington volunteers, who was severely wounded in the face.

Young Straub was formerly a resident of this city.  He lived here about six or seven years ago with his sister, Miss Gail Straub, now Mrs. Benedict of Waldo, and attended school.  About five years ago he left his home near Waldo and went to Seattle, Wash., where he lived until last spring, when he enlisted in the army.  How badly Straub is injured is not known here, as nothing has been heard except through the newspaper reports.

Miss Josie Straub, who resides on Vine street, is a sister of the wounded boy and G. Straub is his father.

Young Straub is only about eighteen years old.  His friends here will all hope that the wound will not prove serious.

20.  Anon.  Friday, 6 Oct 1899.  "From the Orient." The Marion Daily Star (Marion, OH).  Vol. ??XII, No. 272, p. 4 (online at Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com):
FROM THE ORIENT

Soldier Albert R. Straub Returns to Waldo


ANOTHER MARION COUNTY BOY

...
This is a long article, including a full figure photo of Bert in uniform. The page image is very poor quality and the text is largely unreadable.  I'll have to see if I can't track down a better microfilm.

21.  Albert R. Straub.  Report No. 3323 and Report No. 3505 from the U.S. House of Representatives giving Albert R. Straub in increase in his pension in January 1905.  There was obviously a preceding house bill (H.R. 13377), and I'm currently trying to obtain a copy. 


Timetable for Albert Roy "Bert" STRAUB in the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection and surrounding years.
 
Historical dates and information on the war are from the Library of Congress web site.  There is a brief history of the 1st Washington Volunteer Infantry (WVI) online [link died]; information below on the WVI is from this web site.  My recollection is that it was said Bert fought in both the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, but I have so far found records of only his service in the latter, and timing would seem to rule out the former.  During combat in Manila, Bert took four bullets in the head, neck and shoulder, which cost him his right eye and left him paralyzed on the left side for the rest of his life.  Back in 1998, I made an unsuccessful attempt to get his pension folder from the Veterans' Administration.  I should give it another try...

Update (27 Sep 2013):  I just found some photos Bert took when he was in Manila.  None of him, unfortunately.

1898 Feb 15 U.S.S. Maine explodes in Havana Harbor.
May 6-13 The 1st Regiment, Washington Volunteer Infantry (WVI) is formed in Tacoma, WA.
Jun 21 Albert Roy STRAUB enlists as Private, Co. D., 1st WVI, Seattle, WA.
Jul 1 Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders take Kettle Hill [not San Juan Hill], San Juan Heights, Cuba.
Jul 25 General Wesley Merritt, commander of Eighth Corps, U.S. Expeditionary Force, arrives in the Philippine Islands.
Aug 12 Peace protocol ending hostilities between Spain and the United States is signed in Washington, DC. 
Oct 19 WVI ships out from San Francisco.  [I have a photograph of Bert in his uniform, taken in San Francisco before his departure.]
Nov 22 WVI arrives in the Philippines.  [This is consistent with oral family history, which was that Bert arrived in Manila in Nov 1898.]
1899  Jan 1 Emilio Aguinaldo is declared President of the new Philippine Republic. The U.S. refuses to recognize the new government. 
Feb 4 The Philippine Republic declares war against the United States forces in the Philippine Islands.
Feb 4-5 WVI is involved in its first combat.
Apr 20 Albert R. STRAUB is severely wounded near Taguig, Island of Luzon, Philippines
May 19 WVI sees action at Taguig.
Jun 4-5 WVI sees action at Taitai Cainta and Morong.
Jul 26-27 WVI sees action near Calamba.
Sep 5 WVI departs the Philippines.  [This is consistent with oral family history.]
Sep 11 Albert Roy STRAUB receives an Honorable Discharge.
Oct 6 Albert Roy STRAUB is back in Waldo, OH.
Oct 9 WVI arrives in San Francisco, is stationed at the Presidio.
Nov 1 WVI is disbanded. 
1900 Jun 4 Albert Roy STRAUB is home in Waldo, OH, for the 1900 U.S. Census.
1902 Jul War ends in the Philippines, with more than 4200 U.S. soldiers; 20,000 Filipino soldiers; and 200,000 Filipino civilians dead. 
1905 Feb 25 Albert Roy STRAUB is awarded an Invalid Pension of $30/mo by the Bureau of Pensions, U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Dec 27 Albert Roy STRAUB marries Mrs. Nina (WILLIS) DEAN in Fallon, Churchill Co., NV.
1906 Apr Albert and Nina (WILLIS) STRAUB arrive in San Francisco just days after the Great Earthquake [family oral tradition, may not be true].
Jun 9 Albert R. Straub, Co. D, 1st Washington Infantry Volunteers, is awarded a Bronze Medal for service in the Philippines.
[He also received a Purple Heart, but I don't know the date.]

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On the other hand, if you feel I've made an error, please don't hesitate to notify me, but in which case,

please include a link to the page you are referencing.
There are over 18,000 pages on this web site, and I simply don't remember every page, much less every person on every page.

"The Cloud" is double-speak for "dumb terminal on a main frame." Been there; done that. Never again.
You are giving away not only your privacy, but control of your data, your apps, and your computer to a corporation. Is that really where you want to go?
The IT guys on the big iron hated the Personal Computer because it gave users freedom and power; now they've conned you into being back under their control again.
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